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photo: Jessica Lea Mayfield at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jessica Lea Mayfield

Shapeshifting singer/guitarist Jessica Lea Mayfield recently played CMJ and then quickly headed back out on the road. She's back in the New York area, having played NJ last night, playing Hudson, NY tonight (11/12) and then returning to NYC on Saturday (11/14) at Living Room. Tickets for Saturday's show are available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield on tour, playing Brooklyn on Saturday"

photo: Zombi at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

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

NY Comedy Fest
It's night two of NYCF and highlights include Margaret Cho at Town Hall, Robert Smigel at Union Hall, "Trump Vs. Sanders (actually Anthony Atamanuik & James Adomian), and Ilana Glazer, Chris Gethard and More at Littlefield.

Antibalas, Santigold, Superhuman Happiness @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is the second of Antibalas' four-week BB residency shows and tonight features special guest Santigold (who has a new album on the way).

Christine and The Queens @ Webster Hall
Christine and the Queens recently released a very good album of eccentric synth pop, which features Perfume Genius, partially covers Kanye West, and more. They just opened for Marina & the Diamonds at Terminal 5, but tonight they headline their own show.

The Weeknd, Banks, Travi$ Scott @ Prudential Center
The Weeknd is bigger than ever -- perhaps you've heard "Can't Feel My Face" in a car or a bar or a party or just about anywhere else -- and tonight he plays his first of four NYC-area arena shows. The next three are in NYC proper, but this one's just outside in Newark.

Shakey Graves, Those Darlins @ Terminal 5
Austin's Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) plays his biggest NYC show yet tonight and is well matched in twang with Nashville's Those Darlins.

Zombi, Pinkish Black, Space Merchants @ Saint Vitus
Relapse labelmates Zombi and Pinkish Black both have new albums that came out last month, and both are the kinds of things that would sound good paired with a horror movie.

Rakim, Ceez, J Swiss, and Lyricks @ S.O.B's
The God MC graces his hometown of NYC with another show tonight. It's been a while since he's put out new music, but his influence is undeniable and still heard everywhere today, so you don't really need any other reason to see him.

Moving Units, Cheatahs, Acid Dad @ Baby's All Right
UK-based band Cheatahs had a tough time getting into the US and had to scrap all their CMJ shows. They make it up to us tonight, opening for still-going NYC punk-funkers Moving Units.

Sinkane, Steven A. Clark, Wins @ Le Poisson Rouge
Sinkane, aka multi-talented Brooklynite Ahmed Gallab, has helmed the multi-city William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb tribute concerts, toured with Caribou, and last year released his fifth album, the underrated Mean Love.

Writer, Vivid Low Sky, Sunshine & the Rain @ Rock Shop
Vivid Low Sky is the mostly solo, mostly post-rock (and entirely instrumental) project of David Koslowski, whose debut, 2000's Music for Movies Unmade, featured Miyuki Furtado (Rogers Sisters), Shirlé Hale (from another Koslowski band, Gerty), Thomas Moore (Plow) and J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines). The band are back, with Robbins behind the boards this time, to make II, which will be out in March. But you can see them live tonight.

Oshun, Vinegar Mother, Mack Keane, Glitterbox @ Knitting Factory
Oshun released their debut mixtape this year which they self-describe as "Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef" which is pretty spot on.

Bootblacks, Shannon F, The Harrow, Second Still @ Alphaville
It's a night of gothy fun with Bootblacks, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess and more.

No Sky God, Larkin Grimm, Creature Automatic, Voice Coils @ Palisades
No Sky God celebrate their new album at this show. It's filled with guests (members of Delicate Steve and Psalm Zero, Sam Mickens and more) and it recalls a variety of late '60s and early '70s psychedelic rock bands. Good bill all around tonight, too.

Fred Thomas, Quarterbacks, Bonny Dune, Trace Mountains, Adelyne Rose @ Shea Stadium
This Silent Barn benefit at Shea Stadium is headlined by Fred Thomas, the Saturday Looks Good To Me frontman who recently released a stripped-down, highly lyrical solo album.

PPL MVR, Cerebral Ballzy, Oil Boom @ Highline Ballroom
Headliners PPL MVR seem... interesting, but either way it's of course worth catching Cerebral Ballzy.

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joseph Makoviecki & James Black, Jason Pomeroy @ The Saint
Jessica Lea Mayfield has transitioned from raw folk to alt-country to heavier, bluesier rock. Whatever mode she's in, she's good.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Lilys / Dilly Dally / Martin Courtney @ Baby's All Right - 10/17/15
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday

After the mere seven-hour BrooklynVegan Friday party at Baby's All Right during CMJ, we threw a 12-and-a-half hour party on Saturday (10/17). It kicked off bright and early at 11:30 AM with Murals and continued through midnight when reunited '90s shoegazers Lilys wrapped up their set.

Murals, whose sound these days is sort of pastoral and proggy (not unlike Andora-era Caribou at times) which was a gentle start to a long (fun) day, while we munched on free Thai samosas -- courtesy Baby's new Bangkok-inspired menu -- and sipped complimentary Bell's Brewery Octoberfest. Though that keg went quick, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Lager were also on tap all day, and they gave out pins, sunglasses, bottle openers and other goodies, too.

After Murals it was Petal, whose set we wrote about and posted pictures of HERE (with her new album stream), and then we were treated to an early afternoon set by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney. Martin was supporting and playing songs off his forthcoming solo debut, Many Moons (due 10/30 via Domino), and he was backed by an ace band that included Woods' Jarvis Taveniere (who produced the album) and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band (and several other projects). Martin plays an acoustic guitar the whole time, and they're a little more on the '70s folk/soft rock side than Real Estate's slightly janglier indie pop. Martin also threw in a cover of Pavement's "Major Leagues" which fit in perfectly with his own compositions. They ended the set with Doug Keith's extended guitar solo that Martin's Grateful Dead-obsessed Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker probably would've been proud of.

Then came Australian trio Methyl Ethel, who gave us a set of psychedelic dream pop and had a frontman with quite a bit of urgency to his performance. The Gotobeds then seriously kicked things up a notch with their tough, post-punk inspired indie rock. These guys are just the kind of smartasses you want at something like CMJ, coming on stage saying "Hey, we're Viet Cong! What!?! They're not using it anymore!" and being good enough musicians to make playing sloppy charming. The set featured their 'hit,' "NY's Alright" (which Kasan sang as "Baby's All Right" at least once), as well as songs from their upcoming Sub Pop debut, including one that Protomartyr's Joe Casey will be guesting on. Between that show and their set at Sub Pop's showcase two days earlier (which Protomartyr, who played our Baby's day parties in 2014, also played), they were a definite highlight of CMJ.

BV CMJ 2015 Saturday

They were followed by UK trio Shopping, one of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ this year (as the beyond packed room illustrated). They wear their minimal, danceable post-punk influences (Delta 5, The Slits) on their sleeve, but they make up for the lack of originality with a super fun live show. They were bouncing around up there the whole time, and if the crowd was more familiar with their songs (or drunker) you could imagine the rest of the room bouncing along with them. Tight musicians too.

The tight musicianship did not die down at all when Dilly Dally followed. They instantly won us over with an early set on our 2014 day party, but this year they returned bigger and better in every way. The sound and light show was perfect for them, which didn't hurt, but the band's grungy force and Katie Monks' throat-shredding voice is what keeps this band exciting every time.

Things got a bit calmer for Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, who are still a new-ish band but already have a fully-formed unique vision. All three members wore matching outfits, and they're all set up in a horizontal line in the front of the stage. They all sing in close harmony, and they make a kind of arty pop that's not exactly in line with any current trend. While trying to remember who you saw at CMJ, you don't forget Stealing Sheep.

The rock returned when local staples The So So Glos followed. They've been doing their thing around NYC for years now, and they really do play like stars. Their poppy punk might have actually made them stars in 1995, but it's nice to get that kind of performance in a smaller venue in the midst of a CMJ party too. Things stayed turned up to 11 when Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney followed. They don't exactly do the whole "punkgaze" thing that's been going on, but they definitely have a hard backbone as far as shoegaze bands go.

It was a full house when Frankie Cosmos kicked off the evening portion of our party with a set of appealing indie pop that is both winsome and spirited. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who played the ATO showcase the day before, then brought things down even softer than Frankie, with a haunting solo set. It would have been nice to see her full band, especially with her heavier new album out, but she's good with just a guitar too. Chicago garage punks Meat Wave followed and wasted no time turning things way back up. They're just a trio but they were one of the loudest and heaviest bands of the day. Almost their whole set was flooded in entirely red lights. It suited them well.

Up next were young locals The Lemon Twigs, who are still in their teens but already have approval from Foxygen whose Jonathan Rado is producing their forthcoming album. Fronted by Micheal and Brian D'Addario (who take turns between guitar/lead vocals and drums), The Lemon Twigs seem to take inspiration from mid-'70s rock: Michael, who wore eyeshadow, a floor-length robe and Aladdin Sane-Orange hair gave us the weirder songs with hints of Syd Barrett, early Bowie and Sparks; while Brian seemed to draw more from classic songwriters like Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach or Todd Rundgren. The whole band are seriously good musicians (and killer at harmonies) and, if these guys keep at it, it seems like they'll be crazy good by their mid-twenties.

BV CMJ 2015 Saturday

Mothers from Athens, GA then came on for the penultimate set of the day. Kristine Leschper has a great voice that reminded me more than once of Angel Olsen, and the music is a bit like Angel's last album too. It's folky at times, but driving indie rock at others. And the rest of her band were no slouches at all.

Finally Lilys wrapped up the day with what was only their fourth show of 2015... which is probably as many as they have played in the last five years. Kurt Heasley has seen nearly as many members of Lilys as The Fall, and this lineup -- the same as the two shows the weekend before at Baby's -- was put together by former member Don Devore, one of the five guitarists on stage. Sticking to songs from the band's early shoegaze years (like 1994's Eccsame the Photon Band which just got re-pressed on vinyl) with some seriously trippy projections, Lilys melted faces (helped along by Heasley's insistence that the A/C be turned off) with Clinton-era classics like "Ginger." We were very happy to bring this very rare show to fans (which included a lot of folks in other bands) to you for free. What a day!

Then we went to bed.

More pictures and videos from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Lilys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Mothers, Martin Courtney, Frankie Cosmos, Gotobeds & more played BV's Saturday party (pics)"

photos by P Squared

Thunderbitch @ Knitting Factory 10/16/2015

I didn't know what to expect when the Alabama Shakes singer took the stage for the first time with her rock band Thunderbitch, but no one could have imaged Brittany Howard coming out in white face, sitting on a motorcycle wearing leather and donning a straight haired, short, black wig. The music was right out of the garage: no frills, all grit, nothing new, but that's the point. This band, made up of members of Nashville's Clear Plastic Masks and Fly Golden Eagle, simply shows that when rock is stripped down to its core and cranked full of talent it speaks volumes and thrills the soul. - [Bob Boilen, NPR]
This year's CMJ had plenty of noteworthy shows and one of the more special ones was Thunderbitch's performance at the ATO Records Showcase at Knitting Factory on October 16. Thunderbitch, as you may know, is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard's other band, which hadn't played live since 2012, making this an extremely rare show. (And a much more intimate venue than Alabama Shakes play these days.) It was also a record release party for Thunderbitch's debut album, which was surprise-released in September and you can listen to at their website. While Thunderbitch shows are once in a blue moon, Alabama Shakes are currently touring and all dates are listed below.

The rest of the ATO CMJ showcase featured sets from Margaret Glaspy, Jessica Lea Mayfield (who played the BV Saturday day party), and Joseph. Pictures from their sets, plus more from Thunderbitch, below...

Continue reading "Brittany Howard's Thunderbitch played ATO's CMJ showcase w/ Margaret Glaspy, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Joseph (pics)"

photo: Lilys at Baby's last week (more by Greg Cristman)

photo: Martin Courtney with Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

You already know the details for the free BV Friday day party at Baby's All Right. There's also an all-day BrooklynVegan Saturday party from 11:00 AM to midnight at Baby's.

Here's the lineup and set times:
SATURDAY, 10/17/2015 @ Baby's All Right

11:00 AM DOORS
11:30 Murals
12:15 Petal
1:00 Martin Courtney of Real Estate
1:45 Methyl Ethel
2:30 The Gotobeds
3:15 Shopping
4:00 Dilly Dally
4:45 Stealing Sheep
5:30 The So So Glos
6:15 Wildhoney
7:00 Frankie Cosmos
7:45 Jessica Lea Mayfield
8:30 Meat Wave
9:15 The Lemon Twigs
10:00 Mothers
10:45 Lilys
The day kicks off bright and early with Louisville's pastoral psych band Murals and free vegetarian southern Thai samosas off the new Baby's menu, a collaboration with Bangkok restaurant Soul Food Mahanakorn. American brunch will also be available for purchase.

Then it's Scranton, PA Tigers Jaw associates Petal. Following that is a 1 PM set from Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who's followed by Australia's Methyl Ethel, Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds, and more post-punk from UK band Shopping.

Things keep going with Toronto's roaring indie rockers Dilly Dally, the harmony-laden Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, local punk staples The So So Glos, and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Then it's the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos, the ever-evolving Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, the young but already very accomplished locals The Lemon Twigs, folky Athens indie rockers Mothers, and finally a very rare reunion set from '90s shoegazers Lilys (only their fourth of 2015) to wrap up the day.

Like on Friday, things kick off with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts. We'll also have three varieties of Bell's on tap all day and night.

photo: Frankie Cosmos at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Cosmos

Again, all 12 hours of this show are totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

The show is one of five BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC this week. In addition to the Friday party, we're also presenting the two non-CMJ Front Bottoms shows at Irving Plaza.

Listen to the artists playing the Saturday party, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday all-day show lineup (Lilys, Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate's Martin Courtney, Dilly Dally, Stealing Sheep, Jessica Lea Mayfield, free Bell's beer & more!)"

by Andrew Sacher

ATO Records CMJ 2015

ATO Records are throwing a CMJ showcase on Friday (10/16) at Knitting Factory. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) and it's totally FREE with priority going to badgeholders if the venue hits capacity.

The lineup was initially announced with Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joseph, Margaret Glaspy and "very special guest" headliners but it's now revealed that those headliners are Thunderbitch, the other band of Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard. It's a very rare show for Thunderbitch (it follows a one-off from back in 2012) and a much smaller venue for Brittany Howard than the ones she's been playing with Alabama Shakes.

Caitlin Rose is also listed on CMJ's website, but she is no longer playing the Brooklyn show.

Margaret Glaspy
Margaret Glaspy

BV readers might be familiar with Jessica Lea Mayfield, but recent ATO signees Joseph and Margaret Glaspy may be new to you. NYC-via-California singer Margaret Glaspy's planning to release her debut album in the spring of 2016, and as the two demos she's posted show, she makes raw early '70s-inspired folk. Joseph, meanwhile, is a trio of sisters from the Pacific Northwest who make harmony-laden folk, and they're also planning their debut album for spring/summer 2016. You can watch Joseph's recent ATO session video and stream Margaret's demos below.

Continue reading "Brittany Howard's band Thunderbitch playing a rare set at ATO's CMJ show (with Margaret Glaspy, Joseph & more)"

Seth Jessica

Shapeshifting alt-country singer Jessica Lea Mayfield got heavy on last year's Make My Head Sing, and now she's got another new project on the way. This one's a collaborative project with Seth Avett (as in one of the brothers), and will have the duo releasing an Elliott Smith tribute album, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, on March 17 on Ramseur Records. They're also going on a tour in support of it that hits NYC on March 12 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale January 23 at noon.

All dates are listed, with a promo video for the album, below...

Continue reading "Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield releasing an Elliott Smith tribute album, touring together (dates)"


Jessica Lea Mayfield's folk took a turn for the sludgier on this year's Make My Head Sing, and this fall its tracks "Standing In The Sun" and "No Fun" will be released as a new 7" single. Jessica also recorded a live version of "No Fun" at the Chicago stop of her most recent tour, and has now filmed a video for that which you can check out below.

JLM also has more tour dates coming up including a NYC show on November 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with special guests. It's part of the 'New Legends Concert Series: Presented by TurnStyle Music' and you can get $10 tickets or the $50 pass which also gets you into the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show and other 'New Legends' shows.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield made a video for "No Fun," touring, playing Brooklyn Bowl w/ special guests (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Back in 2011, Jessica Lea Mayfield put out the very good Dan Auerbach-produced alt-country album Tell Me, and now she's got a new look and sound for its followup, Make My Head Sing..., which is due out on April 15 via ATO Records. From the way Jessica opens the record's first single, "Oblivious," it sounds like she's been listening to a good deal of sludge metal, with raw, thick riffage that's up there with many of the more likely Sabbath worshippers. Her voice remains gentle though, making for a pretty interesting mix. Check it out below.

Jessica will also be playing SXSW and then heading out on a tour of the US and Canada following the album's release. That tour brings her to NYC for two shows with Gambles happening on April 26 at Rough Trade and April 28 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Merc show starting Wednesday (2/19) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield gets heavy on "Oblivious" from upcoming LP, touring, including 2 NYC shows w/ Gambles (dates/stream)"


Though here in NYC we're in the midst of CMJ craziness, Austin's craziness that is SXSW has just announced its first round of bands for next year's festival. SXSW 2014 goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 7-16 and so far includes London Grammar, Calvin Love, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, OBN IIIs, Pure Love, Royal Canoe, Saint Rich, Shakey Graves, SISU, Ski Lodge, Soldout, Teengirl Fantasy, Jonathan Toubin, Ume, Vockah Redu, Dot Wiggin Band, Deidre and the Dark, Doughbeezy, Kaytranada, Killa Kyleon and more. Badges are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces first round of bands"

Jessica Lea Mayfield at Glasslands in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Jessica Lea Mayfield

The always great Jessica Lea Mayfield is kicking off her "Sibling Rivalry Tour" with her brother David tonight (11/30) in Geneva, NY at Ventrosa Winery and it comes to NYC on Saturday (12/1) at The Slipper Room with T. Hardy Morris. Tickets for the NYC show are available.

Jessica's brother David has played with her in the past in their family band, One Way Rider, for which they "[traveled] across the country in a 1956 tour bus once belonging to Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, and Ernest Tubb." David also contributed to Jessica's 2011 LP, Tell Me. You can check out a video of Jessica playing Tell Me single, "Our Hearts Are Wrong," live on KEXP and a list of all "Sibling Rivalry Tour" dates, below.

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield kicking off 'Sibling Rivalry Tour' w/ her brother David, playing NYC this weekend (dates)"

photos by David Andrako

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield, who is opening for Ryan Adams at Carnegie Hall on 12/6, toured through NYC earlier this month when she hit Glasslands on 11/17 with local Daniel Wayne and Ri¢hie...

"This was the most packed I've seen Glasslands on a Thursday in ages, and it's not hard to see why. Mayfield's latest record, the Dan Auerbach-produced Tell Me, moves Mayfield beyond her neo-country confines and continues her tradition of strong songwriting - see for example "Run Myself Into the Ground", which maintains a hint of twang but backs it with some solidly rock guitar work. That came courtesy of Nashville's Richie Kirkpatrick, whose band Ri¢hie has also served as Mayfield's rhythm section at several recent shows. This was my first introduction to Jessica live, and I was extremely pleased with both the show and the crowd. The only thing that could have made the night better would have been her performing her new cover of Nirvana's "Lounge Act"!" [NYC Taper]
NYC Taper has a recording of the show. We have some pictures, and they continue below...

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield played Glasslands w/ Ri¢hie & Daniel Wayne (pics & live recording)"

Ryan Adams

Jessica Lea Mayfield, who tours through Brooklyn in November, will be opening for Ryan Adams on his December tour including at Carnegie Hall which is a Bowery Presents show, and Bowery posted this info:

Ryan Adams
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Tue, December 6, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
$65, $57.50, $35
On Sale Fri 9/30, 11:00 am EDT
This event is all ages
Tickets will be sold through CarnegieHall.org or charge by phone 8 AM - 8 PM - 212.247.7800. No fee tickets are available at the venue box office - Mon-Sat 11AM - 6PM & Sun 12PM - 6PM
Ryan Adams says "all shows are solo."

Listen to Ryan cover Iron Maiden, below...

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield opens for Ryan Adams, Carnegie tix on sale Friday"

Jessica Lea Mayfield at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield is now on tour that continues through November, stopping at Pygmailion Music Festival and Midpoint Music Festival along the way, and hitting NYC on November 17 at Glasslands. Ri¢hie and Daniel Wayne open the Brooklyn show. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield on tour (dates)"

Jonny Corndawg at Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Chris La Putt)
Jonny Corndawg

As mentioned, Jonny Corndawg is planning to release his new album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30 and play a record release show the same day at Union Pool. That show is being supported by Icerod and The Extraordinaires. Tickets are still available. The new album is also streaming now on Paste.

Jonny was also supposed to play a Rocks Off Cruise on August 27, aka Saturday night (boat was going to leave at midnight!) with Icerod and Mike Farris. That show is now cancelled as is Jonny's show at The Saint with Jessica Lea Mayfield in Asbury Park, NJ that was supposed to happen tonight (8/26).

All weekend shows including tonight are also cancelled/postponed at the Stone Pony.

All current Corndawg dates below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg's NYC boat & Asbury Park shows cancelled, new dates annnounced"

photos by Ryan Barkan

John McCauley, Jonny Corndawg, Matt Vasquez @ BV-SXSW
Middle Brother

Jonny Corndawg is releasing his album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30. He'll celebrate the release of the album that same day (8/30) at Union Pool. Other bands TBA. John McCauley of Deer Tick provides guitar on the album. Check out the artwork and stream two tracks below.

The Union Pool show is 4 days after Jonny Corndawg plays The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ (8/26) with Jessica Lea Mayfield. Tickets are on sale now. Jessica Lea Mayfield recently contributed a cover of Nirvana's "Lounge Act" to Newermind. Kinda funny that Deer Tick isn't on that album.

Speaking of Deer Tick, friends, lovers and frequent tourmates Those Darlins are currently on an extensive tour that includes some dates this month with Old 97's. Those Darlins will hit NYC on October 14 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Middle Brother (featuring John McCauley of Deer Tick) are not done yet and will play a rare set at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island at the end of the month. It is their only scheduled date though. Delta Spirit (whose singer is also in Middle Brother) also play the SOLD OUT fest. Middle Brother, Dawes, Cordawg & Deer Tick played Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall in April, not long after Middle Brother and Deer Tick (and Corndawg) played a set at the Partisan Records/BV day party in Austin that The Old 97's also played. A belated set of pictures from that free show at Barbarella are in this post. More of them below.

Dawes (whose singer and drummer are also in Middle Brother) are currently touring overseas, but will return next week and head out on tour with Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas). That tour hits Beacon Theater on August 2nd (the show is sold out though tickets are still available for the NJ show happening one day later). All dates are listed below.

Deer Tick also has dates coming up including a free show at Pier 54 (8/11) with DOM. More dates below.

Jo Schornikow of the John McCauley approved Shivers plays on Sunday (7/24) at Death by Audio as part of the "Permanent Wave's SOUND WAVE to Benefit the International Women's Health Coalition" at the all ages venue. Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus, Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick's previous band, is on the bill too.

More Middle Brother pics, tours of tour dates and stuff below...

Continue reading "Corndawg, Deer Tick, Dawes, Alison Krauss, Those Darlins & more -- 2011 tour dates & Middle Brother pics too"

Meat Puppets
Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets recently finished up a tour in support of their most recent LP Lollipop which came out this past April. After a couple dates with Soundgarden at the end of the month, the Meat Puppets will take a short break before playing a few more dates this fall. Their last string of dates never came through NYC, but this one will on November 4 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Meat Puppet Curt Kirkwood recently spoke to JSOnline about their tour and Nirvana, who they played with at Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance, and whose seminal album Nevermind celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Meat Puppets recorded a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Spin's new Nevermind tribute album, Newermind. The album also features contributions by EMA (who has shows coming up soon), The Vaselines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Amanda Palmer, Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood and others. The album will be available for free download on Spin's website starting July 26. Tracklist below.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, Universal is also releasing a deluxe edition of the album on September 19. The reissue includes a 4 CD/1 DVD boxset with rarities, B-sides, unreleased recordings, BBC radio appearances, and an unreleased concert on DVD.

Universal will also reissue 1991: The Year Punk Broke on DVD on September 6. The film documents a Sonic Youth tour with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. The reissue includes a bonus film titled (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, which features live footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana.

Meat Puppets dates and video of them with Nirvana at MTV Unplugged in 1993, below...

Continue reading "Meat Puppets announce dates, appear on SPIN Nirvana tribute, 'Nevermind' is turning 20"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

Catching up a bit. Here's what Dominick saw in Austin on Wednesday, March 16, 2011...

Continue reading "SXSW 2011 Day 1 pics"

photos by Chris La Putt

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield's honky-tonk-angel voice was tailormade for late-night spins on a lonely jukebox in the middle of nowhere.

Yet this precocious singer-songwriter with the cool alt-roots vibe seems to be everywhere these days. Rolling Stone and Spin pegged her as an up-and-coming artist to watch, and she recently made her network television debut on David Letterman's show.

"Normally, I don't get nervous playing shows, because I've been doing it my whole life," Mayfield said by phone last week while running errands in Kent, her hometown.

"But I was definitely throw-up nervous to play David Letterman's show, for two or three days before I did it. Once I got there, I relaxed. It was fun." [Cleveland.com]

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Daniel Martin Moore played Bowery Ballroom on April 1st, the second of two NYC dates for the pair who also played Glasslands two days earlier as part of a larger tour that is still underway. More pictures and some videos from the Bowery show, and video from the Letterman show, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

DOWNLOAD: Daniel Martin Moore - Dark Road (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Martin Moore - In the Cool of the Day (MP3)

Jessica Lea Mayfield @ SXSW
Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield's new Dan Auerbach-produced album, Tell Me, was released by Nonesuch Records on February 8, and since then she's tourned with Justin Townes Earle, and the Avett Brothers, and played a few shows in Austin for SXSW, one of which was an American Songwriter showcase which is where the pictures in this post come from. Another one of her sets from SXSW is for sale on iTunes, and another is streaming at KEXP. I wanted to book her on one of the many BrooklynVegan parties as well, but it ended up not working out.

She is currently back out on the road, but this time as a headliner, with Daniel Martin Moore. They play Glasslands on March 30th (AKA TONIGHT) (tickets are still available) and, after a stop in Philly, Bowery Ballroom on April 1st (tickets available too). All tour dates are listed below

Daniel Martin Moore recently dropped In The Cool Of The Day via Sub Pop in January. Two MP3s from that record are above, and the title track is also below.

Moore's companion on the recent, um, Dear Companion LP has been at work too. Ben Sollee has a new LP, Inclusions, due in May and was SUPPOSED to support Billy Bragg on his cancelled tour that was supposed to be at City Winery this week, but instead will play City Winery as part of a Japan benefit on March 31st with Rachael Yamagata, Tift Merritt, Marshall Crenshaw, Dar Williams, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Nicole Atkins, classic pianist Taka Kigawa, and the New York based big band Morning Musuko. Ben will also play with Tracy Bonham at Cameo in Brooklyn one day later.

All Jessica Lee Mayfield and Daniel Martin Moore, tour dates, some videos and more SXSW pictures, below...

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Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

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