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photo: Adele at Joe's Pub in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Adele is in NYC as we speak, having just played Radio City last night (11/17). It was supposed to be a one-off, but now she's playing a second show at the WAY smaller Joe's Pub on Friday (11/20), the same place she made her US debut in 2008. It's an iHeartRadio show, and for a chance to get in you have to enter this contest. (Update: the contest was taken down, but the show is confirmed to be happening.)

The show description reads: "During the exclusive show, Adele will perform a few songs, as well as talk about her new album in a Q&A hosted by Elvis Duran. Fans will also hear the singer's new music in a special radio broadcast of the show."

Her new album 25 will be out the day of the show. Then she's the musical guest on SNL this Saturday. Matthew McConaughey is hosting and below you can watch a new video of him preparing to introduce Adele with Kate McKinnon. Also listen to Adele's recent studio session of "When We Were Young" from her new album, below.

On November 25, Adele returns to TODAY, which she made her US TV debut on in 2008.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Bridget Everett - 'Rock Bottom' at Joe's Pub 9/12/2014
Bridgett Everett

Mr. Shaiman, who pounds away at the piano keys during the show, and Mr. Wittman, who directed it, and her other collaborators, Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray, have not attempted to impose a demure superego on the rampaging id that is Ms. Everett. On the contrary, "Rock Bottom" lets her run as loose and sing as loud as ever, celebrating the louche life and flaunting her flair for exhibitionism -- sexual, emotional and physical -- across 90 minutes of hair-raising, jaw-dropping and, yes, sometimes cringe-making performance. This unbridled performer makes the breast-baring, mouthy Bette Midler of the 1970s seem like Julie Andrews trilling and twirling on that mountaintop in "The Sound of Music."

Ms. Everett performs 10 songs in the show, at least three of which feature titles that are not fit for print. One of the funniest finds her making sport of her own ample dimensions while using a festively colored sex toy of considerable size as a prop to help detail her rapacious exploits around the globe. - [NY Times]

Bridget Everett seems to be everywhere in NYC lately, with the official debut of her new show at Joe's Pub, Rock Bottom (which has been in previews for a while). In addition to the New York Times review, she was also on the cover of the 9/10 issue of The Village Voice. The very bawdy show, which also features frequent collaborator and Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, plays select dates through October 16 at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale and all show dates are listed below. We caught Rock Bottom last Friday (9/12) and pictures from that are in this post.

There's no Rock Bottom show tonight, but you can catch Bridget Everett tonight (9/18) at The Bell House as part of the kickoff event at the 2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Tonight's show is 'The Talent Show Presents: Gowanus Idol' and has a stacked lineup of talent, also featuring Amy Schumer, Dave Hill, Ira Glass, Bobby Tisdale, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Joseph Keckler, Eliot Glazer, Giulia Rozzi, THE ENGAGEMENTS and hosts Elna Baker and Kevin Townley. Tickets are still available.

Rock Bottom show dates, plus more pics from the show and the Voice cover, below...

Continue reading "Bridget Everett's raunchy 'Rock Bottom' now at Joe's Pub (pics); Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest begins tonight"

photos by Greg Cristman

Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub, 8/10/2014
Allen Toussaint

While most of his best-known songs were made famous by other performers, producer, arranger, hitmaker and general New Orleans living legend Allen Toussaint in no small way helped shape not only the sound of that city's R&B scene but of rock n' roll and pop music in general. You forget just how many famous songs he had his talented fingers in -- "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony," "Fortune Teller" and "Mother in Law" to name four -- until he plays them all, which he did at this solo Sunday brunch show at Joe's Pub (8/10). Pictures, setlist and video from that set are in this post.

Toussaint will on the road this fall with another famed New Orleans outfit: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Titled the "Oh Yeah!" Tour, this will be a combined show, with lots of interaction between the two legends. The tour hits NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates -- including ones in NJ and Purchase, NY -- are listed, along with more pics from Toussaint's show at Joe's Pub, below...

Continue reading "Allen Toussaint played Joe's Pub (pics, video, setlist), on tour w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band this fall (dates, tix on sale)"

Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett
Bridg and Champ

Known collaborators and Ad-Rock associates Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett just got a little closer with the release of a new video, titled "Just Woke Up"...

Champagne Jerry, Max Tannone, Bridget Everett. They're all in your bedroom. You wake up. Early. Like at 5am. And boom. There they are. All three of them. Naked. Or dressed. Doesn't matter. Your choice. The TV is on in the background. A cooler with ice cold alcoholic beverages is within reach. Guess what, world? This is going to be the best morning of your life.
Watch the Jason Cacioppo-directed sexy video for Jerry's new Max Tannone-written single ("Starring: Bridget Everett, Champagne Jerry, and the Champagne"), below.

Catch Bridget Everett & Tender Moments after a set by Julie Klausner at Joe's Pub tonight (6/24).

Bridget is also at the intimate Manhattan club on August 6th (look out for Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz on bass, and of course Bridgett's titties).

Ted Leo associate Julie Klausner is also at Joe's Pub ALL THIS WEEK as part of a "Cabaret Situation" that "will feature a grown woman saying funny things, medleys of songs arranged suchly to make a point or to to just be pretty, and some visual "pow" that will leave your eyes both stimulated and lubricated."

Maybe you caught one of Champgane Jerry's monthly song release shows at Joe's Pub, like the one that just happened on 6/21 or the one on 4/3 with Ad-Rock. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you'll check out his next one on July 19, the day his full album is finally released. Maybe you won't. Jerry is also heading out on tour soon to "MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, MARYLAND, NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, TEXAS", but those are the only details for now.

Check out the video below...

Continue reading "Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett "Just Woke Up," playing Joe's Pub (where Julie Klausner is all week)"

Mates of State at Bumbershoot 2013 (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
Mates of State

Indie pop duo Mates of State began a "seated acoustic piano / drums / voices / strings / horns" tour in Boston this past weekend (3/15), and they'll continue playing those shows through April. The tour includes a stop in NYC for two shows at Joe's Pub on March 29 (7:30 PM & 9:30 PM). Tickets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with their BV Soundwave Session video, below...

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Walter Martin

As discussed, Walter Martin is one of the many Walkmen who are using the band's hiatus to dive into solo career territory, and his guest-filled debut LP, We're All Young Together, is coming out on May 13 via Family Jukebox. It's an album for children, but not "kids music." Since we last spoke, he released a live video of one of its tracks, "The Beatles (When Ringo Shook His Mop)," which features contributions from Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser, Caveman singer Matt Iwanusa, and Nick Stumpf & Josh Wise (both of French Kicks) on the studio version. You can check that out below. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get an instant download of "Sing To Me," which features Karen O. Walter also revealed the album artwork (above), and full tracklist (below).

He's got two NYC appearances scheduled at the moment too, including a "special collaboration" with Wesley Stace (who has other dates) at Housing Works on March 28. That starts at 7 PM, and will also feature Walter discussing the album with author Sam Lipyste (The Fun Parts). He'll also play a full band release show at Joe's Pub on May 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Joe's Pub is also where Hamilton Leithauser plays four shows in April. Tickets to some of them are still available.

The Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer also has upcoming dates, including a NYC show on Thursday (3/6) at Baby's All Right (tickets).

Walter Martin LP tracklist and new video below...

Continue reading "The Walkmen's Walter Martin shares more LP details, playing two NYC shows (watch the new video)"

Hamilton Leithauser at Gene Clark tribute at MHOW (more by Gretchen Robinette)

News on The Walkmen members' solo careers keeps coming. We recently got details on the new Walter Martin album and some upcoming Peter Matthew Bauer shows, and now here comes more details on frontman Hamilton Leithauser's solo LP.

He already mentioned it would include contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). We now know it's called Black Hours and will be out on June 3 via Domino imprint Ribbon Music. Get a taste of it with the video for new single "Alexandra" (which also comes out as a 7" on Record Store Day), along with the tracklist, below.

You can also catch Hamilton live in his hometown of NYC on April 15 and 16 at Joe's Pub. He's doing two shows each night, and tickets go on sale Thursday (2/27).

Video and LP tracklist below...

Continue reading "The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser details new solo LP, shares video for "Alexandra," playing 4 shows at Joe's Pub"

Murray Hill at The Julie Ruin's Bowery Ballroom show (more by PSquared)
Murray Hill

Downtown comedian and drag king legend Murray Hill will headline Gramercy Theatre for his first time on March 8 for a one-off of The Murray Hill Show. He's got some of his best pals (and impressive ones) lined up as guests for the show, including Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, singer/comedian Bridget Everett, Ad-Rock's collaborator and fellow rapper Champagne Jerry, and Peaches. They'll be backed by Murray's band The Rimshots (Jesse Elder, Matt Parker, Kenbal Zwerin, Arthur Vint). Tickets for the show are on sale now. Flyer below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, who just made a new video starring Ad-Rock and Carmine Covelli (also of The Julie Ruin), monthly at Joe's Pub. Their next show is February 25. Tickets are still available.

Champagne Jerry, who also has a recent video with Ad-Rock, continues his monthly appearances at Joe's Pub as well, which are in conjunction with his album rollout. The next one is on March 7 and tickets are on sale now.

In other NYC drag news, Night of a Thousand Stevies, the annual Stevie Nicks tribute drag/burlesque/dance party, returns for its 24th year to Irving Plaza on May 9. Tickets go on sale today (2/7) at 10 AM.

In more related news, The Julie Ruin just made a video for "Goodnight Goodbye," which you can watch below. They also have an upcoming tour with Screaming Females, and Kathleen Hanna will be curating Sled Island (6/18-22 in Calgary) this year.

Video of Murray Hill and Bridget Everett, with the show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Murray Hill headlining Gramercy w/ Ad-Rock, Peaches, others; Night of 1000 Stevies returning; Julie Ruin made a new video"

words and photos by P Squared Photography

Doug Paisley @ Joe's Pub - 1/22/14
Doug Paisley

Toronto, Canada's singer/songwriter Doug Paisley came to NYC last week for one night at the beautiful Joe's Pub (1/22). The cold snowy night outside along with the venue made for the perfect setting for his intimate and often dread-and-sadness-filled folk and country tunes. Backed by his talented band that included bass, drums and piano, Paisley graced the clearly adoring crowd with an hour's worth of songs, and the tales behind them. The set consisted of the bulk of his great new album Strong Feelings and 2010's Constant Companion with 2 songs included from last years Golden Embers EP -- all on the No Quarter label, all worth your time to dig into. Pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

More, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Doug Paisley played Joe's Pub (pics, video & setlist)"

photos by Kevin Yatarola

Champagne Jerry and Adam Horovitz @ Joe's Pub, NYC (12/7/2013)
Champagne Jerry
Champagne Jerry
Champagne Jerry

Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) continued his monthly Joe's Pub appearances over the weekend (12/7) as part of the rollout for his upcoming album, For Real You Guys. In conjunction with this past Saturday's show, CJ is releasing the new single "Yo Kev!," which amazingly features Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, who also performed with CJ at the show where the song was debuted and the video first screened. That video now makes its online premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.

The softball-themed video, which was directed by Jason Cacioppo and shot it in September in Williamsburg, stars Ad-Rock, Champagne Jerry, Jerry's DJ and producer Max Tannone, downtown legend and everyone's favorite host Murray Hill as the coach, House of Larreon fashion designer, visual artist and performer Larry Krone, ex-Isotoners and performer Jim Andralis, Eben Burr, artist Cycle, Morningwood/Wallflowers/Exclamation Pony member Peter Yanowitz, fashion model Lisa Davies, Mia Juhng, writer and journalist Ada Calhoun, Babe the Blue Ox's Eddie Gormley, and legendary graffiti artist, graphic designer and creator of the Champagne Jerry logo Cey Adams.

Rolling Stone caught the Joe's Pub show, which saw a Beastie Boy in one of NYC's most intimate venues, and they wrote:

As the cavernous bass tones and rugged drums of "Yo Kev!" kicked in, Champagne Jerry and Ad-Rock traded rhymes onstage, with the latter clad in a baseball cap and t-shirt baring the slogan "Referee." While Jerry's rhymes included the boast "all of Taylor Swift's songs are about me," the Beastie Boy dropped scattershot lyrics that featured him bragging how he "pop bottles so hard got carpel-tunnel" and included references to all-day brunch and the chicken-tastic Brooklyn food spot Pies 'n' Thighs. The video to the song, which has the characters playing ball in a rough and tumble environment, also had its world premiere.
Pictures of the show are in this post too. Check out more, along with the new video, below...

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Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Ad Rock and Champagne Jerry

Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.

You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.

It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.

"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."
If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".

"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.

We recently caught the Julie Ruin at Fun Fun Fun Fest and at MHOW, and not that long ago at Union Pool where Ad-Rock was reportedly seen hanging with Champagne Jerry.

Champagne Jerry music and videos below....

Continue reading "Ad-Rock rapping & writing w/ Champagne Jerry, DJing MoMA instead of Kathleen Hanna (whose movie is coming out)"

Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Dave and Phil

Who are Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments? To quote the NY Times:

Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...
That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).

Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).

What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).

Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!

Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.

P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.

Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dave Hill & Phil Anselmo made a show for Adult Swim; Ad-Rock plays bass in Bridget Everett's band who play Joe's Pub (and Outside Lands with Dave Hill)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hammer

Anais Mitchell, who is carrying a child herself (congrats Anais!), recently released an album with Jefferson Hamer called Child Ballads (learn more about that at NPR). Anais and Jefferson have been touring that album, and played songs from it in NYC at Joe's Pub on 4/16 and 4/17. We have some pictures in this post from the first intimate show, which Robert Sarazin Blake opened.

Anais and Jefferson will continue on the road later in May after another NYC show, but this time at Rockwood Music Hall on May 10 with Port St. Willow, and as part of the Downtown Music Festival (which means maybe the show will be more expensive than usual? Not sure totally how it works.).

All tour dates and more pictures from Joe's Pub, below...

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer released an LP, touring, played Joe's Pub, add another NYC show (dates & pics)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Richard Thompson @ Joe's Pub, 2/5/2013
Richard Thompson

There'€™s been a big revival in folk and roots music in the last few years, ' why do you think this is?

€˜I think people like to know the old music. They like to know where they come from. The British are often very dismissive of their own culture though, like the way they laugh at Morris dancers or if a British folk song gets in the charts it gets treated like a novelty song rather than a valid piece of popular culture.

I think the more people that live inside the cyber world and the more they are on the internet, the more they seem part of the global village that people will crave the identity of their own culture and the more they will want to say this is the music of where I come from, the clothes of where I come from. - [Louder Than War]

Folk and rock legend Richard Thompson explores new territory on his 22nd album, Electric, dabbling in funk, though in a way that still feels very much the man at hand. (You can stream it below.) Opening with the new album's definitely groovy "Stuck on a Treadmill," some of those new directions were on display last night (2/5) at Joe's Pub, though Thompson looked the same as always in his signature beret.

Richard, as mentioned, will be back in NYC in March as part of a tour with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Cowell. All of those dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Joe's show, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Richard Thompson played Joe's Pub (pics, setlist), touring with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (dates)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Bettye LaVette at Joe's Pub - 1/12/13
Betty LaVette

Soul legend Bettye LaVette, whose first single came out 50 years ago, came to NYC for two shows this past weekend, including one at City Winery on Friday (1/11) and another at Joe's Pub on Saturday (1/12). Pictures from the Joe's Pub show are in this post. Included is a shot of the written setlist, though she didn't play everything on it, and added in a cover of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me."

She has other upcoming shows and will be back in NYC to open for The Blind Boys of Alabama when they play Town Hall on May 17. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all remaining dates and more pictures from Joe's Pub below...

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Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom, May 2010 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette, who is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a musician, is in the Midwest now and about to play two shows at the new City Winery Chicago, but after a stint across the pond, the soul singer will retire from the road for the year in middle December. The downtime won't last too terribly long though; Bettye LaVette will play a pair of NYC shows in early January: 1/11 at City Winery (tickets) and 1/12 at Joe's Pub (tickets).

All tour dates are listed, along with video of an entire live show, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette on tour, playing Joe's Pub & City Winery (in NYC & Chicago) -- updated dates"

Jason Collett

When most artists release a Best Of collection, they usually throw in a new song. Occasional Broken Social Scene cohort Jason Collett has taken this a step further by packaging a retrospective (Essential Cuts) with a brand new album, the previously mentioned Reckon which came out a couple weeks ago via Arts & Crafts. Both show off Collett's well-honed songwriting chops and you can stream both in full below.

Jason is currently on tour and will be in NYC on Wednesday (10/10) to play Joe's Pub. Tickets are still availaiable, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below, along with the album streams and all remaining tour dates.

Continue reading "stream Jason Collett's new album and best-of; he's in NYC this week (win tix!)"

Public Theater

The Public Theater's multi-million dollar renovation is almost complete. On October 4 the unveiling/rededication of the new Manhattan space happens and there will be a free block party and open house on Saturday, October 13, 12pm - 5pm. During that time, Lafayette Street in Manhattan will be closed from Astor Place to E4th St, and will welcome food trucks and live musical performances from a bevy of "popular Joe's Pub artists" and upcoming musical theater performances. Look for an early previews of Giant by Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa, Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, and last year's favorite The Total Bent by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, in addition to musical performances from Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess, Sasha Allen, banjo player Tony Trischka and M.A.K.U. SoundSystem. More info is here.

While we're at it, Joe's Pub will host its share of interesting events in the coming weeks. Tickets are still available for the previously discussed Jason Collett appearance (here) and all of Henry Rollins' appearances (here). Singles and the attached alike can look forward to Never Sleep Alone (10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, tickets) a mock "sex therapy session" (read the NY Times review). 

Other shows: Anne Hathaway "and friends" will perform songs from Cabaret on October 24 (tickets); Willie Nile, who played the final show at Kenny's Castaways, plays the space on October 26 (tickets); and DeLeon, not to be confused with Sri-Lankan MC DeLon, plays the space on November 16 (tickets).

Henry Rollins

Tickets are on sale now for the five, intimate spoken word shows Henry Rollins recently scheduled at Joe's Pub in NYC, part of his 50+ date 2012 'Capitalism Tour'. Listen to some recent inspiring words that Henry posted to Youtube, below...

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Mirah at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Mirah is planning an East Coast tour to happen this November. That tour will be announced in full soon, but Mirah has already revealed that it will hit NYC on November 15 at Joe's Pub. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Mirah's last tour brought her to Glasslands after she played the Ecstatic Music Festival for a show this past February. You can check out a video of her from that show below.

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Mirel Wagner

24-year-old singer Mirel Wagner was born in Ethiopia but spent most of her life in Finland. With only spare guitar and her whispery, expressive voice, her songs are delicate and brittle like beautiful little spiderweb. Her debut album came out on Friendly Fire Recordings back in March. You can stream it below via a Spotify player and check out the video for album-opener, "To the Bone," below.

Mirel will be playing her first North American shows next month, including the Hopscotch Festival and a few dates opening for Deerhoof. She's got two shows in NYC: a solo show, as mentioned, at Joe's Pub on September 16 (tickets) and then at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Deerhoof and Buke and Gass on September 17 (tickets).

Opening for Mirel at Joe's Pub is Natureboy who maybe you caught at her Pianos residency back in June. She'll also be opening for the amazing Cate Le Bon at Union Pool on September 22 and tickets are still available. Natureboy also just recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here.

A list of all tour dates, the video, and album streams below...

Continue reading "Mirel Wagner playing Joe's Pub w/ Natureboy before Deerhoof tour; Natureboy opening for Cate Le Bon (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Miguel at Joe's Pub - 7/31/12 (via)

R&B singer Miguel first caught ears with his 2010 debut LP, All I Want Is You, and earlier this year he resurfaced with the Art Dealer Chic EPs. He's since announced his next full length, Kaleidoscope Dream, which he'll release on October 2 via RCA, but instead of making you wait until October, Miguel has decided to gradually unveil it. He released the Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview digital EP yesterday (7/31), which comprises three of the eventual album tracks, will follow that with the Kaleidoscope Dream: Air Preview digital EP on September 11, and then finally on October 2, those two EPs and five more previously unreleased songs will make up the full album. Way to utilize the internet.

You can stream the entire Water Preview EP over at SPIN and download it for just under $4 at iTunes. It's decidedly more on the Frank Ocean/Weeknd side of R&B than the Usher/R. Kelly side, and it's really good. The songs are fully formed and ready for radio/MTV/arenas but there's a depth to these arrangements that won't you normally find in those places. The end of "Don't Look Back" features a straightforward homage to The Zombies' "Time of the Season," and while Miguel's not the first R&B/hip hop artist to recognize the swag of "What's your name, who's your daddy, is he rich like me?," he certainly gives it the justice it deserves in 2012.

Miguel celebrated the new EP with a private show in NYC last night (7/31) at Joe's Pub, where he performed all three of the songs on the EP in addition to older cuts as well. He was backed by a drummer, two guys with laptops/synths and an electric guitarist. Was it a little cheesy when the mega-distorted guitarist soloed and ripped aggressive power chords over smooth R&B? Yeah, a little. And there was a bit of over-the-top heteronormativity when he demanded that the men in the audience made room for the ladies up front after playing a song where he repeated, "Tell me that pussy is mine." But overall, he and his backing band sounded great playing these songs, and Miguel has the ability to play much larger venues than Joe's Pub. Check out videos from the show below.

Miguel will play a public NYC show this Saturday (8/4) at MoMA PS1 for Warm Up with Jamie xx, Lemonade, Pearson Sound, Sinjin Hawke, and Zora Jones. Tickets for that show are still available.

The only other shows we're aware of at the moment is a show with The-Dream in Columbus, OH on Friday (8/3) and Power 98's Summerfest in Charlotte, NC. All dates in list format and the videos from last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Miguel releasing 3-part LP, playing shows (streams, live video and dates)"

Make Music NY

Like AA batteries on the subway tracks and college kids in polo shirts trying to get you to sign some petition, music is pretty inescapable on NYC. But today, June 21, 2012, it is even moreso as it's the annual Make Music New York day which puts musicians of all shades and colors on the sidewalks of our fair city. As you might imagine, some neighborhoods (like Williamsburg) will have more going on than others.

Besides a bunch of random bands, there are some fun events. Mass Appeal brings together hundreds of musicians to perform works created for one specific instrument that anyone (with said instrument) can participate in. This includes the world premiere of Philip Glass' choral work "The New Rule" which happens in Times Square at 6:30. If you'd like to join in, you can download the sheet music here.

Other Mass Appeal events happening today include accordions in Sheridan Triangle (6:30PM), bagpipes in Herald Square (7PM), harps at Urban Plaza (5:30), ouds at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (7PM), and many more.

More MMNY: Joe's Pub is throwing an all-day block party at Astor Pl./Lafayette from 11AM  - 7PM with performances from Chris Parrello, Heather Christian & the Arbornauts, Sxip Shirey and more.

Slavic Soul Party is playing at Jacobi Medical Center Pedestrian Mall; and Tompkins Square Park has Support Women Artists Now at 3PM, the Hungry March Band at 6PM, and Bill Popp & the Tapes at 7PM.

There's lots, lots more going on today. Go outside, you'll probably run into some of it. But you can check their website to see what's going on in your neighborhood.

Historically and technically Punk Island is part of Make Music New York, but this year Punk Island actually happens three days later (this Sunday) on Governors Island. Flyer and more info below...

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DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - "Apostle" (MP3)

Marissa Nadler at The Hideout in Chicago (more by Ben Rodig)
Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler will spend the first half of June playing select dates with Faces on Film. The shows include a stop in Brooklyn at Union Hall on June 15th (tickets) and another on June 16th at Joe's Pub (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.

Nadler's new LP, The Sister, will be released via her own Box of Cedars label on May 29 and is available for preorder now. The aptly-titled album is the companion release to her previous, eponymous LP. Download "Apostle" from that album above. Stream the same song, along with the video for "The Wrecking Ball Company", the album artwork, tracklist, and all dates below...

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by Bill Pearis


It's a good week for fans of early '70s cult artist Rodriguez, as he plays a rare show at Joe's Pub Wednesday night (4/25), his first visit to NYC since 2009 December 2011 when he opened for Charles Bradley at Bowery Ballroom.

He's here as the acclaimed Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man, screens at the Tribeca Film Festival this week: tonight (4/24, 9:30PM) at the BMCC Tribeca PAC and then Friday (4/27, 6PM) at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7. Tickets are still available to both screenings. The synopsis:

Aspiring '70s folk rock musician Rodriguez never made it big. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded promptly into obscurity, leaving behind only urban legends of a gruesome onstage suicide. But somehow a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, where his antiestablishment message and distinctive sound resonated with the youth protest movement there, making Rodriguez an instant superstar. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker. While initially frustrated by a dearth of leads, they eventually trace his roots to 1970s Detroit and a producer named Mike Theodore, who drops a bombshell that completely changes the nature of their investigation.

Truly stranger than fiction, this story of a Mexican-American folk singer from Detroit and his unforeseen success spans decades and continents, and is aptly unraveled to the soundtrack of Rodriguez' own haunting original songs. Ultimately the fans uncover a convoluted and unbelievable true story of success, obscurity, politics, and the power of music itself.

If you can't make this week's Tribeca Film Festival screenings, Searching for Sugar Man opens in NY and LA on July 27, with more cities to follow. Light in the Attic reissued both of Rodriguez' albums -- 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming from Reality -- and you can stream them via Spotify. Rodriguez' 2009 tour found him backed by members of Reigning Sound and the Fresh & Onlys. Not sure who, if anyone, is playing with him for this Joe's Pub show on Wednesday.

Other music films in this year Tribeca Film Festival include Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey and a film about John Forte who also played a NYC show in conjunction with his film (at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday).

Click through for clips from Search for Sugar Man plus live performance footage from his 2009 tour.

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