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Madison Square Park

"Madison Square is probably best known around the world for lending its name to Madison Square Garden, which was a sports arena located just northeast of the park until 1925. The current Madison Square Garden, the fourth such building, is not in the area. Notable buildings around Madison Square include the Flatiron Building, the Met Life Tower, and the New York Life Building. A new exclusive luxury high-rise condominium tower, "One Madison Park", will rival the Met Life Tower in height." [Wikipedia]
The lineup for Madison Square Park's annual Oval Lawn series of free Wednesday shows has been announced. Held in the same NYC location that Lucero and others are playing in June for the Big Apple BBQ, the series will offer eight free concerts this summer, ending with the previously reported John Scofield Trio show on August 5th.

Its opening show on June 17th will be "A Wainwright Family Concert" with Loudon Wainwright III, Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche all sharing the bill.

Kicking off the 2009 season with a real "family affair," this triple bill features three uniquely talented voices of the highly acclaimed Wainwright family. Loudon Wainwright III headlines with his trademark self-effacing wit and broad humor. Sloan Wainwright, Loudon's sister, is known for a musical style blending pop, folk, jazz and blues. Lucy Wainwright Roche, Loudon's daughter, opens the show with her own bittersweet songwriting style, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffith.
The Wainwrights all have individual upcoming dates across the country, listed below. Lucy Wainwright Roche's schedule includes a NYC solo show at Joe's Pub on June 20th, a few days after the family show. Tickets are on sale. If you're wondering how these Wainwrights are related to each other and the rest, Sloan's website features a helpful family tree.

We also just posted a whole bunch of other free shows taking place in NYC parks this summer, and you can browse our Free Shows tag for even more than that.

Full Madison Square Park Oval schedule + directions, and all Wainwright dates, below...

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Bob Mould two nights ago @ Joe's Pub (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bob Mould

Last night (4/9), while some were enjoying (or not enjoying) a Passover Seder, others caught Bob Mould at his second of two shows at Joe's Pub. Anonymous wrote,

Unfortunately it was not an ideal venue tonight.
It could have been, but the atmosphere just wasn't the way most BM solo shows usually are.
Still not bad, and the audience was with him, but people were eating dinner....that's an ideal venue for Bob Mould?? I don't think so.
We have a review and pictures from the first night, HERE. Tonight (4/10), Bob switches it up a little and plays DJ (and maybe performs live?) at Highline Ballroom for his popular gay dance night Blowoff. (Tickets are on sale.)

Paper Magazine held their "Beautiful People Party" at Hiro Ballroom last night. Past musical guests at the annual get together have included Antony and Joanna Newsom (whose music is now featured in a bra commercial). This year it was Paper cover-girl Katy Perry who was already in town playing multiple nights at Irving Plaza and humping bananas.

Speaking of humping bananas, Chris Cornell played two shows at Webster Hall this week. In the YouTube video below you can see that he.... shaved his guitar player's head on stage while they were playing at one of them.

Also featured in Paper's new "Beautiful People" issue is comedian Aziz Ansari who co-stars with Amy Poehler in the TV show Parks and Recreation which premiered last night. Did you catch it? What did you think?

Lissy Trullie was featured in last year's "Beautiful People" issue. Last night she played Union Hall with US Royalty (who play the Studio at Webster Hall tonight).

New Ditmas Park/Flatbush venue Sycamore hosted its third-ever live show last night. Check out the schedule for what they have coming up.

The Books paid a somewhat rare visit to NYC. The band, noted one showgoer, "debuted some sweet new tunes." Those'd be from the group's forthcoming record, which, according to the Columbia Spectator, is due next year. The Spectator also noted the lack of promotion for the show - which according to the Books' Twitter sold out less than a day before it happened. One student, on the minimal on-campus promotion, said, "I had no way of knowing they were playing at Columbia...I found out about the concert on a random music blog that I was casually browsing -- I don't even remember which site it was."

As NYC's summer concert lineup comes together, two shows were added to calendar yesterday - Casiokids at South Street Seaport and Shilpa Ray at Castle Clinton (as part of a Sly Stone tribute concert). Shilpa played Death by Audio last night. Look for more summer-show announcements today (in addition to Simian Mobile Disco at the Williamsburg Waterfront).

UK band Pet Shop Boys almost became Rescue Shelter Boys.

What did you do last night?

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words by by Martin Longley, photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Bob Mould

Even though singer/guitarist Bob Mould's two shows at Joe's Pub are sold-out, this joint didn't oversell its tickets, and there was still plenty of room to breathe, even back at the bar area at the first performance last night (April 8). The show started promptly, working against a strict curfew and Bob loaded with a prolific songbook to churn through. It was the day after the release of Life And Times, a swift follow-up to last year's District Line, and Mould was concentrating on its contents, as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of his solo debut Workbook.

Mould's songs are melodic, but act almost as a suite of layered-tone pieces, rarely pausing in-between each short number, and constructed out of jangled chords and vaulting vocals, building up his distinctive wall of sound. He's remarkable not so much as a tunesmith, but as a generator of unlimited energy, commitment and expressiveness, concerned with texture, drive and cumulative impact.

Normally, artist evolution is praiseworthy, and don't we just hate folks who endlessly bay out for their fave songs from two decades back [?], but it can't be avoided that Mould feels like a teaser when it comes to the fully electrified guitar. Clearly, his fans are begging for the feedback surge of those Hüsker Dü days, myself included. His spangling, highly amplified acoustic axe is fine for the epic sweep of his material, but when he snatches up the electric guitar in the final third of the set, there's a definite sense of pent-up release, as the distortion rips out in a scaly peeling of burnt skin. Mould proffers a tease-taster of this earlier on, as he trips an effects button on his acoustic for a brief overload solo. Strangely, the first guitar mini freak-out of the nite comes courtesy of sideman Jason Narducy, who also plays bass for much for the duration.

It turns out that the onstage drumkit is there for the next band, at the 9.30pm set, but its presence inadvertently becomes a part of the evening's tantalization. All through the set we're wondering if a sticks-being is going to pounce onstage and unleash some propulsive thunder. Mould introduces "I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More" as the best song he's written in 15 years, but it has to be said that the set's highlights couldn't help being two of its oldest works: "I Apologize" and "Makes No Sense At All". Next time he's in New York, probably October, Mould is promising to bring out a fully-rocking all-electric combo.

The second of two shows at Joe's Pub is tonight (April 9th). More pictures from last night, including one of the setlist, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "June" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion performing Steve Reich's "Drumming, Part Three" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "Melody Competition" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "Fast" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "Go" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "March" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "Work Slow Life" (MP3)

So Percussion

Brooklyn percussion quartet So Percussion is playing Joe's Pub tonight (3/12). For the program, I would expect a mix of the group's repertoire, which encompases original compositions, 20th century "classics," and various new works and collaborations. The band mixed those sources at a Glasslands CMJ gig last fall - opening with original works that included a piece played on household objects and a snare and live-radio composition, and closing with the Reich piece "Drumming" (excerpt above).

Last year, So Percussion opened for Dan Deacon and Dirty Projectors at Brookly Masonic Temple on December 11th. The group's members (Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting) also play as part of the ensemble Signal, which performed Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians at LPR last September.

The group's other upcoming NYC dates include a Wednesday, 25th show at The Players' Theatre (Tickets available here). The program for that evening will feature a collaboration with itsnotyouitsme, performing a composition by So's own Jason Treuting, "16 Words." The two groups share NYCs New Amsterdam Records - which hosts the Shhh Productions imprint label, a So Percussion side-project. They will also play a Saturday, March 28 show at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (Tickets available here).

All tour dates and two videos from 2006's Amid the Noise, available through Cantaloupe Records, below...

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Glen Hansard

"The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, chosen by New York Magazine and NY Press as the best reading series in NYC, and singled out by the New York Times Magazine for helping to "Keep downtown alive," features the most interesting storytellers, writers, musicians, raconteurs and personalities, and requires the readers to take one public risk, while the musicians, who perform two short sets with their original, lyric-driven music, are required to play one cover song and try to get the audience to sing along."
The next edition of The Happy Ending happens at Joe's Pub on March 4th. Readers will be Julie Orringer, Ryan Harty, and Andrew Sean Greer. Music will be provided by Glen Hansard of the Frames and Swell Season. Tickets are on sale.

Glen appears at Carnegie Hall for the R.E.M. tribute exactly one week later.

According to MySpace, The Swell Season "are currently in the studio with Joe, Colm and Rob of The Frames, Graham Hopkins and other special guests working on their next album, with hopes of finishing it up and having it released later this year."

SMH reports,

And what about Hansard and Irglova? Once is a love story and it has such a persuasive documentary feel about it that surely the love that develops between the two of them has to be more than just an on-screen illusion.

"It did become a real relationship," Hansard admits. "I think it was just a very natural part of what we were doing together. We had made the film. We had gone through so much with the Oscar. Of course, we fell into each other's arms. It was a very necessary part of our friendship but I think we both concluded that that wasn't what we really wanted to do. So we're not together now. We are just really good friends."

The work they do together, which started with the film Once and continued with the album The Swell Season, has continued. Now the duo has recorded a new album that they are considering releasing independently.

"I am trying to keep the simple philosophy that the Frames have always had," Hansard says. "I don't want to start signing to a major label when I am 38. Right now I am trying to figure out the best deal for us."

The "Falling Slowly" video below...

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words and photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Doveman

Doveman played each of the nine songs from the Footloose soundtrack from start to finish. Each version was delicately stripped down and re-crafted to appeal to the contemporary audience that had braved the freezing cold to cram tightly into Joe's Pub in NYC last night (2/4).

The set was introduced by Thomas Bartlett's childhood friend and cover artist Gabriel Greenberg during which he recounted the discovery of the Footloose cassette among his late sister's possessions. This discovery led to Greenberg's suggestion that Bartlett undertake the reworking. He explained to the audience how Bartlett's reinvention of the 80's cult classic now allows him the opportunity to connect with his late sister.

Doveman were accompanied by a projector screen which showed an assortment of video clips from the movies Footloose and Flashdance (among others). Bartlett joked that he had never seen Footloose and wasnt sure of where each clip came from. He also joked that his next project was in fact going to be Flashdance.

The set was rounded off by four additional Doveman tracks. The four-person, multi-instrumental band included Dawn Landes.

More pictures below...

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Bob Mould

2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Workbook, and also the release of Bob Mould's latest album, Life And Times, set for an April 7th street date. Produced and mixed by Mould in his current hometown of Washington D.C., the album is filled with Mould's experiences in relation to friends, lovers, the world at large and himself. It is honest and personal, his voice breaking on "Bad Blood Better," the electronic twitches of earlier work reappearing under signature blazing guitars on "MM17." Mould appraises the perils of easy self-distraction on "Wasted World" and is not afraid to get explicit on "Argos." The emotional and musical centerpiece of the record, "I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Anymore," is an unflinching look at the sorrow and regret that comes at the end of love.
Tickets are on sale for two shows at Joe's Pub in April (8th & 9th). Catch Bob even sooner when he plays an R.E.M. cover at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. All dates and the new album tracklist below...

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DOWNLOAD: Lucy Wainwright Roche - Bridge (MP3)

Loudon & Lucy (by Peter Adams)
Loudon Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche

upcoming @ Joe's Pub in NYC
Jan 2 - Lucy Wainwright Roche *
Jan 7 - Happy Ending Music and Reading Series +

* I'm told Lucy's dad Loudon will also be there to join her for at least one song
+ featuring Richard Price & Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf) (thx Matt)

DOWNLOAD: Doveman - Honey (MP3)

Doveman pointing (more by Chris La Putt)
Doveman points

As previously posted, Doveman is playing a show at The Stone in NYC tonight, Tuesday December 16th.

He'll be joined by the entire Doveman band, featuring Sam Amidon, Dougie Bowne, Peter Ecklund and Doug Wieselman. This is the first time the entire band has played together since recording With My Left Hand I Raise The Dead.
$10 tickets available only at door. Students 13 to 19 admitted half price. Children 12 and under free!

Doveman's band was the first place I knew Sam Amidon from, but I almost forget that when I see Sam's name now. Now I think of Sam first and foremost for his own work which he'll also be playing when he and Doveman go on a tour of Europe with David Thomas Broughton this January.

And when they get back, it's one more Doveman show for NYC, but this Doveman show will be unlike any other Doveman show because at this Doveman show, Doveman will be performing his version of the Footloose soundtrack. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: John Doe - Heartless (MP3)

X

X have three holiday shows lined up for the end of this year in California. According to a flyer for the LA show, it is once again the full original lineup and "All your favorite X & holiday tunes".

And though there aren't any future, full band, east coast dates on X's calendar, "acoustic duo" Exene Cervenka and John Doe have two shows lined up in NYC in January of 2009. The first is January 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The show is seated, Justin Townes Earle is opening, and tickets are on sale at noon. The second is one day later at the much smaller Joe's Pub, but with no opener (and probably a drink minimum if you want a seat) - tickets are on sale now. All dates below...

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Bebel Gilberto performs for the second night in a row at BAM tonight/Friday, and a late show was just added at Joe's Pub on December 9th. Tickets for that are now on sale.

Bebel Gilberto

As far as I can tell, Bebel Gilbeto has just four shows coming up, and all of them are in NYC, which makes sense since the Brazilian singer-songwriter was born and lives here.

Tickets are still available for both Red Hot + Rio 2 shows happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight/Thursday and Friday. As previously noted, CéU, Curumin, José González, Otto, João Parahyba (from Trio Mocoto), and Bebel Gilberto are the artists playing those shows.

An all-star benefit tribute to the music and culture of Brazil, Red Hot + Rio 2 salutes Samba Soul, the post-tropicália movement of the 70s that merged elements of North American soul music with Brazilian rhythms. Mixing samba with R&B, soul with baião, pioneering artists like Jorge Ben Jor and Tim Maia signaled a cultural awakening that changed the direction of Brazilian music forever. The concerts at BAM bring together the newest generation of Brazilian and international artists who represent the legacy of this influential musical style.
Bebels' third upcoming show is in a much more intimate setting, but unfortunately/not surprisingly, the $40 tickets to her December 9th show at Joe's Pub are all sold out. Tickets are still on sale though for her recently announced, fourth upcoming NYC show, at Town Hall, but that's not until June. All dates, in a list format, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Julian Koster - Jingle Bells (MP3)

Rosie Thomas
Rosie Thomas

Earlier this year, Seattle songwriter Rosie Thomas, who has collaborated with friends Damien Jurado, David Bazan and Sufjan Stevens in the past, again rounded up family and friends to put together A Very Rosie Christmas, a holiday-themed album that mixes traditional songs and covers (Peanuts' classic "Christmastime Is Here" for one) with originals like "Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year" - a rolling indie-pop singalong truely worthy of release on Thomas' own Sing-a-long Records label. Check out the song in the video below.

Rosie's pair of NYC shows - tonight, December 2nd, at the Living Room (TICKETS) and tomorrow, December 3rd, at the Bell House in Brooklyn (TICKETS) - should be a welcome respite from long evenings locked on WCBS-FM's all-holiday programming. All tour dates below.

Thomas writes that the full band accompanying her includes "my brother Brian Thomas, Josh Myers, Andrew Rudd and my fella Jeffrey Shoop! My friend Sheila Saputo will be coming along too, opening the shows every night for us with her gift of Christmas cheer!" Read Rosie's favorite Christmas memories on her blog..

Singing SawAnother upcoming holiday-music event, The Music Tapes Caroling Tour, has a NYC visit scheduled for December 13th and 14th. Details are scarce but reports from the tour's earlier dates indicate that interested parties who emailed or wrote The Music Tapes in advance should be getting an email the day of with details as to a location. Someone, expect a knock from Juliian Koster between 6pm and 9pm, caroling hours...

Merge recently released Julian Koster's The Singing Saw at Christmastime (click for a preview). MP3 above. Video below...

Almost a Full MoonCanadian major label singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman is a pretty big deal up North (and in Europe); yet in the States, both his 2008 releases - Between the Beautifuls and Los Manlicious - are import-only...as is Hawksley's amazing 2001 album of Christmas originals called Almost a Full Moon, which features eight (re-released in 2002 with ten) quirky-but-not-cloying cabaret-esque Christmas/winter odes. It's been a annual favorite of mine since finding it a few years ago. Last Friday, Workman and band opened a show at Toronto's Massey Hall with the album's title track. This Friday, December 5th, he plays Joe's Pub as part of the venue's 10th anniversary celebration. Tickets are currently still available. All tour dates and a video below...

For more holiday events, check out our Hanukkah post. For some free tunes, check out our 2007 Holiday Mix, and stay tuned for more holiday-music announcements.

Videos and tour dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Woody Guthrie - Hanukkah Dance [Alternate Take] (1:24)
DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home (live on KCMP) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: One on One with Jackie Hoffman (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Songs in the key of Hanukkah - Dreidel (MP3) (info)
DOWNLOAD: DJ BALAGAN - "Chalutzei Ketzev" (Israeli 70s Beat Mix) (MP3)

Hanukkah

Hanukkah runs from sunset, December 21 to sunset, December 29, 2008. The first Day of Hanukkah is December 22. If you haven't figured it it out by now, that means Christmas happens during Hannukah this year.

Over the course of the eight days (and before and after), many candles will be lit and many Hanukkah-themed events will be happening in and around New York City. Many will involve music. Here are a few...

DreidelYo La Tengo will be repeating their tradition of playing all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Not surpringly, advanced tickets are all already sold out at Ticketweb, but to quote the band, "Tickets may still be available in person at Tunes in Hoboken and/or Other Music in NYC". Stay tuned for opener information as it's announced. Yo La Tengo are also playing a show in New Jersey on New Years Eve.

Also playing eights nights (except not all of them are on Hanukkah because he's taking the Sabbath off): Matisyahu. Tickets are still on sale for these shows that take place at Webster Hall in Manhattan and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Openers include The LeeVees, Asher Roth and Little Jackie.

Southpaw in Park Slope is hosting Jewltide 6 featuring DeLeon on Christmas Eve. "DeLeon plays 15th Century Spanish indie rock infused with the deeply mysterious and entrancing cadences of the ancient Sephardic tradition." Tickets are on sale. This show is also part of a larger DeLeon/JDub national Hanukkah tour. All dates at the very bottom of this post.

NYC event listings continued below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Keren Ann - Chelsea Hotel (leonard cohen) (MP3)

Keren Ann

Keren Ann and trumpeter Avishai Cohen (not to be confused with Avishai Cohen the bass player) played their first of two shows at Joe's Pub last night (Nov 3, 2008), part of Joe's 10th anniversary celebration. Tonight (Nov 4) is the second show, and in case you were worried about missing any of the election...

... and an extra special addition to the 11/4 show:

Keren Ann's 2008 Election Results Spectacular

Where else can you mix top notch music with a high-stakes political spectacle like the 2008 Presidential election? Join Keren Ann and Avishai Cohen on their November 4th show (after you've voted of course!), where we'll be showing live-feed results of the election before and throughout the set so you won't have to miss a single moment.

We also invite you stick around after the show until we've got a new President!

If you miss both of these, there's also a third chance on Wednesday (Nov 5) at Southpaw.

Joe's Pub was packed last night with a line down the block before the show. Avishai accompanied Keren on trumpet as she alternated between singing songs in English and French. Avishai's sister Anat played clarinet with them during the encore.

Other election night events are listed HERE. More pictures from last night below...

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James and Pat (more by Ryan Muir)

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has revealed that he is involved in a new band who are set to release material on his label, DFA.

Murphy told NME.COM that the collective, featuring LCD cohort Pat Maloney plus former Hockey Night members Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells, haven't decided on a name yet.

"There's this rock band arguing about what name they are," Murphy told NME.COM. "They're from Minneapolis.

"We've gone back and forth for months, there's no way to say [what the band name is]. Pat and I are the drummer and the bass player [respectively]."

Murphy said he expected to release material by the new collective next year.

According to his spokesperson Murphy is not officially a core member of the band, although he produces and contributes bass.

Pat Maloney?? (like I should talk). James and Pat are also collectively known as Special Disco Version, and............
we're back and better than ever! pat und james have returned from brazil, japan, korea, the UK, ireland and the ukraine to get stupid with gentleman dj matt cash. $4 prb cans? $5 cover? it's like a hardcore show, if hardcore shows had really gay disco. oh--and NOT the straight edge kind of hardcore show, either. the fun kind. GET NAKED!
prb??? That's happening upstairs at Santos Party House on November 5th. Doors at 11 PM. Also in James Murphy's NYC future:

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StuStuStu

Register @ Joe's Pub's website for your chance to attend one of ten free shows. Stew of Passing Strange, Reggie Watts, Debbie Harry, The Budos Band, Hair, and more.

Best Venues

We nominated a short list and you picked the winners. Congratulations to the winners and in this case, it really is an honor to be nominated. Be sure to eat and drink responsibly. [AOL]

Keren Ann @ Southpaw - June 2005 (more)
Keren Ann

Keren Ann @ Joe's Pub - March 2005 (more)
Keren Ann at Joes Pub

Three upcoming chances to catch Keren Ann in NYC. November 3rd & November 4th are at Joe's Pub - part of the venue's 10th anniversary celebration. The third show is November 5th and that's at the slightly larger Southpaw in Brooklyn. Both venues are great places to see Keren. At Joe's Pub you get the more intimate, silent, dark, seated experience, but that comes with expensive drink minimums (and equally expensive food if you choose to eat at the show). At Southpaw there might be noise and you'll stand, but you can still get up close and drinks are cheaper. All three shows are with 'Israeli jazz bassist, composer and arranger' Avishai Cohen. A video and the same dates below...

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photos & words by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay @ Joes Pub

Nellie McKay played two shows at Joe's Pub in NYC yesterday (April 1, 2008) (and another NYC show the day before that) (and she has even more coming up). I had tickets to the late show, but almost didn't go due to the freak rain storm. I don't know why I was so hesitant on going. I always enjoy myself at a Nellie shows, and last night ended up being no different. I got to the show around the start time of 11:30 thinking that she would be on time for once. No dice. She was half an hour late for the 9:30 show, so we got pushed back to midnight, but it wasn't that much of a hassle. We were finally let in as the audience from earlier show (David Byrne included) were letting out.

The show started and I saw two video cameras filming. I discovered later that they were a team of Canadian film makers doing a documentary on the ukulele, and that they decided to film Nellie playing one. I thought it was an April Fools joke at first, but it wasn't, and she ended up playing more songs than usual on the little instrument. She was quirky as usual, and the audience loved it. For the crowd favorite "Zombie," she brought in a couple of her friends (pictured) to act while she sang. That was definitely the highlight of the evening for me. More photos below.....

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photos by Ryan Muir

Estelle

As you can see, John Legend joined Estelle on stage at her recent show at Joe's Pub. Videos and more photos below....

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Scarlett & Natalie Portman on the Today Show, earlier yesterday
Actress Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman visit the NBC Today show

I've been trying to find a picture of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek sitting on the Joe's Pub stage with Scarlett Johansson talking about her new Tom Waits cover album that he produced, and how David Bowie contributed to it. I guess they didn't allow photography. Stereogum had a video from the press conference / listening party, but was forced to take it down. Rolling Stone and Billboard have more info (also no pics).

Earlier in the day (Feb 12, 2008) Scarlett and Natalie were up at the Today Show promoting their new movie The Other Boleyn Girl. Scarlett's Tom Waits CD tracklist is below....

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DOWNLOAD: Nellie McKay - Take Me Away (MP3)

Nellie McKay @ Concert Hall, NYC - Dec 15, 2007 (CRED)
NEllie McKay

Aimee Mann & Nellie McKay @ Vic Theater, Chicago - Dec 11, 2007 (CRED)
Aimee Mann & NEllie McKay

Above you'll find the second free Christmas tune Nellie McKay is giving away this year. Well, it's free, but she also gives you the option of donating some money to Oasis Sanctuary - a place I'm also a huge fan of.

Back from her holiday tour with Aimee Mann, and having also just played a solo show at the Concert Hall at the Ethical Culture place in NYC (NY Times review), Nellie has now announced yet another NYC show - this one on New Years Eve at the intimate Joe's Pub. Doors are at 12:30 AM - cash at the door only. All dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Peter Bjorn and John - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (MP3)

Peter & Bjorn & ?? @ Galapagos, Brooklyn, NYC - Oct 20, 2007 (CRED)
Peter and Bjorn

Did anyone check out Peter and Bjorn @ Galapagos Saturday night? At first I was confused by the missing member, but I see from the pictures that it just meant they had a different drummer - which is not the first time that happened, but last time they played without John they just left their name the same.

I didn't go to Galapagos (obviously), but I did see Peter & Bjorn at Bowery Ballroom a few nights earlier - they were both in the audience watching Dan Deacon and Deerhunter, and they both also stayed all the way to the end.

Peter is playing without John & without Bjorn @ Joe's Pub in NYC on November 19.

Peter writes a lot of songs - too many to fit in the prospect of just one band with three songwriters so in his spare time he has recorded a solo album that bears some kinship with Paul Simon, Tim Hardin, Brian Eno, John Cale, Caetano Veloso, Robyn Hitchcock, The Go-Betweens and maybe The Shins’ acoustic ballads. Peter will mostly play by his lonesome, but may invite guests or have some special treats up his sleeve. Join him at Joe’s Pub for his raw, singular set. [Joe's Pub]
Tickets are at Joe's site.