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People Get Ready

People Get Ready will release their new album, Physiques, on June 24 via Brassland. The album was made with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier in downtown Manhattan's Clocktower Gallery (which is now, sadly, being renovated for condos). The album's title track is the first single and you can stream that below.

Known for their occasional high-concept, choreographed live shows, People Get Ready are part of the 2014 River to River Festival's kickoff event on June 19 at Battery Park's North End Way which is a free afternoon show. After that, they'll play a record release show at Rough Trade on June 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon.

Sooner than that though, they'll play Union Pool on April 29 as part of Jolie Holland's residency at the venue. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

No other tour dates have been announced yet -- the band's Jen Goma is currently busy playing as part of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who are on tour through May. More dates will hopefully be announced soon but meanwhile check out People Get Ready's new song below.

Continue reading "People Get Ready announce new LP (stream a track), playing record release show at Rough Trade after River to River kickoff"

Austra at MHOW in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Austra

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

CHVRCHES, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES have gone from playing Mercury Lounge in March to Terminal 5 tonight, all without an album out. That changes this week with the release of The Bones of What You Believe. Before they go on, XXYYXX will get your feet moving too.

Austra, Diana @ Webster Hall
Toronto goth pop band Austra now have two excellent albums under their belts, and anyone who's seen them knows their animated live show more than does them justice.

Lee Scratch Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Daedelus, Addis Pablo @ Le Poisson Rouge
Reggae legend Lee "Scratch" Perry is eccentric. Also undeniably brilliant. Doors for this show are at 10 PM, so don't expect him to take the stage until laaaaaate.

Las Rosas, The Wrong Words, The Young Sinclairs (members of Eternal Summers), Christines @ Cake Shop
Here's a crazy good bill for lovers of guitar pop. San Francisco's The Wrong Words make nervy power pop; Roanoke, VA's Young Sinclairs (who share a drummer with Eternal Summers) play superior, harmony-laden janglepop (stream a track below); and tonight's the first live show from new Brooklyn band Christines who definitely give off serious Felt vibes.

Spray Paint, Pampers, Degreaser, Beech Creeps @ Death By Audio
Austin, TX's Spray Paint make claustrophobic no-wave style garage, which pairs well with the distorted art punk of Brooklyn's Pampers.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
It's always a treat to get sweaty with Jon Spencer, especially a free tiny show like this.

Jonah Matranga, Psychic Friend @ Mercury Lounge
Far frontman Jonah Matranga has previously recorded solo music as Onelinedrawing, but for his new album he's doing it under his own name, and if the sound of this new song is indicative of what's to come, it sounds like he's going in an acoustic direction. Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is being opened by Psychic Friend, aka Will Schwartz (of Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower), who makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop.

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cassandra Jenkins @ Glasslands
Brooklyn folk singer Lady Lamb the Beekeper released an impressive new album this year, and she's spent a lot of time on the road in support of it. But now she's back home, and will play a local show tonight.

Mascott, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra @ Mercury Lounge
Mascott (aka Kendall Meade) just released her new EP, Cost/Ammount, and tonight's the release show and her first in two years. Playing in her band tonight are Doug Gillard and Jennifer O'Connor.

Portland Cello Project, Jolie Holland @ Le Poisson Rouge
This stringed ensemble turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. Last year's Homage features their arrangements of hip hop songs from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others.

Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash w/ Chris Thile & more @ The Bell House (2 PM)
The second annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash sees Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) joined by collaborator Michael Daves, Sarah Jarosz joined by Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith, and so much more for this full day of foot-stompin', finger-pickin' fun.

Woe, Belus, Crypt Sermon @ Saint Vitus
Philly black metallers Woe, who released the excellent Withdrawal earlier this year, bring their tour to a close in Brooklyn tonight.

The A-Bones, Lenny Kaye, Andy Shernoff & more @ Bowery Electric
Bowery Electric hosts the Waggytail Rescue 10th Anniversary tonight with quality garage rock, punk, and the like from The A-Bones (who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), and more. More info and full lineup at the Facebook event. Next month, The A-Bones play The Bell House with The 5.6.7.8.'s.

Dessa, Sombear @ Bowery Ballroom
Doomtree's Dessa mixes it up between spoken word, conscious rap, and neo-soul, always making for an interesting show.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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sledisland

The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples delivered a fiery, spiritual and deeply felt performance at the Bell House on Tuesday night in support of her 2010 album You Are Not Alone (ANTI, produced by Jeff Tweedy). Mrs. Staples, 71, was in full command of her unique vocal powers, sweeping up out of deep growls into sermonizing leads. The band, led by Rick Holmstrom on guitar, was a powerful and solid compliment, laying out gravel-rough rhythms and churchy chords. Mavis was supported by 3 additional vocalists, including her sister Yvonne, who provided both rich harmonies and counterpoints. In total, the ensemble put her in an setting reminiscent of the guitar and vocals-driven sound of the classic Staples Singers.

The show began with the acapella "Wonderful Saviour" and moved through much of the material on the new album, including both Tweedy-penned songs "You Are Not Alone" and "Only The Lord Knows". Mavis performed The Band's "The Weight", a song that the Staples can lay some claim to since The Last Waltz, plus the evergreen inspirational Stax hit "I'll Take You There".

Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and Jolie Holland each played opening sets, Kip joined Jolie for her last song. Mavis Staples continues to tour throughout 2011. Tickets are on sale for the show she's playing with Billy Bragg in Tarrytown on March 27th. More pictures and a video from the Bell House, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Eleanor Friedberger / David Johansen
Dylan Tribute at LPR
Dylan Tribute at LPR

What Kind of Love Is This:
The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND

w/ Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm Band), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rob Burger (Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Iron & Wine), Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Sex Mob), Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), and special guests Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding, and Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. And special Guest Vocalists Chocolate Genius, and David Johansen (New York Dolls).
That's how Sunday night's Bob Dylan tribute show at Le Poisson Rouge was listed. The full setlist with performers listed, more pictures from the event, and two videos, below...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan was celebrated @ Le Poisson Rouge (pics, video & setlist) -- David Johansen, Fiery Furnaces & many more"

Dylan

Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010 was recently released, just in time for the holidays...

"The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota--his very first appearance at his alma mater--on election night 2008. In between are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus's liner notes for the 1967 Basement Tapes (pop music's most famous bootlegged archives) to his exploration of Dylan's reimagining of the American experience in the 1997 Time Out of Mind. And rejection; Marcus's Rolling Stone piece on Dylan's album Self Portrait--often called the most famous record review ever written--began with "What is this shit?" and led to his departure from the magazine for five years. Marcus follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.

Together the dozens of pieces collected here comprise a portrait of how, throughout his career, Bob Dylan has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of traditional American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains. They are the result of a more than forty-year engagement between an unparalleled singer and a uniquely acute listener."

You can buy it at Amazon, or maybe pick up a copy at the Strand tonight, 12/1, where Greil will be speaking in conversation with Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Director of the 14th Street Y, "and special guests Matt and Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, who will perform a few songs."

Eleanor & Matt Friedberger will also be on hand at the 14th St Y and Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, December 5th, for a day of Dylan events. The concert at LPR is this:

What Kind of Love Is This:
The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND

w/ Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm Band), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rob Burger (Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Iron & Wine), Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Sex Mob), Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), and special guests Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding, and Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. And special Guest Vocalists Chocolate Genius, and David Johansen (New York Dolls).
$35 tickets are still on sale for that part, and $75 tickets which I guess get you into everything at both spaces, are on sale too. If you just want in the symposium happening at the Y, that's $45, described as "a one-of-a-kind exploration of Bob Dylan and the Band's work, featuring scholars, critics, writers, and artists"
Greil Marcus: Author of the definitive book on Bob Dylan and The Band, Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

Christopher Ricks: Renowned critic and scholar of English literature and poetry, and author of Dylan's Visions of Sin.

John Niven: Novelist whose book Music from Big Pink vividly imagines the world of Bob Dylan and The Band.

Dana Spiotta: Author of mesmerizing portraits of the 60's underground, including Eat the Document.

Matt Friedberger: Co-founder of the visionary rock band The Fiery Furnaces.

D.A. Pennebaker: Pioneering film documentarian, whose credits include Don't Look Back, the first film on Bob Dylan.

Stephen Hazan Arnoff: Executive Director of the 14th Street Y writes and teaches widely on music, art and religion.

Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding): Singer-songwriter and award winning author of Misfortune.

William G. Scheele: Museum curator and former Equipment/Stage Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band.

Bob Dylan himself, who recently played three nights in a row at NYC's Terminal 5, is not listed anywhere. Maybe he'll come watch. More info on the whole thing at 14th St. Y's site.

John Wesley Harding also has a show coming up at City Winery.

by Kurt Christensen

Mark Olson @ Rockwood Music Hall
Mark Oslon

"With the stars-of-fame outside First Avenue currently being repainted, it looked as if the Jayhawks were campaigning to make theirs the first local name to go back up on the walls.

The pioneering alt-country band had not played their hometown rock haven in more than five years. It had been 15 years since they performed there with original co-leader Mark Olson, who quit the band in 1995. One could practically smell the nostalgia in the air at Sunday's show -- the second in a three-night stand -- and it was much sweeter than paint fumes.

Instead of playing all their standard tunes, though, the quintet offered up a two-hour concert filled with hidden gems and way-old nuggets. It was a sharply different set list than they played at the Basilica Block Party last summer, which was the first local reunion by the Jayhawks' mid-'90s lineup, featuring Olson, singer/guitarist Gary Louris, bassist Marc Perlman, drummer Tim O'Reagan and keyboardist Karen Grotberg." [Star Tribune]

The original lineup of the Jayhawks played a trio of shows in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (last night). That's a bit of a review from the Sunday night show quoted above.

Less than a week earlier, Jayhawks member Mark Olson played the intimate Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East side of NYC (a city Jayhawk Gary Louris played less than a month before that). Mark was accompanied by Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold who performs under the name Sailorine. Mark played several songs from his upcoming album Many Colored Kite (available July 27), as well as songs from the Jayhawks, and The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers. Mark also played the first track from the recently re-issued Bunkhouse LP, the Jayhawks first album which originally was only available on vinyl in a pressing of 2,000 copies. At the end of the set, he was joined by Jolie Holland for the opening track of the new album, Little Bird of Freedom.

More pictures of Mark at Rockwood, below...

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The Music of REM

Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...

Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!
Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).

Patti Smith also just added a 3rd show at Bowery Ballroom. Tix are now on sale..

Tickets are still on sale for Kimya Dawson's upcoming show at Bowery Ballroom.

Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.

Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...

Continue reading "Music of R.E.M. @ Carnegie Hall w/ Patti Smith, Kimya Dawson, Calexico, Bob Mould & others (by Michael Dorf)"

Herman Dune & the Pratts @ Central Park Summerstage (everlovingpix)
Herman Dune

Herman Dune, with Kelly Pratt and Jon Natchez as members of his band, will be touring Europe throughout November and December, but first they'll play two NYC shows which happen to be this Wednesday (11/12 @ The Bell House with Motel Motel) and Thursday (11/13 @ Highline Ballroom with Jolie Holland). All dates below...

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