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In addition to Jonathan Richman's shows in Long Branch, NJ and NYC, he'll play a show in Teaneck, NJ on Friday (11/6) at Mexicali Live. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets to Joanna Newsom's show at the Apollo go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the just-added second Kelela show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/1). Tickets for her 12/2 MHOW show are still available (same ticket link).

Tickets to the Hall & Oates show at Madison Square Garden with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Mayer Hawthorne go on BV presale today at 10 AM. Password: VEGEATER.

Tickets to the Ellie Goulding show at Madison Square Garden go on MSGE presale starts today at 10 AM.

photo: Jonathan Richman at The Bell House in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jonathan Richman

Iconic musician and former Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman is hitting the road for another tour this fall. It kicks off in Austin in late October and ends about a month later in Chicago.

The tour brings Jonathan to NYC on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom and there's also a Long Branch, NJ show on November 7 at Brighton Bar. Tickets for NYC go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon and NJ tickets should be on sale soon too.

Watch a video of Jonathan playing the classic "Pablo Picasso" in 2009, with his list of upcoming dates, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

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Modern Lovers frontman turned quirky solo artist Jonathan Richman brought his current tour to NYC last night (11/18) for his first of two Bell House shows this week. As his shows often are these days, it was a humorous, super casual set pulling from a wide range of his material with lots of fun anecdotes thrown in between songs. Pictures of the night are in this post.

Jonathan does it again tonight (11/19), and tickets are still available.

More pictures below...

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Jonathan Richman will once again head out on a fall tour this year which brings him to NYC for a two-night stand. The Modern Lover will hit The Bell House on November 18 & 19. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed, with a video from last year's run, below...

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Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

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The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.

Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...

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Modern Lovers founder Jonathan Richman will be returning to NYC this fall to do his somewhat regular multi-night run here. The shows are with frequent collaborator Tommy Larkins and happen on November 21 and 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/2) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/31) at noon.

All currently known dates, including FYF Fest, are listed, along with a video from Jonathan's last trip to NYC, below...

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LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

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Jonathan Richman, who seems to come to NYC for a multiple night run at least once a year, has announced a 2012/2013 late fall/winter tour which brings him to NYC for shows at The Bell House on February 19 and 20 with longtime collaborator Tommy Larkins on drums. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

A video of Jonathan playing his classic "I Was Dancing at the Lesbian Bar" at Bowery Ballroom this past June and a list of all upcoming dates, below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Richman -- 2012/2013 tour dates (2 nights at the Bell House included)"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

Jonathan Richman at MHOW in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
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Jonathan Richman has a few upcoming dates scheduled this year including two in NYC happening on June 12 and 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale on Friday (3/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/14) at noon.

Jonathan was last in NYC for two Bell House shows in October of last year. Some videos from those shows and all currently announced dates below...

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Jonathan Richman at MHOW in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
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Jonathan Richman has a tour scheduled this fall including two shows in NYC, on October 21 and 22 at The Bell House. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

It's unclear if his longtime collaborator Tommy Larkins will be with him on this trip, but they did just play together for three nights in a row at the Make-Out Room in San Francisco....

"Jonathan Richman showed off his guitar prowess by playing extended and complicated riffs and even literally spinning his guitar around his body and stuff. He's still got his amazing voice. He played two pretty long sets (maybe 45 minutes each?) and had a ten-minute break in between the sets that he announced by singing about it to the audience.

Before he went to take his first break, he fed off the super-stoked energy of the audience and called his drummer Tommy (Tom Larkins) back on stage to play a song about Mission Dolores park. It seemed like a spontaneous moment and maybe even an improvised song, although I don't really know, but at the least it was an unfinished track. He broke down the many types that hang out at the park and how even the hipster-y of the hipsters might be getting sick of the park and how some people might have just become hipsters that morning before they walked to the park. I'm not sure if I've ever been to a show before, where the musician made the audience barrel-over laughing."

All tour dates below...

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Though their previously discussed new album is still no where in sight, Jonathan Richman and long-time collaborator Tommy Larkins will play two NYC dates this fall: Bowery Ballroom on November 1st and The Bell House one day later. Tickets for both dates go on sale Wednesday (9/1) at noon (Bowery tickets, Bell House).

The dates are Richman's only east coast dates. The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco comprising his only other, and next, US date (he also play San Francisco three times in July, all with Olof Arnalds as opener). Richman will tour Europe for the bulk of October prior to the NYC shows.

All dates and some videos, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

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Jonathan Richman's tour swung by Music Hall of Williamsburg for three nights over Presidents Day/Valentine's Day Weekend. The last of those was the V-Day show pictured here.

Jonathan was paired as always with his long-running drummer Tommy Larkins (who he's working on a new album with), and they riffed on the classics: "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" with an extended dance sequence, the rocking, extra-weird "No One Was Like Vermeer," and deconstructed Modern Lovers tracks "Old World" and "Pablo Picasso." Picking apart those first-album songs, with plenty of perspective on his own lyrics (digging into his use of the antiquated phrase "pick up girls"), was particularly enjoyable. The anti-techology, pro-human-contact shuffle "You Can Have a Cellphone, That's OK, But Not Me" was a good reminder for anyone stuck to their computer or phone most hours of the day (his label, Vapor Records, writes amazing things like: "Please note that Jonathan Richman does not have any direct involvement with the Vapor Records website and does not participate in the internet on any level").

Overall, the set was similar to (if looser than) his summer 2009 shows at Bowery Ballroom (one difference being the somber absence of Vic Chesnutt, who was never mentioned but his presence was felt in the tour's unfilled opening spot). The Valentine's Day touch did make it special for the crowd (like some go to church to get refreshed, others go to see Jonathan Richman). He talked freely in and out of his songs about his own romance and its lows and highs. One Juliet in the house even brought up a bouquet of flowers, which sent him beaming. He closed out the night with "Le Printemps Des Amoreux Est Venue," and, politely asking permission to play just two more, added "Mr. Sorrow" and the perfect "Not So Much to be Loved as to Love."

More pictures and a video are below...

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Jonathan Richman @ Bowery Ballroom in June (more by Andrew Frisicano)
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Jonathan Richman and drummer Tommy Larkins will "put the finishing touches" on their still-untitled new record after their 27-date winter US tour, which started on 1/24. As previously mentioned, three of those shows will be at Music Hall of Williamburg on February 12th, 13th and 14th. Tickets for all three are on sale.

The last of the MHOW shows is on Valentine's Day, and we can't think of a better V-Day date than attending the concert after a nice (vegan) dinner. Which is why we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show and dinner for two at East Village veg eatery / organic wine & martini bar Counter (105 First Ave). A PDF of their menu for that night is HERE. Winners will also get a copy of Jonathan's 2008 record, Because Her Beauty Is Raw & Wild.

More contest details and tour dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Jonathan Richman - Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild (WAV) (huge file)

Jonathan Richman @ Bowery Ballroom in June (more by Andrew Frisicano)
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Jonathan Richman is prepping the follow-up to his 2008 album Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild for a 2010 release on Vapor Records. Like his albums and tours of late, it will be a collaboration with drummer Tommy Larkins.

Coming up, Richman has a short West Coast tour lined up for December. In February, he will be playing three nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 12th, 13th and 14th. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 20th at noon.

Richman and Larkins both produced and played on Vic Chesnutt's Skitter On Take-Off, which was the second album this year from Chesnutt (the other was At the Cut, which featured his touring band - Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion).

You can check out Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild's title track, posted above as a WAV. The file is uncompressed, to quote Vapor Records, "as a testament to the old uncompressed world of music meant to be experienced in a full range of decibels able to capture a work's intended depth."

Videos of Richman from this earlier year and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Richman - new album in 2010, 3 nights at MHOW in February ++ an free & uncompressed download"

by Andrew Frisicano

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Jonathan Richman and Vic Chesnutt played Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, June 17th. It was the second night of their two-show run (those stops are part of a nearly month-long tour). Signs posted throughout the venue warned that it'd be a hot night -- the night before Richman had requested the Bowery's air conditioner to be turned off mid-set for being too noisy.

Richman took the stage with drummer Tommy (Larkins), who kept the beat throughout with mallets and brushes. The accompaniment came in handy when Richman either sidled out in front of the microphones to address the crowd (the guitar was still audible upfront, but wasn't plugged in) or abandoned the axe entirely to dance alone on stage.

New song "My Affected Accent" was hilarious and gave the singer a chance to joke about youthful pretensions (and whip out a semi-faux Boston accent). Nearly all the tunes, including those off his newest record, 2008's Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild, were delivered on a totally un-ironic gut level. Some artists claim that their personal life doesn't inform their work (Woody Allen, for one). With Jonathan Richman, the opposite seems to be true. And it's similarly refreshing that his latter-day obsessions are a lot like his older ones -- albeit with more directness.

Both Modern Lovers song "Girl Friend" and Because Her Beauty track "No One Was Like Vermeer" could have been written on the same notebook. Both reference one of Richman's favorite topics -- art history -- and what one could only imagine is a favorite place, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

A mid-set discussion of the air conditioning situation provided a lighthearted segue into "When We Refuse to Suffer" (he also used that opportunity to ask for the AC to be turned back on). Through songs like "I Was Dancing in a Lesbian Bar," "Take Me to the Plaza," and "Let Her Go Into the Darkness," the Bowery was near silent in attention, minus some hand claps and joyful cheers. Jonathan left after set closer "My Baby Love Love Loves Me", but returned for another verse, then came back to play songs that included "Es Como El Pan" and "Springtime In New York." That last one especially harped on Richman's painterly drive to reframe everyday life as artistic and beautiful.

I missed Vic Chesnutt, but did see him talking to fans after the show. Those that did see his set said it was great. You can check out Vic as one of several guest singers on the new David Lynch/Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous) collaboration Dark Night of the Soul. That album, because of legal complications, is for sale only as a photo book and a blank CD-R. The music itself is streaming in full on NPR.

Does anyone have the setlists? More pictures of the headliner below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power & the Amorphous Strums - And How (MP3)
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Jonathan Richman @ 2008 Sled Island Festival (more by Rae Holtsabum)
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Singers Jonathan Richman and Vic Chesnutt will go out on tour in June. That includes two NYC shows at the Bowery Ballroom - June 16th and 17th. Tickets for both go on sale Friday, March 27th at noon.

Richman and Chesnutt are both touring Europe separately right now. Richman with drummer Tommy Larkins (a pair of videos from their Majorca Spain performance on March 11th, 2009, below) and Chesnutt with Elf Power, the latter supporting their 2008 collaboration Dark Developments on Orange Twin Records - a record that has kept Elf Power + Chesnutt on the road essentially since last fall.

Richman and Chestnut aren't strangers to sharing a stage either - past dates include a 2008 tour with two Music Hall of Williamsburg shows, and a 2005 tour as well.

All tour dates and videos below...

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photos by Rae Holtsabum

Sled Island

I'm still trying to properly wrap my mind around (and recover from) the amazing performances (and blazing sun) I was able to experience at Sled Island. It's hard to believe both the amount and range of wonderful music that was up for consumption over the course of four days, and last night's set from mainstage headliners Mogwai, shredding guitars with grace like only they can, followed by a flawless late-night club show by underrated Canadian folk rockers Rock Plaza Central, was the perfect send-off to a festival that defined itself on eclecticism and near unmitigated musical quality. [Beyond Robson]
As you know, we've been covering the 2008 Sled Island Festival that went down recently in Calgary. In the name of finishing what we started, here are the rest of Rae's pics from day four of the festival (June 28, 2008)...

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Jonathan Richman is touring in February and March. Tickets are starting to go on sale for dates including March 4th & 5th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More dates TBA.