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a masked Joseph Arthur w/ RNDM (more by Sachyn Mital)
Joseph Arthur

Joseph Arthur will pay tribute to one of his friends and influences, Lou Reed, who passed away last year, with a tribute album, Lou, due out on May 13 via Vanguard Records. The album will feature covers of tracks from throughout Lou's career, including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Heroin," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Coney Island Baby," and eight others. Watch the video for his "Walk on the Wild Side" cover, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below. The liner notes of the album contain a message from Jo -- here's an excerpt:

It's odd dancing around death, odder still if the death you are dancing around is that of a legend. You just never know what's appropriate and what's not, what to share and what to keep inside. There is no blueprint. I loved Lou and we were friends. The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it?
You can read the rest of the message below.

Jo will also be going on a "Lou" tour from late April through late May, including a stop in NYC on May 8 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As previously mentioned, he also plays the BRIC House on Saturday (3/29) in NYC (tickets).

All dates are listed, with the video, artwork, tracklist, and message from Jo, below...

Continue reading "Joseph Arthur releasing a Lou Reed tribute album, touring (dates & "Walk on the Wild Side" video)"

San Fermin at LPR in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We just told you about that Milli Vanilli opera that is being staged as a work-in-progress this month at BRIC House, the multipurpose venue/studio/learning center from the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn! (who just announced their 2014 opening show). BRIC House just announced their spring events lineup and that includes concerts by San Fermin (March 28), Kaki King & Glowing Pictures (March 6), Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present: Black Sun (March 16), Joseph Arthur (March 29) and Les Nubians (February 14).

The space will also be hosting "BRIC House Parties," a monthly Saturday series that will be all-day, all-ages events, with free family activities in the day and ticketed dance parties at night. The first one is February 8 with CHERYL / Bushwig, then on March 8 it's with Ralph McDaniels' Video Music Box, Special Ed and special guests; and then April 12 features AndrewAndrew and Neon Indian.

Tickets to all the above concerts and parties are on sale now. BRIC House's full schedule of Spring 2014 events, performances and classes is listed below...

Continue reading "BRIC House announce Spring 2014 schedule (San Fermin, Kaki King, Joseph Arthur, Neon Indian & more)"

Kaki King at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kaki King

The New York Guitar Festival is returning to various NYC venues this year from January 10 to January 30. It features a number of shows, including Nels Cline at Drama League Theater Center (1/18), Fred Frith meets Nels Cline at SubCulture (1/18), Ben Monder and others at Drama League Theater Center (1/19), Marc Ribot and Chris Eldridge at Merkin Concert Hall (1/21), Badi Assad and Kaki King at Merkin Concert Hall (1/23), Toubab Krewe and Joseph Arthur at Merkin Concert Hall (1/30), and more. Tickets for each paid show (some are free) are available at venue websites. Head to NY Guitar Fest's site for appropriate links and more details.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "NY Guitar Fest returns this month (Kaki King, Nels Cline, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Joseph Arthur, Toubab Krewe & more)"

R.E.M. at MSG in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
REM

Singer/songwriter/poet/painter Joseph Arthur, who wrote a Michael Stipe-approved song featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M. last year, is now teaming up with another R.E.M. member, bassist Mike Mills, for an upcoming tour. Joseph and Mike will be joined by drummer Bill Dobrow and will head out across the US and Canada at the end of this month through late December. Joseph comes to NYC for a show on New Year's Day (1/1) at City Winery with Bobby Bare Jr., but Mike Mills hasn't been announced to be with Jo at that one. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2, the second installment of Jo's planned trilogy, which is due out on November 29, aka Record Store Day Black Friday. The first part came out this past June. You can check out a KEXP session of Joseph performing "The Ballad of Boogie Christ" below.

In related news, at Peter Buck's Athens, GA show at 40 Watt Club last Thursday (11/14), he brought out fellow founding R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Bill Berry (who left the band in 1997) to perform the band's 1984 single "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" off their sophomore LP, Reckoning, an almost-reunion after calling it a day in 2011. Michael Stipe was in fact in the audience, but sticking to the band's insistence to not reunite, chose not to join his former bandmates on stage.

In other R.E.M. news, Athens, GA restaurant Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods, the inspiration for the Automatic for the People title is closing this month after over 27 years of business. Reports Eater.com:

Weaver's catchphrase "Automatic for the People" became the title of rock band R.E.M.'s blockbuster 1992 album. R.E.M. hails from Athens and were frequent customers. Weaver told the LA Times in 2003 that R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stopped by the restaurant with an attorney to seek permission to use the phrase as the album title. Weaver agreed in exchange for "a pretty good amount" of money in a deal, not knowing R.E.M.'s fame. After the release of the album, Weaver said his "life changed." A beloved institution, Weaver D's will certainly be missed.
Check out a video of the Buck's performance with Mills and Berry, along with the list of Joseph Arthur dates and KEXP video, below...

Continue reading "3/4 of R.E.M. reunited in Athens; restaurant behind 'Automatic for the People' closing; Mike Mills joining Joseph Arthur on tour"

still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Arcade Fire

Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.

In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.

Continue reading "Arcade Fire post new teaser video, appearing on Peter Gabriel covers album with Brian Eno, Bon Iver, Lou Reed and more"

Boogie

Joseph Arthur has been working on a new album, minus a few van hiccups, for a while now and has just recently dished the details. The record is called The Ballad of Boogie Christ, will be out June 11 and is being funded in part via Pledgemusic campaign. Says Joseph:

Boogie Christ is unlike anything I've ever done before. It's a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it. It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I've made in 17 years of putting together records."
You can watch a video for "Saint Of Impossible Causes" and stream another track, "All the Old Heroes," below.

As mentioned before, Joseph Arthur will be playing Bowery Ballroom on June 13 and tickets are still available. Turns out that's the start of a short U.S. tour and all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Joseph Arthur releasing 'The Ballad of Boogie Christ' and going on tour (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Joseph Arthur

Anyone whose gone to see a Joseph Arthur show knows the guy is an artist as well as a musician, as he paints, live on stage, as part of his shows. (Or at least they did, I haven't seen him play in a while.) Folks in NYC can check out some of his work at Chelsea's Able Fine Art NY Gallery (511 West 25th St., Suite 507) at an exhibition that opens today (3/26) and runs through April 16, with the opening reception happening Thursday (3/28, 6 - 8 PM).

While working on a new album and keeping a close eye on his van, Joseph Arthur's next NYC show is June 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (3/29) at noon. No other tour dates have been announced.

tickets

Tickets to see The Breeders at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jessie Ware at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Ghost at Webster Hall are currently on AmEx presale and go on fan presale (password: "Infestissumam") and AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for his Irving Plaza show go on sale Thursday (2/7) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see John Talabot at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Palma Violets at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Shout Out Louds at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see METZ at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the just-added second Daughter show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Sinkane at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Foxygen at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to their Knitting Factory show go on sale Friday.

Tickets to see the two Meat Puppets shows at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

fun. play Hudson River Park on July 22 with Tegan & Sara and tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with a regular on-sale on happening Friday at noon.

Joseph Arthur & Martha Wainwright play City Winery on Friday (2/8) and tickets are still available.

Ian Hunter plays City Winery on February 8 and 9 and tickets are still available to those shows.

Onetime J. Geills singer Peter Wolf plays City Winery on February 23 and 24 (rescheduled from Hurricane Sandy) and tickets are still available for that show too.

Poundcake, featuring Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill and Ethan Eubanks, play City Winery on February 25 and tickets are still available.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band play City Winery on February 28 and tickets are on sale now.

Booker T. plays City Winery on March 4 and tickets to that show are on sale now.

Country legends The Oak Ridge Boys play City Winery on March 11 and tickets are on sale now.

Martin Sexton will be at City Winery on March 29 and 30 and tickets to those shows are on sale now.

Russell Simins

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released a new album, Meat and Bone, this year and we spoke to drummer Russell Simins to see what his favorite albums of the year were. There is some new stuff there, but a good chunk of the list is made up of reissues and uncovered lost recordings, and he's got some really interesting inclusions. Check out his full list below.

As mentioned, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will play a WFMU benefit (to help WFMU recover from Sandy damages) in NYC on January 13 at The Bell House with Jonathan Toubin, legendary Texas gospel funk group The Relatives (who also play Joe's Pub a day later with Debo Band), Dot Wiggin, and Di Dionyso. Tickets for that show are still available.

Russell's list below...

Continue reading "Russell Simins' (JSBX) Top Albums of 2012"

Sandy Relief

My Morning Jacket will join Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extension, Tangiers Blues Band and special guests for a Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ on January 2, 2013:

"Following Hurricane Katrina, the response from around the world was overwhelming," say Ben Jaffe, creative director of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. "Now it's our time to give back to a devastated community where many of our friends, family and supporters call home. In New Orleans, we turn to our music during hard times. It offers us hope and the feeling that things will be better. We are doing what we always do during hard times: celebrate life. Hopefully this will bring some joy to the residents of the devastated region at a time of great heartache."
Proceeds from the show will benefit multiple Jersey Shore-related charities, including Coastal Habitat for Humanity, The Food Bank of Monmouth/Ocean Counties, Waves for Water, Food For Thought By The Sea, and RebuildRecover. In addition, MMJ will donate a portion of every ticket sold to their upcoming shows at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and in Boston at Agganis Arena to charity as well.

In other news, Jim James is preparing to release his solo LP Regions of Light & Sound of God, due on February 5. Check out "Know Til Now" below, and preorder your copy if so desired.

Tom Blankenship of MMJ recently participated in the Rock Lottery at Knitting Factory (pictures).

Nicole Atkins is also trying to raise money for Neptune City with a new track.

Jim James track is below.

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket headlines Sandy benefit in Asbury Park with Nicole Atkins & others; Jim James readies solo record"

photos by Sachyn Mital

RNDM at Bowery Ballroom - 11/8/12
RNDM

RNDM, the new project of Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, Joseph Arthur, and Seattle scene mainstay Richard Stuverud, kicked off their tour with David Garza in Brooklyn earlier this month and after making their way through DC, Philly, and Boston, they returned to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom this past Thursday (11/8). The tour continues in Chicago tonight and makes its way out to the west coast by the end of the month.

More pictures and some videos from the Bowery Ballroom show below.

Continue reading "RNDM played Bowery Ballroom (pics, videos)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

RNDM at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 11/2/12
RNDM

Alt rock supergroup RNDM (aka Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, Joseph Arthur, and Seattle scene mainstay Richard Stuverud) released their debut album, Acts, last week (10/30) and kicked off their tour in support of the album in Brooklyn on Friday (11/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a show which was fortunately unaffected by the hurricane. Pictures from that show are in this post.

For Ament, RNDM has been part of maintaining his writing and recording momentum while Pearl Jam continues to work on the follow up to "Backspacer." "If I had my druthers, we'd go in the studio every three months," Ament says. "It's just what I love. There really is a certain magic that happens when you're in the studio. And it's important in life to feel that magic, to feel that there is something greater moving all this along." [Billboard]
The tour continues and comes back to NYC for a show on Thursday (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. Like he did at Music Hall of Williamsburg, David Garza is supporting on all dates.

More pictures, including some of the setlist, a video from Friday's show, and RNDM's new animated video for "Throw You To the Pack" (created by Arthur), below...

Continue reading "RNDM began tour in Brooklyn (pics, video, setlist)"

ATPNY

The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).

Tickets are still available to all three days which can be gotten online or at Other Music. Peruse the full schedule below, perhaps while listening to the ATP mixtape that Greg Dulli made for us.

Continue reading "ATP NY 2012: full schedule"

DOWNLOAD: Joseph Arthur - Where is My Van? (MP4)

Still from "Where is My Van?" video
Joseph Arthur

So after all this I got my van back!
I can't thank y'all enough for your support and help.
It cost plenty, but I'm very happy to have my art and my gear back.
Jose (the guy who had it) drove a hard bargain (Ron calls it a sort of hold up)
and sold it all back to me for $5,500 after he paid a grand for it,
but I'm trying to keep it in perspective,
Things like this can't be measured strictly with numbers
and the life lessons it taught were of greater value than the dollars and cents.
The main one being the support I got from all of you.
Along with the people,whom without I never would have gotten it back,
Ron, Vic, Lea, Carla, Julie, Peter, Kraig, Ehud and Spencer - THANK YOU!
The list goes on, but now I need to search this four wheel goliath for my tarot cards and try to catch new dreams.
Thanks again everyone and I hope to see you down the road.
I'll be the one driving a van more famous than me.
We're glad this all worked out for Joseph Arthur who got his van back (which had been towed and sold by the City of New York) thanks in part to civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby. In hopes of recovering some of the costs to get his van and his contents back from the person who bought it (for a grand), Joseph is performing a fundraiser show at City Winery on October 21 which is apparently already sold out (at least that's what the website says), but if you'd like to contribute to the fund, you can purchase a "Where Is My Van?" t-shirt from Joseph's webiste. You can also catch Joseph at ATP NY this month, and at the other dates which are listed below.

As you may have heard, Joseph wrote a song, "Where is My Van?," that you can download above. He also made a video for the song, featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M., that Michael Stipe has called "The best music video since Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U.'" You can watch it below. We can only hope Joseph will write a follow-up single, "My Van Was in the Bronx."

Speaking of Michael Stipe, earlier today he expressed his dissatisfaction with Fox News.

Van video is below

Continue reading "Joseph Arthur got his van back, playing fundraiser in October"

Joseph Arthur at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Joseph Arthur

Joseph Arthur, who recently had his van towed and then sold by the City of New York (read Joseph's note on that here), has written a song about in the incident called, "Where Is My Van." (It's pretty catchy, but it's no Sammy Johns.) The song was written with Kraig Jarret Johnson, who is a member of The Lonley Astronauts with Joseph, and the two just performed it at Joseph's City Winery show on Monday (8/27) with help from Peter Buck (of R.E.M.). You can watch a video of them performing it at that show and listen to a studio recording of the song below.

Continue reading "Joseph Arthur wrote a song about his missing van (stream & live video)"

RNDM

RNDM is the new project of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur (who played City Winery last night [8/27]), and Seattle scene drummer Richard Stuverud, who was previously in the band Three Fish with Jeff Ament. RNDM will release an album titled Acts on October 30, and you can stream one of its tracks, "Modern Times," over at Rolling Stone.

RNDM will support their new album with a tour this November, which kicks off in Brooklyn on November 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and comes back to NYC on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both of those shows went on sale today (8/28) at noon.

Speaking of Pearl Jam, they play Philly's Made In America Festival this weekend (9/2).

Speaking of Joseh Artuhur, he recently posted a long twitter update to the case of his van which was seized and auctioned by NYC last week. His story and a list of the equipment that was in the van, along with a list of all RNDM dates, are below.

Continue reading "RNDM (aka Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, Joseph Arthur & Richard Stuverud) releasing an LP, touring (dates & stream)"

Joseph Arthur at Bowery Ballroom, May 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Joseph Arthur

Joseph Arthur got some crummy news today:

NYC towed my van and sold it with amps and equipment and so much art in it. It's a white 2003 dodge ram. Sold yesterday. Please help recover. Anyone with any knowledge or help (lawyers) into how to deal with a city taking and selling your stuff would be greatly appreciated. I just found out about this and cant think straight but so much priceless (to me) was inside. Over 40 large scale paintings rolled in canvas. I'm gutted.

...The van wasn't towed and sold the same day. It was towed from a place where it was getting repaired and sold when i was in Mexico under the impression that it was back at the shop.

City of New York says buy information is confidential, so if you have any info on Joseph Arthur's van -- maybe you bought it? -- you can contact him via his Facebook page. Hope your van/stuff back!

Joseph has a couple upcoming NYC shows: He plays City Winery on Monday, August 27 with Teddy Thompson (tix) and will also be at ATP NY.

ATP

That didn't take long. Last night we posted it as a rumor. Today it is confirmed (removal of Louis CK included):

ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.

Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.

New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...

Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:

"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."

Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.

"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."

Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.

The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.

Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.

Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...

Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.

Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.

Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.

As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.

Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...

Continue reading "confirmed: ATP moves from Asbury Park to NYC, adds artists"

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Afghan Whigs

In the afterglow of The Afghan Whigs first show in 13 years, fans lingered outside the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, still buzzing from the two-hour, roller coaster of memories. Some swapped stories, others dragged on cigarettes, all of them beaming from ear to ear. When bassist John Curley and guitarist Rick McCollum wandered out, fans circled the band members, expressed their appreciation and a round of "I saw you in (insert city)" commenced.

"I saw you in Jersey on the 1965 tour," said one fan to Curley. "I saw you in Chicago," another said to McCollum. I was jealous. My "I saw you..." moment was an "I was supposed to see you..." moment. "In Dallas in '99," I said to Curley.

Anyone versed in the Whigs history know they never made it to that show and the band called it quits before they made it back. So, when Greg Dulli crooned "I waited long, the waiting's over," during "Bulletproof," it probably resonated a lot more with me than most of the sold-out crowd who already had their live moment over a decade ago. And the Whigs did not disappoint. They weren't as advertised - they were better. There was never a chance Dulli would get the Whigs back together only for them to fall flat.

A 20-song set with two encores spanned most of the Whigs catalog, but was focused mainly on the last three records: 1965, Black Love, and the critically acclaimed Gentlemen.

Early on, they dipped all the way back to Congregation for "I'm Her Slave" which they performed the night before on Jimmy Fallon. Dulli thanked Sub Pop records pioneers Megan Jasper and Jonathan Poneman more than once on the night for giving the band a shot (as well as making them the first non-Pacific Northwest band to sign to the label.)

Dulli trash-talked a heckler during one of those shout outs, describing in graphic detail what he would do to him if he dared step foot on stage. "Did I kiss your girlfriend?" Dulli asked, before adding an insincere "I'm sorry."

And that bravado permeates the Whigs catalog, in songs like the bruising "Fountain and Fairfax" during the first encore and "Debonair." "Tonight I go to hell for what I've done to you / But this ain't about regret" Dulli screamed on the latter.

As much as the night was about celebrating the past and screaming along to "Crime Scene Part One" or "66" (or pretty much any song they played on Wednesday) it was more about reveling in the reformation and hopefully the prolonged second act of The Afghan Whigs.

The Afghan Whigs will be playing much bigger venues when they return to the NYC area. In addition to Duuli currating this year's ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ in September (tickets are still available), and then will play a sold-out Terminal 5 show October 5.

More pics of Afghan Whigs' Bowery show (including opener Joseph Arthur) and setlist are below.

Continue reading "The Afghan Whigs played Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist)"

Afghan Whigs

After the reunited Afghan Whigs announced they were coming back for ATP, followed by the news that they'd be playing Lollpalooza this year after a string of European dates, the band announced a big October 5th NYC show at Terminal 5 to which tickets are still available.

But the band just announced that their first show in 13 years will happen at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 23, one night after they appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon though a "Fanclub presale" starts Wednesday at 10am (password: whigsnyc). Joseph Arthur opens.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Afghan Whigs playing Fallon & Bowery Ballroom! (soon!)"

Joseph Arthur art
Joseph ARthur

Joseph Arthur
MOMAR (Museum of Modern Arthur) at The Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th St., New York, NY
June 2 to June 30, 2011
&
To celebrate the release of 'The Graduation Ceremony' (May 24 / Lonely Astronaut Records),
Joseph will be performing 10 consecutive nights at the Living Room in NYC: June 12 - 22, 10pm / $15
Watch Joseph's new video that combines both his art and new music, and a video about the exhibition too, below...

Continue reading "Joseph Arthur released an album, displaying art @ the Gershwin Hotel, playing 10 nights @ the Living Room"

ACL

The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.
3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2011 festival lineup is here, tickets on sale"

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Joseph Arthur is a regular at City Winery where his regular residencies include a different special guest at each show. On February 3rd it will be Greg Laswell. On February 5th it will be Jesse Malin. And on January 15th it will be ex-Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan who leaves on a tour two weeks later with Jimmy Eat World. That tour hits House of Blues in Atlantic City on February 11th, and many other places. All dates below...

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bunnys

Tickets are still on sale for DJ Shadow's upcoming show at Irving Plaza. And I have a couple of pairs you can win. Details below.

Tickets are still on sale for the Shearwater/Damien Jurado/Anni Rossi show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And I have a pair you can win. Details below.

"WITNESS' 6th Annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner & Concert" goes down on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Co-Hosted by Peter Gabriel, there will be performances by Antibalas, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will be there too. Click the link to get your $750 tickets.

Fistful of Mercy is Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison, and you can catch them at the Apollo Theater on November 17th. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the upcoming Girl Talk shows at Wellmont Theatre and Terminal 5.

Tickets go on sale at noon for Gang of Four's show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Interpol show at Radio City Music Hall.

Iron & Wine Radio City tickets are on sale now.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Tokyo Police Club/Two Door Cinema Club show happening at Temrinal 5.

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band play Terminal 5 on 2/12. Tickets are on sale.

Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller play Terminal 5 on 3/11. Tickets are on sale. Way before that you can catch Ben Kweller on his own solo tour which is underway now.

Bindlestiff Family Circus has been added as an opener to the New Years Eve Drive by Truckers show at Terminal 5. Tickets are still on sale.

UK band Peggy Sue are worth getting to Terminal 5 early on November 19th. They open that date for Kate Nash. Tickets are still on sale.

Randy Newman plays Town Hall on March 5th. Tickets are on sale.

Ray Davies plays the Beacon Theatre in NYC with the Dessoff Chamber Choir on Wednesday, November 24th, two days before his previously announced NJ show. Tickets are on sale.

Lia Ices, full of CMJ buzz, plays Mercury Lounge on 12/14. Tickets are on sale.

Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge on 1/12. Tickets are on sale.

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by Kurt Christensen

Gary Louris

Gary Louris brought an alt. country all-star backing band to Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Friday night (part of a short solo tour). The show opened with Kraig Johnson, bandmate of Louris in Golden Smog (and briefly in the Jayhawks), and lead singer of Minneapolis band Run Westy Run. Johnson was joined by G. Whizz (Autumn Defense) on drums, and Jim Boquist (Son Volt) on guitar. A few songs into the set, he was joined by Joseph Arthur, who took over as lead for a couple of songs as well.

After a brief intermission, Gary Louris took the stage, notebook in hand. His set covered his solo work, as well as songs from the Golden Smog and Jayhawks catalogs. Dar Williams, who was a last minute announcement for the show was also a last minute cancellation, as her son was sick. Throughout the set, Louris was joined by a revolving combination of Johnson, Boquist, G. Whizz and Joseph Arthur. He sounded great, and the set list was terrific.

Featured songs included "Poor Little Fish" , "I'd Run Away" , "Blue", and he played an alternate take on the song "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" from Smile. The original title and chorus was "Someone Will". It was interesting to hear a different take on the song, and to hear it as it was originally written. The encore was perfect for any fan of the Jayhawks, and Golden Smog. "Waiting For the Sun", "Tailspin" and the closer, arguably one of the best songs from Golden Smog, "Until You Came Along". A perfect way to end an excellent show.

The Jayhawks are playing three shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis in June. The band lineup will include Mark Olson who left the band in 1995, Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan and Karen Grotberg. More pictures from LPR below...

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