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Wynn Walent & friends in Haiti
Wynn Walent

Singer-songwriter Wynn Walent no longer lives in NYC, so the show he's playing this Thursday night (1/10) at Littlefield with Great Elk and Matt Singer is a rarity, but it's more than that. The reason Wynn has been so scare around these parts is because he's spent most of the past three years dedicating his life to Haiti Earthquare relief, a cause that this particular show is also raising money for. Tickets are on sale, or will be at the door. Head out and show support, and learn more in an article Wynn wrote for Huffington Post, and in a video starring Wynn, below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Aziz Ansari & Chris Rock @ Whiplash @ UCB last week
Aziz and Chris Rock

UCB Theater Chelsea's Monday night staple comedy jam session Whiplash still happens every Monday night at 11:00pm. Sadly, for old man Kinski, 11pm is just a tooouuucccchhhhh too late to be out and about galavanting with some of comedy's greatest talents these days. Which is sad, because you never know who will show up to perform, and those who do show up will usually blow your mind. For example, the Monday November 19th installment featured Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, Simon Amstell and Anthony Jeselnik. Holy.

Chris Rock (pictured above with Aziz at Whiplash), good pals with Louis CK, also recently made a surprise appearance for Louis at his Staten Island Sandy Benefit Shows on November 17th.

But before the next Whiplash, the UCB Theater in Chelsea will be playing host to an awesome Sandy Benefit show on Sunday November 25th at 9:30pm. The line-up is festooned with so many Klaus favorites. $15 not only gets you piece of mind knowing you are helping out people whose lives were turned upside-down by hurricane Sandy, but you get performances by Arden Myrin, W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX), Seth Herzog, Dave Hill, Jamie Kilstein, Janine Brito, Kevin Avery, Sara Benincasa, C.F. Lederer, and Chris Gethard (who by the way has a small part in the very last episode of Bored to Death) (I just watched it the other day and was reminded of that important fact). The show will be hosted by Nato Green.

Dave Hill & Tig Notaro
Dave Hill and Tig Notaro

And speaking of Dave Hill and the UCB Theater in Chelsea, prepare yourselves for another fantastic installment of The Dave Hill Explosion which will take place on Thursday November 29th at 9:30pm. Dave's special guest will be Tig Notaro (who recently released a CD via Louis CK) and more. We all know Dave Hill is one of NYC's best comedians, guitar players, and show reviewers, but the Explosion is always a truly epic experience where Dave REALLY shines. The Dave Hill Explosion is a long-running live talk show hosted by Dave Hill. He doesn't do it that often but when he does it's awesome. One of the greatest shows I've ever seen was the Explosion that featured Rufus Wainwright and Dick Cavett. Holy.

Meanwhile you can find Dave Hill TONIGHT (11/24) at UCB East as part of "If You Build It", and check out Dave Hill's latest podcast featuring Chris Elliott. And don't forget that you can catch Chris Elliott at the Bell House on December 7th as part of Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling's epic and now totally sold out Sandy Benefit. You can also see him at the Pit with his daughters Abby and Bridey Elliott on Thursday December 6th at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.

Hoity-Toity gastro-comedy joint The Stand will be hosting a rather impressive Sandy benefit called MTV Presents Stand up for Sandy on Tuesday November 27th. The line-up features Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer and Sean Patton. The tickets are a super reasonably priced $20 and are currently on sale. And for those keeping score, Sean Patton and Sarah Schaefer are two of my favorite and definitely underrated comedians in the biz. This might be THE show that gets your man Klaus out of his comfort zone and into The Stand.

Jim Gaffigan also has other bigger area shows coming up.

Wyatt Cenac (who also performs in the sold out Sandy Benefit show at the Bell House this Sunday November 25th) continues his new Monday night residency at Littlefield on Monday November 26th and every Monday. As a matter of fact, Har Mar Superstar is musical guest this Monday November 26th.

And speaking of Littlefield, celebrate Christmas Eve there with Wyatt Cenac because it looks like it will be a special night with guests Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che (who also plays the sold out show at Bell House this Sunday), and more already announced. But before that, on Sunday December 9th Littlefield will be hosting Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue with comedy by Michael Showalter and Jena Friedman, and music by Supercute, Casey Shea and more.

For more upcoming shows check out Eugene Mirman's schedule, Pete Holmes & Doug Benson's tour dates, Nick Kroll's tour dates, Greg Proops, and a big list of upcoming shows at the Bell House (and HERE).

Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Wyatt Cenac

In a post titled "Starting Mondays in November until Littlefield realizes they've made a huge mistake", Wyatt Cenac, who spent this weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest, details the plans that will likely drive Gowanus venue Littlefield toward financial and social ruin.

Comedian Wyatt Cenac ("The Daily Show," "King of the Hill") and Producer Marianne Ways ("Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen"), in conjunction with Littlefield, are proud to announce the start of new weekly comedy showcase NIGHT TRAIN WITH WYATT CENAC. Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac, the show will feature comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and will at times feature new and established musicians, local celebrities, and occasional surprises that can only be found in Gowanus.
Night Train begins today (11/5) at Littlefield with special guests Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Jeffrey Joseph and J.R. Havlan, and tickets are still available. Tickets are also on sale for shows through the better portion of 2012, including on 11/12 with Gary Gulman, Jerrod Carmichael, Seaton Smith, Erin Judge "+ more".

Of course all of this reconfirms the end of Kurt and Kristen's weekly Hot Tub Variety Show at Littlefield, which held its last Monday show in October. RIP to Hot Tub, but we're looking forward to Night Train.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Joy Formidable at Deluna Fest 2012
Deluna day 2

The Joy Formidable were one of the many bands to play the Deluna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Florida and pictures from their 9/22 set are in this post. (Deluna Fest day 1 pics are here and the rest of day 2 are here.) The rest of North America -- well, select cities at least -- will get a chance to see them when the Welsh band come back to tour in November, including two small shows in NYC: Bowery Hotel on 11/8 and Littlefield on 11/11. No word on advance tickets for Bowery Hotel, but Littlefield tickets go on sale today (10/1) at noon.

A list of all Joy Formidable tour dates and more pics are below...

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Americana Pie III

Brooklyn Americana/country/bluegrass/roots festival Americana Pie will be returning for its third year. The festival takes place across three Brooklyn venues, Littlefield, The Rock Shop, and Union Hall, from October 4-7 with over 30 bands. Tickets are available for the shows at Littlefield, Rock Shop, and Union Hall.

The full schedule is below.

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Earth at Inferno Festival 2012, Oslo, Norway (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Earth

Seattle's Earth like to take their time and let things go at a slow burn. But that doesn't mean they aren't up for hustling across the country on a month-long tour. Dylan Carlson and crew will rotate in a variety of supporting acts along the way, with NYC catching a leg of dates that will feature Eagle Twin and Stebmo. Look for that show to crash-land at Littlefield on November 10, and ticketing info is forthcoming.

In other news, Eagle Twin are preparing the release of their new LP, As The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale, via Southern Lord. Stream two new tracks, "Ballad of Job Cain Part II" and "Snake Hymn", at the bottom of this post.

So far no word on that Dylan Carlson LP, but until then you can pester him at the dates listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

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Cardinal

Baroque pop duo Cardinal (Richard Davies and Eric Matthews) released their long-awaited (18 years!) second album, Hymns, earlier this year. Now Cardinal are going on their first-ever tour, six East Coast dates that include a stop at Littlefield on Friday, May 11. It's an early show (7:30PM) and tickets are on sale now.

Mind you, Eric Matthews doesn't tour and won't be doing so for this either. Says Matthews:

"It's hard for me to contemplate a live version that doesn't involve eight of me running around playing multiple instruments. Even then, playing live has never really been something that interests me in the way that it does Richard. So, while I will look forward to our intense creative partnership continuing on the recording side, I support the decision to play these songs for our fans, even if I won't be there on stage to do so."
In Matthews' abscence, Davies has assembled a nine-piece band to ably bring Cardinal's orch-pop to symphonic fruition. If you haven't checked out Hymns yet, you can download two songs from the album at the top of this post. Picking up where their 1994 debut left off, it's a little more indie rock and a little less harpsichord and trumpets, but it's recognizably Cardinal. You can listen to Hymns in its entirety on Spotify, which also has their classic first album as well.

Opening all dates are The Inner Banks who are also part of the Cardinal touring band. The Inner Banks is the new project from Caroline Schuzt who some of you may remember from Folks Songs of the Afterlife. Their new album, Wild, is out in June.

For those who don't live on the East Coast, Davies promises more Cardinal dates later this year with an even bigger version of the band. All currently announced Cardinal dates are listed below.

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Dave Hill

Dear ridiculously attractive person who just so happens to be looking at this webpage about Tasteful Nudes right now,

Hi. My name is Dave and this is my very first collection of essays. As you can probably imagine, it pretty much has everything. In fact, if you like stories about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock-n-roll, irritable Canadians, and prison, you have just hit a street called Easy because my book talks about all that stuff and a bunch of other stuff too.

Getting back to that prison thing for a second though, I can think of almost no place better to read my book than from within the confines of a correctional facility. For starters, you will definitely have the time. Also, cozying up with a good book in front of your fellow inmates is a great way to show them a softer side that for some reason no one ever wants to hear about in the yard.

Fear not though, non-convicts: my book makes for a solid read outside of prison too. At the beach, on the subway, while whitewater rafting, during couples counseling, under local anesthesia--I have personally seen to it that my book is totally readable in all these scenarios as well as most other scenarios out there today. It will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even think so much that it will make you forget all your problems while simultaneously creating a few new ones. In limited instances, it has been known to cause severe dehydration and the occasional groin pull, but honestly I don't know what that's about. That said, it's probably not a bad idea to keep a glass of water handy and really stretch things out before strapping yourself in for a literary thrill ride you will want to experience again and again until you are either dead or your eyesight fails completely, whichever comes first. In fact, if I end up being wrong about any of this stuff, you can kick me right in the privates. Also, I will send you a nice ham (serves twenty). In short, you really can't lose on this one.

Your man,
Dave Hill

Tasteful Nudes:...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation, is out May 22, 2012 via St. Martin's Press. You can pre-order the book at Amazon

Catch Dave live at The Rejection Show Valentine's Day Heartbreak Haven taking place at Littlefield on 2/14 with "Lizz Winstead, Dave Hill: The One Man Heat-Bringing Machine, Sara Benincasa, Mandy Stadtmiller, Eliot Glazer, Elna Baker, Adam Wade, Katina Corrao, Ted Travelstead, Tom Shillue, Jordan Carlos, Bridey Elliott, Giulia Rozzi, Liam McEneaney, Blaise Kearsley, The Defibulators, Colleen AF Venable, and pie by the slice by Daly Pie!", and then again at Littlefield on 2/18 for The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society performs MIRAGE ... and more. Yes there will be Fleetwood Mac.

"I can tell by the bellows of my neighbors that sports are over & the New Jersey Acromegolics beat my 6-State Patriots." - John Hodgman

Ted Leo leaving Beerland - 1/28/2012 (by Tim Trentham)
Ted Leo

After a recent trip to Texas in honor of Esme Barrera (picture from the Beerland benfits above), and more recently a weekend of "curling (the "sport"), Nightbirds & Kim Phuc at the Acheron, seal watching boat trip in NY harbor, and Puppy Bowl repeats," Ted Leo is heading out to Gowanus to host tonight's edition of Hot Tub at Littlefield with guests John Hodgman, Christian Finnegan, Jamie Lee, Harrison Greenbaum, and Brandon Wardell (2/6).

Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Hans-Joachim Rödelius, born October 26, 1934 in Berlin) is a German experimental, ambient and electronic musician. He is best known as a co-founder of the krautrock groups Cluster and Harmonia and his work in the ambient jazz trio Aquarello." [Wiki]
Hans-Joachim Roedelius is about to head out on a tour that begins with his appearance at ATP NJ on Saturday (10/1) and culminates with his appearance at Moogfest. After ATP, Hans-Joachim will play a NYC show at Littlefield on Sunday (10/2) with Xambuca and Ron Anderson's Pak. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates below...

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CYHSY @ Sasquatch 2007 (more by Jerry Yeti)
CYHSY

Surprise! Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, whose sold out 9/20 Bowery Ballroom show was your next and first public time to catch the band in NYC since their return, will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at the smaller (but 21+) Littlefield in Brooklyn TONIGHT (8/8) with Conversion Party . A very limited number of tickets will go on sale at noon, and we're also giving away 15 pairs!

Details on how to win, widgets to download two new songs and more tour dates below....

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The Wake and Weekend were scheduled to play the free outdoor show at South Street Seaport this evening, July 8, 2011, but due to rain, the show has been moved to Littlefield in Brooklyn. Doors are now at 9pm, but the show is still free. Bands at 10 & 11.

Poor Chris La Putt braved the weather and went to the Seaport to capture the action. His picture of the non-event is above.

In related news, tonight's Yankees game is postponed for the same reasons and that means Derek Jeter will have to wait a little bit longer before attempting his 3000th hit.

P.S. Want to see Animal Collective for free at Merriweather Post Pavillion (the MD venue) on Saturday night? We're running a last minute contest for two tickets now at our Facebook.

Withered Hand

"Withered Hand should be heading for SXSW. Instead, moronic US immigration officials in Vermont froze his visa and challenged the Edinburgh musician to prove that their qualified assertion he is "not of extraordinary ability" was an inaccurate one. One can only imagine they came to such a conclusion after believing 'Withered Hand' to be a thinly-disguised pseudonym for Abu Hamza.

After incessant campaigning from fans and well-wishers on Twitter, Facebook and even a formal petition with 750 signatures, at 3.30pm on Thursday, 10th March - a mere 41 hours before Dan Willson's transatlantic flight leaves Edinburgh Airport - his visa approval finally came through. However, with Dan having to rush to London for an interview at the US Embassy, it's still touch and go as to whether this nightmare will have a happy ending." [The Pop Cop]

Unfortunately we just got word that the show scheduled to happen at Littlefield on Saturday is now cancelled. The Rockwood and Cake Shop shows are in danger too, as are his shows in Austin. We'll keep you posted.

In related news, Dam Mantle had to cancel SXSW for related reasons.

photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The walls of Littlefield were adorned with Conrad Keely's intricate pen/ink tributes to sci-fi, as his band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead celebrated the release of their new LP Tao Of The Dead with Takka Takka on Tuesday (2/8). Trail of Dead stripped down to a four piece for the show, sans keyboards, and though the band hadn't gotten their "sea legs" (per Jason Reece), they ripped through faves like "Richter Scale Madness", "Caterwaul", "Fake Fake Eyes", "A Perfect Teenhood", new tracks like "Pure Radio Cosplay" and "Ebb Away" before closing with "Relative Ways" as an encore. Takka Takka's set consisted of mostly new material that they were trying out for the Littlefield crowd. Their new album is due spring 2011.

Trail of Dead will be back around when they tour with Surfer Blood in May.

More pictures and the setlist (which leaves out "Relative Ways", the encore) from the Brooklyn show, are below...

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Trail of Dead at Mohawk (more by BBG)
Trail of Dead

Who says you have to wait until April or May? Tickets for NYC dates of the previously discussed ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead/Surfer Blood tour at Bowery Ballroom on 4/29 (here) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/13 (here) are still available, but the band has added another much smaller and much sooner show.

Tickets are on sale for a Baeblemusic & Superball Music-presented Trail of Dead show at Littlefield on February 8, where the band will play in celebration of their new LP Tao of The Dead, as well as showcase some of Conrad Keeley's art ("Not only will Keely be displaying original art from the new album, he'll also be debuting two large scale paintings.").

Updated tour dates and some videos below...

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Littlefield

That's the flyer for Brooklyn Craft Central's 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Market going down at Littlefield in Brooklyn on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. And if you need something to do tonight, Friday, December 17th, Littlefield is hosting mash-up masters The Hood Internet (and Project Jenny, Project Jan, DJ French Toast).

Har Mar Superstar & Gayngs @ The Box in NYC (photo by Lisa-Thi Beskar)
Gayngs

In the midst of a lawsuit releated to the loss of their tour bus in Texas,, Minneapolis soft rock supergroup Gayngs flew back to NYC in late October (the same month they played Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom and Jimmy Fallon) for a post-tour, one-off, private show at The Box. Why did they do that? Because actor Josh Lucas, who met and saw them on that same episode of Fallon (he was one of the guests too), paid them to come and play his private pre-Halloween party at the Lower East Side club which he partially owns.

The cast of Gayngs that night included frontman Ryan Olson (of Marijuana Deathsquads), Ivan Rosebud on lead vocals, Channy Moon Casselle of Roma Di Luna on lead female vocals, three members of Megafaun (Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Joe Westerlund), Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, and.... fellow Minnesotan Har Mar Superstar who was basically filling in for Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who couldn't make the show probably because he was too busy chillin' with Kanye).

Gayngs have no more upcoming shows, possibly ever, but Har Mar can be found headlining venues twice in December. First you can catch him at First Avenue in hos hometown on December 15th, and then he heads back east for the New Years Eve show at Littlefield in Brooklyn (622 Degraw st.). Openers still TBA, but $25 tickets go on sale today, 11/19, at noon.

You guys ready to party?....

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photos by Chris La Putt

The Acorn
The Acorn

The Acorn and Basia Bulat are about to end a North American tour together. That tour visited NYC last week for two shows. The Canadian band played Mercury Lounge on 9/23 and Littlefield in Brooklyn the next day...

"... the second Basia Bulat stepped on stage she just owned it! Her powerful but beautiful pipes had the audience right in the palm of her hand. Ms. Bulat's stunning songs were played beautifully by her stellar backing band. Basia Bulat is a diva in very good sense of the word!

The last band was another group of musicians that call Canada home, Acorn. Acorn rocked with their brand of well crafted infectious indie folk garage rock. Front man Rolf Klausener has an amazing voice and is charming and funny on stage and the rest of the band is really very tight and quite on point!" [Whatever...]

More pictures from the Brooklyn show, which also featured an opening set by Gold Lake, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Stars

Since their Friday night show at Terminal 5 was not sold out, Stars kept their Sunday night performance at Littlefield a secret until the last minute, but word spread quickly, and last night the line to get into the venue continued well down the block.

Seeing Stars play such a small room is a treat. After quite a lengthy wait for the show to begin (the doors were at 8, but the start time was 9:45), the audience was eager to show their support - especially one fan who could hardly contain his excitement. Between nearly every song, he'd lavish some sort of praise on the band. ("I love you!" "You are beautiful!" "You guys blow my brains out!" and my favorite, "You're not REAL!") The crowd's energy helped fuel the band and elevated their performance.

"It's the city so nice, we had to play it twice," joked former New Yorker Torq Campbell when they finally walked on stage. "We're so happy people came out," he continued, then launched into an appropriate introduction for the evening, the slowly building song, "The Night Starts Here."

As per usual, the band scattered long-stemmed white roses and handfuls of petals throughout the crowd between songs - only this time, nearly everyone in the room got showered, not just the people crammed into the first few rows.

Though they seemed a bit tired, Stars played a solid show and creatively drew a handful of more obscure from their discography to reward the T5 attendees for coming out to another show. Initially, Campbell's vocals were way too low in the mix, but (finally) after the ninth song, an audience member yelled out, "Turn up the vocals!" and the sound technician quickly complied. (Yet another benefit of playing such a small space.)

As was the case at their recent T5 show, Stars played a generous 5-song encore, which included a Smiths cover ("This Charming Man") and some banter about global warming, bad vibes, and Amy Millan's pregnancy. After the third song, Campbell addressed the room. "Do we have time for a couple more or is that sufficient?" Upon receiving an enthusiastic response from the audience, he continued as the opening notes of the crowd pleaser "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" rang out. "You know... I'm going to keep playing music until the day when I ask that question and people are silent."

Before their final song, the overzealous fanboy made his way to the front and whispered something into Campbell's ear. "You're going to marry your girlfriend?" Campbell repeated into the mic. "She's a lucky woman. Fantastic. Give it up for this dude. He's been awesome all night. He's half naked, he's in love. What more do you want from this man?" It was a nice moment. Then, after a sarcastic segue about heartbreak and failed relationships ("This probably has nothing to do with you"), Stars concluded their intimate set with "Tonight."

More dates HERE. Terminal 5 pics and setlist HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Littlefield, below...

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Stars

Friday night's Terminal 5 show never sold out so they kept this a secret until now. $10 tickets are on sale. All dates below...

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by BBG

I can still feel my skin rippling from that Ben Frost gig. Those oceans of sound and vibration are overwhelming. -HallochHill

Ben Frost @ Littlefield microreview: The sound of the universe rending itself in two, as wolves howl into the cold. Gorgeous. Terrifying. -stribs

Ben Frost at Littlefield - Sept 15, 2010
(photo by l_c_m_tt_)
Ben Frost

When Sónar Chicago first announced that Ben Frost would be on its inaugural line-up, their commitment to innovative electronic music became clear. This wasn't going to be a watered-down sibling to their annual Barcelona event, rather it would present dance music and experimental sounds in equal measure. Frost was an ideal candidate for bridging this gap, as his... powerful recent releases like 2007's Theory of Machines and last year's By the Throat, ensured this would be one of the most eagerly anticipated performances of the entire festival...

Poised behind his laptop with a guitar in his hands, the image of Ben Frost on stage immediately evokes that of another guitar-laptop musician, Christian Fennesz. Instrumentation choice is where the similarities end, however, as Fennesz creates a more shimmering, ethereal reality of reserve and restraint. Frost opts instead to maximize the minimal, plotting an anxious course against the audience. With a debt owed to both Swans and Throbbing Gristle, there's little room for delicacy. -[Gapers Block]

While the review above comes from his show in Chicago as part of the Sonar festival, the tweets at the top (and the photo) come from Ben Frost's show last night (9/15) at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

The Icelandic electronic artist will do his best to pay any debt owed to Swans by playing Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 10/8 as the support act for the previously discussed Swans/Baby Dee shindig. Tickets are still available. Ben Frost will not appear at the now sold-out Swans show at Bowery Ballroom show on 10/9.

The NYC and Chicago show were a couple of a few that Ben Frost had planned for the US. Full tour dates and some video, including a live vid from Sonar, is below.

Continue reading "Ben Frost played Sonar & Littlefield, added to Swans show "

Holly Miranda @ Littlefield in July (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

Unlike at her recent Phoenicia porch show (the same porch Dean & Britta played) where she played all covers, Holly Miranda played a bunch of songs off her new album at her July show at Littlefield which was being taped for Baeble in conjunction with BrooklynVegan. Five of those newer songs make up the six song setlist that ended up making the final cut for the video that is live over at Baeble now. The full setlist, review and pictures from the show are HERE, and you can also watch two of the songs shot by Baeble (and you definitely should), below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda's Baeble session from Littlefield is online now"

photos by David Andrako, words by Rachel Kowal

Holly Miranda

The crowd congregated at Littlefield, expectantly, as clips from previous concerts played in the background. A camera mounted on a pole extended over the audience to capture Holly Miranda's BV-copresented set for Baeblemusic.

Holly walked on stage to a chorus of "I love you"s from the audience and took her post, stage right. "Are you alright? Are you hot? Don't touch anybody," she joked after the first song. The room was definitely heavy with humidity. As the evening progressed, more and more sweat poured from Holly Miranda and her band. Miranda was joined by a small brass section (trumpet and saxophone) in addition to the usual bass, guitar, and drums and a bevy of surprise guests, including a violin player and four of her friends who jumped on stage to play the sleigh bells for one song. Miranda herself switched back and forth from a guitar and an organ.

Despite the fact that there were a couple of cameras capturing her every move, instead of looking into them, Miranda stared intently at the audience (when her eyes weren't completely closed). Throughout the show, people kept shouting out her name in admiration.

Miranda may be on the petite side, but she possesses a rich, soulful voice with a surprising range and her music is not for the faint of heart. Though some of the songs have mellow intros, they swell during the chorus and it quickly becomes clear that she means business. At the core, her songs fall more squarely into the rock category than your typical singer-songwriter fare. Even her soulful Etta James cover ("I'd Rather Go Blind") ended with Holly rocking out.

She closed her initial set with "Pelican Rapids," a newer song that calls for marriage equality for all. After a minute or two of applause, Miranda and her band came back on stage for a single-song encore ("Singular Acceptance") to cap off the sweaty but satisfying evening.

If you missed Holly Miranda, she's playing again at Prospect Park as part of the summer's Celebrate Brooklyn program. You can also catch her at the more pricy Vivo in Vino. Stay tuned for the videos from Littlefield. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...

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Kyp Malone & Holly Miranda @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda has a Celebrate Brooklyn free ($3 suggested donation) show at Prospect Park on the schedule for August 5th. There she'll be opening for Metric and Joan as Police Woman.

Before then, you can catch Holly at a special performance/video shoot at Littlefield on Wednesday, July 7th (622 Degraw Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave in Brooklyn). The show will be recorded for Baeblemusic for their The Guest Apartment video series. They're hosting the concert along with Brooklyn Vegan (us) and her label, XL Recordings. The show is 21+ and tickets ($8) are on sale and we have a bunch of tickets to give away - details below. If you miss the show, look for the videos online soon after (we'll post them). If you make it, doors are at 7:30, there will be drink specials and a Baeble video screening and then Holly plays at 9pm.

Holly Miranda's headlining-tour-closing Bowery show in May featured a full slate of special guests (as well a horn section), so who knows who'll show up. Holly is a guest vocalist herself on the forthcoming David Sitek/Maximum Ballroom album.

Between those two shows she'll be going on tour in Europe. Those dates and a cover of Holly's song "Waves" by the Antlers' Peter Silberman are posted, with contest details, below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda taping a show @ Littlefield (tix on sale)"

by Rachel Kowal

DM Stith/Inlets/Silje's tour van (currently broken) (via DM)
Stith Van

In the wake of celebrating its one-year anniversary last month, Littlefield is beginning to host some pretty decent artists. Take Sunday night's show at the Gowanus venue. Only a modest crowd made it out, but the evening was filled with beautiful and haunting melodies.

First up was Norwegian singer-songwriter Silje Nes. On her debut album, Ames Room, Silje's soft and airy vocals are often overshadowed by the layers of sound she creates, but at Littlefield, they rang out against the gentle notes of a violin and and her guitar. As with other Scandinavian groups like múm and Seabear, shy stage banter and whimsical sound effects factor prominently into the mix. Lyrics of gardens, birds, the sun, and the sky only increase the charm value.

Silje Nes' sound is beautifully understated. Her percussionist in particular is a master of subtlety. He had at his disposal: a tiny xylophone, sleigh bells, wooden blocks, and a miniature accordion of sorts. At one point, he seemed to rub something against his own arm hair to create the scratchy sound characteristic of old recordings.

In addition to playing a handful of songs from her 2007 album, Silje played some newer songs, including "Crystals," which will be on an album her upcoming album, Opticks, due out in September.

Following such a quiet set by Silje Nes, the contrast of Inlets' opening song, "Canteen" was initially a bit jarring. The volume level in the room spiked, and Inlets seemed to possess more self-assurance-- even when, early in the show, front man Sebastian Krueger stopped mid song, saying, "I'm already upset with how out of tune that note is." Like Silje Nes, however, Inlets benefits from lovely group harmonies. The addition of Ben Lanz on trombone also helped to punch up the set.

As DM Stith settled in to play and introduced himself, he suddenly interrupted himself, saying, "I can still hear Gorillaz. Am I the only one?" After the faintly playing house music had indeed stopped, Stith began to set up his first song with a series of claps and snaps that he looped together to create the percussion.

The audience was quite respectful throughout the evening. The presence of seats and the relatively small size of Littlefield made for quite an intimate show. Besides the unintentional rumble of the snare drum during part of Stith's set, the only noise culprit turned out to be not the crowd, but the blasting A/C (though I suppose that's better than the oppressive heat that takes over many other Brooklyn venues in the summer).

Following a Sparklehorse cover, Stith invited the Osso string quartet to occupy the empty seats that were on the stage, and members from Inlets to share the stage with him. Given the fact that the quartet has also worked with fellow Asthmatic Kitty artist Sufjan Stevens, I guess their presence on Sunday shouldn't have been too unexpected, but it was still a welcome surprise. With the addition of all the extra musicians, DM Stith'a set took on a fuller sound for a couple of songs, though his haunting falsetto was still rightfully a major presence. Stith's vocals may be slightly off-kilter, but his voice is rich and eerily compelling.

Like Silje Nes, DM Stith also showcased a new song and revealed that he is working on an album that will be inspired by 50's pop and country music.

If you missed the NYC shows at 92Y Tribeca and Littlefield, you're in luck. The whole line-up will be back at Joe's Pub on July 21st following their tour. I'm already making plans to attend.

From now until that Joe's Pub show, you can catch the three artists on tour together. Their other stops include the NXNE Festival in Toronto, Spaceland in LA, the Black Cat in DC and many other places... but maybe not Portland.

Two new DM Stith videos, and DM's and Inlets' setlists from Littlefield, below...

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