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The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Menzingers

Taking Back Sunday, who now have three albums with the lineup who recorded Tell All Your Friends, have announced they'll be starting an annual holiday show at NJ's Starland Ballroom. They said:

We think it would be a fun way to combine a few things; playing in one of our favorite venues, inviting some younger east coast bands on the shows which we don't always get to do,  putting together some great merchandise sales and donating some of those profits to charity along with some other special surprises that we'll announce later.
This year's will happen on December 27 and will feature Philly punks The Menzingers, as well as Modern Chemistry. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM, and there's an ongoing presale (details here). Show flyer below.

TBS are also playing all three Riot Fests this year and The Menzingers are on Chicago and Denver. Menzingers also play hometown festival Made In America this month (8/31), and they're playing an acoustic set at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 26 with Lawrence Arms singer Brendan Kelly to celebrate Red Scare's 10th anniversary. Tickets for the KF show are still available.

The Menzingers have also announced a couple Northeast shows leading up to their appearance at The Fest with the reactivated Spraynard and Cassavetes. They'll be nearby NYC for a Long Island show at Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on October 24. That show also includes Lee Corey Oswald, making for a good bill all around. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All Menzingers dates are listed below.

Speaking of The Fest, more bands were recently added including Kind of Like Spitting, Goodtime Boys, The Interrupters, Dave Hause, James Alex (Weston, Beach Slang), Living Room and more. A comedy showcase featuring Chris Gethard and more was also announced.

More Fest addition details, TBS show flyer, list of Menzingers dates and videos, below...

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday doing annual holiday shows; Menzingers opening, playing shows w/ Spraynard; Fest added bands"

by Andrew Sacher

Living Room at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Living Room

If you go to punk/emo shows in Brooklyn, there's a good chance you've caught Living Room at least once. They're basically the resident band at Suburbia and have opened tons of notable bills elsewhere in the area for Hop Along/Sidekicks, You Blew It!, Slingshot Dakota and others. Their new album, Moonchaser, comes out August 19 via Jetsam-Flotsam (pre-order digital or physical), and we've got the premiere of its title track in this post. The song sounds like a long lost b-side off Braid's Frame & Canvas, employing that band's anthemic yet ever so slightly off-key vocals and almost-math rock subtleties. Listen below.

The band are heading out on a tour in August, which includes multiple shows with Vetter Kids in the Southern US, and it kicks off with a hometown show at Suburbia on Saturday (8/2) with Del Paxton, What Moon Things and Bethlehem Steel. $5 at the door gets you in, and Living Room will have limited test presses of their new album available.

All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Living Room releasing an LP, kicking off tour at Suburbia on Saturday (dates & new song stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Slingshot Dakota (photo by Ryan Russell)
Slingshot Dakota

Bethlehem, PA duo Slingshot Dakota haven't played NYC in about a year but that will change when they play Muchmore's tonight (7/16) with Living Room, Bethlehem Steel and Downies (mems of LVL UP and Porches). Show starts at 8 PM and $6 gets you in. Their only other date at the moment is an acoustic show in Kansas City.

Slingshot Dakota recently contributed to Part 1 of the three-part blink-182 tribute album that Enjoyment Records is putting out called I Guess This Is Growing Up. They took on "Stay Together For The Kids," and if you were ever wondering what Blink would've sounded like if they went in a Rilo Kiley/Ben Gibbard direction, this might give you an idea. Stream that below. Slingshot Dakota's last LP was 2012's Dark Hearts which came out on Topshelf. It's got a few Mates of State and The Anniversary vibes and if you're unfamiliar, check out one of the standout tracks below as well.

Another Topshelf-signed husband/wife duo who make slightly-emo indie pop, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), will also be contributing to one of the to-be-released parts of the blink-182 compilation. (Once the whole thing is done, it will be out on vinyl.) They're also in NYC tonight, opening the acoustic Early November tour which hits The Studio at Webster Hall. Tonight's show also features The Color & Sound and tickets are still available.

When we last spoke, we mentioned that Empire! Empire! hadn't released an album since their 2009 debut, but it's since been announced that they'll finally put out their sophomore LP, You Will Eventually Be Forgotten, on August 19 via Topshelf/Count Your Lucky Stars. Check out the artwork, tracklist, and first single, "If It's Bad News, It Can Wait," from that album, below.

Continue reading "Slingshot Dakota & Empire! Empire! on blink-182 covers comp; both playing NYC tonight +++ Empire! Empire! new LP details"

KOLS

Early '00s-era indie rockers Kind of Like Spitting returned in 2012 for some live shows and though they've been quiet since then, they're back once again. Ben Barnett & co. are heading out on a tour supporting Lemuria (whose former member Kyle Paton is a current KOLS member) which kicks off in Boston tonight (7/7). The tour doesn't hit NYC -- Lemuria were last here about a month ago though -- but Kind of Like Spitting will headline their own NYC show right after it ends. They'll play July 19 at Suburbia (where they also played in 2012) with Living Room, Caravela (who also open Prawn's free show this Friday, 7/11) and Salvatore Rex & The Dead King Choir. Admission is $5 at the door.

All dates are listed, with some classic song streams, below...

Continue reading "Kind of Like Spitting playing Brooklyn after touring w/ Lemuria"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: What Moon Things - The Astronaut (MP3)

What Moon Things

New Paltz, NY's What Moon Things are set to release their self-titled debut album on June 3 via Hot Grits. On the first single, "The Astronaut," these guys mix big, emotive vocals with a gloomy post-punk atmosphere, as you can hear for yourself by downloading it above or streaming below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

What Moon Things have a tour coming up which kicks off with a Kingston, NY show with Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Palehound and others, and then hits NYC on May 31 at Suburbia with The Gradients, Wet Petals, Living Room and Big Neck Police. The tour also includes shows in other local-ish places (mostly college towns) including Binghamton, Ithaca, Cornwall, Montclair, New Paltz, Albany, Long Island and more.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream and LP info, below...

Continue reading "What Moon Things releasing an LP, touring, including multiple NY-area shows, 1 w/ Frankie Cosmos (dates & stream)"

You Blew It!
You Blew It

Florida emo/indie/whatever rockers You Blew It! are set to release their new Evan Weiss-produced LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing, next week (1/14) via Topshelf, and the whole thing is now streaming ahead of its release date. Listen below.

As discussed, You Blew It! are also going on a tour with Prawn, and Crying were also added to a few of those dates, including the NYC show happening on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room. Updated dates are listed below.

Crying also play the Double Double Whammy showcase at Shea on 2/12 with Radiator Hospital, Generifus, Frankie Cosmos and Quarterbacks.

Living Room also play Suburbia on Friday (1/10), opening for Captain We're Sinking, NONA and Cherry Cola Champions.

You Blew It! LP stream and the list of updated dates below...

Continue reading "You Blew It! streaming new LP; Crying opening their tour"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: NONA - Walking (MP3)

NONA

We just mentioned that Captain, We're Sinking are playing a one-off DIY show in Brooklyn on Friday (1/10) at Suburbia (330 Melrose), and Philly trio NONA, who are on the bill too, are absolutely worth showing up for. They make the kind of scrappy lo-fi rock that crashes like grungy '90s indie but sung with Mimi Gallagher's strained, yearning vocals that you might call emo. They were in NYC back in 2013 for a show with Slow Warm Death and recently wrapped up a tour with All Dogs, and if you like either of those bands NONA will likely be right up your alley. Their drummer Pat Ware also used to play in the now-defunct Spraynard, so fans of that band should dig into this as well.

Their excellent debut LP, Through the Head came out in 2013 via Mandible Records, and they recently announced that they've since signed to 6131 (formerly home to Touche Amore, Joyce Manor), who will release a revamped version of the album this year. The new version is being mixed and mastered by Jay Maas (Title Fight, Defeater). No release date announced yet, but stay tuned. You can download the original mix of one of its tracks, "Walking," above, and it's also streaming, along with another original LP cut, "Dead to You," below.

Streams and flyer for the Suburbia show below...

Continue reading "check out NONA, who are opening for Captain, We're Sinking at Surbubia on Friday, re-releasing LP on 6131 (streams, MP3)"

by Andrew Sacher

Captain, We're Sinking
Captain We're Sinking

Scranton, PA's Captain, We're Sinking released one of the more acclaimed 2013 records in punk circles with The Future Is Cancelled (out now on Run for Cover). Singer Ben Barnett is the brother of Menzingers singer Greg Barnett (who they recently toured with), and you'll definitely hear a similarity in their voices and their knack for songwriter-punk. You can stream The Future Is Cancelled in full below.

Captain, We're Sinking don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they do have a one-off in Brooklyn happening at Bushwick DIY spot Suburbia on Friday (1/10) (330 Melrose). It's a great lineup too, including Ohio post-hardcore duo Cherry Cola Champions (who we wrote about here), Philly trio NONA (who we wrote about here), and Suburbia residents Living Room. Show starts at 8 PM and admission is $5 at the door.

Show flyer and LP stream below...

Continue reading "Captain, We're Sinking playing one-off in Brooklyn w/ NONA, Cherry Cola Champions & Living Room"

by Andrew Sacher

The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
Front Bottoms

We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."

Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.

The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.

Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms rocked the BV holiday party at Shea Stadium w/ Tiny Moving Parts & Chris Gethard (videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

You Blew It

As discussed, Orlando's You Blew It! are releasing their new Evan Weiss-produced album Keep Doing What You're Doing on January 14 via Topshelf Records, and since we last spoke the band have revealed another cut from the LP, "House Address." We recently argued that the current wave of emo and indie rock aren't so different, and this new song is an excellent example of that. There's hints of the romantic side of emo in his voice and much of the genre's shimmering riffage, but all the raw energy and hastiness that makes a great rock song is found here too. Listen to the new song, along with the previously released "Award of the Year Award," below.

You Blew It! have also added more dates to their tour schedule, including a Northeast run with their Topshelf labelmates Prawn that hits NYC on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room. Admission is $8 at the door.

Updated dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

Continue reading "You Blew It! release new song from LP, add dates w/ Prawn"

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped
Chumped

Brooklyn's Chumped have been leaving their mark on the local punk scene for a little while now (and just returned home from The Fest), and this past October they finally put out their self-titled debut EP. It's a super catchy, super fun EP of pop punk with lower-fi indie rock sensibilities like The Get Up Kids or Superchunk. Singer Anika Pyle's got razor sharp delivery, dropping lines like "The subway smells like shit, but it's lovely isn't it? / In the sense that it will take you anywhere," in EP opener "Union Square." And though subtle, the guitar riffs are endless. Take a listen to the EP in full below.

Chumped will be celebrating the record with a release show in their hometown on Friday (11/15) at Suburbia (330 Melrose St). The show's got a great lineup, including Waxahatchee/Swearin-associate Sam Cook-Parrott's emotionally-charged basement punk project Radiator Hospital and another great Salinas-signed Philly DIY punk band The Ambulars, plus Suburbia residents Living Room (literally, they live there, pun intended?), Scottish sad-bastard acoustic punk Billy Liar, and NYC's Outta Gas. $5 at the door. Show flyer below.

As discussed, Radiator Hospital also has some upcoming shows with Potty Mouth including January 6 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are still available.

Show flyer and streams below...

Continue reading "Chumped released an EP, playing release show with Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars & more (streams)"

photos by Vladislav Grach, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along @ Saint Vitus, 9/5/2013
Hopalong - St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn - photos by Vladislav Grach - September 5th, 2013

Hop Along made their way to NYC a couple times earlier this year as openers for Title Fight and Fucked Up and for The Thermals, but Thursday night (9/5) they returned as the headliners for a show at Saint Vitus. They've always been a strong live band, but seeing them headline was way more wild. The place was packed as Hop Along played, with members of both the band and the audience stage diving, and a big portion of the crowd screaming along the whole time.

Their tourmates The Sidekicks went on right before them, playing an excellent set of punky power pop (mostly from 2012's Awkward Breeds), and also getting sing-alongs going, especially during set closer "Daisy."

It was the last night on their tour together and while Hop Along has already headed home (singer Frances Quinlan had to work on Friday), The Sidekicks are staying on the road supporting The Gaslight Anthem. Those dates include a Long Island show on Sunday at The Paramount (tickets). All are listed below.

Meanwhile, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon will be in NYC again for our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako (who play Glasslands tonight [9/7]) and one more TBA on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Admission is $3 at the door (first come, first served), and Chris Gethard is hosting.

Chris Gethard also hosts today's free Don Giovanni show in New Brunswick, NJ's Boyd Park (9/7) with Screaming Females, California X, Black Wine, and Brick Mower (1 PM start). And Screaming Females will be back in NYC when their tour with Waxahatchee and Tenement hits MHOW on 9/14 and Bowery Ballroom on 9/16, the latter of which Aye Nako opens (tickets).

All upcoming Gaslight Anthem/Sidekicks dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Saint Vitus show, below...

Continue reading "Hop Along played Saint Vitus w/ The Sidekicks (who play Long Island w/ The Gaslight Anthem this weekend) (pics)"

outside of the Living Room (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Living Room

At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.

In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).

In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.

Meanwhile check Living Room's calendar for their list of upcoming shows at the current location. They'll have a few bands and karaoke at midnight at New Year's Eve.

Head to Pianos on New Year's Eve to catch Spirit Family Reunion.

Front St. on Monday evening (via @iggsactly)

Lower Manhattan got it pretty good by Sandy, South Street Seaport included. The area was under multiple feet of water. The Seaport Music Festival, who put on the free shows down there, still had their stage set up. Some gear was ruined though they luckily had taken down the deck, lights, tent and canopy in preparation for the hurricane. No word on how the Beekman Beer Garden fared, though one Tweeter fears it is "definitely gone". Wine store Pasanella and Son was reportedly "decimated". Sadly, there has also been some looting at the Seaport's shops.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, who recently confirmed at least 18 Sandy related deaths in NYC, announced that like the subways (Buses start returning tonight [10/30]), it may be three or four more days before power is restored to the tons of residents who lost it due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes all of lower Manhattan where, as you know, a whole lot of Manhattan music venues are. Which probably means no shows till the weekend for Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge and others.

Good news, apart from no power, the Ludlow St. area venues all came out ok, with folks at Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery specifically saying there was no water damage. Williamsburg clubs, are getting somewhat back to normal sooner, with shows at Union Pool and Glasslands tonight.

Elsewhere, Park Slope/Gowanus's Bell House reports that they "had some minimal flooding but will be back to business as usual by tomorrow. Working on fundraiser ideas for you now " Bar 4 in Park Slope lost their awning.

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Spirit Family Reunion - "I Want To Be Relieved" (MP3)

Spirit Family Reunion

Brooklyn old-time folkies Spirit Family Reunion will release their debut album, No Separation, on June 15. Steeped in the sound of old midwestern country and bluegrass and the rowdiness of other revival bands like The Felice Brothers and Deer Tick, Spirit Family Reunion fit right in with the bands they'll be sharing the stage with at this year's Newport Folk Festival. You can stream three tracks below and download a new one, "I Want to Be Relieved," which is making its premiere in this post above.

Spirit Family Reunion are playing a free show in NYC TONIGHT (5/14) at Living Room. It's their last local show before they hit the road for the next month, returning for a record release show with Hurray for the Riff Raff on June 15 at Mercury Lounge, the day that No Separation comes out. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (5/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/16) at noon. They've also got another free show coming up as part of Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 4 with bluegrass vets The Del McCoury Band and revivalist duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.

All dates and streams below...

Continue reading "Spirit Family Reunion releasing 'No Separation' (MP3), touring (dates), playing shows (including a free one tonight)"

Howlin

Though it might be invite/contest-only, as you can see on Living Room's website, Howlin Rain are playing an acoustic show there at 7pm TONIGHT (2/6). Their tour which is now with D. Charles Speer & The Helix instead of Soliders of Fortune who cancelled, begins at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (2/7) and hits Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (2/8).

As usual, since it's a Monday, the Living Room also hosts The Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost followed by the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump and Tony Mason.

There's also an interesting show happening at Cake Shop which is right next door.

Howlin Rain's new album The Russian Wilds is out Valentine's Day, 2012. That's the cover art above.

The Head & the Heart @ MHOW (photo by shoobysnaps)
Head and the Heart

If you missed The Head and the Heart at one of their sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg the past two nights, and won't be able to make it to their sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight either, you have one more chance to catch the quickly rising Seattle band in NYC. They play a free, first-come-first-served show at the Living Room today (9/28) at 4pm.

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down opened both Head & the Heart shows so far and also play their own show today. Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons and These United States are the openers at Bowery tonight.

I'm not sure what his first day back was, but after a short break, Jim Campilongo is back in his Monday night residency spot at The Living Room on the LES. Tony Scherr and Tony Mason will be there too, now through Oct 31st at least.

Jim Campilongo also plays in the band the Little Willies (so does Norah Jones). They have three dates scheduled for October, including one at the Bell House which is on sale now. All of Jim's dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jim Campilongo back in residency @ Living Room, the Little Willies scheduled shows too"

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"

Jim Campilongo

Like every Monday, you'll be able to catch guitarist Jim Campilongo & friends playing a show at the Living Room at 10pm tonight (5/2), but tonight's show will also feature a 9pm set by Ulysses S. Grant, "a NYC-based, Classic Country & Western band." Their members are: Jim Campilongo - Guitar, Rich Hinman - Pedal Steel & Guitar, Dan Rieser - Drums, Chris Morrissey - Bass, J. Blynn - Vocals, Guitar, and Pete Harper - Vocals, Piano. Check out a video from rehearsal HERE.

The supergroup also plays a show Tuesday (5/3) at Rockwood Music Hall, and again next Monday (5/9) at Living Room before Jim's residency show. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jim Campilongo still at the Living Room on Mondays, playing classic Country & Western in Ulysses S. Grant"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Ivan and Alyosha & NYC's Living Room
Ivan and Alyosha

Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha played a pair of NYC dates in March: 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom supporting Bobby Long and 3/4 at the Living Room (where these pictures come from). Since then they visited SXSW, and hopped on tour with John Vanderslice. That tour ends in Seattle on 4/21. In June they'll return to NYC to play two free shows in one day at NYC's World Financial Center. That's listed like this:

Ivan & Alyosha
Presented by Arts World Financial Center and Arts Brookield

Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers, but a new brand of tender dreamers. They navigate the music world contemplating their path as a band, and, despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha's soulful folk tunes suggest a band inspired, hopeful, and longing, unafraid to probe their collective faith and doubts. Acoustic, 12:30pm. One New York Plaza. Also full band, 5:30pm. June 23 World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street.

UPDATE: These two shows are NOT the same day.

All tour dates and more pictures from the Living Room are below....

Continue reading "Ivan & Alyosha played the Living Room (belated pics), playing 2 free NYC shows (and other dates)"

The Baseball Project at Maxwell's (more by Lori Baily)
Baseball Project

"Well, we had so much fun the first time that we just had to do it again. Scott, Peter, Linda and I spent much of the last few years on the road, in the studio and trading files, ideas, anecdotes and laughs and the result is the second album by the Baseball Project: Volume 2: High and Inside." - The Baseball Project
High and Inside is out now via Yep Roc Records and streaming in full at Spinner. The all-star, baseball-themed band will hit the road in support of the record starting off in Atlanta on 3/11, hitting SXSW, swinging through Spring Training (#srsly), and eventually terminating on the West Coast in early April. Before that, Baseball Project member Steve Wynn will hit Living Room on March 4th with Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three. Tickets are still on sale.

Meanwhile, Peter Buck is keeping busy with R.E.M. as the band has a new album, Collapse Into Now, which is currently streaming in full at NPR. No tour dates for R.E.M. as of yet but if you have tickets for the Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall on 3/3, you can catch R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe there. Mike Mills of R.E.M. can be found at the Big Star Third show at Lexington Hall on March 26.

Blues great Taj Mahal is also on the Tibet House Benefit bill, and he recently added a date at Brooklyn Bowl on April 10. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at noon.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Baseball Project & Steve Wynn dates, Tibet House & Big Star reminders, more Taj Mahal show & an R.E.M. album stream"

Martha Wainwright at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Chris La Putt)
Martha Wainwright

[Monday] night was the first of Martha Wainwright's four Monday night shows at The Rockwood Music Hall. Although Martha said she was thinking of the scene in Crazy Heart where only four people show up, the smaller room at The Rockwood was at capacity. Martha played solo guitar but was joined by Thomas Bartlett on piano for a few songs. The program was a combination of songs written the past week, some older material and one cover, a Kate McGarrigle (Martha's mother) song. -[Now I've Heard Everything]
The above review comes from Martha Wainwright's 1/10 show at Rockwood Music Hall, the first night of an every-Monday-in-January (except for 1/3) residency at the LES venue. The residency continues tonight at Rockwood Music Hall at 9PM (1/17) and on the following two Mondays (1/24 & 1/31). As the review states above and as Wainwright stated on her site, the focus of the shows are mostly to work out new material.

I'm not sure if Thomas will be there to play with her again tonight, and I'm not sure if Martha will be one of Thomas's guests at one of his two upcoming shows at LPR, but I wouldn't be surprised if she was. Thomas's guests this past week were Sam Amidon, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, and as hinted, St. Vincent.

If you need a double dose of Wainwright this week, you can also check for Martha on Wednesday, 1/19, at the Living Room when she joins Addie Brownlee as a special guest in celebration of Dolly Parton. Tickets are still available.

If you need somewhere to go after Martha tonight, the Living Room is also a good option with Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason) on at 10pm. Maybe Martha will head there too since Jim happens to also often play in her band. Jim is also in the midst of his own (very long-running) Monday night residency on the Lower East Side.

Martha Wainwright's full tour schedule and some videos below.

Continue reading "Martha Wainwright in residency @ Rockwood, playing a Dolly Parton show @ Living Room & other dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Alcoholic Faith Mission
Alcoholic Faith Mission

"...focus has always been an issue for Alcoholic Faith Mission, even when it comes to their name. The story goes that an inebriated Jensen and Solund were wandering the streets of their adopted New York home when they happened upon a neon cross emblazoned with 'Apostolic Faith Mission', words they drunkenly misread as Alcoholic Faith Mission and appropriated for their band - even if Dyslexic Faith Mission might have been more accurate. As a backstory it has many of the Bukowskiesque themes of the band's lyrics, but Let This Be The Last Night We Care actually sounds more like they were wandering pissed around Montreal and fell over a copy of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible rather than a neon crucifix. For Alcoholic Faith Mission's third album has much more in common with their Canadian counterparts like Broken Social Scene - and most obviously Arcade Fire - than it does with any band they've share a Brooklyn zip code with. That's not just because they've increased their membership - with fellow Scandinavians Kristine Permild, Laurids Smedegaard and Gustav Rasmussen now joining Jensen and Solund full time - but also because the expansion in personnel has been matched by an encompassing expansion in scope...." [Drowned in Sound]
Denmark's Alcoholic Faith Mission was Amanda's highlight of the day on Tuesday, 10/19, CMJ Day 1. She caught them along with Freedom or Death, Kidstreet, Emmanuel and the Fear, Motel Motel, Young Mammals and Saadi at the Paper Garden Records day party at the Living Room.

Right before NYC, Alcoholic Faith Mission played Iceland Airwaves. Their next show is tonight (10/21) at Millcreek Tavern in Philly, and then back to NYC for one more CMJ show Saturday night (10/23) at Fat Baby.

More pictures from Living Room below...

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"Just returned from tonight's Pavement show. When I grow up, I want to be Bob Nastanovich." - Eric Weaver

Pavement setlist - September 19, 2010 (michaeldayers)
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"Pavement were amazing. They went on 8:10, done by 9:50. Endless Boogie were cool. Other opening band (jenny and something) was awful. Pavement did 25 songs and all 25 of them were among the best 100 songs ever written." [Anonymous]
One down, four to go.

Also, Bob Nastanovich is DJing the Living Room Monday night. Flyer below...

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