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by Bill Pearis

Graham Parker

Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]
Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.

Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.

Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.

A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Graham Parker reunited with The Rumour, made first new LP in 31 years, on tour, appearing in 'This Is 40' (dates, streams)"

Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.

In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.

The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.

And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.

Other tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Rhett Miller, Kathleen Edwards, John Wesley Harding & Alejandro Escovedo playing City Winery & other places (dates)"

John McCauley w/ Deer Tick at Red Hook Park in June (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick

Carnegie Hall and WFUV have partnered to present WFUV Live, a concert series part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall. The first of these happens on October 27 with John McCauley of Deer Tick and friends, who will be performing with special TBA guests, playing songs of Deer Tick and his other projects. Then on January 26, 2013, the series continues with Loudon Wainright III.

John McCauley will also be in NYC on one day earlier (10/26) for the previously discussed Woody Guthrie celebration at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts with Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for that show are still available.

All John McCauley/Deer Tick dates are listed below.

Continue reading "John McCauley & friends and Loudon Wainwright III playing WFUV Live at Carnegie Hall (separately)"

words by Christopher Paragraph, photos by Veronica Luis

Doveman

Thomas Bartlett's "Burgundy Stain Sessions" has carved out its own unique place in the NYC music scene, bringing tasteful, acclaimed songwriters together with some of the most skilled players in the city. The songwriters in the Burgundy spotlight have ranged from Beth Orton to St. Vincent to Rufus Wainwright to Glen Hansard. This night, however (last night, December 1st), seemed to be a new direction for Bartlett's ensemble, hosting Loudon Wainwright. Loudon rarely collaborates with other musicians and mostly performs solo, so the show was anticipated with cautious excitement and curiosity.

The night started out with the band quietly taking the stage, slowly melding into the opening song with a bit of a wink: Bartlett's "Drinking," which was navigated well by the group. Hannah Cohen joined as a guest vocalist on Bartlett's next song "Boy + Angel," foreshadowing her forthcoming set. Bartlett has mastered the art of making a wandering piano sound precise, and avoids musical clich├ęs without abandoning them. He can wear many different hats on stage equally well, whether taking the reigns as lead singer or smattering notes carefully behind another.

The first guest of the night was Oren Bloedow. Bloedow is the instrumental half of Elysian Fields, but this performance focused on his abilities as a songwriter. He revealed a keen sense of well-crafted pop, in the Joe Jackson / Elvis Costello vein. But his lyrics showed a more complex sensibility, giving equal attention to the meaning and syntax of the phrasing and the actual phonetic sounds of the words themselves. This poetic nature of his songs proved to be the way in which they succeed and separate themselves from the pack. The band (which will be detailed later) provided a well-suited backdrop, displaying Bartlett's skill as the artistic equivalent of a live music A&R man.

Doveman

Next up was Hannah Cohen, who just finished her debut record (with Bartlett). She played a few smooth, dreamy numbers from the forthcoming album before changing pace with a samba-ish cover of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love." Cohen shows a gift for carefully placing melodies rather than pouring out her soul. The songs are tastefully restrained, even when showing off a vocal run, ghostly and delicate. She seems a perfect candidate to work with Bartlett. Cohen sounded at her best when the arrangement was stripped down, allowing the songs to loosen and bend. It will be interesting to see where she goes as an artist in 2012 and how her debut record sounds. A video preview both morose and sexy can be seen HERE.

Before the anticipated Wainwright set, Justin Vivian Bond was invited up to perform an odd epic heartbreak ballad that challenged concepts from self-identity to deism. This seems to be a trend in how Bond builds a song, as the night's encore echoed the same conceptual structure, a "patriotic" story song that implied thoughts on sex, politics, and natural selection.

Wainwright took the stage, laughing at the fact that he was "back on Bleeker Street." (Wainwright started out here in 1968.) His set began in a rather unexpected manner, a duet with Bartlett on Frank Loesser's "More I Cannot Wish You," from Guys & Dolls. From there, however, Wainwright launched into a few of his old classics, backed seamlessly by the house band (a phrase which seems to instantly undermine their talent). First was "White Winos," a devastating song about alcoholism and his relationship with his mother, which transitioned nicely into "Dreaming," based on a quote of his mother's, "I'd rather be dreaming than living." Wainwright is the quintessential songwriter whose music is morbid under the microscope yet cheerful under a casual glance. The songs are masked in bright melodies and performed with nonchalance, but closer inspection will almost always present the listener with a sharp dissection of the human psyche. Wainwright then played "Motel Blues," (a personal favorite) and a roaring rendition of "Muse Blues" which was most "rocking" moment of the night.

The final encore brought everyone up on stage (including returning guest Norah Jones) to collaborate on an interestingly wobbly re-working of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," in keeping with the dreamy, melancholic theme of the night.

The band provided a thoughtful, dynamic backdrop for Wainwright (and all the evening's performers). Rob Moose's guitar was particularly great, at times supplying a bed of precise fingerpicking, other times creating a subtle dissonant distortion, reminiscent of his recent work with the Grammy-nominated Bon Iver. The rest of the band (Doug Wieselman on clarinet, Ray Rizzo on drums, Brad Albetta on bass) were just about all one could ever ask for in a backing band. They are well versed and experienced with the careful tactics of songwriter-accompaniment.

Bartlett revealed that this would be the last Burgundy Stain Session of 2011 but that they will be back in action early next year. They have created something that supports the musical community and promotes collaboration and songwriting. Here's hoping they continue to grow in 2012.

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Catch Thomas, Doug and Loudon together again at Town Hall on December 15th.

by Christopher Paragraph

Martha Wainwright @ City Winery - 11/21/2011 (photo by IreneSenra)
Martha

Nath-Ann Carrera started the night off with a handful of songs that inhabited a unique place between standard country western ballads and bizarre gay-themed narratives. It was clear from his opening monologue that this was a performer who was about more than just the music (he stepped out, barefoot, in a short white gown and brown headdress.) Carrera performed songs by Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, but was at his best when spinning original yarns that were as sharp and strange as his on-stage persona. (One involved a lesbian kidnapping Frank Sinatra, skinning him alive on a meat hook, and using it to make handbags to sell to hippie boutiques.)

Martha Wainwright, who was playing her 2nd November City Winery show, came out in a short dress of her own - perhaps inspired by Nath-Ann, and perhaps unaware of how close the front row was to the stage. She joked with the gentlemen in the front about how they were getting a special show thanks to her "genetic leg kick." (Martha, like her father Loudon, tends to jerk her left leg up while playing...) Wainwright performed songs from her two studio albums as well as a handful of new songs slated for her upcoming yet-to-be-completed record. Wainwright has come a long way since her original role as the perennial family back-up singer. Her two records have received critical acclaim worldwide, and she has created a second career for herself interpreting the music of Edith Piaf. It seems Piaf's music is where Wainwright has found her true inspiration as a singer, as her songs are filled with the same emphatic, dynamic emotion. Wainwright's ability as a vocalist shined as she showed a control over her voice that held the crowd entranced. Her banter between songs also showed off a brash sense of humor and comfort, providing comic relief between some pretty intense moments. The height of which was her performance of her late mother's classic "Talk To Me Of Mendocino," which walked the line between devastating emotion and soaring melody.

The second half of the set, which also included a guest appearance by Justin Vivian Bond for one song, employed the work of Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) on piano, who proved to be the perfect accompanist, aptly complementing Wainwright's musical tendencies with subtle, effective flair. Wainwright has developed a unique musical identity in her now-trademark style of shaking a melody out like loosening a cramp, singing over conventional yet somehow unexpected suspensions, and writing lyrics that are both personal and enigmatic. She is far more talented than her recognition might indicate (at least in the US). She possesses both precision and soul, and the ability and awareness to tastefully present it on stage. At the end of the night the crowd demanded Wainwright's return, which she granted, performing "Tell My Sister," another classic song of her mother's, and closing the night with a new original number that left the audience even more curious about what Wainwright has in store for her next record.

On December 15, the Wainwright/McGarrigle posse will join forces with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and many more to present "A Not So Silent Christmas" at Town Hall. All proceeds will benefit the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund. Flyer below.

Wainwright fanatics who can't wait that long can also see Loudon perform at Bartlett's "Burgundy Stain Sessions" on December 1 at Le Poisson Rouge.

Continue reading "Martha Wainwright played City Winery (with Thomas Bartlett), Loudon playing LPR (with Thomas too)"

Justin Bond & Thomas Bartlett (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Doveman

As you may have noticed in What's Going on Sunday, both Allen Toussaint and Justin Vivian Bond played shows at Joe's Pub on Sunday.

Allen's show, entitled "A Southern Night", is part of "the Joe's Pub New York Voices series" and happens again three times this week. All three are still on sale (11/21, 11/22 & 11/23). The singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer "will feature songs from the album as well as songs that relate to the Toussaint Family." His full list of dates is below.

Performance artist, comedian and singer Justin Bond is also playing more shows, and all with Thomas Bartlett on piano. Tickets are still available for November 27 and December 04.

Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, also has his own show coming up, another Burgundy Stain Session. No guests are announced yet but tickets for the December 1st show are on sale. (UPDATE: Loudon Wainwright & Hannah Cohen have been added to the December 1st show)

P.S. Happy 10th anniversary Brassland Records (who are giving away a song a day all this month including ones by Doveman)

P.S.S. Frequent Doveman collaborator Martha Wainwright is also in the midst of a residency that continues Monday night (11/21) at City Winery. Tickets are still on sale.

Continue reading "Allen Toussaint, Justin Vivian Bond & Doveman shows"

"Rufus Wainwright and the City Opera singers/pianist that came with him put on a really lovely and charming show tonight. #FillsMyHeart" - Jennifer Jones

Crowd at Rufus' World Financial Center show (via Daniel Mazur)
Rufus

Rufus Wainwright packed the house (as pictured above) when he performed excerpts from his opera Prima Donna at World Financial Center on Tuesday (6/28). According to Dumbo Books of Brooklyn, the fantastic performance also featured:

Arias from Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet and Massenet performed by soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, mezzo-soprano Laura Vlasak Nolen, tenor Robert Mack, and bass-baritone Matthew Burns, and Kevin Murphy, City Opera director of music administration, on the piano, and a couple of great Rufus Wainwright non-opera songs, 'Damned Ladies"' and the exquisite 'Who Are You New York?'
Check out a video from the performance below.

Rufus also recently recorded a cover of Richard Thompson's "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" with his father Loudon Wainwright III. Check out a video of the recording session over at The Guardian.

Loudon will be at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square on July 7 performing music and reading from his essay "My Cool Life" which comes with his new 40 Odd Years boxed set. Priority seating is available with the purchase of the box set which Loudon will be signing copies of. The event starts at 5 PM.

The video of Rufus below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright played the WFC, Loudon playing a store"

Bottom LineThe Bottom Line presents New York on my Mind tonight (6/22) at World Financial Center Winter Garden. The free River to River show was originally scheduled to take place in Rockefeller Park but has been moved due to weather. Performers include Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, The GrooveBarbers, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, Martin Rivas, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Catherine Russell, Vin Scelsa, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams and many more.

Note that Tift Merritt's 7pm Madison Square Park show was also moved to the "rain location on the southern end of the park."

Other upcoming events at Rockefeller Park (weather permitting) include R&B singer Chrisette Michele on June 29, Poets House Annual Celebration with a lineup of poets (TBA) and musical guests Jose James and Bobbi Humphrey on July 6, and A Celebration for Jonathan Schwartz featuring a collection of singers paying tribute to Schwartz on July 13.

photos by David Andrako

Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park over the summer
Rufus Wainwright

"What can I say, playing a solo show (or should I say recital) at Carnegie Hall is perhaps the greatest achievement in the world of musical performance. This concert means more to me than any other show I've done in the City of New York hence, and believe me, I've done a lot of hencing in the City of New York. Please come witness it, and in the meantime while you eat, drink and sleep I will practice! Practice! Practice!" - Rufus Wainwright
Tickets are still on sale for Rufus's December 6th show at Carnegie Hall, and if it's even just as good as his last big show, in Prospect Park, it will be amazing. I also have a pair of tickets to the show you can win. Details below.

And speaking of that last show in Prospect Park (where Rufus's dad Loudon opened and then later joined him on stage), I have a set of pictures that never made it ot the site. Here they are (above and below), with the rest of his tour dates, and the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright is excited about Carnegie Hall (win tix), played Prospect Park (belated pics & more dates)"

Rufus

Dedicated to his art as he was, Monet famously painted his wife as she lay dying. I ask [Rufus] Wainwright if, as his mother was dying, he found himself standing back and thinking 'I must tap into this intensely emotional experience creatively'?

'I guess so. I think my mother more than anyone knew the importance of inspiration. If it was occurring, you had to use it. I felt blessed that I was able to be with her in the final month.

'She very much led the way for all of us and it was a lesson in grace and nobility. It's funny because, on the one hand, she didn't really want to hear me practising my new album, because it was making her sad [the album is an elegy to his dying mother].

'She knew she wouldn't be around when I was touring it. It was like: "This is the album he's going to be performing when I'm dead." So she very gently asked me not to play so much.' It is a touching comment: a son's desire to win his dying mother's approval coupled with an endearing lack of self-awareness. [Telegraph]

Rufus Wainwright's July 20th headlining show at the Prospect Park Bandshell is now being billed as "A Family Affair", as Rufus's dad Loudon was added to the bill in June (also don't forget, "This special performance will include a selection of songs from the Judy Garland show performed with piano accompaniment."). Tickets are still on sale for the Brooklyn show and I have a couple of pairs to give away. Details on winning those, with updated Rufus dates, below...

Continue reading "Loudon playing w/ Rufus Wainwright in Prospect Park (win tix) ++ updated tour dates "

"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann

Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)
Bloomberg

Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)
SummerStage

Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
Simon and Garfunkel

SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.

How did the new speakers at Central Park sound? The SummerStage series continues through August. Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off TONIGHT (6/9).

No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...

Continue reading "Simon & Garfunkel were honored at Summerstage, Ben Gibbard performed w/ St. Vincent & much more"

David Byrne

Eclectic rocker Neil Young, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Grammys, finally won a coveted trophy on Sunday for the first time in a career spanning almost 50 years.

Fittingly, the Canadian singer/songwriter was honored for a long-delayed boxed set collecting more than 120 tracks from his early days.

"Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" won the Grammy for best art direction on a boxed or special limited-edition package. Young, 64, shared the award with fellow art directors Gary Burden and Jenice Heo.

"Thanks a lot, everybody," Young said as he accepted his statuette.

He also competed for best solo rock vocal Grammy but lost to Bruce Springsteen, whose career total rose to 20.

On Friday he was honored by the music industry at its annual MusiCares charity fundraiser in recognition of his annual concerts for the Bridge School for disabled children.

The 10-disc "Archives" boxed set has been in the works for years, with Young frequently delaying its release so that technology could catch up with his vision. It boasts studio and live tracks, demos, outtakes and other rarities, as well as videos and the first digital release of his directing debut, "Journey Through the Past."

Fans have the choice of three configurations: CD, DVD and Blu-ray -- the most expensive at more than $200. [Reuters]

Kings of Leon won three. MGMT won none. Loudon Wainwright, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Steve Martin (bluegrass), and Michael J Fox all won Grammys. Phoenix won for best Alternative Music Album. David Byrne & Brian Eno's CD won for 'Recording Package'. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul and Michael Jackson were honored. Stephen Colbert won in the comedy category which came later in the show than his iPad bit. Video of that with the full list of winners below...

Continue reading "full list of 2010 Grammy Award Winners (Phoenix, Stephen Colbert, Kings of Leon, David Byrne, Leonard Cohen & more) "

Rufus Wainwright @ City Winery in March (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Rufus Wainwright

Famed Actor, Writer and Dramatist Charles Busch will serve as Host of A Place at the Table, a benefit evening set for Monday, October 5th, at The Chelsea Art Museum (556 West 22nd Street). The 2nd annual fall event will benefit New York's Ali Forney Center...Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright will give a special solo performance. A Place at the Table will feature a cocktail reception with food tastings from up-and-coming NYC chefs Seth Johnson and Andrew D'Ambrosi of the Norwood Club, sushi chef Kevin Chan of Bamboo 52 and current TopChef contestant Ash Fulk of Trestle on Tenth. Live and silent auctions and a special solo performance by Wainwright will also be featured...The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. They have grown quickly to become the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth.
Tickets, which start at $150, are on sale.

The night before, Rufus plays as part of "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends" at Carnegie Hall. That show is a benefit for (RED), a charity that exists to "help fight AIDS in Africa."

One month later, you can catch Rufus at the New York City Opera Gala. Details below.

Milwaukee at Last!!!, a new live CD and DVD is out now.

Rufus appeared at Highline Ballroom on September 15th for a show with Loudon and Martha where they performed the music of Charley Poole. Clips from that gig, and a not so nice review, are also below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright released a live CD, played Highline Ballroom w/ Loudon & has some benefit shows coming up"

Neko Case @ the 2009 Newport Folk Festival (more by Jim Brueckner)
Neko Case

"During the weekend of October 16th through October 18th, The New Yorker will present its tenth annual Festival, a three-day series of events that brings together some of the world's most talented and distinguished people in the fields of literature, art, film, music, humor, business, food, politics, design, and science....

...Pop-music offerings will include interviews with and performances by Neko Case, Bon Iver, Steve Earle, and Loudon Wainwright III; a pub-rock reunion with Ian Hunter, of Mott the Hoople, and Graham Parker, of Graham Parker and the Rumour; and a panel discussion about the music industry with Jace Clayton, Josh Deutsch, Melvin Gibbs, Danny Goldberg, and Livia Tortella. In addition, a special Brooklyn Playlist concert at Brooklyn's Bell House, curated by Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh, will feature Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy."

This is a full three months before Bon Iver's other upcoming NYC show. More New Yorker announcements soon. "Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 18th, at 12 noon, and may be purchased at newyorker.com/festival"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Holtsbaum

Basia Bulat on stage w/ Plants & Animals
Plants and Animals

"I'm not really sure what it is about this little folk festival in the city on the prairie, but they really have something special going on, and it's been going on for the past 40 years. It was my honour to host the very eclectic opening Friday night under cloudy but dry skies in downtown Regina."
[Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
The Regina Folk Festival took place August 7-9, 2009 in Canada. More pictures and reviews from the weekend below....

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Highline Ballroom is confirming that "Rufus Wainwright, The Roches, Martha Wainwright + more" will appear with Loudon Wainwright at their NYC venue on September 15th. It's still Loudon's show though, and it's not clear if that means one song each from the guests, lots of group sing-alongs, separate sets or what. Either way. Lots of Wainwright family action in the house. Tickets are on sale.

Loudon's new album "High Wide & Handsome, The Charlie Poole Project" will be released on August 18th. More info in the video below...

Continue reading "Rufus & Martha will be w/ Loudon Wainwright @ NYC show"

Pop Montreal

The lineup is coming together for Pop Montreal 2009 (September 30th to October 4th). Confirmed acts include Butthole Surfers, Fever Ray, Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow + The Missingmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Thee Oh Sees, tUnE-YaRdS, to name a few.

Those interesting choices (like Lou Barlow with some configuration of Mike Watt's band?) are just part of the fest's usually-strong lineup. Full lineup so far, below...

Continue reading "Pop Montreal 2009 - initial lineup (Fever Ray, Os Mutantes, Butthole Surfers, Lou Barlow + the Missingmen...)"

Madison Square Park

"Madison Square is probably best known around the world for lending its name to Madison Square Garden, which was a sports arena located just northeast of the park until 1925. The current Madison Square Garden, the fourth such building, is not in the area. Notable buildings around Madison Square include the Flatiron Building, the Met Life Tower, and the New York Life Building. A new exclusive luxury high-rise condominium tower, "One Madison Park", will rival the Met Life Tower in height." [Wikipedia]
The lineup for Madison Square Park's annual Oval Lawn series of free Wednesday shows has been announced. Held in the same NYC location that Lucero and others are playing in June for the Big Apple BBQ, the series will offer eight free concerts this summer, ending with the previously reported John Scofield Trio show on August 5th.

Its opening show on June 17th will be "A Wainwright Family Concert" with Loudon Wainwright III, Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche all sharing the bill.

Kicking off the 2009 season with a real "family affair," this triple bill features three uniquely talented voices of the highly acclaimed Wainwright family. Loudon Wainwright III headlines with his trademark self-effacing wit and broad humor. Sloan Wainwright, Loudon's sister, is known for a musical style blending pop, folk, jazz and blues. Lucy Wainwright Roche, Loudon's daughter, opens the show with her own bittersweet songwriting style, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffith.
The Wainwrights all have individual upcoming dates across the country, listed below. Lucy Wainwright Roche's schedule includes a NYC solo show at Joe's Pub on June 20th, a few days after the family show. Tickets are on sale. If you're wondering how these Wainwrights are related to each other and the rest, Sloan's website features a helpful family tree.

We also just posted a whole bunch of other free shows taking place in NYC parks this summer, and you can browse our Free Shows tag for even more than that.

Full Madison Square Park Oval schedule + directions, and all Wainwright dates, below...

Continue reading "Madison Square Park - 2009 free show schedule ++ other Wainwright (Loudon, Lucy & Sloan) tour dates"

DOWNLOAD: Lucy Wainwright Roche - Bridge (MP3)

Loudon & Lucy (by Peter Adams)
Loudon Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche

upcoming @ Joe's Pub in NYC
Jan 2 - Lucy Wainwright Roche *
Jan 7 - Happy Ending Music and Reading Series +

* I'm told Lucy's dad Loudon will also be there to join her for at least one song
+ featuring Richard Price & Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf) (thx Matt)

warTickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Passion Pit show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Modeselektor show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Black Lips show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Black Lips show at Music Hall of Williamsburg too.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming AC Newman show at Bowery Ballroom.

Head Automatica (Daryl Palumbo) are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 8th. Tickets are still on sale.

Kream KrunchOK Go play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 8th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.

The Virgins are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the Ben Kweller show at Town Hall.

Tickets are still on sale for the show Swirlies is playing at Mercury Lounge.

Loudon Wainwright III is playing Blender Gramercy Theatre on February 18th. Tickets are on sale. Every other Wainwright is playing Carnegie Hall tonight/Wednesday December 10th. Tickets are still on sale.

Alex Battles will celebrate Johnny Cash's 77th birthday at Southpaw on February 28th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale Friday @ noon for the Pretenders show coming up at Roseland Ballroom.

Will Sheff plays a free show at Other Music tonight/Wednesday.

Loudon Wainwright III (father of Rufus and Martha) (and actor) (and also singer) is playing Highline Ballroom in NYC on September 24th and tickets are already on sale. For something much sooner, Loudon is also playing in Mount Vernon Wednesday night (and in Philly on Thursday). All tour dates below.....

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picture of Loudon and daughter Lucy and sister Hannah from the One Man Guy documentary

The Plimpton-Wainwright-Hill connection surfaces again....:

Lucy Wainwright Roche Birthday Party with special guests:
Loudon Wainwright, Dave Hill, David Rakoff, Martha Plimpton and more TBA!
@ Joe's Pub in NYC on December 16, 2007
Lucy is also the opener at Rufus's upcoming New Brunswick show, and tickets are now on sale for the Wainwright-related December 19th benefit at Highline Ballroom.