Entries tagged with: Marco Benevento
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Monika Rivard
The prolific Marco Benevento has been at it for over a decade, playing with The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Joe Russo and more. He's also a solo artist, and his next album The Story of Fred Short (Fred Short is the name of the upstate NY studio he founded) is due out in April 2016. His ties to the jam world are obvious, but there's an indie rock element to Benevento's work too. When reviewing the Benevento/Russo Duo's 2007 album for Pitchfork, Grayson Currin wrote:
Indie rock bands are playing jam festivals because the pay is good. But indie kids don't typically go to jammy shows, and indie rock is defined less by qualities and sounds than qualifiers and scenes. We're at a point when everything-- from robed cults in choirs and polyrhythmic harpists in animal skins to cantankerous bands bleating about child stars and splintery trios playing math rock-- is deemed "indie rock." And, even if they're avoiding the mantle while gigging with Anastasio, the Benevento/Russo Duo is bold indie rock for right now.He also compares it to "an instrumental Arcade Fire." The argument that this jam bander is making bold indie rock remains strong on "Dropkick," the first single from Benevento's new album which premieres in this post. It's lightly psychedelic pop that could appeal to Damon Albarn fans as much as (or more than) Jerry Garcia fans. The song comes out as an official single digitally and as a 7" (backed by a cover of The Crystals' "Little Girl") on November 27 (pre-order), but you can listen below now.
Benevento has dates coming up, including one in NYC this month. He and his band will be opening for Lettuce on night two of their two-night stand at Playstation Theater (11/14) (tickets). Then, he and Nicole Atkins team up for a holiday spectacular at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on December 5 with Deal Casino and special guests (tickets). All dates are listed below.
photo: Robert Plant at Brooklyn Bowl in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Upstate NY jam-centric music festival Mountain Jam returns in 2015 from June 4-7 at its usual location of Hunter Mountain. This year's lineup includes festival co-founder Warren Haynes' band Gov't Mule, along with The Black Keys, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker, The Wailers, The Budos Band, Nikki Lane, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC's annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns to the Merkin Concert Hall this year with various shows happening from February through April, following the two free concerts at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in January. As always, it includes collaborations between indie and classical artists, and this year's lineup features Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Helado Negro, Emily Wells, Bang on a Can All-Stars (premiering works by Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton and Ben Frost), and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup and schedule below...
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.
The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...
Levon Helm lost his long battle with cancer on April 19, and his life and legacy will be celebrated at a couple of upcoming events, starting with a show by The Band tribute band The The Band Band at BB King's tonight (5/8). A portion of ticket sales will go to The American Cancer Society in honor of Levon Helm.
Brooklyn Bowl is hosting "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down": A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm on June 4. Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo (of Zeppelin tribute band Bustle in Your Hedgerow and other projects) form the core of the tribute, with special guests including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), members of Guster, members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, and Tom Hamilton of American Babies. Tickets are $20 and on sale now, and proceeds will go to benefit Helm's "The Barn" studio.
Dave Dreiwitz meanwhile can be found tonight (5/8) at City Winery backing... Michael Moore, and Wednesday (5/9) backing Aaorn Freeman aka Gene Ween at 92YTribeca.
The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event is below, as is video of Bruce Springsteen's recent live performance of The Band's classic "The Weight."
Nels Cline's Stained Radiance at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC in 2012 and will take place in multiple Greenwich Village venues from January 6-7 including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Kenny's Castaways, Zinc Bar, and The Bitter End. Artists performing this year include Bill Laswell, DJ Spinna, John Medeski, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Nels Cline Singers, Vijay Iyer Trio, Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Halvorson, Bernie Worrell, Marco Benevento, Jenny Scheinman, and many more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now. There is also a kickoff show happening at Le Poisson Rouge on January 5 with Medeski / Skerik / Deitch, Red Baraat, and Marc Ribot's Young Philadelphians. You can also purchase a pass that includes a ticket for this show plus the two day festival pass (it's a little confusing, but if you click through on each LPR ticket link, you'll see the various options for each one).
The full schedule is below...
Celebrate Brooklyn '09 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Celebrate Brooklyn series' 2010 schedule is out. Check out the free (or $3 suggested donation) shows that will be happening at Prospect Park this summer below.
There's the previously mentioned shows with Norah Jones, Konono No. 1, Sonic Youth (who have Talk Normal and Grass Widow opening for them), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings with Budos Band, Swell Season and the Low Anthem, Metric, The Roots and Allen Toussaint, all for free. The ticketed benefit shows are Rufus Wainwright on July 20th, Dead Weather on August 3rd, and already-sold-out shows with Passion Pit and The National.
The full schedule is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
two of these three guys will be there (one w/ Jenny Scheinman, also on the cover)
NYC's Winter Jazz Fest will be happening Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th at a handful of Village venues. Both nights include more than a few worth-while acts (Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Jamie Saft's Whoopie Pie, Vijay Iyer Trio, Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran, the late-night triple-play of Mary Halvorson, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition and Tyshawn Sorrey Guitar Trio). Tickets for Friday-only and Saturday-only are on sale, and two-day passes are available too. The full schedule is below...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
A few songs into Land Of Talk's set at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night the sold out audience began asking for more vocals. "I think all of your bodies are absorbing my vocals," said frontwoman, Elizabeth Powell.
Things are different than when last Powell played New York. It's been a rough year since her voice gave out and forced the band off tour from support of last year's excellent Some Are Lakes (which included dates with Broken Social Scene). Powell, who was singing with BSS in addition to her own band, had surgery to correct damage to her vocal chords, she took voice lessons, wrote several songs which make up their new Fun and Laughter EP as well as the forthcoming album which the band began recording last month. She wears an in-ear monitor in concert now and everything is clearly in place to protect her distinctive voice that used to go head-to-head with her razor-sharp guitar playing. Now her voice has acquiesced, it's a bit softer though she did let it go a few times, especially during "All My Friends" and the line "Hustling leaves me white hot / blue in the face / eyes blood shot." But despite her subdued vocals the packed crowd was still riveted; her guitar playing, the drumming of Andrew Barr and multi-insturmental duties of Joe Yarmush all outstanding through a set that didn't end until half past 1am.
The show was one of a few dates with Surprise Me Mr. Davis (Marco Benevento & members of The Slip). More pictures from the NYC show below...
Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.
Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.
Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.
Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.
Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.
Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...
Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Popcorn Youth: What led to the formation of Crystal Stilts?today in NYC
JB Townsend: Brad [Hargett], the singer, and I had just been playing around for about a year before we really started playing out around 2002. We met in Florida, before we moved to [Brooklyn], and we both wanted to get out of there. We really didn't take it too seriously -- we were just playing for fun. But then we ended up able to record at a space in Greenpoint called Junkyard, which was used by a lot of bands on the Social Registry label. We started recording and released a 7". Someone sent it out to college radio, and it did ok. We were really surprised; we had absolutely no expectations whatsoever. And that was a big encouragement to take it all a little bit more seriously.
* NO Pants event
* Aziz Ansari @ Comix
* The Lisps @ Zipper Theater
* Patti Smith @ 92YTribeca
* Dengue Fever @ Maxwell's
* Marco Benevento Trio @ Sullivan Hall
* Street Meat (comedy) @ Cake Shop (free)
* Freaks Ball IX @ Southpaw w/ Rana
* Takka Takka & Tamar Eisenman @ BAM Cafe
* Camper Van Beethoven & Wormburner @ Bowery Ballroom
* Holy Ghost!, Trouble & Bass & Lemonade @ Studio B
* Great Lake Swimmers & A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Mercury Lounge
* John Doe, Exene Cervenka & Justin Townes Earle @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Box Elders, Medication & Kid Romance @ Market Hotel
* Tony Conrad & Genesis P Orridge @ Issue Project Room
* Hey Willpower, Hot Lava, Math the Band, Mixel Pixel & Hologram @ Death By Audio
* Golden Triangle, K-Holes, Suckers, Ian Svenonius (DJ Set) & Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Elevated Entity w John Medeski, Vernon Reid, Amayo & others @ Hiro Ballroom
Donald Fagen of Steely Dan was born today in 1948.
Howlin' Wolf died today in 1976.
Taylor Swift is playing Saturday Night Live tonight and Fleet Foxes are playing it next week.
The end of Zune?
Lillo Brancato sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Okkervil River recently played The Bell House in Brooklyn. They were in town to play Letterman. Video from that TV performance below...
by Black Bubblegum
Zach Hill, Performance Attire May Vary...
Spazzy drummer Zach Hill (Hella/Marnie Stern/Team Sleep/The Ladies) will be in town over the next two days performing "Necromancer" with Peer Pressure or, the second disc of the 2CD extravaganza known as Astrological Straits (out now on Ipecac). So what's "Necromancer" all about, and who the hell is Peer Pressure?
HELLO ! TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN INQUIRING ABOUT WHAT AND WHO "PEER PRESSURE" MAY BE IT'S ACTUALLY MY DRUM SET! HAHA THATS STRAIGHT TALK! IN THE FUTURE THIS MONIKER WILL MOST LIKELY DEFINE A COLLECTIVE OF HUMAN BEINGS PLAYING SONGS AND MY DRUM SET, BUT FOR THIS TOUR ITS A METAPHOR FOR THE DRUMS AND THATS ABOUT ALL I'M BRINGING AND ALL IM PLAYING. TO MAKE IT CLEAR SO THERES NO CONFUSION ABOUT MY UPCOMING PERFORMANCES I AM PERFORMING A 45 MINUTE NON STOP HEAVILY IMPROVISED RENDITION OF THE TRACK "NECROMANCER" OFF OF MY NEWEST SOLO RELEASE. THIS WILL BE ME ON DRUMS AND THE LAPTOP ON LAPTOP OR THE IPOD ON IPOD. I PLAN ON PERFORMING THE MORE SONG ORIENTED MATERIAL OFF THE ALBUM WITH A FULL BAND IN THE THE FUTURE BUT FOR MANY REASONS IT WAS UNREALISTIC AT THIS JUNCTURE. SO THIS IS HOW I WILL BE EXPRESSING MYSELF IN THE NOW ASIDE FROM THE SHOWS WERE ITS NOTED THAT I'LL HAVE SOMEONE AWESOME SITTING IN WITH ME! [Zach Hill]Zach Hill WILL have "someone awesome sitting in" with him at the Knitting Factory in NYC on 11/18, namely Marco Benevento. Also on the bill: Pattern Is Movement and Subtle (their last tour "for some time", they are going on hiatus). Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of Subtle, doseone and jel of Subtle (aka Themselves) will headline the "Anticon 3rd Annual 10-Year Anniversary" at NYC's Knitting Factory on December 18th with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?), Buck 65, Sole, Alias, Odd Nosdam + Jel, pedestrian + DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are on sale.
Odd Nosdam recently posted a free download of beats from 2002 - 2003 entitled CIRCUS faux PREZ beats! and a mixtape... Mixtape Super Delux. Download 'em and other MP3's above.
The Anticon flyer and all Zach Hill dates below...
Marco Benevento, @ Sullivan Hall, Jan. 10, 2008
Benevento/Russo Duo are opening for Cornelius tonight (Jan 25) in DC, and tomorrow at Webster Hall (tix still available). Benevento is also in the midst of a month-long residency at Sullivan Hall. The next and last show is January 31st. Kaki King was a special guest at last night's show. More dates at their site.
Sullivan Hall is a 345 capacity music and event venue located in Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan near the New York University community (214 Sullivan St.). We are big music fans who frequent shows and are friends with many musicians and artist representatives. We listened to what they had to say about the type of venue they’d like to see in New York City. We created an ideal venue for both performers and fans alike. We put a state of the art sound and lighting system, and the space has near perfect sight lines. Even on a sold out show, you will have an intimate experience with your favorite performers at Sullivan Hall.Tea Leaf Green played the grand opening celebration last night. Other shows lined up at this newly-renovated jam-and-related band-friendly spot include Marco Benevento, Hassan Hakmoun, Lettuce, Ryan Montbleau Band, Dub Is A Weapon and Appetite For Destruction (the other GNR tribute band).