Entries tagged with: Mark Lanegan
No Bra opening for Savages at MHOW on 3/19 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
today in NYC
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* Steve Beck @ The Stone
* Jomama Jones @ Joe's Pub
* Assaff Weisman @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Sean Moran's Small Elephant @ Barbes
* Education Reform, #1 Kid, Star Rover @ Glasslands
* Genghis Hans, Alex LaLiberte (of Vensaire) @ Ace Hotel
* Christina Courtin, Andrew James @ The Mercury Lounge
* The Suite Unraveling, Manner, Jamaican Queens @ Pianos
* Yellow Dogs, Bugs in the Dark, Oceanographer @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Sea The Sea, Daniel Shuman, Dime Drop @ Pete's Candy Store
* Boats!, The New Rochelles, Weird Womb, Eleanor @ Death By Audio
* Haybaby, Dangerous Ponies, Slutever, Raccoon Fighter @ Big Snow
* The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, No Bra, Youthquake @ Santos Party House
* Hairy Sands, The Monte De Rosas Band, George Sand, Hello Lovers @ Cake Shop
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Respect Mtns., Laughters, Fake Hooker @ Silent Barn
* The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band, Glass Anchors, Debe Dalton @ Mercury Lounge
* Janeane Garofalo, W. Kamau Bell, Allison Castillo, Wyatt Cenac, A Brief View of the Hudson, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
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Queens of the Stone Age played a new song called "My God Is The Sun" at Lollapalooza Brazil last night. Check out that performance below (via Consequence of Sound). Perhaps it will appear on their new album, ...Like Clockwork, which is due out this June via Matador, and includes contributions from Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Elton John, Alex Turner, and others.
At the encouragement of Bob Dylan, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg went into the studio in 1971 to record his first ever album of music. He then re-entered the studio in 1976 and 1981 and finally in 1983 he compiled all of the recordings (which featured contributions from Dylan, members of his band, and Arthur Russell, and was produced by John Hammond Sr.) onto a double LP called FIrst Blues. Now, 30 years later, Ginsberg Recordings are reissuing the album in vinyl and digital formats, and to celebrate they're throwing a release party in NYC.
The celebration takes place on January 16 at Housing Works Cafe (126 Crosby St.) with Ginsberg's "friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators" Lou Reed, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur's Landing, and others. A limited edition of "500 seven track vinyl that mimics the original style down to the newspaper insert" will be available at Housing Works that night and online.
That same night, Lou Reed's Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale will be doing a Nico tribute at BAM (1/16) with a number of guests including Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Magnetic Fields, and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Some song streams from First Blues below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Arto Lindsay of legendary no wave group DNA, The Lounge Lizards, and pursuer of an impressive solo career, will be performing material from throughout his career in NYC TONIGHT (11/30) at the New Museum. Tickets for the show ($12 for members, $15 for non-members) are available.
Speaking of no wave legends, Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), who played Knitting Factory earlier this month will be playing with her band Big Sexy Noise in NYC on December 17 at Bowery Electric with "Caught on Tape" duo Thurston Moore/John Moloney. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For Thurston Moore and John Moloney, the Bowery Electric show is part of a short December northeast tour that the duo will be on, which also includes the previously discussed Brooklyn show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf. All of their dates are listed below.
In other related news, Thurston's ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, who will guest at the upcoming, sold-out Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at T5, will also be a guest with John Cale (of the Velvet Underground) when he does a tribute to Nico at BAM on January 16 at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Other guests at that show include Mark Lanegan, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, Joan as Police Woman, Peaches, Nick Franglen, and Meshell Ndegocello. Tickets for that show are available. It's one of two shows that John Cale is doing for the BAM Next Wave festival.
A list of all Thurston Moore/John Moloney dates and some videos, below.
Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage in June (more by Chris La Putt)
One of the biggest success stories of 2012 was blues rockers Alabama Shakes, who quickly escalated from selling out relatively small shows to much larger ones in a matter of months. They're already showing up on multiple year-end lists, and are sure to end up on more, but we reached out to them to see what their year-end list is.
Alabama Shakes' Best LPs of 2012 list includes some associates like Fly Golden Eagle, who they took on tour with them, and Jack White, who took the Shakes on tour with him. It also includes another supporter of theirs, Patterson Hood, who also took them on tour, and Deer Tick/Los Lobos side project Diamond Rugs, who they played with at Central Park.
Some other great albums are on there too. You can check out the whole list and a performance and interview video of the band filmed in Chicago. below...
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.
photos by Adela Loconte
Afghan Whigs / Jose Gonzalez / The Dirtbombs @ ATP NY 9/22/2012
...Outside, The Dirtbombs continue the revivalist flavour with a polished set of neo-garage rock, although sadly they don't tackle any of the techno tracks they covered on their most recent album Party Store -- we'd rather like to have seen a live guitar version of 'Strings of Life'. After their raucous set, The Antlers' downbeat sounds aren't exactly what TheVine is in the market for, and we decide that this is a fine moment to sample what the Venezuelan arepas truck has to offer for dinner.We've already posted pics from Friday and Sunday (here and here) of the first-ever ATP NYC -- which happened last weekend on Pier 36 on the East Side of Manhattan -- and here are a few from its chunky Saturday midsection, which saw sets from The Dirtbombs, JEFF the Brotherhood, former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez, The Roots, and the fest's curators, Afghan Whigs, to name a few.
Chavez were supposed to be playing next, but they've cancelled for reasons unclear and been replaced by, um, JEFF The Brotherhood, which isn't so much bait-and-switch as bait-and-whack-over-the-head-with-a-sledgehammer-then-run-away-laughing. Ugh. Happily, Mark Lanegan is on hand inside to rescue proceedings. His set is heavy on material from Blues Funeral, with only 'Hit the City' and a storming 'Methamphetamine Blues' (featuring a guest appearance from Greg Dulli) representing his earlier records, but even though we're not huge fans of the hard rock sounds of his latest LP, he's still great -- after all, with a voice like his, Lanegan could sing the phone book and still sound arrestingly good.
José Gonzalez? Well, you know what you're going to get -- quiet acoustic music and a couple of studiously offbeat cover versions. Quite why he's headlining the second stage tonight is unclear -- he hasn't released an album in five years, for Chrissakes -- and while his set is perfectly competent, it's not exactly inspiring. The same, sadly, can be said about The Afghan Whigs, although in fairness I've never been counted amongst their fanbase and thus is perhaps not best placed to judge the merits of their 90-minute headline set this evening. So we'll just say that it wasn't for us, but that the band's hardcore fans -- of which many, many are here -- seem to lap their set up with glee. [The Vine]
More pictures below...
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:
"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."
Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.
"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."
Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.
Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.
Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...
Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.
Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.
Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.
As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.
The four-day Sasquatch Music Festival is currently happening this Memorial Day Weekend out in Gorge, Washington. Check out more photos below from Friday, May 25, including shots of Mark Lanegan, Polica, Pretty Lights, Santigold, and Girl Talk. More Sasquatch photos to come.
Mark Lanegan at Bowery Ballroom 2/7/12 (via Mindy Bond)
The set paced eight of Blues Funeral's 12 new tracks with favorites from Bubblegum and older solo releases, eventually closing on a Screaming Trees favorite during the encore. There wasn't much Lanegan could've done on Tuesday night to piss off the sold-out crowd short of maybe calling it quits after one note. The evening's disappointment came only after the encore of "Crawlspace" and "One Way Street," when Lanegan closed on a pregnant pause instead of coming back for thirds. Scattered groans rose in tandem with the house lights, forcing fans to abide the 19-song set they received. [CMJ]It was the band's first show in support of the new album, which is Mark Lanegan's first solo release since 2004. You can stream the entire album below (via MOJO) along with some videos and the setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show.
The band will continue to tour over the next few months, and upon returning to the US after an Australian run in late April, they'll play NYC again on May 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/22) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
Videos and setlist from the 2/7 Bowery Ballroom show, album stream, and updated dates including Sasquatch! below...
Mark Lanegan at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Caleb Heller)
The Mark Lanegan Band will return this February with their first album since 2004's Bubblegum. The new album, Blues Funeral, comes out in North America on February 7 via 4AD and a day earlier in the UK. The album was recorded with Alain Johannes, who also worked on Bubblegum and features guest appearances from Josh Homme, who he's collaborated with before, Greg Dulli, who he collaborated with in Gutter Twins, and Jack Irons, who drummed in Eleven with Johannes. Check out the album's opening track, "The Gravedigger's Song," along with the album's artwork and tracklist below. You can pre-order the album at the 4AD webstore.
The Mark Lanegan Band is touring the album in Europe from late February to early April, but before they do that, they've got a few North American shows scheduled, including one in NYC on the US album release date, February 7 at Bowery Ballroom with Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Caleb Heller
"The unlikely duo of former Belle and Sebastian singer and cellist Isobel Campbell, and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA, Gutter Twins) remain initially elusive in order to allow anticipation, as well as the crowd itself in the Bowery Ballroom, to build. Sauntering silently on, backed by a four-piece band, the pair launch into the opener from new album Hawk; 'We Die and See Beauty Reign,' a track that wouldn't sound out of place in David Lynch's Twin Peaks' 'Red Room'; a dream-inducing, pulsating slow dance to hypnotize every listener. Followed by most recent single 'Come Undone,' Lanegan, with words on a music stand in front of him, assumes his trademark stance, gripping the microphone with right-hand, stand with left, wincing with every note and watching over his female counterpart like Halloween's killer Michael Myers. Campbell on the other hand, who has produced the new album, is noticeably nervous, delivering her breathless vocals perfectly, but shifting around to involve her beloved cello and as many obscure percussion instruments in each song as possible." [The Arcane Review]Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell brought their Hawk-supporting tour to Bowery Ballroom on 10/16, their first of two NYC dates with Willy Mason (the last being Sunday, 10/17, at Music Hall of Williamsburg). That's a review of the Bowery show above. Pictures from that show are also in this post.
Mark Lanegan was, as it says above, the frontman for Screaming Trees in the 90s. A pair of vocalists of a similar persuasion: Greg Dulli (of Afghan Whigs, and collaborator in Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins with Lanegan) and Craig Wedren (of Shudder To Think) are on tour and will play Bowery Ballroom on 10/19 (tomorrow) as part of CMJ. Badges or tickets (which are still available) will get you in.
More pictures from Mark and Isobel's Bowery show, with the setlist, below...
"We don't really talk about it but there's a trust thing there. He's a friend. He's a dear friend, and I know he's said the same of me. It's just about good music and singing with this man that's my friend, and it's an honor for me that he will sing stuff that I wrote, that he respects me. I think we're both interested in songs and we'll talk about... sometimes I'll say, 'I really like your songs' and he'll say, [imitates Lanegan's deep voice] 'No, I really like your songs,' and we'll just go 'Awwww...' [laughs] I think there's an understanding between us that's hard to put into words." [Isobel]As previously mentioned, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan are playing shows in support of a new album called Hawk. Two of those shows happen in NYC this weekend: Saturday/tonight (10/16) at Bowery Ballroom, and Sunday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both are with Willy Mason and both still have tickets available. Updated tour dates below...
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan will be in the US this October, to play shows behind their new album, Hawk, due August 16th on V2/Cooperative Music. As previously mentioned, the album's guests include ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and songwriter Willy Mason.
The full tour dates haven't been released yet, but the pair will be playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, October 16th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, October 17th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon and then general sale Friday, July 30th at noon.
Two days later, Mark's friend Greg Dulli plays Bowery Ballroom as part of his own solo tour that was just announced.
Mark and Isobel tour in the UK and Europe this September. That's the same month Isobel's old bandmates Belle & Sebastian play in NYC. The two groups are apparently on good terms, as Isobell & Mark are scheduled for the B&S-curated Bowlie 2 ATP Fest in the UK this December.
Tour dates and more are below...
"We're still in sunny L.A., in the final stages of recording the album, but plans are already afoot for touring throughout the rest of 2010" wrote Belle & Sebastian at the end of May. Those 2010 touring plans include shows in Europe, Asia and North America (with a TBA trip to South America). As part of that (and as previously reported), the band will be playing Brooklyn's Williamsburg Waterfront on September 30th with Teenage Fanclub (who have a new album of their own coming out). Tickets for the NYC show go on "Internet Presale" Thursday at 10am.
They'll continue on for a show in L.A., a pair in Mexico and a handful more in Canada and the US this fall. Full tour dates are below (Las Vegas still TBA?).
Also due in 2010, ex-Belle & Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell will be releasing her third album with collaborator Mark Lanegan, called Hawk and due August 16th on V2/Cooperative Music. Guests include ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and songwriter Willy Mason.
All B&S tour dates, and Hawk cover art, below...
"...I checked out Soulsavers [at Bowery Balllroom last night - 9/22]. I couldnt' get over how much Mark Lanegan looked like Will Ferrell, I actually kept laughing, when he wasn't singing, he looked like Will Ferrell making fun of an angst-riddled grunge singer, lurching around, awkwardly earnest. Do people make fun of him about this? I thought it was uncanny. Anyway, he does have a really cool voice, deep, smokey baritone, unique; when I see a band live I often find it's hard to discern the lyrics but he is uniquely able to cut through the instruments with his voice and articulate every word, pretty cool." [What We are Listening To]Soulsavers' tour continues into Boston tonight (9/23). A video from a show earlier this month in Berlin, below...
Soulsavers will follow the August 18 release of their third full-length album, Broken, with a headlining North American tour that kicks off September 6 in Portland, OR.The NYC show on the tour will take place at Bowery Ballroom on September 22nd (assuming it doesn't get cancelled first). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at noon. All dates below...
Broken features the return of Mark Lanegan [Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees] on vocals and includes duets with Spiritualized's Jason Pierce ("Pharaoh's Chariot"), Faith No More frontman Mike Patton ("Unbalanced Pieces") and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers ("Death Bells"). Also appearing on the album are Richard Hawley (backing vocals on "Shadows Fall"), Australian newcomer Red Ghost (Rosa Agostino) and studio bassist Martyn LeNoble (Porno For Pyros, Jane's Addiction).
Joining Machin and Lanegan on the road will be guitarist Rich Warren [Spiritualized] and bassist Martyn LeNoble [Porno For Pyros, Janes Addiction].
The upcoming Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan US tour, scheduled to start in May, has been postponed.
See you all in September xThe NYC show was scheduled to take place at Webster Hall on Wednesday, May 27th. Campbell writes that the shows will be rescheduled for September. Most likely they'll be planned around the pair's appearance at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, which takes place September 5th - 7th.
Due to unavoidable circumstances I am disappointed and sorry to announce that we have had to postpone NYC, San francisco and Los Angeles concerts until September this year. For anyone who has bought tickets, these tickets will still be valid in September. And I am sorry for any inconvenience. The good news is that there will be a more extensive U.S and Canadian tour at this time. Thanks for bearing with me! More information to follow....isobelxo
[Isobel Campbell's MySpace]
The 39th annual Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, Presented by Samsung Mobile announces a small portion of the 2009 lineup. The 3-day urban event takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 5 - 7). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city's iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts.Modest Mouse, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan (who also have a NYC show scheduled), MSTRKRFT (who are also playing All Points West) and No Age (who just played SXSW) are all part of the intitial announcement. $80 three-day passes are on sale now. Full artist list and more info below...
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan are playing Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday, May 27th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 2nd at noon.
Their last album together, Sunday at Devil Dirt, was released in May 2008. Mark last played Webster Hall in March of 2008 with the Gutter Twins. Also last year, Belle & Sebastian's BBC Sessions double-album was released - a collection that features Campbell singing, and pictured on the disc's cover.
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan interview and live video below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Mark Lanegan @ Webster Hall, NYC - March 19, 2008 (Ryan Dombal)
After a pretty lame applause from the crowd, Greg Dulli emerged to the stage. Smoking his hundredth cigarette of the night, the Gutter Twins co-frontman quickly confronted the crowd as to why the rest of the band remained hidden in the shadows on the side of the stage. Saying something like "We walk off stage, 5 people clap, and we're supposed to come back out and play more songs," he criticized the crowd for their incredibly weak call for an encore. [NY press]The Gutter Twins played one of NYC's latest landmarked locations Wednesday night. They also played on TV.....
Campbell and Lanegan's follow-up to 2006's Ballad of the Broken Seas is called Sunday at Devil Dirt, and it will come out May 5 in the UK on V2/Cooperative Music. Like Ballad, the new album features Lanegan tackling lead vocals while Campbell handles the writing, production, and arrangements. [P4K]Currently Lanegan is on tour with Greg Dulli and they (The Gutter Twins) play Webster Hall in NYC tonight (March 19). Their last NYC show was at Bowery Ballroom. The latest tour dates are below....
The Gutter Twins @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - Feb 14, 2008 (Caryn Rose)
My odd thought about tonight was that this show was just - grown up. I haven't seen the lyrics and haven't lived with the songs enough, but this is not about Are you here to make par-tay or even the themes of loss and, well, loss that have hung over acres of Twilight Singers material. Don't get me wrong, this is still a collaboration between Dulli and Lanegan and it's not rainbows and puppies and roses, and it's plenty fuckin dark. But it was just at another level, and maybe because Mark's ass is also on that line, but I have never seen the band this whip-smart and sharp and just totally together, like Greg can put up one hand and conduct the band and they turn on a dime. [jukeboxgraduate]