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MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
MEN

"Australian literary salon" Women of Letters returns to the US for a show in NYC on Tuesday (3/25) at The Bell House with singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright, The Sopranos' Edie Falco, MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson, British television presenter Dawn O'Porter, Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone, The New Yorker senior editor Amelia Lester and Ask Me Another's Ophira Eisenberg. "The basic premise involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing. Each guest is given a topic in advance ('A letter to the night I'd rather forget' 'A letter to my unfinished business'), they write a letter and read it aloud on the night." Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That's one of two events in NYC that JD Samson is doing this week. MEN play a live set Thursday (3/27) at The Jewish Museum (1109 5th Ave) as part of the venue's Wind Up series. "The evening also includes interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine." Tickets are on sale now. Also stay tuned for JD's next PAT Party at Union Pool and the next Scissor Sundays at the Rusty Knot.

Martha Wainwright also has other dates coming up, including two more appearances in NYC. The first is 'Every Mother Counts' on May 21 at Life on Mars Gallery (59 Bogart St in Brooklyn), and later in the year she plays the Naked Soul acoustic singer/songwriter series at the Rubin Museum on October 10 (150 W 17th St). Tickets for the Rubin Museum show are on sale now.

All Martha Wainwright dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Martha Wainwright & JD Samson playing shows (one together, others separately)"

Doveman
Doveman

Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) has some upcoming shows this spring, including two of his Burgundy Stain Sessions in NYC. The first of those happens at BAM on April 27 as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, whose lineup was recently expanded. Tickets for the day Doveman plays and 3-day passes for the festival are still available.

His next session takes place at Le Poisson Rouge on June 7. Guests for this one include Paul Noonan (of Bell X1) and Trixie Whitley. It's likely that more will be announced too. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.

In addition to appearing at the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, Doveman will also contribute to The National's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, along with Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, both of whom, like Doveman, contributed to High Violet. It also features St. VIncent, Sharon Van Etten (whose most recent album, Tramp, was produced by Aaron Dessner), and Nona Marie of Dark Dark Dark (via Gothamist). Have you heard The National's new single from that album?

Doveman is also appearing in NYC even sooner as a special guest with past collaborator Martha Wainwright at her City Winery show on April 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Martha has other upcoming dates posted at her website.

UPDATE: Thomas will also be at LPR in May to assist his bandmate Sam Amidon whose forthcoming Nonesuch debut he co-produced.

In more related news, Trixie Whitley, who appears at Doveman's LPR show, will also play NYC area dates on April 26 at Glasslands and May 11 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

All Doveman dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Doveman doing more Burgundy Stain Sessions, appearing on The National's new album, and more"

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Tickets to see The Breeders at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jessie Ware at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Ghost at Webster Hall are currently on AmEx presale and go on fan presale (password: "Infestissumam") and AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for his Irving Plaza show go on sale Thursday (2/7) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see John Talabot at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Palma Violets at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Shout Out Louds at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see METZ at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the just-added second Daughter show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Sinkane at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Foxygen at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to their Knitting Factory show go on sale Friday.

Tickets to see the two Meat Puppets shows at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

fun. play Hudson River Park on July 22 with Tegan & Sara and tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with a regular on-sale on happening Friday at noon.

Joseph Arthur & Martha Wainwright play City Winery on Friday (2/8) and tickets are still available.

Ian Hunter plays City Winery on February 8 and 9 and tickets are still available to those shows.

Onetime J. Geills singer Peter Wolf plays City Winery on February 23 and 24 (rescheduled from Hurricane Sandy) and tickets are still available for that show too.

Poundcake, featuring Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill and Ethan Eubanks, play City Winery on February 25 and tickets are still available.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band play City Winery on February 28 and tickets are on sale now.

Booker T. plays City Winery on March 4 and tickets to that show are on sale now.

Country legends The Oak Ridge Boys play City Winery on March 11 and tickets are on sale now.

Martin Sexton will be at City Winery on March 29 and 30 and tickets to those shows are on sale now.

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It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....

Continue reading "WATCH: Artists tell their favorite 2012 albums (Bat for Lashes pick Alt-J who pick Polica, etc)"

Freedom To Love

Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):

The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.

You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.

The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/s/callmaine
http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/s/callWA
Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow

Thank you. And be safe.

Best wishes,
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.

Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".

In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).

John Lennon

Today is John Lennon's birthday, and so Yoko Ono is giving Lady Gaga an award, in Iceland. John would've been 72. Check out a gallery of the former Beatle's drawings (like the one above) over at the Huffington Post. Yahoo Canada takes a look at some of his letters.

Joe's Pub is celebrating John's birthday tomorrow. Symphony Space honors the man in November. Glasslands gets down in December.

Speaking of Lennons, Martha Wainwright's new album Come Home to Mama, which is also streaming at NPR, was recorded "mostly at" Sean Lennon's home studio in New York City. We're giving away tickets to see Martha at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/11) via our Facebook.

We are also giving away tickets to The Walkmen's 10/18 show at Terminal 5 with Dum Dum Girls; and Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Owen Pallett, Dawn Landes, and Steve Salett at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/12.

Speaking of Doveman shows and Wainwrights, help support marriage equality later this month at the Beacon.

In other milestones, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 this year. To commemorate, the band are reissuing it as a box set, with "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music." Yours for only $136.

Likewise, Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their entire discography as a huge box of 7"s. Pre-orders began today.

To quote Merge Records, "You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr., the groundbreaking album from the masters of alt-guitar rock, turns 25 this fall. To celebrate, Merge Records is releasing Chocomel Daze, a rare live show (featuring the classic, original line-up of J, Lou, and Murph) recorded in 1987 at Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Limited edition on 150-gram vinyl for the first time, this release follows their recent I Bet on Sky." Listen to one of the tracks at the bottom of this post.

Other new Merge releases include the Mountain Goats, Mark Eitzel, Mount Moriah and The Music Tapes.

Mark Eitzel is going on tour later this year.

Rick Ross dropped a new mixtape called The Black Bar Mitzvah. Give it a listen over at bvChicago.

The downside of Louis CK's massive, self-ticked tour: his Emmy-winning FX show Louie won't be back until 2014.

Bummer All Tomorrow's Parties news: ATP Japan has gone from postponed to canceled.

AND more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: John Lennon's Birthday, Rancid & RATM box sets, ATP Japan, Trail of Dead, Kylesa, Luyas, Black Keys & more"

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How was your Columbus Day? We didn't take off, and posted a whole bunch on BV, BV Chicago, and BV Austin, and here's even more...

As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.

Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.

Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).

Blur, who just confirmed that they are not done and are playing Belgium's Rock Werchter 2013, are now also confirmed for Primavera Sound 2013 in Barcelona (5/24/13) and Portugal (5/31/13).

Philip Glass Rework is streaming at NPR where you'll also find streams of the new Jason Lytle and Martha Wainwright.

As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.

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Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Purity Ring

If you've seen Purity Ring live this year, you may be wondering what, exactly, is the deal with those interactive light cocoons they use on stage. The Creators Project gets the scoop.

"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:

1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
RSVP now (update: actually it's full already) to get into the Brainfeeder one. Win tickets at the BrooklynVegan Facebook to get into SBTRKT (you can buy a ticket too).

Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.

We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).

Check out an interview with Zammuto who is opening for Ultraista.

Listen to new Trent Reznor.
Stream the new Godspeed! You Emperor album.
Watch a marching band do Zelda , Mario & Pokemon.

Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.

AND, more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: more Blur dates, John Cusack & Peter Gabriel, Emceez Ansari, Clueless reunion, Purity Ring, Pig Destroyer & more"

The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National

Doveman (aka Thoms Bartlett) and BOOM for Equality are teaming up to present Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality, which will happen in NYC on October 30 at Beacon Theater. Doveman, who is known for bringing out tons of interesting guests to his shows, has curated a lineup which includes Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more TBA. Artist lineup is also subject to change without notice. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM and are on Artist Presale now (password: "boomforequality") with a Local Presale starting today (9/7) at 4 PM. Proceeds will benefit Freedom to Marry.

As mentioned, Doveman is also continuing his Burgundy Stain Sessions residency at Le Poisson Rouge, though the dates have slightly changed since we last posted. His next one happens at the Manhattan venue on October 12 and will follow that with another on December 13. Lineups for those shows have not been announced yet.

For Rufus Wainwright, the show falls in the middle of his extensive international tour, which now also includes an Atlantic City show which happens on February 8, 2013 at The Borgata. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Wainwrights, tickets just went on sale for Martha's upcoming shows at Littlefield and Le Poisson Rouge.

Justin Vivian Bond, meanwhile, is hosting Weimar New York for Obama on September 18 at the Abrons Arts Center. The show is a benefit in celebration of President Obama's "unprecedented commitment to the LGBT comunity" and features music directed by Lance Horne and performances by Alan Cumming, Joey Arias, Bridget Everett, Flotilla DeBarge, Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, Dirty Martini, Tigger!, Theo Bleckmann, Curtis Eller, Machine Dazzle, Tammy Faye Starlite, and more TBA. You can reserve seats and donate HERE.

All Doveman, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainright, and Justin Vivian Bond dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Doveman, Rufus Wainwright, National, They Might Be Giants, Justin Bond & more to play marriage equality benefit in NYC"

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Tickets for the James Blake show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Divine Fits and Cold Cave show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the recently added Swans shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Devendra Banhart go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their less recently announced Bowery Ballroom show with A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which happens about two weeks before the new ones, are still available.

Tickets for the Saint Etienne show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Meat Loaf is playing Beacon Theatre on November 1. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "MAD") now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/7) at 10 AM.

David Wax Museum will be in NYC this month to play Housing Works on September 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll return to play Mercury Lounge on November 30. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/7) at noon.

The Death Set and Ninjasonik are playing a free Barback Games-presented show with games, giveaways, and surprises at Webster Hall on September 24. Admission is free with RSVP.

Martha Wainwright is playing Littlefield on October 10 and Le Poisson Rouge on October 11. Tickets for the Littlefield show and tickets for the LPR show go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon.

The schedule for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest was posted and single day tickets are now on sale.

Ray Lamontagne is playing Wellmont Theatre on November 19 and Carnegie Hall on November 26. Wellmont tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon and Carnegie Hall tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ash 20th anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Deftones show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly added Michael Kiwanuka show at MHOW, which Foy Vance and Marcus Foster are opening, go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Craft Spells, Ice Choir, and Ski Lodge show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Tickets for the Bleeding Rainbow, Royal Baths, SISU, and Punks on Mars show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Avicii, who has two upcoming Radio City shows, has been tapped by Madonna to open her Yankee Stadium shows, which happen this Thursday (9/6) and Saturday (9/8). Tickets for those shows are still available.

Esperanza Spalding is playing The Apollo on October 26 and 27. Tickets for the 10/26 show are on sale now and tickets for the 10/27 show are on AmEx presale now with a Ticketmaster/A List presale starting Monday (9/10) at 10 AM and a general on-sale starting Thursday, September 13 at 10 AM.

Austra are DJing Glasslands (9/19) the night of their MHOW show. Admission to that show is free with RSVP.

Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright
Wainwright

A tribute to Canadian folksinger Kate McGarrigle held at Massey Hall on Friday was more celebratory than sombre, with dozens of her family and peers gathering for a joyful celebration of her unique songwriting... Kate McGarrigle -- one-half of the influential Montreal singing duo with her sister Anna -- died of cancer in January 2010 at the age of 63. On Friday, a lineup including Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn and members of Broken Social Scene offered a mix of straight interpretations and cleverly revised covers featuring flavours of rock, soul and gospel...

Friday's concert marked the third such charity tribute to the folksinger -- with proceeds going to the Kate McGarrigle Fund, created to further sarcoma research -- and like previous shows in London and New York, this was a family affair. -[CTV]

Kate McGarrigle passed in 2010, and the Massey Hall show in Toronto on 6/15 mentioned above featured many members of her family (aka the McGarrigles and Wainwrights. Check out video from a Canadian show that featured Anna McGarrigle, Lily Lanken, Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright performing McGarrigle's songs below.

That leads us to a a bunch of family news. Martha Wainwright will spend every month of the summer surrounded by gallons of wine, as part of her residency at City Winery. Her summer kicks off on June 24th at the venue, and continues with shows on July 25th and August 15th. Tickets are on sale for all three.

Meanwhile, Rufus Wainwright -- whose song "Montauk" was just named one of the best "50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)" by NPR -- will be spending whatever time this summer not on Montauk out on tour which will stretch into the fall. No NYC show has been announced as of yet but he's hitting the rest of the US and Europe pretty hard. All dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

And last but certainly not least: catch Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche with Suzzy and Maggie Roche at Madison Square Park on August 1st, part of the free Oval Lawn series in Madison Square Park.

Videos and a lists of tour dates are below.

Continue reading "big Wainwright update: Martha doing City Winery residency; Rufus touring (dates); Sloan & Lucy playing Madison Sq. Park "

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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)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Rachel Kowal

Glen Hansard, Sharon Van Etten, a Dessner
Fighting Words
Fighting Words

Other Voices, an annual musical festival held in Dingle, Ireland, may not be nearly as old as the town's pubs, but it has already become a rich, meaningful tradition since its inception in 2002. Though typically held in a tiny church, Other Voices jumped across the Atlantic and landed in Le Poisson Rouge for a couple of nights this week with the help of Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Glen Hansard, and others--and it's all for a good cause! (All proceeds of the shows go to benefit Fighting Words, a writing center for children and youth in Dingle.)

"We don't know where we're going, we don't know where we'll be when we get there, and when we get back we probably won't know where we've been, so join us on this journey this evening," said Irish actor/writer Gabriel Byrne effectively introducing the event's pleasantly discursive nature. What unfolded over the course of the next three-and-a-half hours was a hearty round of poetry, prose, and music, much in the spirit of Doveman's monthly series, the Burgundy Stain Sessions.

Artist after artist shuffled onto the stage. Highlights included Glen Hansard's beautiful stories and songs, a newer piece by Thomas Bartlett (appropriately about the rain), a song or two from the talented folk singer Sam Amidon, a beautiful brand new piece written just yesterday by Bryce and Aaron Dessner that was inspired by the streets of Dingle, a couple of traditional songs by renowned Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Joseph O'Connor's reading of an ode that creatively highlighted many of New York's music legends, and a surprise performance by Sharon Van Etten (and her sister Heather). The guests just kept coming. Bell X1 (who played a Smiths cover), Martha Wainwright, Jape, The Lost Brothers, Justin Vivian Bond, Nico Muhly; and from the Irish literary scene: Philip King, Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, and Paul Muldoon. An unrecognizably shaggy Damien Rice even made a surprise appearance to play a couple of beautiful, completely unplugged and unaccompanied songs on his acoustic guitar.

The camaraderie in the air was thick. Though each artist had a chance to be in the spotlight, its loose structure allowed for one-of-a-kind impromptu collaborations. After a week of running around to catch ridiculously brief sets, often with compromised sound, it was a nice change to remain still and embrace a long, calming set as talent after talent humbly took to the stage. If you go tonight, just make sure to wear comfy shoes or arrive early to snag one of the few seats.

More pictures from the night below...

Continue reading "Other Voices (Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Doveman, Bryce & Aaron Dessner, Sharon Van Etten & other surprise guests) @ Le Poisson Rouge -- night 1 pics & review"

Glen Hansard & Doveman @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Doveman's next edition of 'Burgundy Stain Sessions' at Le Poisson Rouge is this Friday night (9/23), and the listed special guests are: Chris Thile, Martha Wainwright, Trixie Whitley and Little Annie. Tickets for the collaborative evening of music are still on sale.

In October, on the 27th & 28th to be exact, 'Burgundy Stain Sessions' kick it up a notch with Other Voices NYC: A Celebration of Music & Literature. Scheduled to appear over the course of two nights at Le Poisson Rouge are: Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Bryce & Aaron Dessner (The National), Doveman, Laurie Anderson, Sam Amidon, Bell X1, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes, Joseph O'Connor, and Colum McCann. Prestented in conjunction with Imagine Ireland with all proceeds going to FIGHTING WORDS Creative Writing Centre, tickets are on sale.

Speaking of the Swell Season, its other half Marketa Irglova has a tour coming up in November with a NYC show of her own. Bowery Ballroom tickets are still on sale.

The National have six huge NYC shows coming up.

Martha has one big holiday show coming up with her brother Rufus, and one with Rufus even sooner as part of the The Fourth Annual Plant & Sing Festival in Shelter Island, NY.

Rufus's opera 'Prima Donna' happens at BAM in Feb. 2012. Tickets are on sale now.

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Furthur are going on a tour that hits MSG on November 10th. Tickets are on sale now. The after party is at BB King's.

As previously mentioned, Ray Davies is going back out on tour. Tickets to the Beacon Theater show are now on AmEx presale and go on general sale Saturday at 10am.

Tickets to all four National shows at Beacon Theater (in case you hadn't noticed) go on sale today (9/16) at 11am.

Other shows now on sale at the Beacon include Steely Dan, Bryan Ferry, Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Jayhawks & Rosanne Cash, Gillian Welch, Weird Al, NY Comedy Fest stuff, two Noel Gallagher shows, and Tori Amos.

Shows coming up and on sale at Town Hall include more comedy stuff and Rufus & Martha Wainwright's "Not So Silent Night" Christmas Show.

The Duke & The King at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Duke & King

The Summer BBQ Blow Out Festival is coming to City Winery this Saturday (8/6). The fest features a lot of food by gourmet chefs and performances by Midnight Magic, Computer Magic, New Villager, and Punches. TIckets are still on sale now and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below.

The Duke & The King are also playing their album release show at City Winery on Saturday (8/6), though the show is completely separate from the Summer BBQ Blow Out which is outside. Tickets are on sale now.

Lots of other interesting things are happening at City Winery in the upcoming months as well. Bebel Gilberto is continuing her residency at the venue throughout the month of August. Tickets are on sale for all of her upcoming dates including 8/17, 8/24, 8/27, and 8/31.

Martha Wainwright will kick off her own residency at City Winery in November. Tickets are on sale now for 11/11 and 11/21. As mentioned, Martha also plays NYC this month at Cooper Square Hotel on August 22 as part of Joe's Pub's Summer Salon Series.

Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) aka The Nightwatchman plays the NYC venue on September 1 as a short run of September dates in between his US tour with Incubus and his UK tour with Rise Against. The tours are in support of his recently released EP Union Town and the upcoming full length World Wide Rebel Songs. Tickets for the 9/1 City Winery show are on sale now. All Tom Morello dates below.

Keren Ann plays City Winery on September 30 and October 1 before she heads out on a European tour in November. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. All Keren Ann dates below.

As mentioned, Jay Farrar is playing City Winery on October 14 and 15. He's since added a third show at the venue on October 16. Tickets for all three shows are available.

Marianne Faithfull is playing a three-night run at the venue from December 18 to 20. The shows are her only scheduled US shows at the moment. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now. All Marianne Faithfull dates below.

All dates and Summer BBQ Blowout contest details below...

Continue reading "Duke & the King, Bebel Gilberto, Keren Ann, Tom Morello, Jay Farrar, Marianne Faithfull, Martha Wainwright & other shows"

photos by Timothy Griffin

"It was hilarious to hear a man as gorgeous as Rhett Miller sing about losing at love to a better-looking man. Who could that have been?" - Jason Crane

Rhett Miller (Old 97's) @ BVSXSW 2011
Old 97's

Old 97's played two shows at The Bell House on Wednesday (7/13) and Thursday (7/14) with fellow Texan Robert Ellis as part of an ongoing tour. A video from the first show is below. A picture of the setlist from that same show can be viewed HERE.

Frontman Rhett Miller, who is not frustrated with Manhattan, will play in NYC again this month on July 30 on the Oval at Stuyvesant Town with Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, and Hayes Carll as part of Peter Cooper VIllage/Stuyvesant Town's "Summer on the Oval series. The show runs from 4 PM to 8 PM and is free to the public. More dates for all of these artists are listed below.

Hayes Carll meanwhile plays Summerstage tonight (7/18) with Emmylou Harris and Levon Helm. We're giving away two tickets on facebook.

A belated and second set of pictures of the Old 97's playing the BrooklynVegan party at Barbarella during SXSW (where Robert Ellis can be seen in the crowd), with that video from the Bell House show, and all tour dates for everyone mentioned above, below...

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Joes Pub

Justin Bond aka Kiki DuRane aka Justin Vivian Bond, will be at Joe's Pub every Sunday through June 26. Tickets are available for 6/12, 6/19, and 6/26.

Justin will also be opening for legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott at Duane Park Restaurant on june 21. 85-year old Scott also plays the Blue Note twice on June 23rd.

Catch Justin even sooner when he joins Rufus Wainwright and Liza Minelli as the special guests performing with Sandra Bernhard at Town Hall tonight (6/8).

Speaking of Joe's Pub and Wainwrights, tickets go on sale today (6/8) for the Summer Salon Series that Joe's Pub and The Annie O. Music Series are hosting at the Cooper Square Hotel. Why at the hotel? Because Joe's is closing for a few months...

Joe's Pub, a vital part of New York City's cultural landscape, announced a three month hiatus in programming, beginning July 2, to undertake an interior redesign and renovation. During this temporary closure, Joe's Pub will be continuing its dedication to presenting a wide variety of performing arts at affordable ticket prices to the New York and, specifically East Village community. Serving more than 100,000 audience members and presenting over 800 performances annually, this is the first time in 13 years of operation that Joe's Pub has closed its doors for an extended period of time.

"We knew our artists and audiences would be going through withdrawal this summer without the wealth of shows to choose from at Joe's Pub," said Joe's Pub Director Shanta Thake. "This summer salon series will be a great opportunity to see artists in an intimate space with beautiful views of the city while the staff of Joe's Pub prepares for our incredible fall programming."

The salon performances, which will take place in the hotel's scenic 21st-floor penthouse, are open to the public and will represent the quality and diversity of programming which is paramount to the mission of Joe's Pub. In addition to the performances, concert attendees will have access to a breathtaking, 360-degree view of Manhattan from the penthouse's floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around terrace. Drinks will be available for purchase from a full bar.

Martha Wainwright plays the hotel on August 22. The series also includes Weimar New York, Sxip Shirey and Raya Brass Band, and Francisca Valenzuela.

Martha Wainwright also plays a much sooner show at the same Cooper Square Hotel on June 19. The show is free with RSVP to info@goldve.com.

All Justin and Martha dates below...

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Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Rufus

Despite the addition of Rufus Wainwright to the bill, and stellar past shows, tickets are amazingly still on sale for Doveman's show at LPR tonight (5/26). The Goastt, aka Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, were recently added to the show too. There's always surprise guests (like Justin Bond) and an all-star backing band too.

Rufus was also just added to another show too, one that also still has tickets on sale, and one that now boasts an extremely impressive lineup of gay icons. Rufus Wainwright, Justin Bond AND Liza Minelli (!) were all added as special guests to the Sandra Bernhard show happening June 8 at Town Hall. The date will be the world premiere of Sandra's new show "I LOVE BEING ME, DON'T YOU?" The poster confirming this info is below.

Speaking of Rufus (and Justin) at Town Hall, he and Martha just played the venue two nights in a row in honor of their mother with Justin Bond, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Jimmy Fallon, and others. Rolling Stone was there the first night:

Although the three-hour concert was billed as "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle," the prevailing mood was naturally somber. McGarrigle wrote and sang heartrendingly personal songs throughout most of her life; hearing them now that she's gone was emotional, to say the least. Performers and audience members alike could be seen tearing up during highlights like "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)" (a sweet duet between Harris and Thompson), "Go Leave" (a deeply felt rendition by Hegarty), "(Talk to Me Of) Mendocino" (sung by both Wainwright siblings with Jones), "Tell My Sister" (a wonderfully torchy performance by Martha Wainwright) and most of all "Proserpina" - the last song Kate McGarrigle wrote before her death, a sad, lovely, honest tune that brought nearly everyone back on stage to close the night's first set.
Rufus has his own show coming up, a free one where he'll be performing excerpts of his opera, in NYC in June. All tour dates below...

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photos by Vincent Cornelli

Doveman
Doveman

Doveman played another guest-filled show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Saturday night. The backing band was comprised of Brad Albetta (bass), Ben Perowsky (drums), Rob Moose (guitar, violin), and Doug Wieselman (clarinet, bass clarinet). Thomas Bartlett was joined by guests Martha wainwright, Justin Bond, Hannah Cohen (whose record Thomas is producing), Jennifer Charles of Elysian fields, Norah Jones (as advertised), Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara), Nico Muhly, and Frames/Swell Season singer Glen Hansard. Pictures from the party are in this post.

No guests have been announced for Doveman's next shows yet, but this pats show's lineup has been the norm (read about past shows HERE and HERE), so get your tickets in advance if you want to go on May 26th or June 24th.

Meanwhile, Thomas/Doveman and Doug Wieselman will be two of the special guests at Jesse Harris's final residency show at the same venue this Tuesday night (4/26), as will the recently-added Kaki King. Tickets are still on sale.

Jesse, Doug and Martha Wainwright all share a bill, along with Elvis Perkins, at Cameo this Friday as part of the next edition of Noncerts which is still on sale.

You can also catch Martha on May 12 and 13 at the two shows honoring her late mother at Town Hall.

More pictures from Saturday's LPR show, below....

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Noncerts #1 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Noncerts

After a successful first show in February co-headlined by Hamilton and Gene with the help of David Dondero, an all-star house band and performer/noncert-creator Dave Godowsky (ex-John Shade), charity concert series NONCERTS will return to Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on April 29th, and the main lineup is: Elvis Perkins, Martha Wainwright, and Jesse Harris (who also has a bunch of collaborative shows scheduled at LPR).

Dave Godowsky will also again perform a couple songs and play in the house band which features an all-star line up of NYC musicians: Pico Alt, CJ Camerieri, Jesse Harris, Dave Godowsky, Clarice Jensen, Ben Lester, Eivind Opsvik, Caleb Burhans, Christina Courtin, and Doug Wieselman. The venue, Cameo Art Gallery, is hidden in the back of the Lovin' Cup Café at 93 North 6th Street in Williamsburg. As I've been told, "just follow the signs for the restrooms and you'll find it (not a joke)."

Tickets are $20 and on sale now. 100% of the proceeds go towards getting pianos in every Brooklyn public school. Check out some videos from last time, below...

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Rufus

On May 12 and 13, Rufus and Martha, along with their aunt Anna McGarrigle will host A Celebration of the Music of Kate McGarrigle, a pair of tribute shows to be held for their late mother at New York City's Town Hall. These shows will feature performances by Rufus and Martha, as well Anna McGarrigle, Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Krystle Warren, Teddy Thompson, Justin Bond, Jenni Muldaur, Sloan Wainwright and more. Tickets for both shows are onsale now at Ticketmaster.com.

All profits from these events will go to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Rufus and Martha were recently named as the 2011 spokespersons for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Kate McGarrigle passed away from Sarcoma in January 2010.

Rufus will also be on hand at two upcoming book signings in LA and NYC: "Photographer Tim Hailand has just released One Day in the Life of Rufus Wainwright, a new collection of images offering an intimate glimpse into Rufus' personal life. To celebrate the release of the new book, Rufus and Tim will appear at the New York and Los Angeles locations of BookMarc, on March 3 and March 10 respectively, for a pair of book signing sessions."

Teddy Thompson has many other shows and a tour coming up.

Justin Bond played Doveman's last Salon, and Martha Wainwright plays the next one.

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Dawn Landes, Norah Jones & Doveman
Doveman

January's inaugural Burgundy Stain Session began softly with just Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on stage, but for the second show in the series (2/8 at Le Poisson Rouge), Bartlett, the host, took a different approach. "Tonight, I thought we'd start with everyone on stage," said Bartlett excitedly, prompting nine additional musicians (dubbed by Bartlett as his "all-star backing chorus") to emerge from the audience and assume their positions. Crowded around a few mic stands, the group launched into a sweet, melodic Doveman song, "Angel's Share." (Beth Orton had to cancel due to 'unforeseen circumstances.')

Modeled after a salon, the Burgundy Stain Sessions are largely unscripted and free-flowing. "Sorry I didn't give anybody a set list," Bartlett eventually confessed. "I don't even really have a set list. I'm just making it up as we go." But instead of resulting in a sloppy mess, the music came together nearly seamlessly, thanks in part to the grand maestro, Doveman, who conducted both verbally ("I need A flat right here!") and with his animated body language (sudden glances, wild head nods).

Following the happy unification of musicians at the top of the show, the spotlight shifted to unannounced returning guest Glen Hansard. Once he had procured a pick from someone in the audience, he was ready. At the last Session, Hansard turned to Bartlett and announced, "none of your jazzy shit," but on Tuesday night, he seemed to be going along with it, as evidenced by their first song together. Apparently the song was brand new. "So Glen recorded that not too many days ago," Bartlett revealed. "His friend went to take a walk and he wrote it."

Many of the musicians are long-time friends and collaborators. Bartlett and Hansard met six or seven years ago (Bartlett can't really remember), and Amidon entered the picture long before that as was evidenced by the impromptu reunion of Popcorn Behavior, the childhood band Bartlett and brother Sam and Stefan Amidon (ages 13, 13, and 10 respectively). In addition to a Popcorn Behavior song, Sam played a song or two of his own, including "I See the Sign," which featured Doug Wieselman on bass clarinet.

Next up was Steve Salett who showcased some songs from his project, The Poison Tree. (His debut album is due out in March.) Much of Salett's songs were marked by technical difficulties due to some cell phone interference, prompting the group to stop while Bartlett switched his cell phone to airplane mode (it turns out his phone wasn't the culprit), but the show continued, thanks to Salett's booming baritone and his picturesque songs about the broken-hearted.

Apart from Glen Hansard (who was also present at the last Burgundy Stain Session), perhaps the biggest surprise guest of the evening was Norah Jones who performed a couple of songs, including a lovely cover song by the late Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, "(Talk to me of) Mendocino."

Since Le Poisson Rouge was set up in the round, the performers faced inward on stage... with exception of the theatrical Justin Bond, who made sure to sing to the whole room. Before beginning to play, the snarky, morose performance artist managed to both hit on Sam and get the whole room laughing. "I'm feeling horny and generous tonight," said Bond by way of introduction. "So someone might have a very nice evening tonight... and it might just be me." Bond played a series of songs, often featuring lyrics borrowed from (delightfully risque or provocative) poetry.

The "genderqueer" singer definitely elicited the most laughs of the evening. "I've got some bourbon. It's in a plastic cup, but it looks like glass, so hey! I'm all for things that look like one thing and are another," joked Bond. It was wise to conclude the show with this rousing performance, but the end still came rather abruptly and unexpectedly, leaving Bartlett to quickly ramble off next month's collaborators: Elysian Fields, Martha Wainwright, Sara Quin (from Tegan and Sara), Dawn Landes, David Thomas Broughton, and more. Tickets are still on sale for that show, and for Sam Amidon's show at Glasslands, and for the one Justin Bond has coming up at Joe's Pub on 2/20.

More pictures from the 2/8 show below....

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Teddy Thompson

Goldenplec: Your first album hit the shelves over ten years ago, now on his fifth album how different are they?

Teddy Thompson: I feel like they change a lot every time, I mean, I'm one of those people who is unhappy with everything I do as soon as I've done it. And the longer that goes by, the harder it is for me to look at it and be pleased at all. So, even they one before this, I listen to it and I go 'Ooh I didn't get that quite right, This one's much better.

Goldenplec: So it that a sign of being a perfectionist or striving for something more each time?

Teddy Thompson: Yeah, It's being a perfectionist. For a long time I thought being a perfectionist meant that you did things perfectly (laughs). Then I found out that that's not what being a perfectionist is at all, it's somebody that's just unhappy with what they've done and wants to get it perfect but often, most of the time, feels like they don't get close. But it can work that way too, it makes you strive for something better each time, so it's a useful thing. I think the longer you go, like it's ten years now, I can listen to my first record and not be unhappy, be kind of embarrassed but I can find good moments in it because it seems like so long ago.

Teddy Thompson welcomes Bella into the world on February 8th, his new-and-fifth LP produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney). A month later, Thompson will play a pair of headlining NYC shows in support of the release before heading out on a much bigger jaunt with the Old 97s. First on the docket is a Bella album release party, scheduled for City Winery on March 18th. Tickets are on sale. Then, one week later he's at the Rubin Museum. March 25th tickets are also on sale.

The Old 97s, who released new albums and played NYC shows in December, don't have any more NYC dates scheduled at the moment, but their frontman Rhett Miller does. You can catch Rhett this Friday, February 4th, at City Winery with Julia Haltigan. He also plays a week later at Infinity Music Hall in CT. All dates are listed below.

The above-quoted interview also discusses Teddy's relationship to the Wainwrights. Teddy says:

"Maybe I have, I would like to think that I have. [Rufus has] certainly influenced me. He was further along than I was when we met, already had a record deal, was making a record and was very confident. Fully formed within himself, I was still figuring out what I was doing and he certainly helped me. And Martha, I just find generally inspiring, especially when you see her live. She's a reminder of how to give it all on stage when you're feeling a bit safe or lazy or something. Then you see Martha play.' "
Maybe you saw Martha play at one of four shows she just did at Rockwood Music Hall (the most recent one was this past Monday). Her upcoming dates include California and Australia. Rufus meanwhile is prepping for his opera Prima Donna to have its NY premiere at City Opera in the spring of 2012, and a 5-night London residency this July.

All Teddy & Rhett dates and some videos below...

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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.

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words & photos by Chris La Putt

Martha Wainwright

It's been a disorienting year for Martha Wainwright -- the Montreal-born singer/songwriter lost her mother (renown singer Kate McGarrigle) to cancer, went into labour early (thankfully delivering a healthy baby boy), and took up residence in a new and somewhat foreign home in Brooklyn.

Her remarkable skill at performing onstage is evident in her new live disc, 'Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, À Paris,' which pays homage to legendary French singer Edith Piaf. Wainwright played three nights at New York's Dixon Place Theater for the recording, singing some of Piaf's lesser-known tracks. Her renditions uphold the integrity of the originals, but she also dusts them with her own magic. [Spinner]

Monday night's intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge marked the last night of a summer tour spanning the globe from Europe to LA and back to New York. Martha was joined by C.J. Camerieri on trumpet, Will Holshouser on accordion, Doug Wieselman on guitar and clarinet, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on piano, and her husband Brad Albetta on bass. If you missed Martha's two shows don't fret! CBC Radio 2 recorded Martha's show at the Mondial Choral Festival in Quebec when she was backed by not one but two choirs.

Opening for the show were the Mittenstrings which incidentally is partially made up of Martha's two cousins (Anna McGarrigle is their mother) and their friend.

Speaking of family, we'll probably find out soon which "friends" showed up to the "Lucy Wainwright Roche and friends - Album Release" album release show that happened to tonight at City Winery (Ira Glass and Dave Hill at a minimum). And tickets are still on sale for Rufus's December 6th show at Carnegie Hall

This post contains pictures from Monday night's show. They continue, with a video from the show of Martha covering Kate McGarrigle's Tell My Sister, below...

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