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Willie Nelson / Neil Young / Mavis Staples / Kacey Musgraves
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Kacey Musgraves' most affecting songs, like the young Texan's breakout hit "Merry 'Go Round" -- or the majority of her recent Pageant Material LP, for that matter -- flip stereotypes on their ass. She may play the part of the down-home country girl when appropriate, but there's fire in this gal's belly. Seeing her sport a frilly, baby blue prom-like dress in front of a backing band in bright pink Nudie suits was only too fitting: She baited the Farm Aid crowd into thinking she was an innocent lady before belting out the truth. "I ain't pageant material/I'm always higher than my hair," she sang when performing her new LP's title track, smirking extra wide before closing out her breezy afternoon set with a foot-stomping take on Nancy Sinatra's outta-my-way-silly-boy anthem, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin.'" [Rolling Stone]
Farm Aid 2015, now in its 30th year, went down on Saturday (9/19) in Chicago with sets from founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, plus Mavis Staples, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie's sons and Neil's collaborators Promise of the Real, and more (including... Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and Imagine Dragons).

Pictures continue below...

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.

Continue reading "Stephen Colbert made his 'Late Show' debut with help from Mavis Staples, Beirut, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds & more"


Mavis Staples has a PACKED schedule through the end of the year. From May 29 (when she appears at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Fest) through November (when she plays some shows in Florida), she'll have been to many corners of North America, and will have visited the UK as well. Other fests she's playing include Glastonbury, Winnipeg Jazz Fest, Grand Targhee, and Milwakee's Summerfest. Many of her dates are with Patty Griffin. Others are part of a "Solid Soul" tour with Joan Osborne, including NYC's 92nd Street Y on 11/4 (tickets), then Tarrytown Music Hall on 10/28 (tickets), and NJ's Bergen Performing Arts Center on 11/14 (tickets TBA). She also plays a NYC-area show before that at Guild Hall in East Hampton on 8/15 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Mavis also has a new EP, titled Your Good Fortune, which she made with Son Little (who has worked with The Roots and RJD2 among others). It features two new originals as well as new versions of Staples Singers' staples -- Pops Staples-penned "Wish I Had Answered" and Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (which was on Staples Singers' 1962 album, Hammer & Nails). You can watch the video for "Fight" and stream Your Good Fortune's title track (both the EP's originals) below.

For even more, MAVIS!, the feature-length documentary on the singer, was a hit at SXSW's Film Fest and has since been acquired by HBO. A release date has not been set, but you can check out the trailer and poster below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples has a new EP, an HBO documentary on the way & touring with Patty Griffin, Joan Osborne ++ other dates"

photo: DIIV @ MHOW in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

DIIV, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
DIIV are finally getting around to releasing a new album -- the hard-to-google-and-say Is the Is Are -- and we'll hopefully hear a lot of it tonight at this sold-out warm-up for their upcoming festival tour season.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play their second of three sold-out NYC shows.

AlunaGeorge, Kali Uchis @ Rough Trade
Electronic pop duo and Disclosure collaborators AlunaGeorge have a new album on the way, and to preview the material they're playing just two US club dates. There's tonight's NYC gig and later this week they're in LA. Sold out.

iLoveMakonnen, Key!, Sonny Digital @ Bowery Ballroom
No jokes about what day of the week it is, but the rapper best known for the inescapable "Tuesday" kicks off a two-night stand in NYC tonight. Both shows are sold out.

Pile, Yazan, Vulture Shit, Captain Wizard @ Baby's All Right
Pile returned this year with their newest album, You're Better Than This (on Exploding In Sound), another dose of their blend of '90s-style indie rock and post-hardcore. They were last here in February, but tonight's their first NYC show since the album's release.

Benjamin Clementine @ Joe's Pub
Tonight's the US debut of Benjamin Clementine, whose hyped debut album At Least For Now is out now and has gotten him called a "male Nina Simone" more than once.

Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer, Sharpless @ Palisades
In celebration of Father/Daughter Records' new compilation, Faux Real II (which has real indie bands covering fictional bands from movies and TV), three of the bands will play a Brooklyn show tonight. Also on the bill is Bellows, who aren't on the compilation but are part of The Epoch collective with Small Wonder and Sharpless.

Wiki & Sporting Life (of Ratking), Onyx Collective, Julian Soto, Yung Gutted, special guests @ Knitting Factory
Two thirds of NYC alt-rap group Ratking are playing as a duo at this show, and special guests are promised.

The Karen Gala @ BAM
BAM sends off retiring president Karen Brooks Hopkins with this pricy, "Brooklyn black tie" affair featuring appearances by Mavis Staples, Steve Reich, Rufus & Martha Wainwright and more.

Empress Of @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse which begins tonight.

Cambodian Rocks @ WFMU Monty Hall
Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol headlines this evening of music covering the wide range of musical styles coming out of Cambodia in the 60s and 70s. Also performing: members of Baksey Cham Krong, The Drakkar, and the songs of Sinn Sisamouth will be performed by his grandson, Sinn Sethakol.

Speaking of WFMU, today on Brian Turner's show (3-6PM) is the second half of his special dedicated to the mighty Fall. Former members Brix Smith and Marc Riley will call in for the show which will also feature lots of rare live recordings.

The Late Night Disaster with Rob Blatt @ Union Hall
This is a "new variety show dressed up like a traditional late night talk show" and for the inaugural show they've lined up appareances from Jon Glaser, Sarah Screams, Ginny Leise, Soojeong Son, Julio Torres and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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Take Me To The River

Take Me To The River is a new-ish documentary on the Memphis music scene. You can watch the trailer below and here's the synopsis:

"Take Me To The River" is a feature documentary and record celebrating the inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-gender musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender, and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, PNut, Hustle & Flow's Oscar-winning Frayser Boy, Al Kapone and Yo Gotti are paired with Grammy-winning legends of Memphis soul and R&B, including Mavis Staples, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, WIlliam Bell, Otis Clay, and the incomparable session musicians of Stax and Hi Records. Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is our "MC" through the story as well as one of our recording artists.
Several of the artists featured in the documentary, including William Bell, Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, Frayser Boy, and Al Kapone, along with The Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison, will be celebrating the film with two live shows in NYC, backed by The 13-Piece House Band with Stax Records Hi Rhythm Section, and The Royal Memphis Horns led by Ben Cauley with special guests Stax Music Academy All-Star Broomfield Band.

The first of those shows, billed as "Take Me To The River LIVE," happens at Brooklyn Bowl on February 11. Tickets for that one are on sale now, and you can get $15 off with the promo code: STAX.

They do it again at Apollo Theater on February 12, with the addition of students from STAX Music Academy and students from NYC public schools. Ticket for the Apollo show are on sale, and also support bringing New York City public school students to the event as part of the film's educational initiative.

Brooklyn Bowl also has a slew of other tribute events coming up this month. Tonight (2/6) they've got a show to celebrate Bob Marley's 70th Birthday with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Roosevelt Collier, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (tickets).

Tuesday (2/10) is the Grateful Dead tribute with Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Cass McCombs, Lenny Kaye, members of Darkside, Woods and more (tickets). Two days later, Who's Bad, the Michael Jackson tribute band, hits the venue (tickets).

The annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts Are Forever, happens February 15 and is sold out. There's also a Dilla celebration at Littlefield tonight (tickets).

Check out the trailer for Take Me To The River below...

Continue reading "Memphis music doc 'Take Me To The River' being celebrated at The Apollo & Brooklyn Bowl (we have a coupon) ----- William Bell, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush & more performing"

Mac DeMarco @ ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mac DeMarco

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Mac DeMarco, Connan Mockasin, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ Terminal 5
Three live acts who are rarely called boring, this show holds the possibilities of all sorts of hijinks. Will the evening end with all three bands jamming together shirtless? We'd bet a dollar on it.

Deerhoof, Xenia Rubinos, Tim Barnes @ Baby's All Right
Celebrating their 20th year as a band and the release of another strong album (La Isla Bonita), Deerhoof remain an arty indie rock dynamo live. This is their first of three consecutive nights at Baby's.

Coasting, Reading Rainbow, The Ar-Kaics, Roya @ Death by Audio
A couple two-piece band reunions tonight including Coasting (who haven't played in a few years), and Bleeding Rainbow in their original guitar/drums "Reading Rainbow" mode.

Joe Budden, Emilio Rojas @ SOB's
Joell Ortiz recently hit SOB's to celebrate a solo release, and now his fellow Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden will do the same for his Some Love Lost EP which comes out today.

TTNG, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mylets @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's an all Sargent House night with the math rock of TTNG and Mylets along with the dark songs of Marriags/Nocturnes/Red Sparrowes member Emma Ruth Rundle, who put out an excellent solo album this year.

Lucero @ Bowery Ballroom
Country punk greats Lucero continue their 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom tonight which will have them opening with an acoustic set and then getting rowdy for a full-band set. Let's hope the bar stocked up on whiskey.

Mavis Staples @ Alice Tully Hall
Gospel legend Mavis Staples plays selections from her acclaimed album One True Vine. Part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

Terry Riley's "In C" (50th birthday concert) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Modern composer Terry Reilly celebrates the 50th anniversary of his 1964 piece "In C" which will be performed tonight by members of Ensemble LPR, Hotel Elefant and other musicians.

Highasakite, Count This Penny, Samantha Harlow, Joseph, Caleb Hawley, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall
Norwegian band Highasakite, who were to headline this three-stage takeover of Rockwood by the folks at Communion, had to cancel at last minute.

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Mavis Staples at City Winery in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Staple Singer Mavis Staples stays in great form and continues to tour pretty consistently. She was last in NYC in November, and she'll be going on another tour which brings her back on May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/7) at noon.

All currently known dates (more TBA) are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples touring (Music Hall of Williamsburg included)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Saw legendary Mavis Staples @CityWineryNYC last night. She's been on that highway for 60 years, but she still has that GROWL in her voice." - Tom Beer

Mavis Staples @ City Winery

Soul legend Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers) is currently in NYC on her current tour, which hit CIty Winery on Sunday (11/17) and last night (11/19). At 74 years old, Mavis is still in fine form, delivering the hits and some choice covers (like The Band's "The Weight"). Singer Dana Fuchs (who played "Sexy Sadie" in Across the Universe and will take part in NYC's upcoming John Lennon tribute) was there and said, "Last night at City Winery [I saw] of my biggest vocal influences--Mavis Staples! I cheered, cried, shouted a-men & hallelujah! ...What a show! What a powerful woman!!" Pictures from last night's show are in this post.

Last night's show was the second of a 3-night run at the venue, the final show being tonight (2/20) with Jake La Botz. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pictures from last night, along with a video of her playing "Let's Do It Again," below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples played 2 nights at City Winery, doing it again tonight (pics & video)"

by Lukas Hodge

Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013

Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.

The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.

Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:

The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.

For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).

The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.

The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.

Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.

Station To Station - 2013

Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.

Station To Station - 2013

As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.

One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?

You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...

Continue reading "Doug Aitken & Levi's brought art 'Station to Station', we joined along (pics, review from Chicago, Winslow & Barstow happenings)"

Mavis Staples in Prospect Park in June (more by Ryan Muir)
Mavis Staples

Soul legend Mavis Staples has been on tour this year, and this weekend she'll be at Chicago's A.V. Fest // HIdeout Block Party, playing at 7:30 PM Central on Friday (9/6) right before Neko Case (who plays NYC tonight [9/4]) goes on. Full schedule for this weekend's Chicago festival (via BV Chicago) below.

Mavis will also be making her way back to NYC for two City Winery shows happening on November 17 and 19. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now. Mavis also has another NYC-area date at Tarrytown Music Hall on November 14 with The Blind Boys of Alabama (who open for The Black Crowes at Terminal 5). Tickets for the Tarrytown show are sale now too.

All dates are listed, along with the A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party schedule, below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples on tour, playing Chicago's A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party, two nights at City Winery & more (dates)"


Tickets for the Fiona Apple & Blake Mills show at Beacon Theatre go on presale today at 10 AM (password: "fireworks").

Martin Rev (of NYC synthpunk legends Suicide) played his first NYC show in five years last month, and he'll be playing another one on October 9 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Kevin Seconds (of 7Seconds) and Kepi Ghoulie (of Groovie Ghoulies) are both playing solo sets in NYC on August 13 at Bowery Electric. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Angry Samoans are playing Bowery Electric on September 15 with Downtown Brown. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Local H are playing Santos Party House on October 5 with Monkey Paw. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Soul legend Mavis Staples is playing City Winery on November 17 and 19. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Tickets for the Black Lips shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on Facebook presale today at noon (password: "kidslikeyouandme").

Tickets for the Mad Decent block party afterparty go on sale today at noon.

She Keeps Bees is playing Glasslands on August 29 with Last Good Tooth. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

LIght Asylum, Celebration, Mirror Mirror, and Lone Wolf are playing Bowery Electric on August 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Fitz & the Tantrums and Capital Cities show at Roseland Ballroom go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by Ryan Muir

Mavis Staples @ Prospect Park - 6/14/13
Mavis Staples

Soul legend Mavis Staples brought her tour to NYC for a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 14, the day before she played Croton's Clearwater Festival. Support at the Prospect Park show came from Cody ChesnuTT, who played his own show at SOB's (6/13) a day earlier. Pictures from Prospect Park are in this post.

As discussed, Mavis' new album, One True Vine (produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco), will be out next week (6/25). You can now listen to the entire thing ahead of its release date at NPR. Mavis also just performed her cover of Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That" (which appears on her new album and which she also played at Prospect Park) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A video of that performance is below.

Other recent Celebrate! Brooklyn shows include the Jim James/The Roots show, and last night's (6/20) Blackalicious, Phony PPL, and D-Nice show. The next one is Amadou & Mariam tonight (6/21), which is totally free.

More pictures from Prospect Park and the 'Daily Show' video below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples streaming new LP, played 'The Daily Show' & Prospect Park w/ Cody ChesnuTT (pics, video)"

photos by Chris Graham

Mavis Staples @ Beale Street Music Fest
Beale Street Music Fest

Earlier this month, soul legend Mavis Staples made her way over to Memphis for the Beale Street Music Festival, which she played day 2 (5/4) of. Pictures and a video of her set are in this post.

Mavis has other dates coming up this year, including a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show on June 14 at Prospect Park with Cody Chesnutt. Then the next day (6/15) she heads a bit north for the Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY, which she plays along with Antibalas, Judy Collins, Hot Tuna, Nicole Atkins, Sharon Jones, and more. Tickets for that festival are still available.

Mavis is also working on a new album, One True Vine, which is due out on June 25 via Anti-, and one again being produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. You can listen to the track "I Like The Things About Me" from that album below (via Complex).

Mavis isn't the only living legend Jeff Tweedy is hanging with this year. As mentioned, Wilco is touring as a support act for Bob Dylan, and that tour hits the NYC-area for a few shows in July (some with My Morning Jacket, one with Beck).

All upcoming Mavis Staples dates are listed, along with the song stream and more pictures and video from Beale St., below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples played Beale St, playing Prospect Park before Clearwater, releasing new Jeff Tweedy-produced LP (pics, dates)"

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2013 line-up (Big Boi, Calexico, Dan Deacon, Waterboys, Mavis Staples, TMBG + more)"

Clearwater Festival

The 2013 Clearwater Festival will take place on June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. This year's line-up includes Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Antibalas, Nicole Atkins, Patterson Hood and more. Full line-up is below. Tickets for Clearwater are on sale now.

Continue reading "Clearwater Festival returns to Croton Point Park in June (lineup)"

Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

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Our thoughts go out to the victims and families of today's school shooting in Connecticut.

Sleigh Bells @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
Sleigh Bells

The Men @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men

TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballromm, 9/19/2011 (more by Diana Wong)

today in NYC
* Jan Bell @ Barbes
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Trevor Dunn Solo @ The Stone
* The Kickdrums @ Knitting Factory
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theatre
* Little Boots, Doorly @ Webster Hall
* Bassam Saba's Al-Madar @ Joe's Pub
* The Vacant Lots, Heaven @ Glasslands
* Paul Banks of Interpol @ Webster Hall
* Monster Magnet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Star Killer, Panzie*, Ssik @ Mercury Lounge
* Nada Surf, Eternal Summers @ Bowery Ballroom
* White Laces, Honeydrum, Vows @ Cameo Gallery
* John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton @ City Winery
* Antibalas, Red Baraat @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Naam, Tournament, Dead Stars, Blackout @ The Ancheron
* Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, Cults @ Terminal 5
* Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Harry Belafonte @ Beacon Theatre
* Hilly Eye, Trophy Wife, Flown, Thurn & Taxis @ Death By Audio
* The Men, Widowspeak, Lust for Youth, Sacred Bones DJ set @ Saint Vitus
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Heaven's Gate @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* ZZZ's, Romans, These People, Robbers, Paula Carino, Erica Smith @ Pianos
* Andrew Cedermark, Heaven's Gate, Secret Mountains, Gem Trails @ Union Pool
* Free Time, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Journalism, Water Child, Spires @ Muchmores
* Gigamesh, Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), Lou Teti, Computer Magic (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Dull Edges, Zula, The Flag, Dead Night @ Cake Shop
* Dethklok, All That Remains, Machinedrum, The Black Dahlia Murder @ The Roseland Ballroom
* Chat Logs, Fuckton, Guerilla Toss, The Dreebs, Quiet Hooves, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Shea Stadium
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Japanther, Guardian Alien, Lionheart, Gold Tooth, Role Model, ZZZ's, @ Paper Box

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DIIV made their network television debut last night on The Late Show with David Letterman where they performed "Doused" which you can watch below.

Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples are making a follow-up to 2010's Grammy-winning collaboration, You Are Not Alone. They were on The Colbert Report last night, joined by Sean Lennon and the Harlem Gospel Choir and performed the John Lennon // Yoko Ono tune "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Watch that below.

Burial is following his incredible Kindred EP, which was released earlier this year, with a new single, "Truant" b/w "Rough Sleeper" on Monday (12/17) via Hyperdub. You can now stream both of those tracks below.

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by Bill Pearis

Bonnie Prince Billy at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the Allen Room (truly one of the most amazing concert settings in NYC) in January for its fifteenth season, which celebrates "the diversity of modern American song." The 2013 season kicks of January 30 with Lea Salonga and includes Bonnie "Prince" Billy on February 7, Sondre Lerche (who isn't American but lives in Brooklyn these days) on February 13, Mavis Staples on February 14, Tom Morello performing "The Nightwatchman" on February 16, Lost in the Trees on February 28, and more.

Additionally, there will be "six special concerts in the exceptionally intimate setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, perched high above the Lincoln Center campus" beginning with Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia on March 29 and concluding with Ben Sollee on April 20.

Tickets to the American Songbook series go on sale November 13 but Friends of Lincoln Center can purchase starting Monday, November 5.

Full American Songbook line-up/schedule and a video of Ben Sollee playing "A Few Honest Words" at the Lincoln Memorial are below.

Continue reading "Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2013 Season (Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Tom Morello, Sondre Lerche, Ben Sollee & more)"

Roger Waters at Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Waters

Roger Waters has been added to the big "Love for Levon" tribute that goes down next week (10/3) at the Izod Center. The onetime Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist joins the likes of Gregg Allman, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Warren Hayes, Garth Hudson, Grace Potter and more in the all-star band that will celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm who lost his battle with cancer back in April. A full list of performers for "Love for Levon" is below.

Tickets are still available and please remember that the whole show is a benefit with net proceeds from the concert helping support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions." We are, however, also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.

Continue reading "Roger Waters & others added to all-star 'Love for Levon' tribute with My Morning Jacket & more (win tix)"

My Morning Jacket at Williamsburg Park - 8/19/12 (more by David Andrako)
My Morning Jacket

A cavalcade of music talent is coming out to pay tribute to The Band's late, great Levon Helm (who lost his battle with cancer in April) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on October 3. Performers include John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and "More Legendary Surprise Guests" to appear as well.

Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday, August 29 at 11 AM, with a Citicard presale starting Friday, August 24 at 10 AM. There will also be a Live Nation presale on August 29 at 10 AM.

All net proceeds from the concert will help support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions."

Curtis Mayfield

July 20th at Lincoln Center in NYC:

"The product of a collaboration between Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield estate, this one-night-only event pays tribute to the late Curtis Mayfield, an iconic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member whose music served as a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, introducing poetry and moral affirmation into pop, soul, funk, and R&B. A roster of special guest artists from across decades and styles--including Mavis Staples, Aloe Blacc, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and more to be announced--joins The Impressions, the inimitable vocal soul group Mayfield led early in his career, along with a 14-piece house band under the musical directorship of guitarist Binky Griptite of the funk-infused Dap-Kings."
Tickets are on sale.


Bonnie Rait, who recently performed on the Grammys, has announced a big May and June tour that includes many dates with Mavis Staples including a June 20th NYC show at Beacon Theatre which goes on sale at 10am. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bonnie Rait & Mavis Staples -- 2012 Tour Dates"

DUMP playing Hot Tub @ Littlefield this past Monday (by DoneWaiting)

Tickets go on sale at noon for the eight Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows:

*12/20 Night One Buy Tickets Here!
*12/21 Night Two Buy Tickets Here!
*12/22 Night Three Buy Tickets Here!
*12/23 Night Four Buy Tickets Here!
*12/24 Night Five Buy Tickets Here!
*12/25 Night Six Buy Tickets Here!
*12/26 Night Seven Buy Tickets Here!
*12/27 Night Eight Buy Tickets Here!
Tickets are also still on sale to see Yo La Tengo as the Condo Fucks at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets for the four Phish shows at MSG go on sale Saturday at noon.

Mavis Staples, The Head and the Heart & Dawes have a show coming up at Beacon Theater. Tickets on sale at noon.

Speaking of holiday shows at the Beacon, Cyndi Lauper and friends are playing one too. On sale now.

By noon tickets will also be on sale for Yelle, Nada Surf, Devo and BOBBY.

One of those Devo shows is at the Paramount in Long Island where Cheap Trick also have a show coming up at. It went on sale today.

Ill Fits recently played some shows at CMJ. They play Mercury Lounge on December 7th with Ladybug Transistor and The Echo-Friendly. Tickets on sale at noon.

photos by Kurt Christensen

Smoke Fairies

Dawes headlined a sold out show at Webster Hall last night (10/27). Both Blitzen Trapper & Smoke Fairies opened the show which was part of a tour that lasts through mid November. Pictures from the NYC show are in this post, Halloween decorations included.

Dawes will return to the area by themselves to play three shows in December. First up is the annual WFUV Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theater on December 5th with the massive lineup of Dawes, Mavis Staples and The Head And The Heart. That should sell out quick when tickets go on general sale Friday (10/28) at noon. Dawes will spend the next two days at the more intimate Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are on sale now for December 6th and December 7th. Dawes play New Year's Eve in Minneapolis.

More pictures from Webster Hall below...

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