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Kurt Vile @ Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Kurt Vile

A weekend of Kurt Vile begins tonight, Friday (6/15), at Maxwell's in Hoboken where Kurt will open and headline a sold out show at the initimate NJ venue. If you're going, especially all the way from NYC, keep in mind that the venue tells us Kurt goes on at 7pm! Don't be late (no opener), or you may find yourself confused and trying to get in to the sold out mewithoutyou show that starts right after Kurt's crowd is cleared from the room. The good news here is that after Kurt you have plenty of time to get from Hoboken to Brooklyn in time to catch Caveman, Frankie Rose and more at the BV show at Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Don't have a ticket to Maxwell's... don't have money even? You're in luck! Kurt's 2nd show of the weekend is a free one at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (6/16), but don't be late to that one either because Kurt opens the show for Dawes, and that one starts at 7pm too! (getting there early will also guarantee you a spot at the free show that is first come, first served.)

For Dawes, Central Park is one of two shows in the area this weekend, as they're also on the bill of the Clearwater Festival which goes down in Croton Point Park in Croton, NY on Saturday and Sunday. Deer Tick, Alejandro Escovedo, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Ani Difranco and many more also play in Croton.

After NYC, Kurt takes a few days off before getting on a plane to begin a summer tour of Europe. All of his dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile plays 2 EARLY shows before heading to Europe; Clearwater Fest also this weekend "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: King Tuff - Bad Thing (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: King Tuff - Keep on Movin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jaill - Waste a Lot of Things (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jaill - Perfect Ten (MP3)

King Tuff
King Tuff

After a 2010 album with his band Happy Birthday, Scuzz popper extraordinaire Kyle Thomas has returned to his solo King Tuff moniker for his brand new album, out this week on Sub Pop. The self-titled LP is 12 songs of boogie riffs, Stonesy sneer, big hooks and that nasally whine you either dig or dislike. You can download two tracks at the top of this post ("Bad Thing" is pretty damn catchy) and stream the whole album -- and watch the horror spoof video for "Bad Thing" -- below.

King Tuff, whose shows at SXSW this year were rauccous fun, is heading out on tour with two stops in the NYC area on June 9 at 285 Kent with Habibi, and June 14 at Maxwell's with Habibi and Natural Child. Tickets to the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

Part of King Tuff's tour -- not the part coming to NYC -- is with Sub Pop labelmates Jaill whose new album, Traps, will be out June 12. That's a pretty good double bill! You can download a couple tracks from Traps at the top of this post as well. All King Tuff and Jaill dates are listed below.

Continue reading "King Tuff released new LP (stream), touring with Jaill (who also have a new album coming out) (dates & MP3s)"

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound at #HotelVegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JC brooks & The Uptown Sound

Call Maxwell's the unofficial New Jersey headquarters for the Big Apple BBQ. The Hoboken venue will host three of the six artists scheduled to bless the Manhattan festival devoted to woodsmoke in the days surrounding that weekend, each with headlining shows.

First up is JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, who will hit Maxwell's on June 9th. Tickets for that show are on sale. The show is one of a few extended weekends scheduled for the band, who are mainly playing East Coast/Midwest dates throughout the summer (including XPoNential Music Festival), save for a trip to Bumbershoot 2012.

Similarly, Maxwell's on June 11th will be the home for Alejandro Escovedo, one of several area dates for the singer-songwriter. Tickets for that show are on sale. You can also catch Escovedo at the Clearwater Festival, the Stuyvestant Town Oval on July 28th and Bowery Ballroom on June 5th for his record release.

And lastly, the venue will also host Southern Culture on the Skids on June 10th. Tickets for that show are on sale too.

All three bands' upcoming tour dates are listed below, along with some videos.

Continue reading "JC Brooks, Alejandro Escovedo, & Southern Culture on the Skids playing Maxwell's after Big Apple BBQ (not together)"

Roky Erickson at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Kurt Christiansen)
Roky Erickson

Psych rock legend Roky Erickson is on the move, playing a few dates around the country, mostly in association with festivals. In addition to playing the Orion Music & More Festival in NJ on on June 23, the former 13th Floor Elevator frontman will also play a much more intimate show at Maxwell's the night before (June 22). Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale AND the Orion festival are on sale. All Roky Erickson tour dates are listed below.

In other news, Roky's performance at last year's Austin Psych Fest 4 has been immortalized on video in the form of a new DVD which is out now. In addition to Roky the concert film also has footage of Spectrum, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Fresh & Onlys and more. This year's Austin Psych Fest recently wrapped up, and you can check out pictures of day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE.

Check out the trailer for the Austin Psych Fest 4 DVD and the list of Roky Erickson tour dates below.

Continue reading "Roky Erickson touring, playing Maxwell's & Orion Fest (dates)"

The Detroit Cobras at Bell House (more by Chris La Putt)
The Detroit Cobras

Garage covers crew The Detroit Cobras have some upcoming summer shows including a weekend on the East Coast that includes Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 20th. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale.

UPDATE: There's a Rocks Off Boat show and other dates too.

Its been five years since The Detroit Cobras released Tied & True, and so far no word on a follow-up long-player. Until then, you can catch them live at the tour dates listed below...

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Kurt Vile with Hellride East at LPR earlier this month (more by BBG)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile will play one of the many free Summerstage shows this summer when he opens for Dawes at Central Park on June 16. That show is free, but if you'd rather spend a few bucks and see Kurt in a more intimate environment, he'll be playing Maxwell's on June 15, the day before the Summerstage show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Dawes, band members Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith will be in NYC later this month for Dylan Fest at Irving Plaza (5/24-25). Dawes will also play Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY after the Central Park show.

All Kurt Vile dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile playing Maxwell's before Summerstage (& other dates)"

Reigning Sound

Reigning Sound will kick off a string of mostly-Midwest dates with a show at Maxwell's on June 13th, before heading out for dates in Canada (including NXNE) and then looping back. Tickets are on sale for the NJ date.

Nude Beach, recently profiled here, will support the band in Philadelphia though support at Maxwell's has yet to be announced.

Reigning Sound recently released , a mini-LP available for free download via Scion. Stream one of those tracks below.

Still no update on that impending Oblivians record, but hopefully Greg Oblivian will spill the beans at some of the tour dates that are listed below.

Continue reading "Reigning Sound touring in June, playing Maxwell's & NXNE"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Trypes - (From the) Morning Glories (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Trypes - Belmont Girl is Mad at Me (MP3)

The Feelies at Prospect Park 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Feelies, Prospect Park 2012

The Feelies, who recently played The Bell House, have announced more dates including plans to take over Maxwell's on Fourth of July weekend again. Well, technically, the Fourth is on a Wednesday this year, so the shows are Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Click the dates for links to buy tickets ($25), and you can also get a $60 three-day pass for you Feelies obsessives out there.

In other news, Acute Records just released Music for Neighbors, a compilation of Feelies offshoot The Trypes and you can download a couple tracks from that at the top of this post. (Read more about it here.) The Feelies are in Boston next weekend and all their tour dates are below, along with a clip of their appearance (doing Bowie's "Fame") in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild....

Continue reading "The Feelies announce more dates, three nights at Maxwell's; reissued Trypes side project"

Polica at Brooklyn Bowl last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

When Polica, who even more recently here to play Fallon, were here to play Rock Shop, Mercury Lounge, and Brooklyn Bowl, we mentioned they'd be back east in May (this month) but at the time had no NYC-area dates scheduled. They've since announced that they'll play Maxwell's on May 13 in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Polica added a Maxwell's date to May tour (updated dates)"

Man Man @ House of Vans in 2011 (more by BBG)
Man Man

Man Man will hit the road in June. Kicking things off in Lancaster, PA on 6/1, they'll play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on 6/4. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Man Man announce June tour -- 2012 Tour Dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Heavy Cream - John Johnny (MP3)

Heavy Cream
Heavy Cream

Nashville's Heavy Cream are opening tonight's Hunx show at Mercury Lounge. The band have gone through a couple line-up changes but have come through the other side with their second album, Super Treatment, which is out May 8 on Infinty Cat. The record was produced by Ty Segall (who is a busy dude these days) who gives it a down-n-dirty vibe, plus some strange and amazing drum sounds. Check out "John Johnny" at the top of this post and we've got the artwork to Super Treatment below.

Natural Child
Natural Child

Heavy Cream's stint with Hunx wraps up tomorrow (4/5) with a show at Vassar, and then fellow Nashvillians Natural Child take over opening duties just in time for Friday's (4/6) show at Glasslands. Natural Child also play tonight (4/4) at Maxwell's with Liquor Store, Black Wine and Ba Babes. Natural Child's new LP, For the Love of the Game, will be out April 20 (yes, it's intentional) on good time rock n' roll label Burger Records. You can stream a track from it at the bottom of this post, get an eyefull of the album's NSFW artwork, and see all upcoming Natural Child tour dates...

Continue reading "Nashville's Heavy Cream & Natural Child opening for Hunx (on different nights), releasing new LPs, touring (dates & MP3)"

Rhett playing (in the convention center?) @ SXSW 2012 (via nattibeth)
Rhett Miller

In support of his upcoming self-produced solo album The Dreamer, frontman Rhett Miller announced a Spring tour with backing band The Serial Lady Killers that will hit Maxwell's on June 7 and Bowery Ballroom on June 8. Tickets for both are on sale now at the links. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Rhett, fresh from a string of SXSW performances will play a sold out gig tomorrow night (3/23) at City Winery with Salim Nourallah. He also has some shows coming up with his 90s alt-rock cohorts in Old '97's.

The Dreamer is set to drop June 5 via Miller's own Maximum Sunshine Records. A free download for the album's first single "Out of Love" and a complete list of tour dates can be found below...

Continue reading "Rhett Miller announces new LP & tour (dates)"


Speaking of Australian bands....

feedtime was an independent postpunk rock trio from Sydney, Australia, formed in 1979... [who] made four albums in the 1980s... The second album, Shovel, received the greatest critical acclaim. The last of these four albums, Suction, was produced by Butch Vig.
feedtime's sound was loud, primitive, and brutal. The most distinctive musical element is thick, roaring electric guitar, played with a slide, over a thick, chugging rhythm section. Their loud but stripped-down, minimalist approach led them to be compared to the British postpunk band Wire (although feedtime didn't know Wire's music), but feedtime's sound also heavily referenced rural American country and blues. -[Wikipedia]
feedtime called it quits in 1989, reunited briefly in 1996, and has reunited again for a round of shows which are all listed below.

The dates include a trio of NYC area gigs: Brooklyn gets Death By Audio on 3/29, Manhattan has Cake Shop on 3/31, and NJ gets the look at Maxwells on 4/1. Advance tickets are available for Maxwell's.

The tour is timed to coincide with the release of their new 4xLP/4CD boxset, the Aberrant years, due on March 13th via Sub Pop. Order yours.

"With the Aberrant years, Sub Pop finally realizes our goal of releasing feedtime, a longtime staff favorite and a huge influence on the label's early artistes. From 1978 or 1979 (dates are hazy) until the breakup of their classic lineup in 1989, Sydney, Australia's feedtime--no, that's not a typo, the 'f' is lowercase--shoved their mutant fusion of early American blues, stripped-down hard rock and minimalist punk on an often-hostile music scene. Their raw vision of rock music and disdain for trendy music-biz maneuvering earned them little in the way of mainstream success, but it did get them a rabid underground following (notably Sub Pop's very own Mudhoney) and the support of seminal Aussie indie label Aberrant Records, Amphetamine Reptile Records and Rough Trade US...."
All tour dates, including some shows with Mudhoney, are listed along with some videos and a bunch of songs you can listen to (thanks to a Soundcloud mix compiled by Mark Arm), below...

Continue reading "feedtime releasing boxset, announce reunion tour (dates)"

By Bill Pearis

Cate Le Bon, Mercury Lounge

Siren singer. Champion skronky guitar solo-er. Drone princess. Dressed in an iridescent dark green smock-frock, Welsh singer Cate Le Bon looked a like Crannogmen royalty at Mercury Lounge last night (2/9), where she held court over a rapt, smiling audience. Those who didn't come as fans left as converts. There is nobody quite like her and, for me, this is the current show to beat for 2012.

Previous visits from Le Bon have been mostly solo, which fit the general faery folk vibe of her first album. Le Bon's new LP, Cyrk, is definitely a "band" album, however, and the group she brought with her were more than capable of recreating its pastoral psych-rock. The night opened with the icy and discordant "Julia" but things warmed up from there as band members switched places as Cate went from guitar to keyboard and back again for singles "Puts Me to Work and "Fold the Cloth." Only her New Zealander drummer, who was flash-free but rock-steady, stayed in one place the whole night.

He also got the evening's biggest laugh. Cate invited the audience to go on tour with her, at least to tonight's show at Maxwell's where we'd get "the same band, and the same songs." Then the drummer piped in, "...but New Jersey" and immediately hit a rimshot to much groans and laughter. The evening finished as Cyrk does with the two-part "Ploughing Out," which starts off gentle and haunting but grows into a chugging, noisy rocker. In a tribute to Wales legends Super Furry Animals (Gruff Rhys was one of her early champions), the songs comes to a clamorous end with Cate and the bassist crossing their instruments like swords.

Cate plays Maxwell's tonight (2/10) before continuing on tour, again with openers Pigeons, and I highly recommend you go to this show (and then stick around for the comedy). If you haven't heard Cyrk yet, it's one of 2012's best so far. You can download "Puts Me to Work" at the top of this post, watch the video for "Fold the Cloth" below, or stream the whole album on Spotify. But really, go see her live. Click through for a couple more grainy cameraphone pictures from Mercury Lounge, and all 2012 tour dates...

Continue reading "Cate Le Bon played Mercury Lounge, plays Maxwell's tonight"

by Klaus Kinski

Kurt Braunohler
Kurt Braunohler

Hey readers. Long time no write, amIright? I haven't been writing much these days and I bet you thought/hoped I was dead or something. Wrong! Unlike most people (according to the news media) I have a job and lately it's talons have been dug so deep into my flesh and lard that I haven't been able to deal with anything else. I poked my head outta the trenches today to wipe the sweat and offal from my brow and noticed that we in the Tri State area are on a collision course for some seriously incredible comedy, like, really soon.

Friday February 10th really has us laugh-seekers in a right pickle as there are two amazing shows happening that night, but one happens on one side of the Hudson, while the other happens on the other side of the Hudson. I kall this phenomenon Klaus Kinski's Komedy Krawl.

First off, on Friday February 10th at 7:30pm the UCB Theater (Chelsea) will play host to the great and way-not-famous-enough Tom Shillue and his show Tom Shillue's Funny Story. The show is more a storytelling affair than a stand-up affair and will feature a STELLER line-up including Bobby Tisdale, Bob Walles, and Gavin McInnes. This is an EXTREMELY miraculous line-up and the fact that it isn't sold out tells me that there's probably only one or two tickets left. I cannot tell you how brilliant Shillue is. Get. On. It.

After that show ends, get those gorgeous hemispheres (bunz) of yours upstairs and down (or up) to the PATH train and make your way into Hoboken for a special, off-site-off-nite edition of the great Pretty Good Friends. PGF is usually hosted by Eugene Mirman every Sunday night in the subterranean confines of Union Hall. However, they are shaking the fuck out of things and bringing PGF to Maxwell's in Hoboken on Friday February 10th at 9:30pm. The show will be hosted by Kurt Braunohler and feature the likes of Andrea Rosen, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry. Some tickets are still available, so get yours before they go the way of the Dodo. These two inexpensive events will bring you face to face with some of my personal favorites in the biz. Live it up! You CAN do this.

Oh, and speaking of Kurt Braunohler... Kurt got the gig as host and star of a forthcoming IFC comedy series called Bunk. The show will be taping live February 17th through February 24th at Manhattan Center Studios in NYC. Guest panelists will include Ethan T Berlin, Bobby Moynihan, Jordan Klepper, Damien Lemon, Matt Oberg, Chris Gethard, Kumail Nanjiani, John Gemberling, Eugene Mirman, Alison Rich, Michael Che, Dana Gould, Scott Adsit, Tom Lemon, Alex Borstein (no Dave Hill? tha fuck?). Wanna attend a taping or several of them? Head over to the Black List and throw your name in the hat for FREE TICKETS.

Last but not least... first there was ONE, then TWO, then THREE, and now there are FOUR Demetri Martin shows happening at NYU. The newest one happens at the Skirball Center on February 15th, at 9:30pm. Tickets are on sale, and we're also giving away tickets to the third one which is now sold out like the first and second.

* Rob Delaney added a 2nd NYC show!
* Those in Chicago should go see Brian Posehn this weekend!
* Follow @bvComedy on Twitter!
* "SXSW Comedy" is expanding its offerings in Austin this year
* We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Tosh at Radio City.

Some videos below...

Continue reading "PGF in Hoboken, Tom Shillue, a FOURTH Demetri Martin show & other comedy stuff"

Psychedelic Furs at E2NY in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Psychedelic Furs

Last fall, The Psychedelic Furs went on a month-long tour with Tom Tom Club, which brought them to the NYC-area a few times in October. Check out some videos from their Irving Plaza show (10/3/11) below.

They'll return to the NYC-area this March on their recently announced short run of Northeast US dates, which culminates on March 24 and 25 at Maxwell's. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. The dates don't include any actual NYC shows at the moment, but they do play NY at Tarrytown Music Hall on March 22, so maybe they'll end up fitting one in. Tickets for the Tarrytown show are on sale now.

All dates and videos below...

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John K. Samson on a boat (more)
John K Samson

Speaking of frontmen of punkish bands playing solo shows at Maxwell's, John K. Samson of The Weakerthans added a show at the Hoboken venue scheduled to take place one day before his tour hits Bowery Ballroom (tickets). He plays Maxwell's on March 14. Tickets are on sale now.

We recently premiered the track, "Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San," off his upcoming solo album, Provincial.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "John K. Samson adds Maxwell's show to tour (updated dates)"


Jonah Matranga released Voices + Dedication, an album made up entirely of cover songs, on January 1. He covers tracks by the reunited Mazzy Star, the slightly less recently reunited Hum, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Elliot Smith, Tom Waits, and others. You can purchase and stream the entire album at his bandcamp.

He's got a few upcoming dates including two in the NYC-area on March 7 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ and March 14 at Mercury Lounge (he was last around in November). Tickets for the show are on sale now. All tour dates (now updated) are listed below...

Continue reading "Jonah Matranga releases covers LP (that you can stream), schedules shows (dates)"

The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Lemonheads

The Lemonheads are kicking off another It's A Shame About Ray tour on January 11 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available.

Since we first announced the tour, many more dates have been added, including two more in the NYC-area on March 12 and 13 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "more Lemonheads 'Shame About Ray' dates (2 at Maxwell's)"

by Amanda Hatfield


"Pink shirt on. Ready to party like it 3012" - kurt braunohler

"Happy New Year to everybody! I didn't get to reply last night because I was watching @TedLeo and @kurtbraunohler be awesome." - Tom scharpling

"Omg @scharpling 's here @maxwellsnj for @tedleo NYE& I didn't even say hi - @kurtbraunohler was hilarious - Sharon Van Etten & band=amazing!"
- Bella Allen Farrelly

"Last 2 nights w/@kurtbraunohler, @obitsband, @sharonvanetten, & the AMAZING AUDIENCES: I count myself lucky to be among such excellence." -Ted Leo

Ted, Kurt & Phamacist @ Maxwell's
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists rang in the new year at Maxwell's with not-surprise guest Sharon Van Etten and comedian opener Kurt Braunohler who also opened for Ted and Obits at The Bell House one night earlier. Pictures from the NJ show, where Kurt Braunohler tried to crowd surf again, and possibly got dropped again, are in this post.

Ted played a predictably excellent set and covered 'I Wanna Destroy You' with Sharon Van Etten whose opening set included a new backing band lineup. Doug Keith is still there, but there was a new guy on drums and a new backup singer/keyboard player/additional guitarist lady. When they played "Don't Do It", they did this new thing with looped sorta spooky vocals in the beginning and it was so beautiful. The new songs sound amazing. I can't wait for the album.

Sharon will hit the road for a string of dates in February that include Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom, and before that she'll make an appearance at the Greene Space. Tickets are still available for that WNYC Soundcheck session, as well as both Bowery and MHoW.

More pictures and some video from Maxwell's on New Year's Eve, below.

Continue reading "Ted Leo, Sharon Van Etten & Kurt Braunohler celebrated New Year's Eve at Maxwell's (pics, video)"


So it wasn't exactly the Feelies, but Yo La Tengo did manage to arrange for an opening set by The Trypes on the eighth night of Hanukkah at Maxwell's...

After Crazy Rhythms, Fier and Keith DeNunzio left the band. With the Feelies in limbo, Mercer and Million collaborated with other local New Jersey musicians, forming one of a number of Feelies offshoots, The Trypes, featuring some once and future Feelies members, including Brenda Sauter, Dave Weckerman and Stanley Demeski, as well as John Baumgartner, Marc Francia and Toni Paruta. The Trypes, quieter and more psychedelic than the Feelies, played regular live gigs around the New York/Hoboken scene at clubs such as Maxwell's and Folk City. In 1984, Coyote released a Trypes 12" EP produced by Million and Mercer, The Explorers Hold, featuring three original songs (credited to Mercer alone or with other band members), plus a cover of the George Harrison song, "Love You To", which originally had appeared on The Beatles' Revolver. The Trypes also contributed a Million/Mercer-produced original song, "A Plan Revised", to the 1985 Coyote anthology of Hoboken acts, Luxury Condos Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon. Some members of the Trypes later formed the band Speed The Plough. [Wikipedia[
Comedian Chris Elliot (!) is also opening the Tuesday night Yo La Tengo show that is still underway as I write this.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo snag Chris Elliot & Trypes for Chanukah night 8"


It's got to be kind of hard to find someone to open for you on Christmas. Maybe that's what led to Dump, the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Sunday, December 25th (Hanukkah, night 6). Maybe Dump's recent show at Spike Hill was scheduled as a warm-up.

Yo La Tengo is keeping a diary. Their friend Kelly Reichardt writes:

Dump is on the stage. I know, I know, this reporter is asking herself the same question. How in the world did Yo La Tengo get Dump to play their Christmas night show? I guess everybody in this business has connections. In any case, it's our good fortune and listening from my perch I forget all about my duties and just let myself get lost in the music (not in any kind of freaky arm-waving way, but just in a quiet-inside way). I'm in my zone. Enjoying myself along with everyone else in the room. It's somewhere in the middle of the Prince cover tune, "Another Lonely Christmas" that the older, more disgruntled looking red-shirt-wearing door guy makes a beeline over to me. He's shouting something I can't make out, but I can clearly read his lips as he keeps repeating YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TONIGHT KELLY! I finally lean closer and take out the earplugs and it turns out what he is actually yelling in my face is YOU CAN'T STAND ON THAT STOOL!
Comedian Kurt Braunhohler, who will return to the Hoboken venue to open for Ted Leo, also opened the Christmas show. Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg were the other special guests that night. Full setlist HERE.

Last night, night 7, Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened. Dave Schramm played guitar with Yo La Tengo, and Peter Stampfel also joined the band. Full setlist HERE.

Tonight, 12/27, is the final night of Hanukkah 2011. Who do you think the openers will be? I bet James McNew (not to mention the rest of Yo La Tengo) would be excited if it were the Feelies.

Browse the Yo La Tengo tag for more.

As promised and rumored, The Glands and Pussy Galore opened for Yo La Tengo on fourth and fifth nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's.


Who will open the sixth on Christmas?

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)

The Lee Ranaldo Band and comedian Ted Alexandro opened the third night of Hanukkah for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Lee, Steve Shelley, and Alan Licht, who is also in Lee's band, joined Yo La Tengo for a number of songs in the latter half of their set, including a cover of Sonic Youth's "Mote," which Lee sings lead on. In the encore, Yo La Tengo covered John Cale's "Andalucia" and Barry Manilow's "Mandy," the latter of which they were joined by John Cameron Mitchell on vocals. Check out the full setlist via Frank & Earthy below.

Who will open the fourth show tonight? Spent reunited for the second night. The setlist from that show is below too. We posted the first night's setlist HERE.

Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he's working on his solo album called Between The Times & The Tides, which will be out March 20 via Matador. As mentioned, his live band includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and SY bandmate Steve Shelley. All three members contribute to the album in addition to Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Bob Bert (who drummed in SY before Steve Shelley joined, and was also in Pussy Galore who are rumored to be opening one of the YLT shows), Lee's wife and longtime collaborator Leah Singer, and Kathy Leisen. The album was produced by Lee Ranaldo and John Agnello, who produced Sonic Youth's most recent album, The Eternal. According to Sonic Youth's site, he is planning a 2012 tour. Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album:

It's eight songs with a full band and two songs with pretty much acoustic guitar only. I've always been an acoustic guitar player and I've pretty much continued to play acoustic guitar throughout all of the Sonic Youth periods. My material for Sonic Youth often started on acoustic guitar. What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed. I've got millions of tapes of half-completed songs and for some reason, at this point, I had the energy to take them all the way through to the end.
And about the future of Sonic Youth:
I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways. I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own. It wasn't kind of like, well, "Oh the band is ending for a while and I've got to figure out what to do." It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.
A picture of Lee Ranaldo Band from the Yo La Tengo show and setlists below...

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Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/21/2011 (via TheRealYLT)

Looks like Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk, Portastatic and Merge Records) had more than one reason (so far) for spending Hanukkah in Hoboken with Yo La Tengo again this year. His old friends Spent, who reunited in 2009 for Merge's 20th Anniversary, were the openers for Yo La Tengo on Wednesday (the second night of Hanukkah), along with comedians Bobcat Goldthwait (!) and Neil Innes (!). Smokey Hormel is guest YLT guitarist.

The Sea and Cake opened the first night. A picture of Spent on stage at Maxwell's below...

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