Entries tagged with: Mike Doughty
Nuggets, the essential 1972 garage rock compilation put together by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye which helped introduce the world to such gems as The Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," The Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard," 13th Floor Elevators' "You're Gonna Miss Me" and many more (it's also had a huge expanded reissue and multiple sequels), is celebrating its "40th + 2 Anniversary" at City Winery this year. They already had one show, and are doing a second tonight (7/10) with Lenny as well as Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, The Bongos' Richard Barone, Nicole Atkins, Patti Smith drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, Styx's Glen Burtnik and more. Tickets for tonight's show are on sale. Then Lenny does it again on August 31 with Tony Shanahan of Patti Smith's band and more TBA. Tickets for that one are on presale to VinoFile members and will go on sale to the general public soon.
Cher is going on another tour, this time with support from Pat Benatar (with her husband/collaborator Neil Giraldo). That tour hits Prudential Center on September 17, MSG on 9/19 & 9/20 and Nassau Coliseum on 9/22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Pat and Neil also have their own shows coming up, including the previously discussed Capitol Theatre show in October (tickets), and other NYC-area shows on August 28 at State Theatre in New Brunswick and August 30 at The Paramount on Long Island. Tickets for those are on sale now.
Baby Dayliner and Sir Jarlsberg are playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Asbury Park Surf Music Festival is happening on Saturday at Asbury Lanes with The Coffin Daggers, The Brigantines, The Sharkskins, Plato Zorba, Blue Wave Theory, Los Pocos Locos, 9th Wave and Bongo Surf. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Back in the '90s, most up-and-coming indie rock bands touring through NYC played either Mercury Lounge or Brownies. Mike Stuto started booking shows there in 1994, and became co-owner in 1998. (Full disclosure: I've known Mike from before his Brownies days, and the club was the first place I saw a show when I moved to NYC.) Pretty much everybody played there and it was the site of the infamous 1998 show by The Fall that ended in an onstage brawl, with frontman Mark E. Smith arrested. When the club closed in 2002, Stuto turned Brownies into HiFi, a bar with no live music but with a digital jukebox that, at the time (iPods were still a novelty), had an astounding number of songs.
HiFi underwent renovations last fall, adding a small performance room in the back with a bar, and a DJ booth to the front. With the 20th anniversary of his association with 169 Ave A, there was an invite-only "20 Years of Stuto" party at HiFi last Saturday (5/17) that doubled as a benefit for longtime bartender Rhea Buckner who has been battling cancer and incurred a lot of debt from it. You can donate too.
The evening featured a lot of live music, and all the acts had played at Brownies at one point or another. After an opening set from NYC vet Don Piper, we got Boy Morgan (which includes members of Robbers on High Street) who played some of their own '60s-leaning material before inviting up a host of guest vocalists: Will Sheff of Okkervil River did Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind," AC Newman of New Pornographers did Wings' "Mrs. Vanderbilt" which was then followed by Ted Leo doing another Wings' song, knocking out "Band on the Run." Newman remarked, "New Pornographers' first New York show was here, as was my son's first birthday party."
Next up was former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, which was followed by a short set from Ted Leo who told the crowd he probably wouldn't still be making music if it wasn't for Brownies' support and brought out the Pharmacists for a couple songs as well. Leo also brought up Stuto to do Elvis Costello's "Pump it Up" with the band.
Then out came Bob Mould who, even though it was just him and his electric guitar, was insanely, ear-bleedingly loud. I think his amp only has two settings: on or off. In addition to playing Sugar's "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind," we got a couple songs from his soon-to-be-released Beauty & Ruin. Then he brought back out Ted Leo + Pharmacists for a ripping rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device."
The night's music ended with a set from Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs who were the first band Stuto booked at Brownies. Their set also included some guests: Ben Smith (The Brought Low/Sweet Diesel) sang Small Faces' "Song Of A Baker," Jesse Malin (D Generation) sang the Stones' "Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker)" and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project) and his wife, Linda Pitmon (on drums) came out for a cover of Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby."
It was a very fun night and pictures from all the above are in this post. As mentioned, HiFi is hosting live music now in its very small (35 capacity) back room, nothing with drums and nothing as loud as Bob Mould. They host readings and other performances too and you can check their schedule here.
More pics from Saturday's party below...
Hospitality @ Austin's Red 7 last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Public Service Broadcasting @ BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Hospitality, Air Waves @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having bettered their debut with their terrific second album, Trouble, Hospitality's tour circles round back to Brooklyn tonight.
Public Service Broadcasting @ Mercury Lounge
Last here for CMJ, these Brit AV geeks mix serious instrumental skill with perfectly synched samples and projections from old educational films. Also: corduroy.
Vivian Girls, Waxahatchee, Juan Wauters @ Death by Audio
It's the end of an era: Vivian Girls will go their separate musical ways after this weekend's two sold-out farewell shows. Tonight's is the location of some of their earliest shows, and is with Waxahatchee who coulda sold out DbA on their own.
Mike Doughty @ City Winery
This is one of Doughty's "Question Jar" shows where audience members can submit questions (guess where) that the former Soul Coughing singer then answers in betweens songs.
Surfer Blood, Fort Lean, wake up @ Glasslands
Florida poppy indie rockers play a sold-out show tonight with locals Fort Lean and wake up. It's their second of two Brooklyn shows.
Honduras, Dead Stars, Beiju, The Gradients @ Radio Bushwick
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance. Tonight's a release party for their new EP.
Porches, DRGN KING, Frankie Cosmos @ Baby's All Right
One of the many local dates for NYC "bummer pop" band Porches, and this one is double the fun because Frankie Cosmos (who plays in Porches' live band and is joined by Porches frontman Aaron Maine in her own live band) is on the bill too. Early show.
Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, Advaeta @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's a triple attack of epic tonight with the titanic post-rock of Caspian, the atmospheric/heavy Junius and metal bashers A Storm of Light (fronted by Neurosis' former visual artist Josh Graham). Brooklyn indie trio Advaeta don't exactly fit the theme of the bill, but they're worth catching as well.
Laurel Halo, M.E.S.H., Bill Kouligas, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
On her albums, Laurel Halo nails a mix of forward-thinking IDM and left-field art pop. Her shows are known to combine the two or rely most heavily on one for the evening. Let's see what surprises she has in store for us tonight.
Mirah, Susie Ibarra @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Festival)
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues tonight, bringing together alt-singer/songwriter Mirah with contemporary composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra.
There's also some other good local bands playing tonight, including Bluffing, Turnip King & more @ Silent Barn and Flagland, Lost Boy?, Washer & more @ Shea. Or you could catch Le1f and JD Samson DJing at Glasslands.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Klaus Kinski
Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...
Several subway lines, bus routes, or one expensive cab ride away in Gowanus, prolific performer and mind warrior Greg Barris brings his long-running comedy-life experience Heart of Darkness to the confines of The Bell House. Tonight's installment, entitled HEART OF DARKNESS: IN SPACE! features Gold Pass Klaus Kinski Favorite Todd Barry, mind warrior Elizabeth Gallager Kennick (NASA, Space Frontier, Teachers in Space), comedian Jena Friedman, house band The Forgiveness, musical guests Rich Stein and Matt Kilmer, guest band The Mast PLUS a special guest. A smattering of tickets are still available, so if you find yourself in that neighborhood this evening and have a hankering for a life changing life experience, do venture inside The Bell House and absorb. Doors are at 8pm, show is at 8:30pm. It is going to be a doozie!
by Caroline Harrison
Mike Doughty @ Webster Hall - 11/23/13
Mike Doughty played a pretty unusual show on Saturday night (11/23) at Webster Hall, the final night of his tour, with local band Moon Hooch. Doughty, former frontman for the defunct Soul Coughing, has a successful solo career. He's also avoided playing Soul Coughing songs at the vast majority of his solo dates. But Saturday's set was, start to finish, all Soul Coughing songs, that he also just re-imagined and released as a complete album.
Some time last spring I heard that Doughty was setting out to do this. He crowd-sourced the funding (very successfully) via PledgeMusic, and introduced the project thusly:
"After my memoir [The Book of Drugs, released in 2012], which was so full of darkness, I picked up a guitar and, by myself, played through the songs I wrote in the 90s -- between the ages of 20 and 29 -- to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was trying to say. I want to separate the songs from that darkness; maybe I can make them more like what I initially intended them to be."Soul Coughing will probably be included any list top ___ favorite musical artists anyone asks me to make, but for me a large part of that is the raw darkness that Doughty talks about, so it was with some trepidation that I listened to this new album (titled after all the songs he included, but for the sake of brevity, called "Circles Super Bon Bon"). It's not a bad effort--the songs are still undeniably Doughty, but something about the album hasn't clicked with me yet. I have a great deal of respect for Doughty's reasons for wanting to go back and re-record. But these songs don't exist in a vacuum--it's impossible for me not to compare them to the originals.
What I also understand is that I am never getting a Soul Coughing reunion. It's not happening. Doughty, in the previously mentioned memoir, described his relationship with the other members of Soul Coughing as a "dark, abusive marriage." This show was my opportunity to hear Soul Coughing songs--albeit reworked versions.
Doughty chose New York band Moon Hooch (who self-describe as "cave music", just an annoying way to say "house music but with instruments") to open for him on this tour. Moon Hooch is pretty inoffensive, and play club music with two horn players and a drummer. They're very technically adept musicians, and the crowd seemed to enjoy their set--which included a contrabass clarinet producing some dub-step WUBWUBWUBWUUUUBs and a surprise, brief appearance of a nude dancer.
Doughty's live set was mixed for me, as I expected. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience with only a few sour notes. The songs themselves are strong, so stripped-down renditions with live instruments only emphasized how artfully crafted the original compositions were. But Doughty's use of live sampling for other songs felt, especially in combination with the drum and bass, incongruous. Some of this may be that my tastes favor heavily layered, textured use of samples (I'm not the biggest fan of drum machines). Here, Doughty favored less weighty sounds in his sampling, leaning towards sounds that could have come from a Casio keyboard. He was also a little heavy-handed with the sample board: songs like "True Dreams of Wichita" got bogged down by the insertion of unnecessary noise; "Super Bon Bon" didn't benefit from the addition of what I could swear were jaw harp samples.
But regardless of my feelings for the new arrangements? I still heard some remarkable music. He opened with a track that didn't make it onto the re-imagined album--"Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago." The "encore" (Doughty made a point of saying he wasn't going to pretend to go backstage and then act surprised as he came back out for an encore) began with an intimate, solo rendition of "Janine." "Circles" is still as bouncy and catchy as ever. "Screenwriter's Blues" lacked some of the original acid, but I still shouted along with him as he spat, "and the radio man laughs because the radio man fucks a model too."
Mike Doughty will also be a guest at Bobby Tisdale's talk show on December 5 at Over the Eight.
Pictures of Saturday's show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlist, below...
Mike Doughty has revisited songs from his '90s band Soul Coughing on his new album, Circles, which came out in September. Says Doughty of the project:
These songs are as I meant them to be, when I wrote them, in the '90s: some are club bangers, some are pop songs; in general, they're bigger, heavier, cleaner, funkier, more streamlined than the originals...You can check out a few videos and streams of these new versions below.
... My favorite songs on the album are the ones that, when I wrote them, I envisioned as club bangers -- I've finally gotten to make them into what I heard in my head. I spent a lot of time in the '90s in dance clubs -- house, hip hop, and techno music in New York in the early '90s, big beat and drum and bass in London in the mid-'90s. I wrote melodies on the dance floor, singing snippets of lyrics to myself, then went home and wrote them down as the drugs were wearing off.
For his current tour, Doughty is also doing strictly Soul Coughing songs, and that tour finishes here in NYC at Webster Hall on November 23. Tickets to that show are still available. All upcoming dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
Tickets to their shows at Webster Hall and The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.
Robin Thicke, he of the unstoppable (and lyrically questionable) "Blurred Lines," is playing a free, pre-VMA's show at Terminal 5 on August 23. Tickets are available now, at Time Warner Cable's 96th Street Store (@ 2554 Broadway).
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
These guys might have once been laughed at as goofy chart toppers, but for a whole generation of kids, blink-182 are an important and influential band, and some of those kids might like to know they're doing a few shows this September ahead of their appearance at Chicago's Riot Fest. No NYC dates, but they'll be close by for shows at Revel Ovation Hall on September 7 in NJ, Mohegan Sun Arena on September 8 in CT, and Sands Bethlehem Event Center on September 12 in PA. Tickets to their PA show go on presale today at 10 AM to anyone who bought tickets for the cancelled May show. Venue and Ticketmaster presales for both their PA and NJ shows start Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and a general on-sale for all three shows starts Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.
Dan Croll is playing Glasslands on October 15. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper is playing Glasslands on September 22. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing is playing Webster Hall on November 23. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Born Ruffians are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Spirit Family Reunion and Hurray for the Riff-Raff are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Houndmouth are playing Mercury Lounge on November 15 and 16. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/09) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Low at the Concert Hall in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Low released their new, Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, earlier this year and have been on tour in support of it, having already played NYC back in March. The group have since expanded their tour, and it now includes a short Northeast run in June with some interesting support from Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty. Those dates include a NYC show happening on June 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (4/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/17) at noon.
Regarding the pairing of Low and Mike Doughty, a press release notes:
The pairing was inspired by a fan's tweet, who suggested the two pair up for his "dream show.' Both active on Twitter, Low and Mike engaged in the tweet and soon decided it was high time for a rematch as both artists had toured with each other in the past (during Doughty's time with Soul Coughing).Low also recently made a video for "Just Make It Stop" from their new album. You can watch that video, and check out all upcoming tour dates listed below.
Low frontman Alan Sparhawk says of the pairing: "We are excited to be doing shows this June with our friend Mike Doughty. We first met when his band Soul Coughing brought us on tour years ago. I had heard them. They were like nothing else going on, every piece of the picture was fresh and on the edge - crazy/deep rhythm, samples/noise, word-play and melody. Their influence and friendship over the years has been priceless and dear to us, and Mike's lyrical/vocal grace has always been a level to which I measure and aspire to. The vocal does matter and it can be awesome."
Mike Doughty offers this: "The first time I heard Low, I played before them at CBGB in 1993. I remember leaning up against the wall of the dressing room, behind the stage, and feeling their warm, huge, slow sound vibrating the building. Soon after that, I contacted their producer, Mark Kramer from Shimmy Disc, and made my first solo album, "Skittish," with an explicit mission of replicating the reverbed, dreamy sound of their earliest recordings. Low and Soul Coughing toured together a couple of years after that; we became fast friends, and I remain a massive fan."
(drawing via New Yorker)
In addition to there being a bunch of Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits in NYC tonight (11/6), you may also be aware it is Election Day and what is looking like is gonna be a real squeaker. Any bar with a TV is likely to be showing election coverage but there are some more thought-out viewing parties are happening around NYC:
The Bell House have a free one at 7:30 PM co-presented with Vanishing Girl with host Liam McEneaney and DJ Mike Doughty.
Le Poisson Rouge have a free one at 7 PM presented by Kevin Powell and BK Nation with DJ Herbert Holler and special guest Pete Rock.
HiFi Bar will be open and showing a live broadcast of the election with "$4 Radeberger Pilsner and $5 Stoli Flavors from 9pm-12am."
SuperVegan is hosting an Election Party at Fontana's starting at 8pm with "delicious, organic, local, savory food from Chickpea & Olive and delectable, organic, artisinal doughnuts from Dun-Well Doughnuts!"
UCB East has an 'Election 2012 Coverage Extravaganza' at 8 PM with "color commentary from UCB comedians." It's free, but reservations are "sold out", but there will be a standby line.
Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn will be showing the election coverage on their big screen in the back room at 7 PM.
Zebulon lists tonight's show as "Election NIght Shenanigans" with "a bad lip reading of the first 2012 presidential debate" being among tonight's features.
Union Pool "will be holding Election Night coverage in the front room. With our hi-res, bi-partisan projector, we will be projecting MSNBCrap & Comedy Central's sweet news coverage starting at 8pm. Please, come join us for drink specials throughout the night as we await the fate of our country's next four years."
These are the ones we know about. What else?
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Foo Fighters with Bob Mould / Joan Jett, Deluna Fest 2012
The Foo Fighters headlined day 2 of the Deluna Fest in Florida (9/22) and while they've been no strangers to giant outdoor shows this summer (like Global Fest which happened this weekend in NYC), this was the only one where they sang happy birthday to Joan Jett who then joined them for "Bad Reputation." She did her own set earlier in the day. Additionally, Bob Mould came out for "Dear Rosemary" and Tom Petty's "Breakdown." Bob played Sugar's Copper Blue on day 3 (which he already did in Brooklyn).
In addition to Grohl & Co, Bad Brains also blessed day 2 (pics) as well as Brass-a-Holics, Saints of Valory, Mike Doughty, OFF!, Band of Horses (who also played Global Fest) and The Joy Formidable who will be touring (and playing NYC) and whose Deluna set photos are here.
Pictures from day 1 of Deluna Fest 2012 are HERE and more day 2 pics are below and
by Bill Pearis
After busting up the gang in 2000, snarky mid-'90s piano trio Ben Folds Five reunited this year with a new album on the way and a tour, which they're on now. The tour stops at Central Park Summerstage tonight (9/14), their first NYC show in 12 years. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. BFF will also return to the NYC area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on October 9 with Kate Miller Heidke (tickets) and a couple days later they will play opening night of New York Comic Con on October 11. Tckets for that are still available too.
Ben Folds Five, best known for their ballad "Brick" back when people still held up lighters at shows (1997), have a new album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, which is their first since 1999 and is out next week (9/18). The record was funded via Pledgemusic and is a little mellower than the bouncy, fuzzy pop of their Clinton-era singles like "Underground" and "The Battle of Who Could Care Less" but his sense of humor seems intact. You can listen to tracks at SPIN, TeamCoco and Rolling Stone.
Ben Folds Five are also playing Florida's Deluna Fest which happens September 21 - 23 in Pensacola Beach, FL and also features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Bob Mould doing Copper Blue, Diplo, Florence & the Machine, Band of Horses, and many more. Tickets for Deluna Fest are still available and full line-up is below.
A list of all Ben Folds Five dates, a few classic clips and that Deluna Fest lineup are below...
"WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania today announced the lineup for the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Wilco, Counting Crows, Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, The Hold Steady, Kathleen Edwards, Diego Garcia, War On Drugs, John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders and many more acts will play the weekend festival at Camden County's Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center located on the Camden waterfront from Friday, July 20th - Sunday, July 22nd.Wilco also just announced two Brooklyn shows.
This year, WXPN has extended the festival to include Susquehanna Bank Center performances on Saturday and Sunday nights. WILCO, THE AVETT BROTHERS and DR. DOG will perform on Saturday, July 21 and COUNTING CROWS will perform on Sunday, July 22. Lawn seat admission to both Susquehanna Bank Center shows is included with the purchase of a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival. "
XPoNential Music Festival tickets are on sale. Full lineup below...
Yann Tiersen & band
Yann Tiersen just released his latest album "Skyline" here in the States via -Anti and will begin touring behind that album on Tuesday in Delaware, which is followed by a Thursday show in Philly and a Friday, 4/27 show at Irving Plaza (which is one day before he plays a sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg), but first:
J&R MUSIC WORLD CELEBRATES THE UNIQUE CULTURE OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC RETAIL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012That's all happening this Saturday at J&R Music World in downtown Manhattan. More details at J&R's site. Updated Yann Tiersen tour dates, and the video for new song "Another Shore", below...
Join thousands of like minded music fanatics who are marking this occasion at one of the 700 independently owned record stores across the country.
Free In-Store Performances
Everest at Noon
Yann Tiersen at 1PM
Mike Doughty at 2PM
Guitar great Doyle Dykes free performance clinic in our Musical Instruments store at 3PM
Free demonstration of the great new Roland R-MIX.
Twin Sister at McCarren Park last month (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The live variety show Radio Happy Hour is returning to Le Poisson Rouge tonight, Friday (8/12) with a number of special guests, including Twin Sister, Mike Doughty, Matt Pond PA, Franz Nicolay, Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, Dave Hill, and others. The lineup is huge, possibly because this one is being billed as the "Final Episode". Tickets for the show are on sale.
Dave Hill is also hosting Speed Metal Dating, a night of heavy metal/hard rock and speed dating on August 19 at Black Rabbit Bar in Brooklyn. Check out a flier for the event below. You can also catch Dave on August 27th at the Rock Shop along with Ted Leo and Doug Gillard.
Twin Sister recently announced a tour that includes a show happening at Mercury Lounge on September 29. Tickets for that show are still on sale (and stay tuned for a possible announcement that they'll also be opening for Pains at Bowery Ballroom??).
Updated Twin Sister dates and the Speed Metal Dating flier below...
Lisa Hannigan @ Rockwood Music Hall
Though penciled into the calendar at Le Poisson Rouge well in advance, Doveman's monthly salons (aka Burgundy Stain Sessions) are typically characterized by spontaneity and surprises. The cast of musicians is constantly shifting as new people are introduced and former collaborators quietly fall off the roster. Traditionally, little about the shows is scripted - at least until the latest session.
For perhaps the first time since the shows began in January, a set list lay on the floor of the stage on June 24th. Of course that doesn't mean it was strictly followed.
Thomas Bartlett (or Doveman) kicked off the show solo with a Randy Newman cover ("Real Emotional Girl"), but it wasn't long before special guest Lisa Hannigan joined in on vocals and guitar. Having collaborated with each other early last year, Hannigan and Bartlett complimented each other nicely. Hannigan may have entered into public consciousness through her part in Damien Rice's 2002 album, O, but she's clearly got enough talent and charm to do more than just the occasional backing vocals, as she demonstrated in her debut solo release in 2008.
As Hannigan's segment wound to a close, other guests started popping up to contribute everything from brand new songs to classic covers (like John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads"). Hannah Cohen (who is apparently working on an album with Bartlett), Dawn Landes, Mike Doughty (who was Bartlett's first tour-mate), Glen Hansard (named the "MVP" by Bartlett), Justin Bond, and backing band Ray Rizzo, Rob Moose, and Josh Kaufmann all made appearances before the evening was up.
As for next month's show, who knows who Bartlett will pull out of his hat. Tickets are on sale for July 29th, September 23rd and October 28th. No guests are announced on any of them yet.
The Doveman show was one of a few in NYC that week for Lisa Hannigan who also played two sold out shows at Rockwood Music Hall where she performed with a full band including John Smith who also opened with a short set of his own music. Lisa's set consisted of a number of new songs from "Passenger", as well as songs from her first album "Sea Sew". They finished with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus". Pictures from the first Rockwood show are in this post and they continue below...
Kanye West & Big Sean @ Irving Plaza Tuesday (Joshua Laboy)
Maybe it was all the excitement of summer finally arriving, but for whatever reason, NYC shows have been pretty heavy on the special guests lately. Here's a few we know about.
Reggie Watts was the secret guest that joined Glenn Kotche and Buke & Gass during 'Wilco weekend' at NYU for the Jab Abumrad's Radiolab Concert on Saturday (6/18). Reggie was a secret because of the two Summerstage shows he's playing this week including the one in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/24).
Reptar was a secret guest at the Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show on Saturday (Reptar played Governors Ball earlier that day). And as predicted, Thee Oh Sees themselves were the secret headliner at Death by Audio the previous night (6/17).
Reptar, who also opened for Art Brut at Music Hall last night, will open for Foster the People at Terminal 5 on September 27th. The only mystery here is how Foster the People are big enough to headline Terminal 5 already! Tickets are on sale.
Ted Leo showed up as a special guest at the Eleanor Friedberger show at Europa during Northside. Bradford Cox was in the Audience. Catch Ted again at the free South Street Seaport kickoff party for the 4Knots Festival that Eleanor plays at the South Street Seaport a week later. It was just announced that Eleanor will also open for Deerhunter at their Webster Hall shows in August. (Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox must have really liked her set) Tickets for both Deerhunter shows are still available.
As also recently mentioned both Clams Casino and Neon Indian (DJ) were added as last minute surprises guests to the Northside show at Cameo on Sunday (6/19). The show was one day after Neon Indian played Governors Ball. Monday night Cameo hosted semi-secret DJ sets by YACHT, The Miracles Club & Midnight Magic, all who played MHOW on Sunday.
Kanye West showed up at Big Sean's Irving Plaza show on Tuesday (6/21), the same night Big Sean appeared on the Bon Iver episode of Fallon. Despite two of Kanye's friends being on Fallon on the same night however, Kanye did not make an appearance on the show (not even backstage). Videos from Irving Plaza below.
Justin Vernon did not show up at the S. Carey/David Bazan show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/22), as we hoped he would. S. Carey is a member of Bon Iver's band and played with Justin the two days previous on both Fallon and Colbert.
Speaking of Fallon, Bob Mould (who DJs his Blowoff party at Highline Ballroom tonight) showed up and surprised people by playing a Sugar song backed by the Roots on the show. Mould recently performed live with the Foo Fighters during their set at Sasquatch. Video of that special guest appearance is below.
Lenny Kravtiz's daughter Zoë Kravitz and her band Elevator Fight played Southpaw with J*Davey on Tuesday (6/21). Lenny showed up to watch his daughter, but he wasn't the only crowd member blowing up Twitter. Drake was also in the audience to catch the show. FADER grabbed him outside the Park Slope venue for a quick video interview which you can watch below.
Flying Lotus & Just Blaze @ Music Hall (via the Comedian)
Flying Lotus headlined two Brainfeeder showcases (his label) this week. The first was at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (6/20) and the second at MHOW on Wednesday (6/22). Apparently trippy instrumentals aren't the only thing FlyLo digs when it comes to hip hop producers, because Just Blaze (Jay-Z, T.I.) showed up to play with him at the MHOW show. Flying Lotus also surprised NYC by playing a free late show at Le Poisson Rouge too.
Following in FlyLo's footsteps, Ivan & Alyosha gave NYC a gift in the form of a last-minute free late show at Mercury Lounge.
Crowded House frontman Neil Finn played with Eddie Vedder at Beacon Theatre on his tour with Glen Hansard.
And while opener Glen Hansard (Swell Season, the Frames) helped Vedder recreate "Sleepless Nights," the tender duet the pair shared on "Ukulele Songs," and the crowd found their voices and their feet for several of he night's tunes -- "Porch," "Unthought Known" -- the biggest roar erupted when Vedder invited Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn to the stage for an impromptu collaboration Vedder jokingly called an "unrehearsed collision." With longtime friend Finn on organ, the twosome blended delicate harmonies on Hunters And Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me." Finn took up a guitar and sat down next to Vedder to trade verses on Finn's Split Enz hit "I Got You," which found Finn playfully calling out chords to Vedder during the bridge. "It turns out we play that song differently," Vedder quipped, "But since he wrote it, he's right."Neil Finn plays his own show at Bowery Ballroom on 6/26. You can win two tickets on our Facebook.
Decked out in a trio of long white lab coats, Finn (organ) and Hansard (guitar) returned with Vedder for the second encore, the rousing "Big Hard Sun" from "Into The Wild." [Billboard]
As you know, Stephen Colbert was the special guest with The Black Belles on his own show last night (6/23). He performed with the band and also recorded a single with them which is now on sale via Third Man Records. Jack White actually also appeared on the show this time for his third and final appearance during StePhest Colbchella '011 and then appeared with Colbert again today (6/24) at The Lot at the High Line. Jack and the Black Belles were also spotted last night (6/23) bowling at Brooklyn Bowl. According to Questlove (who was DJing the venue), he "has bowling game."
Tonight (6/24) is the another Doveman show at LPR. Lisa Hannigan (who played 3 sold out NYC-area shows this week) and Mike Doughty are billed as openers, but according to Doveman, some secret special guests will be showing up as well (as usual).
Last but not least, as hinted, and confirmed earlier today, Fucked Up are the special guest at 285 Kent Saturday (6/26) with JEFF the Brotherhood and Iceage. Tickets are on sale at Record Grouch. Iceage also played a secret show at 538 Johnson while they were in town for Northside.
Any special appearances we left out?
Ra Ra Riot @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
City Winery will be hosting a three-night oil spill relief benefit, dubbed Reclaim The Coast, on July 23rd, 25th and 30th. The lineups vary for each...
July 23rd: Pete Seeger, Richard Barone, James Maddock, Elysian Fields, Mike Doughty, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Roches, Julie Gold, Peter Yarrow (More TBA)Tickets for all three are on sale.
July 25th: Ian Axel, Ed Romanoff, The Madison Square Gardeners, Paula Valstein, The Spring Standards, The Wellspring, Rich Pagano (More TBA)
July 30th: Marshall Crenshaw, Martin Rivas, Christina Courtin, Among the Oak & Ash, Jay Nash (More TBA)
They'll also have a packed house for "Channeling Chilton - A night of Alex Chilton's Music" on July 28th. The confirmed lineup includes Yo La Tengo, Marshall Crenshaw, Jody Stephens, Jon Auer, Doug Garrison, Rene Coman, Alan Vega, Jon Spencer (of the Blues Explosion), Fran Kowalski, Chris Stamey, Lesa Aldridge (Elizabeth Hoehn), Jay Proctor (of Jay & the Techniques), Bill Cunningham, Gary Talley, Terry Manning, Evan Dando, Jesse Malin, Danny Kroha (of The Gories). In light of the recent passing of founding Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, it should be an emotional night.
Tickets are on sale.
More info on the Gulf Coast relief effort are below...
Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Clearwater Festival, the annual benefit for the Hudson River environmental group of the same name, will be happening this year at Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park on June 19th & 20th. Pete Seeger, the non-profit's founder, plays every year - joining him this year will be Steve Earle, Rhett Miller, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Felice Bros and more. More of the initial lineup is below. Tickets to the fest are on sale (and currently almost half the door price). Pictures from last year's day one are HERE and day two are HERE.
A bit farther Upstate in Hunter, NY, the three-day Mountain Jam will be happening June 4th-6th. The lineup for that includes Gov't Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool, Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), These United States, Justin Townes Earle (note dad, playing above) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band (the same, except grandpa). The full current lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.
Later this summer (in July), Camp Bisco will be in Mariaville, NY.
Lineups so far for both fests are below...
"Join hosts Nick and Helen Forster at this 2-plus hour special recording of the nationally syndicated radio variety show "eTown." This "more-than-a-concert" experience will feature live performances PLUS up close and personal conversations with musical guests Tori Amos and Jesse Winchester as well as the presentation of this week's prestigious E-Chievement Award®." That describes what's going on at The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center on December 7th. Tickets are on sale.
Lady Gaga has added two more shows at Radio City Music Hall making the total four. Tickets to the new shows go on sale Friday morning.
Rosanne Cash, The Low Anthem and Mike Doughty all play a WFUV Holiday Cheer Benefit Concert together at the Concert Hall in NYC on December 8th. Tickets are on sale.
Yeasayer tickets are on American Express presale.
Gogol Bordello @ ACL (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Mike Doughty replaced Little Jackie as opener for Matisyahu tonight. Mike is also playing Tuesday and Wednesday at Maxwell's.
Patti Smith also has 2nd and 3rd shows on Tuessday and Wednesday.
Wednesday is New Years Eve.
Updates will be at a minimum this week. Happy Holidays!
Lemonade @ LPR (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Stella @ Nokia Theatre
* Diego Garcia @ Living Room
* Friendly Fires & Lemonade @ The Annex
* Friendly Fires @ Virgin Megastore Union Square
* Kid Cudi, Wale & DJ Marc Ronson @ Highline Ballroom
* Beach House & Tickley Feather @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Friendly Foes, Frankpollis & Your Skull My Closet @ The Bell House
* Ting Tings, Duke Spirit, Airborne Toxic Event & Mike Doughty @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Tallest Man On Earth & Marissa Nadler @ Mercury Lounge
Flower Travellin Band is not playing tonight.
Mike Doughty is also playing Maxwell's on New Years Eve.
The Tallest Man on Earth is also playing three other sold out shows this week.
Marissa Nadler blogged about her time at the Brainwaves Festival.
Jakob Dylan was born today in 1969.
Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, and Tom Waits in... This Week in Music Licensing.
A video for Andrew Bird's "Lull" below...
photo inside City Winery (Michael Dorf on stage) (from Eater)
In addition to a functioning winery and 21,000 square foot restaurant/event space, City Winery is also equipped with a full stage, state-of-the-art sound system and in-house A/V-making it one of the most interesting venues to ever hit Manhattan. Whether you are planning a private party, a public concert or an intimate evening of music and/or the spoken word, City Winery's stage and staff can accommodate a variety of live performances and cultural activities that will appeal to sophisticated New Yorkers, and wine connoisseurs, alike.Unfortunately, "to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming shows or classes, you must first become a Vinofile member." I don't think you need to be a member to always go there - for instance you could just be a VIP at the upcoming REM Carnegie Hall event, but I don't know. I also doubt you'll need to be a member to go to the Blackoutsabbath Rufus Wainwright show happening there on March 4th (no tickets for that yet) (for now Rufus is focused on the upcoming McGarrigle Christmas Hour show).
All known upcoming City Winery events are listed below...
photos by Chris Graham
Bumbershoot has evolved over the years, and no one knows that better than Norm Langill, president and CEO of One Reel, the not-for-profit company that produces the event. He's been involved with Bumbershoot since its beginning in the 1970s and is the one who ultimately takes the bouquets and brickbats, the praise and complaints.Bumbershoot 2008 coverage comes to an end with the rest of the pictures and reports from day three below..
As the 2008 festival drew to a close last Monday night, he looked out a picture window in the press room at the still-bustling crowd below and said, "I see people really engaged out there. A mixed crowd."
He turned to me, smiling.
"It was smooth. It was really smooth this year. I feel comfortable enough to not even ask about attendance." [The Seattle Times]