Entries tagged with: Mirah
photos by David Andrako
Alt-singer/songwriter Mirah teamed up with contemporary composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra for an Ecstatic Music Festival show at Merkin Concert Hall this past Saturday (3/1). The two musicians were joined by People Get Ready's Steven Reker (vocals/keyboards), Alex Guy (viola/violin) and Matthew Gold (percussion) to perform past works by both Mirah and Susie, and then they ended the show with the world premiere of their collaborative piece, "We Float." Pictures of the show are in this post.
They continue, with the setlist, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Back in December I tried to hip you l'il pups to a new comedic series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. (Aka the bar that used to be Royal Oak.) The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. My first experience with this fantastic show was back 0n December 5 and that particular installment of the show was hosted by Bobby Tisdale and featured guests Mike Doughty, Jon Benjamin, Andy Blitz, Tim Harrington, and SNL cast member Noel Wells. The show was loose, unscripted, and unbearably fun and featured an absolutely stunning closing number by the great Mike Doughty. It was the most fun I had had in a long time, and I have been eagerly awaiting a follow up installment ever since.
And that wait is finally over! This week, the lucky few who can squeeze into the intimate back room of Over the Eight can thrill to not one but two epic installments of "The Talk Show Series Presents!" The shows, which happen on Thursday (2/27) and Friday (2/28), are titled The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW, and are both hosted by wicked famous actor Kevin Corrigan. The Thursday February 27 instalment features Janeane Garofalo, Steve Buscemi (!), music by Daniel Harnett, and a super, super, unbelievable special guest whose identity I cannot even hint at besides saying he is one of NYC's biggest political figures of all time. If you are lucky enough to be at this show, you'll be so shocked that this man is sitting just a few feet in front of you that you won't even be able to applaud; you'll be too busy processing what you are experiencing. Doors are at 7:30 PM and the show is free. Get there early.
Then On Friday (2/28), enjoy a second installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW. This time, Kevin brings guests Michael Rappaport (currently on Justified), Jonathan Ames (wordsmith, pugilist), Frederic Seaman (John Lennon's personal assistant!) and music from Mirah (who has a new LP and a headlining show in April). There's another special musical guest on the bill who I also am unable to divulge, but I believe they will be billed as "Kelly Slater Sangre". Doors are at 7:30pm and the show is free. Get there early.
by Andrew Sacher
Alt-singer/songwriter Mirah is back with her fifth album, Changing Light, which comes out on April 8 via her own Absolute Magnitude label with help from longtime label K Records. The first single, "Oxen Hope," sees Mirah in typically great form with her voice manipulated by some cool effects. You can stream that song, along with the LP tracklist, below.
The album features contributions from Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Ex Hex/Wild Flag/Helium's Mary Timony, Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire, indie/hip hop violinist Emily Wells, and arrangements from Amanda Palmer/David Byrne/etc collaborator Jherek Bischoff.
Ahead of the album's release, Mirah is doing a few west coast shows before SXSW, and a few days after the record drops, she'll play a NYC show at Supper Studio on April 12. Tickets (including a 5-course dinner) for that show go on sale February 25 via the venue's website. Show flyer below.
All dates are listed, along with the new song and LP tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
David Byrne / Jherek Bischoff / Zola Jesus @ St. Ann's Warehouse - 1/8/14
Jherek Bischoff began his guest-filled two-night stand at St. Ann's Warehouse last night (1/8), and if you weren't sure what to expect, it turned out to be a pretty extravagant affair. He was joined by a number of guest vocalists, including David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danilova), Mirah, in addition to unannounced (but not unexpected) singers Zac Pennington (of Parenthetical Girls) and Sam Mickens. His band, among others, also included Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready/A Sunny Day In Glasgow) and the Contemporaneous Ensemble, conducted by David Bloom.
The first set was songs off of Jherek's Composed album, and the second set was songs by the guest vocalists with arrangements by Jherek. One of Mirah's songs, "Gold Rush," was a new one, and one of Zola Jesus's, "Lawless," was new as well. For the encore, David Byrne came out to do Talking Heads' "And She Was," eventually joined by all the guests on stage together. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Jherek and co. do it again tonight (1/9), which is unfortunately sold out.
More pictures from night 1, along with the setlist, below...
Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.
Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...
Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.
Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.
Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...
Mirah at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mirah is planning an East Coast tour to happen this November. That tour will be announced in full soon, but Mirah has already revealed that it will hit NYC on November 15 at Joe's Pub. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Jherek Bischoff & some of his guests
It wasn't the marathon that opened the inaugural Ecstatic Music Fest in 2011, but this year's opening show on Saturday (2/4) had some of that same collaborative energy, focusing on the compositions and arrangements of Jherek Bischoff, a musician known for his work primarily with The Dead Science, Parenthetical Girls and The Degenerate Art Ensemble. For the show, billed as a preview of Bischoff's forthcoming CD from Brassland ("composed"), the composer got help from the Wordless Music Orchestra and nine guest vocalists.
After a too-brief instrumental opening, David Byrne came out to sing a swaying Afro-Cuban-tinged piece. In what would be a recurring theme, Bischoff's composition wasn't entirely different than the type of song Byrne might sing at one of his own shows. Next up, Charlie Looker intoned through "The Secret Life of Machines" (which you can find an instrumental version of at WNYC) in a style that'd be a close fit to his Extra Life material. Mirah's voice sounded as warm and honeyed as always. Parenthetical Girls's Zac Pennington sang a duet with Sam Mickens, both of them playing up their own strengths, Pennington the animated, Wildean dandy and Mickens the snazzily dressed crooner. The other singers, Craig Wedren from Shudder to Think, Carla Bozulich of Evangelista, and Steven Reker and Jen Goma, were idiosyncratic in their own ways, and Bischoff's string-laden avant-pop tunes bent to their strengths. Deerhoof's Greg Saunier stood out with a few good improvisatory fills but mostly hung back in the ensemble. For his part, Bischoff played ukelele, guitar, bass and sang a song. His young cousin came out to hit a gong at the end of one tune.
The second part of the program, only five songs long, consisted of Bischoff's arrangements of the singers' own material. Craig Wedren, Zac Pennington, Mirah and Carla Bozulich all returned. (In particular, Mirah's vibrant Latin number, "The Country of the Future," was great). For the finale, David Byrne premiered a new song, which he sang with Reker. It took a few verses, but eventually I worked out that "The Fat Man's Comin'" was a song about Santa Claus. As a closer, it was a small gesture where I would have preferred a grand finale, but it seemed to fit with Bischoff's humble collaborator-focused ambitions.
While in town, Mirah plays tonight (Monday) at Glasslands, where she'll be accompanied by cellist Lori Goldston and percussionist Geo Wyeth (Mirah's Facebook says they'll be "performing songs seldom heard from [her] repertoire"). The Ecstatic series continues with three more shows this week. The full schedule is here.
More pictures from Saturday's show at Merkin Concert Hall,below...
Mirah has two NYC shows coming up this February. First, she'll play as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival as one of the guest vocalists performing with Jherek Bischoff, which also includes David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, and Zac Pennington. That show takes place on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall and tickets are still on sale.
Two days later, she'll play her own show at Glasslands (2/6). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Mirah, along with Thao, who she released a collaborative album with in 2011, recently performed Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen on the Portlandia Tour (which was just expanded) when it stopped at San Francisco's Mezzanine on December 30. A video of that, along with all dates below...
As mentioned, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall with Jherek Bischoff, who plays with Parenthetical Girls and The Dead Science. He's teaming up with Wordless Music Orchestra and an incredible list of guest vocalists from his upcoming album, which comes out this February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah, and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls. Tickets are still on sale now.
Speaking of Parenthetical Girls, their tour began last night (12/1) at Glasslands with Gauntlet Hair, Dinowalrus, and Eraas. If you missed it, they'll also be in NYC this Friday (12/3) at Santos Party House with YACHT and Midnight Magic (tickets).
As previously mentioned, Brassland Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a label and debuted a new/old track every day of November via various methods including Soundcloud. None of those tracks can be heard in the player that's embedded below. Those include "Spinney" by This is the Kit (who are opening for the National at Beacon Theater on 12/17) and "Secret of the Machines (instrumental)" by Jherek Bischoff. The latter also features drums by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and will have vocals by Caetano Veloso in its album version.
Mirah with Thao & Mirah at MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mirah plays Dead Herring tonight (8/19) with two fellow female songwriters. She'll be joined by the anti-folk-leaning K Records labelmate and sometimes-collaborator Tara Jane Oneil, who will be playing guitar in Mirah's band, and the guitar drone of Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate). According to Tara's website, she'll be playing a singer songwriter style solo set with just her and a guitar.
The show is the first Dead Herring show to have advance tickets on sale. To reserve tickets:
1. send $10 per ticket via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.orgNoveller has other upcoming shows too including one this Sunday (8/21) at Littlefield and another on September 6 at Mercury Lounge with Braids, Blue Hawaii, and Painted Palms (tickets).
2. make yr subject heading "mirah tickets"
3. yr name will be on the door the night of the show - if you bought more than one ticket, it'll say yr name + 1 or more
4. any questions, write email@example.com for clarity and harmony
Mirah's partner in crime Thao Nguyen also has a bunch of shows coming up.
All Mirah/Noveller dates and Littlefield flier below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Mirah & Thao
"Thao is a raw and bombastic performer, while Mirah has a strong, guileless voice befitting her emotional and introspective tunes. Their performance Thursday night was a delicate blend of both performers' sensibilities: more sedate than a typical Thao and the Get Down Stay Down concert, but more upbeat and vivacious than a Mirah show. Along with three backing musicians (one of whom opened the bill as Led to Sea, performing live-looping solo viola tunes), Thao and Mirah went through nearly the entire album, throwing in some of their solo work for good measure and frequently singing each other's material." [Philadelphia Inquirer]That review refers to the Philly show which was one day after the NYC show on the ongoing Thao & Mirah tour. BOBBY is also on the tour and played both shows. The BOBBY pictures are HERE. The rest of the Brooklyn show, with a video too, is below...
DOWNLOAD: Bobby - Groggy (MP3)
BOBBY @ SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cinco de Mayo is approaching and that means so is the band BOBBY who headline a BV-presented show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on May 5th with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and recently-added opener Prussia (who are also opening for Dominique Young Unique at Mercury Lounge one night earlier). Tickets are still on sale, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to win below.
It has also been announced that BOBBY will head out on tour in June as the opener on the prevously-announced Thao & Mirah tour which swings into Brooklyn on June 8th. Tickets for the MHOW show are also still on sale.
All tour dates and contest details below...
"watching thao at bowery fucking awesome" - moxiemotive
"Thao with the get down stay down #soon #bowery #drunk yeah all that" -NativeGrace
Thao at Bowery Ballroom last night (zachary perkins)
[Thao & Mirah's] tour together, which hits Philly on June 9th, suspiciously has no NYC date, but maybe that will change after Thao With the Get Down Stay Down play their NYC Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom w/ Pearl and the Beard tonight....Assumptions were correct. Thao & Mirah will play a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 8th with tour opener Led to Sea (solo project of Seattle violist/violinist L. Alex Guy). Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon tomorrow (4/6) and regular sale on Friday.
How was the Bowery show? Updated list of tour dates, below....
Thao & Mirah
"Thao & Mirah have just announced a full U.S. tour in support or their self-titled debut album, which will be released April 26 on Kill Rock Stars. The album was recorded in a two-week period, with tUnE-YaRdS mastermind Merrill Garbus co-producing, guesting, and writing one song. Thao and Mirah each wrote a new batch of beautiful songs, which were jointly performed and produced by the three with some help from fine Bay Area friends. The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration."Their tour together, which hits Philly on June 9th, suspiciously has no NYC date, but maybe that will change after Thao With the Get Down Stay Down play their NYC Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom w/ Pearl and the Beard TONIGHT (4/4) (update: it did change, a Brooklyn show was added). Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below...
- Kill Rock Stars
DOWNLOAD: Thao & Mirah - "Eleven" featuring tUnE-yArDs (MP3)
Mirah & Thao Nguyen at MHoW (photos by Amanda Hatfield)
Mirroring the sentiment that was out in force this past weekend, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will headline a Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom on April 4th with The Bloodsugars. Tickets go on sale Thursday 3/3 at noon. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are also scheduled to play SXSW and the sold-out Coachella festival next month. All dates are below.
In related news, Thao's collaborative efforts and tours with Mirah last year have borne fruit, as the pair are preparing to release an LP entitled "Thao & Mirah" via Kill Rock Stars on April 26th. Check out the album's first track, "Eleven", which features and was produced by tUnE-yArDs. MP3 above and stream below. The LP's tracklisting/art and a live video of a second track "How Dare You", with all dates, also below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mirah @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mirah will be at Bruar Falls tonight (Saturday) to play with an "all-star band" that includes, according the venue, "Bryce Kasson from Old Time Religun, Sara Jaffe from Erase Errata, Sara Marcus from Boys of Now AND MORE GUEST TBA!" (K Records also lists "Christy & Emily, Kathleen Hanna, DJ Emoticon.") Also on the bill is Brooklyn songwriter Tami Heart.
The event is a couple of things: a release party for a new video for Mirah song "The Forest," a book release for riot grrl history "Girls to the Front" (author Sara Marcus will be reading) and a benefit for Shaleshock, a group that's "protecting our communities and environment from exploitative gas drilling of the Marcellus Shale."
A video about fracking (the gas drilling they're talking about), and a live version of "The Forest" that Mirah performed with Thao, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Thao Nguyen keeps popping up, and each time she appears with a new handle. You may know her by her full given name, but you've more likely seen her presented as "Thao and the Get Down Stay Down," perhaps simply as the familiar "Thao," and in this most recent incarnation on a partnered tour with pal and fellow established performer Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (better known as just "Mirah"), as "Thao and Mirah with The Most of All"...That review comes from the June 23rd show at the Middle East in Cambridge. One night later Thao and Mirah brought the show to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Thursday night Brooklyn performance was part of the Northside Festival and also had Chica Vas and These United States on the bill. More pictures from that one below...
...When Thao's not running around the stage or pseudo head-banging, she has an entrancing, distinctive hip sway as she jostles her weight from one toe to the other, bewitchingly marching in place. Mirah sports more of a bobbing movement, and cutely jams along to her own beats. Thao has a really distinctive, almost dissonant sound - her vocals weave away from straightforward melodies, but they draw you in rather than push you away. Mirah's vocals are a little cleaner and her albums a little more produced, but both ladies are fantastic live performers and as a duo toy with fresh ways to revamp each others' existing harmonies." [They Will Rock You]
"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.
Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."
If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...
Mirah and Thao @ Noise Pop 2010 in SanFran (kata rokkar)
Mirah and Thao Nguyen (of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) will be heading out on a collaborative tour this summer. The trip starts in June runs into July, and includes a June 24th Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are TBA.
The pair collaborated previously during a shared set at Noise Pop 2010 in San Francisco last March. Videos from their performance and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (MP3)
The intial lineup for Noise Pop 2010, which takes over San Francisco February 23rd to March 1st, has been updated. Newly announced acts include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon), The Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative performance, !!!, Harlem, Deerhoof, Memory Tapes, The Fresh and Onlys, Scout Niblett, Far (Reunion Show), The Mumlers, P.E.E (Reunion Show), Mirah, Laura Gibson, Nico Vega, Japanese Motors, Princeton, Free Energy, The Growlers, Nurses, Magic Wands, The Lonely Forest, The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, Judgement Day. The full current lineup is posted below.
Tickets and passes for most of those are on sale now. Tickets for Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Deerhoof) on February 23rd and the Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative shows go on sale on Sunday, January 10th.
Memory Tapes, chillwave Jerseyan Dayve Hawk, is one of the acts scheduled for the fest. He's going to be in the UK for a short run of shows this January, and he's confirmed that US dates and a European tour are forthcoming. The song "Bicycle" off his debut, Seek Magic, is above. The album is being re-issued on Feb 8th, "with an exclusive 48 minute 4 track CD2 through Urban Outfitters and digitally exclusively via iTunes".
More info on Noise Pop 2010 below...
DOWNLOAD: Ramona Falls - Russia (MP3)
Mirah @ Highline Ballroom (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
She's still playing behind her latest record, (a)spera, which came out earlier this year on K Records. That disc has been met with, according to Metacritic, "universal acclaim."
Mirah makes a guest appearance on a new record by Ramona Falls (named after a place in Oregon), the the solo debut of Menomena's Brent Knopf. That record, Intuit, comes out August 18th on Barsuk Records, and Mirah is just one of the disc's many guests, which include members of The Helio Sequence, Loch Lomond, 31 Knots, Talkdemonic, Nice Nice, Tracker, Dat'r, Dear Reader, 3 Leg Torso and Matt Sheehy. Check out "Russia" from that album above.
Ramona Falls has an August/September tour planned that includes a pair of NYC shows. He'll be at Pianos on September 17th and has a TBA Brooklyn show on September 18th.
Ramona Falls album art, and all tour dates, below...
Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)
Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.
And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.
Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.
And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.
The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.
In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mirah + No Kids @ Highline Ballroom (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Mirah will play a show at NYC's Market Hotel on Sunday, May 3rd with TJO (aka Tara Jane O'Neil), Tall Firs, and Air Waves. Mirah's latest record, (a)spera, came out on K Records on March 10th. O'Neil's own K Recs release, A Ways Away, is due out May 5th.
Market Hotel is a considerably different venue than the Highline Balroom, which Mirah and O'Neil played when they last visited NYC during last year's CMJ. In May, Mirah will tour across Europe with Tara.
No Kids, who also played that Highline show, have their own NYC dates coming up in May. Singer Nick Krgovich will play two shows with To Bad Catholics, his side-project with No Kids singer/synth player Julia Chirka. They'll visit the Cake Shop on Tuesday, May 19th with Skeletons. Then, they'll perform at new Ditmas Park venue Sycamore on Wednesday, May 20th. Katie Eastburn (from Young People) opens both shows.
Nick Krgovich recently gotten into writing musicals (which seems to be a something of a trend). Perfomances of Krgovich's "In The Yard, Havin' Fun," commissioned by Vancouver's PUSH Festival, took place in early February. The show included contributions by Parenthetical Girls, Juana Molina, and others.
"In The Yard, Havin' Fun" poster, all tour dates and full What the Heck Fest line-up, below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Tara Jane O'Neil opened with her minimalist folk, backed by a drummer and a guitarist. The music, especially the last song with Mirah on bells and backups, explored pulses and rhythms with a droning guitar and extremely spare instrumentation.
No Kids took the stage, opening with "For Halloween" off of, what I'll admit is one of my favorite records of the year, Come Into my House. Having different expectations for No Kids than most, I was pretty forgiving, just excited to hear the songs live, but even so, the stage-show was a bit underwhelming. The arrangements, fleshed out with vocal harmonies, precision tight drums, and ample low-end on their Elverum-produced record, sounded hallow and stilted live. Another vocalist accompanying singer Nick Krgovich (any maybe even some of the album's acoustic-instrument flourishes) would have gone far. The songs where the two synths let loose and cut through the overbearing drums shined, and the band closed strongly with "Whatcha Doin'" off the Worried Noodles compilation CD. (Check out No Kids' singles, including the new "Prisoner of Desire," streaming at their Myspace, for how good they can be.)
(Note: No Kids return to the NYC-area for a post-CMJ Sunday show at Maxwell's with Casiotone For The Painfully Alone & Katie Eastburn.)
Mirah's voice alone is enough to freeze even the most obnoxious concertgoer (like the girl behind me broadcasting her conversation over the previous set). Sound issues, like the incessant guitar hum from the stage lighting, were a mild annoyance early on, with Mirah stopping songs short a few times and making asides about the sound throughout. She played a set peppered with favorites, including a good portion of Advisory Committee, and new tunes (she mentioned recently finishing work on a new album). O'Neil joined on electric guitar for a few songs in the middle of the set. Some highlights: Mirah and No Kids' Nick Krgovich duetting a capella on "Words Cannot Describe," the last track on Mirah's debut, "You Think It's Like This but Really It's Like This," and Mirah's set closers: "Cold Cold Water" and "Apples in the Trees." She returned with all of the night's performers for a foot-stomp and sleigh bells rendition of "The Garden."
More pictures from Wednesday night's show (10/22) below...