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by Andrew Sacher


Hiss Golden Messenger recently signed to Merge, who will release his new album Lateness of Dancers on September 9, and he's just put out one of its tracks, "Saturday's Song." Unlike the somber folk of his recently reissued Bad Debt LP, this new song is a bright, full band folk rocker that falls somewhere between Electric Dylan and early Wilco. The record features members of Megafaun, Mountain Man, and guitar great William Tyler who especially shines on this one, offering Allman-style leads at the end. Check out the new song below.

HGM has also announced a tour which hits NYC on September 18 at Rough Trade for a show with Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, who's on his record. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Hiss Golden Messenger releases new song from Merge LP, touring, playing NYC with Alexandra of Mountain Man"


Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.

The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.

Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...

Continue reading "Pouzza Fest 2014 lineup (Hold Steady, Dillinger Four, Menzingers, more) +++ more rare Lillingtons Northeast shows"

Sylvan Esso at Webster Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso, the collaborative duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, were on the road earlier this year supporting Volcano Choir and then supporting another superduo Minor Alps (Julianna Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf). Now they've announced a headlining tour for winter 2014. The tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Rough Trade on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of their "Hey Mami" single and a remix of it by Do Make Say Think's Charles Spearin, below...

Continue reading "Sylvan Esso announce tour, playing Rough Trade NYC (dates)"

Minor Alps / Sylvan Esso
Minor Alps
Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, recently hit the road with Volcano Choir, and they'll soon head back out with another new duo, Minor Alps (aka Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf). As discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. TIckets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

Minor Alps' debut album, Get There, came out this week (10/29) via Barsuk. You can hear it on Spotify or RDIO. The recently-released video for album track "I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands" can be watched below.

Sylvan Esso's only release so far is the "Hey Mami" b/w "Play It Right" single. You can listen to both of those songs, along with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Minor Alps' LP out now; Sylvan Esso opening for them on tour (updated dates & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Volcano Choir at Webster Hall - 9/14/13
Volcano Choir, Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall - 9/14/2013

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a man of many projects, and over the weekend (9/14) he brought his band Volcano Choir (his collaboration with Milwaukee post-rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees) to NYC for a show at Webster Hall. The band's new album, Repave is Justin's most similar album to 2011's Bon Iver, Bon Iver thus far, but rather than providing the atmospheric guitar licks like he does in Bon Iver, he left that to the COCOB guys and instead manned the controls at a podium that he stood behind for their set. In addition to the Repave material, Justin & co played two new non-album songs -- "The Agreement" and "Valleyonaire" (the latter of which you can watch a video of from their Boston date, via Stereogum, below) -- and reached back to their debut, Unmap, including a mesmerizing performance "Still" (aka Volcano Choir's take on Bon Iver's "Woods").

Keeping things close to home, as Justin likes to do, the show was opened by tourmates Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun, whose lineup includes three members that used to be in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon) and Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man, who have toured as backing vocalists for Feist, who Bon Iver shared a bill with on said tour, and also once covered). Like Vernon (and certain other friends) has done himself, the duo brought a mix of sounds pulling from both indie folk and R&B, and did a pretty good job winning the crowd over.

It was the last date on Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso's tour together, but VC will do some other dates later this year into 2014. More pictures from the Webster Hall show, along with the video of that new song and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

As discussed, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the guys from Collections of Colonies of Bees are releasing their new Volcano Choir album, Repave, on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. After releasing one of its tracks, "Byegone," they've now let another track loose, titled "Comrade." Like "Byegone" (and the rest of the album), the new song sees Justin not straying too far from Bon Iver, Bon Iver mode, making for a nice annex of material to that album. Check it out below.

Volcano Choir are also supporting the album with a previously mentioned tour, which hits NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Opening that show (and other dates on the tour) is Sylvan Esso, the new project of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn. Their new 12", Hey Mami" // "Play It Right," is out now, and can be streamed below. Recommended for fans of another Justin Vernon-approved project, Polica, who have a similar knack for blending folk and electronic music.

All dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...

Continue reading "Volcano Choir release new song from LP; Sylvan Esso (mems. Mountain Man & Megafaun) opening their tour"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.

More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 pics (part 1) -- Feist, Purity Ring, Olivia Tremor Control, A$AP Rocky, Willis Earl Beal & much more"

photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt

Thurston Moore/Shadowy Men.../Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Sled Island, 6/22/2012
Thurston Moore
Shadowy Men in a Shadowy Planet
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Calgary's multi-venue Sled Island festival took place last month. Pictures and a review of day 1 are HERE, Day 2 are HERE, and Day 3 are  in this post.

We started Friday (6/22) of Calgary's Sled Island Music & Arts festival at Broken City, where we caught the Toronto instrumental legends Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, the secret headliners of an all ages Mammoth Recording Company show. Shadowy Men's first show in 18 years took place  a couple nights before (6/20)  at No. 1 Legion. Don Pyle played his hollowbody electric guitar with a twangy country edge, using the whammy bar heavily to provide the surf sound the band is known for. Bassist Dallas Good's bright tone had a slight distorted edge to it, helping to provide the sense of adrenaline in their performance, exemplified by "Having an Average Weekend" (aka the Kids in the Hall Theme, video below).

After a couple hours off, we saw Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Grand Theatre Junction. The Montreal band's set was similar to their performance at Schubas in Chicago, where I saw them kick off their first North American tour, though it was much more polished. Near the end of the set the whole band broke into a hypnotic chant over rolling drums, with the occasional counter-chant from drummer Alaska. After "Hoshi Neko," they broke into the punishing and noisy "A Star Over Pureland". Yamantaka//Sonic Titan also played Saturday at the same venue after How To Dress Well."

Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving walked on stage, and Moore said, "We're the Cowboy Junkies," referencing the beloved, mega-selling Canadian folk-rockers. As a black and white video ran in the background, they began with the dissonant and crunchy "Pretty Bad" from Moore's 1995 album Psychic Hearts which ended, like a lot of Moore's work, with feedback and droning. Moore furiously vibrated his whammy bar and Samara Lubelski quickly bowed her violin. In the middle of "Ono Soul", Moore left his guitar feedback on his stage monitor to locate something as the rest of the band improvised noise. He casually wandered around the stage until he found a pair of sticks, which he used to scrape his strings before they fell back into the song. They then played their new song "Burroughs." One of the last songs I caught before heading to Feist was another new one, which I believe was called "Groove and Linda." Moore remarked that "all songs will be free this year until some record company makes product out of it, which may happen," and by "may happen," he means it will definitely happen courtesy of Matador Records. Videos of two songs are below.

I caught the last few songs of Calgary native Feist, who performed backed by female trio Mountain Man, as well as a drummer, keyboardist, and a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. That said, most of the members were playing tambourine during the first song I heard. The show happened at Olympic Plaza, the outdoor main stage of Sled Island, which was a giant puddle after the rain that occurred earlier in the evening. Video from her set is below.

We headed back to Broken City for Dirty Ghosts, who also played at the venue earlier in the day before Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. Guitarist and singer Allyson Baker played a lot of distorted off-beat chords over live bassist Erin McDermott's melodic lines, providing a positive feel to their punk sound. The Strange Boys closed the night with their country-tinged garage rock.

More photos from Day 3, plus a few videos, are below.

Continue reading "Sled Island day 3 in pics & review: (Chelsea Light Moving, Feist, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and more)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Feist (and Mountain Man) @ Radio City Music Hall

"I've been loving Feist more than ever. Yesterday at Radio City Hall, she caused quite a scene with the security by inviting the crowd to come sit in the orchestra and empty front rows. Then she proceeded to have a dance party on stage with some people she pulled from the crowd. What a mischief! It was pretty funny- how she did all of this with such a singsong voice. I could probably listen to her voice all day :) I'm in looooove." [Kit]
Feist brought her tour with Timber Timbre, which also hit Stubb's in Austin, to Radio City Music Hall for one big, fancy NYC show on Saturday night (5/5). Like at BAM, and the rest of the current tour (which included Coachella), she was backed by the Mountain Man women. As you can see in the blurb above, some audience members also made it on stage.

The setlist unfortunately did not contain any Mastodon, though there was some Nina Simone. Check it out in full, with more pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Feist played Radio City Music Hall with Timber Timbre (pics/setlist)"

photos by David Andrako

"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS

hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2

"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.

"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."

Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.

Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]

Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.

You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.

As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.

More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 2 pics (Radiohead, ASAP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Feist, Firehose, Grace Potter, Squeeze & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2

"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.

Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]

Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.

You saw our pictures of Friday HERE and HERE, and St. Vincent and Radiohead from Saturday. The rest of Saturday, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Day 2 pics -- Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed, Bon Iver, Feist, Shins, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, more"

words & photos by Ryan Barkan


Feist played the Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM Wednesday night (11/2). It was the show that needed quadruple confirmation back in August. It was her first proper New York show since 2008, though a lucky few caught her play a surprise show in crypt in Harlem exactly one month ago.

After a surprisingly great (to me, first time seeing them) opening set by The Happiness Project, fronted by fellow BSS member Charles Spearin, Feist and friends took the stage around 9pm. They played a long, two-hour set leaning heavily on material from the newly-released Metals in addition to fun classics from way back, and the witty banter we have all grown to love. Highlights from the set include a skull-faced crowd member being invited up to the stage by Feist for a lively, dancey "My Moon My Man," new tracks like "The Bad In Each Other" and "How Come You Never Go There," and the gorgeous backing vocals of Mountain Man.

The encore brought a bundle of goodness so...good...that it was hard for Feist not to affirm that we made her not want to wait three years to come back again. Feist and Mountain man silenced the crowd with a stunning rendition of "Cicadas and Gulls". It's amazing how powerful four voices, one instrument, and one simple song can be in bringing a room to quiet admiration. Probably my favorite moment of the night. The rest of the band joined for a 50's version of "Bittersweet Melodies," and "Sealion," the latter seeing the stage surrounded by a hundred or so audience members invited up by Feist. Whistling ensued, Feist wore a hat, folks sat, lots of devices were taking photos and video. The coda of the evening came with a gripping rendition of 2005's "Let It Die."

More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Feist played BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House (pics, review)"

Feist @ Church of the Intercession on Monday (more by Jessica Amaya)

Bjork's new album Biophilia is now streaming in full at NPR.

Feist, like she did in a Harlem church, played Letterman backed by Mountain Man last night. Watch below...

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photos Jessica Amaya


A select few were treated to a now rare intimate performance by Feist in NYC last night (10/3). The show took place in the crypt of the Church of the Intercession on 155th Street in Harlem. Feist was backed by a 16 piece orchestra who are part of the Mason Jar Music artist collective, as well as the three women from Mountain Man, fellow Broken Social Scene member Charles Spearin, a keyboard player from Beck's band, and a drummer. They orchestra performed the arrangements currently on Feist's new-out-today record Metals, as well as doing a superb original arrangement of "When I Was a Young Girl." Feist delivered a riveting, emotional performance throughout the evening and offered plenty of witty banter between songs to the 150 lucky people or so in the room. Most of those people were there because they bought the album earlier that day from Sound Fix Records.

The idea for the show, which was being filmed, came from Mason Jar Music who reached out to Feist in the hopes they could one day collaborate. Mountain Man will also be backing Feist on tour. They play Letterman with Feist tonight. Here are some pictures from the church show. They continue with the setlist below...

Continue reading "Feist & friends played a crypt in Harlem (pics & setlist)"

Mountain Man at 92YTribeca in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mountain Man

It's recently been announced that Feist is taking Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath, aka the voices of folk trio Mountain Man, on tour with her this fall as her backup singers. That tour includes the previously announced show on November 2 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House which is now sold out. That show is being opened by Feist's Arts & Crafts labelmate and fellow Broken Social Scene member Charles Spearin's The Happiness Project.

Last week, Feist and Mountain Man previewed the tour with a secret show at the Townhouse in LA (9/3). They played five songs off Feist's upcoming LP Metals, including the lead track "How Come You Never Go There." You can watch videos of these songs, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Mountain Man backing Feist on tour (dates), watch them sing new songs w/ her (videos)"

photos by Jim Brueckner, words by Rachel Kowal

Newport Folk Festival

The ladies that are Mountain Man played Mercury Lounge last week (7/28) with BOBBY. Due largely to the un-Google-ability of their name (and recent self-titled album), BOBBY has enjoyed a certain amount of mystique, but chances are they won't be able to hide in the shadows much longer--especially not with Mountain Man members Amelia Randall Meathe and Molly Erin Sarle contributing vocals.

Comprised of college buddies and label mates alike (none of whom carry the band's name), BOBBY makes the kind of music you might expect to underlie a Michael Gondry dream sequence: warm, woozy, and somewhat enigmatic. The music is at times subdued and trance-inducing, but Amelia takes the opportunity to dance at the slightest uptick in tempo, which helps elevate the mood both on and off stage.

Though their set was brief, each of their five songs was its own slowly unfurling world of swirling guitars, drums, and keys. As on the album, the dual male/female vocals, though an important component of the music, were typically indecipherable and impressionistic, contributing more to the feel of a song than its meaning.

BOBBY and Mountain Man may be complimentary due to the overlapping members, but they have quite a different sound. In stark contrast to their predecessors, Mountain Man played quick songs built almost entirely on vocals that sparkled in their simplicity.

Appropriate for a group whose discography contains a handful of hymns and traditional songs, Mountain Man effortlessly brought the otherwise chatty crowd to silence as soon as one of the members began to sing. The reverent behavior--though entirely warranted and necessary due to the volume of the performance--was so pronounced that it even elicited an appreciative comment from the band at one point.

The notion of an a cappella-heavy act might seem odd for club show, but Molly, Amelia, and Alexandra easily won the crowd over with their beautiful harmonies and endearing delivery. Their stories and non sequiturs had the crowd laughing between nearly every song. At one point they even welcomed a stranger on stage to share her recent dream: a crazy fabrication that included everything from stalactites to an octopus. (The look on Amelia's face during the description of the naked mermaids was priceless.)

Instead of relying on a strict set list, Mountain Man's performance was governed by both crowd suggestions and the band's whims. In the absence of accompanying instruments to provide the correct key (save for the occasional appearance of an acoustic guitar), the women prefaced each song by singing the opening note of their ensuing 3-piece harmony, all the while smiling and adjusting the pitch when necessary.

Mountain Man played a diverse set that included both a number of songs from their recent album and a handful of surprises, including a snippet of a song by The Monkees ("Whole Wide World"), a Michael Hurley cover ("Werewolf"), and "I Left Her Standing There," an amazing song the DeZurik sisters sang in the '30s that features yodeling. They concluded by leading the crowd in singing a beautiful one-song encore of "Beauty is Before Me."

The show was three days before Mountain Man played the second day of the Newport Folk Festival (7/31). We don't have any pics from Mercury Lounge, but more pictures and a video from their Newport set, and the setlist from the Mercury show are below...

Continue reading "Mountain Man played Mercury Lounge w/ BOBBY (setlist & review) and Newport Folk Fest (pics & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield


BOBBY opened for Thao & Mirah at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (6/8) as part of an ongoing tour. Like on the Low Anthem tour, Mountain Man's Amelia Meath is playing in BOBBY on this tour instead of Mountain Man's Molly Sarle who is on the record and who played with them at the Knitting Factory show. Pictures from Music Hall are in this post.

After the BOBBY tour, Mountain Man will hit the road. As previously mentioned, that July tour hits Mercury Lounge in NYC on July 28th. As not yet mentioned, BOBBY has been added as opener on that show. Who will sing in BOBBY with both Amelia and Molly in the building remains to be seen. Tickets are still on sale.

BOBBY's self titled debut is out June 21 via Partisan Records and streaming on NPR now. Mountain Man will release Live on the Wiltern on July 5th, recorded live at the Wiltern Theater in LA on October 2010. A video trailer for the live album along with the cover art and tracklist, all dates and more pictures of BOBBY at Music Hall, below...

Continue reading "BOBBY streaming new LP, played MHOW w/ Thao & Mirah (pics), playing shows w/ Mountain Man (dates)"

Mountain Man at 92YTribeca (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mountain Man

Mountain Man will kick off a round of North American dates with an appearance at the four-day Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 8th. There they'll join names like Jeff Tweedy, The Jawhawks, M. Ward (who is playing Wellmont this summer too) and others, before shoving off to hit the road on their way east, and eventually to NYC to play Mercury Lounge on 7/28. Tickets for the Manhattan show go on AmEx presale at noon Wednesday (5/18) and regular sale on Friday.

The Mercury Lounge show comes not long before Mountain Man end their tour at the Newport Folk Festival (that M. Ward is also playing).

A member of Mountain Man is also a member of BOBBY who played Knitting Factory earlier this month.

All Mountain Man tour dates and the full Winnipeg Folk Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Mountain Man announce tour (dates), playing Winnipeg Folk Festival (lineup)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

BOBBY @ Knitting Factory

"If you were at Knitting Factory last night, you got a trio of entertainment forms. You have the experimental musical stylings of BOBBY, you have projected artistic images and the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. As we know, Cinco de Mayo is when St. Mayo drove five big snakes out of Tijuana using a mariachi band while wearing a big sombrero.

The Massachusetts-based collective are a fairly new band as founded by Tom Greenberg and featuring Molly Sarle of the popular vocal group Mountain Man. When I use the term experimental, that's a code word for "I have no idea what genre of music this lies under". Then I have to admit that music shouldn't need to be defined by genres. With the sparse guitars and a few electronic samplers, keyboards and processors, BOBBY does a fine of job making all that weirdness come together. It does help that Sarle's whoops and moans gives their set an other worldly quality." [Music Snobbery]

Molly Sarle was in fact the female voice on stage with her own band BOBBY at Knitting Factory last night (5/5), a change from BOBBY's last NYC show, and every other show they've played since. Mountain Man member Amelia Meath, who filled in for Molly at the previous shows, instead watched this one from the front row.

BOBBY played after a chill set by Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who covered a Mountain Man song). Detroit band Prussia opened the show and impressed with high energy and strong vocals. To quote Flagpole, "Imagine Flowers-era Rolling Stones colliding with Animal Collective while hanging out at Vampire Weekend's house and you're on the right track."

Right before the show we hosted a Hornitos Tequila-sponsored Cinco de Mayo party in the Knitting Factory front bar. 21+ ticketholders could choose between a free "Vegan Margarita" (named after the website more than the ingredients) and the "What about Bobb(by)" (or they could have both) (or as many as they could drink/hold in a 2 hour period). Which one did you like better? I thought I liked the "Vegan" better at first, but ended up partial to the "Bobby."

BOBBY return to NYC as part of a tour with Thao & Mirah. Prussia also played a show one night earlier at Mercury Lounge with Dominique Young Unique. Alex Bleeker's band Real Estate has a few shows coming up later this month.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show, below...

Continue reading "BOBBY, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks & Prussia played our Cinco de Mayo show @ Knitting Factory (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: BOBBY - Sore Spores (MP3)

BOBBY @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

As first experienced by NYC at Bowery Ballroom before a set by the Low Anthem, and then seen and heard in Austin by those at SXSW (see here, here and here), BrooklynVegan is proud to present BOBBY live at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on May 5th with support from Alex Bleeker and the Freaks (and possibly one more band TBA). Tickets are on sale now for what is currently BOBBY's only upcoming live show.

As you know, BOBBY is a band (not a person) featuring a member of Mountain Man (a band not a man) on vocals. Which member of Mountain Man that is, depends on who is available (Molly Sarle is officially the frontwoman, but Amelia Meath filled in on the recent live dates). Mountain Man's only upcoming show at the moment is the Newport Folk Festival, though I wouldn't be surprised if they fill in their schedule by the time that fest comes around.

Alex Bleeker also belongs to another band, Real Estate to be specific, and they have a whole bunch of other shows coming up.


"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.

Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival 2011 lineup announced, tickets too"

photos & review by Dominick Mastrangelo

DOWNLOAD: BOBBY - Sore Spores (MP3)

BOBBY (the band) @ Bowery Ballroom

"The story of BOBBY is marred in mystique and hazy hear-say. Once the front man of the group consisting of Tom Greenberg, Martin Zimmermann, Paolo Menuez, Julian Labat, Roby Moulton, and Molly Sarle (of Mountain Man), there is a legend behind BOBBY as the transforming figure of the group, yet absent for their shows and recordings. He is said to be the spiritual guide overseeing the group and their music, yet has not shown himself to the members since beginning the project with Tom Greenberg. To learn more about the tale of BOBBY, head on over to the band's biography right HERE." - Partisan Records
I think Bobby (the person) was spotted near the stage at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night checking our BOBBY (the band), or maybe that was just Kevin. BOBBY were playing Bowery Ballroom because they were opening for the Low Anthem. Pictures from their opening set are in this post.

BOBBY was excellent, but their set seemed way too short. Which is a good thing; I wished they'd played longer. The songs all moved along the same sonic template, infectious (lush?) drum and bass lines, electric guitar and keys providing the texture and then Molly Sarle's Amelia Meath (who is also in Mountain Man and was filling in for Molly at this show)'s angelic voice drifting out and over everything. It was lovely stuff and I'd be shocked if they don't garner more attention following their time at SXSW.

And SXSW is where you can see them next, BrooklynVegan/Partisan day party included. All dates, the cover art of their album which is coming out soon on Partisan Records (also the home of Mountain Man) (MP3 from that album above), and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mountain Man

Here's a set of pictures that slipped through the cracks. The harmonizing ladies of Mountain Man, who will be touring with the Decemberists this year, headlined their own show at 92YTribeca back on 12/11. John Shade opened the night. His setlist and more pictures from the night below...

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The Decemberists at Radio City Music Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
Colin Meloy

One week after The Decemberists welcome their new LP The King is Dead into this world (due 1/18/11) via Capitol Records, the band will hit the road for a string of US dates followed by European dates that will take them into middle March. The tour includes an NYC stop at Beacon Theater on January 25th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday November 17th at 10am, and then general sale Friday November 19th at 11am. All seats are $39.50.

Wye Oak will open the first part of their US tour, including in NYC. The duo released their EP My Neighbor, My Creator earlier this year via Merge Records. Mountain Man, who just got done touring with Jonsi (they opened the NYC show at Hammerstein Ballroom) will take over as openers for the Decemberists in Milwaukee.

Mountain Man won't be on board for the NYC date of the Decemberists tour, but they will play 92Y Tribeca on 12/11 with John Shade, their only current US headlining date (the band will head to Australia in the new year). Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates and a video is below...

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photos by Ryan Barkan

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Dawes @ Webster Hall

Dawes are on a headlining tour in support of their well received debut North Hills. Vetiver and Peter Wolf Crier are currently both opening that tour, and both opened for the band in NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (11/12. Pictures from that show adorn this post.

If Dawes wasn't still on tour, I might expect frontman Taylor Goldsmith (the G in MG&V) to stop by the sold out Deer Tick show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight. If you're not sure which one Taylor is in these Webster Hall pictures, just look for the person wearing the leather guitar strap that reads "Goldsmith" which was designed by my favorite non-vegan master leather worker and musician Jonny Corndawg, who is not opening for Deer Tick tonight (Jason Anderson strangely is though), but who just released a split 7" with the band...

"Since the inception of Partisan Records, the label has had the intention of creating a 7" series to showcase new and talented musicians. These may be artists who are beginning on the road to a long and fruitful career or artists who have remained on the radar but have never had the opportunity to have their music showcased to larger audiences in a physical format.

With that in mind, the label is pleased to announce the Partisan Records Co. 7" series. These will be vinyl-only releases on high quality vinyl which will be a showcase of new songs from these bands, or doing a split with current artists on the Partisan Records roster.

Officially, this is the second release in the series, with Deer Tick sharing the wax with long time tour companion Jonny Corndawg. A limited pressing of 1000, on two color variations of white and sky blue at 500 per color.

Deer Tick offers the fan-favorite ZZ Top cover "Cheap Sunglasses" while Corndawg gives fans a taste of his upcoming studio album with "Chevy Beretta" and "Nightrider". These will only be available on the bands respective tours and in the Partisan webstore.

Look for one at the merch table at Music Hall tonight, or at one of the other upcoming Tick shows (dates listed below). Grab one of the Corndawg songs now, above.

And speaking of Partisan Records, Deer Tick isn't their only artist playing in NYC tonight and tomorrow. Mountain Man opens for Jonsi at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight, and Partisan's latest signing (it was announced like today), Warm Ghost plays tomorrow/Thursday (11/11) at Glasslands with Grandchildren and a DJ set by The Antlers (Valleys and Foxes In Fiction were both also on the Glasslands bill, but had to cancel).

More pictures from Webster Hall (2 of the bands only), and all Dawes and Deer Tick and Warm Ghost (not to be confused with Glass Ghost) tour dates, below...

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