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photo: Nellie McKay at Feinstein's in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Earlier this year, Nellie McKay released My Weekly Reader, an album of covers of '60s songs by the Small Faces, Country Joe McDonald, Moby Grape, The Beatles and more. During the sessions for that album, she also recorded a cover of Gene McDaniels' "Compared to What" which didn't make the cut. We've got the premiere of that non-album track in this post, and you can listen below.

Nellie is about to begin a tour this weekend, which hits NYC on Sunday (11/8) at The Cutting Room. Tickets are available, and proceeds benefit the Wild Bird Fund.

Nellie will also be one of the guests at The New Standards' show on December 11 at Lincoln Center. (Update: This post initially listed the incorrect lineup. Full lineup TBA.) All dates are listed below.

The above photo of Nellie was taken at her Feinstein's residency in 2011 by our dear friend and former BV photo editor, Chris La Putt, who sadly passed away from cancer this year. Nellie told us that was one of her favorite pictures that Chris ever took of her, and she wrote the following for him:

Why do the good die young? Because Jesus wants them in heaven to frolic with the lambs.
Also Chris was fun to drink with & you know how Jesus is...
It shoulda been me - this guy was too nice to die.
What a tragedy...we miss you Chris.
Thanks for the kind words Nellie.

Listen to the new song and browse her tour dates below...

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Nellie McKay

Singer/songwriter/actress Nellie McKay released the '60s covers album My Weekly Reader and toured earlier this year, and now she's set to hit the road again. Her current schedule of dates begins this week, and includes a NYC show on July 23 at Le Poisson Rouge. The show's with her band, the Kosmic X-Rays ("Kosmic" with a "K" as an ode to Janis Joplin), which features Alexi David (bass), Cary Park (guitar), and Kenneth Salters (drums). Ninety-one-year old jazz pianist and "Schoolhouse Rock!" composer Bob Dorough (who Nellie's collaborated with) will be a special guest for the evening as well. Tickets for LPR are on sale.

Nellie also wrote a new Japanese song, "Doko Demo Doa." You can listen to that here and browse her list of tour dates below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay has a new song, touring (dates & stream)"

Nellie McKay

Singer/songwriter and actress Nellie McKay is releasing the followup to 2010's Home Sweet Mobile Home this year with My Weekly Reader on March 24. It's a '60s covers album that has her taking on songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, Crosby Stills & Nash, Small Faces, Frank Zappa, Herman's Hermits, Steve Miller Band, Richard & Mimi Farina, Moby Grape, Country Joe McDonald, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Cyrcle and Alan Price. Keeping with the '60s theme, she recorded it with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Her cover of Moby Grape's "Murder In My Heart for the Judge" came out a little while back and can be streamed below, and we've now got the premiere of her cover of another California psych/folk rock artist, Country Joe McDonald. She does "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," as you can hear while you watch the very appropriate visual accompaniment (by The Joshua Light Show), below. Tracklist below too.

Nellie's also going on a tour, which includes five shows at NYC's 54 Below, the cabaret supper club in the basement of Studio 54. She plays the club on April 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18. The venue's event description reads: "Led by a trail of incense, Nellie revisits some of the melodies from the 1960s in her new show. Celebrating the release of her new album, My Weekly Reader, she will travel to a land of strange and wonderful musical delights with the grooved assistance of her magical band, The Cosmic X-Rays (Alexi David/bass, Cary Park/guitar, Kenneth Salters/drums)... A splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Tickets for all five shows are on sale now.

On the day of the album's release (3/24), Nellie will play a free in-store at Barnes & Noble in TriBeCa at 6 PM. If you purchase the album at B&N, you get priority seating, and she'll be signing CDs afterwards.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay releasing a '60s cover album, touring, playing six NYC shows (dates & new song stream)"

The Rosebuds at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Delorean at MHOW in January (more by Landon Speers)

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

The Rosebuds, Jesse Marchant, Dana Buoy @ Rough Trade
North Carolina duo The Rosebuds are relative indie rock veterans at this point but their anthemic brand of pop seems to be in step with the Zeitgeist currently. They do "whoa ohs" better than most and new LP Sand + Silence was produced by Justin Vernon.

Temples, Spires @ Asbury Lanes
UK psych band band Temples released their debut album earlier this, which is slick but well-done Britpop. They sound great live, too, and are well matched with Brooklyn band Spires tonight.

Brian Degraw, Rioux, Stephon Alexander, Archie Pelago, Dutch E Germ @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's Baby's show is a great showcase of the eccentric sounds of NYC's electronic scene. Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw headlines, and the show is also the album release party for Rioux and Stephon Alexander's collaborative LP Here Comes Now. The bill's rounded out by Mister Saturday Night associates Archie Pelago and Brian's former GGD bandmate Dutch E Germ.

Bad Rabbits, Kent Odessa, Johnny Stimson @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is a lineup is headlined by Boston funk-rock combo Bad Rabbits.

Cassandra Wilson, Campbell Brothers @ Damrosch Bandshell
Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, this show features jazz vocal legend Cassandra Wilson, and steel guitar maestros the Campbell Brothers performing Coltrane's masterwork, A Love Supreme. Free.

Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam, Cousin Brian @ Death By Audio
Those who dig '90s style indie rock -- Tuscadero or Blake Babies for example -- will definitely dig Philly trio Amanda X whose new album does this very well. Also on the bill: quality Maryland post-hardcore outfit Two Inch Astronaut.

Full Moon Fest w/ Delorean, The Knocks, Claptone, The Aston Shuffle, Son Lux, Le Youth, Penguin Prison, Young & Sick, Chela, JDH & Dave P, Wave Racer, EMEFE, Panam Wedding @ Governors Island
The fourth annual Full Moon Fest goes down on Governors Island today with an electronic-oriented lineup of Balearic pop band Delorean, art pop musician Son Lux, indie-R&B band Young & Sick, Australian bass dropper Wave Racer and more.

Pictureplane, Octo Octa, Future Punx, Germans @ Palisades
Electronic artist and Brooklyn DIY mainstay, Picturelane, headlines this bill that also includes neo new wavers Future Punx.

Asian Dub Foundation, Taylor McFerrin @ Prospect Park Bandshell
The free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continue tonight with long-running English electronica band Asian Dub Foundation and Brainfeeder's Taylor McFerrin.

Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz @ South Street Seaport
This week's edition of Seaport Music Festival is the trippiest of the run with Black Bananas -- currently mixing electronics, garage rock and questionable pharmaceuticals -- and and the more straight-up garage of Shockwave Riderz.

Funky Meters, Gedeon Luke @ Brooklyn Bowl
Legendary New Orleans groove merchants Funky Meters are still going, and bring the dynamite tonight.

Jackson Browne, Jackshit @ City Winery
Currently touring amphitheaters with John Fogerty, songwriting and mellow '70s legend Jackson plays a much more intimate show tonight. Will he play "Lawyers in Love"?

Nellie McKay @ 54 Below
Charming singer-songwriter is at this supper club all week, debuting her new show, "A GIRL NAMED BILL: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton."

Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within the Ruins, Fallujah, Boreworm, ZFL (Zero for Life) @ Irving Plaza
This year's Summer's Laughter tour (I mean Summer Slaughter) is a bit less laughable than usual with notable sets from Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore and Origin.

The Zombies @ BB King Blues Club
The Zombies made some of the best and most influential baroque pop that there is with their 1968 album, Odyssey and Oracle and their early singles. Their tours today don't always include as much Odyssey material as we'd like, but they're still nothing short of a great time.

Blowfly, Runny, Citizen Blast Kane @ Grand Victory
Ah, the weird, weird world of Blowfly. Clarence Reid has had varied career, writing and producing for Sam & Dave, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Betty Wright. He's also released singles under his own name since 1963. But he's probably best known to the planet as Blowlfy, "the first dirty rapper" and a bizarro superhero that loves sex. Tonight should be...something.

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Pampers at MHOW, 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)

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

Bushwick Open Studios
This weekend is the annual Bushwick Open Studios, which is a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way.

Naam, Pampers, Iron Force, Tournament, Fletcher C. Johnson, Such Hounds, Blackout, The Montauk Project, No Way, Twin Strike @ Bushwick Collective Block Party
Part of Bushwick Open Studios, this free block party is also part of the Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show, showcasing some of the city's best street artists. They'll be doing their magic on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves all afternoon, with a terrific array of garage/punk bands -- like Pampers and Fletcher C. Johnson -- playing. Free.

WFMU Record Fair @ 69th Regiment Armory
The annual vinylpalooza also features live broadcasts from WFMU shows, with live performances today from Laura Cantrell. Get in cheap with out 69th Regiment Armory!

Eels, Chelsea Wolfe @ Apollo Theater
Indie rock veteran Eels' output continues to remain consistent with this year's The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, their eleventh album. Chelsea Wolfe opens with an acoustic set and she's not to be missed. And hey, maybe Eels will bring out Steve Perry again? Don't stop believin'.

Concert for Scotty @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a benefit for artist Simon Scott who's been battling cancer and has mounting medical bills. Dave Hill and Todd Barry host and musicians performing include The Bogmen, Annie Ragz, Beast Patrol, Ben Cartel, Bloodletters & Bad Men, Blubba Bros, Bucky Hayes, Desert Stars, Hidden Cities, Jerry Fuentes, Las Hormiguitas, Love Jupiter, Major Leans, Meredith Meyer, Patrick Salt Ryan, Poor Lily, Sun Ladders, The Supernatural and more. The concert starts at 4PM.

Living Colour @ City Winery
Living Colour's genre-breaking debut album Vivid, which spawned hits "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys," turned 25 last year and remains a classic.

NYC Popfest w/ The Spook School, Colour Me Wednesday, Heathers, Gold-Bears, The New Lines, The Cat's Miaow + The Shapiros (Pam and Bart), Marine Life, Lost Tapes @ Littlefield
NYC Popfest comes to a close with this all-day show at Littlefield, featuring some of the most anticipated acts of the week: '80s-era band The Popguns, scrappy UK upstarts The Spook School and Colour Me Wednesday, great Georgia band Gold-Bears and lots more.

Beverly, Mark Monnone, Pam Berry, Rocketship @ Trans-Pecos
If you missed Rocketship at Cameo last night, they play again today at this very non-Popfest-affiliated show featuring a lot of popfest bands, including solo sets from Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Glo-worm), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and headliners Beverly. This show starts early (1 PM) and most of it is over before today's Popfest show starts, if you wanna go to both.

Chrissie Hynde @ Rough Trade
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde releases what's technically her first-ever solo album this year (even if she's the only consistent Pretenders member) and from the sound of the singles she's released, she's still in good form. If you pre-ordered the album from Rough Trade, you can get into this 6 PM in-store, though space is limited.

Funebrarum, Pseudogod, Wrathprayer, Diabolical Messiah, Geryon, Arsantiqva @ Saint Vitus
Lots of international metal represented on this one with Russia's Psuedogod, Chile's Wrathprayer, Chile's Diabolical Messiah, and a few local bands too.

Julie Klausner, Ted Leo, Nellie McKay, Jake Folgnest, Danielle Henderson @ The Bell House
Julie Klausner does a live taping of her popular "How Was Your Week?" podcast tonight with frequent guests Ted Leo and Jake Fogelnest in tow, not to mention Nellie McKay.

Billy Idol @ The Space at Westbury
The man who perfected the curled-lip sneer, Billy Idol also has a lot more hits than you may remember, all from the golden age of MTV. Most of them -- "Eyes Without a Face," "Dancin' with Myself," "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" -- still sound pretty good today.

Hot 97 Summer Jam @ MetLife Stadium
Day-long NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns with some great stuff including 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and plenty more.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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Charming singer-songwriter Nellie McKay has some select dates lined up over the next few months, including a week's residency at Cafe Carlyle in NYC from February 18 - 22. All nights are at 8:45 PM with the final night (Saturday 2/22) having an additional 10:45 PM show. For reservations call (212) 744-1600 and for more info visit Cafe Carlyle's website.

Tonight, Nellie is in West Virginia taping an episode of long-running NPR show Mountain Stage that also features Justin Townes Earle, John Gorka, Wesley Stace, and Elizabeth & the Catapult. That episode will air at a later date TBA. Check Mountain Stage's broadcast schedule for updates. All Nellie McKay 2014 dates are listed below.

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The Allman Brothers are returning to Beacon Theatre for another multi-night run at the venue from March 7 to 22. Tickets to those shows go on sale Friday, January 10 at 10 AM, and there's a couple ongoing presales right now.

The Hood Internet, Pictureplane and Bearstronaut are playing a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Glasslands on January 16. It's free, but you do need tickets, which are on "sale" now.

'60s-era cult guitar hero Peter Walker, who we recently profiled, is playing Baby's All Right on February 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Scott Simon's Wonderful Town takes place at The Bell House on January 22 with Eugene Mirman, Nellie McKay, Polkabjorn & Kleine Heine, Nore Davis, and Mars mission specialists Jane Poynter & Tabor MacCallum. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Assuming the weather allows it too, the 8th Annual 50 FIrst Jokes, hosted by John F. O'Donnell, takes place at The Bell House tonight (1/3). Tickets are available.

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

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

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We haven't gotten a new album from the charming and talented Nellie McKay since 2010's Home Sweet Mobile Home but it's not because she's been slacking. Her off-Broadway show with Bill Irwin, Old Hats, debuted this spring to rave reviews and just wrapped up its run. She's also touring. That starts proper in October but has a few shows this month, including two in NYC Saturday (9/21) at Drom. Tickets to the 6 PM show and 9 PM show are on sale.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay touring, playing 2 NYC shows this weekend (dates)"

Nellie McKay at Feinstein's in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay is playing a few shows this month, including one at New London, CT's Garde Arts Center on Friday (10/5) and another at Outpost in the Burbs at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Saturday (10/6) in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Montclair show are on sale now. At the show, Outpost volunteers will be collecting donated women's clothing for Dress for Success of Morris County and "donors are encouraged to bring nearly-new suits and interview-appropriate women's attire (no shoes or accessories)." All Nellie McKay dates are listed below.

Nellie was just interviewed by Grace, during which -- before getting into her music -- they spoke about politics (an appropriate topic if you were watching the debates last night):

Are you concerned with what you see happening this election year, and the possible ramifications for women?

Yeah, well, it's hard to believe it's 2012. A woman's body is still not her own. The whole thing is, we have to have control. Birth control was a very strong statement - control is a very powerful word. But we still haven't got it. If you don't have that power over your own body, what power do you have? Sex education should be widely available. Anyone who doesn't like abortion should be supporting all the sex education, all the access to birth control. It doesn't make sense that the top anti-abortion groups oppose those things. It's ludicrous.

Yes, you can almost see a society where if those things were really robust, abortions would possibly decline?

Right. It's all about making informed decisions and choices. But it's worth noting - and I believe I remember reading that roughly half of all abortions - those people were on birth control. These things do fail. And let's not forget, feminism isn't just about the right to not have a child; it's about the right to have a child. So in countries where women are limited to one child, or there is infanticide against girls, no one is talking about that. It's all about us being in charge. ... I still think we need a better system; the two parties just aren't cutting it.

A video of Nellie from her Madison Square Park show in July and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "Nellie McKay playing shows (2012 tour dates)"

CocoRosie at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Tinderbox Music Festival, whose mission is to showcase innovative female artists and donate 100% of the proceeds to organizations empowering women in music, is returning to NYC this year, and unlike 2010's at Southpaw and 2011's at Knitting Factory, this year it takes place at the much larger Webster Hall on November 11 and CocoRosie will be headlining. No other details have been announced yet, so stay tuned for more to come.

There will also be a fundraiser for the festival which happens on September 13 at The Lounge at Wework (177 Lafayette St at Grand St) with Nellie McKay, Alyson Greenfield, and Dawn Landes' band The Bandana Splits. $50 tickets for the fundraiser are on sale now. The flier for the fundraiser is below.

CocoRosie resurfaced this year with a new single on Touch & Go (for whom the release was also a comeback). If you haven't heard the Dave Sitek-produced "We Are On Fire" or its Antony-featuring b-side, "Tearz for Animals," you can check them both out below.

Continue reading "CocoRosie headlining Tinderbox Music Fest at Webster Hall; Nellie McKay, Bandanda Splits & others playing the fundraiser"

Tift Merritt in Madison Square Park 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tift Merritt

The free 2012 Oval Lawn Series launches in NYC's Madison Square Park (between 5th and Madison Ave and 23rd and 26th St.) tonight (6/20) at 7PM with James Maddock and His Band and will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 8.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of free shows in Madison Square Park (where the Big Apple BBQ also happens). The full schedule with showtimes is listed below...

Continue reading "Madison Square Park 2012 free show schedule (starts tonight)"

Nellie McKay at Feinstein's (more by Chris LaPutt)
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Nellie McKay, who is currently on tour supporting Madeleine Peyroux, will again bring I Want To Live! to NYC, as part of a string of dates in late November. This time, McKay will hit Hiro Ballroom on November 26th, and tickets go on sale Friday at 10am. Full tour schedule is below.

McKay can also be found on the recently released Note of Hope, A Celebration of Woody Guthrie, a collection of collaborations with Rob Wasserman that focus on Guthrie's work. Also on board for Note of Hope are such notables as Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, Kurt Elling, Michael Franti, Tom Morello, Van Dyke Parks, Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Studs Terkel and many others. Look for it on 429 Records, stream some material at the site.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Nellie McKay announces shows, contributed to Woody Guthrie tribute CD"

photos by Bridget Laudien / Farm Sanctuary

Nellie McKay @ Cipriani
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Nellie McKay will revisit "I Want To Live!" at a show on June 30th at Joe's Pub. "I Want To Live!" is a biography of Barbara Graham, "the third woman to die in the gas chamber at San Quentin". Sunny stuff! Tickets are still available.

Nellie McKay performed on Saturday at the 25th annual Farm Sanctuary gala at Cipriani

"While some others might have been enjoying a big hearty sirloin, on Saturday, those devoted to the proper treatment of farm animals--people like the '80s actor Corey Feldman, the '80s actress Ally Sheedy, the singer-songwriter Nellie McKay and Tom and Kathy Freston--gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for the 25th anniversary gala of Farm Sanctuary.

...Farm Sanctuary's goals include protecting farm animals from cruelty and promoting "compassionate vegan living" -[Wall Street Journal]

If you haven't heard of Farm Sanctuary, check it out. It's an amazing place that does amazing things, and... it's a great place to go visit.

The NYC gala, which featured a 3-course gourmet, vegan meal, also featured apperances from Chevy Chase, Jesse Eisenberg, Eric Roberts, Russell Simmons, Fred Willard, and more as you can see in the pictures. More of them, along with all (two) Nelly McKay dates, and some songs, below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay played a Farm Sanctuary gala (Cory Feldman was there), playing Joe's Pub & PA (pics & dates)"

Ra Ra Riot @ BAM in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ra Ra Riot

today in NYC
* Veveritse @ Barbes
* Adam Levy @ Barbes
* Tanya Morgan @ Southpaw
* Harris Eisenstadt @ The Stone
* John Wesley @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Bizi Gara w/ Marco Benevento @ Cameo
* The Vinny Golia Septet @ The Stone
* Justin Bond, Doveman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Soft Landing, Zula, Koelie @ Cameo Gallery
* Wire, Weekend @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Wise Blood, Zambri, My Gold Mask, Lavalier @ Pianos
* David Liebe Hart (Tim & Eric), The Press @ Maxwell's
* Das Racist, Small Black, Wallpaper @ NYU
* Fostercare, Blissed Out, Megafortress @ The Delancey
* Royal Bangs, Fine Peduncle, The Grand @ Knitting Factory
* Hand, Sophia Knapp of Cliffie Swan, Hairy Sands @ Zebulon
* Alex Winston, Warm Ghost, Two Lights, Dirty Gold @ Mercury Lounge
* This City Defects, Multitudes, Noxious Foxes, Inzinzac @ Death By Audio
* AraabMuzik, Telephoned, Jasmine Solano, Zuzuka Poderosa @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ra Ra Riot, Sean Bones, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Diamondsnake (Japan Benefit) @ The Bell House
* Dred Scott Trio, Stripmall Ballads, Michael Daves, Dina Rudeen, Christopher Paul Stelling, Griffin Anthony, Beatie Wolfe @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Jesse Harris, The Cosmo Band featuring Larry Goldings, Anthony Wilson, Michael Leonhart, Clark Gayton, Mauro Refosco, Bill Dobrow, Rob Jost, Tony Scherr & more @ Le Poisson Rouge

Liam McEneaney hosts the Japan benefit with Ra Ra Riot, Sean Bones, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Diamondsnake, and more at the Bell House tonight. (Liam's weekly "Tell Your Friends" comedy show at Lolita Bar seems to have the night off).

Nellie McKay recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. You can watch that below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay began her first night of residency at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency with a collection of songs that described the story of Barbara "Bloody Babs" Graham, a prostitute and purported murderer who was the third woman executed in California. Incidentally, the title of Nellie's show at Feinstein's is called "I Want to Live!" which is the name of the 1958 movie about Graham.

Backed by a 4-person troupe, the set started off with a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and included other covers ranging from an Irving Berlin show tune to a Beatles song, along with a smattering of Nellie's own songs in between. According to the press release she'll be changing the material with a "mix of standards and original material" from set to set, with her 10:30 PM "Late Train" shows on Fridays and Saturdays exclusively featuring her own songs.

See Nellie at Feinstein's from now until April 2nd . More pictures and the setlist from the first night (3/22), below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay kicked off Feinstein's residency (pics & setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

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Planned Parenthood Rally - Foley Square

The 'Stand Up For Women's Health' rally went down in Foley Square this afternoon (2/26), from 1-3pm. According to a post-event press release,

On Saturday, February 26, thousands of people came together in Foley Square, in downtown Manhattan, to stand up for women's health, and fight back against the recent Congressional attacks against Planned Parenthood and family planning funding.

The rally comes on the heels of passage of dangerous anti-choice legislation in the House of Representatives, which, if made into law,
would eliminate basic health care and education services for millions of Americans - and according to Department of Health estimates, 800,000 New Yorkers.

Nellie McKay and John Darnielle played two songs each at the event. Lots of politicians spoke. More pictures, videos and the full speaker/performer list by minute (the setlist), below....

Continue reading "1000s (including Kathleen Hanna) rally for Planned Parenthood (Mtn Goats & Nellie McKay performed) -- pics & video"

The Mountain Goats at ACL (more by Tim Griffin)
Mountain Goats

On Saturday, February 26, celebrities, elected officials, musicians and women's health leaders will join thousands of New Yorkers in Foley Square to rally and stand up for women's health.

The rally comes on the heels of last Friday's passage of the Pence Amendment, a dangerous piece of legislation which, if made into law, would eliminate basic health care and education services for millions of Americans - and according to department of health estimates, 800,000 New Yorkers.

This Saturday, thousands from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, along with celebrities, musicians, non-profit organizations, and elected officials, will stand up for women's health, and encourage Senators to reject the Pence amendment, and send a clear message to members of Congress that attacks on women's health are attacks on all of us.

Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Turner, Christine Quinn, Kathleen Hanna, Chuck Schumer, and others will Stand Up For Women's Health Saturday (from 1-3pm) in Foley Square, across from the Court House in Manhattan. The rally, organized by Planned Parenthood, kicks off at 1PM and feature speakers and musical performances from Nellie McKay, The Mountain Goats, Maddy Wyatt, and more.

The Mountain Goats return to town in March as part of a tour that includes three shows at Bowery Ballroom. Two are sold out, but tickets are still available for the third. They also have an album on the way, All Eternals Deck, available for preorder on CD and LP (multiple vinyl colorways) with a bonus cassette-only album of demos (while supplies last).

Nellie McKay @ the Allen Room (more by Chris La Putt)

Nellie also has more upcoming shows. Besides a single date at Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV on April 24th, she is also doing another residency at Feinstein's at Loews Regency from March 22 through April 2nd and tickets are on sale for all nights (most nights have two performances).

The rally flyer & full list of advertised participants is below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay performing @ Planned Parenthood rally w/ The Mountain Goats, taking residency @ Feinstein's again"

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

MNDR & Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson

As previously mentioned, Mark Ronson will kick off two days of NYC shows starting tonight, Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The second night happens on Tuesday, 10/12, at the larger Webster Hall. Both shows, and the two California ones that were since added (dates below) are in support of Ronson's new album Record Collection which is out now.

And: "While in New York, Mark Ronson, along with Q-tip and MNDR, will perform the hit track 'Bang Bang Bang' on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, October 11th." MNDR is also confirmed as being a member of Ronson's band (The Business Intl) at all shows. Whether Q-Tip will show up at MHOW or Webster Hall is still a mystery.

Tickets to the Music Hall show are gone, but tickets are still available to the one at Webster Hall. Both shows will be opened by Francis & The Lights. Tickets are also still available for a third NYC appearance, also taking place Tuesday but in the afternoon, at WNYC's Greene Space. It will probably be a short show, but as a bonus, Nellie McKay is playing it too.

For a longer Nellie McKay show, catch her when she returns to Highline Ballroom on December 11th. Tickets are on sale now.

Mark Ronson and MNDR appeared at the Creators Project event that took place at Milk Studios in June. An unposted set of pictures from that event (where Ronson was only DJing), along with all dates, continue below...

Continue reading "Mark Ronson playing Letterman w/ Q-Tip, LA & Greene Space w/ Nellie McKay (who added a show too) -- dates & new pics "

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Patricia Scull

Nellie McKay

Like her albums and career choices, Nellie McKay's stage presence and between-song anecdotes are at once unpredictable, sarcastic, sometimes politically incorrect, yet altogether charming. At Sunday's Highline Ballroom show (part of the 2010 Highline Piano Series), she unabashedly revealed that she is a fan of neither Donald Trump nor Michael Buble, jokingly referred to the work of 1960's Doris Day (whose covers she has released on 2009's Normal As Blueberry Pie) as Day's "gay period," and was unafraid to break out a ukulele to perform a new reggae song about New York City bodegas. Not surprisingly, she has dabbled professionally in standup comedy and acting, but in between the verbal jabs and awkward anecdotes, McKay brings a nostalgic artistry in her sometimes timid, sometimes smirking yet always beguiling singular talent as a singer/songwriter.

To open the show, Spencer Reed, McKay's guitarist performed a 45-minute long set of both covers and original material from his new album People Just Don't Like Me, a gentle tongue-in-cheek mockery of the blues. Despite the lighthearted album title, Reed's tongue was firmly planted when performing well-represented, emotion-laden covers by Dizzy Gillespie and Hoagy Carmichael.

McKay's own set which hovered impressively around the two hour mark, included a little of everything from her repertoire. She performed material ranging from Ella Fitzgerald cover "A Tisket, A Tasket," with background vocals supplied in unison by her male bandmates confirming that yes, they too hoped she found that yellow basket, to a piece composed only of McKay's haunting soprano vibrato and a slowly rolling piano bass line. She rolled out fan favorite "The Dog Song," from 2006's Get Away From Me, a play on Norah Jones's Come Away With Me. She unsteadily and endearingly played a plastic white recorder of the elementary school variety alongside percussionist Ben Bynum, jabbered with upright bassist Willie Harvey about a song's key (after stopping the song due to her own mistake and jokingly asking, "Who wrote this goddamn song?!"), and she promptly came out for an encore after less than a minute backstage telling the audience, "I didn't want to go away for too long, or you might go away!" Amidst the banter, McKay conveyed her true talent with original songs as well as covers that showcased her well-crafted vocals.

McKay releases her fifth full-length album, Home Sweet Mobile Home on September 28, 2010 and will be back in New York City at Town Hall on October 15 at part of a show called Broadway Melody Makers.

More pictures from Highline Ballroom below...

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DOWNLOAD: Nellie McKay - Unknown Reggae (MP3)

Nellie McKay @ Spiegeltent in NYC 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

"We invite you to visit NellieMcKay.com for a free download of "Caribbean Time," the first single from her fifth album, Home Sweet Mobile Home. Written and arranged by Nellie and recorded in Jamaica with local musicians, "Caribbean Time" reflects her most culturally and musically diverse album yet.

"I have no idea how this album happened," says Nellie. "I guess I was looking for a sound to reflect our shrinking world and the bleed of culture crossing all kinds of borders." Reviewing a recent McKay show, Stephen Holden from The New York Times described her as a "vocal chameleon," and that varied musical palette is used to great effect on the 13 songs on Home Sweet Mobile Home.

Home Sweet Mobile Home is McKay's first album of all-original material since 2007's Obligatory Villagers and the follow up to 2009's Normal As Blueberry Pie - A Tribute to Doris Day."

Home Sweet Mobile Home, Nellie McKay's um, reggae album (which features two reggae songs), is out September 28th via Verve Records. As stated above, Nellie is giving away track, and now you can get a second one, pig noises and all, appropriately called "Unknown Reggae", above.

Not feeling the Jamaican vibe? No worries because Nellie will be singing and playing the piano at her next live live show (which presumably be a more traditional Nellie show). That is, Sunday at Highline Ballroom, part of the Highline Pianos series. Spencer Reed opens. Tickets are still on sale.

All dates and cover art below...

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Nellie McKay playing piano (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Highline Piano Series, eight nights of piano-centric pop and jazz at Highline Ballroom, kicks off Wednesday night (8/18, tonight) with a performances by Vienna Teng & Alex Wong and songwriter Joey Ryan. Tickets are still on sale. One highlight of this year's series will be Nellie McKay on August 29th (tickets are on sale). Nellie's only other upcoming NYC performance comes October 15th as part of Broadway Melody Makers (multiple performers doing Broadway tunes) at Town Hall. Tickets are on sale.

Last year, Highline Piano series hosted jazz legends like McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor. This year, Tyner will play his second free outdoor show of the summer (the first was June 23rd at Central Park SummerStage) on Saturday, August 28th at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. That's the first day of the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which features Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, JD Allen Trio, and Revive Da Live, who'll be performing a special Charlie Parker tribute set. The next day (8/29), Jimmy Scott, Vijay Iyer, The Cookers and Catherine Russell continue the fest at Tompkins Square Park. Both shows are free and start at 3pm.

The full Highline Piano Series schedule and Nellie McKay's tour dates are posted below...

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by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay

McKay first discovered Doris Day in high school while attending a protest at the National Aquarium in Baltimore (she remains an ardent animal-rights activist). Waiting for the bus back to her home in the Poconos, McKay went into a record store and bought Day's classic album It's Magic. "I'd never heard of her before," she remembers, "but I liked the picture on the cover, her smiling face." Listening to it back home, she liked the music even better, sought out more of Day's albums, and rented her movies.

McKay was already playing piano and singing jazz standards, leaning toward a hard-boiled style. "I secretly listened to Anita O'Day tapes in gym class," she says. Doris Day twirled a wisp of coquettishness into the mix of influences, which only sharpened her precocious quirkiness. "I started out authentically weird," she says, "then it became self-conscious. You get used to being alone, then you pursue being different."NY MAG

Dressed in a red & black strapless gown, Nellie McKay performed to a sold-out crowd at the Allen Room in Lincoln Center as part of their "American Songbook" series on Thursday night (2/18). It was the second time Ms. McKay had performed in the series and this time it was to perform her new album, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (on Verve, instead of Sony!), which introduced the music of Doris Day to a new generation of listeners. This is the fourth album in here career and arguably, the most cheerful. Normal as Blueberry Pie lacks the sarcastic punch of her previous albums but its beautiful arrangements and her unique and uncluttered voice still permeates throughout.

Nellie's cover of the "Black Hills of Dakota" a song from Calamity Jane, particularly piqued my interest. She wonderfully romanticized the song with the accompaniment of a beating tom tom and a flute that fluttered away as she sang. Compared to Doris Day's version in the film, it stands out on its own instead of mimicking Ms. Day. Backed by a 5-piece band, Nellie covered most of the album and ended with a crowd favorite "I Wanna Get Married."

If you missed her at the Allen Room, you can see her at her two-week residency in June at Feinstein's. Tickets are on sale for 14 shows (June 1st - 12th). Before that she'll be touring a few cities. All dates, a video of Kirk Douglas and Doris Day performing the "Very Thought of You" which is the first song on Nellie's album, and more pictures from the Allen Room show, below...

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Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay released Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day in October and she'll finally celebrate that release with a proper NYC show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room on February 18th (current ticket status = "Limited Availability").

There may be a chance to catch Nellie in NYC way before that though. She is rumored to be the special guest at Highline Ballroom on January 10th. Pavlo cancelled due to visa issues, and the bill now reads "Melinda Doolittle, Nikki Yanofsky, Chicha Libre & special guests!" Tickets are on sale.

Nellie also has other upcoming dates. She kicks of a two night run in Minneapolis tonight (1/6), and has plans to hit Seattle, Pennsylvania, Monteray, and NYC at least one more time before too long. No tickets yet, but she is scheduled to play Feinstein's at The Regency on June 1st. All dates and a mini documentary on the new album, below...

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David Byrne w/ Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom
David Byrne

I have, after many years, finished the Here Lies Love CD project - at least this iteration of it. It will come out [February 23rd] on Nonesuch. It's a collaboration with Fatboy Slim, an upbeat series of songs sung each one by a different singer. The songs are about Imelda Marcos and Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her. The package includes 2 CDs (22 songs), a DVD with videos of 6 of those songs, and a 100-page book that explains it all. Singers include Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine), Sia, Santigold, Nellie McKay, Sharon Jones, St. Vincent, Róisín Murphy and many more (even me on 1 and 1/2)... I am pretty excited about this, but who knows, it might just make people crazy.

We'll see. There will be more concrete news, with links and music, in early January.

In the meantime, I have decided to rebrand myself, inspired by Philip Morris changing their name to Altria, Blackwater to Xe, and the train I'm riding on right now that calls itself Acela - none of which mean anything, but they are cleverly evocative. When I decide on the magic word, you'll be the first to know.

-David Byrne

What should David Bryne's new name be? The full tracklist for the new record, which also features vocal turns by Steve Earle and Allison Moorer (who both just played NYC on Friday), Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Martha Wainwright, is below.

Here Lies Love premiered in March 2006 Australia, and Byrne brought the song cycle to Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's Perspectives Series in February 2007. As a stage show, the songs fit into a four act narrative, laid out in detail on Byrne's website. Those at either performance got a first look at the then-in-progress work...

Here Lies Love takes the form of a series of fairly traditional pop songs (verse-chorus-verse) played in a variety of styles (disco, rock, funk, latin, ballad) by Byrne and a small group of colleagues. Augmenting the core of guitar, bass and drums, is a percussionist and a keyboard player. The vocals are shared by Dana Diaz-Tutaan (Imelda), Ganda Suthivarakom (Estrella), and Byrne, who represents the 'voice' of other key players in Imelda's life. The stage itself is unadorned, although behind the band a small screen plays news clips and home movies of Imelda's life.

As already mentioned, the songs themselves are simple pop tunes, leaning heavily on the disco and dance genres, and could fit neatly onto any number of Byrne's solo albums. They are tuneful enough, and skillfully played, but I wonder about the connection of the music to Imelda's life. Would it have been possible to blend some traditional Filipino sounds and flavours into the music of Here Lies Love (although, admittedly, Imelda was a fan of Western dance music)? [Tidy Boy]

David Byrne will appear at a free, unticketed (first come, first served) event at the Bell House on Monday, January 11th. He presents "a short video/audio lecture called 'Creation in Reverse,' speaking to the ways that venue and context shape artistic creation, followed by a Q&A."

More Here Lies Love info and a video on the performance are below...

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American Songbook

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns in January for its twelfth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights of pop, folk, cabaret, country, rock, and show tunes, the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic contemporary songwriting. The 2010 season - January 13 through March 6 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including top jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater and rock's gritty queen, Marianne Faithfull. It will feature opportunities to hear the acclaimed stage actress Martha Plimpton and Broadway star Leslie Uggams in intimate concert settings. Two of the hottest composers on the theater scene - Jeanine Tesori ("Shrek The Musical" and "Caroline, or Change") and Michael Friedman "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and "Gone Missing") - will perform evenings of their music along with special guests. The growing presence and influence of Latin music in the American Songbook canon will be represented by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, two of the founding members of the band Los Lobos. Hidalgo and Perez will explore their four decades of writing and performing songs that are some of the best in Latin roots-rock. The series will close with an evening with one of Broadway's most enduring divas, the fabulous Chita Rivera.

American Songbook will be presented in the spectacular Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 1st at Lincoln Center's website AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for The Friends of American Songbook go on sale October 27th.

Suzanne Vega, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, Gabriel Kahane, and Nellie McKay are also playing shows as part of the series.

Dirty Projectors' most recent NYC show was a short set at the Bell House as part of the New Yorker Festival. Their next NYC shows are sold out gigs at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Full Lincoln Center schedule below...

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