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Jack White
Jack White
Jack White

It was 2001 all over again at Governors Ball this weekend as Jack White played White Stripes songs on Saturday, the same day The Strokes co-headlined and one day before Interpol played. Another set of pictures and the setlist from Jack's performance are in this post.

Meanwhile, Newport Folk Festival is already sold out, but the July Rhode Island fest announced today that they've added Jack White to the 2014 lineup! Newport's Jay Sweet writes:

When George Wein asked me to come aboard I immediately compiled my list of every artist that for some reason or another has not played Newport Folk but should. It's always a pleasure to cross off a name, especially as there are so few left on the original list. In fact the elusive handful remaining have become known around the office as the "White Whales".

During that same first meeting, George also asked me what we could do to help bring the blues back to Newport in a meaningful and explosive way, something that would tie Newport's history with Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Skip James and of course Son House to the present. I circled a name atop the list and answered, "Jack White".

It was an easy answer as I had just seen the great film "It Might Get Loud" in which Mr. White sits alone listening to a Son House record.

Listening to the haunting "Grinnin' In Your Face", Mr. White muses, "By the time I was about 18 somebody played me Son House, that was it for me. This spoke to me in 1,000 different ways. I didn't know that you could do that just singing and clapping and it meant everything, it meant everything about rock and roll, everything about expression, creativity and art. One man against the world, and one song. That's my favorite song, still is too. I heard everything disappearing, it didn't matter that he was clapping off time, it didn't matter that there was no instruments being played, all that mattered was the attitude of the song."

I knew right then he was the answer and he had to come to Newport Folk.

It's only taken six years, but it is my distinct pleasure to cross another "White Whale" off our list. In 1967 at Newport, Son House brought his version of the B-L-U-S-E; now 47 years later, we can't wait to bring some explosive blues back to the festival. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Jack White.

- JAY SWEET
Producer, Newport Folk Festival

We also just caught Jack, whose new album Lazaretto is out this week, at Free Press Summer Fest.

More tour dates, pictures and the setlist from Randall's Island, and the new video for the new album's title track, below...

Continue reading "Jack White played Governors Ball, added to Newport Folk Fest! (pics, video, setlist, dates) "

Thao on Pier 84 in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Thao

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down have a few festival appearances scheduled for this year, including , Sasquatch, and Newport Folk Festival. Thao plays the Sunday (7/27) of Newport Folk Fest, and the next day she'll come to Brooklyn for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/28). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (3/19) at noon.

Speaking of Newport Folk Fest, everything is sold out except single-day Friday tickets, and Friday's (7/25) lineup includes Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, Death Vessel, Robert Hunter and more. Full lineup here.

All of Thao's dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Thao and the Get Down Stay Down playing NYC after Newport Folk Festival (dates, lineup)"

Colin w/ The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Colin Meloy

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy was just in Rhode Island to play Newport Folk Festival (where he was joined by Black Prairie, aka the rest of the Decemberists), which was one of a few solo sets he had scheduled for summer festivals this year. He's now announced that in addition to those festival appearances, he'll be doing some solo club dates as well, including one in NYC on November 1 at Town Hall. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. The dates are all on (or near) the east coast, but Colin says west coast dates are on the way.

When we last spoke, we posted a 15 second video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport. High quality video of the full song has since surfaced. Check it out, along with a list of all tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) announces solo tour"

Fiona Apple at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has announced that she'll embark on another tour this fall, which is being billed as "Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills." Blake also opened and played in her band on Fiona's last tour, and we just caught him on stage with Dawes at the Newport Folk Festival.

Regarding the name of the tour, Fiona and Blake say, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." The tour comes to NYC for a show on October 22 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at 11 AM with a presale starting Tuesday (7/30) at 10 AM.

Fiona also recently made a video for "Hot Knife" off her 2012 LP, The Idler Wheel.... The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, her ex-boyfriend and famous movie director (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia). Check out that video, along with Fiona's list of fall tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Fiona Apple & Blake Mills announce 'Anything We Want' tour (dates & "Hot Knife" video)"

Chris Funk vs Jim James staring contest (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Chris Funk

The Newport Folk Festival went down in Rhode Island over the weekend with sets from Beck, Father John Misty (who also played Terminal 5), Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (who plays NYC tonight), Phosphorescent, Feist, Cold Specks, and more. Like we guessed they would, Black Prairie (aka most of the Decemberists except Colin Meloy) joined Colin during his solo set, turning part of the show into a full Decemberists gig. Check out an instagram video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport Folk Fest, along with longer videos from each of their respective sets, below.

In other Newport Folk Fest news, Decemberists/Black Prairie member Chris Funk involved himself in a 25 minute staring contest with My Morning Jacket's Jim James, as you can see above. Chris Funk and Annalisa Tornfelt also sat in with Beck (who played an intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge before Newport).

Before Black Prairie return home, they'll stop in NYC tonight (7/29) to play City Winery with Michael Hurley.

Videos and more tour dates below..

Continue reading "watch Black Prairie join Colin Meloy at Newport Folk Festival, see them at City Winery tonight (dates & video)"

Deer Tick @ Newport Folk Festival 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival goes down in Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island this weekend. Playing the fest are Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats, Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley of Deer Tick, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and more. Check out the PDF schedule.

Tickets are sold out but those without one can still get in on the action via the WFUV stream. "WFUV's Rita Houston and Alisa Ali will host the coverage, along with Ann Powers and Bob Boilen of NPR Music. Performances from the Newport Folk Festival will air live on 90.7FM and wfuv.org on Friday from 2:30-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12-8 p.m."

Many of the artists playing the fest are also playing NYC this week like Beck (who also just announced a very small show), Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Will Oldham, Beth Orton, Houndmouth, Frank Turner and Black Prairie.

Deer Tick, who have a new album on the way, are once again hosting three festival afterparties at the Newport Blues Cafe, the full lineups of which were just announced:

afterparties

Friday 7/26: Langhorne Slim & Bobby Bare Jr. & Deer Tick
Saturday 7/27: Justin Townes Earle & Jason Isbell & Deer Tick
Sunday 7/28: The Felice Brothers; Deer Tick playing new album Negativity in full.
Like the afterparties their friends in Dawes are also doing, they're all sold out now, but if you're at the fest, they'll "be giving two tickets to Sunday night" to the "attendee who instagrams the best photo on Saturday afternoon at 3pm" with hashtags #negativity and #lookup. They add, "All you have to do is look up." (hint: look up at 3pm on Saturday).

Jim James, who is back at the fest for the 2nd year in a row, isn't playing those after parties and is done with NYC for now, but just announced a September tour that hits Alabama, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and other places. All of his dates are listed, along with a mini documentary about the 2012 Newport Fest that you can watch, below.

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest this weekend, WFUV live stream, afterparties & related NYC shows included"

The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Decemberists

It's been a while since we've heard from The Decemberists, but the band's members are still finding ways to keep busy. Their side project, Black Prairie, whose lineup now includes four of the five Decemberists members (Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, and John Moen -- aka everyone except Colin Meloy), released a new album this year which is a "soundtrack" for New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones. You can stream that album in its entirety below, and read what Jon Mooallem had to say about it at Slate.

Black Prairie are also going on a tour which includes previously discussed stops at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival. The tour hits NYC for a show with Michael Hurley at City Winery on July 29, the day after they play Newport Folk Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Colin Meloy plays Newport Folk Fest too, so if he and his bandmates don't team up for at least one Decemberists song, that's just cruel and unusual. It's one of three solo shows Colin has scheduled (all festivals, none in NYC). All upcoming Black Prairie and Colin Meloy dates are listed below.

Finally, as mentioned, John Moen is releasing a new solo album, Revise Your Maps, on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records. We already posted the song "Ramble Scramble" from that album, and John just released the album's title track, which you can stream below (via Billboard).

Continue reading "Black Prairie released a book soundtrack, touring; John Moen released a new song; Colin Meloy playing solo shows"

Beck @ Outside Lands Festival 2013 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Beck

As mentioned, Beck will be on the East Coast this summer, playing a special acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival (tickets). He'll also play few other shows in the area, including a Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on August 4. Tickets to the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday, May 10.

UPDATE: Beck was also added to Bob Dylan and Wilco's Jones Beach show.

No word on a new Beck album, but he did release that Song Reader sheet-music-only album back in December. Maybe he'll play some of those. All Beck tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Beck playing East Coast shows after Newport Folk Fest, including Celebrate Brooklyn! (dates)"

Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"

Wheelie

We're not exactly sure what he'll be doing but Fred Armisen is playing Bowery Ballroom on February 19. Tickets are on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Pissed Jeans at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the just-added second Lord Huron show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Mac DeMarco at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

The Joy Formidable play two shows in NYC: April 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 18 at Webster Hall. Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Everything Everything at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Black Angels at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Suuns at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Fu Manchu at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Spacehog play a late show at Mercury Lounge on February 26. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Akron/Family at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Lemonade play Cameo on Valentines Day (2/14) and tickets to that show are on sale now.

Little Green Cars play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 26. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Though the lineup won't be announced for a while, 'Early Bird' and 'Three Day' passes for the 2013 Newport Folk Festival are already sold out. It's not too late to get a 'Two Day' or 'Single Day' ticket though.

Graham Parker & the Rumour play Gramercy Theatre on April 14. Tickets are on sale now.

Industrial legends KMFDM play Irving Plaza on March 21. Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Jessica Amaya

Iron & Wine/Sharon Van Etten/Dear Tick, NFF 2012
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival

My Morning Jacket's tribute to Helm brought to mind when the late drummer played "Makes No Difference" on the same stage in 2010. Ghosts loomed large everywhere this year; Iron & Wine's Sam Beam covered "Long Black Veil," Spirit Family Reunion paid tribute to Karen Dalton with "Green Rocky Road" and the recently departed Doc Watson, who played Newport several times over the decades, was projected on a giant screen above the main stage between sets. Woody Guthrie received the biggest tribute; Morello, Jim James and the Guthrie Family Reunion, a collection of Woody's extended family, sang his songs in separate sets to mark his centennial. [Rolling Stone]
After a kickoff show with Wilco, Blizten Trapper, and Megafaun, the Newport Folk Festival fully began this past Saturday (7/28) in Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park with performances by Iron & Wine, Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes, Guthrie Family and more. Pictures of those artists are in this post.

As mentioned in the Rolling Stone review above, many late folk legends were honored at the show with tributes from their disciples, especially Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year, and was also honored by Wilco at the pre-show. Sunday's (7/29) lineup also saw a set from New Multitudes, the new project of Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker whose album is made up entirely of previously unreleased Guthrie lyrics.

If you couldn't make it to the festival, did you stream it online? If not, NPR has got the archives of many sets including those of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Spirit Family Reunion, First Aid Kit, and more.

More pictures from Newport Folk Fest are below.

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2012 Saturday pics (Iron & Wine, Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes, Guthrie Family and more)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Wilco at Newport - 7/27/12
Wilco

Newport Folk Festival went down over the weekend (7/28-29), but before things kicked into full gear, a pre-show went down on Friday (7/27) with sets from Wilco (who were just in NYC), Blitzen Trapper, and Megafaun. Wilco played a two hour set with included "Christ for President" from Mermaid Avenue and brought Woody Guthrie's granddaughter out for the encore.

If you missed the show, maybe you streamed it live. If you missed that too, you can listen to archives of Wilco's set, Blitzen Trapper's set, and Megafaun's set at NPR.

More pictures and Wilco's setlist from the Newport Folk Fest pre-show below.

Continue reading "Wilco, Blitzen Trapper & Megafaun played the Newport Folk Fest pre-show (pics, setlist & audio stream)"

Nels Cline of Wilco (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Newport Folk Fest

The 2012 Newport Folk Festival begins in Rhode Island tonight with a concert by Wilco (7:30pm), Blitzen Trapper (6pm), and Megafaun (5pm). If you're not there, you can, as previously mentioned, listen live at NPR which will also be broadcasting from the sold out fest all weekend long.

Wilco just left NYC where they played Prospect Park, Prospect Park again, Fallon, and Terminal 5. Check out the Terminal 5 setlist below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest streaming at NPR, kicks off with Megafaun, Blitzen Trapper & Wilco (who played Terminal 5)"

Jonny Corndawg at Red Hook Park in June (more by Tracy Allison)
Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg is touring the US and Canada in the upcoming weeks, and after that run brings him to Newport Folk Festival, he'll make his way to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on August 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon.

UPDATE: Jonny also plays Union Pool on August 3.

In related news, if you can't make it to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival, NPR will be streaming it as they've done for the past four years as well. They'll also be streaming the Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 4-5). Check out a Newport Folk Fest video from NPR along with a list of all Jonny Corndawg dates below.

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg touring; NPR streaming Newport Folk Fest"

Radio dude

Tickets are now on AmEx, Chase and "Internet" presale for Metric's Radio City Music Hall show.

Talk Normal, Religious to Damn & ATM are playing Glasslands June 22. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's show with Doldrums and Field Mouse at Glasslands on 6/8. The show is part of a tour for UMO and Doldrums that also hits Mercury Lounge.

UMO also play Googa Mooga this weekend.

Tickets are on sale for Young Magic & Quilt's 6/28 show at Glaslands. Young Magic recently remixed Doldrums and also play Mercury Lounge on their tour with Quilt.

Though it wasn't in our last-posted list of dates, Zambri, who joined Bear on Heaven on state at MHOW (a show Doldrums opened), have a show coming up at Brooklyn Bowl on 5/23 with Caged Animals, and AIMES Tickets are on sale.

Tickets go on sale at noon for for Lemonade's big show.

The Musical Box, "the exclusive, authorized by Peter Gabriel, recreation of Genesis" are performing The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with "all 1,100 original slide projections from the '74-'75 tour" this year. Tickets for an 11/23 show at the Grand Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon. Regular sale starts Friday at noon which is also when you can get tickets for the 11/21 Wellmont Theater show.

The Felice Brothers are playing Brooklyn Bowl on 6/15 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale.

Maybe the Felice Brothers will play one of Deer Tick's THREE curated Newport Folk Festival after-shows at the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. Deer Tick curated and play all three nights, July 27, 28 & 29, with special guests. All three just went on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the Violens show happening at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (5/16).

Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Ziegler)
Wilco

Wilco dates have been popping up here and there, but are now part of a fully announced tour that happens in May, June, July and August.

East Coast shows currently start on July 21st when Wilco join The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog for a Philadelphia-area show that is part of the three-day 2012 XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, sort of...

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, now in its 8th year at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, regularly features an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists on two stages over three days. This year, we're excited to expand our festival grounds into the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of the festival on Saturday, July 21 for all of our 3-Day Pass holders. Every 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru includes one lawn seat admission to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show on Saturday, July 21 at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Full festival lineup still TBA.

Wilco then don't have anything scheduled for a few days (for now?) and then hit the Newport Folk Festival which they were recently added to, sort of. The Rhode Island Wilco show is a Friday night show with Blitzen Trapper & Megafaun while the rest of the festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The Wilco show goes on sale Friday at 11am.

Wilco also currently have shows scheduled in Cooperstown, Hartford, Rochester, and everywhere listed, but not NYC (yet?), below...

Continue reading "Wilco announce tour dates including XPoNential Music Festival in Camden & Newport Folk Fest (dates)"

Newport Folk Fest
Newport Folk Fest

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.

photos by Jim Brueckner

Emmylou Harris
Newport Folk Festival

Day two (7/31) of Newport Folk Festival featured performances by The Cave Singers, Wanda Jackson, Justin Townes Earle, Middle Brother, Elvis Costello, M. Ward, Emmylou Harris and others. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.

Like they've done in the past, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello performed together on one of Elvis's songs. She performed guest vocals with him and The Imposters on "Scarlet Tide."

Mountain Man also played day two of the fest. Pictures of their set are HERE. Pictures from the first day are HERE. The rest from day two, below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2011 - belated Day 2 pics & audio (Emmylou Harris, Middle Brother, M Ward, Elvis Costello & more)"

photos by Jim Brueckner

Mavis Staples
Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival took place in Rhode Island this past weekend (7/30-31). Day one featured performances by The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Gogol Bordello, Tegan and Sara, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples (who was joined by Colin Meloy), The Decemberistsand others. Pictures from that day are in this post. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.

The Felice Brothers, who are no longer playing Truck America, added Nicole Atkins as an opener to their 9/29 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still on sale. You can also catch Nicole tonight (8/3) at Bowery Ballroom when she opens for Fountains of Wayne.

The PS22 Chorus also played day one. Pictures and videos of their set are HERE. Sallie Ford pics & video HERE. More pics from the rest of day one below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2011 - Day 1 in pics (Decemberists, Mavis Staples, Gogol Bordello, Tegan & Sara, Gillian Welch, more)"

photos by Jim Brueckner

Sallie Ford @ Newport Folk Fest
Newport Folk Festival

Partisan Records was repping hard in Newport over the weekend. Between the fest itself and a bunch of afterparties, there were all kinds of Deer Tick-related collaborations going on including Partisan's Mountain Man playing the fest and later joining Middle Brother on stage, and Partisan's Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside playing the fest (pics in this post) in addition to Sallie singing John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves" with Deer Tick's John McCauley, twice - both at the fest and at an afterparty. Video of both times can be watched below.

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside make their network television debut on Letterman tonight (8/3). They also open for Jolie Holland (like they did recently at Bowery Ballroom) in Philly tonight before continuing on tour. Deer Tick play a free show with Dom in NYC soon and other dates. All Sallie Ford dates and those videos and more pics from Newport too, below...

Continue reading "Sallie Ford covered John Prine w/ John McCauley in Newport (video, pics, Letterman tonight)"

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 Jim Brueckner

Newport Folk Festival

You've seen the uplifting YouTube videos of the school children from Staten Island, but to witness their contagious innocent joy in-person is even more of a must. It's almost as if each popular number that they cover, they are canonizing by allowing the listeners to hear the songs through the ears of a child. Their version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was a true goosebump moment. [Metro]
Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, who are known to cover bands like MGMT Ariel Pink, and Freelance Whales (who also played the festival), played day 1 (7/30) of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. . They covered songs by Adele, Lykke Li, John Lennon, Austra and others.

Pictures and videos from their set at Newport below...

Continue reading "The PS 22 Chorus covered Austra, Lykke Li, Adele, MGMT, Ariel Pink & more @ Newpot Folk Fest (pics & videos)"

David Wax Museum at B.O.M.B. Fest in May (more by Eric M. Townsend)
David Wax Museum

"David Wax is a rabbi in New Jersey recently accused of murder, but that's not the David Wax who fronts the David Wax Museum, a Latin folk band! This is all a terrible coincidence. David Wax and the other members play a raucous, Mexican-tinged folk music that also pays homage to indie rock (but without any ironic detachment)."
[Express Night Out]
David Wax Museum kicked off a run of summer dates at Clearwater Festival last month. They've got more scheduled through September including a free NYC show tonight (7/27) in Madison Square Park, before they hit the SOLD OUT Newport Folk Festival this weekend. Tonight's show is part of the Madison Square Music Oval Lawn Series, which presents free music in Madison Square Park every Wednesday through August 10. Doors open at 7 PM.

Wanda Jackson, who also plays Newport, plays a free show in NYC tonight (7/27) too. Hers is at Central Park Summerstage with Imeida May.

The Head and the Heart also play Newport and have more shows coming up including 3 headlining shows in NYC, and one at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan which hits Governors Island for three days (8/26-28). They play Governors Island that Saturday, as do David Wax Museum (don't hold it against them).,

All David Wax tour dates, a video of them performing at NPR's Tiny Desk, and a new live video too, below...

Continue reading "David Wax Museum plays Madison Square Park today before heading to Newport w/ Wanda Jackson & many more (dates)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

John McCauley, Jonny Corndawg, Matt Vasquez @ BV-SXSW
Middle Brother

Jonny Corndawg is releasing his album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30. He'll celebrate the release of the album that same day (8/30) at Union Pool. Other bands TBA. John McCauley of Deer Tick provides guitar on the album. Check out the artwork and stream two tracks below.

The Union Pool show is 4 days after Jonny Corndawg plays The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ (8/26) with Jessica Lea Mayfield. Tickets are on sale now. Jessica Lea Mayfield recently contributed a cover of Nirvana's "Lounge Act" to Newermind. Kinda funny that Deer Tick isn't on that album.

Speaking of Deer Tick, friends, lovers and frequent tourmates Those Darlins are currently on an extensive tour that includes some dates this month with Old 97's. Those Darlins will hit NYC on October 14 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Middle Brother (featuring John McCauley of Deer Tick) are not done yet and will play a rare set at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island at the end of the month. It is their only scheduled date though. Delta Spirit (whose singer is also in Middle Brother) also play the SOLD OUT fest. Middle Brother, Dawes, Cordawg & Deer Tick played Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall in April, not long after Middle Brother and Deer Tick (and Corndawg) played a set at the Partisan Records/BV day party in Austin that The Old 97's also played. A belated set of pictures from that free show at Barbarella are in this post. More of them below.

Dawes (whose singer and drummer are also in Middle Brother) are currently touring overseas, but will return next week and head out on tour with Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas). That tour hits Beacon Theater on August 2nd (the show is sold out though tickets are still available for the NJ show happening one day later). All dates are listed below.

Deer Tick also has dates coming up including a free show at Pier 54 (8/11) with DOM. More dates below.

Jo Schornikow of the John McCauley approved Shivers plays on Sunday (7/24) at Death by Audio as part of the "Permanent Wave's SOUND WAVE to Benefit the International Women's Health Coalition" at the all ages venue. Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus, Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick's previous band, is on the bill too.

More Middle Brother pics, tours of tour dates and stuff below...

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"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...

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