Entries tagged with: Nicole Atkins
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Monika Rivard
The prolific Marco Benevento has been at it for over a decade, playing with The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Joe Russo and more. He's also a solo artist, and his next album The Story of Fred Short (Fred Short is the name of the upstate NY studio he founded) is due out in April 2016. His ties to the jam world are obvious, but there's an indie rock element to Benevento's work too. When reviewing the Benevento/Russo Duo's 2007 album for Pitchfork, Grayson Currin wrote:
Indie rock bands are playing jam festivals because the pay is good. But indie kids don't typically go to jammy shows, and indie rock is defined less by qualities and sounds than qualifiers and scenes. We're at a point when everything-- from robed cults in choirs and polyrhythmic harpists in animal skins to cantankerous bands bleating about child stars and splintery trios playing math rock-- is deemed "indie rock." And, even if they're avoiding the mantle while gigging with Anastasio, the Benevento/Russo Duo is bold indie rock for right now.He also compares it to "an instrumental Arcade Fire." The argument that this jam bander is making bold indie rock remains strong on "Dropkick," the first single from Benevento's new album which premieres in this post. It's lightly psychedelic pop that could appeal to Damon Albarn fans as much as (or more than) Jerry Garcia fans. The song comes out as an official single digitally and as a 7" (backed by a cover of The Crystals' "Little Girl") on November 27 (pre-order), but you can listen below now.
Benevento has dates coming up, including one in NYC this month. He and his band will be opening for Lettuce on night two of their two-night stand at Playstation Theater (11/14) (tickets). Then, he and Nicole Atkins team up for a holiday spectacular at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on December 5 with Deal Casino and special guests (tickets). All dates are listed below.
photo: Martin Sexton at Clearwater Festival 2014 (more by Chris LaPutt)
Theatre Within have announced details of their 35th annual John Lennon tribute show. It happens on December 4 at Symphony Space and celebrates Lennon's 75th birthday. (The show also happens four days before the 35th anniversary of his death.) Performers include Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, Martin Sexton, Nicole Atkins, and Richard Shindell, among many others. This year Eve Ensler, the writer of the Vagina Monologues, will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award. Full lineup for the celebration is is below and tickets are on sale now. Proceeds go to fund the John Lennon Real Love Project, "Theatre Within's mobile songwriting program which brings the healing power of John Lennon's music and creative expression to children undergoing long term medical treatment and with special needs."
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has a few musical releases coming up. In addition to her involvement in that John Malkovich album, she's also issuing a 7" vinyl release of the previously-released Christmas music she made with The Flaming Lips. Finally, she's shared one of the tracks from the upcoming remixes and covers album Yes, I'm A Witch Too. The track finds Death Cab for Cutie remixing "Forgive Me My Love" to haunting effect. The album is out February 19 via Manimal. Listen below.
In other Lennon-related news, the acoustic guitar used to record "Love Me Do" was auctioned off for an absurd sum of money over the weekend.
photos by P Squared Photography
Ryan Adams & Norah Jones / Valerie June / Charles Bradley / finale - 9/13/2015
A gaggle of talented folks came together at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/13) to pay tribute to the music of Neil Young and raise money for the Sweet Relief charity. Backed by the Cabin Down Below band, the first of two nights of NeilFest featured Ryan Adams and Norah Jones singing "Old Man" (Ryan also performed "Cinnamon Girl" and Norah sang "Don't Be Denied"), Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head performing "On the Beach," Charles Bradley belting out "Heart of Gold," Valerie June singing "Mellow My Mind" and The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon doing "After the Gold Rush." Fallon also came out with Jakob Dylan, Black Keys' Patrick Carnery and Butch Walker for "Ohio." Other performers included Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner with onetime Virgins singer Donald Cumming, Nicole Atkins (who was joined by rock photographer Danny Clinch), Danny Masterson (yes of That '70s Show), Adam Green, Michelle Branch, and more. Pictures, a few videos and setlist from Night 1 of NeilFest are in this post.
Tonight (9/14) is Night Two of NeilFest with much the same lineup. Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon has been added to tonight's bill and hopefully Sharon Van Etten, who was listed but didn't play Sunday night, will be there too. Kills/Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart was at Sunday night's show but didn't perform -- maybe she and Jack White (who are in town to be on Colbert's Late Show) will swing by? (But maybe not, if Patrick Carney will be there again.) We shall see. More pics from NeilFest Night 1, below
The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here's the full list of announced performers:
Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of LaredoTickets for Neil Fest go on "friends and family" presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.
Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N' Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
Manhattan Inn's new free At the Inn concert series continued on Monday (7/13) with a tribute to John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Alice Cooper. Performers for the night included Nicole Atkins, ex-Yellowbirds singer Sam Cohen, Delicate Steve/Saint Rich's Christian Peslak, funk band EMEFE, indie pop band TEEN, and a house band. They took turns paying tribute to the three legends, playing Lennon's "Jealous Guy," "I'm So Tired," "I Dig a Pony" and more; Nilsson's "Coconut," "One," "Gotta Get Up," "Without Her" and more; and Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Only Women Bleed."
You can check out more pictures and the full setlist below
good times with Dave and Rhett
Rhett Miller has released a video for "Most in the Summertime" which is from his new solo album The Traveller. The clip features cameos from Nicole Atkins (who played with him at City Winery earlier this week) and Dave Hill. Watch it below.
Meanhile, his band Old 97's will be on tour this fall, including two nights at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl on October 20 & 21. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Miller recently participated in the AV Club's Hatesong feature, offering up Michael Buble's "It's A Beautiful Day":
I didn't really dislike him personally until a couple of years ago I was in a restaurant and a song came on, and the person with whom I was eating said, "Hey, isn't that you?" And I listened for a second and I felt like, "Oh, yeah..." You know, in a restaurant you can't really hear what's happening. I thought, "Yeah, that's my song. That sounds like 'Perfume.'" Which was the single off the 97's Grand Theatre Vol. 2 in 2011. And as the song went on I realized, wait, there's a pre-chorus section; that's not in the song. And then it hit the chorus, and the chorus was different from my song, but weirdly, the lyrics in the chorus were the lyrics in my song. And so I Shazam-ed it, of course, and I figured out it was the Michael Bublé song called "It's A Beautiful Day."Find out the rest of the story at at AV Club...
Legendary songwriters John Lennon and Harry Nilsson will be paid tribute to by an impressive cast of musicians, including Nicole Atkins, Invisible Familiars (the project of Jared Samuel, who's worked with John Lennon's son Sean), Sam Cohen (ex-Yellowbirds), Emefe, TEEN, Christian Peslak (Delicate Steve, Saint Rich), and more. They're also promising some covers of Micky Dolenz, Alice Cooper and more surprises.
Like all At The Inn shows, it's totally free. RSVP is open.
photos by Greg Cristman
Primal Scream @ Warsaw 5/21/2015
Primal Scream wrapped up their North American tour with three shows in the NYC-area. Their second of two NYC shows happened Thursday night (5/21) at Brooklyn's Warsaw with an identical setlist to the previous night's Irving Plaza show. This was a stripped-down 'Scream, with core members Bobby Gillespie, guitarist Andrew Innes, keyboardist Martin Duffy, plus drummer Darrin Mooney (who's been with them since the late '90s), and bassist Simone Marie Butler who replaced Mani a few years ago. No backup singers, no fancy projections, just a set loaded (pun intended) with favorites. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Like Irving Plaza the night before, Nicole Atkins opened the show. Primal Scream's tour wrapped up Friday (5/22) at Stone Pony is Asbury Park, NJ.
More pictures from Warsaw, and setlists, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Primal Scream @ Irving Plaza 5/20/2015
Scottish indie stalwarts Primal Scream played their first of two NYC shows last night, hitting Irving Plaza with Nicole Atkins. Their setlists have been pretty standard on this tour (which included Levitation fest), hitting big singles like "Loaded," "Movin' on Up," "Swastika Eyes" and "Rocks." They opened things with an updated version of "2013" which is from their last album, More Light. Pictures (including ones of Atkins' set) and setlist are in this post.
The 'Scream and Atkins do it again tonight (5/21), this time at Greenpoint's Warsaw. Tickets are still available.
More pictures below...
photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets, activists, politicians, and scientists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.Nepal benefit Everest Awakening takes place at City Winery NYC on Sunday, May 17 and runs from noon to 3 PM. The lineup includes Jesse's mother, NYC punk legend Patti Smith, as well as Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins and more, plus "VERY special guests." Tickets are on presale to VinoFile members now. Full lineup below.
The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening will be collected and delivered to a select few organizations, monasteries, and individuals in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh who are using the highest amount of donation money to help the people directly. These groups have been suggested by Robert Thurman, Tibet House US, and include our dear friends who are there in Nepal now experiencing the devastation first hand.
Everest Awakening was founded by Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse recently spent time in Nepal, and in light of the recent Earthquake, was inspired to create a community whose goal is to directly give relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan musician, and a friend and collaborator of Jesse. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.
Patti Smith also has other dates, which are listed, along with the Everest Awakening lineup, below...
Comedian Marc Maron is playing LI's Paramount on June 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
StarTalk! Live with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman returns to Beacon Theatre on September 21. Tickets for this show go on sale today at 11 AM.
Tickets for the Paul McCartney shows in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and Columbia, SC go on sale today at 10 AM.
The Avett Brothers are playing The Stone Pony on August 16 with Nicole Atkins Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Porcelain Raft are playing Baby's All Right on June 26. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Panda Bear, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Basement Jaxx, AA Bondy, Thurston Moore, Christopher Owens & more NYC shows go on sale today too.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
As mentioned, Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley are in the midst of their joint residency at Rockwood Music Hall. The third installment happens tonight (11/12) with Angela McCluskey (Telepopmusik, Wild Colonials), composer Paul Cantelon (Diving Bell & the Butterfly, Everything is Illuminated) and a special appearance by Nicole Atkins. The final night is November 19 with Adam Schatz and more TBA. Tickets for both nights are still available.
For a taste of what to expect, check out a video each from Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley at the first of the residencies (11/29). They make their premiere in this post and you can watch below.
by Bill Pearis
Holly Miranda no longer calls Brooklyn her home -- she splits her time between LA and Detroit these days -- but will be in NYC for the next month, starting this week (10/29), playing the next four Wednesdays at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 as a duo with Shivaree's Ambrosia Parsley. There will be special guests at the four Parsley y Miranda shows and look like this:
October 29: w/ Benjamin Biolay and Chris MaxwellTickets for all four residency nights are on sale now. No word on how her new, Dave Sitek-produced album is progressing. Perhaps she'll fill us in at these shows.
November 05 w/ Olivier Conan & Allyssa Lamb
November 12 w/ Nicole Atkins, Angela McCluskkey & Paul Cantelone
November 19 w/ TBA
While all the openers are pretty interesting, Francophiles should note that Benjamin Biolay is part of this Wednesday's residency. Biolay has been making records since the late '90s and sounds sort of like a modern day, indie-ish Serge Gainsbourg. You can stream all his records on Rdio (2005's L'Origine is a good place to start). It's the only show on his schedule, NYC or otherwise.
Flyer for this Wednesday's residency show below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Nick Cave @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 7/27/14
After Nick Cave & and the Bad Seeds' current tour with Nicole Atkins hit Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Saturday (7/26), it hit another NYC venue, Hammerstein Ballroom, the next night (7/27) for another larger-than-life performance from the legendary frontman. The setlist was similar but not identical this time around, including plenty of 2013's Push the Sky Away, as well Bad Seeds classics "Red Right Hand," "The Mercy Seat," "Stagger Lee" and others. Pictures from Hammerstein are in this post.
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Marinaccio
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.
After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.
Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.
Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.
Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
Cave and the band (featuring feral violinist Warren Ellis) play with primal, animalistic fervor, delivering songs of brooding, measured grace that burst out in sustained sections of explosive rage. They're not fooling around up there.Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' current tour hit the East Coast over the weekend, playing Philadelphia's The Mann Center on Friday (7/25) before descending into NYC on Saturday and Sunday. Cave seems to really be having a good time on this tour, spending a lot of time in the crowd and playing up his larger-than-life persona. Pics and setlist from the Philly show are in this post.
But Cave, at 54, is much more playful with his persona than he once was. (Or who know, maybe I missed the self awareness the first time around.) What's incontestable is that he's a remarkable front man, working the stage like a demon as footlights cast his giant shadow on the walls of the Mann, and as he put the world's longest microphone cord to good use as he spent about 1/4 of the band's galvanic set (which lost a little steam during an encore in which he took requests) moving about in the crowd, a good 10 rows in, while he encouraged reserved seat holders to move down and fill up the aisles around him. [Philly.com]
Also on the bill were tourmate Nicole Atkins and Philadelphia's own local-boy-done-good Kurt Vile. Pictures from their sets, along with more of Nick Cave, below...
Nuggets, the essential 1972 garage rock compilation put together by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye which helped introduce the world to such gems as The Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," The Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard," 13th Floor Elevators' "You're Gonna Miss Me" and many more (it's also had a huge expanded reissue and multiple sequels), is celebrating its "40th + 2 Anniversary" at City Winery this year. They already had one show, and are doing a second tonight (7/10) with Lenny as well as Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, The Bongos' Richard Barone, Nicole Atkins, Patti Smith drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, Styx's Glen Burtnik and more. Tickets for tonight's show are on sale. Then Lenny does it again on August 31 with Tony Shanahan of Patti Smith's band and more TBA. Tickets for that one are on presale to VinoFile members and will go on sale to the general public soon.
Cher is going on another tour, this time with support from Pat Benatar (with her husband/collaborator Neil Giraldo). That tour hits Prudential Center on September 17, MSG on 9/19 & 9/20 and Nassau Coliseum on 9/22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Pat and Neil also have their own shows coming up, including the previously discussed Capitol Theatre show in October (tickets), and other NYC-area shows on August 28 at State Theatre in New Brunswick and August 30 at The Paramount on Long Island. Tickets for those are on sale now.
Baby Dayliner and Sir Jarlsberg are playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Asbury Park Surf Music Festival is happening on Saturday at Asbury Lanes with The Coffin Daggers, The Brigantines, The Sharkskins, Plato Zorba, Blue Wave Theory, Los Pocos Locos, 9th Wave and Bongo Surf. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Chris La Putt
Saturday the Great Hudson River Revival occurred for the first time without Pete Seeger, the giant folk singer and activist who called Beacon home, and Toshi Seeger, his wife whose strong shoulder and loving arms gave support to all who craved peace. The festival started early, with thousands descending on the park by 11 a.m., and it didn't miss a beat.The 2014 Clearwater Festival went down in Croton Point Park this past weekend (6/21-22) with tons of folk musicians and multiple tributes to the festival's founder, the legendary Pete Seeger who passed away earlier this year, as well as his wife Toshi who passed in 2013. Day 1 included sets by Nicole Atkins, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Spirit Family Reunion and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.
Luane Haggerty stood on stage with the Como Mamas. Draped in blue and green, Haggerty sang with the gospel vocalists, projecting her hands with deep heart and fluid grace. An American Sign Language interpreter who learned because her grandmother was deaf, the Newburgh native has been performing at the Revival for nearly two decades. It's one of the few festivals that utilizes regular ASL interpreting.
"I think it's a real statement, a commitment to the deaf community," Haggerty said. "Having the access is a statement to Pete and Toshi and inclusion." [Times Herald-Record]
photos by Chris La Putt
Nicole Atkins @ Madison Square Park 6/18/2014
Nicole Atkins kicked off the 2014 season of Madison Square Park's Oval Lawn Series this week (6/18), which brings free music to the park on Wednesday evenings during the summer. Pictures from her set are in this post. Nicole has a busy month ahead. Tonight (6/20) she plays a fundraiser for CT's Mystic Aquarium and then Saturday (6/21) she plays the Clearwater Fest in Croton, NY. After that she'll be on tour with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, including two NYC shows (Prospect Park on 7/26 & Hammerstein Ballroom on 7/27) and tickets are still available to both.
More pics from Madison Square Park are below....
Nicole Atkins @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Madison Square Park's "Oval Lawn Series" is back with another summer season's worth of free shows every Wednesday from June 18 - August 6. The series kicks off with Nicole Atkins on 6/18 and here's the whole 2014 line-up:
June 18 Nicole AtkinsNicole Atkins will open for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park and Hammerstein Ballroom in July. Tickets are still available for both shows.
June 25 Ester Rada & Maya Azucena
July 2 The SteelDrivers / Cricket Tell the Weather
July 9 John Fullbright
July 16 Jacky Terrasson Quartet
July 23 Jon Cleary
July 30 Forro in the Dark & Debo Band
August 6 Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
The "Oval Lawn Series" are not the only concerts in Madison Square Park this summer. There's also the "Mad. Sq. Kids Series" featuring family-friendly shows that take place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM. Full schedule for those, along with more details about the "Oval Lawn Series" below...
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in NYC in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As previously discussed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are going on another North American tour soon, and they've just expanded it to include additional dates in LA and NYC. The LA dates are part of their run with Warpaint and the NYC dates are with Nicole Atkins.
In NYC, they'll now play Hammerstein Ballroom on July 27, the day after their previously announced Prospect Park show (7/26) which also includes Devendra Banhart. Tickets for the newly-added shows go on sale Friday (5/9) with a nickcave.com preasle starting Wednesday (5/7) and a promoter/Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (5/8). The Prospect Park show (same link) is still on sale too.
Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Hold Steady on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
The Wiggins Park shows feature The Hold Steady, Old 97's, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the RIff Raff, Lucius, Man Man, Nicole Atkins, Diego Garcia, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Dave Hause, Caitlin Rose, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman), and more. 3-day passes that get you into the whole festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.
Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.
Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.
Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.
Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.
Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).
One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...
Nicole Atkins' newest album, Slow Phaser, came out this past February. This week, like she's been doing at her other recent shows, she'll play some of it in Austin at SXSW (full schedule below) where one of her shows is the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we cornered Nicole and asked her 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
NA: Bowery Ballroom in NYC bc it's our home venue and it has the best sound. Also we love the staff! Kenny and Kevin I'm lookin at you!
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.
The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.
Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.
Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...