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Jose Gonzalez

They opened the show with "Afterglow," González singing, "All of this will be gone someday," as his voice and guitar reverberated through the crowd, creating perfect harmony with the rest of his band and the room itself. There was something special in the resonances there, the way the vocals filled the space and the guitars hummed, matching some natural frequency of the moment. Music Hall became a church of sorts and the crowd was completely entranced. "Stories We Build, Stories We Tell" was like a swaying pocket watch, guitars and bongos and finger snaps looped over and over until the audience was hypnotized. For the rest of the set, the energy among González, the band and the audience was palpable: few words were spoken, but the ideas and the shared moments were perfectly conveyed. At moments the power of the music's vibrations and the space was awe-inspiring, and a hushed amazement bubbled across the crowd, but everyone seemed worried about breaking the spell and the murmurs quickly dissipated. - [The House List]
Jose Gonzalez is wrapping up his current tour with Ólöf Arnalds in California this week. Jose hit NYC twice earlier this month (the review above is from his Music Hall of Williamsburg date) and stopped in Chicago for two shows while on this run supporting Vestiges & Claws. We've got pictures from their sold-out April 15 show at Chicago's Lincoln Hall in this post.

Tonight (4/29)'s LA show will stream live as part of the launch of Radio Echo on TuneIn.

In other news, Jose also stars in Calexico's new video for "Falling From The Sky" off the band's recently-released eighth album Edge of the Sun,. In it, he cares for a anthropomorphic worm straight out on David Cronenberg or Matthew Barney's dreams. Watch it below. Jose doesn't feature on the song or the album but, but the LP does boast a lot of other similarly minded artists including Neko Case, Iron & Wine main man Sam Beam, and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell who sings on "Falling from the Sky." Calexico will be in NYC for two shows at Bowery Ballroom on June 7 & 8 during their upcoming tour. Tickets for both Bowery shows are still available.

More pictures from the Jose's Chicago show, a video of him covering Kylie Minogue at his Webster Hall show, the Calexico video. and setlists from both of Jose's Lincoln Hall and Webster Hall shows, below...

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Olof Arnalds

As discussed, Jose Gonzalez is going on a 2015 tour, and since we last spoke it's been announced that Icelandic folk singer Ólöf Arnalds will be opening on both European and North American dates. That includes the NYC show happening April 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Full list of tour dates below.

Olof's newest album, Palme, was recorded with longtime collaborator Skúli Sverrisson and múm's Gunnar Örn Tynes, and it came out earlier this fall via One Little Indian. You can stream that in full below, via The Line of Best Fit, and also head to that link to read Olof's own track-by-track thoughts on the record.

Jose Gonzalez's new album, Vestiges & Claws, will be out next year. It's his first solo album since 2007, but he did contribute music under his own name and with his band Junip to last year's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack (which also features Arcade Fire and other bands). You can stream "Step Out" from that soundtrack, with the Olof LP stream and list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Olof Arnalds released 'Palme,' opening for Jose Gonzalez on 2015 tour (updated dates & LP stream)"

Ólafur and Ólöf

We've mentioned before how it might be possible to confuse Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Icelandic folk singer-songwriter Ólöf Arnalds, on account of their similar names and place of origin. Adding to mix(up): this week both will be in NYC at the same venue for respective shows.

Ólafur appears at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (10/8) in support of his album, For Now I Am Winter, which came out earlier this year. That show is sold out but it will be viewable online via LPR's excellent live stream. (Check out video from his April show at LPR via NPR)

Ólöf plays the same venue five days later, on October 13. Tickets are on sale.

To mark the NYC show and her other US dates, Ólöf just released a new, free EP titled The Matador, which you can download for free and stream below.

Check out songs and dates from both below...

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Ólöf Arnalds

That new Ólöf Arnalds album we told you about over the summer is finally coming out. Made with longtime collaborator Skúli Sverrisson, Sudden Elevation will be Icelandic musician's third album and first to be sung entirely in Engish, and sees release on February 4, 2013. The album's first single is titled "A Little Grim" and will be out January 28 but you can check out the video for it right now, which is below.

Ólöf was here over the summer previewing material from Sudden Elevation and she's started a PledgeMusic campaign to help fund a 2013 tour, and 15% of all funds raise are going to charity Unifem. No tour dates announced just yet, though. Her PledgeMusic video is below as well.

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Sandro Perri
Sandro Perri

Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.

Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.

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Olof Arnalds recently finished up a new album, which is her first original album recorded entirely in English. The album was produced by long-time collaborator Skuli Sverrisson. Olof will be premiering material from the new album today (5/14) between 2-3 PM on WNYC's Soundcheck.

She's also in NYC for a show TONIGHT (5/14) at Rockwood Music Hall, where she'll be performing with Skuli Sverrisson. Doors for tonight's show are at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available.

Olof and Skuli will play another US show on Thursday (5/17) in LA, which will be streamed live on Dublab from 10 PM - midnight PDT.

All dates and a video of Olof with her sister Klara covering Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," which appeared on her mini covers album, below...

Continue reading "Olof Arnalds made a new album w/ Skuli Sverrisson, performing live on the internet and at Rockwood tonight"

Chelsea Wolfe

During our CMJ parties this past October, we partnered with Sony Bloggie to film a video series ("Green Room Sessions") of exclusive performances by artists, many of whom also played at our CMJ events. All of the videos were shot on nothing but Bloggies. We've been slowly revealing some of the videos from the series, but the most of them are finally here and can be watched below.

Chelsea Wolfe performed a new/non-album track called "Feral Love," accompanied only by brooding synths and beats from band member Ben Chisholm, making for a more similar performance to Chelsea's "solo" NYC debut than the full band set she delivered at our Friday party (10/21).

Members of Datarock, sitting on a ladder, played an acoustic guitar/saxophone and red-suit-less rendition of their song "True Stories," which they said they have to play when they're in NYC, as it is their tribute to Talking Heads, with every lyric in the song being a Talking Heads song title.

Chelsea Wolfe

Laura Stevenson and her Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag both played songs for us. Laura played a solo acoustic version of "Barnacles" from the Laura Stevenson and the Cans' album Sit Resist on the staircase to the green room at Public Assembly, whereas Shellshag took us out to the waterfront for a stripped down performance of "Face to Face."

Ólöf Arnalds played a new song called "Sudden Elevation" and a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" which is one of the covers on her new mini album.

Peelander-Z took us outside on North 6th Street, shortly after playing our day party in Public Assembly. With no instruments except their voices, they wrote us a theme song.

Similarly to Chelsea Wolfe, Channy Caselle of Polica performed with just a microphone and samples playing through a guitar amp, as opposed to the massive dual drum rumbling set Polica played at our Saturday party (10/22). She performed "Happy Be Fine" off their upcoming debut LP, Give You the Ghost.

New Zealand band Street Chant, who played our Saturday party, played two songs for us after their set, "Stoned Again" and "You Do the Maths." For both songs, frontwoman Emily Littler played guitar and sang as the rest of her band and members of The Suzan provided claps and backup vocals.

Dave Quon of We Barbarians, who were also on the Saturday party, played an acoustic version of "Chambray" off the band's Headspace EP backstage after their set.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetbacks, who were announced on our Thursday (10/20) party at the last minute, played as a three piece because one of their members hadn't arrived to NYC yet at that point. Then, to size their lineup down even more, frontman Adam Thompson performed two songs on his own for us with his acoustic guitar (filmed on the same day they headlined Webster Hall).

A few more are coming, but meanwhile watch all of our completed videos below...

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Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Ólöf Arnalds is releasing a new mini-album of covers called "Ólöf Sings" on 11/8. On it you'll find covers of songs by Arthur Russell, Johnny Cash, Caetano Veloso, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark and Bruce Springsteen. Maybe she'll bust out one of those covers at one of her upcoming shows including the one Saturday night, 10/29, at Town Hall where she opens for Jeff Mangum!

She doesn't open either Jersey City show, but does play a few other times in the US while she's here from Iceland. All of her dates are listed below...

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Secret Chiefs 3 at Terminal 5 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Secret Chiefs 3

Instrumental band Secret Chiefs 3 kicked off a European tour last month with DJ FAT32. The tour comes to North America in September. So far it only includes East Coast and Midwest shows, but West Coast dates are "being planned." Look for SC3 and FAT32 to play NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 13th. Tickets are on sale. All dates for the Trey Spruance-led band are listed below.

In October Secret Chiefs 3 play the Iceland Airwaves Festival with Bjork (she was just announced and will be doing a Biophilia performance), Austra, Beach House, Liturgy, SBTRKT, Suuns, Olof Arnalds, Tune-yards, John Grant, and many others. Full lineup at their site. The festival runs from October 12-16 and takes place in downtown Reykjavík. Bjork will also play five more shows in Reykjavík in October. All of those dates are listed below.

All SC3 tour dates and some videos below too...

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Olof Arnalds @ Swan Dive (BV SXSW) (more by Tim Griffin)

After last being seen at SXSW, Iceland's Ólöf Arnalds returns this month, first for some west coast dates, and then for another visit east that includes an April 23rd at Joe's Pub with German pianist / composer Hauschka, and to play the Anthology Film Archives' 2011 Film Preservation Honors at City Winery on April 27th. Tickets to the latter can cost you either $40 (general admission) or $200 (benefit). Harmony Korine, Marina Abramovic, Richard Barone, and, Transgendered Jesus will also be performing/appearing.

All Olof dates below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Evan Voytas
Evan Voytas

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

"When you've got a demure woman on the microphone and she can go from a soulful refrain to a heightened howl in the matter of a minute, you know you're in the presence of someone special. I don't know if "special" quite cuts it when it comes to describing Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, but she was the definition of captivating at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at the Swan Dive. I can appreciate a good singer/songwriter, but Lady Lamb's in a class of her own and it was fantastic to see her receive such a warm Austin welcome on her first tour jaunt outside of the Northeast." [dig Boston]

Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon

We already posted one set of pictures from this Wednesday night show. Here is another. It continues below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ted Leo
Sharon Van Etten

""I write from a painful place," [Sharon Van Etten] recently told SPIN of the inspiration behind her latest release, the seven-song EP Epic. You can say that again. At the Swan Dive venue, just past midnight, Etten played a mournful solo electric ditty, reminiscent early Cat Power, and while her lyrics were largely undistinguishable, the track's title unidentifiable, it didn't matter -- the song gushed emotional ache like blood from an open wound. Words like "pain" and "brave" and "broken" occasionally rose over the five or six simple, tinny electric guitar chords she strummed alone. Even her bassist and drummer watched intently, like they'd never witnessed the emoting force of tangled nerves they in fact support each night. "[I'll] never let myself love like that again," she said. I'd reluctantly advise against it: It sounds like it hurt." [SPIN]
After multiple years of official BV showcases at Club DeVille, we changed it up a bit this year by moving to another Red River venue, the indoor and swanky Swan Dive which was the perfect setting for the sounds of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo), Olof Arnalds (solo), Ted Leo (solo), Sam Amidon (solo, except for when Olof joined him on violin for his cover of "Walking on Sunshine"), Sharon Van Etten (full band), and Evan Voytas (full band). The only negative was that the crowd noise from the back was a bit loud at times, like during Olof especially, but otherwise an amazing evening and end to a long day that started with a two-stage BV day party at Emo's.

More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase pics (Ted Leo, Sharon Van Etten, Sam Amidon, Olof Arnalds, Lady Lamb, Evan Voytas)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Skúli Sverrisson - Volumes (MP3)

Skúli Sverrisson

Skúli Sverrisson is an Icelandic bassist & composer with a history of backing up his talented friends (recent appearances by Skúli include Laurie Anderson's Homeland and Ólof Arnalds's Innundir Skinni). He celebrates the release of his own album, Sería II (out on his own Sería label), with a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight (March 15); his backup band will include clarinetist Anthony Burr, guitarist Brad Shepik, bassist Eivind Opsvik , violinist/vocalist Caleb Burhans and guitarist/banjoist Brandon Seabrook, saxophonist Chris Speed and drummer Jim Black. Tickets are still on sale.

The album's compositions use a mainly acoustic palette of sounds to paint brief, evocative portraits, like series of self-contained short films. Good stuff for a day inside, a drive through the countryside or your room with the lights off. The first song off the album, above, should give an immediate idea of the texture.

A video of "Volumes" being performed live with Ólof Arnalds on vocals (on the record, they're provided by Kristín Anna aka Kría Brekkan) and one of the title song from first Sería, which came out in 2006, are below.

Ólof Arnalds plays the BrooklynVegan official showcase in Austin Wednesday night with Sam Amidon, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ted Leo, Sharon Van Etten and Evan Voytas. It will be her first of four shows this week in Texas. Her full schedule is also below...

Continue reading "Skúli Sverrisson celebrating 'Sería II' @ LPR (tonight), Ólof Arnalds heading to SXSW (BV show Wed night)"

it's very white inside new Austin venue Swan Dive
Swan Dive

So it begins. I'm proud and excited to announce the very special lineup of the 2011 BrooklynVegan SXSW official showcase which will take place Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the new and swanky Swan Dive in Austin, TX (conveniently located at 615 Red River St). It looks like this:

08:00 Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
09:00 Olof Arnalds
10:00 Ted Leo (solo)
11:00 Sam Amidon
12:00 Sharon Van Etten
01:00 Evan Voytas
It should be a magical night for both SXSW badgeholders and those who pay admission at the door (details TBA). People have been raving about the new venue which was recently renovated, used to be Barbarella (which has moved next door), is located right at 7th & Red River, and is primarly used as a jazz club.

Ted Leo will be doing his thing solo and early (like he did at one of the BrooklynVegan day parties at Public Assembly this past CMJ), while Sharon Van Etten will be playing with her full band (unlike when she played a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party upstairs at Pianos in 2009).

Evan Voytas played the same BV day party as Ted during CMJ, and will again be showing up with a full band, but this time to close the SXSW night with his smooth and danceable jams.

Swan Dive is white in every direction
Swan Dive

Sam Amidon (who played the very first BrooklynVegan event as part of Doveman's band with Aziz Ansari, Cloud Cult and Dave Deporis) is also bringing some band members, though I think Olof Arnalds will be playing the Swan Dive show solo (like she did at the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase that Dave Deporis also played).

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper will open the show solo like she did at the BrooklynVegan-presented Rock Shop launch party that Tune-Yards and... Sharon Van Etten also played.

I think this is the first BV show with all BV show veterans on the bill, though none of them ever played a BV-SXSW event before (and Sam has never been billed as himself).

Sharon Van Etten & band are back out on tour soon - catch them on the road or when they get back home and headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 16th (exactly a month after the BV-SXSW show) with Little Scream. Tickets are still on sale.

Stay tuned for more BV-SXSW show announcements. An updated set of SVE tour dates, videos of all the artists on the SXSW bill, and more Ted Leo solo dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Olof Arnalds - "Innundir Skinni" (MP3)

Ólöf Arnalds at SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Olaf Arnolds

The adorably quirky and talented Olof Arnalds now has two new videos. There's the one we just posted for "Crazy Car" (a song in English), and the one that's been out for a while actually. It's for the title track for her new LP, Innundir Skinni (due 9/13). Both and more can be watched below.

Olof has also announced a US tour! Kicking off on 10/8 in Philadelphia, Arnalds will hit Joe's Pub on 10/9 and do a few solo dates before heading back to Europe. After her dates in the EU, Arnalds will link up with Blonde Redhead (who she opened for in Prospect Park) for a string of dates on the West Coast and southwest. Joe's Pub tickets are on sale now and her full tour schedule, with videos,below... .

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Pat Benatar

today in NYC
* PopRally @ MoMA
* Jim Staley @ The Stone
* Marah, The 65's @ Maxwell's
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Cosmetics @ Home Sweet Home
* Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Nokia Theatre
* Soft Circle, Lichens, Guardian Alien @ Coco 66
* Ducktails, Family Portrait, Tennis @ Cake Shop
Xavier Rudd, Izintaba, Good Old War @ Irving Plaza
* Scissor Sisters, Sammy Jo, Casey Spooner @ Terminal 5
* Nobunny, Jacuzzi Boys (RSVP required) @ Knitting Factory
* Memory Tapes, Tanlines (RSVP required) @ The Bell House
* Von Haze, Mikroknytes, Mostly Dimes, Sweatpants @ Bruar Falls
* Stereo Total, Les Sans Culottes, Mixel Pixel @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Herman Dune, The Fishermen Three, Phoebe Kreutz @ Union Pool
* The Sweet Divines' Heckuva Summer Soul Party! @ Rockwood Music Hall
* TV Torso, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Slow Animal @ Death By Audio
* Ava Luna, Deidre, She Keeps Bees, French Horn Rebellion (DJ set) @ Zebulon
* Our Hit Parade starring Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman and Neal Medlyn @ Joe's Pub
* Asa Ransom, ArpLine, Sea Monsters (The Rumble New York) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Your 33 Black Angels, Darlings, Caution Candy, Hymns, Junior League Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Bear Hands, Class Actress, Ha Ha Tonka (Playboy Rock The Rabbit, hosted by Playmates Shannon James & Lauren Anderson) @ Highline Ballroom

"THIS SUCKS But....Tonights performance at Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ is CANCELED due to our van breaking down today. MARAH are re-scheduled for SATURDAY OCTOBER 9th - early show. Maxwells is one of our favorite gigs anywhere and we are terribly sorry for any inconvenience. All other performances this week are ON....see you in Philly, see you in DC, see you at Livestock! Your friends, MARAH"

Lichens, who just played Death By Audio, is playing Coco 66 tonight with Soft Circle, but is billed under his real name, Robert Lowe. He's also playing with Matteah Baim and Golden Slumbers at JF & Son Thursday night.

Olof Arnalds has a new video for "Crazy Car". Check it out below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Olof Arnalds - Innundir Skinni (MP3)

Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Olof Arnalds

Talented Icelandic songwriter Olof Arnalds has an amazing new record, Innundir skinni (translation: Under the Skin), coming out September 14th on One Little Indian. The album's title track, an acoustic-guitar-and-voice ballad produced (as the whole album is) by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, is posted above. That song will also appear on a forthcoming 7" single featuring Arthur Russell's "Close My Eyes" on the b-side. An intimate performance of that cover is below.

Olof in NYC for a show at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (July 19th) where she'll be accompanied by Skuli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson's musical director) on electric bass. Tickets are still on sale. After that she travels to the West Coast for shows with Jonathan Richman.

Bjork make a guest appearance on an Innundir skinni song. She'll also pop up on the new Antony and the Johnsons album, Swanlights, due in October. There she sings on a duet called "Flétta" (the Icelandic word for both braid and lichen). Bjork recently put out a collaboration with Dirty Projectors, and will be holding a press conference today (7/19) to protest a new deal that would give Magma Energy of Canada a 65 year lease (renewable for 65 more) on Iceland's geothermal power. She said to the Financial Times about the it:

"Most people feel this is something the nation should keep....Especially after the bank crash, after witnessing all the criminal gambling with precious things... This deal smells like the leftovers from the corruption that brought us the bank crash."
Video below...

Continue reading "new Olof Arnalds MP3 (and show tonight), Bjork to appear on Antony's new album (and at a press conference today)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Dirty Projectors & Bjork @ Housing Works in April 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Dirty Projectors Bjork

Dirty Projectors and Bjork will be releasing a recorded version of Mount Wittenberg Orca, the suite they debuted at their Housing Works benefit in April 2009. The seven songs run 20 minutes total and are being released online on June 30th.
Stereogum points out...

"The Projectors and Björk recorded the new cycle April 28-May 1 at Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes. (It was mixed by Vernhes with Longstreth and Björk.) It's the first new music since Bitte Orca. In contrast to that complex studio working -- something I mentioned in the press release for the album, full disclosure -- Mount Wittenberg Orca was recorded with the group together in a single room, only overdubbing lead vocals and solos. The songs are instantly recognizable from the Housing Works show (especially the opener), but they've noticeably deepened. The multi-part harmonies feel like the group's most adventurous to date. Nat Baldwin's bass is Sunn heavy. And, as you might expect, Björk's singular voice meshes gorgeously, floating atop when necessary. Something essential that remains was the original's idea of trying to use the book store's natural acoustics and as little amplification as possible. The sound is honest, immediate."
You can preorder the songs for a $7 donation. Dave Longstreth writes that, "We've decided to give away all the money that Wittenberg generates to the project of creating international marine protected areas. Only 1% of the oceans are protected in any way and this is a huge problem. We're working with the National Geographic Society to create areas of sustainability, so the oceans don't end up like a giant poisonous corpse hugging the continents." Awesome!

There is a series of teaser videos for the songs by "Stillness" director Matthew Lessner, which are posted below. Each has a different snippet of sound from the record: an eerie vocal cadence at the end of the first video, a dissonant chord burst on the second (and some prairie calisthenics), terse rhythms of the third, and a Xenakis-style glissando of the fourth. The final one has a melodic descending part that's sort of a companion to #1.

Dirty Projectors are on tour currently and play NYC's Terminal 5 on September 11th.

Olof Arnalds opened that Housing Works show, and she'll be in NYC for a show at Rockwood Music Hall on July 19th (tickets). She'll follow that up with three dates opening for Jonathan Richman in San Francisco, where she'll be debuting songs from her forthcoming record, Innundir skinni, (which Bjork guests on) due September 1st on One Little Indian. Maybe she'll give NYC a pre-debut peek at the songs. Pitchfork has a stream of the one Bjork sings on. Olof's dates and more are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Peter Gabriel - Flume (Bon Iver cover) (MP3)

Peter Gabriel in London in March...
Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel's orchestra tour is in NYC for shows at Radio City Music Hall tonight (May 2nd) and tomorrow (May 3rd). Opening both shows will be Norwegian singer Ane Brun. Tickets are still on sale.

Peter Gabriel's new LP, Scratch My Back, which includes covers like the Bon Iver one posted above (a single for Record Store Day), is out now. Coincidentally Gabriel's NYC shows are a month before his Genesis bandmate Phil Collins plays NYC shows in support of his own, different covers record (and one of Phil Collins's shows is the same day as Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's free NYC show).

Ane Brun follows up those opening gigs with her own headlining shows in L.A. on May 8th and NYC on May 10th at Bowery Ballroom. Opening those is Olof Arnalds, an Icelandic singer who we've mentioned once or twice. Tickets or the NYC show are on sale.

Olof Arnalds recently recorded with fellow Icelandian Bjork who also makes an appearance in NYC Sunday night.

All Ane Brun & Olof Arnalds tour dates and a video are below...

Continue reading "Ane Brun opening for Peter Gabriel @ Radio City (Sunday & Monday), headlining her own shows (with Olof Arnalds) "

Sam Amidon @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2009 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Sam Amidon

tonight in NYC
* Zola Jesus @ SUNY Purchase
* Mike Birbiglia @ Carolines
* Asobi Seksu @ Japan Society
* Thou @ ABC No Rio
* Particle @ The Bell House
* Janelle Monae @ Joe's Pub
* Lupe Fiasco @ Irving Plaza
* Sam Amidon, Doveman @ 92YTribeca
* Carlos Giffoni @ Issue Project Room
* Mahogany, Arc in Round @ Littlefield
* Will Johnson & Anders Parker in a Living Room
* Freezepop, Plushgun @ Mercury Lounge
* GWAR Crack-a-thon kickoff party
* Baby Dee & guests @ Santos Party House
* The Wedding Present, The Jet Age @ Maxwell's
* Meta & the Cornerstones, Emily King @ Zebulon
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Galapagos
* The Defibulators, The Woes, Quintus @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Meshell Ndegeocello sings Gil Scott-Heron @ Joe's Pub
* Mahogany, Arc in Round, Long Distance Poison @ Littlefield
* New York Night Train's Soul Clap and Dance-Off @ Glasslands
* MV & EE, Flower-Corsano Duo, Meg Baird, Nonhorse @ Silent Barn
* The Shondes, Alina Simone, Secret History, Jive Grave @ Southpaw
* Care Bears On Fire, Wild Babies, The Truants, Tunnels @ Cake Shop
* White Mystery, QXBXRX, Zbornak, Richie White Orchestra @ Cake Shop
* Nullsleep, Winslow Turner Porter III, Flavorheard @ Knitting Factory
* Wild Yaks, Lil Daggers, Bad Indians, Nude Beach, Estrogen Highs @ Don Pedro
* Dinosaur Feathers, Shark?, Kleenex Girl Wonder, The Capstan Shafts @ Union Hall
* Washed Out, Small Black, Pictureplane, Pyschobuildings @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Weedeater, Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, Struck by Lightning @ Studio @ Webster Hall
* Roadside Graves, Dusty And The Dreaming Spires, Blair, Common Prayer, The Laureates @ Pianos

The show at Pianos tonight is a release party for Roadside Graves' new You Won't Be Happy with Me EP. Their Aquarium Drunkard labelmate Blair is also on the bill.

Blair started her career in New Orleans, moved to L.A. and now lives in Brooklyn. Aquariam Drunkard says this about her debut, Die Young:

Musically Blair echoes the early days of Liz Phair in the minimalist structure of some of her songs. It's an interesting comparison to make, but it makes sense also as she came of age in Phair's peak as a musician. Within this structure though are moments as scattered and diverse as the Southern shuffle of "Wake Up Shake Up," the girl group shimmy of "Paris France" and the closely cropped haze of "Rampage." The title track even follows the loping, punctuated delivery of Suicaine Gratifaction-era Paul Westerberg. Die Young never abandons its tone and the album keeps a cohesive feel. It always seems to be going somewhere, even if the destination is as uncertain as the lyrics' narrator.
Baby Dee's show at Santos tonight comes after the release of the newly produced A Book of Songs for Anne Marie, which came out March 23rd on Drag City. Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch are also on the bill.

Asobi Seksu perform at Japan Society (333 E 47th St) as part of a 12-hour Open House titled j-CATION. Their show, with opener Me & Mars, starts at 9:30. Tickets will be released first-come, first-served starting at 8pm, and admission to the show is included in the $5 suggested donation for the fest.

Washed Out and Small Black end their tour together with one more NYC show, this time at MHOW. They started the tour with two shows at Mercury Lounge.

White Mystery are featured this week in This Week in Indie (as are The Wedding Present who play Maxwell's tonight).

Sam Amidon and Doveman join forces once again at 92YTribeca tonight. It's a record release party for Sam who we recently interviewed. Video from the Big Ears Fest below.

BrooklynVegen Presents, as BBG said, "a killer four band bill of Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning who will lay waste to The Studio at Webster Hall."

Thou play ABC No Rio earlier in the day. Check out the interview we just posted with the band.

The Middle East, Neon Indian, Crystal Castles & Local Natives tickets recently went on sale.

Drive-By Truckers recently stopped by Sirius-XM to record a perormance. Video from that below...

We recently uploaded a video of Olof Arnalds performing at SXSW. Check that out below...

What else?

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Bjork & Dirty Projectors @ Housing Works (more by Chris La Putt)
Bjork / DP

As you can see on the flyer below, cavernous Bushwick DIY spot Above the Auto Parts Store will be the site of a benefit for Haiti with an eclectic lineup of DJs on May 2nd. Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Battles' Tyondai Braxton, and music writers Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy will be joined by...Bjork behind the turntables and iPods for "Rites of Spring." Ross predicts "some combination of Thai soul, death metal, Justin Bieber, and, of course, nude Stravinsky." Brandon, who writes for Stereogum, has the genesis of the event, which involves Bjork/Dirty Projectors show at Housing Works last May, laid out at that site: "Tickets go on sale this Tuesday (4/13) at 5PM at Record Grouch/Old Made Vintage, 441 Metropolitan Avenue (@ Meeker) in Brooklyn. Their hours are 1PM-7PM daily. (There will be no online tickets. Paper tickets only.)"

Speaking of Bjork...

Ólöf Arnalds [who also played that Housing Works benefit with Bjork and Dirty Projectors] was recently featured in NPR's All Things Considered last week. Host Jonathan Richman chatted to the singer songwriter about her new album, and played a snippet of a new song called "Surrender", that features Björk.

Olöf recently finished mixing her second album, Innundir Skinni, at Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. Innundir skinni features more elaborate arrangements and instrumentation than Við og við, with vocals sung both in English and Icelandic. Innundir skinni is set for worldwide release this spring. [Iceland Music]

The NPR show is here. A streaming clip of the song is below with the benefit flyer...

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DOWNLOAD: Clogs - Red Seas w/ Padma Newsome (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Clogs - On The Edge (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Clogs - Three-Two (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Clogs live on WNYC (MP3)

Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Olof Arnalds

Chamber group Clogs played live (and spoke) on WNYC on Monday. You can listen at their site (and download it above).

Wednesday night (tonight, 3/24) is Clogs' record release show at The Bell House in Brooklyn. They've confirmed that Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden (who also played with them on WNYC and was a special guest at the Regina Spektor show at Irving Plaza Tuesday night) will be their guests. Whether Sufjan will sing or not isn't 100% clear, but like Shara, he does sing on the new album.

The National's Padma Newsome and Bryce Dessner are permanent members of Clogs. Bryce's twin brother Aaron and the National's Matt Berninger aren't, but will also play with the group when they perform at the Big Ears Fest in Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend.

Opening the Brooklyn show is Julianna Barwick and Olof Arnalds who was just in Texas for SXSW. Tickets are still on sale.

Full Big Ears schedule at their site.

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Broken Social Scene

"I don't get to see these people. I don't see Leslie (Feist) any more. It's tough to see Amy (Millan) and Evan (Cranley) because they live in Montreal. Jimmy (Shaw) and Emily (Haines) have been on the road so much. They just came and we hung out in the studio for a few days in Toronto. Just to hang out was enough."

Broken Social Scene hasn't closed the door on collaborations, by any stretch. Metric's Haines and Shaw were invited onstage Thursday night to perform You Forgot It In People's show-stopping "Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl," while stretches of the show featured a six-piece horn section, the Beauties acting as a sort of all-male chorus line and vocal contributions from Jason Collett. [Toronto Star]

SXSW Day Two startedd out for me with a performance by Sharon Van Etten who was heartachingly beautiful at St. David's Sanctuary. Sarah Jaffe and band followed - great folk/rock songs. Over at Stubb's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw guesting on "Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl" with Broken Social Scene was the highlight of their show filled with new songs from the forthcoming record. Band Of Horses preceded and were great but their set was a bit short. Let's Wrestle (who didn't make it to NYC before Austin, but did make it to SXSW) during the day at Lovejoy's was loud and excellent. The Victorian Room at the Driskill Hotel was a perfect venue for Olof Arnalds and probably the most attractive setting for a show I've been to yet.

Some pictures and commentary from SXSW Day 1 HERE. Pictures from Day 2 continue below...

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DOWNLOAD: Olof Arnalds - Klara (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Olof Arnalds - Englar og darer (MP3)

Olof Arnalds @ Rockwood Music Hall in November (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Olof Arnalds

Olof Arnalds will be playing two NYC shows around her trip to Texas for SXSW this march. The first of those will be on Monday, March 15th at Rockwood Music Hall. The second will be a week and a half later, on March 24th, with Clogs (featuring Shara Worden) and Julianna Barwick at the Bell House. Tickets are on sale. We also have a pair to give away; details are below.

Clogs have a new record out now. Olof's new record, her debut, Við og Við, came out in January on One Little Indian. Two tracks from it are posted above.

Contest details, a video, and Olof's dates and SXSW schdule are below...

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SXSWeek 2010: March 12-21
Interactive: March 12-16
Film: March 12-20
Music: March 17-21
The intial lineup of bands playing the music portion, below...

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