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Nico Muhly / Philip Glass / Tanya Tagaq @ National Sawdust 10/1/2015
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1

Years in the planning, new not-for-profit, artist-led venue National Sawdust finally opened its doors on Thursday night with two disparate "discover the space" inaugural shows. A former actual Williamsburg sawdust factory, the space has been radically tranformed into a very unique space. The entrance and bar occupy a narrow, but tall space with shiny black walls jutting at odd angles. When the door to the main space opened, it revealed a chamber hall, all white with geometric pattern on the walls which can be used as a movie screen (or to project names of the performers). It looks kind of like the Death Star.

It's also smaller than I was expecting. (Official capacity is less than 200.) There's no stage and it feels a bit like a recording studio (which it will double as). The early show, featuring Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Chis Thile, Nels Cline, Canadian inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, NS artist in residence Glen Kotchke, and NS curator Jeffrey Zeigler, was seated. But the late show -- Cibo Matto (with Nels Cline and Sean Lennon), a collaboration between steel drum composer Andy Akiho, Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and a DJ set from James Muphy -- was standing room only and felt more like a DIY show where bands play on the floor. (Albeit a DIY show where people were dressed to the nines and tickets were $100.) There's a balcony across the back of the chamber hall as well. Sound was great and both the Roger Bonair-Agard and Cibo Matto sets were really fun.

A show like that, for me, is where this space's potential really becomes evident. You get intimacy as well as acoustics. While watching Roger Bonair-Agard my mind immediately went to Kate Tempest and thinking how incredible it would be to see her at National Sawdust. Something like Majical Cloudz, who play the venue on October 21 (tickets only $15 for that one), should be interesting too. Most of the programming is of the BAM/Ecstatic Music Festival variety, definitely something Williamsburg hasn't had too much of before. It will be interesting to see how programming goes forward -- but if there's a performer you like playing here, it will mostly likely be a unique experience.

Tonight at National Sawdust, Tanya Tagaq will perform her score to silent documentary Nanook of the North at 8 PM (tickets), and then at 10 PM pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).

Other shows of note:  MatmosJohn ZornRoomful of Teeth, and more on Saturday (10/3) as part of the Terry Riley festival (tickets); Pitchfork/Blackened Music's Tinnitus Music Series with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, Glenn Branca Ensemble guitarist Reg Bloor and Psalm Zero's Andrew Hock on October 25 (tickets); and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on November 20 (tickets).

More pictures from National Sawdust's opening night, below...

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the ferris wheel at Riot Fest Chicago -- check out pictures from that
Riot Fest

Tickets for the BV-presented Kevin Devine, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Tigers Jaw, Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) shows are on KD's artist presale now. General on-sale begins September 24.

Tickets for the Hiss Golden Messenger show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Tanlines show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Corrosion of Conformity (Pepper Keenan included) show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Todd Rundgren show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Punch Brothers have two NYC-area shows with Gabriel Kahane coming up: December 7 at State Theatre in New Brunswick and December 12 at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for NJ are on sale now and tickets for the Cap go on sale at noon.

$5 tickets (that include one Shiner beer) for the BV/Shiner-presented Balance & Composure and Spill show at Union Pool go on sale at noon.

TIckets to see Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan at Town Hall go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Grimes and Nicole Dollanganger show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

TIckets for the newly-added Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon. The first one is sold out.

Tickets for The Loved Ones' Keep Your Heart 10th anniversary show with Cayetana at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Taking Back Sunday and Beach Slang holiday show in NJ go on sale at noon.

Tickets for The Dears show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see Real Estate's Martin Courtney at new venue National Sawdust go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Screaming Females show at MHOW go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Allison Weiss and Mal Blum show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. Tickets for Mal Blum's Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Jonathan Richman show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Advance Base show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. Tickets for his Silent Barn show are on sale now.

Tickets for the All Them Witches show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the three San Fermin shows at Bowery Ballroom (one with Sam Amidon) go on sale at noon.

Des Ark will open the upcoming Hop Along and Radiator Hospital show at Bowery Ballroom, but also play their own show at Mercury Lounge on October 8. Tickets for both are available.

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

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

the in-process exterior of National Sawdust
National Sawdust

Back in May, we posted details on the new non-profit Williamsburg venue National Sawdust, that's set to open on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street on October 1. Now the venue's initial schedule has been announced.

Three of the venue's curators, The National's Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They'll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That's a 7:30 PM show, and there's also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more (tickets).

Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2 (tickets), a multi-day Terry Riley festival (tickets), Chris Thile's band Punch Brothers on 10/8 (tickets), a John Zorn festival (tickets), Majical Cloudz on 10/21 (tickets), and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December. Check out the full schedule.

That 10/21 show is currently the only upcoming tour date for Majical Cloudz, who have a new album on the way.

UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

bonnaroo is streaming live on brooklynvegan.com

Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.

UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.

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Seattle's 2015 Bumbershoot Festival will happen on Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7). This year's lineup includes Faith No More, The Weeknd, Brand New, Social Distortion, Flying Lotus, Babes in Toyland, The Melvins, Neko Case, Minus the Bear, Chance the Rapper, Atmosphere, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mikal Cronin, and lots more. Festival passes and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Check out the full 2015 Bumbershoot lineup below...

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photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:

Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13

Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18

Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25

Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9

Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16

Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.

Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25

Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31

Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8

Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

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photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.

Full lineup below...

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Punch Brothers at Rockwood Music Hall in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Punch Bros

While Nickel Creek came back this year, that doesn't mean mandolinist Chris Thile is keeping his other band Punch Brothers quiet. The 'bros have announced that they'll be putting out a new album and touring in early 2015. Most details on the album are still TBA, but you can stream the first single "I Blew It Off" over at their Facebook.

The tour kicks off in DC in late February and makes its way to NYC on March 5 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon with an artist presale starting Tuesday (11/18) at 10 AM and AmEx/Chase/local presales starting Wednesday (11/19) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers releasing a new LP, share track, touring"


Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Nickel Creek in 2014 (photo by Brantley Gutierrez)
Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek initially called it quits back in 2007, and the members went on to form other projects (including Chris Thile's very active band Punch Brothers), but they're now picking back up with their first album since 2005 and a US tour that will go down this spring. The tour hits NYC on April 29 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with a presale starting Tuesday (2/4) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

Most details on the new album are still TBA, but they did just post its single, "Destination," which you can listen to, along with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nickel Creek reuniting, announce new LP & tour (dates/stream)"

Punch Brothers at Rockwood Music Hall in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Punch Brothers

Brooklyn bluegrass band Punch Brothers are doing some shows this year, including a just-announced three-night run in NYC for New Year's Eve at Bowery Ballroom on December 29-31. Tickets to those shows go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/18) at noon. There's also a three-day pass option that will go on presale soon via the band's website.

They will also be playing the Inside Llewyn Davis celebration happening in NYC at Town Hall on September 29 with Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst and more (sold out). And right before that, they'll play the first day (Friday, 9/27) of Raleigh, NC's two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Tickets, including 2-day passes and Friday passes, are still available. Full schedule here.

In related news, Punch Brothers member Chris Thile is playing his own NYC shows at The Bell House on September 22 and Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on September 23 and 25. Tickets to the Bell House show are on sale now. Tickets for night one and night two at Rockwood Music Hall are also on sale now.

Michael Daves, who often plays with Thile, will be joining him at The Bell House show, and he also plays a solo show tonight (9/17) at Rockwood Music Hall, as part of his weekly Tuesday residency at the venue. Other upcoming dates include September 24, October 5, October 8, and October 15.

All dates for each artist are listed, along with some videos, below...

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still from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis is the new Coen Brothers film starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, which has been on the festival circuit this year (including this fall's New York Film Festival) and will open in December. The music in the film was executively produced by T-Bone Burnett, and mostly consists of covers of old folk songs. The soundtrack will be released on November 12 via Nonesuch.

The film's music will be celebrated and performed in NYC on September 29 at Town Hall during a big concert that features Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more, in addition to some of the film's cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands.

Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday (8/21) at noon with a presale beginning Tuesday (8/20) at noon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

Concert flyer and film trailer, below...

Continue reading "Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst and more playing songs from Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' in NYC"

Jack White @ Roseland Ballroom 5/22/12

So far we've seen Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield and Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from the great David Andrako.

The photos are not in any particular order. Jack White above. More below...

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It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)

Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.

The Raveonettes are on tour and playing Webster Hall on Friday, but first you can catch them on Letterman tonight. Meanwhile check out some pictures from their Chicago show.

Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.

The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).

Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.

The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.

Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to bass.brooklyn@gmail.com.

Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).

Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout's art show opens in Brooklyn on Friday. Check out pictures from the show Guided By Voices recently played at Emo's.

Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?

PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."

The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.

more below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Adele's Bond theme, Micachu, Raveonettes, RDIO, AlunaGeorge, Claire Chase, Divine Fits, the Hobbit + more"

Punch Brothers at Rockwood Music Hall in February (more by David Andrako)
Punch Brothers

The New Year's Eve options just keep coming. Today the announcement comes that bluegrass crew Punch Brothers will do a three-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom from December 29-31. Tickets for all three shows (3-day pass option included) go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.

The NYE run in NYC comes at the end of an extensive tour that the Punch Brothers will kick off at the end of this month. That tour includes a show as part of the New Yorker Festival which happens at Gramercy Theatre on October 5 and two days after that the band will play another NYC area gig at The Paramount on October 7 in Huntington. Tickets for the New Yorker Fest show at Gramercy and the Paramount show are available. Punch Brother Chris Thile, who just played Rockwood Music Hall on Sunday (9/16), returns to the venue this Wednesday (9/19). That show is sold out.

A list of all Punch Brother dates is below.

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New Yorker Festival

The 2012 New Yorker Festival happens October 5 - 7, bringing together writers, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, deep thinkers and all other sorts of creative types. Highlights for the 13th annual fest include "Portlandia Live" with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and special guests performing sketches live; Atul Gawande and the band Vampire Weekend; Sasha Frere-Jones and the singer Norah Jones; Alec Wilkinson and the neo-bluegrass band Punch Brothers; Ariel Levy and the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams; John Seabrook and the indie-folk band Beirut; and Ben Greenman and singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq.

Other notable events: the Wachowskis will present their new film Cloud Atlas with co-director Tom Tykwer; Mad Men's John Slattery hosts a panel on "period acting"; Paul Muldoon will interview Patti Smith and loads more meetings of minds.

Tickets to the 2012 New Yorker Festival will go on sale on Friday, September 14 at noon. Full line-up is below.

Continue reading "New Yorker Festival 2012 schedule (Portlandia, Beirut, Vampire Weekend, Lucinda Williams, Raphael Saadiq, Punch Brothers and more) "


After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick

Clearwater Festival is returning to Croton Point Park from June 16-17 in Croton, NY. This year's festival includes Dawes, Deer Tick, Alejandro Escovedo, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Ani Difranco and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full Clearwater lineup below...

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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 David Andrako

Punch Brothers @ Rockwood Music Hall - 2/20/2012
Punch Brothers

Chris Thile and his Punch Brothers returned to one of their old haunts, Rockwood Music Hall last night (2/20) for a jam packed, semi-private, record-release show that we have pictures from in this post. The Punch Brothers are about to head out on a tour that is next scheduled to hit NYC at Town Hall.

Michael Daves, who isn't in the Punch Brothers, but does often perform and record with Chris Thile, returns to the LES venue for a free 10pm show tonight (2/21), part of a weekly solo residency.

More pictures and the PB setlist below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers played Rockwood Music Hall (pics, setlist); Michael Daves plays there every Tuesday"


"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."
Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...

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Beach Boys @ The Grammys
Beach Boys

Though the Bonnaroo lineup won't be announced until later today (via Spotify), Knoxville.com has supposedly leaked some of it via a photo gallery which includes Beach Boys, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Phish, Foster the People, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Black Star, Skrillex, Punch Brothers, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Flogging Molly, Feist and Aziz Ansari. We can't know for sure if this is all correct, but I did hear that the Beach Boys were playing, and many of those bands have been rumored for a while, and the Beach Boys have promised more dates, so... well, we'll see soon! UPDATE: Yep, they are!

If it is all true, I really hope that this time Foster the People stay off the Beach Boys' stage unlike at the Grammys, as you can watch below...

Continue reading "Beach Boys played the Grammys, playing Bonnaroo? (we'll know for sure soon)"

Punch Brothers @ Prospect Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers will be out on the road for much of February and March and then some in April and over the summer too. Many of those dates are with Jesca Hoop including April 26 at Town Hall in NYC which goes on sale at 11am today (2/3). All tour dates are listed below....

Continue reading "Punch Brothers -- 2012 Tour Dates (include Town Hall in NYC, Clearwater, Telluride, MerleFest & more)"

photos by David Andrako

"justin townes earle was good,
but the punch brothers are a hard act to follow." - Peter Cauvel

"Justin townes earle is doing a replacements cover.
It is quite excellent. He is terrific." - Sara Ivry

JTE in Prospect Park
Justin Townes Earle

Prospect Park was taken over by country and bluegrass-leaning folkies on Thursday night (6/28) when Justin Townes Earle and The Punch Brothers played a free show at the outdoor Brooklyn venue. The Hackensaw Boys opened the show. Celebrate Brooklyn continues its 2011 season tonight (7/1) with reggae by Steel Pulse and Natural Expression Rhythm Band.

The Punch Brothers also have a show coming up at the Bell House in July and other dates too.

Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle whose KEXP videos we just posted) recently made a music video for his song "Slippin' and Slidin.' Check that out along with some live video and more pictures from the Prospect Park show, and many more tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Justin Townes Earle, the Punch Brothers & the Hackensaw Boys played Celebrate Brooklyn (pics, video, more tour dates)"