Entries tagged with: Rhett Miller
Since 1993, Rhett Miller has stayed busy both as a solo artist and as the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for alt-country act Old 97's (who are on tour now, two shows at Brooklyn Bowl this week included). Though the Dallas, Texas-based band has never had a "hit" in the conventional sense of the term, their acclaim with critics and fans alike has been well earned and an inarguable counterpoint to the idea of what success in the music industry looks like. With last year's Most Messed Up, the group saw their highest charting record to date, a fact that Miller shrugged off when I mentioned it in our recent conversation. In contrast to the oftentimes-austere nature of his music, and especially that of his solo work, Miller's positivity and grateful perspective are born from a place of self-doubt and failure. As components of his music, those experiences bleed through not as cautionary tales but as the mirrored non-fiction of the musician's success not only as an artist but, as he candidly revealed, a human being as well.
BV: You've been creating music for over two decades now with your solo career and with the Old 97's. Obviously a lot's changed with the dynamic of how people access music and how a band's fanbase grows. What's that paradigm shift meant for you as an artist just in watching that transition over the last twenty years?
Rhett: It's so funny all the different ways the fanbase has changed over the years. When we started it was the advent of the personal computer age, and I remember we got a lot of help from those very early email lists. It kind of helped us a lot, which is funny now because it seems so antiquated, but at the time it was really cutting edge and some of our earliest hardcore fans were a part of that, and it really went a long way to building our early fanbase. Then you watch the way that the consumption of music has changed, and I think that has really helped us even though we've never had a hit. In the old days you'd have to have your record in people's houses for them to be able to find the music and go back, and now it's just in everyone's pocket. They can find any song I've ever written and any record we've ever made. In a way, the fact that these songs are decades old, it kind of doesn't even seem like that because they're on the list just like all the other songs that exist in the world, and people can just go find them. Add to that the fact that we've never had a hit, and it's kind of cool because people can go back and discover our entire catalogue, and in a way we're really not time-stamped. I had a lot of friends who had hits in the 90s, and now their band has to go play on one of those nostalgia tours. It's a thirty-minute slot, and they have to finish with the one to three radio songs they had twenty years ago, and we've never had that, and it's kind of cool. It would've been nice to make a ton of money at some point, but our whole idea was that we wanted to have a whole career at the expense of having hits. For better or worse, that's been the thing that works for us, and we get to go out now and still play pretty big shows in front of pretty big crowds. We put out new records, and they're taken pretty seriously. We're not just a band that's dependent on an album that came out two decades ago or more.
photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is doing his third annual "Holiday Extravaganza! An Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at NYC's City Winery on December 12. The guests are still TBA, so stay tuned. Tickets are on VinoFile presale now.
Rhett's only other solo appearances are Daryl's House in Pawling, NY and McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in November, but Old 97's are also touring. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 20 & 21 at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, Banditos were added as the opener. Tickets for both are still available.
Updated dates 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...
photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is releasing a new solo album called The Traveler on May 12 via ATO. For the recording, he was backed by Black Prairie (aka most of The Decemberists except Colin Meloy), and the record also features guitar work from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. You can get a taste from the folk-rockin' single "Most In The Summertime," below.
Rhett's also got a tour coming up that runs from late April though late June. That tour has him in NYC on June 24 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on presale to VinoFile members now. General on-sale starts soon.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
photo: Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House, EMCF 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight (12/16). He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB). Get tickets now before they're all gone!
Speaking of scary comedy, Eliot Glazer is hosting his Haunting Renditions show at The Bell House tonight. Hear Glazer transform quotidian pop melodies into sweeping ballads, right before your very eyes! Tonight he's doing holiday songs, natch. But that's not all -- tonight he's also joined by none other than his sister, Broad City's Ilana Glazer (who just did two sold-out shows at the same venue); also singing with the duo is Milk of RuPaul's Drag Race. The best part? Tickets are still available. For now at least.
If you still need more laughs tonight, check out Rhett Miller's second annual Holiday Extravaganza show at City Winery tonight. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Jen Kirkman (who performed at Cenac's 'Night Train' this week), and more. Tickets are still available. In addition, Kirkman has been playing shows all week around the city, including several upcoming nights at The Stand. Get tickets to her shows at The Stand on Wednesday (12/17), and Thursday (12/18), and Sunday (12/21).
Finally, coming up later this week, don't miss everyone's favorite nerd Chris Gethard perform with all his favorite comedic oddities at "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," coming to Union Hall this Saturday, December 20. This show features Shannon O'Neill (UCB, Broad City), stand up comedians Elsa Waithe and Dan Licata, and Connor O'Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Tickets are on sale now.
"We're not birds, we're a jug band!"
It's that time of year again. You can't seem to walk a block without seeing Christmas lights or hearing holiday favorites (all ten of them) from every passing storefront. If you're looking for something beyond "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the hundredth time, there's no shortage of holiday-themed shows over the next few weeks. (Though some of them, however, may include that old chestnut.) Here's a few of them:
Sloan Wainwright is bringing the full band version of her intimate project to City Winery on Sunday (12/7) for a special holiday-centric show with the similarly minded Peter Stampfel & The Ether Frolic Mob (who plays new Greenpoint venue Aviv the night before) as well as performances from Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now. You can also catch Sloan at her niece and nephew Rufus and Martha Wainwright's holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month, one of which features, among many many others, Cyndi Lauper who's doing her own guest-filled holiday show.
Old 97's lead singer and prolific solo artist Rhett Miller is hosting his second annual holiday shindig at City Winery on December 16. The "Holiday Extravaganza" features music from Miller and comedy from Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Like last year, B.B. King Blues Club is hosting a slew of shows dedicated to the holiday celebrations. There's the club's annual Christmas party hosted by Ronnie Spector on December 20 (tickets), and four shows from another Phil Spector protege, Darlene Love, on December 19, 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all four shows are still available.
For those celebrating the other major religious holiday during this season, a cappella group The Maccabeats are having their annual Hanukkah show at B.B. King's on December 25 with support from Y-Studs. Tickets are on sale now.
Another option is "Christmas for the Jews" at City Winery. The stand-up show features sets from Avi Liberman, Jon Fisch, Cory Kahaney and more. Sold out.
Meanwhile, Matisyahu plays his annual "Festival of Light" show on December 20 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
What else? You can catch Dave Hill, his band Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris DiStefano, Larry Murphy and more at "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and Tell Me All Your Secrets" on December 10 at The Bell House. Tickets for the show are still available.
As discussed, there's a few other holiday shows at The Bell House including Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, The Sweetback Sisters, Eliot & Ilana Glazer, Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol and what's sure to be a very magical show presented by Harry & the Potters.
Bridget Everett will also perform at drag king legend Murray Hill's holiday show with Carmine Covelli (who's in Bridget's band The Tender Moments and The Julie Ruin), and burlesque performers Perle Noire, Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous on December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available.
Another Christmas comedy show is Dan St. Germain's Christmas Spectacular at Union Hall on December 16 with sets from Brooks Wheelan, Jared Logan, Kevin Barnett, Jacqueline Novak and Team Submarine. Tickets for that show are still available.
Also at Union Hall, on December 14 (tix) is a Christmas edition of their monthly "Muppet Vault" series where they'll show classic holiday TV special Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (done here as a singalong) and other appropriate clips from Muppetland.
For a night of music and comedy, there's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's Christmas tour stop at Town Hall on December 13 with Fred Armisen, The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.
Other previously mentioned holiday shows include Nick Lowe, John Waters, and the stacked WFMU Holiday Cheer Benefit with Conor Oberst, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson.
For a little more traditional Holiday fun there's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Theater at MSG from December 5 through December 28. (tix).
Speaking of Emmet Otter, check out some great bloopers/outtakes from that Christmas special below...
"@rhettmiller that was great man!! Tks for taking it to the street @brooklynbowl - @DaltoA2
"Came to #bkbowl to check out Old 97s. But there was a power outage so now there's an impromptu sidewalk performance. It's perfect." - Jane
"@rhettmiller Thanks, dude. I knew a little electrical fire couldn't stop you. Rock on. #BrooklynBowl" - Lou Davanzo
Rhett Miller outside Brooklyn Bowl - 8/7/14 (via @paulsuwan)
Old 97's were to have wrapped up the 2-night Brooklyn Bowl run on their ongoing tour last night (8/7), but unfortunately the show was cancelled after an electrical issue in the venue. Luckily for those in attendance, frontman Rhett Miller still found a way to put on a show. Rhett went outside the venue and played an acoustic set on the street. That's a pic of him playing above, and you can check out a video below.
Rhett Miller at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
As discussed, alt-country vets Old 97's are going on a tour that includes three NYC shows in August -- 8/6 & 8/7 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets) and a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show on 8/9 -- and singer Rhett Miller has since scheduled solo dates of his own surrounding his band's tour. Those include an appearance in NYC on September 20 at CIty Winery. Tickets are on sale now to VinoFile members and the general on-sale should start soon.
All of Rhett's and all of Old 97s' dates are listed below...
Outkast / Foals / Chance the Rapper / crowd
Playing essentially the same set they've begun taking across America, the version with "Hey Ya!" in the middle instead of left for desert, there were no hints of the awkwardness some saw in the hip-hop duo's Coachella performance in April: just urgency. While both men are no doubt happy to collect their headlining cheddar, on Saturday night, their performance was about legacy. They appeared within a cube with black-and-white projections of the American flag, evoking their "Stankonia" cover art, and their banter guided the crowd between songs as the set pivoted from hits to deep cuts, remembering the days they rehearsed rap verses around the kitchen table and crowing over OutKast's eternal coolness before "So Fresh, So Clean." [The Oregonian]Washington state music festival Sasquatch went down this past weekend (its only weekend) for three days packed with loads of bands. We just posted pictures of Yelle from day 1 (5/23), and we've got way more pictures from the first day in this post, including shots of Outkast, Die Antwoord, Rudimental, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Phantogram, Foals, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) and so many more.
White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) also played that day and just announced a NYC show.
More day 1 pictures 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...
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...
Old 97's @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 2013 (more by Kurt Christensen)
As mentioned, the Old 97's are celebrating 20 years as a band in 2014, and will release Most Messed Up on April 29 via ATO. The band have just announced a tour supporting the new record and that includes a NYC show at Webster Hall on June 3. That show (and at least a few others) are with Bloodshot-signed alt-country singer Lydia Loveless opening. Tickets for that are currently on AmEx presale and will be available to the general public starting Friday (2/14) at noon.
Frontman Rhett Miller will be in NYC sooner, playing solo at City Winery in March. All Old 97's dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Old 97's are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will release Most Messed Up on April 29 via ATO. The record, recorded in Austin with producer Salim Nourallah, features guest appearances from The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case's band). The band have released the first single from the album, "Longer Than You've Been Alive," and Rhett Miller gets off more than a few good lines ("Life is a marathon and sometimes you puke"). You can stream it over at EW.com and check out the cover art and tracklist below.
While Old 97's haven't announced a tour yet (they played NYC last summer), Rhett Miller will be on the road this month and next, including a stop at NYC's City Winery on March 3. Anthony D'Amato is also on the bill and tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Yo La Tengo at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. This is the final night.
Alex G., Crying, Frankie Cosmos, Pupppy @ Shea Stadium
It's a pretty strong bill at Shea tonight with the lo-fi guitar pop of Alex G, the indie rock chiptune of Crying, and the anti-folk leanings of Frankie Cosmos.
Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, Janeane Garofalo, Jim Turner & more @ City Winery
Old 97's singer Rhett Miller is throwing his holiday extravaganza -- an evening of comedy and music -- at City Winery tonight with multiple guests, including Nicole Atkins (who just sang at the Seaport tree-lighting), the funny Janeane Garofalo, and more.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with H. Jon Benjamin, Dan St. Germain, Brooks Wheelen, Brooke Van Poppelen, Sean Patton, Jared Logan, and more.
There's not too much going on tonight, but if you do feel like going out, maybe it's a good night to check out something for the first time like Park Slope's Barbes, which hosts its weekly shows from Brain Cloud (7 PM) and Chica Libre (9:30 PM) tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Eugene Mirman at his comedy festival last weekend (more by David Andrako)
It isn't often that I dedicate a single post to a single one-off show, but sometimes one pops-up that has such a great line-up and whose proceeds go to such a great charity that I gotta spill it. On Tuesday October 22, Gramercy Theater will play host to an event called A Night of Comedy, Music and Other Awesome Stuff. The purpose of this event is to benefit an organization called OneKid OneWorld and their projects in Kenya and El Salvador:
OneKid OneWorld provides a foundation for education in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and El Salvador by giving children from primary school up through secondary school the opportunity for a better and brighter future.If that's not something you can get behind then you're a monster and belong in my nightmares and not amongst humanity. The line-up so far is preposterously awesome and features sets by David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Todd Barry. Attendees will also thrill to music care of the great Rhett Miller from the Old 97's. The show also promises appearances from other "stars from stage and screen," though these add-ons are still TBD.
By providing the basic needs of learning fundamentals like desks and books as well as paying teachers' salaries, building classrooms and even installing solar power technology so students can study at night, OneKid continues to make a tremendous impact not just on individual lives, but communities as a whole.
Tickets are currently on-sale and are available in three different options ranging from $50 - $85; front section VIP tickets (including close to the stage seating, a OKOW t-shirt and three raffle tickets) are $85, reserved seating just behind the VIP section are $65 and General Admission tickets are $50. So reach into those coffers of yours and pull out some dough and make a difference in the life of someone who cannot even fathom the privileges you take for granted on a daily basis and get rewarded with an incredible show. And don't forget that Gramercy sells those gigantic cans of Budweiser which are basically the best.
And in somewhat related news; David Cross has a show during the 2013 NY Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman just had a comedy festival, and Todd Barry has a lot of shows coming up including a podcast taping at The Bell House on Tuesday October 29 (with Natasha Lyonne, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Andy Borowitz, and more).
While I have your attention, apropos of nothing, please see my new favorite YouTube video of all time. Great song, great concept, hilarious main character, and a sweet ass cameo you gotta see to believe at the 2:33 mark.
DIIV @ Osheago 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Omar Souleyman @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
CT5 w/ DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Blouse, MINKS, Chris Cohen, Heavenly Beat @ The Well
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring mos of the bands on their roster. It's a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.
Summer Thunder w/ Daniel Higgs, Thurston Moore, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (FREE)
This weekend's edition on Summer Thunder has been put together by drummer Ryan Sawyer and he'll play as part of an improv trio featuring trumpet man Nate Wooley and some dude named Thurston Moore. Lungfish's Daniel Higgs is on the bill too, and while this show may not be the most listener-friendly music, a chance to see two indie rock icons for free in a small space is a chance you may not want to pass up. 2PM, 21+.
Cajmere, Liars, IO Echo, Lil Silva, Jon Hopkins, Sam Valenti IV @ MoMA PS1
Another strong lineup (as usual) at this week's Warm Up with sets from three excellent electronic musicians: Chicago house vet Cajmere, post-rock-meets-dance producer Jon Hopkins and poppy UK producer Lil Silva; two live bands: Liars and IO Echo; and a DJ set from Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV.
Omar Souleyman, Bobb Trimble, 75 Dollar Bill, Steve Gunn @ Pioneer Works
Brooklyn's Issue Project Room is celebrating a decade of experimental, avant-garde and generally eclectic programming with a two-month festival called Ten Years on the Infinite Plain. It kicks off tonight at Red Hook's Pioneer Works with a show featuring -- in what is now extremely timely booking -- Syrian musical legend Omar Souleyman, plus performances by Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, 75 Dollar Bill, and Steve Gunn. Tickets are still available.
Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
While Electric Zoo may be widely known for some cringeworthy electronic music, they've also got enough good stuff to warrant going. Today (day 2 of 3) we get sets from Moderat, A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Chris Malinchak, Just Blaze, RL Grime and more.
The Dwarves, The Queers @ Le Poisson Rouge
Obnoxious is an understatement, but they wouldn't have it any other way. Both The Dwarves AND The Queers will team up for a night of snotty punk rock at Le Poisson Rouge. Expect stage dives, childish humor, and lots of fun.
Wrekmeister Harmonies, Spreaders, I Say Fuck @ End Records Omega Warehouse
Yes, the Wrekmeister Harmonies "Big Band" is back for a second round, this time a FREE show at The End Records Omega Warehouse. The show is FREE, BYOB and lets get nuts.
Modeselektor (DJ set), Rudimental (DJ set), Delta Heavy @ Best Buy Theater (Electric Zoo Afterparty)
One of the better Electric Zoo afterparties happens tonight with DJ sets from IDM wizards (and Thom Yorke collaborators) Modeselektor and pop/house/drum & bass crossover band Rudimental.
Shigeto, Beacon, Heathered Pearls @ Bowery Ballroom
Speaking of Ghostly, it's all Ghostly bill at Bowery Ballroom tonight with sets from electronic (or electronic-leaning) musicians Shigeto, Beacon, and Heathered Pearls. Not exactly the type to get you dancing, but you should be able to viiiiiibe.
Jon Hopkins, Paul Raffaele, Justin Strauss @ Cameo Gallery
After Jon Hopkins blesses the Warm Up crowd with an appearance, he'll head to Williamsburg for a midnight show at Cameo. With two openers on this bill, be prepared to stay out late.
Rhett Miller @ City Winery
The Old '97s frontman is back in NYC for a relatively intimate performance sure to please both audiophiles and oenophiles alike.
Martial Canterel @ 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro)
Martial Canterel, Figure Study, FORMA, Hot Guts @ Cameo Gallery
Xeno & Oaklander's Sean McBride headlines under his Martial Canterel guise for a night of minimal synth, darkwave and general gothiness.
Grooms, The Flag, Slavve @ Death By Audio
Grooms' new album, Infinity Caller, may well be their best yet, with big hooks duking it out with their signature guitar noise. Tonight's the record release party.
Friends, Greatest Hits, Haribo and Test Icicles (DJ set) @ Glasslands
Now down to a trio, Friends soldier on. The most interesting thing about this show may be who's spinning tunes in between sets: Dev and Sam from mid-'00s arch artrockers Test Icicles.
L-Vis 1990, Lil Silva, Slava, Peter Fonda @ Glasslands
Another post-Warm Up option: Lil Silva brings the party to Williamsburg as well. He'll be filling Glasslands with a late-night party that has an all around great lineup joining him.
Main Attrakionz, Cashclick, Shyst, M.U.V.I. @ Knitting Factory
It's been a while since NYC rap duo Main Attrakionz played a hometown show, but if you've been itching to see them, tonight's your chance.
Pictureplane, House of Ladosha, Lil Internet @ Paper Box
If Warm Up (and its related afterparties) and Electric Zoo (and its official afterparties) aren't enough dance options in one day for you, local party starter Pictureplane is giving you one more. He'll be at Paper Box in Brooklyn, and House of Ladosha are no bores on stage either.
Poison Idea @ Cake Shop & Saint Vitus
Poison Idea without the legendary guitarist Pig Champion is a bit iffy... Regardless, the Northwest punk legends have some immortal songs, and you can catch them twice today including a matinee at Saint Vitus.
Black Witchery, Teloch Vovin, vadimVon @ Saint Vitus
War machine Black Witchery will attack Saint Vitus on Saturday night, shrouding Manhattan Avenue in darkness and turning all of Greenpoint into the land of sodom. OK, maybe that was heavy-handed, but it will rule regardless.
Young Adults, Pile, Big Ups, Weird Womb, Flagland @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Every band at this sure-to-be-loud rock show is worth seeing. Two of MA's more promising noisemakers, Young Adults and Pile, are coming over to NYC for the night. Meanwhile, all three locals are regulars on the scene, and always good ones to catch.
Yacht @ The Surf Lodge
YACHT are reliably a good time live and they've got the catchy tunes to back their live show. "Psychic City" and "Dystopia" always make for some good sing/dance-alongs. Doesn't hurt that this is free and outside in an idylic setting. If you're in the Hamptons, of course.
Novelization! w/ Chris Gethard, Eliot Glazer, Kelly Crisp, Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, Heidi Vanderlee @ Union Hall
They don't do it so much anymore, but most movies used to get the quickie novelization treatment. The folks listed above will be reading from novelizations of such works as Home Alone 2. The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, Crossroads, and so much more.
Wild Yaks, Hector's Pets, Toaster, Blackout, Zula, Kids Row @ Rippers
Your chances to see bands playing at Rockaway's Rippers are dwindling. Take advantage while you can.
Tombs @ Stanhope House (NJ)
Brooklyn's Tombs are looking a lot less Brooklyn-y these days, with three of the four members now living outside of the tri-state area, which means "local" shows are fewer and farther between. Head out to Stanhope, NJ to catch the band with the great Pyrrhon in tow.
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Singer/songwriter legend Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this year (and it's the tenth anniversary year of his death), and in celebration of that, tributes are happening in Portland, LA, Austin and NYC. THe NYC show happens on August 10 at Bowery Ballroom. It's being hosted by Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s) and also features Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Mary Lou Lord (who toured with Elliott Smith) and special guests. Tickets for the NYC tribute go on sale Monday (6/17) at noon, and proceeds go to New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth.
Each event features a host, performances by his "biggest fans and closest friends and collaborators," and benefits a local charity. Info on all four tributes below...
Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.
In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.
The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.
And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.
Other tour dates and some videos below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Old 97's @ Webster Hall, 10/23/2012
In the early fall of 1996, the Old 97's flew to New York City to consummate our courtship with Elektra Records. The following morning, we were scheduled to appear on one of the top floors of Rockefeller Plaza to finally meet CEO Sylvia Rhone and "ink" the deal. We landed the evening before and rode in a limousine to the Paramount, a swanky hotel "just off Times Square." The lobby was as massive as the rooms were tiny, and everything about the hotel seemed to ooze the kind of hipness that inflates the nightly rate by about 80%.The above is a story that Rhett Miller recounted about the making of the song "Broadway" from the Old 97s' Too Far To Care LP, released 15 years ago. That record was celebrated (and played in full) at anniversary shows at Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/23) and Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (10/24). Salim Nourallah played support, as did Rhett who opened the night with an acoustic set. The tour, which kicked off in September, inches toward eventual completion in Nashville, TN on Monday (10/29).
I had my guitar, a bunch of nervous energy, and an hour to kill before dinner. So I did what I often do in such a situation. I wrote a song. I wanted to impress the A&R folks at dinner, sure, but more than that I wanted to capture the feeling I had at that moment - the feeling of being on the brink of something huge. My life was changing right before my eyes. The dream I'd fostered since adolescence was coming true.
More pictures, plus setlists for Old 97's and Miller solo from Webster Hall are below.
In addition to their show at Webster Hall (10/27) The Old '97s have added a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24 where they'll also play their 1997 album, Too Far to Care, in full. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Updates tour dates are listed below.
Too Far To Care was a magical moment for the 97's. Starry-eyed and flush with confidence thanks to our brand-new deal with Elektra, we felt no fear, just giddy excitement. An adventurous producer and a world champion A&R guy shepherded us through the recording process. And when it was all over, we had captured our little bit of lightning in a bottle. I love Too Far To Care and can't wait to play it in its entirety across the USA. - Rhett MillerIt's the 15th anniversary of what is generally regarded as the finest work by Old 97's and, like so many longtime musicians these days, the band are celebrating by dusting off the record and taking it out on tour, playing it front-to-back. One of the tour's stops is in NYC at Webster Hall on October 23 with Salim Nourallah and an opening acoustic set by Old '97s frontman Rhett Miller. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning today (6/27) at noon.
In addition to the tour, Too Far to Care, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this fall, including its first-ever vinyl pressing. Tour poster, plus all Old 97's tour dates are listed below.
Rhett playing (in the convention center?) @ SXSW 2012 (via nattibeth)
In support of his upcoming self-produced solo album The Dreamer, frontman Rhett Miller announced a Spring tour with backing band The Serial Lady Killers that will hit Maxwell's on June 7 and Bowery Ballroom on June 8. Tickets for both are on sale now at the links. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Rhett, fresh from a string of SXSW performances will play a sold out gig tomorrow night (3/23) at City Winery with Salim Nourallah. He also has some shows coming up with his 90s alt-rock cohorts in Old '97's.
The Dreamer is set to drop June 5 via Miller's own Maximum Sunshine Records. A free download for the album's first single "Out of Love" and a complete list of tour dates can be found below...
DOWNLOAD: Jim Ward - Take it Back (MP3)
Old 97 Rhett Miller, currently working on a new record, is going on a solo acoustic tour in October, but first you can catch him with his full band The Serial Lady Killers at a big headlining show at Highline Ballroom in NYC this Saturday night (9/24). Tickets are still on sale.
Jim Ward (of Sparta/At The Drive-In/Sleepercar), who is on a tour himself, opens the show (he'll be solo acoustic). Jim is out supporting his new solo LP called, wait for it... Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins & The Electric Six - released on August 8th via his own Tembloroso Recordings. "The album is a compilation of his acoustic solo EP trilogy - 2007's Quiet, 2009's In The Valley, On The Shores, 2011's The End Begins - paired with an additional disc of select tracks gone electric." Download the electrified "Take It Back" above. That's the cover art up there too.
A JW video and all tour dates below...
photos by Timothy Griffin
"It was hilarious to hear a man as gorgeous as Rhett Miller sing about losing at love to a better-looking man. Who could that have been?" - Jason Crane
Rhett Miller (Old 97's) @ BVSXSW 2011
Old 97's played two shows at The Bell House on Wednesday (7/13) and Thursday (7/14) with fellow Texan Robert Ellis as part of an ongoing tour. A video from the first show is below. A picture of the setlist from that same show can be viewed HERE.
Frontman Rhett Miller, who is not frustrated with Manhattan, will play in NYC again this month on July 30 on the Oval at Stuyvesant Town with Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, and Hayes Carll as part of Peter Cooper VIllage/Stuyvesant Town's "Summer on the Oval series. The show runs from 4 PM to 8 PM and is free to the public. More dates for all of these artists are listed below.
A belated and second set of pictures of the Old 97's playing the BrooklynVegan party at Barbarella during SXSW (where Robert Ellis can be seen in the crowd), with that video from the Bell House show, and all tour dates for everyone mentioned above, below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
DOWNLOAD: The Old 97s - Live at Cicero's, St. Louis, MO, 4-19-96 (zipped MP3s)
Old 97's @ BV-SXSW @ Barbarella
Old 97s "are proud to release The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, their ninth studio album, [July 5th] via New West Records. TGTV2 features 13 brand new songs and is once again produced by Salim Nourallah (The Grand Theatre Volume One and Blame It On Gravity.) Rolling Stone said:
"On their 2010 album, The Grand Theatre Vol. 1, the Old 97's per- formed new material live at a Dallas theater, then took the songs that went over best and recorded them in an Austin studio. Consisting of songs left over from Vol. 1, this second installment places Rhett Miller's articulate, off-the-cuff songs right between the composure of the control room and the looseness of the barroom. Miller savors lines like "He said, 'Can I buy a drink?'/What he meant was, 'Can I buy you?' " over his bandmates' proudly ordinary punky-tonk. But Miller is no roots reactionary: "Manhattan (I'm Done)" is the rare country dig at New York where it actually sounds like the singer gave the big city a fighting chance."Old 97's were on a tour this past Spring that hit Webster Hall in Manhattan on April 9. Some videos from that show are below.
The band will kick off a new tour this Thursday (7/7), again returning to NYC, but maybe they are done with Manhattan. The Old 97's will instead play The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 13 and 14 . Tickets are on sale for both dates (7/13, 7/14).
Most July dates, including the Brooklyn shows, will be opened by Robert Ellis who released a new album this week too.
One of the few sets The Old 97's played during SXSW 2011 was (a great one at) the BrooklynVegan/Partisan/KF Records day party that Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Jonny Corndawg, Jason Isbell and many others also played. A belated set of pictures from the Austin show is in this post.
More of those pics, with videos from Webster Hall, the setlist to the 1996 live set you can download above, and all tour dates below...