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Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

All Wilco dates are listed below...

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We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

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Though Fruit Bats are no more, main member Eric D. Johnson is now pursuing a solo career, which should hopefully fill that Fruit Bats void in our lives. He's releasing his self-titled debut album as EDJ on August 5 via Easy Sound. Here's a bit of what Eric said about the album's collaborators:

I had a bunch of my favorite people come and join me on this. Sam Cohen, Brian Kantor, and Josh Kaufman (all of Yellowbirds and a million other bands) made up the backbone of the band in the early part of the tracking. And then there were appearances by people from all the different chapters of my musical life - Andy Cabic from Vetiver and Tim Rutili from Califone dropped by to add stuff. James Mercer from The Shins sang some gorgeous high harmonies, and Nathan Larson of Shudder to Think (also my sometime film score collaborator) laid down some drone-y guitar vibes. And of course Thom Monahan, my usual studio co-conspirator, was there to make everything come together.
Stream two tracks from the album, along with a teaser video, below. You can also check out a recent Aquarium Drunkard session EDJ did where he covered Joe Jackson and Richard & Linda Thompson here.

EDJ is going on a tour with Delta Spirit soon, and though he's not opening their NYC shows, he'll play his own show here right after the tour ends on September 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the streams and video, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 1
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 1
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 1

Saturday the Great Hudson River Revival occurred for the first time without Pete Seeger, the giant folk singer and activist who called Beacon home, and Toshi Seeger, his wife whose strong shoulder and loving arms gave support to all who craved peace. The festival started early, with thousands descending on the park by 11 a.m., and it didn't miss a beat.

Luane Haggerty stood on stage with the Como Mamas. Draped in blue and green, Haggerty sang with the gospel vocalists, projecting her hands with deep heart and fluid grace. An American Sign Language interpreter who learned because her grandmother was deaf, the Newburgh native has been performing at the Revival for nearly two decades. It's one of the few festivals that utilizes regular ASL interpreting.

"I think it's a real statement, a commitment to the deaf community," Haggerty said. "Having the access is a statement to Pete and Toshi and inclusion." [Times Herald-Record]

The 2014 Clearwater Festival went down in Croton Point Park this past weekend (6/21-22) with tons of folk musicians and multiple tributes to the festival's founder, the legendary Pete Seeger who passed away earlier this year, as well as his wife Toshi who passed in 2013. Day 1 included sets by Nicole Atkins, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Spirit Family Reunion and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.

More below...

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Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle just wrapped up a tour together, titled "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage," which did not hit the NYC area. They will make up for that with a few dates in the area this fall, however. The two play Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 26 (tickets), The Space at Westbury on September 27 (tickets) and New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre on Septebmer 28 (tickets).

Both Colvin and Earle have extensive dates and those are listed below. Also on Colvin's schedule is Richard Thompson's  "Frets and Refrains" acoustic guitar and songwriting camp which happens June 23 - 27 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. In addition to Thompson and Colving, the camp features Martin Simpson, Sloan Wainwright, Happy Traum, Simon Tassano, Bobby Eichorn, Darden Smith, Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs as teachers/counselors. Registration and housing options are still open.

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RIchard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Clearwater Festival will return to Croton Point Park on June 21 & 22 in Croton, NY this year. Performers include Puss N Boots (feat. Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper), Rufus Wainwright, former Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson (whose 2013 LP gave his career a bit of a re-boost), Josh Ritter, Tom Paxton, Houndmouth, David Amram, Spirit Family Reunion, Arc Iris and more. Tickets, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets, are on sale now.

The festival's founder Pete Seeger normally plays every year, but this will be the first one since the folk legend's passing earlier this year.

Full lineup below...

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Richard Thompson @ Joe's Pub in February (more by PSquared Photography)
Richard Thompson

Folk legend and guitar hero Richard Thompson has been touring pretty much constantly since the release of his new album, Electric, back in February. As mentioned, he's doing a few shows on Wilco and Dylan's AmericanaramA tour this month (never mind he's British) and will play the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 16. The three-day event (8/16 - 8/18) also features performances from Todd Rundgren, Asleep at the Wheel, David Bromberg and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Thompson, who played Joe's Pub in February, has also added an NYC show early this fall, playing Town Hall on September 27. Tickets to that show go VIP Package presale today at 10 AM and AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (7/12) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, who is currently on tour with Dawes, just announced his AmericanaramA: Festival of Music tour, which he'll be going on this summer. And he's tapped some pretty incredible support to go along with him: Wilco and My Morning Jacket. That tour hits the NYC area on July 19 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT, July 26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ, July 27 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, and July 28 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Ryan Bingham is also on all three of those dates and several others as well, and Richard Thompson is supporting on some of the other shows, but none in the NYC area. A ticket presale begins on Bob Dylan's site this Wednesday (4/24). Stay tuned for more ticket info. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: My Morning Jacket are not playing the Jones Beach show, but they will be on the other three NYC-area dates.

As mentioned, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is also on his own tour that hits NYC for a sold out show on April 29 at Webster Hall with Cold Specks and for a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on June 18, where he'll be playing a collaborative set with The Roots. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Bob Dylan dates are listed, along with a video of him playing "Tangled Up In Blue" with Mark Knopfler at their 2012 Barclays Center show and the tour flyer, below...

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photos by Samantha Marble

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell @ Beacon Theatre
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, and Richard Thompson played Beacon Theater last night (3/27) as part of their tour together. (They played the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY on 3/24 too.) The dates are in celbration of the new Harris/Crowell effort Old Yellow Moon, an album more than thiry years in the making yet not the first time the two have collaborated together. From NPR:

Emmylou Harris' first solo album, "Pieces of the Sky," was released in 1975 after the death of her singing partner, Gram Parsons. The opening track on the album is a song called "Bluebird Wine," by a then-unknown songwriter named Rodney Crowell. She recorded two more of his songs on her next album, got him to join her band in the mid-'70s and now, after an almost 40-year friendship, the two musicians have recorded an album together
Head to that link to check out a discussion on the album as well. More pics from last night's appearance at Beacon Theater, along with updated Harris/Crowell dates, are below.

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photos by PSquared Photography

Richard Thompson @ Joe's Pub, 2/5/2013
Richard Thompson

There'€™s been a big revival in folk and roots music in the last few years, ' why do you think this is?

€˜I think people like to know the old music. They like to know where they come from. The British are often very dismissive of their own culture though, like the way they laugh at Morris dancers or if a British folk song gets in the charts it gets treated like a novelty song rather than a valid piece of popular culture.

I think the more people that live inside the cyber world and the more they are on the internet, the more they seem part of the global village that people will crave the identity of their own culture and the more they will want to say this is the music of where I come from, the clothes of where I come from. - [Louder Than War]

Folk and rock legend Richard Thompson explores new territory on his 22nd album, Electric, dabbling in funk, though in a way that still feels very much the man at hand. (You can stream it below.) Opening with the new album's definitely groovy "Stuck on a Treadmill," some of those new directions were on display last night (2/5) at Joe's Pub, though Thompson looked the same as always in his signature beret.

Richard, as mentioned, will be back in NYC in March as part of a tour with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Cowell. All of those dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Joe's show, including one of the setlist, below...

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Dog in Snow

After multiple presales, Tickets for the Leonard Cohen show at Radio City go on sale to the general public today at 9 AM.

Tickets for The National and Youth Lagoon show at Barclays Center go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Miguel shows opening for Alicia Keys at Barclays Center and MSG go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Muse show at Mohegan Sun go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their Nassau Coliseum show go on sale Saturday (1/19) at 10 AM.

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Cowell, and Richard Thompson are playing The Paramount on March 24 in Huntington, NY and Beacon Theatre on March 27. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 10 AM.

check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
Amanda Palmer

The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).

Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...

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Marissa Nadler and Angel Olsen

Earlier this month, Marissa Nadler teamed up with Angel Olsen to record a cover of Richard and Linda Thompson's "Withered and Died" under the title, "My Dreams Have Withered and Died." In their original music, both singers genuinely capture the spirit of the loner folk of yesteryear, so it comes as no surprise that the raw, haunting qualities of Richard and Linda's song are fully intact here. You can stream the cover below.

Marissa will be in NYC TONIGHT (11/27) at Le Poisson Rouge for a previously discussed show as an opener for Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Lists of all Marissa Nadler and Angel Olsen dates, and that song stream, are below.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson opened his 90-minute set in the Southern Theatre [on 10/5] with a song that contained the line, "One door opens/Another shuts behind." An optimist might have been fooled into thinking the glass in One Door Opens was half-full. Unsurprisingly, however, Thompson soon ran with the second line.

Up next, Waltzing's For Dreamers might have struck a more-romantic note, encasing some shred of hope in a lovely lullaby. But the song also contends waltzing's for "losers in love."

By song number three, the singer simply threw in the towel: "Good things happen to bad people," he sang, "But only for a while." The first two featured a hint of the famed Thompson guitar style, dazzling all evening, through skillfully interlaced chords and runs. Here his axe became little more than a weapon of revenge.

He then promised that it would get a little brighter -- later on.

Thompson was schooled in the university of the English murder ballad. From his groundbreaking '6 0s work in Fairport Convention to the present, he has never been known to wince at emotional blood and guts. -[Columbus Dispatch]

The above review comes from a recent Richard Thompson show that took place in Columbus, Ohio last week. The pictures in this post are from the show at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on September 4th. Both show were part of his ongoing US solo tour that will hit NYC over the weekend at Town Hall on 10/15 and then head to Tarrytown, NY to play Tarrytown Music Hall on 10/18. Tickets for both Town Hall and Tarrytown Music Hall are still available. Full tour schedule, and more pictures from WBPAC (with the setlist) below...

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Richard Thompson

British folk troubadour Richard Thompson, an original member of the pivotal folk rock group Fairport Convention, one half of a more intimate duo with his now-ex-wife Linda Thompson, and a prolific solo artist, is going on an extensive North American solo tour with a number of different openers including My Brightest Diamond, John Prine, and others on select dates. The tour hits NYC on October 15 at Town Hall with support from Sarah Jarosz. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.

All dates and some videos of Richard and his band at Wellmont Theatre last year below...

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Man or Astroman? @ NXNE 2010 (more)
Man or Astroman

Tickets go on sale at 11am for the Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation shows happening at the Beacon Theatre in October.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Big Boi show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Aziz Ansari show at the Wellmont Theatre.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Wolf Parade show at Wellmont Theatre.

Jimmy Eat World is playing Terminal 5 on October 13. Tickets are on sale at noon.

The Henry Clay People are playing The Mercury Lounge on October 16. Tickets are on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Justin Townes Earle show at Webster Hall.

The Richard Thompson Band is playing The Wellmont Theatre on October 22. Tickets are on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the High on Fire/Torche/Kylesa show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Dawes/Vetiver show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Magic Kids/Bosco Delrey show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Man... Or Astro-Man? show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Mumford & Sons show at Terminal 5.

Sufjan Stevens tickets are on sale (or sold out already)

ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TX

"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."

Tickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...

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Elvis Costello @ Bonnaroo 2009 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Elvis Costello

SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH... fuses the best elements of talk and music television and invites viewers to enjoy an intimate conversation between host Costello and his guests, punctuated by rare musical performances by Costello, his guests and a wide variety of musicians.

Sundance Channel in the US, along with CTV in Canada have picked up the show for a second season, with taping scheduled at New York City's famed Apollo Theatre at the end of September.

Dates, lineups, and ticket info below....

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Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson's Walking on a Wire is in stores tomorrow. The career-spanning box set includes songs from his Fairport Convention Days, his albums with Linda Thompson, and his solo work.

Mid-summer means the music release list is a bit short, but quality music abounds this week. I can recommend Brendan Benson's My Old, Familiar Friend (check him out on tour), The Cave Singers' Welcome Joy, Choir of Young Believers' This Is For The White In Your Eyes, Mount Eerie's Wind's Poem, The Temper Trap's Conditions, and Ramona Falls' Intuit.

My favorite release of the week is (not surprisingly), Destroyer's Bay of Pigs EP. Destroyer is back in NYC in September.

My favorite Flaming Lips album, The Soft Bulletin, is reissued this week in a 2-LP and CD edition. Other reissues of note include four Musie vinyl albums (Muse: Absolution,, Muse: Black Holes and Revelations, Muse: Origin of Symmetry, and Muse: Showbiz) and The Antlers' Hospice.

If you are already looking to fill your Christmas mix CD, Stockings By the Fire (reissue) has also been reissued, and contains holiday songs by The Bird and the Bee, Hem, Aimee Mann, and others.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Have I left any interesting releases off the list?

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