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photo: Broncho at Wellmont Theatre in January (more by Greg Cristman)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's the last night of their five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho.

Jeff Rosenstock five free shows in five boroughs
Jeff Rosenstock has a long musical history, first leading Arrogant Sons of Bitches and then Bomb the Music Industry. Now he's fully pursuing the solo route, and his new album is a great batch of indie-punk songs. Today he plays five free all ages shows, one in each NYC borough, beginning at 10 AM. Openers include Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel, Spraynard, Chris Gethard and more. Full schedule here.

Self Defense Family, Creative Adult @ Studio at Webster Hall
Makthaverskan had to unfortunately drop off this show due to visa issues, but it's still a great bill with arty post-hardcore band Self Defense Family and dark punks Creative Adult.

Enabler, Hivesmasher, Moon Tooth, Shitkill @ Saint Vitus
Hardcore bashers Enabler have a new LP on the way, and though most details are still TBA, maybe we'll hear some new stuff tonight.

Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis @ Rockwood Music Hall
Alt-country singer Johnny Fritz (formerly Jonny Corndawg) headlines this show, and making it a great double bill, the likeminded (and fellow friend of Deer Tick) Robert Ellis opens.

Trace Mountains, John Galm, Bethlehem Steel @ 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs)
Trace Mountains is the other project of LVL UP's Dave Benton, which is a little on the softer side than LVL UP. And John Galm is/was frontman of the bands Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death and The Beds, and his solo work is definitely softer than those bands (and very depressing).

Cursive, Beach Slang, John Congleton's Nighty Nite @ Asbury Lanes
Cursive are currently celebrating their great cello-filled 2003 album, The Ugly Organ, on this tour (with a cellist), and one of 2014's best new punk bands Beach Slang is opening. Three NYC shows are on the way, but first this NJ show. Indie rock go-to producer John Congleton's band opens.

Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones, Blood or Whiskey @ Irving Plaza
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and what better time to see Boston's favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight continues their 5-show run in the NYC-area.

Doug Loves Movies @ Gramercy Theatre
Doug Benson comes to NYC for another taping of his very popular podcast.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
Deer Tick
Deer Tick
Deer Tick

Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.

12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
I was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.

Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.

Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:


12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele

12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)

12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."

12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)

12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain

12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom

(Did we miss anyone?)

On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.

Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.

Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:

With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."

Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.

More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played 6 nights at Brooklyn Bowl w/ many guests (night 2 pics & video w/ Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Robert Ellis & more)"

Deer Tick
Deer Tick

As announced back in September, Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary six nights in a row at Brooklyn Bowl, starting tonight (12/26). During the first five nights, in addition to playing their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full, and tickets are back on sale:

12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band promised "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night.", and openers and some of the guests have since been announced. They definitely delivered in that department
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, LuxDeluxe (tix)
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (tix)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson, Felice Brothers (tix)
12/29: The Districts, ? (tix)
12/30: The Weeks, ? (tix)
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, ? (tix)
If you can't be there, tonight's show (12/26) will also be streaming live on Yahoo. If you are there, pick up a poster, which is pictured above.

Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick 6-night holiday run begins (tix back on sale!); Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Tommy Stinson, Robert Ellis & more to guest!"


NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.

Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "NPR's Top 50 Albums of 2014"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014

Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.

Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]

The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.

If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 1 in pics (St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Temples, Chvrches &more)"

Jason Isbell @ Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion Yavin)
Jason Isbell

Sturgill Simpson has not been shy when it comes to talking about Nashville not playing a part in his new-found success as a country singer, but Wednesday night Nashville recognized, as Simpson took home the award for best "Emerging Artist" at the 13th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards (he beat Hurray For The Riff Raff and Valerie June). The ceremony took place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and the night's big winner was ex-Drive-By-Trucker Jason Isbell who won best Album, best Artist, and best Song (Robert Ellis and Rosanne Cash were also nominated in all three categories). Check out the full list of winners, and listen to that best song, below. Catch Isbell on tour with Damien Jurado next year.

Continue reading "Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson take home Americana Music Awards (full list of winners)"

Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Viet Cong

The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2014 lineup again (Future Islands, Xiu Xiu, AraabMUZIK, Kirin J Callinan, Autre Ne Veut & more)"


The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent, more)"

Felice Bros at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)

We recently mentioned that upstate, NY folk rockers The Felice Brothers were planning a new LP for their new label home Dualtone Records, and it's since been announced that the album is called Favorite Waitress and will be out on June 17. You can watch the trailer video, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Felice Brothers have also sold out their previously announced shows at Rough Trade (4/9) and Mercury Lounge (5/8), and expanded their tour to include a much larger NYC show happening on July 9 at Webster Hall. That show, and most of their other June/July dates are with Robert Ellis. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the album trailer, below...

Continue reading "Felice Brothers detail 'Favorite Waitress' LP, announce tour"

by Bill Pearis

"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."

You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.

The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.

Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...

Continue reading "Gruff Rhys shares title track from 'American Interior,' premiering his film and performing at SXSW"

Roky Erickson @ Chicago's Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsay Best)

Pharmakon @ Saint Vitus 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, The Denzels @ MHOW
Two different generations of Austin psych rock on one bill together, for what is sure to be one trippy show. This is a Converse Rubber Tracks show which meant tickets were free, but are all claimed now.

Pharmakon, Helm, Damien Dubrovnik, Three Legged Race @ Baby's All Right
This is one of the two stops on London experimental musician Helm and Copenhagen electronic duo Damien Dubrovnik's (mem of Var, Lust for Youth) US tour, which also hits Nothing Changes tomorrow. But this one's especially exciting because NYC noise artist Pharmakon headlines the show.

Vic Mensa, Nitty Scott MC, MC Rugz D Bewler, KB Yung Hustle @ SOB's
Mensa, Nitty Scott MC, MC Rugz D Bewler, KB Yung Hustle @ SOB's
Vic Mensa came up around the same time as fellow Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper (who he also collaborates with), and if you dig Chance's style you'll most likely be into Vic too. His last NYC gig was opening for Disclosure at Terminal 5, but tonight you can see him headline his own show in a much smaller room. Solid local rapper Nitty Scott MC opens.

Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies @ Mercury Lounge
The "Graveface Roadshow" rolls onto its second NYC show, featuring Black Moth Super Rainbow main man Ryan Graveface's other band, Casket Girls. Fronted by Elsa and Phaedra Greene, the band's sound isn't to dissimilar to BMSR.

Robert Ellis, Ian O'Neill @ Mercury Lounge
Houston-based country singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has a warm, world-weary voice that belies his young age. Tonight's show is with Deer Tick's Ian O'Neill.

Kins, Grand Resort, Libel @ Knitting Factory
While very much a band, Australia/UK act Kins seem to draw inspiration from downtempo electronics for a expansive, atmospheric sound without ever dipping into anthemic "whoa oh" territory. Their shows later this week with Courtney Barnett are sold out, but you can still get tickets to tonight's headlining gig.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Frankie Rose & Dub Pies @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Frankie Rose

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opened in its new permanent Greenpoint location last weekend, offering up shopping, food, fun (ping pong, blacklight mini-golf) and music, with free admission for those willing to wait in the long line to get in that stretched down Banker St. (The line moved pretty fast, though.) The new space is pretty nice, it was never too hard to maneuver around with most of the food and the stage at the far end of the large space. The stage, off to one side, is backed by a wall of projection screens which looked pretty cool I must say. There's no way to go and not smell like a deep fryer, but otherwise it's not a bad way to spend a Friday or Saturday night.

The music for last Saturday (11/2) was headlined by Frankie Rose whose short set nonetheless packed in most of the songs you'd want to hear, including her great cover of The Damned's "Street of Dreams" which I think is better than the original. The vibe of the Bazaar made for a loose fun set. I got in just in time to catch Mahogany who are currently operating as a duo. I miss the maximalist days of their two-drummer, three guitarists and more line-up, but they still sounded pretty good. Pictures from their sets, as well as openers Monogold, are in this post.

Tonight (10/8) at BK Night Bazaar it's The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis (who played last night opening for pals Deer Tick at Webster Hall), and Grandchildren. Then on Saturday (11/9) it's Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ski Lodge and Pearl & the Beard. Psychic TV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Au Revoir Simone and more will play in the weeks ahead. Again the shows are free and open to the public.

More pics of Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, below...

Continue reading "Frankie Rose played the new Brooklyn Night Bazaar (pics); Low Anthem, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper & more this weekend"

APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.

Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).

That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers, The Low Anthem, SISU & more added to free Brooklyn Night Bazaar schedule"

Deer Tick at Rockville Center in June (more by Kurt Christensen)
Deer Tick

Deer Tick, who recently kept very busy at Newport Folk Fest, have a new album due out in September, have announced that they'll support that new album with a fall tour. The fall kicks off in October and ends in NYC with a show on November 7 at Webster Hall. That show, and many others on the tour, is being opened by Robert Ellis. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a general on-sale beginning Friday (8/2) at noon.

Deer Tick also just recently released a single from their new album, "The Dreams In The Ditch." You can stream that, along with the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick released a new single, announce tour (dates, stream)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Robert Ellis / Technicolor Hearts/ Shakey Graves
Robert Ellis
Technicolor Hearts
Shakey Graves

BV Austin, in partnership with The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Mercy hangover prevention, presented a CMJ showcase of Texas bands on Thursday night at Rebel NYC. Here are some pictures from the shindig. They continue below...

Continue reading "Texas (and BV Austin) took over Rebel NYC for CMJ ---- pics (Shakey Graves, Robert Elllis, Technicolor Hearts & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Grandfather Child - Waiting For You / Dog Water (ZIP)

Technicolor Hearts at The Parish in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)

We're happy to report that there have been a couple additions to our previously-announced Texas Takeover Party which happens on Thursday (10/18) at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) as part of next week's CMJ Festival.

Headlining the night (1 AM) will be Houston's Grandfather Child. The band, who are signed to New West Records, count Robert Ellis as a member. He, who has appeared on BV many times, just happens to be playing a solo set right before them too. You can download both sides of Grandfather Child's "Waiting For You" single at the top of this post.

Grandfather Child are also playing a day party at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Friday (10/19) afternoon, and, later that night, the New West showcase at The Living Room (11:30 PM) with Sydney Wayser, Kalen Nash, White Violet, Ponderosa, and Wolf Ram Heart. All Grandfather Child dates, including a December run that brings them back to NYC, are listed below.

Additionally, Austin's Technicolor Hearts will now open the party at 6 PM (get ready for a long night!). The band will also play Pete's Candy Store later that same night (10 PM). You can stream their most recent EP below, and check out lots of live pictures of them on BV Austin.

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The Full line-up for The Texas Takeover Party is:

6:00pm Technicolor Hearts
7:00pm Shakey Graves
8:00pm Josiah Hall
9:00pm New York City Queens
10:00pm The Tontons
11:00pm Wild Child
12:00am Robert Ellis
1:00am Grandfather Child
This is an official CMJ show and also FREE to the public with RSVP. Doors open at 5 PM, and we'll have complimentary Tito's Handmade Vodka while it lasts, and we'll be giving out Mercy hangover prevention drinks all night.

The folks at Mercy are also giving away CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, for all things Texas, head to BV Austin.

Continue reading "Grandfather Child & Technicolor Hearts added to TX CMJ show"

Robert Ellis at Summerstage, June 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Robert Ellis

Shakey Graves in Austin - 8/11/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shakey Graves

The 2012 CMJ Festival is less than a month away and you can expect a bunch of announcements soon as to what BrooklynVegan has planned this year. Meanwhile here's one that involves our BV Austin site. The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, and BV Austin presents, along with Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Texas Takeover Party, which is an official and FREE CMJ event (with free Tito's until it runs out).

The party happens on Thursday, October 18 at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) and features an all-Texas line-up: Houston's Robert Ellis, Austin's Wild Child, Houston's The TonTons, Texas' Shakey Graves, Houston's Josiah Hall and Houston's New York City Queens.

The fun starts at 6 PM and CMJ badgeholders can just walk right in. Everyone else who wants to come should RSVP here.

For the Ton Tons, the show is part of a tour that also includes a CMJ show at Bowery Electric. A video by them and some from other artists on the bill, along with the Texas Takeover flyer, below...

Continue reading "BV Austin Presents: Texas Takeover CMJ Party (Robert Ellis, The TonTons, Wild Child, Shakey Graves & more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Alambama Shakes @ Central Park Summerstage
Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes, who opened for Jack White at Roseland in May and have since played Bonnaroo, headlined a "sold out" free show at Central Park Summerstage in NYC this afternoon, Sunday, June 24th. Did you make it in. If not, did you listen from outside? Here are some pictures from the show.

Already packed when opener Robert Ellis went on around 3pm, the show also included a pre-shakes set by Diamond Rugs who headlined their own show (their first-ever in NYC) at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday night (and who play Letterman on Monday). As you may know by now, Diamond Rugs features members of Deer Tick, Dead Confederate, and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos.

Other upcoming Alabama Shakes dates include a recently announced Lollapalooza aftershow. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes, Diamond Rugs & Robert Ellis played Central Park Summerstage (pics)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Willie Nelson & fan @ Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson, who recently collaborated with Snoop Dogg and got a statue of his likeness unveiled in Austin on 4/20, came to NJ last week for two shows at the Wellmont Theater with fellow Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis. We have pictures from one of those shows, and there are more of them, along with video of a performance Willie did at SiriusXM while he was here, below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson played 2 nights @ Wellmont w/ Robert Ellis (pics)"

Kenny Rogers & Lionel Richie @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)

"The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has had some surprises artists in the past. There was some surprise when country act Dierks Bentley made the cut and maybe a little surprise when rap star Emenim was booked. But the 2012 addition of country icon Kenny Rogers may be the most surprising addition to the line-up yet.

Rogers' appearance was announced on April 26. The complete Bonnaroo schedule is expected to be announced soon. The festival will be held June 7-10 in Manchester, Tenn." [Knoxville.com]

I hope he does a duet with Danzig. Meanwhile watch him duet with Lionel below...

Continue reading "Kenny Rogers (and others) added to Bonnaroo lineup..."

Amadou & Mariam
Amadou Mariam

As you may remember from the past couple of years, "Summerstage" now encompasses more than just Central Park, but Central Park Summerstage will still always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the series. Here's the 2012 schedule. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Central Park Summerstage 2012 schedule (Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Gary Clark Jr, Amadou & Mariam & more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Corndawg & Ellis @ Mercury Lounge
Jonny Corndawg

Of all the unique characters at the South by Southwest Music Conference last week, few stood out like Jonny Corndawg.

A twangy song picker from rural Virginia -- "I never really quite fit in there, which explains a lot," he says -- the real-life Jonny Fritz made a striking figure physically in Austin, with his rail-thin frame under a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. He was conspicuous musically, too, with a traditional yet rowdy, trucker-brand country sound and a status as one of Rolling Stone's 25 artists to watch at SXSW 2012. Part of the buzz is built on an upcoming album he just made at Jackson Browne's studio, backed up by his pals in the L.A. band Dawes.

Maybe the thing that made the Corndawg stand out the most was the tour vehicle parked outside his gigs. He drives a maroon Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with "Corndawg.com" emblazoned across the back.

"I've been saving up for that thing for about three years," beamed the broad-smiling countryman. [StarTribune]

And you should hear its horn! (it and its musical horn drove by me at least once at SXSW this year.)

As promised, the Jonny Corndawg / Robert Ellis / Shoves & Rope train, or should I say Sprinter, pulled into NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge last night (4/2). Here are some pictures. More below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg, Robert Ellis & Shovels and Rope played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

Jonny Corndawg poses with fans @ SXSW 2012 (photo by zavertnik)

Alt-country, singer-songwriter associates Jonny Corndawg and Robert Ellis are out on the road with "sloppy tonk" band Shovels + Rope. That tour brings the party to Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight (4/2) for a show that begins with with a set by Colin Langenus (USAISAMONSTER). Tickets are still on sale (for those who didn't win tix in our Facebook contest).

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg, Robert Ellis & Shovels + Rope are on tour (dates include Mercury Lounge tonight)"

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.

Levon Helm at Summerstage in Central Park (more by Chris La Putt)
Levon Helm

The Band's Levon Helm will step outside of his weekly Midnight Ramble for a show at Wellmont Theatre on February 10th with Peter Wolf. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale Friday 11/18 at noon. The show, along with a pair of dates that he has lined up at Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY (11/18 and 5/25) are his only non-Midnight Ramble dates announced thus far. Full tour schedule is below.

Meanwhile, the Midnight Ramble continues this weekend with special guest Hook Herrera and on 12/3 Helm will welcome Jimmy Vivino (of Conan's Basic Cable band) and Dawes. Tickets for that show, and all others are still available (either seated or Standing Room Only).

Dawes will also head down to NYC & NJ that same week. Both Maxwell's shows, which Robert Ellis is opening, are now sold out though. You can catch Robert Ellis though during a tour with John Doe that hits City Winery on December 4th. For the X man, it's one of many gigs that will be keeping him busy through New Year's Eve.

All Levon and Dawes and Robert Ellis and X dates and a video below...

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