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Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius, the late jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981, a player on multiple Joni Mitchell albums and more, was given the documentary treatment this year with Jaco, which Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo put together. From a NY Times review of the documentary:

When Jaco Pastorius first met Joe Zawinul, the keyboardist and composer behind Weather Report, he had his introduction ready. "My name is John Francis Pastorius III," he said, as Zawinul later remembered. "I'm the greatest bass player in the world."

That line appears more than once in "Jaco," an illuminating, compassionate new documentary, and its hubris comes across as both playful and deeply serious. Pastorius, who died tragically in 1987 at 35, was a sensation in his time. A maestro of the fretless electric bass guitar, he was revered for his warm, singing tone; his distinctly sinewy attack; and his mastery of harmonics, with which he could play chiming chords and a range of expressive effects.

...The film traces the subsequent trajectory Pastorius took from an aesthetically ambitious, large-canvas second album, "Word of Mouth," toward increasingly erratic public behavior. A psychiatrist from Bellevue Hospital, where he was committed in 1986, turns up to reiterate his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. By the end, Pastorius was back in Fort Lauderdale, living in a park. He died of a brain hemorrhage after being assaulted by a manager of a nightclub.

"Jaco," which portrays its subject in better times as a devoted father, is sensitive on the subject of his mental illness, and far less provocative than it could be about his death.

Joni is interviewed in the film, as is Flea, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Geddy Lee, and the extras include an interview with Carlos Santana. It's out now and you can check out the trailer, below.

The soundtrack for the documentary also features Rodriga y Gabriela covering "Continuum." You can listen to that below too.

Continue reading "Jaco Pastorius documentary by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo out now (watch the trailer)"

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015 adds System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more to lineup"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

The Knife / These New Puritans

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

Craig Leon, Acme, Bil Kouligas @ Le Poisson Rouge
Best known as a producer (have worked with The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Blondie among others), Craig Leon is also an composer in his own right. Tonight, backed by the Wordless Orchestra, he'll be performing his 1981 album Nommos.

Saint Rich, Stargazy, Sun Club @ Baby's All Right
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.

These New Puritans @ Bowery Ballroom
Last year's acclaimed Field of Reeds found These New Puritans abandoning their aggressive side, taking them entirely into ambient directions. Tonight's one of just a few North American shows for the UK band. Could prove interesting.

Darkstar, Patten, Visuals @ Glasslands
Darkstar transitioned from a Hyperdub-signed post-dubstep trio on their debut LP North to a Warp-signed ambient pop trio on its followup, 2013's News From Nowhere. They're working on their third album now, and while we don't know what it sounds like yet, maybe we'll get a taste at Glasslands tonight. Their labelmate Patten is not to be missed either.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Stone Pony
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's lived up very well. They're currently on their first North American tour since last reuniting in 2007, and tonight they're in NJ ahead of 3 NYC shows.

The Knife @ Terminal 5
Sweden's enigmatic duo The Knife haven't played NYC since 2006. Their new album is a little more "difficult" than Silent Shout so who knows what to expect -- beyond a high-concept, highly theatrical stage show. It wont likely be boring. Both T5 shows -- this being the first -- are sold out.

Kristeen Young @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT!!!" in your ear. It's the final of her April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

Berlin, TV Tramps @ The Wonder Bar
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup.

Future Islands @ Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Chiffon @ Webster Hall
Future Islands have been making their arty indie pop for a few years now, but for the first time they're actually kind of famous, thanks in part to singer's Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on Letterman (and the meme that inspired) and a new album on 4AD with the songs to back it up. Tonight's show at Webster Hall (larger than the Bowery Ballroom stop earlier this tour) is sold out.

Laurie Anderson @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is part of the Met's new series of talks called "SPARK" that "explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections." Tonight conversation is between musician Laurie Anderson, author Rebecca Stead, art historian SeungJung Kim and the Met's Melanie Holcomb.

The Standells @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Standells are one of the '60s better garage rock bands, and though they may be best known for their hit "Dirty Water," they've got tons of other rewarding material too. The veteran band are touring behind their first new material in over 40 years and hitting NYC for two shows (7:3 PM & 10 PM) at BB King's tonight.

Chalk and Numbers, Dear Georgiana @ Knitting Factory
Where a lot of bands who pull from similar indiepop influences go for reverby grit, Chalk & Numbers are as shiny as the future seemed in 1962, perfect for your next cocktail party.

2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Sean Paul @ Best Buy Theater
It's DJ Prostyle's birthday party at Best Buy Theater tonight, and the person we're probably most excited about is R&B crooner Miguel, not that there isn't plenty of fun to be had during 2 Chainz's set too.

Creepoid, Shawn David, McMillen, Tom Cater, Pat Murano @ Cake Shop
Creepoid are one of a few modern bands reviving '90s slowcore and they do it justice. There's a bit of shoegaze in there too, and overall it's just a pretty great mix.

Kosmodemonic, Syphillitic Lust, Insect Ark @ The Grand Victory
It's a night of the heavy and the weird at Grand Victory tonight with the sludgy Kosmodemonic, the dirty Syphillitic Lust, and Insect Ark, the project of former Angels of Light member Dana Schechter.

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Rough Trade NYC (6:30 pm in-store)
Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to play 3 nights at Beacon Theater but first they'll do this in-store and signing at Rough Trade tonight which is free with a purchase of their album from Rough Trade.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Galley
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via hisĀ Twitter.

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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The Hold Steady on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
Hold Steady

The 2014 XPoNential Music Festival happens from July 25 - 27, and like last year includes music at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park.

The 7/26 date at Susquehanna Bank Center features Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (tickets); and 7/26 features Beck (after his tour hits NYC twice), Band of Horses and The Districts (tickets).

The Wiggins Park shows feature The Hold Steady, Old 97's, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the RIff Raff, Lucius, Man Man, Nicole Atkins, Diego Garcia, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Dave Hause, Caitlin Rose, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman), and more. 3-day passes that get you into the whole festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "XPoNential Music Festival 2014 lineup & tix (Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, The Hold Steady, Old 97's & more)"


England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Day of the Dead Fest 2012 (more by Rachel Carr)

As discussed, Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are going on a US tour this year which hits NYC on May 1 and 2 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows are still available, but maybe not for much longer because the band have added a third show for May 3 at the same venue. Tickets for that one (same link) go on sale Friday (3/28) at 11 AM with VIP Packages/Fan Club presales starting Tuesday (3/25) at 9 AM, AmEx/Chase presales starting Wednesday (3/26) at 11 AM and a local presale starting Thursday (3/27) at 11 AM. Since we last spoke, Zach Heckendorf as also added as an opener to all three NYC shows and most of the other US dates.

The band are also playing Bridgeport, CT's Gathering of the Vibes, which happens from July 31 to August 3 with John Fogerty, Ziggy Marley, White Denim, Langhorne Slim and more. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela expand tour, playing Gathering of the Vibes & 3 NYC shows (updated dates)"

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Day of the Dead Fest 2012 (more by Rachel Carr)

Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are set to release their new album, 9 Dead Alive, on April 28, which you can preview in the album trailer below. Right after its release, the band will kick off a US tour that begins in NYC on May 1 and 2 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, February 7 at 11 AM with a fan club presale starting Wednesday (1/29) (password: "rodgab"). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela releasing a new LP, touring (2 nights at Beacon Theatre included)"

photos by Rachel Carr

Rodrigo y Gabriela / skull
Rodrigo y Gabriela

In February 2010, The Old Vic acquired this new performance space beneath Waterloo Station from BRB (Residuary) formerly British Rail. This unique venue showcases productions, performances and installations and will continue to be home to a series of innovative and surprising arts events throughout 2011/12.
While NYC didn't get to experience most of its Halloween events (including the Halloween Parade) this year due to Hurricane Sandy, over in London they celebrated with a Day of the Dead Festival in the Old VIc Tunnels, presented by Wahaca ("mexican market eating).

We caught some of the multi-day festival on Saturday (11/3) where we saw Rodrigo y Gabriela, and VadoInMessico,, some Day of the Dead-themed visual art, photography, and performance art. Pictures from the event are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "photos: London's Day of the Dead Festival with Rodrigo y Gabriela & more"

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Paul Bachman)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela are set to release their new album, Area 52, on January 24 via ATO Records. The album will mark the duo's first collaborative recording, as they've roped in 13-piece Cuban orchestra C.U.B.A.. You can download the album's single, "Juan Loco," in exchange for your email address via the widget below. Also below is the album artwork, tracklist, and a trailer video.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are going on tour in support of the album with C.U.B.A. as their backing band this spring. That tour hits NYC on April 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, 1/20, and are available now for Fan Club Presale (password="RYGAREA52").

All dates, video, widget, and album info below...

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela touring with (and made an album with) C.U.B.A. (dates)"


Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

Rodrigo y Gabriela
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Rodrigo y Gabriela are probably excited right now. Their first-ever headlining show at NYC's Radio City Music Hall happens tonight (4/29). Tickets are still on sale if you want to go. At some point, Rod and Gab also added a May 1st show in Atlantic City, but that has been cancelled, as has a May 1st show at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans. Don't ask me.

Their tour continues at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA on May 4th, includes a slew of European festival dates this summer, and a return trip to the United States for some more concerts in August (Boston Opera House on August 26th included) (another NYC date TBA announced around then too?).

Not counting "Glee Live In Concert!" (but counting New Kids on the Block who have the same amount of shows coming up there as Vampire Weekend) (three), the full list of currently announced Radio City Music Hall concerts is below...

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Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Terminal 5 in Sept. (more by Paul Bachmann)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

For Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero the story begins with all the key ingredients for that quintessential rags-to-riches story - humble beginnings and of course, undeniable odds stacked against them - but that's not what makes this story so damned interesting. Growing up in Mexico City, that country's pinnacle metropolis of culture and arts, Rodrigo and Gabriela were exposed to music from an early age. As teenagers the two developed a keen love of music and eventually met when Gabriela joined Rodrigo's thrash metal band, Tierra Acida (Acid Earth). With ambitions of becoming serious musicians, they applied to a music conservatory, but having had almost no proper musical training both were denied entry. And so they continued their affair with Mexico City's rock scene. Yet opportunities were scarce, and success even scarcer. Years of unrequited pursuit left them frustrated and disheartened with their home city's music industry. So with about $1000 and no English skills whatsoever, the duo picked up and moved to Dublin, Ireland. Though it may have been by choice, the odds were certainly stacked against them, but Rodrigo y Gabriela weren't in music to play the odds.

It was all about the adventure. "We didn't actually want to be part of a record label anymore, especially when we first went to Europe. We were in a backpacking situation but we were happy," says Rodrigo of their early excursion to Europe, with a much improved English vocabulary now. "We were young and totally irresponsible; we weren't really worried about anything." [Jambase]

Rodrigo y Gabriela will headline Radio City Music Hall in NYC on April 29th. Tickets ($49.50, $39.50, $34.50) go AmEx presale Wednesday (1/13), "Internet Presale" Thursday (1/14), and then general sale on Friday (1/15).

As the above article points out, Rodrigo y Gabriela, though originally from Mexico, now reside in Ireland, home of Glen Hansard of The Frames and Swell Season. The Swell Season's 2nd headlining show at Radio City is coming up soon - January 19th to be exact (tickets). Josh Ritter opens. The Swell Season show is one day before Lady Gaga kicks off her four-night run at the historical venue, and it was recently leaked that Spoon will be playing there in March.

On New Years Eve, Rod and Gab participated in UK TV host Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny on BBC Two. Check out the videos and all dates below...

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela playing Radio City Music Hall, played Jools Holland's Hootenanny on New Years Eve (videos)"

DOWNLOAD: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Buster Voodoo (MP3)

photos by Paul Bachman

Rod y Gab

Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album 11:11 is out now. For a limited time you can grab the track "Hanuman" for free from Amazon. Grab the track "Buster Voodoo" for free above.

"...their second live album, released last year, sounded like a stopgap. They urgently needed new material, and it's provided by these 11 instrumental pieces, each written in thanks to very different musicians who inspired them, from Hendrix to Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia or the Palestinian oud players of Le Trio Joubran. There are more changes of mood and pace than in the past, with new textures provided by the addition of oud, sitar, piano, and even electric guitar. The best tracks include Hunaman, Buster Voodoo and Chac Mool, but all feature the remarkable interplay between the two guitarists." [Guardian]
Wednesday night (9/16), the metal-loving Mexican/Irish guitar duo kicked off a tour of North America at Terminal 5 in NYC. Were you there? More pictures from it, and all tour dates below....

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John Wesley Harding @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)
John Wesley Harding

tonight in NYC
* Of Montreal @ Santos Party House
* Asobi Seksu (acoustic) @ Joe's Pub
* Olof Arnalds @ Rockwood Music Hall
* John Zorn Improv Benefit @ The Stone
* Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rocco Deluca @ Terminal 5
* Let's Paint TV w/ John Kilduff @ Issue Project Room
* Jason Anderson, Twice as Bright @ Pete's Candy Store
* Little Boots, Yes Giantess, Plastiscines @ Bowery Ballroom
* Box Elders, Woven Bones, Tanks Amigo @ Monster Island Basement
* Miike Snow, Jack Penate, Phil and the Osophers @ Mercury Lounge
* Sleepy Sun, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Weird Owl @ Union Pool
* Ed Schrader, Adventure, Infinity Window, DJ Dog Dick, NT @ Glasslands
* Ida Maria, LadyHawke, Frankmusik, Semi Precious Weapons @ Irving Plaza
* White Suns, Chaos Majik, Little Big, Buckets of Bile, Invisible Circle @ DBA
* Sam Mickens, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Katie Eastburn @ Cake Shop
* Rhett Miller, Jim Ward, Mia Riddle & Her Band @ The Bell House
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders w/ special guests @ LPR

The Flaming Lips are on the Colbert Report tonight.

Miike Snow and Jack Penate play for a second night, this time with Phil and the Osophers, at Mercury Lounge.

Asobi Seksu play a "special acoustic" show at Joe's Pub before their upcoming tour.

Little Boots, who last visited NYC in May, plays Bowery Ballroom with Yes Giantess and Plastiscines. Earlier in the night she might be playing Irving Plaza with Perez LadyHawke, Frankmusik and Semi Precious Weapons, but NOT Ida Maria.

Olof Arnalds performs at Rockwood Music Hall with a grand piano accompanying her. It's her second of three shows while she's back in town. Jim Campilongo & Adam Levy Guitar Duo are at the same venue earlier in the night.

Box Elders, Woven Bones and Tanks Amigo play Monster Island Basement. A video Bill took at last night's Box Elders show at Cake Shop, below...

In case you missed it, Pavement is getting back together.

Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband Revue performs with Wildbirds & Peacedrums (who are busy this week) and Katie Eastburn at the Cake Shop.

Ed Schrader banged the (floor tom) drum slowly at the Brooklyn Bowl 'round robin' Pool Party on August 2nd. Tonight he plays with Adventure, Infinity Window, DJ Dog Dick and NT at Glasslands.

Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers (who play three days later at Webster Hall) perform with Jim Ward (of Sparta) and Mia Riddle & Her Band at The Bell House.

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders is back on stage. Tonight guests at (Le) Poisson Rouge include Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), Eugene Mirman, David Gates, Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth and the Catapult), John Roderick (The Long Winters) and Jon Auer (The Posies).

Rodrigo y Gabriela play Terminal 5 with Rocco Deluca. Video of them covering Metallica's "Orion" below...

John Kilduff's Let's Paint TV is at the Issue Project Room. See a video of the show below.

What else?

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Rodrigo y Gabriela - Bonnaroo 2009 main stage (91.3 The Summit)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hot Hot Japan Hot Bonnaroo 2009 Highlights:

+ My three favorite shows of the weekend: David Byrne, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rodrigo y Gabriela.

+ I got to meet Raphael Saadiq, who signed my guidebook and kept a pleasant demeanor despite playing two shows on a hot Tennessee Saturday afternoon. If you don't know who he is, you should check him out. You'll like him. Promise.

+ Trent Reznor announced that their performance at Bonnaroo will be the last show they'll ever play in the United States. I missed most of the show but made it over there for that announcement and the following "The Hand That Feeds." I'll believe it when I see it.

+ I got to see David Byrne. This warrants two mentions. Yeah, that was the best show I've seen in a while.

Dave Hill got to see David Byrne (all dressed in white) too, and like he did at the Dark Was the Night concert, David Byrne also joined the Dirty Projectors on stage at Bonnaroo over the weekend... the stage Mr. Byrne curated that also included Katzenjammer who played Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (6/16).

NYC recently got to see David Byrne in white too, and NYC will next get to see Rodrigo y Gabriela at Terminal 5 on September 16th. That's the first of a string of just-announced, new U.S. dates which go along with the announcement of the duo's new album.

ATO Records is excited to announce that Rodrigo y Gabriela will release their new studio album, entitled 11:11, on Tuesday September 8th. 11:11 was recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico and produced by Rodrigo y Gabriela, with John Leckie co-producing two of the tracks. The album was mixed in Wales and London by Colin Richardson, best known for his work with Slipknot and Trivium.

Comprising 11 new original compositions, 11:11 is the band's personal "Gracias" to 11 musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way. Alex Skolnick of metal gods Testament guests on the album, as do widely respected acoustic veterans Strunz & Farah.

Rodrigo y Gabriela have never hidden their metal roots.

The next NYC-area YYY's show is at All Points West where Rod y Gab played last year. Full 11:11 tracklist, Bonnaroo videos, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela played Bonnaroo (pic, videos), announce new album (metal) & more tour dates (Terminal 5) "

Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Crystal Castles

Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Al Green

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.
As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.

Coachella announced their initial lineup less than a week earlier.

Metallica played Bonnaroo in 2008. Metallica played NY & NJ this past weekend.

Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...

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most photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Amadou and Mariam

Rodrigo y gabriela

Though I got there late on the first night (in time to see Girl Talk, some of Underworld and then Radiohead though), I did make the trek to Jersey City all three days of the All Points West festival this past weekend. Unfortunately (for the festival I guess?) I don't think there are not many people besides state police, ferry operators, festival staff and photographers that can say the same thing. The admission price was high and Sunday's lineup was not very popular (in this neck of the woods anyway). Sunday's crowd looked completely different than Friday and Saturday. Sunday's crowd looked like people that didn't mind paying close to $100 to see Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Trey Anastasio. Saturday's crowd looked like people that weren't about to spend another $100 to see Cat Power, Rogue Wave and The Secret Machines in Jersey City on a Sunday.

Anyway, I went Sunday (to which I got very many "Why??"'s). I was most excited to see Amadou & Mariam followed by Rodrigo y Gabriela (the 'world music' segment of the show) followed by Cat Power. They are the three artists that started the day off on the same stage that Radiohead headlined the two nights before. And because I was in attendance at both of those Radiohead performances, it was extremely difficult to get myself moving back to Jersey City on Sunday early-afternoon. Somehow I did though. It probably took me about 90 minutes to get there, and the whole time I knew there was a good chance I'd miss A&M. When I finally did get there, it was about to rain and, for the second day in a row, I had to wait on a long line to get through the gate. Luckily for me, the impending rain also caused Sunday to start late. I heard it was because they were making the grounds a little safer and more waterproof before they let anyone in (I didn't confirm that). Because of the delay I got to see a song of Neil Halstead, a song of De Novo Dahl, and almost all of Amadou & Mariam who weren't a letdown, but all factors considered (early, gloomy, about to rain, small crowd, running late, frustrating commute, seeing Radiohead in the same spot the night before), I wasn't having the time of my life like I was when I saw the same group play Summerstage a couple of years earlier.

The schedule was all screwed up at this point, so from A&M I was able to run over and catch a decent amount of Rogue Wave on one of the smaller stages. They sounded great and weren't boring. I think that's when it started to drizzle. Not bad enough to seek shelter, but enough for the umbrellas (which supposedly weren't allowed in the venue) to start popping out. From Rogue Wave I headed back to the main stage to catch Rodrigo y Gabriela. As exciting as it was to see them again, it really started to pour during their set. Sick of getting wet, I moved to a covered area. I could still hear them from a distance, but it was hardly like being upfont. That's where I stayed until Cat Power.

Photos and video of the first two Sunday main stage sets below....

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela y Amadou y Mariam @ APW - pics & video "

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

"The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park on August 22 - 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Tickets for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com."

Beck, Manu Chao, Sharon Jones, Nellie McKay, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are a few of the other artists playing. All of them below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands Music Festival lineup - now w/ more artists"

photos by Chris Graham

Michael Showalter & the gorge, Sasquatch 2008

Michael Showalter was at Sasquatch last year too. More pictures from Monday (day three of Sasquatch) below....

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(not) Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC - Oct 19, 2007 (CRED)
Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Roseland

Spoon (and friends) @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC - Oct 20, 2007 (CRED)
Spoon @ Roseland

Back in August I asked, "why do Hammerstein and Roseland have so few shows a year?". In response, I received the following letter (from someone who would like to stay anonymous)....

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Another duo, another possible case of exhaustion leading to an ACL cancellation...

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While Man Man was rocking the pool, Rodrigo y Gabriela were ripping it up over in Central Park....

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ SummerstageRodrigo y Gabriela @ Summerstage

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Levon Helm @ Summerstage, NYC - June 28, 2007 (by Sandwich!)
Levon Helm @ Summerstage

Bod dylanIs anyone going to see Bob Dylan at Jones Beach tonight? What about Rush on Monday?

Rodrigo y Gabriela and Vietnam for free in Central Park on Sunday might just qualify as the show of the weekend. JDH and Dave P are DJing too. It's really too bad that it's going up against Man Man, Illinois, Dengue Fever, and What Cheer Brigade at McCarren Pool which is also free. I hope for both of them that this rain lets up by then. Dengue Fever is also doing an in-store at Sound Fix on Sunday. (though is a show there even technically an "in-store" anymore?)

PS1 kicks things off in Long Island City this weekend with DFA.

Seymore Saves the World is the new band of ex-Tapes n Tapes bassist Shawn Neary. Take a look at their tour dates at MySpace and you'll notice they're visiting NYC this weekend.

MalajubeThe Stills and Malajube are playing shows at Maxwell's, and also in the park that Manu Chao just played.

Groove Collective, Ravi Coltrane, Craig Harris help Celebrate Brooklyn this weekend too. Ozomatli, Babylon Circus & DJ Joro Boro are at Summerstage earlier the same day.

Gang Gang Dance headline Bowery Ballroom Saturday night. They're also involved in the 77 drum Boredums thing that's coming up soon.

MorrisseyMorrissey isn't doing so well. Hopefully he makes it to MSG on Saturday.

The Fiery Furnaces tour is about to arrive. They'll be playing some new songs off their new album Widow City - out on Thrill Jockey Records in October. (man, they change labels a lot don't they?)

Although Cake Shop's website lists Saturday night's show as "JASON TRACHTENBURG and pals", I'm being told the show will be a full-on Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "open rehersal", and "a chance to see something new and be witness to the development of some new concepts that are being developed for the Edinburgh Fringe in Aug. A lengthy Q and A session will also occur."

Langnorne Slim and others are playing a benefit for the Drew Goren memorial fund at Luna Lounge.

Polyphonic SpreeThe Polyphonic Spree tour gets to Warsaw this weekend. Pharoahe Monch plays a late show at Highline Ballroom. There's comedy going on.

Although they were some of the displaced tenants, Sam Champion is not playing the Pizza Plus benefit at Southpaw on July 13th with Teenage Prayers and The Legendary Captain Greech + the Shrimp Shooters. Wait a minute - who are The Legendar Captain Greech + the Shrimp Shooters???

Sam Champion are for sure playing at South Street Seaport tonight though - with Ra Ra Rabbit........I mean...

Don't forget about Citysol, and Britta Persson too.

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