Entries tagged with: Rodriguez
by Bill Pearis
Eleanor Friedberger just released the video for "Stare at the Sun," the first single from her forthcoming solo album, Personal Record (out 6/4 on Merge). Directed by Scott Jacobson, the clip features sheepdogs, sign language, split-screens and enough lens-flares to fill a JJ Abrams movie. You can watch it below.
In other news, Eleanor is opening for Rodriguez tonight (4/10) at Town Hall, so if you're going to that sold-out show, do get there early for her set. She'll back to play NYC again on on April 26 at BAM as part of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (tickets) and then again on June 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is the last date of her tour with TEEN (tickets). Updated tour dates are below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Rodriguez at Beacon Theater - 4/7/13
Folk singer Rodriguez, who was once a cult act but is now getting kind of famous thanks to his Searching for Sugarman documentary (which won an Oscar), brought his tour through NYC on Sunday (4/7) for a sold out Beacon Theater show. Pictures from that show are in this post. He also plays another NYC show at Town Hall on Wednesday (4/10) (sold out), the Cushman and Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center on October 9 and Radio City Music Hall on October 10. Tickets for the October shows are still available.
At the Beacon Theater show, which Jenny O. opened, Rodriguez was joined by a 5-piece band, Rodriguez played songs off of both of his full length albums, 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming from Reality, and worked in some covers, like Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone."
Before the Beacon Theatre show, there was a screening of Searching for Sugarman at MoMA, which included a Q&A with director Malik Bendjelloul. A video of that Q&A, along with more pictures and the setlist from Beacon Theater below...
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
by Bill Pearis
The second act of Detroit musician Rodriguez is one of the biggest success stories of the last 12 months and, whether you thought Searching for Sugar Man deserved the Oscar or not, you can't begrudge the guy finally finding an audience for his great '70s albums Cold Fact and Coming from Reality.
Still, it's a little nuts. Just a few years ago, he was playing Bowery Ballroom and using The Fresh & Onlys as his backup band for West Coast gigs. Now he's sold out upcoming shows at Beacon Theater and Town Hall in April, and Radio City Music Hall in October. And he's just added another big NYC show, this time at Barclays Center on October 9 (one day before Radio City). Tickets for that show go on presale Thursday (3/21) at 10 AM (code: "METRO") with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/22) at 10 AM.
Updated dates below.
Alabama Shakes on a boat in February (more by David Andrako)
Blues rockers Alabama Shakes just can't seem to stay off the road. They've already been announced for some festivals this year, like Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, and now they've announced an extensive tour surrounding those dates. That tour brings the band to the NYC area for a show on June 23 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. All dates are listed below
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard is teaming up with singer Ruby Amanfu for a collaborative single, which they will release this Tuesday (3/12) via Jack White's Third Man Records. The single features a cover of "I Wonder" by Rodriguez (who, thanks to the Searching for Sugarman documentary, is huge now) on the A-side, backed by a cover of "When My Man Comes Home" by Memphis Minnie. You can listen to the Rodriguez cover at Rolling Stone.
All Alabama Shakes dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
There no Searching for Sugarman anymore. With the documentary's win at last weekend's Oscars, even my mom knows who Rodriguez is now. The film's success has majorly blown up his career which, until five years ago, was pretty much non-existant. It's definitely well deserved and he's now selling out big venues, such as his upcoming dates at Beacon Theatre on April 8 and Town Hall on April 10. If you didn't get tickets to either of those shows, NYC's next chance to see Rodriguez will be at Radio City Music Hall on October 10. Tickets for that show go on presale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM (presale code: OSCAR) with the regular on-sale happening Saturday at 10 AM.
An updated list of Rodriguez dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
The 85th Academy Awards happened last night (and a little bit into today) with Argo nabbing three Oscars, including Best Picture. Adele and her producer/songwriting partner Paul Epworth accepted the Best Original Song Oscar for "Skyfall" right after the singer performed the song onstage. Kind of weird to see Epworth, who 10 years ago fronted highly-politicized postpunk band Lomax, onstage in a tux. The other music-related award went to Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugarman. Too bad the couldn't have gotten him to perform as well. He'll be performing in NYC in April for two shows -- both of which are sold out.
In other news, Best Live Action Short went to Curfew which was written and directed by its star, Shawn Christensen, who some of you may remember as frontman of early-'00s band stellastarr* (who haven't officially broken up but are on indefinite hiatus).
There were plenty of other musical performances, though, as last night's ceremony was a themed celebration of "music in films" and featured more singing and dancing than we've gotten in a few years. The highlight for me was certainly the tribute to Bond themes, culminating in Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger" and showing she's still got an amazing set of pipes at age 76. If you missed the very long telecast (over four hours) hosted by Seth McFarlane, the whole thing is streaming at Hulu.
As mentioned, cult musician Rodriguez will play Town Hall on April 10 (sold out) he recently added another NYC show that's happens two days earlier (4/8) at Beacon Theatre and tickets to that show are also on sale (UPDATE: SOLD OUT!). It's part of a short North American tour for the singer that includes the Coachella Festival. All dates are listed below.
The documentary about Rodriguez, Searching for Sugar Man, is one of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards and was released last week on DVD. It's also screening tonight (1/28) at Videology in Williamsburg (8 PM, FREE). You can stream the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack below.
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Francois K @ Cielo
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Zack Zadek @ Joe's Pub
* Johnny Winter @ B.B King's
* Reel Big Fish @ Irving Plaza
* Har Mar Superstar @ Ace Hotel
* Peter Hook @ Powerhouse Arena
* Tegan & Sara, DIANA @ Beacon Theater (postponed)
* The Campilongo Quartet @ The Living Room
* Palma Violets, Devin, Mainland @ Glasslands
* Outside World, Doozies, Hippy @ Death By Audio
* Robert Earl Keen, Andrea Davidson @ City Winery
* Josh Elkes, The KiD, Chorizo Slim @ Cameo Gallery
* The Wives, Pocket Hercules, Joven @ Arlene's Grocery
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Mean Creek, Thick Wild, Francis Brady, Prairie Empire @ Cake Shop
* Dead Stars, Fan-Tan, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards @ Mercury Lounge
* Palma Violets, Wolves, Of The Opera, Night Vision, Nylon Riots @ Pianos
* Wyatt Cenac, Neal Brennan, Damien Lemon, Joyelle Johnson @ Littlefield
* Ambrosia Parsley, Holly Miranda, Lizz Winstead @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
* Rebecca Jordan, Anna Harrington, Mel Flannery, Jesse Terry @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)
David Byrne and St. Vincent will be on Letterman tonight, performing their song "I Should Watch TV". About that David posted, "The meaning and significance of doing that song on TV is making my head go funny. We haven't done it yet, obviously. I hope we're good." Tune in and find out!
We at BrooklynVegan are presenting an early Palma Violets show at Pianos before their Glasslands show tonight.
Ultraista and Prefuse 73 would have played Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, but that show is cancelled.
You can catch a free screening Oscar-nominated Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man tonight at 8 PM as part of the "Music Mondays" series at Videology in Williamsburg. Trailer for the film is below.
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Dirty Beaches will release the followup to his 2011 LP, Badlands, with a double album, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, on May 21 via Zoo Music. You can stream the instrumental title track of the Love Is The Devil portion below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
by Klaus Kinski
Happy New Year, shit-head! As you know, at the close of 2012 I harangued comedians I like for Top 10 lists pertaining to the year 2012. Many were asked, few replied. This is probably final installment of comedians giving their Top 10 of 2012 comes from Klaus Favorite (and Top 10 Comedians of 2012 List Gold Key Recipient) Seth Herzog! Seth is a great man who gave me his Top 10 list long before 2012's death rattle beckoned 2013 to fall upon us, but as I am a lazy ass with a lot of personal obligations it has taken me until January 2nd to get this list out there. Don't forget you can get your Zog fix at his show SWEET every Tuesday at The Slipper Room.
Seth's list is below...
Dr. John at BAM in April (more by David Andrako)
Dr. John and the Lower 911 are playing Town Hall on March 16 with Allen Toussaint. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.
Billy Bragg is playing Town Hall on April 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Bettye LaVette & the Blind Boys of Alabama play Town Hall on May 17. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.
Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.
Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).
As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.
Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...
It's the unflinching honesty of Cold Fact's songs that speaks to his new, young audience. This is perhaps what excites Rodriguez the most as his oft-interrupted career begins again. "It is remarkable that this has occurred," he says, before returning to the road to Montauk. "I'm trying to stay in good shape here, because I'd like to get out and meet the people, and play them my songs. I'm not old - I'm ancient. But there's only one age: either you're alive or you're not." [Guardian]Detroit's Rodriguez (born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez) released his debut LP, the folk-rock tinged Cold Fact, in 1970 to very little success and then followed it with 1971's Coming from Reality, which saw even less success, before he decided to give up on his music career. Over the years, Cold Fact became a cult favorite (especially in South Africa and Australia) and due to the increased interest, Rodriguez eventually began playing again, doing his first headlining show in the US in 2008.
He's continued to play shows and there was also a documentary made about him called Searching for Sugar Man, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Rodriguez will make his next NYC appearance this summer on August 31 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now. There do not appear to be other scheduled dates at the moment.
Listen to some tracks from Cold Fact below...
by Bill Pearis
It's a good week for fans of early '70s cult artist Rodriguez, as he plays a rare show at Joe's Pub Wednesday night (4/25), his first visit to NYC
since 2009 December 2011 when he opened for Charles Bradley at Bowery Ballroom.
He's here as the acclaimed Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man, screens at the Tribeca Film Festival this week: tonight (4/24, 9:30PM) at the BMCC Tribeca PAC and then Friday (4/27, 6PM) at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7. Tickets are still available to both screenings. The synopsis:
Aspiring '70s folk rock musician Rodriguez never made it big. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded promptly into obscurity, leaving behind only urban legends of a gruesome onstage suicide. But somehow a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, where his antiestablishment message and distinctive sound resonated with the youth protest movement there, making Rodriguez an instant superstar. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker. While initially frustrated by a dearth of leads, they eventually trace his roots to 1970s Detroit and a producer named Mike Theodore, who drops a bombshell that completely changes the nature of their investigation.If you can't make this week's Tribeca Film Festival screenings, Searching for Sugar Man opens in NY and LA on July 27, with more cities to follow. Light in the Attic reissued both of Rodriguez' albums -- 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming from Reality -- and you can stream them via Spotify. Rodriguez' 2009 tour found him backed by members of Reigning Sound and the Fresh & Onlys. Not sure who, if anyone, is playing with him for this Joe's Pub show on Wednesday.
Truly stranger than fiction, this story of a Mexican-American folk singer from Detroit and his unforeseen success spans decades and continents, and is aptly unraveled to the soundtrack of Rodriguez' own haunting original songs. Ultimately the fans uncover a convoluted and unbelievable true story of success, obscurity, politics, and the power of music itself.
Other music films in this year Tribeca Film Festival include Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey and a film about John Forte who also played a NYC show in conjunction with his film (at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday).
Click through for clips from Search for Sugar Man plus live performance footage from his 2009 tour.
photos by Ryan Barkan
Charles Bradley @ Bowery Ballroom
If we didn't mention it before, Charles Bradley is in fact playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on New Year's Eve along with The Budos Band. Tickets are still on sale. Charles is also heading out on the road in early 2012. Dates are scheduled around North America and Australia, and they're all listed below.
Lee Fields @ Summerstage (more by Bryan Kremkau)
While the Budos Band (and special guest TBA) are ringing in the new year in Williamsburg, Dig Deeper will be presenting Lee Fields & the Expressions along with Sugar Pie Desanto over at the Bell House for a soul party closer to Park Slope. Tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be helping Daptone Records celebrate 10 years with a run of special NY shows that include 2 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall. The NYC gigs are now all sold out, but in case you were wondering, here's who they have as openers so far:
12/6 @ Music Hall: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel QueensRodriguez will open for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires on Saturday, December 3rd at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for that. More dates for these artists are listed HERE.
12/7 @ Music Hall: The Sugarman 3
12/13 @ Bowery: The Sugarman 3
12/14 @ Bowery: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
by Bill Pearis
Born in Mexico but raised in Detroit, Sixto Rodriguez released two soulful folk-rock albums (musically not unlike Shuggie Otis or even Bill Withers) in the early '70s, filled with gritty tales of inner-city life, that barely created a ripple in the United States but became sizable hits in Australia and South Africa of all places. (He toured Australia with Midnight Oil in the early '80s.)
His cult status began to grow in America, finally, at the start of this decade, and last year Seattle label Light in the Attic did the first official reissues of Rodguigez's 1970 debut, Cold Fact. The reissue of 1971's Coming From Reality, just hit stores last week. There's an MP3 from each at the top of this post, and for more info, I highly recommend Fred Mills' article on the man over on Blurt. There's also a new Rodriguez Daytrotter session which is well worth downloading.
Rodriguez is currently on what is his biggest American tour in ages, with a stop at Bowery Ballroom this Friday (5/15) with The War On Drugs. His backing band for the East Coast dates are from Asheville, NC, and includes Obvlivians/Reigning Sound guitarist Greg Cartwright, as well as a horn section. West Coast backing duties will be handled by San Francisco's The Fresh & Onlys who played with Rodriguez last year, including a performance at Amoeba Records which there's video of below, along with tour dates...