Entries tagged with: Rufus Wainwright

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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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Rufus Wainwright at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright is set to release a best-of compilation, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, on March 3 via Universal in the US, and he'll be supporting the release with an international tour this year. That tour comes to the US in the spring and hits NYC on April 15 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on presale via Rufus' site on Tuesday (1/14) at 10 AM, and Ticketmaster has a Live Nation presale starting Wednesday (1/15) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (1/17) at noon.

In addition to his older favorites, Vibrate also includes a new song, "Me and Liza," which you can stream, along with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright releasing a best-of w/ unreleased song "Me and Liza," touring (dates & stream)"

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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Alt JAlt J

It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....

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Freedom To Love

Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):

The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.

You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.

The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/s/callmaine
http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/s/callWA
Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow

Thank you. And be safe.

Best wishes,
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.

Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".

In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).

wet fans watching the Shins (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Shins

The sold out 2012 ACL Festival happens October 12-14 in Austin and on YouTube (where you'll find the stream schedule if you scroll down - Jack White, Delta Spirit, A-Trak, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Metric, Rufus Wainwright, Alt-J, Garcy Clark Jr., Polica, Kimbra, Steve Earle, The Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the The Shins included).

If you actually will be there in person, you can also catch many of the bands at one of the many official late night shows (including the Shins)

And, speaking of the Shins, they played Conan O'Brien last night. Watch both songs below...

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The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National

Doveman (aka Thoms Bartlett) and BOOM for Equality are teaming up to present Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality, which will happen in NYC on October 30 at Beacon Theater. Doveman, who is known for bringing out tons of interesting guests to his shows, has curated a lineup which includes Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more TBA. Artist lineup is also subject to change without notice. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM and are on Artist Presale now (password: "boomforequality") with a Local Presale starting today (9/7) at 4 PM. Proceeds will benefit Freedom to Marry.

As mentioned, Doveman is also continuing his Burgundy Stain Sessions residency at Le Poisson Rouge, though the dates have slightly changed since we last posted. His next one happens at the Manhattan venue on October 12 and will follow that with another on December 13. Lineups for those shows have not been announced yet.

For Rufus Wainwright, the show falls in the middle of his extensive international tour, which now also includes an Atlantic City show which happens on February 8, 2013 at The Borgata. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Wainwrights, tickets just went on sale for Martha's upcoming shows at Littlefield and Le Poisson Rouge.

Justin Vivian Bond, meanwhile, is hosting Weimar New York for Obama on September 18 at the Abrons Arts Center. The show is a benefit in celebration of President Obama's "unprecedented commitment to the LGBT comunity" and features music directed by Lance Horne and performances by Alan Cumming, Joey Arias, Bridget Everett, Flotilla DeBarge, Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, Dirty Martini, Tigger!, Theo Bleckmann, Curtis Eller, Machine Dazzle, Tammy Faye Starlite, and more TBA. You can reserve seats and donate HERE.

All Doveman, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainright, and Justin Vivian Bond dates are listed below.

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Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright
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A tribute to Canadian folksinger Kate McGarrigle held at Massey Hall on Friday was more celebratory than sombre, with dozens of her family and peers gathering for a joyful celebration of her unique songwriting... Kate McGarrigle -- one-half of the influential Montreal singing duo with her sister Anna -- died of cancer in January 2010 at the age of 63. On Friday, a lineup including Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn and members of Broken Social Scene offered a mix of straight interpretations and cleverly revised covers featuring flavours of rock, soul and gospel...

Friday's concert marked the third such charity tribute to the folksinger -- with proceeds going to the Kate McGarrigle Fund, created to further sarcoma research -- and like previous shows in London and New York, this was a family affair. -[CTV]

Kate McGarrigle passed in 2010, and the Massey Hall show in Toronto on 6/15 mentioned above featured many members of her family (aka the McGarrigles and Wainwrights. Check out video from a Canadian show that featured Anna McGarrigle, Lily Lanken, Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright performing McGarrigle's songs below.

That leads us to a a bunch of family news. Martha Wainwright will spend every month of the summer surrounded by gallons of wine, as part of her residency at City Winery. Her summer kicks off on June 24th at the venue, and continues with shows on July 25th and August 15th. Tickets are on sale for all three.

Meanwhile, Rufus Wainwright -- whose song "Montauk" was just named one of the best "50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)" by NPR -- will be spending whatever time this summer not on Montauk out on tour which will stretch into the fall. No NYC show has been announced as of yet but he's hitting the rest of the US and Europe pretty hard. All dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

And last but certainly not least: catch Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche with Suzzy and Maggie Roche at Madison Square Park on August 1st, part of the free Oval Lawn series in Madison Square Park.

Videos and a lists of tour dates are below.

Continue reading "big Wainwright update: Martha doing City Winery residency; Rufus touring (dates); Sloan & Lucy playing Madison Sq. Park "

ACLACL

After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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Rufus Wainwright in Brooklyn (more by David Andrako)
Rufus

Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna opera is currently running live at BAM. The NY Times was at opening night and unfortunately wasn't impressed. The Daily News has a review too. Check BAM's site for tickets to remaining performances.

Sick of all this opera stuff, and just yearning for a good old fashioned performance by Rufus? If so, you got your wish, as Rufus Wainwright will return to the Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM on May 9, 2012 for what appears to be a regular concert, and tickets are on pre-sale now.

More tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright schedules show @ BAM (where his opera is happening NOW) - dates & presale"

a scene from "Prima Donna"

Rufus's letter in full (with info on his upcoming shows at BAM and the state of opera in NYC and more), below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright requests you quickly buy tickets to his opera at BAM"

Glen Hansard & Doveman @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doveman

Doveman's next edition of 'Burgundy Stain Sessions' at Le Poisson Rouge is this Friday night (9/23), and the listed special guests are: Chris Thile, Martha Wainwright, Trixie Whitley and Little Annie. Tickets for the collaborative evening of music are still on sale.

In October, on the 27th & 28th to be exact, 'Burgundy Stain Sessions' kick it up a notch with Other Voices NYC: A Celebration of Music & Literature. Scheduled to appear over the course of two nights at Le Poisson Rouge are: Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Bryce & Aaron Dessner (The National), Doveman, Laurie Anderson, Sam Amidon, Bell X1, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes, Joseph O'Connor, and Colum McCann. Prestented in conjunction with Imagine Ireland with all proceeds going to FIGHTING WORDS Creative Writing Centre, tickets are on sale.

Speaking of the Swell Season, its other half Marketa Irglova has a tour coming up in November with a NYC show of her own. Bowery Ballroom tickets are still on sale.

The National have six huge NYC shows coming up.

Martha has one big holiday show coming up with her brother Rufus, and one with Rufus even sooner as part of the The Fourth Annual Plant & Sing Festival in Shelter Island, NY.

Rufus's opera 'Prima Donna' happens at BAM in Feb. 2012. Tickets are on sale now.

Instruments

Furthur are going on a tour that hits MSG on November 10th. Tickets are on sale now. The after party is at BB King's.

As previously mentioned, Ray Davies is going back out on tour. Tickets to the Beacon Theater show are now on AmEx presale and go on general sale Saturday at 10am.

Tickets to all four National shows at Beacon Theater (in case you hadn't noticed) go on sale today (9/16) at 11am.

Other shows now on sale at the Beacon include Steely Dan, Bryan Ferry, Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Jayhawks & Rosanne Cash, Gillian Welch, Weird Al, NY Comedy Fest stuff, two Noel Gallagher shows, and Tori Amos.

Shows coming up and on sale at Town Hall include more comedy stuff and Rufus & Martha Wainwright's "Not So Silent Night" Christmas Show.

"Rufus Wainwright and the City Opera singers/pianist that came with him put on a really lovely and charming show tonight. #FillsMyHeart" - Jennifer Jones

Crowd at Rufus' World Financial Center show (via Daniel Mazur)
Rufus

Rufus Wainwright packed the house (as pictured above) when he performed excerpts from his opera Prima Donna at World Financial Center on Tuesday (6/28). According to Dumbo Books of Brooklyn, the fantastic performance also featured:

Arias from Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet and Massenet performed by soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, mezzo-soprano Laura Vlasak Nolen, tenor Robert Mack, and bass-baritone Matthew Burns, and Kevin Murphy, City Opera director of music administration, on the piano, and a couple of great Rufus Wainwright non-opera songs, 'Damned Ladies"' and the exquisite 'Who Are You New York?'
Check out a video from the performance below.

Rufus also recently recorded a cover of Richard Thompson's "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" with his father Loudon Wainwright III. Check out a video of the recording session over at The Guardian.

Loudon will be at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square on July 7 performing music and reading from his essay "My Cool Life" which comes with his new 40 Odd Years boxed set. Priority seating is available with the purchase of the box set which Loudon will be signing copies of. The event starts at 5 PM.

The video of Rufus below...

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by Rachel Kowal

Rufus Wainwright & Doveman @ LPR (photo by Nicole Gitau)
Rufus

After missing the last two Burgundy Stain Sessions, I was glad to be back for the fifth installment of Doveman's salon-style shows at Le Poisson Rouge. Between the rotating cast of musicians and the experimental, anything-goes attitude, you never quite know what you'll get over the course of the evening.

Though multiple artists are on the bill, the layout is rather unconventional. Instead of a series of individual performances, all of the artists collaborate and contribute to one long set. It's not seamless, but that's kind of the point. "My goal is for things to be kind of gloriously sloppy here," the host, Thomas Bartlett admitted at one point.

Bartlett (aka Doveman), kicked off the evening with a soft, melodic song on the piano, but it wasn't long before he was joined by a trumpeter and clarinetist who deftly made their way through the crowd and onto the stage, playing all the way. After a few Doveman songs, The GOASTT, aka Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) jumped up from their perch on the side of the stage. Easily one of my favorite parts of the evening, the GOASTT portion ranged widely in emotion and style. One minute it was French spoken word (Lennon) peppered with onomatopoeia interjections (Muhl) and the next featured smooth accordion-rich melodies.

After a few more from Doveman, there was a one-song interlude to "give the band a break" and Barlett welcomed his friend Nathan to the stage to deliver his wildly entertaining "lesbian separatist murder ballad" about the Manson family. Though it sounds odd, it's really the frenetic pacing that keeps things interesting and keep me returning month after month.

As promised, Rufus Wainwright joined in after the break, to wild applause from the audience. Fresh from their Kate McGarrigle tribute at Town Hall, Bartlett and Wainwright (McGarrigle's son) played a few touching covers in addition to one from Wainwright's own discography, "April Fools."

At some point, Muhl and Lennon returned for the grand finale, which, after much buildup and back story turned out to be a cover of "Across the Universe" (with Lennon on backing vox). Apparently, it was the first time Wainwright and Lennon played the song since their collaboration nearly a decade ago for the post-9/11 peace show organized by Yoko Ono. Of course after the Beatles cover, which sent chills down my spine, the encore (the Neil Young cover song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart") was just icing on the cake.

I can only wonder what next month's show will bring.

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No guests have been announced, but tickets are on sale for the June 24th show at LPR. Doveman also plays a free show in Prospect Park with Junip and the Books five days earlier. Rufus has some stuff coming up too.

Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Rufus

Despite the addition of Rufus Wainwright to the bill, and stellar past shows, tickets are amazingly still on sale for Doveman's show at LPR tonight (5/26). The Goastt, aka Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, were recently added to the show too. There's always surprise guests (like Justin Bond) and an all-star backing band too.

Rufus was also just added to another show too, one that also still has tickets on sale, and one that now boasts an extremely impressive lineup of gay icons. Rufus Wainwright, Justin Bond AND Liza Minelli (!) were all added as special guests to the Sandra Bernhard show happening June 8 at Town Hall. The date will be the world premiere of Sandra's new show "I LOVE BEING ME, DON'T YOU?" The poster confirming this info is below.

Speaking of Rufus (and Justin) at Town Hall, he and Martha just played the venue two nights in a row in honor of their mother with Justin Bond, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Jimmy Fallon, and others. Rolling Stone was there the first night:

Although the three-hour concert was billed as "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle," the prevailing mood was naturally somber. McGarrigle wrote and sang heartrendingly personal songs throughout most of her life; hearing them now that she's gone was emotional, to say the least. Performers and audience members alike could be seen tearing up during highlights like "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)" (a sweet duet between Harris and Thompson), "Go Leave" (a deeply felt rendition by Hegarty), "(Talk to Me Of) Mendocino" (sung by both Wainwright siblings with Jones), "Tell My Sister" (a wonderfully torchy performance by Martha Wainwright) and most of all "Proserpina" - the last song Kate McGarrigle wrote before her death, a sad, lovely, honest tune that brought nearly everyone back on stage to close the night's first set.
Rufus has his own show coming up, a free one where he'll be performing excerpts of his opera, in NYC in June. All tour dates below...

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Doveman (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Doveman

Rufus Wainwright has been added as a confirmed guest at the next Doveman 'Burgundy Stain Session' at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still on sale.

Martha played the last one.

Rufus also has a free show coming up at the World Financial Center.

Rufus & Martha will both be performing in honor of their mother next week at the 90-year old Town Hall. The birthday party was last night...

Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli surprised and wowed guests when his son John joined him on stage. The two were a joy to watch as they showed family love as well as an abundance of craft. Surprise guest, Norm Lewis, in from London's "Les Miz," and in town for rehearsals to an up-dated "Porgy and Bess," sang "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Make Them Hear You" and "Bring Him Home." Jeffry Denman and Noah Racey showed why they are two of the best dancers on Broadway. The one and only Liz Callaway made "Hey You in the Back Row" come alive with her musical director Alex Rybeck, then forgetting the lyrics to "Another Hundred People" (not really), broke into the best parody of Sondheim I have ever heard. She ended her set with a song from the act she and her sister Ann Hampton Callaway are performing at Birdland this week. Tovah closed the show making 90 years of politically informative, musically innovative and electrifying cultural history begin its 91st year with a bang."
Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society plays Town Hall on May 21st. Tickets are still on sale for the show featuring this past Grammys' Best New Artist winner. Meanwhile Esperanza can be found opening for Prince at his May 6th & 7th shows in California. A video of Esperanza, who opened one of the recent NYC-area Prince shows too, performing earlier this month in France, below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright added to Doveman show, Town Hall turned 90, Esperanza Spalding playing there, but first w/ Prince"

House of Rufus

House of Rufus will be released on July 18 and contain 19 discs including 6 studio albums, 2 concerts on CD, 4 discs of rarities/demos/collaborations/etc, and 6 DVDs. "All of this will be housed in a beautiful red velvet encased, 90-page hardback book containing rare and unseen photos, Rufus' early hand-drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, four art prints and other memorabilia, extensive sleeve notes featuring interviews with Neil Tennant, Martha Wainwright, Linda Thompson and Lenny Waronker and an introduction by Rufus." The set is up for pre-order now, and more details can be found on Rufus's site.

Much more imminent are the two Kate McGarrigle tribute shows happening at NYC's Town Hall in May. Check Ticketmaster for tickets to those.

No tickets needed for this one though:

Tuesday June 28, 2011
New York City Opera - Rufus Wainwright Goes To the Opera!
Presented by Arts World Financial Center

Join New York City Opera singers, pianist Kevin Murphy, and the great singer/songwriter and opera composer, Rufus Wainwright, who hosts a performance featuring excerpts from his opera Prima Donna (which receives its New York premiere at New York City Opera in Spring 2012) and a selection of his favorite arias. Wainwright will also perform excerpts from a selection of songs inspired by his love of opera.
7pm. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street.

Other free shows this summer at NYC's World Financial Center include the 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon and two shows by Ivan & Alyosha

Rufus debuted a new song in March at a benefit called the Hope North Ping Pong Ball. Watch a video of that below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright performing opera excerpts @ World Financial Center, releasing 'House of Rufus' box set"

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On May 12 and 13, Rufus and Martha, along with their aunt Anna McGarrigle will host A Celebration of the Music of Kate McGarrigle, a pair of tribute shows to be held for their late mother at New York City's Town Hall. These shows will feature performances by Rufus and Martha, as well Anna McGarrigle, Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Krystle Warren, Teddy Thompson, Justin Bond, Jenni Muldaur, Sloan Wainwright and more. Tickets for both shows are onsale now at Ticketmaster.com.

All profits from these events will go to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Rufus and Martha were recently named as the 2011 spokespersons for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Kate McGarrigle passed away from Sarcoma in January 2010.

Rufus will also be on hand at two upcoming book signings in LA and NYC: "Photographer Tim Hailand has just released One Day in the Life of Rufus Wainwright, a new collection of images offering an intimate glimpse into Rufus' personal life. To celebrate the release of the new book, Rufus and Tim will appear at the New York and Los Angeles locations of BookMarc, on March 3 and March 10 respectively, for a pair of book signing sessions."

Teddy Thompson has many other shows and a tour coming up.

Justin Bond played Doveman's last Salon, and Martha Wainwright plays the next one.

Teddy Thompson

Goldenplec: Your first album hit the shelves over ten years ago, now on his fifth album how different are they?

Teddy Thompson: I feel like they change a lot every time, I mean, I'm one of those people who is unhappy with everything I do as soon as I've done it. And the longer that goes by, the harder it is for me to look at it and be pleased at all. So, even they one before this, I listen to it and I go 'Ooh I didn't get that quite right, This one's much better.

Goldenplec: So it that a sign of being a perfectionist or striving for something more each time?

Teddy Thompson: Yeah, It's being a perfectionist. For a long time I thought being a perfectionist meant that you did things perfectly (laughs). Then I found out that that's not what being a perfectionist is at all, it's somebody that's just unhappy with what they've done and wants to get it perfect but often, most of the time, feels like they don't get close. But it can work that way too, it makes you strive for something better each time, so it's a useful thing. I think the longer you go, like it's ten years now, I can listen to my first record and not be unhappy, be kind of embarrassed but I can find good moments in it because it seems like so long ago.

Teddy Thompson welcomes Bella into the world on February 8th, his new-and-fifth LP produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney). A month later, Thompson will play a pair of headlining NYC shows in support of the release before heading out on a much bigger jaunt with the Old 97s. First on the docket is a Bella album release party, scheduled for City Winery on March 18th. Tickets are on sale. Then, one week later he's at the Rubin Museum. March 25th tickets are also on sale.

The Old 97s, who released new albums and played NYC shows in December, don't have any more NYC dates scheduled at the moment, but their frontman Rhett Miller does. You can catch Rhett this Friday, February 4th, at City Winery with Julia Haltigan. He also plays a week later at Infinity Music Hall in CT. All dates are listed below.

The above-quoted interview also discusses Teddy's relationship to the Wainwrights. Teddy says:

"Maybe I have, I would like to think that I have. [Rufus has] certainly influenced me. He was further along than I was when we met, already had a record deal, was making a record and was very confident. Fully formed within himself, I was still figuring out what I was doing and he certainly helped me. And Martha, I just find generally inspiring, especially when you see her live. She's a reminder of how to give it all on stage when you're feeling a bit safe or lazy or something. Then you see Martha play.' "
Maybe you saw Martha play at one of four shows she just did at Rockwood Music Hall (the most recent one was this past Monday). Her upcoming dates include California and Australia. Rufus meanwhile is prepping for his opera Prima Donna to have its NY premiere at City Opera in the spring of 2012, and a 5-night London residency this July.

All Teddy & Rhett dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Teddy Thompson releasing Bella, playing shows (Old 97's too) "

photos by David Andrako

Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park over the summer
Rufus Wainwright

"What can I say, playing a solo show (or should I say recital) at Carnegie Hall is perhaps the greatest achievement in the world of musical performance. This concert means more to me than any other show I've done in the City of New York hence, and believe me, I've done a lot of hencing in the City of New York. Please come witness it, and in the meantime while you eat, drink and sleep I will practice! Practice! Practice!" - Rufus Wainwright
Tickets are still on sale for Rufus's December 6th show at Carnegie Hall, and if it's even just as good as his last big show, in Prospect Park, it will be amazing. I also have a pair of tickets to the show you can win. Details below.

And speaking of that last show in Prospect Park (where Rufus's dad Loudon opened and then later joined him on stage), I have a set of pictures that never made it ot the site. Here they are (above and below), with the rest of his tour dates, and the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright is excited about Carnegie Hall (win tix), played Prospect Park (belated pics & more dates)"

words & photos by Chris La Putt

Martha Wainwright

It's been a disorienting year for Martha Wainwright -- the Montreal-born singer/songwriter lost her mother (renown singer Kate McGarrigle) to cancer, went into labour early (thankfully delivering a healthy baby boy), and took up residence in a new and somewhat foreign home in Brooklyn.

Her remarkable skill at performing onstage is evident in her new live disc, 'Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, À Paris,' which pays homage to legendary French singer Edith Piaf. Wainwright played three nights at New York's Dixon Place Theater for the recording, singing some of Piaf's lesser-known tracks. Her renditions uphold the integrity of the originals, but she also dusts them with her own magic. [Spinner]

Monday night's intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge marked the last night of a summer tour spanning the globe from Europe to LA and back to New York. Martha was joined by C.J. Camerieri on trumpet, Will Holshouser on accordion, Doug Wieselman on guitar and clarinet, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on piano, and her husband Brad Albetta on bass. If you missed Martha's two shows don't fret! CBC Radio 2 recorded Martha's show at the Mondial Choral Festival in Quebec when she was backed by not one but two choirs.

Opening for the show were the Mittenstrings which incidentally is partially made up of Martha's two cousins (Anna McGarrigle is their mother) and their friend.

Speaking of family, we'll probably find out soon which "friends" showed up to the "Lucy Wainwright Roche and friends - Album Release" album release show that happened to tonight at City Winery (Ira Glass and Dave Hill at a minimum). And tickets are still on sale for Rufus's December 6th show at Carnegie Hall

This post contains pictures from Monday night's show. They continue, with a video from the show of Martha covering Kate McGarrigle's Tell My Sister, below...

Continue reading "Martha Wainwright sang Piaf @ Le Poisson Rouge (pics)"

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Dedicated to his art as he was, Monet famously painted his wife as she lay dying. I ask [Rufus] Wainwright if, as his mother was dying, he found himself standing back and thinking 'I must tap into this intensely emotional experience creatively'?

'I guess so. I think my mother more than anyone knew the importance of inspiration. If it was occurring, you had to use it. I felt blessed that I was able to be with her in the final month.

'She very much led the way for all of us and it was a lesson in grace and nobility. It's funny because, on the one hand, she didn't really want to hear me practising my new album, because it was making her sad [the album is an elegy to his dying mother].

'She knew she wouldn't be around when I was touring it. It was like: "This is the album he's going to be performing when I'm dead." So she very gently asked me not to play so much.' It is a touching comment: a son's desire to win his dying mother's approval coupled with an endearing lack of self-awareness. [Telegraph]

Rufus Wainwright's July 20th headlining show at the Prospect Park Bandshell is now being billed as "A Family Affair", as Rufus's dad Loudon was added to the bill in June (also don't forget, "This special performance will include a selection of songs from the Judy Garland show performed with piano accompaniment."). Tickets are still on sale for the Brooklyn show and I have a couple of pairs to give away. Details on winning those, with updated Rufus dates, below...

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Rufus Wainwright in Poughkeepsie Feb. 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
Rufus Wainwright

NY TIMES: So the new album incorporates a bunch of recent projects.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT. It has my own album, songs, life, imagination; it has the Shakespeare sonnet project I worked on with Robert Wilson in Berlin; and it has an aria from my opera, which premiered in London a couple of weeks ago and is coming to Toronto. And people in New York, you can start holding your breath -- that's all I'm gonna say...

Rufus Wainwright's newest LP, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, came out April 20th. He'll be touring Europe in support of that through most of May into June. This summer he'll keep busy with various shows including a bunch in Canada, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Island on July 11th, and a Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday, July 20th. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on Live Nation, Venue and WFUV Radio (password = SONGS) presale today at 10am. A non-Ticketmaster presale is happening now. General sale starts Saturday (5/8) at 10am. According to Rufus's website, "This special [Brooklyn] performance will include a selection of songs from the Judy Garland show performed with piano accompaniment." Whether that applies to all or part of the show seems unclear.

Speaking of ticketed shows in Prospect Park this summer, it was just announced that The Dead Weather are playing one too. Tickets for that go on sale Friday.

All Rufus tour dates and a video from his recent appearance on IFC show Dinner With the Band, below...

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