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Ryan Adams at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
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Ryan Adams has been having a busy year, with a new record, on-stage collaborations with Bob Mould and Johnny Depp, and he has a tour with four NYC shows on the horizon. He's also been doing some, uh, choice covers. Following his take on Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is," he's also offered a version of "Run To You" by the similarly named Bryan Adams. On his Bryan Adams history, NME writes:

Ryan has given mixed messages over the years about his feelings towards the Canadian rock star (who, remarkably, also shares his birthday). In a 2008 blog entitled 'Facts About Me', he wrote "In my opinion he [Bryan Adams] is not a serious artist. His songs have 'implied target audience' written all over them and in fact he is quite embarrassing in general. Also a piss poor photographer."

At a gig in 2002, as reported by Billboard, the former Whiskeytown frontman refused to play until a fan who screamed a request for Bryan Adams' 'Summer of '69' left the auditorium. According to Spin, however, he has covered the track since, and in a recent interview with The Globe And Mail, Ryan asserted that the 54-year-old has been a major influence on his career.

He played the song in Santa Barbara, CA on October 1. You can watch a video of the cover below...

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Ryan Adams (left) w/ Bob Mould in September (more by PSquared)
Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams' upcoming tour already has four NYC shows: two solo shows at Carnegie Hall (11/15 & 17) and two full-band shows at Hammerstein Ballroom (11/22 & 23), which you can still get tickets too. He's now expanded his tour, giving one more chance to catch him not far from NYC around then when he plays NJ's Count Basie Theatre on November 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (10/2) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Ryan released a new album this year and recently performed a few of its songs on NPR's World Cafe. During that performance, he also covered Foreigner's powerballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is." If you're into that sort of thing, you can check that out with his list of dates, below...

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A little Depp'll do ya: Ryan & Johnny in London last night (via)

Ryan Adams has added a couple NYC shows to his upcoming fall tour, playing solo acoustic at Carnegie Hall on November 15 & 17. Tickets for both Carnegie shows go on sale Wednesday (9/24) at 11 AM with a fan presale beginning Monday (9/22) at 11 AM with the password GIM20459. Both those shows are with Butch Walker who is also playing Ryan's two full-band shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22 (sold out) and November 23 (tickets) and most of the tour. Updated dates are listed below.

Currently on tour in the UK, Ryan played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (9/18) and brought out celebrity guest guitarist Johnny Depp for "Kim" and a cover of Danzig's "Mother." You can watch video of both those below.

Last week, Ryan was in NYC for an appearance on The Late Show with Davd Letterman, performing "Gimme Something Good" from his new eponymous album. Video of that is below as well. He also joined Bob Mould on stage a day earlier.

Continue reading "Ryan Adams had Johnny Depp onstage in London, covered Danzig (watch); adds 2 solo Carnegie Hall shows to tour"

photos by P Squared Photography

Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
Bob Mould
Bob Mould
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Bob Mould's current assault on the eardrums of NYC began last night (9/10) with his first of three shows. While promoting his terrific new album, Beauty & Ruin, Bob and his band (bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums) also dipped into his robust catalog of indie rock classics, with a healthy amount of Sugar and Hüsker Dü songs in the mix. In fact, Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" kicked off the show and Bob's encore was all Dü, with "I Apologize," "Celebrated Summer," "Something I Learned Today," and "New Day Rising." One more thing about the encore: Ryan Adams came out and played for all four songs. Bob appeared in Ryan's video promos (along with Gary Shandling and Jeff Garlin) for his new album and Ryan is perhaps returning the favor. Video from the encore with Ryan, plus pics and setlist, are in this post.

Ryan, who's in town for a Letterman appearance tonight, will be back this fall on his own tour.

Opening the night -- and the whole tour including all three of Mould's NYC shows -- were Cymbals Eat Guitars who have opened for Bob before and owe a sonic debt to him as well (and to The Wrens and Built to Spill). Mind you, they're coming off the very strong new album, LOSE, and are becoming an indie rock powerhouse of their own.

Bob Mould and CEG play Bowery Ballroom again tonight (9/11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/13). Tickets are still available to both.

More pics from the whole Bowery Ballroom show, plus setlist and video, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould kicked off NYC run w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars; Ryan Adams joined for all-Husker Du encore (pics, setlist, video)"

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams will release his fourteenth solo album this week (9/10). You can stream it at NPR. He's in NYC this week and will play The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (9/11). Ryan's on tour this fall, which will wrap up with two nights at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22 & 23. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Tuesday (9/9) at 11 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams releasing new LP, playing 'Letterman' this week, touring this fall, including 2 nights at Hammerstein (dates)"

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)"

by Bill Pearis

Graham Parker

Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]
Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.

Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.

Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.

A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Graham Parker reunited with The Rumour, made first new LP in 31 years, on tour, appearing in 'This Is 40' (dates, streams)"

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Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Grizzly Bear on cover of New York; CDs turned 30; Dave Sitek's new label, Trent Reznor, Ryan Adams, Deadmau5, more"

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams recently began his December solo tour which brought him to NYC last night (12/5) to perform a "Live on Letterman" taping at Ed Sullivan Theater. You can watch the performance in full below.

Before he leaves New York, he'll play a sold out show tonight (12/6) at Carnegie Hall with Jessica Lea Mayfield.

Ryan's got a number of other North American dates scheduled for January and February too, though nothing else in NYC at the moment. All dates and Letterman video below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams at Carnegie tonight, played 'Live on Letterman' (full video & updated dates)"


Tickets go on sale at 11am for Ryan Adams' Carnegie Hall show.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10am for the two Jane's Addiction shows at Irving Plaza. They're no Swedish House Mafia, but tickets should sell out for those shows quick. Stay tuned for the BV Facebook for a few more ticket giveaways soon.

Thursday is playing Irving Plaza on November 23. Tickets go on sale today/Friday at 10am.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Kyuss Lives!/The Sword show at Paramount Theater. Wellmont show too.

A bunch of comedy tickets are on sale too (like Louis CK).

Ryan Adams

Jessica Lea Mayfield, who tours through Brooklyn in November, will be opening for Ryan Adams on his December tour including at Carnegie Hall which is a Bowery Presents show, and Bowery posted this info:

Ryan Adams
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Tue, December 6, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
$65, $57.50, $35
On Sale Fri 9/30, 11:00 am EDT
This event is all ages
Tickets will be sold through CarnegieHall.org or charge by phone 8 AM - 8 PM - 212.247.7800. No fee tickets are available at the venue box office - Mon-Sat 11AM - 6PM & Sun 12PM - 6PM
Ryan Adams says "all shows are solo."

Listen to Ryan cover Iron Maiden, below...

Continue reading "Jessica Lea Mayfield opens for Ryan Adams, Carnegie tix on sale Friday"

Ryan Adams @ Wellmont Theater, Feb 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ryan Adams

I can't remember if he was officially on "hiatus" or not, but Ryan Adams is back with a new album called Ashes & Fire (out October 11 on PAX-AM/Capitol). You can listen to the whole thing now at NPR.

"The record was produced by Glyn Johns, renowned for his work with the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Rolling Stones, and whose son Ethan produced previous Adams landmarks including Heartbreaker and Gold. The record also features guest turns from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones, who contributes piano and backing vocals to several tracks."
Ryan kicks off a run of West Coast dates on the day the album is released. He tours the East Coast in December and will play a NYC show at Carnegie Hall on 12/6 (ticket info HERE). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams returns - new album streaming, dates announced (Carnegie Hall included)"

Ryan Adams

"Recorded in 2006, ORION is Ryan Adams' first fully-realized sci-fi metal concept album." The limited-edition vinyl/download package ships on May 24th, and is on sale now via Pax.am

Ryan Adams is apparently, currently "computerless down south and writing some new music" (according to his Facebook). His old band The Cardinals meanwhile have been playing and recording with New Zealand singer Gin Wigmore - an "iTunes Session" EP she recorded with the band came out in March.

More info on the RA record is below...

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Chris Feinstein w/ the Cardinals @ Wellmont Theatre (more by Tim Griffin)
Ryan Adams

Bassist Chris Feinstein has passed away. While details remain scant, it is believed he passed away at his Manhattan home in the early hours of Monday morning. He was 42.

Feinstein was most recently known for his role in Ryan Adams & The Cardinals which he joined in 2006, replacing original bassist Catherine Popper. As a member of the Cardinals, Feinstein appeared on Adams' releases Easy Tiger, Follow the Lights and Cardinology. It was Adams who dubbed Feinstein "Space Wolf."

Feinstein and longtime Adams' drummer Brad Pemberton had played in bands together since attending high school in Nashville. However, according to a blog of Adams' from August 2008, "Catherine introduced me to Space Wolf and that is the kind gal she is." [Jambands.com]

Chris joined the Cardinals in 2006, and recently he and the band have been backing up New Zealand singer Gin Wigmore (since Ryan Adams has been focusing on other things).

Fellow Cardinals have been posting tributes to Chris online - Neal Casal currently has a photo collection on his blog. There are other tributes up as well. Cardinal Brad Pemberton wrote on his Facebook: "This is the saddest day of my life. I lost my best friend today...things will never be quite the same."

A video dedicated to Chris and live clips are below...

Continue reading "Chris Feinstein (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals bassist), RIP"

Levon Helm
 Levon Helm

The Levon Helm Band will be departing from their weekly "Midnight Ramble" gig at Helm's Studio in Woodstock for a show at NYC's Terminal 5 on Thursday, January 7th, 2010. Joining them at this show be Okkervil River (currently their only scheduled show). Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 6th at noon.

Okkervil River's last full band show in NYC was January '09 at the then-new-venue Bell House. The band recently appeared on an episode of Austin City Limits with M. Ward. A clip of them performing the song "Unless It's Kicks" from that is posted below.

Okkervil River's Will Sheff is one of the songwriters that collaborated with Norah Jones on her new album, The Fall, out November 17th on Blue Note. The record also includes co-writing contributions from Ryan Adams and frequent Jones partner Jesse Harris, guitarwork from Marc Ribot and Smokey Hormel, and keys from Roots member James Poyser. It's streaming in full at NPR.

The ACL video and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Okkervil River playing NYC w/ Levon Helm Band (dates), Will Sheff contributed to new Norah Jones album (streaming)"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Ryan Adams

"I have never had any romantic, personal or financial involvement with Courtney Love. She is confusing me with her ex, who produced my Rock n Roll record, which was financed solely by Universal Music." - Ryan Adams to Gawker
Ryan Adams, clad in a Kreator t-shirt, was on hand for the opening of an exhibit of his paintings at Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) in NYC last night (9/23). His friend Jesse Malin, who among other things, co-owns the bar Bowery Electric, which is on the same block (and where the afterparty was), was on hand to play auctioneer. The auction raised money for Housing Works. The paintings will stay on display at the gallery for a month starting today (Thursday September 24th).

You can also catch Ryan in person this Friday at the New York Public Library. Maybe he'll go see Polvo at the Bell House tonight. More pictures from the art opening, below....

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Deerhoof @ the Sasquatch Festival in May (more by Chris Graham)

tonight in NYC
* David Cross @ UCB
* Imelda May @ Pianos
* Olof Arnalds @ Sycamore
* Ladyhawke @ the Apple Store
* KRS-One, Buckshot @ S.O.B.'s
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* The Zeros, Jemina Pearl @ Southpaw
* Box Elders, Oh Wow, Uzi Rash @ Cake Shop
* Busdriver, Abstract Rude @ Santos Party House
* Endless Boogie, Skint @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Miike Snow, Jack Penate, The Kickdrums @ Mercury Lounge
* Fountains of Wayne (acoustic), Jon Auer @ The Bell House
* Autolux, Sleepy Sun, Mini Mansions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Oran Canfield memoir release party w/ Dynasty Handbag @ Bruar Falls
* ESP-Live w/ Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso @ Bowey Poetry Club
* Helado Negro, Julianna Barwick, Jason Ajemian @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Serengeti & Polyphonic @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Loud Objects, Twisty Cat, Random Cutting, Mega Calderos, Aftermath @ DBA
* Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus, Martha & The Roches @ Highline Ballroom

Olof Arnalds, appearing with Davíð Þór Jónsson at three NYC shows this week, plays at Sycamore. If you only go to one, Wednesday night at Rockwood Music Hall will be extra special because at that one Olof will be accompanied by a grand pianist.

KRS-One and Buckshot celebrate the release of their Survival Skills album, which is out today, with a show at S.O.B.'s.

The Roots play with guests at Highline Ballroom.

Jemina Pearl opens for The Zeros at Southpaw, in one of several upcoming shows for the former Be Your Own Pet singer. The Zeroes played Maxwell's last night.

ESP-Live presents K Recs' Calvin Johnson and Arrington de Dionyso at Bowey Poetry Club. Calvin and Arrington were among those who played Death By Audio's Maze last night.

Deerhoof (who were at ATP Sunday) play (Le) Poisson Rouge with Wildbirds & Peacedrums (who have five shows in town) and Serengeti & Polyphonic. A video from their ATP set below.

Miike Snow and Jack Penate play two nights at Mercury Lounge with The Kickdrums.

Fountains of Wayne play an acoustic show at the Bell House . Jon Auer (of Posies and Big Star) opens - he plays with Big Star in November. Tomorrow he plays with John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders.

Autolux and Sleepy Sun, coming off their ATP NY sets (and Bowery Ballroom last night with Bridezilla), play Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mini Mansions.

Box Elders, Oh Wow and Uzi Rash play Cake Shop. You can also catch Box Elders tomorrow at Monster Island.

Lots of Wainwrights - Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, The Roches and Martha Wainwright - play Highline Ballroom tonight. Martha and Rufus were also just announced as part of the lineup of an insane benefit show taking place at Carnegie Hall in October.

Ryan Adams released a digital single on his website last week, as well a series of videos, which are posted below.

Video of Bradford Cox performing with Bob Mould and No Age at ATP NY, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

Ryan Adams "discusses poetry and fiction, and his most recent book HelloSunshine with Tony Award winning actress Mary-Louise Parker" in a NYC library on on Friday, September 25th. Ryan Adams will be at an art gallery two days earlier. His new video is re-posted below...

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Boss Hog @ Maxwell's last year (more by Tim Griffin)
Boss Hog

tonight in NYC
* The Rapture @ Prada
* Cold Cave @ Rogan Store
* Marmoset, Pomegranates @ Bruar Falls
* Raekwon, Ghostface Killah @ S.O.B.'s
* Kings of Convenience @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wild Beasts, Roman Candle @ Mercury Lounge
* Silk Flowers, Mattress, Ducktails @ Ash's Place
* Death Vessel, Tim Easton, Moore N Sons @ Union Hall
* Psychic Paramount, White Hills, Coconuts @ Union Pool
* Murs, John Forte, Whole Wheat Bread @ Highline Ballroom
* NYU Mystery show w/ Raekwon, No Age @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Vaz, The New Flesh, Pygmy Shrews, White Suns @ Silent Barn
* NAAM, Bad Dream, Weedeater @ Charleston
* Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow, Dinosaur Feathers, Old Names @ Coco 66
* Boss Hog, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Anamanaguchi, DD/MM/YYYY, Spiral Beach, Graffiti Monsters @ Don Pedro
* Nice Boys, Birds of Avalon, Brimstone Howl, The Baby Shakes @ Cake Shop
* Alan Braxe (DJ), The Glass, Dee Nice (DJ), Human Life @ Santos Party House
* Hopewell, Preacher and the Knife, Sofia Knapp, Golden Triangle (DJ) @ The Cameo
* FIXED w/ Calvin Harris (DJ), Yes Giantess, JDH & Dave P @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Wordless Music w/ Do Make Say Think, Charles Spearin's Happiness Project @ Miller Theatre
* Skeletons Big Band, Knyfe Hyts 81, Pterodactyl, Gowns, Dan Friel, Social Junk, Mincemeat @ Death By Audio

Boss Hog and Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers follow up Les Savy Fav's opening night antics tonight at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Boss Hog is also on this weekend's ATP NY lineup.

Hopewell play an "ATP warm-up show" (performing the Desperation Suite) with a full choir and projections at The Cameo. Also on the bill are Preacher and the Knife, Sofia Knapp and DJing from Golden Triangle.

Death By Audio's The Maze opens tonight with music from Skeletons Big Band, Knyfe Hyts 81, Pterodactyl, Gowns, Dan Friel, Social Junk and Mincemeat. A Place to Bury Strangers was just added to tomorrow's lineup.

Murs plays Highline Ballroom with John Forte and Whole Wheat Bread.

Raekwon is slated to appear at both NYU Mystery show with No Age at (Le) Poisson Rouge and a release show for his own new CD with Ghostface Killah at S.O.B.'s.

Jay-Z played the Gramercy Theatre last night. He plays MSG tomorrow.

Weedeater is the "Special Guest (Southern Lord)" at the NAAM/Bad Dream show at the Charleston tonight.

Wordless Music and Columbia's Miller Theatre host Do Make Say Think and Charles Spearin's The Happiness Project as part of their four-night fest. Last night was Doveman, Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly.

Kings of Convenience play Bowery Ballroom. No opener that we know of.

The Rapture play Fashion Week. So do Cold Cave sort of. They may be wearing all black.

Trent Reznor will also likely be in all black at NIN's last show (of this tour, forever, who knows) tonight in L.A.. Below is a video of the band on stage with HEALTH and Gary Numan, playing Gang of Four's "Anthrax" at their show on Sept. 8th.

A new video from Ryan Adams (who's showing artwork soon) posted below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

Murphys Law

tonight in NYC
* Murphy's Law @ Trash Bar
* Reflection Eternal @ BB King's
* Brooklyn Soul Festival @ the Bell House
* Joseph Arthur, Joe Purdy @ City Winery
* Ben & Vesper, Dan Zimmerman @ Sycamore
* Caspian @ The Studio @ Webster Hall
* The Giraffes, Bone Gunn @ Mercury Lounge
* NinjaSonik, Klever, D.I.M. @ Webster Hall
* Ravens & Chimes, Kittens Ablaze @ Southpaw
* These United States, Vandaveer @ Union Hall
* These United States, Motel Motel @ Union Hall
* Zs, Mutating Meltdown, Skin Drink, PC Worship @ Cake Shop
* Noveller, Burning Star Core, Ducktails, Talk Normal @ Bruar Falls
* The Damnwells, Dawn Landes, Colin Smith @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Matteah Baim, Head Molt, Bermuda Triangles, Chaos Majik @ Market Hotel
* J&R Music Fest w/ Mario, Clipse, J Moss, Melinda Watts @ City Hall Park
* French Miami, True Womanhood, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt @ Death By Audio
* Piano Series: Paula Valstein, Casey Shea, Jesse Lynn @ Highline Ballroom
* Dinosaur Feathers, Holiday Shores, My Teenage Stride, Javelin @ Littlefield
* XYZ Affair, Gunfight, Flower Mound, Mathew Snow, Tenements @ Glasslands

J&R Music Fest brings Mario, Clipse, J Moss and Melinda Watts to City Hall Park. More free music there tomorrow too. Too bad about the rain which also might put a damper on Michael Jackson's birthday Saturday.

Joseph Arthur kicks off a trio of special collaborative gigs tonight at NYC's City Wintery, the first of which is with guitarist Joe Purdy. Joseph Arthur is also on the bill of that upcoming show with Frank Black at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The ubiquitous NinjaSonik play Boys & Girls at Webster Hall with Klever, Alexander Technique and D.I.M.

Bruar Falls hosts Noveller, Burning Star Core, Ducktails and Talk Normal.

The Giraffes visit Mercury Lounge with Bone Gunn tonight. On September 26th they play with Goes Cube at Webster Hall.

These United States play two sets at Union Hall tonight. The first will be opened by Vandaveer, the second by Motel Motel.

After the Jump Fest is happening at Littlefield this weekend. Tonight you can see Dinosaur Feathers, Holiday Shores, Thing-One, My Teenage Stride and Javelin.

Zs, who are on the big bill at the BKLYN Yard (and/or Southpaw) tomorrow, perform tonight at Cake Shop with Mutating Meltdown, Skin Drink and PC Worship.

The Brooklyn Skill Share has a benefit at Glasslands with The XYZ Affair, Gunfight, Flower Mound, Mathew Snow & The Way It Was and Tenements. The flyer is below.

Outside Lands is going on in San Francisco and streaming.

Ryan Adams recently parlayed his theme-song-making gig at The Awl into a job as a video game columnist. The video from his first column, a review of Gorf, is posted below. Next week he makes art.

Matt & Kim played "Daylight" on Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday, video below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

DOWNLOAD: Polvo - Beggar's Bowl (MP3)

"I just pre-ordered the new Polvo -check out the stream at Merge- So Amazing" -Ryan Adams

art by Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams will be the first artist in residence at the Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) for three weeks leading up to an exhibit of his work, which opens September 23rd (which I guess means, despite a "for lease" sign on the window, the gallery isn't going anywhere yet). During that time, Adams will be "creating additional canvases in the front of the gallery to be auctioned off at the opening. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness."

Adams' paintings are in addition to his recent moves as an author. His first book of short stories and poetry, Infinity Blues, came out in April, and his second, Hello Sunshine, is due in December (or September if you pre-ordered).

Last week, some speculated that Adams, a self-professed metal fan, was the mystery artist behind The Awl's hair-metal-inspired theme song, posted on August 18th. The site has since posted a punk remix of the song.

Polvo performs at the Bell House in Brooklyn on September 24th. Will Ryan perform music at the September 23rd Morrison Hotel Gallery opening? I'm not sure, but there is no mention of it (best to assume no). Some more of Ryan's paintings, and all Polvo dates, below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams - enjoying Polvo, showing artwork @ Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC, wrote some books & (possibly) a song"

Marianne Faithfull @ City Winery (more by Lori Baily)
Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull is performing at NYC's Town Hall on Thursday, September 24th. Tickets ($86 / $51 / $31) go on AmEx presale starting Wednesday, April 15th at 11 AM. General sale begins Friday, April 17th at noon.

We also have a pair of front row tickets to giveaway. Details on how to with them below.

For the show, Faithfull will be accompanied by a band consisting of Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot, Rob Burger, Joey Baron, Ryan Scott, Christina Courtin, Christopher Hoffman, Lenny Pickett and Marty Elrich. Much, if not all, of that cast contribute to her new album and/or were spotted playing with Faithfull at her City Winery gigs, and on Letterman, in late March.

Marc Ribot, who definitely played at the City Winery shows and on Letterman, has his own week of shows planned for early May, to celebrate his 55th birthday.

Faithfull's newest disc Easy Come, Easy Go, which consists of 12 covers from Neko Case to Billie Holiday, is out now on Decca Records.

Faithfull was recently interviewed by the newly married Ryan Adams.

Marianne Faithfull: And I'll be doing a couple of gigs with the original band on the record. I'm sure you know all those guys as well.

Ryan Adams: Tell me about why you chose to cover the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3."

MF: Hal [Willner] found that song, and what I love about "The Crane Wife" is that it's a folk tale. It's about a man who falls in love with and marries a swan. The only real concept for this record was to work with great songs, and these were the ones that happened to be chosen from the modern idiom. I could have easily taken one of yours, and maybe I will one day. [Black Book Mag]

Awkward? All dates, pro-shot video from one of the City Winery shows, and contest details below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Ryan Adams

"Ryan Adams was born on November 5, 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina to Susan and Robert Adams. His father left home when he was nine years old. His mother, an English teacher, encouraged Adams to read and as a child he became familiar with the works of authors including Jack Kerouac, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath and Henry Miller.

Adams' grandmother played a modest role in his childhood, serving as his babysitter after school while his mother worked. When he was eight years old, Adams began writing short stories and poetry on his grandmother's typewriter. He is quoted as saying, "I started writing short stories when I was really into Edgar Allan Poe. Then later, when I was a teenager, I got really hard into cult fiction: Hubert Selby, Jr., Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac." At the age of 14 Adams began learning to play the electric guitar that his mom and stepdad had bought him, and shortly afterwards joined a local band named Blank Label. Although Blank Label did not stay together long, a three-track 7" record exists, dated 1991 and lasting less than seven minutes in total." [Wikipedia]

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals played an approximately 3-hour set at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Sunday (2/22). According to the recently-engaged Ryan, it may have been the last show we see from the Cardinals in a while, or ever, but who knows... More pictures and the setlist, below...

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Ryan Adams @ MSG (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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today in NYC
* Patton Oswalt @ Caroline's
* The Toasters @ Highline Ballroom
* Matisyahu & friends @ the Bell House
* Ryan Adams & the Cardinals @ Wellmont Theater

I can't vouch for its authenticity, but someone started SaveDaptone.org to raise money for the record label that was just majorly robbed.

Tonight is the Academy Awards.

Depeche Mode will be here in August.

The Thermals will be here in May.

If there are still tickets, there won't be for long for the Wrens show happening at Bowery Ballroom on March 13th. I'll also say for the first time, that you can catch the Wrens at the BrooklynVegan day party happening at Radio Room in Austin, TX on March 19th (full lineup details coming soon). Check out the new video for "Marked Up", their "still-kinda-new song", below...

What else?

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Ryan Adams

Four-time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Adams will release the digital-only EP Extra Cheese (Lost Highway/UMe), exclusively via iTunes on February 10, 2009. Extra Cheese features six previously issued tracks plus the previously unreleased "Hey There, Mrs. Lovely," for the recession-friendly price of $3.98.

Adams has been performing "Hey There, Mrs. Lovely" live since 1999 but has never song committed the fan favorite to a studio record until now. The other six tracks on the EP are a sampling of love songs culled from Adams' impressive oeuvre: "Answering Bell" from 2001's Gold, "Desire" from 2002's Demolition, "Blossom" from 2005's Cold Roses, "Two" from 2007's Easy Tiger, "My Love For You Is Real" from the same year's Follow The Lights EP, and "Evergreen" from Ryan & the Cardinals' most recent album, Cardinology, released last fall.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals are on tour for a month [possibly for the last time] beginning February 20.

Speaking of love, Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore are now engaged.