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intro by Andrew Sacher

TE

There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Tigers Jaw
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)

As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.

Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.

The Menzingers were also featured, along with Mineral, Touche Amore, Into It. Over It. and others, in AltPress' recently-completed Fest documentary. You can watch all three parts here, here and here.

In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Pianos

Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.

That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.

Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "Pianos Become the Teeth told us their top LPs of 2014, playing Long Island w/ Title Fight, Defeater, Superheaven, Give, more"

SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

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

Grammy

This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

Continue reading "2015 Grammy Awards nominations (Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jack White, Beck, Disclosure, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon & more)"

Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
CEG

Cymbals Eat Guitars put out their great third record, LOSE, earlier this year, which is starting to land on year-end lists like Jeff Rosenstock's. The band also gave us their own list of their favorite albums of 2014, which includes Foxing (who joined them on their tour with Brand New), Joyce Manor (who also toured with Brand New this year), Alex G (who's opening CEG's upcoming tour), Beyonce's late 2013 release and more. Check out their whole list, with commentary, below.

That Cymbals Eat Guitars/Alex G tour begins next week, coming to NYC on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

CEG have also reissued their 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains, which was initially self-released, on their current home of Barsuk Records. You can pick that up on vinyl here for the holiday sale price of $12.80, and they'll also have copies on their December tour.

CEG's year-end list and list of dates below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars told us their favorite albums of 2014; tour with Alex G starts soon (updated dates)"

Torres at the Seaport in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres

Philly folk rockers Strand of Oaks are on tour now and about to headline their largest NYC show yet on Thursday (12/4) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, the similarly-minded Torres was added to a few dates including last night's Toronto show (12/1), the upcoming Philly show, and the NYC show. You can still get tickets to both NYC and Philly. Updated dates are listed below.

In other news, Strand of Oaks main man Timothy Showalter just told Philly.com that his favorite albums of 2014 are Sun Kil Moon's Benji, Marissa Nadler's July, Sharon Van Etten's Are We There and Ryan Adams' self-titled, the latter of which includes the song "My Wrecking Ball" that Strand of Oaks recently covered. You can stream that below. Strand of Oaks' own 2014 LP, Heal, was a favorite of his Philly neighbors, Restorations.

Hear Ya also just put out a live session video of Strand of Oaks playing "Shut In" from their new record. You can watch that, with the Ryan Adams cover and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres on tour w/ Strand of Oaks, who included Ryan Adams in his top albums of 2014 & covered him (listen)"

intro by Andrew Sacher

Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)
Restorations

Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.

Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, below...

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Ryan Adams @ Hammerstein (via Robin Pahlman) & Carnegie (via Will McCranie)
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

One song each night from the "sappy" and "stupid" album intended as the follow-up to 2011's 'Ashes and Fire', before he decided to shelve it, shows that Adams remains perfectly capable of turning out the sort of alt.country nuggets with which he first made his name. 'How Much Light' is a particularly impeccable cut, and its airing on Monday - along with that of 'Where You and I Meet In My Mind' 48 hours earlier - is likely to lead to clamour from fans for the discarded LP to see the light of day.

With the occasional brattish behaviour of earlier days a distant memory, his between-song interludes are warm, witty, engaging - and more than a little idiosyncratic. Terminator 2, listening to REM while tripping, Angry Birds, Billy Ocean and the emotional and physical wellbeing of his audiences all fall under the comical microscope. He may not offer the lyrical breadth of someone like Bob Dylan or Randy Newman, but these shows are a reminder that Adams has amassed a formidable songbook over the course of his dozen-odd albums. And precious few singer songwriters possess the trump card of a voice that can imbue even the most humdrum lines with such a pure emotional resonance. [When the Gramophone Rings]

Ryan Adams wrapped up his tour with Butch Walker this past weekend with a two-night stand at Hammerstein Ballroom (11/22-11/23), which followed a two-night at Carnegie Hall (11/15 & 11/17) as well as Boston, Philly and NJ stops in between. The above review is of the two Carnegie Hall shows, and below you can check out a video of him playing "Come Pick Me Up" at the second Hammerstein show, as well as setlists from all four. The second Carnegie show included a cover of "Black Sheets of Rain" by Bob Mould, who he joined on stage in NYC earlier this year. Did you go to any of the shows? How were they?

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Ryan Adams at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Ryan Adams

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...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams adds NJ date to tour, covered Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is""

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

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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)"

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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...

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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)"

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