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photo: San Fermin @ 2015 Sweetlife Fest (more by Mimi Hong)
San Fermin @ Sweetlife Fest

Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin are currently on the road with Alt-J but have just added a string of dates at the end of the year with Sam Amidon. The tour wraps up with three shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on December 17-19. Only the first of those NYC shows (12/17) is with Sam Amidon, unfortunately. Tickets for all three go on AmEx presale today (9/16) at noon, with the general on-sale startng Friday (9/18) at noon.

Sam Amidon has tour dates in addition to the ones with San Fermin, including a few shows in Ireland and some North American shows with Nels Cline. He's also playing the St. Ann's Warehouse Opening Celebration on October 18 with Aoife O'Donovan and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). Tickets are on sale.

Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why) is also playing shows as part of her trio with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz, and she's opening much of Glen Hansard's tour (not the NYC dates though).

All Sam Amidon and San Fermin dates are listed below....

Continue reading "San Fermin touring with Sam Amidon (who plays the new St. Ann's Warehouse) -- dates"

construction progress of Tobacco Warehouse (in 2013)
Tobacco Warehouse St. Ann's

Brooklyn's long-running live performance group St. Ann's Warehouse, which "has commissioned, produced, and presented a unique and eclectic body of innovative theater and concert presentations that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll" for over three decades, has had various homes over the years, but it will now permanently be at the old Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO. Brooklyn Paper describes the new location like this:

The new home of Saint Ann's Warehouse is under construction in the roof-less shell of the Tobacco Warehouse on Water Street in Dumbo and we got a sneak peek at the work that is underway. The $30-million construction job will place a shiny, steel-and-glass box within the confines of the old brick walls, leaving about an inch of space to preserve them. Honchos of the neighboring Brooklyn Bridge Park give the design rave reviews.

"It's a great design," said David Lowin, vice president of real estate for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, which controls the property. "It enhances the street-scape, but remains respectful to the historic building."

The structure, which from above will look like a rectangular box lodged in a trapezoid cubby, will house a theater and a community space and leaves a triangular sliver of open space within the old walls that will contain a public garden.

The new building's roof will extend about seven feet above the worn facade, enclosing the theater and a community space, with the top portion of the wall made of glass bricks to allow in light.

From the inside, the new playhouse at the corner of New Dock Street will still look something like a place to store dry goods, the architect said.

The new St. Ann's Warehouse will officially open on October 6 with a ribbon cutting at 10 AM. There are other opening celebrations planed for after that, including Brooklyn Youth Chorus & Kronos Quartet on 10/17 (noon-6 PM, free); Aoife O'Donovan, Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett on 10/18 (5 PM start, tickets); and more. The new season kicks off fully in November with a run of Shakespeare's Henry IV and continues into 2016. Check out the full upcoming schedule for more.

Recent shows at St. Ann's include the Karen O opera and Jherek Bischoff's guest-filled shows with David Byrne, Zola Jesus and more.

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015

The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.

Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."

More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...

Continue reading "End of the Road fest in pics: War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Torres, Sleaford Mods, Saint Etienne & more"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: tUnE-yArDs at 2015 Pemberton Fest (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

tUnE-yArDs made what she's saying is the final video off last year's great Nikki Nack. It's for the song "Rocking Chair," which features fiddle by Sam Amidon. The video was made by Sarah Pupo, and you can check it out below.

tUnE-yArDs is on tour now and playing two free New York shows this weekend. The first is an amazing double bill with rap eccentrics Shabazz Palaces (who played NYC with Eaters earlier this week) happening Saturday night (8/8) in Prospect Park. That's part of this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn season. Then on Sunday (8/9), she plays one of the concerts at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Delta Spirit play there the day before her, so this is a pretty great weekend for music fans to spend in the Hamptons.

All tUnE-yArDs dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "tUnE-yArDs made a video, on tour, playing 2 free NY shows this weekend (including Prospect Park w/ Shabazz Palaces)"

photos by David Andrako

Will Oldham and Eighth Blackbird  @ Prospect Park 6/18/2015
Bill Frisell Trio & Eighth Blackbird
Bill Frisell Trio & Eighth Blackbird

It was a lovely evening on Thursday (6/18) for a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The night featured a few interesting pairings. First there was was neo-folk arist Sam Amidon and The Bill Frisell Trio, who worked together on Sam's album Lily-O. Then it was Chicago's contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird who performed Frederic Rzewski's spoken-word piece "Coming Together," Steven Mackay's "Lonely Motel" with actor/librettist Rinde Eckert, and then backing Will Oldham (their first time playing live together) for a selection of songs. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Celebrate Brooklyn!'s next Prospect Park Bandshell show happens Saturday (6/20) with DanceBrazil and Forro in the Dark. That show is free and starts at 7:30 PM.

Continue reading "Will Oldham & Eighth Blackbird, Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell and more played Prospect Park (pics)"

photo: Spoon at SXSW 2015 (more by Jesse Deflorio)

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

Spoon, The Antlers @ The Wick
Spoon are such a consistently good band it's easy to take them for granted. Last year's They Want My Soul was yet another winner in their catalog. This is their second of two Brooklyn shows this week with The Antlers.

Ghostface Killah @ Good Room
Ghostface Killah has a tour coming up with fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, where they'll be playing Rae's 1995 debut in full. But Ghostface also put new music out this year (a very good collaborative album with Badbadnotgood) and has more on the way, which maybe we'll get to hear some of tonight.

Reigning Sound, Quitty and the Don'ts @ Union Pool
Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are stopping in NYC tonight to play this show before heading off on a European tour.

Biz Markie, Masta Ace @ Herbert Von King Park
This free SummerStage show brings two New York vets together, Biz Markie and Masta Ace. Biz hasn't released new music in years, though "Just A Friend" is probably never going out of style. Ace returned this year with a new album from his group eMC, The Tonite Show.

Slayer @ The Paramount
Thrash metal legends Slayer are releasing a new album called Repentless on 9/11, but ahead of that they've got four NYC-area shows. This is the second of a two-night stand at The Paramount, and they return for two more in July with King Diamond, Code Orange and others.

Ginger Baker feat. Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth & Abass Dodoo @ BB King's
Thanks to his time in Cream, drummer Ginger Baker is pretty much a legend for life, but he's also been doing interesting stuff much more recently like releasing the album Why? and the documentary that he's subject of, Beware of Mr. Baker. Tonight's his first of two shows at BB King's this week, and if you're going, just don't request any heavy metal.

The Helio Sequence, Lost Lander @ Rough Trade
The Helio Sequence put their new self-titled album out on Sub Pop earlier this year, and it adds a lightly psychedelic touch to their sound. It's good stuff, and you can hear those songs performed live today and tomorrow in NYC.

Oberhofer @ Elvis Guesthouse
Brad Oberhofer will release his new album, Chronovisions, in August and you can hear some of it tonight at this very intimate show.

Damien Rice, Josh Ritter @ Prospect Park
It's a night of folk under the stars with Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice whose 2014 album My Favourite Faded Fantasy was his first in eight years.

Ask Me Another ft. Jim Gaffigan & Jeannie Gaffigan @ The Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features married couple Jim Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan, who co-created TV Land's new The Jim Gaffigan Show.

Active Child, Low Roar @ Bowery Ballroom
The harpist with a flair for glitchy R&B plays his second NYC show of the week in celebration of his new album Mercy.

Sam Amidon @ The Saint (NJ)
Sam will be performing with collaborator Bill Frisell and his trio on Thursday in Prospect Park, but you can catch the talented songwriter on his own tonight in Asbury Park.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Thao / Cults / Richard Reed Parry & Sam Amidon / Jake Shears, Lonnie Holley & more
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

Mr. Russell's eerie, solitary side was assigned to Lonnie Holley, singing in a bluesy, abstracted tone (and sometimes whistling) over clusters sustained on an electric keyboard; to Sam Amidon, who played terse banjo parts and sang with quizzical innocence; and to Richard Reed Parry, playing bass and singing just above a whisper. Devonté Hynes played guitar and sang the lean, meter-shifting indie rock that Mr. Russell recorded as a member of the Necessaries.

The band Cults expanded the distorted cello of Mr. Russell's "Being It" into a rock-guitar roar; "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" turned from a taunt into a cozy group-sing. And Mr. Bogie's house band, complete with a precise horn section, Latin percussion and lead singers including Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, reveled in disco tracks that Mr. Russell recorded as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. - [New York Times]

Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closed out at BAM with a two-day tribute (May 29 & 30) -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers, including Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon with Richard Reed Perry, Thao Nguyen, Lonnie Holley, Cults, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more artists from the Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album. Did you check out either night of the tribute shows? Pictures from the first night are in this post.

This year's RBMA officially wrapped with another Russell tribute, a dance party late Saturday night (5/30) at Greenpoint's Good Room that spun tracks from Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label Russell co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981. Anyone go to that?

In related news, the posthumous Arthur Russell album, Corn comes out next week (6/9) via Audika Records and is now streaming in full on NPR. The album features music recorded in 1982 and 1983.

More pics from BAM's Red Hot + Arthur Russell below...

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Cults & more paid tribute to Arthur Russell at BAM (pics)"

photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:

Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13

Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18

Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25

Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9

Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16

Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.

Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25

Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31

Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8

Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park 2015 lineup (Sylvan Esso, New Pornographers, Big K.R.I.T., tUnE-yArDs & more)"


Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.

Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:

The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Cults, Richard Reed Parry, Kurtis Matronik, Thao Nguyen & more playing Arthur Russell tributes"

photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)

The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:

SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.

Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.

There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).

These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival adds film portion curated by Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, scores by Demdike Stare, Bill Frisell & more"

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The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.

We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.

Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...

Continue reading "The National are recording their Grateful Dead tribute w/ Will Oldham, Lee Ranaldo, Tallest Man on Earth & more (pics)"

photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)

Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.

The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.

Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Eaux Claires Music Fest full lineup (Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Tallest Man, Polica, Sylvan Esso, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Tallest Man

The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.

Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.

S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...

Continue reading "The Tallest Man on Earth announces new LP, playing Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival (initial lineup)"

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The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.

They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival adds Silver Apples, Tyondai Braxton, Omar Souleyman, Ryley Walker, William Tyler & more to lineup"

Big Ears

Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.

The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.

by Andrew Sacher

Cy Dune

Cy Dune, the project of Akron/Family's Seth Olinsky, released his debut EP No Recognize last year, and now his first full length, Shake, is out today (9/9) via Lightning Records. As you may expect from an Akron/Family member, the record deals in a few kinds of psychedelic rock, and Seth does it well. You can order it on iTunes, but if you want to hear it first, give a listen to the full album stream which premieres in this post. We're also offering a free download of its single "Confusion," below.

Cy Dune is opening two dates on the upcoming Sam Amidon tour, including the Brooklyn show happening October 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Sam will be performing with Bill Frisell and Shahzad Ismaily at those shows. Tickets for MHOW are still available.

All Cy Dune dates are listed, with the LP stream and song download, below...

Continue reading "Cy Dune's new LP is out now (stream) + dates w/ Sam Amidon"

Lily O

As mentioned, in October Sam Amidon is releasing Lily-O, an album of reimagined folk songs featuring jazz legend and Bill Frisell on guitar, as well as frequent collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (he and Sam are both in Doveman's band) and drummer Chris Vatalaro. That's the cover art above.

Frisell and Ismaily will be joining Amidon for a few shows around the country, including Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Cy Dune (featuring Seth from Akron/Family). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (9/3) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (9/5) at noon.

You may recall this is not the first time Amidon and Frisell have played togetther. That will be Sam's second big Brooklyn show in a month, as he plays BAM on September 20 with Kronos Quartet and more (tickets) as part of the "Nonesuch Records at BAM" celebration.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Sam Amidon expands tour, playing MHOW with Bill Frisell and Shahzad Ismaily (updated dates)"

Sam Amidon at SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon is releasing a new album of re-imagined folk songs, Lily-O, on September 30 via Nonesuch. The album features jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, as well as past Sam Amidon collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (bass) and Chris Vatalaro (drums). You can check out "Walkin' Boss" from the new LP, below.

Sam also has some dates coming up, including a previously discussed appearance at "Nonesuch Records at BAM" on September 20, along with Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens and Olivia Chaney. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Sam Amidon releasing a new LP, touring (dates, stream)"


More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.

The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.

Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...

Continue reading "Arthur Russell tribute LP details revealed (ft. Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Sufjan Stevens & more) (tracklist, video)"

Reich Glass

Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.

"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.

Members can get early access to tickets starting May 21, and they'll become available to the general public BAM's site on May 28.

The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.

Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...

Continue reading "Steve Reich/Philip Glass, Devendra/Stephin Merritt/Iron & Wine, Robert Plant, more playing "Nonesuch Records at BAM""

Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Bang On A Can's David Lang is the 2013-2014 season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, and for the season, he'll be presenting his collected stories series. On the series, David says:

My series--collected stories--divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.
The series includes a number of shows throughout the year, notably 'collected stories: love/loss' on April 24 with The Uncluded (aka Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota and others (tickets); 'collected stories: (post)folk' on April 27 with guitar great Kaki King, the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, and others (tickets); and 'collected stories: spirit' on April 23 with Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and others (tickets). Full collected stories schedule below.

Speaking of Kaki King, she also plays the New York Guitar Festival this month.

And speaking of Bang On A Can, BOAC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra is performing the Pixies' Surfer Rosa in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (1/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

collected stories schedule below...

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Blind Boys

As discussed, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been working on a new album with Justin Vernon titled I'll Find a Way, which will be out via Sony Masterworks on October 1. It features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can watch a short-form documentary about the making of the album below.

The Blind Boys of Alabama will also be touring this fall. That includes a stop in NYC opening for The Black Crowes at the second their four Terminal 5 shows (October 26). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of, The Black Crowes have lined up interesting openers for all four shows:

October 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard
October 26: Blind Boys of Alabama
October 27: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
October 29: Maceo Parker
Tickets are still availble for all four shows. The band are also playing four all-acoustic nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. October 18 & 19 feature opener John Fulbright and October 21 & 22 features Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for those shows are also still available.

All Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates are listed, along with that making-of video, below.

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Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.

Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.

Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jim James

The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).

Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.

Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.

Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...

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Katrina and the Waves

Back in 2010 we asked tUnE-YarDs, Fucked Up, Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Deer Tick to cover songs by Katrina & the Waves for a tribute CD in celebration of their hit song "Walking on Sunshine" (which Sam and FU both covered). We released those five tracks online, but the EP never got an official digital release until now! Find all five songs, along with a bonus one recorded by Dawn Landes, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify AND RDIO.

Meanwhile, Sam Amidon just released an album on Nonesuch and is touring. Fucked Up play Governors Ball this weekend and House of Vans this summer. Doveman aka Thomas Bartlett just played with the National at Barclays Center and is producing a new record for Dawn Landes who is currently touring Europe but will be back to play Rockwood Music Hall on July 9. Tune-Yards recently played the Tibet House Benefit and played with Roomful of Teeth at Lincoln Center where Thomas Bartlett (Dovemen)'s band (one of the many) The Gloaming is playing outside in July. Deer Tick recently played two nights in Chicago and is on the lineup of a new Boston fest happening this fall.

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