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photo: Sharon Van Etten at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sharon Van Etten

Catie Lazarus' "talk show about work" podcast Employee of the Month tapes in NYC next on Thursday, January 21 at Joe's Pub at 9:30 PM. She's got some pretty exciting guests for this one, including singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, comedian Sarah Silverman, and playwright/LGBT activist Larry Kramer. You can reserve a seat now.

The only other date we're currently aware of for Sharon Van Etten is NPR's All Songs Considered Sweet 16 Celebration in DC this week with Dan Deacon, Bob Boilen, and Robin Hilton.

Watch a Catie Lazarus interview with Jon Stewart below...

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by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr. with Kevin Shields / Sharon Van Etten / Kurt Vile / Mike Watt
Dinosaur Jr
Dinosaur Jr
Dinosaur Jr
Dinosaur Jr

Dinosaur Jr. pulled out some big guns for their penultimate show of their seven-night 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom. Most notably: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine who came out to play guitar on a cover of MBV's "Thorn" which Lou Barlow, clearly insanely psyched, sang lead. "This went great at rehearsal," Lou said after a false start. It went pretty good at the show, too. They are old friends: My Bloody Valentine played one of their first U.S. shows with Dinosaur Jr, and then they toured together on the 1992 Loveless trek. Video of "Thorn" is below.

Night 6 was pretty star-studded overall. The second set, which followed DinoJr playing their debut album in full, started with an introduction by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk and was followed by an improvised jam featuring comedian Eugene "Theremirman" Mirman on theremin. He didn't seem like he knew what he was doing, but was having a good time. The rest of the guests:

- Sharon Van Etten, wearing a t-shirt that had "Peyote" in the style of an old Pepsi logo, came out for "Get Me." She seemed a little sheepish, but it was great.

- Kurt Vile made his second appearance of the run, again doing "Crumble." He spent most of the show at the side of the stage, bobbing his head.

- Right after Kevin Shields, Mike Watt came out to end the main set with covers of The Stooges' "TV Eye" and "Funhouse," both of which were awesome, maybe the emotional highpoint of the night.

- Kyle Spence, who plays with J. Mascis & the Fog, played on Bones, the first real song of the set.

- Dinosaur Jr superfan Lee Ranaldo didn't perform tonight, but watched most of the show from the side of the stage.

- Tonight's encore take on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" featured Shields and Vile, ran 10 minutes and was a bit of a mess. Vile had guitar issues, swapped out like three times. It seemed like he was going to sing lead, but then Lou took over and did an admirable job. Video is below.

- I was at Deerhunter beforehand and got there just in time for the second set. What did I miss?

One show left. What could they have in store for the finale? More Instagrams and videos from night 6 of Dinosaur Jr's seven-show run, below...

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Jack Ladder & Sharon Van Etten (via Jack's Instagram)
Sharon Van Etten

Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders just brought their tour to NYC for shows at Baby's on 12/1 and Mercury Lounge last night (12/2). At last night's show, Sharon Van Etten, who sings on two songs on their album Playmates, showed up to sing with them. That's them hanging together in NYC above, and you can check out a live shot from the show below.

Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, she's going back to college and hopes to become a therapist. She was featured on "The Thread" with Sharon Jones, a series that facilitates a conversation between two artists (not always ones with the same first name), and SVE said:

I will be studying psychology. I only went to two years of college -- and that was over ten years ago. Needless to say, I am nervous about how much things have changed with technology. But I am excited to study and learn and be around others that challenge me in a different way. I hope to become a therapist one day.
Good luck Sharon! Let's just hope school doesn't keep her away from music as long as it has for Fleet Foxes.

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photo by Kim Metso
The National Ditmas Park house

The National guitarist Aaron Dessner's house in Ditmas Park (which is right down the street from his brother Bryce's house) is now on the market. It's also the house that the band uses as their recording studio and which frontman Matt Berninger was renting the upstairs of. Brownstoner reports:

The shingle house at 236 Stratford Road in Ditmas Park has a porch swing, two-car garage and recording studio. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is the identity of the seller, The National's Aaron Dessner.

Technically in Beverly Square West, though many would call it Ditmas Park, the house cost Dessner $735,000 when it he bought in 11 years ago, in 2004, from sellers who had lived there for decades.

He renovated extensively, and it shows, with a relaxed organic-modern feel. The just-renovated exterior has cedar siding, Ipe on the porch and a porch swing.

Inside, there are original parquet floors, early electric light fixtures, a tiger oak staircase, paneling and stained glass windows. The fireplace in the living room works.

The kitchen has wood countertops and the bathrooms have classic white subway tile.

The asking price is $2,350,000 and the listing is up here. As the Brownstoner article points out, in addition to The National recording High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me in the house, Sharon Van Etten recorded Tramp there too.

Two million might seem like a lot, but this is a big house with history in a popular neighborhood, the Brooklyn real estate market is hot, and really two million starts to look like nothing when you realize how much the NYC ex-home of Billie Holiday costs.

Earlier today, Matt Berninger's other band EL VY released a new song.

photo: Dulli w/ Afghan Whigs @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs has announced a solo tour for early 2016. He'll play Europe before going on a run of dates in the US, all dubbed "An Evening with Greg Dulli," which will feature support from poet/comedian/writer Derrick Brown. Greg will be playing Afghan Whigs songs alongside new stuff and presumably some covers, maybe like his new rendition of Sharon Van Etten's "A Crime" which features Ani DiFranco and can be heard below.

The tour will stop in NYC for a show on March 11 at Roulette in Brooklyn. Tickets go on artist presale on Wednesday (10/21) at 10 AM (password:Dulli2016)  and then on sale to the general public on Friday (10/23) at noon.

Afghan Whigs are also at work on a new album that is slated for release in 2016.

All tour dates are listed, along with that Sharon Van Etten Cover, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

Last month, Sharon Van Etten released her cover of "Teen Angel" from the upcoming Donovan tribute album, Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan. Rock the Cause Records releases the album next week (and proceeds go to Huntington's Hope) and now NPR's got the full stream of it. Most excitingly, that means we can now hear the covers from The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and The Flaming Lips.

It feels pretty safe to assume that The Flaming Lips' sound as we know it wouldn't exist without the influence of guys like Donovan, so it's pretty great to hear their take on his 1968 song "Atlantis." They deliver the spoken word portion with pitched-down vocals and once the singing comes in, they more or less make it sound like a Flaming Lips song. It's a cool take, and definitely not just a retread of the original. Hamilton, meanwhile, gives crooning pop bombast to Donvan's subdued "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting." Listen to those, and the rest of the compilation, below.

As you may know, The Flaming Lips will soon hit the road as Miley Cyrus' backing band.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Dusdin Condren
Heather Woods Broderick

Heather Woods Broderick has been a busy member of certain music circles for years. Along with her brother Peter Broderick, she was a member of Horse Feathers and Efterklang, and more recently she's been playing as a member of Sharon Van Etten's band, among others. This year she released her newest solo album, Glider, on Western Vinyl. It's atmospheric and dreamy, somewhere between a more pop-minded Grouper or a less haunted Marissa Nadler, with maybe a little Hope Sandoval in there too. It's a gorgeous sounding album, and if you haven't heard it, you can check out a few tracks and a couple videos from it below.

Heather is set to begin a tour soon opening for Jesse Marchant, who you may know better as JBM but who is now using his real name and released a self-titled album last year (video from that below). The tour hits NYC on December 19 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Heather's also been a member of Alela Diane's backing band, and she opens the San Francisco release show for Alela's upcoming collaborative album with Ryan Francesconi. After that, Alela & Ryan head out on tour opening for Joanna Newsom.

All HWB dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Sharon Van Etten at NeilFest - 9/14/15 (photo by U of Music)
Sharon Van Etten

Though Sharon Van Etten was billed for NYC's Neil Young tribute show NeilFest, she didn't show up on night 1. But fortunately for anyone who went last night (9/14), Sharon was there (along with Ryan Adams, Kim Gordon, Norah Jones and many more). There's a picture above.

Sharon covered another folk legend recently too, and released that cover today. She takes on Donovan's "Teen Angel" for the upcoming tribute album Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan that Rock the Cause Records is releasing on October 16 (proceeds go to Huntington's Hope). Sharon offers up a great take on the song, and she tells NPR: "I've admired Donovan's voice and minimal psychedelic songs since I was a child. In the folk world he was still very 'left' and it stood out to me. Even though he was a trippy cat, he was still a romantic and I loved seeing both of those sides."

Also on the album is The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, Ivan & Alyosa, Astronautalis, Lissie and more. Check out the full tracklist, and stream of Sharon and Hamilton's covers, below.

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Neil Fest

The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here's the full list of announced performers:

Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of Laredo
Tickets for Neil Fest go on "friends and family" presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.

Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N' Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

By the Grace of God (not a recent pic)
By the Grace of God

Louisville hardcore greats By the Grace of God put out two albums on Victory in the '90s, 1996's For the Love of Indie Rock and 1997's Perspective, and then recorded one final EP, Three Steps to a Better Democracy (released on local label Three Little Girls), before disbanding in 2000. They've reunited a few times since then, and they're going pretty strong right now. They've got a European tour with reunited Seattle metalcore band Trial coming up late this summer, and after that they'll play NYC.

The NYC show is with local legends Supertouch, who put out a few essential releases on Revelation in the late '80s/early '90s and last played here with Strife in 2012. Newer Philly band Pulling Punches, who are probably influenced by both other bands on the bill, open the show. It all goes down September 5 at Saint VItus. Tickets are on sale now. All BTGOG dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Supertouch dropped off the Saint Vitus show.

BTGOG shared members with other great Louisville bands, including Guilt, Endpoint, Elliott, Falling Forward and more. Speaking of, Falling Forward (who broke up in 1995) recently launched a Facebook and uploaded a photo of the band. That's all the news we know so far, but could a reissue or a reunion show be on the way? Falling Forward singer Chris Higdon currently fronts the band Frontier(s) and drummer Ben Lord was in Sharon Van Etten's band for a bit not long ago. Ben was also in Killowatthours and Up the Empire, the latter of which also included his future SVE bandmate and solo artist Doug Keith.

Listen to some BTGOG, Supertouch and Falling Forward, with the list of BTGOG dates, below...

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photo: Sharon Van Etten at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sharon Van Etten

The new Tig Notaro documentary, Tig, comes out on Netflix this Friday (7/17). For the film, Sharon Van Etten wrote the original song "Words," which is now streaming. Listen below.

Sharon also released a demo version of her cover of Karen Dalton's "Remembering Mountains," which appears on the recent Karen Dalton tribute. You can listen to that below too.

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photos by Gretchen Robinette and PSquared

Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball

Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]
She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!

Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.

The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.

Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.

Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.

Pics from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE.

More from day two below...

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Drake
photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)

"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.

Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]

Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.

Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.

Governors Ball continues today (Saturday) with sets from Bjork, Little Dragon, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, Kate Tempest, White Lung, Kiesza, Sharon Van Etten, a new stage show by Deadmau5 and more.

Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.

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Michael Chapman - 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (1970) artwork)
Michael Chapman

Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them--something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It's why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman's early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.

In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident.

The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year's Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael's wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a "lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again." Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.

The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he'd put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he's always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest's parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to "dead people on the between-track studio chatter" (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).

The above quote about British folk veteran Michael Chapman is from Light in the Attic, the label that has reissued a handful of his albums, including the newest one, 1971's Window, which came out earlier this year. You can listen to a couple tracks of his from those reissues, below.

Chapman was last in New York for Basilica Sound Scape 2014, and he'll return this year, this time playing NYC. It's his only currently-announced US date on a tour that's otherwise all in Europe, and happens October 9 at Rough Trade. The show is the tenth anniversary party for the Tompkins Square Label, another label that's known for reissues and has put out some of Chapman's stuff.

Also on the bill is Peter Walker, the '60s-era raga guitarist who we wrote about when he played Baby's last year, and a much newer musician who owes a lot to the era Peter and Michael got their start in (update: that newer musician will be announed soon). Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.

In related news, Tompkins Square put out Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton this week. It features lyrics of un-recorded Karen Dalton songs (courtesy of Peter Walker) sung by other (mostly contemporary) artists including Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Diane Cluck, Josephine Foster, Tara Jane O'Neil, Lucinda Williams and more. Listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album below.

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SVESVE

Sharon Van Etten is releasing new EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down, on June 9 via Jagjaguwar, and has just put out its second single. It's called "Just Like Blood" and just premiered over at NPR.

Sharon next plays NYC at Governors Ball. Stream the new song and the previous single/title track from the EP, below...

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Glastonbury

The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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Sharon Van Etten has a new EP titled I Don't Want to Let You Down that will be out June 9 via Jagjaguwar. It features four new songs and a live version of "Tell Me." You can stream the lovely title track below.

Having played NYC back in February, you can next catch her here at Governors Ball, before which she'll be on tour in Europe. All dates are listed below.

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photo: The National at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The National

The National just revealed a previously-unreleased song from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions called "Sunshine On My Back" which features Sharon Van Etten on background vocals. It's currently available on iTunes, Spotify, and as a bonus if you purchase or rent their Mistaken for Strangers documentary via VHX.tv. Listen below.

Their only date at the moment is the Eaux Claires Music Festival, which National guitarist Aaron Dessner curated with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

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photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
S-K

Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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photo: Dirty Projectors in Chicago in 2013 (more by Stan Golovchunk)
Dirty Projectors

André de Ridder of Berlin collective Stargaze will be conducting Ensemble LPR at their homebase, LPR aka Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (3/11) for the premieres of two new pieces by indie musicians. One is by Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes and the other is by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Both Longstreth and Levi will be in attendance but will not be performing. Tickets are on sale.

Dirty Projectors are also on the new MusicNOW - 10 Years compilation with Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, My Brightest Diamond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sharon Van Etten and more. The comp is a collection of recordings from Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival. This year's takes place this week, March 11-15. The comp is out today (3/10) and you can stream six of its tracks below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Jack Ladder

Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.

The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

"Well, @sharonvanetten just killed it last night at Warsaw. What a gorgeous show." - Aoife O'Donovan

"Sharon Van Etten was fantastic! Magical voice and a lively stage presence!" - Ansh

"And to finish off the night..Sharon Van Etten. She gets me every time." - Erica Johnstone

"Sharon Van Etten from her 2nd Sold Out show at Brooklyn's Warsaw Ballroom. Such a fantastic show!" - Simon Clark

Sharon at Warsaw - 2/18/15
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten brought her tour to Greenpoint's Warsaw for two sold-out shows this week, last night (2/19) and Wednesday (2/18). Both shows were great, with a good mix of her 2014 album and earlier material, and also a little bit of brand new stuff. At the second show, a man passed out about halfway through the set and Sharon stopped the show to check on him after he was carried out of the venue, but luckily he was okay. When she got back on stage, she thanked everyone at the venue, and before continuing her set said, "Now I'll continue playing sad songs knowing nothing sad is happening."

Opening both nights was Leon Bridges, who had a smooth New Orleans-style blues sound. He was backed by a saxist and two backing vocalists, who occasionally played percussion too. He also headlined a sold-out Mercury Lounge show on Tuesday (2/17) before the shows with SVE. Anyone catch that?

More pictures from Wednesday's Warsaw show, and Sharon and Leon's setlists from that night, below...

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Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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Sharon Van Ellen

Sharon Van Etten made her daytime talk show debut on Ellen yesterday. (Mariah Carey was the main guest, by the way.) On it she debuted a new single, "I Don't Want To Let You Down" which is not on last year's Are We There. As the show's closed captions helpfully explain, it's soulful indie rock music and you can watch her Ellen performance below. Has your mom called to ask you if you know who Sharon Van Etten is and do you like her yet?

SVE will play two sold-out shows at Greenpoint venue Warsaw next month before heading off on a world tour. Her next NYC show after that is at Governors Ball. All dates are listed below.

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies

The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."

Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...

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