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Shearwater @ Bowery Ballroom
Shearwater

Shearwater completed a tour with Sharon Van Etten over the course of two nights in NYC over the weekend. Pictures from their opening set at Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 are in this post (pictures of Sharon are HERE).

Shearwater is currently on the road for a string of US and European dates, including SXSW (where they'll play a Stereogum party), and a stint with St. Vincent. None of the shows with St. Vincent hit NYC but Shearwater will make a stop here for their own show during the tour at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6. Tickets for that Manhattan show are on sale now.

In other news, you can still stream all of Shearwater's new LP Animal Joy below. Pick up your copy now via Sub Pop.

Pics, dates and stream, below...

Continue reading "Shearwater played shows with Sharon (pics), add their own NYC show during St. Vincent tour (updated dates)"

Valentine

today in NYC
* The Drums @ WIP
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Richard Thompson @ City Winery
* Wyatt Cenac & other comedians @ Union Hall
* Degreaser, Dead Boomers, Modra @ Zebulon
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Cameo Gallery
* Gabriel and the Hounds, A>G>E @ Mercury Lounge
* The Sons & Heirs (Smiths tribute) @ The Bell House
* MNDR, Make Out, Psychobuildings @ Pianos
* Devin, St. Lucia, Tiny Victories @ Pianos
* Dave Hill & many others @ Littlefield's Rejection Show
* Lily & The Parlour Tricks, The Squaws @ Bowery Electric
* Dust Angel, Dirty Fences, Youth Quake, Threats @ Cake Shop
* Explosions in the Sky, Grouper, Ducky @ NYU Skirball Center
* Oberhofer, Slowdance, Night Manager, Bear Ceuse, DJ Marty McSorely @ 285 Kent
* "Babes In Toyland, Hole, X, Discount, Spitboy, Mika Miko, Heavens To Betsy, Frumpies" @ Death By Audio

Death By Audio's annual Anti V-Day Riot Grrrl Cover Bands Show is set to channel the likes of X and Hole to show folks exactly what love is good for.

Fiona Apple is playing a church at SXSW.
Thurston Moore played an Austin church over the weekend.

Thanks Heartless Bastards for the site sponsorship today. Grab their new album at iTunes. They play Chicago tonight and will soon bring their tour to Webster Hall in NYC.

Devin opens their Webster Hall show and plays a free show at Pianos tonight!

RIP Chicago jazz artist Jodie Christian.

Aside from rekindling old flames of their own making, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala began streaming their slinky new single as The Mars Volta, "The Malkin Jewel," yesterday (2/13). The band's new album, Noctourniquet, will be released on March 27 via Warner Bros. Listen below.

Watch St. Vincent play a Valentine's Day Party on Gossip Girl, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (Valentine's Day)"

Bill Callahan @ MHOW 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Bill Callahan

today in NYC
* Primus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Anthrax, Testament @ Best Buy Theater
* Auditorium, Sea of Bees @ Mercury Lounge
* Bill Callahan @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* The Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
* Dierks Bentley, Will Hoge @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lost Boy, Shark?, Zula & Fast Years @ Big Snow
* Twells, Ning Nong, Burning Star Core @ The Stone
* Twi the Humble Feather, Universe @ Manhattan Inn
* Dan Peck, Pulverize The Sound, Timosaurus @ Zebulon
* Kishi Bashi, Hard Nips, Not Blood Paint @ Spike Hill
* Jeremy Jay, Slowdance, Quilt, Backwords @ Glasslands
* Lymbyc Systym, Noveller, Lushlife @ Knitting Factory
* The Wellington Papers, The Tye Trybe @ Mercury Lounge
* Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux, yMusic @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Howlin Rain, D. Charles Speer & The Helix @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Anders Osborne @ Webster Hall
* Smif n Wessun, Buckshot, Skyzoo, DJ Evil Dee @ Public Assembly
* Hail! Hornet, Zoroaster & "Slow Southern Steel" screening) @ Europa
* Old Monk, Haybaby, Year of The Tiger, Code Name Viper @ Cake Shop
* Bernard Fowler & His Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Band @ Highline Ballroom
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Uncle Bad Touch, The Numerators @ Death By Audio
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
* Larkin Grimm, Bell, Railbird, Little Anchor, Ed Vallance, Pursesnatchers @ Pianos

Two members of the National were announced as special guests at tonight's Ecstatic Music Festival which already includes a member of Arcade Fire. We're giving away a pair of tickets at the BV Facebook.

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St. Vincent has a new video for her Strange Mercy stand-out "Cheerleader," in which she plays an art gallery giantess. Watch below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

St. Vincent @ Portlandia @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
St Vincent

Look for St. Vincent "on a special Valentine's Day episode of Gossip Girl, Feb 13, performing "Cruel" and "Cheerleader." The show airs Monday, February 13, at 8pm/7pmc on The CW." I honestly didn't even realize Gossip Girl was still a thing until I heard this news. I do however religiously watch Portlandia which featured a guest spot by Annie this week, about two weeks after she was Fred & Carrie's guest at Bowery Ballroom. You can watch her clip from the TV show (Isaac Brock was on the episode too), with a bunch of tour dates and other stuff, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent was on Portlandia (video), will be on Gossip Girl"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Portlandia
Portlandia

Like he did the night before at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Hugh Cornwell showed up as Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein's special guest at Bowery Ballroom on 1/21 (the second NYC show on the the Portlandia live tour). This time Hugh played hit single "Golden Brown" by his band The Stranglers to the sold out Manhattan crowd. Bowery showgoers also got live appearances by Portland mayor Kyle MacLachlan and music by Annie Clark aka St. Vincent (who just announced a tour). Annie covered Pearl Jam's "Black" at the Feminist Bookstore Pop Up Shop (Eddie Vedder, who recently announced a tour, was also a guest on the IFC show this season). Video of the cover with more pictures and the setlist of the show, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent & Kyle MacLachlan joined Fred & Carrie for Portlandia @ Bowery Ballroom (pics, video setlist)"

list

I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan's Favorite Albums of 2011"

by Andrew Sacher

oOoOO at PS1 in August (more by Erez Avissar)
oOoOO

Tri Angle labelmates Balam Acab, oOoOO, and Holy Other are heading out on a European tour together this February. So far they haven't announced any US dates for the tour yet, but Balam Acab and oOoOO do have two California shows together this week.

Before the tour kicks off, oOoOO will play his own show in NYC at Glasslands on January 21 with Sibian & Faun. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Holy Other recently had two of the tracks off of his excellent With U EP remixed by The Haxan Cloak (aka Bobby Krlic) and Andy Stott, both of who put out their own great LPs this year. The Haxan Cloak applied his layers of ambience to "Feel Something" and Andy Stott offered his take on "Know Where" with a remix that more than doubles the track's original length. Both of these remixes are available to stream below.

And lastly, Balam Acab was added to ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK. He plays on Saturday (5/26), the day that Mogwai headlines and the reunited Codeine also play. He also recently posted his top albums of 2011 which includes Holy Other, Holy Other remixer Andy Stott, St. Vincent (who he loves so much he almost missed his LPR show in Nov.), and others. And in case you missed it, he's been on a roll with remixing female singers lately, like Charli XCX, Lana Del Rey, and Twin Sister, the latter of which plays the sold out BV Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (12/17).

All dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "Balam Acab, oOoOO & Holy Other -- upcoming shows, remixes (and Balam's Favorites of 2011 list)"

The National & friends @ Beacon Theater (by sarabel17)
National

Last night, 12/13, was the second National show at Beacon Theater. Sharon Van Etten opened the show and then joined the National again on stage for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", as did Wye Oak (who open tomorrow and play the Rock Shop tonight) and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, as you can see in the video below...

Continue reading "Annie Clark, Sharon Van Etten & Wye Oak joined the National @ Beacon Theater on night 2 (video)"

Bon Iver

Since we're starting with the lists already, might as well point out this fun one from Chicago's Jim DeRogatis who writes stuff like:

"This is what happens if you cross the insufferably cute Zooey Deschannel with the Natalie Portman of Black Swan," I wrote in my original review. But that sounds way more interesting than the actuality of this bad modern Disney soundtrack.
That was in reference to St. Vincent's new one. Jim's complete list of what he believes are the top 10 turkeys released in 2011, below...

Continue reading "Jim DeRogatis lists the 'biggest turkeys of 2011'"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Cate Le Bon

Twinkling blue lights covered the backdrop of the stage like stars when I arrived at Webster Hall last night (11/3), but as if to mirror the sparse simplicity of opener Cate Le Bon's brief solo set, everything faded to black when the Welch singer-songwriter appeared carrying a single electric guitar. Themes of heartbreak shaped Le Bon's songs, injecting a note of sadness into her deep, rolling voice. Though much of her older material is in Welch, Le Bon sung in her native tongue just once last night - to cover the Gruff Rhys song "Pwdin Wy 2."

Though Le Bon later lent backing vox to St. Vincent, the contrast between the performances of the two female artists was stark. The lights and effects were minimal for Cate Le Bon, but for the main act, columns of rainbow-colored light shone through the thick, machine-generated fog. A master performer, Annie Clark easily matched the intensity of the light show with her explosive guitar solos and urgent lyrics, often introducing slight deviations not found in the recorded versions of her songs to keep things interesting. Though covered in shadows for the majority of the evening, her backing band of 3-4 was solid.

Clark drew heavily from her most recent album, the excellent Strange Mercy, omitting just one song ("Hysterical Strength"), but she also peppered her set list with a handful of older songs, like "Marrow" and the buoyant "Actor Out of Work."

Apart from her sheer talent - Clark's voice was flawless, what made her performance so compelling was her ability to channel both her sweet and kick-ass sides. One minute, she was charming the audience with stories of chatting up eccentric bar tenders and sneaking into cemeteries to chase deer, and the next she was crowd surfing while playing the guitar. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the appropriateness of the title of her chosen cover, The Pop Group song, "She Is Beyond Good and Evil." At one point, a debate broke out in the audience:

"Shred it Annie!" someone yelled.

"She doesn't shred!"

"Yes she does!" a third person quickly countered.

"What is this, a live Twitter feed?" Clark joked.

I do believe this debate was resolved several times over.

Clark wrapped her show with a two-song encore of older songs, ending on "Your Lips Are Red," the only song from her debut album that made the cut. Annie also stage dove during the song, continuing to play on the crowd, but then back on stage in time to sing "your skin's so fair it's not fair."

Despite the annoying strobes that started to take over as the night progressed, St. Vincent's show will undoubtedly make it into my top ten list this year.

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St Vincent's tour comes to an end in Boston tonight, but you can catch Cate Le Bon again Monday at the Rock Shop.

More pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent & Cate Le Bon played Webster Hall (pics/setlist/review)"

photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work (MP3)

St. Vincent @ ACL Live
St. Vincent

St. Vincent is currently touring across America with Cate Le Bon in support of Strange Mercy which was released by 4AD back in September. That tour actually comes to an end on Friday in Boston, but not before a sold out show at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (11/3). Don't have a ticket? MTV will be streaming the show live. Want to just see Cate, and in a much more intimate setting? She's back for a show at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on Monday. You can download Cate's new single at the top of this post.

Annie and Cate played the Moody Theater at ACL Live on 10/24. Tim was there and his pretty pictures continue below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent & Cate Le Bon are here --- NYC show live stream, Austin pics, a Rock Shop show & an MP3"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: yMusic - "Proven Badlands" (composed by Annie Clark) (MP3)

My Brightest Diamond at Prospect Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) is set to release her third full length album All Things Will Unwind on October 18 via Asthmatic Kitty. She's already revealed the excellent track, "Reaching Through to the Other Side," which you can grab HERE. Now she's got a video for another album track, "Be Brave," which you can watch below. The song's got backing vocals by DM Stith, was engineered and mixed by Pat Dillett (Laurie Anderson, The National), and features instrumentation by yMusic, who play on every track of the album. The video was directed by Murat Eyuboglu, who has directed other videos for Shara in the past, and stars Jessica Dessner as a dancer.

Shara's got some upcoming dates in the next few months including an album release show in NYC on October 14 at Littlefield with yMusic and DM Stith, who both appear on her album. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of yMusic, they will release their debut LP Beautiful Mechanical on September 27 via New Amsterdam Records. The album features tracks composed by Shara Worden, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Son Lux, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Judd Greenstein, and Gabriel Kahane. You can download the St. Vincent-penned piece, "Proven Badlands," above and check out the album's tracklist below.

All dates, video, and tracklist below...

Continue reading "new My Brightest Diamond video & tour dates, new yMusic LP info & Annie Clark MP3 too"

New Yorker

Below you'll find a preview of this year's New Yorker Festival schedule. Tickets will go on sale at 12 noon E.T. on Friday, September 9th.

Continue reading "New Yorker Festival 2011 schedule (St. Vincent, The National, Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari, Scissor Sisters & more)"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Bao Nguyen

St. Vincent

By the time St. Vincent's Thursday night show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art started, the sky was once again clear (the calm before this weekend's storm). The concert was scheduled to happen on the roof, surrounded by the museum's collection of Anthony Caro sculptures. Instead, because of earlier rain, it was moved to the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple housed its own wing with massively arched ceilings, a mesmerizing reflecting pool and a leafy view of Central Park (it's the same room where Glenn Hansard played and where the Met will be hosting Wordless Orchestra's free September 11th show).

The show itself was designed to serve as a preview for Annie's fall tour (and also as a release party for the new issue of Spin, the cover of which she graces). The bulk of the set came from her new album, Strange Mercy, out September 12th. For me, the record is one that I've been looking forward to all year. Annie's LPs (two so far) are always meticulously constructed, slightly damaged in subject matter and perfectly balanced between poppiness and otherworldlyness. To be honest, I was hoping the new one would jump off from her Our Band Could Be Your Life performance--all dragon-slaying guitar and ear-blasting feedback. Having heard much of Strange Mercy at the Met show, it's safe to say she went another way entirely.

From the start of the show--with its chilly synths and calculated beats--Annie refuted expectations. "I don't want to be a cheerleader no more," was an early hook in the 40-minute set that laid out just what Strange Mercy was all about. The song twisted in her characteristic way, but also had some of the synthy-sheen that's cropped up on two of my other favorite records this year (Kaputt and Bon Iver). She dictated that tone through her backing band--one member on Korg, one on Roland and a drummer with a laptop. Guitar, on other hand, seldom took center-stage: the two tunes that utilized it the most were Actor singles "Save Me From What I Want" and "Marrow."

Instead of flaunting her ability to shred, Annie showed off her talents as a singer and songwriter. On two ballads in particular, "Champagne Year" and Strange Mercy's title track (which had one repeated riff that reminded me of this), Annie gave the songs an emotional reading (you could see someone like Leonard Cohen singing up either tune). "Year of the Tiger" was another new tune that radiated classic composition. The send-off, "Surgeon," a song we've heard, was similarly ear-pleasing and heartbreaking, ending with a raw guitar solo and an explosion of jet-engine whirr.

People wanted an encore--the guys behind me clapped for what seemed like 10 minutes--but that was it.

More picyures from the show below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent played the Met (pics & review)"

Jonathan Toubin's shindig at Beekman Beer Garden tonight is cancelled, but may be rescheduled.

St Vincent's Met roof show tonight "WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN A GALLERY SPACE WITHIN THE MUSEUM." Check out St. Vincent's brand new video HERE.

Cat Power @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Cat Power

today in NYC
* Serena Jost @ Barbes
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cat Power @ Webster Hall
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Mark Dresser @ The Stone
* Charlie Hunter @ Sycamore
* Chris Dingman Trio @ The Stone
* Stephen Malkmus @ Other Music
* Navegante @ Santos Party House
* Stephen Malkmus @ Academy Annex
* St. Vincent @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Joan Osborne, Seth Winters @ City Winery
* Mute Math, Saint Motel @ Mercury Lounge
* BNLX, Jeane, Phone Home, Ventilader @ Pianos
* Skeletons, The Present, Ablehearts @ Glasslands
* Tall Tall Trees, Anya Skidan @ The Manhattan Inn
* Oberhofer, Exitmusic, The Suzan @ Mercury Lounge
* Life Size Maps, Shark?, Caged Animals @ Union Pool
* VHS or Beta, Secret Music @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Medicine Man, Brooklyn Raga Association @ Zebulon
* Alak, Pregnant, GDFX, Alex Drewchin, J. Frye @ Shea Stadium
* Fall On Your Sword, DJ Justin Miller (of DFA) @ Cameo Gallery
* The Wave Pictures, Miracles of Modern Science @ The Rock Shop
* Wavves, Dee Dee (of Dum Dum Girls) @ East River Amphitheater
* Tommy Stinson, The Jay Vons, Hunters, Run! @ Bowery Electric
* Skyzoo, L.A., Final Outlaw, PremRock, Jesse Abraham @ Southpaw
* La Big Vic, Crinkles, Morgan Phillips, Missing Earl @ Death By Audio
* Michale Graves, The New Rochelles, Kepi Ghoulie, Vic Ruggiero @ Europa
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Woodsman, Orca Team, Flower Orgy @ Cake Shop
* Virgin Forest, The Heaven's Jail Band, Ill Fits, Bad Girlfriend, New Tongues @ Bruar Falls
* The Statesmen, The Greg Mayo Band, Martin Rivas, Brothers McCann @ Rockwood Music Hall

Big night.

Stephen Malkmus plays two NYC instores tonight.

Cat Power plays her first of two shows at Webster Hall tonight.

St. Vincent, who plays the Met tonight, has a new video for "Cruel". Check it out below...

Oberhofer for free late night at Mercury Lounge. Check out a playlist Oberhofer made on Spotify in honor of the show.

Wavves plays for free in East River Park.

The Wave Pictures play at the Rock Shop.

Check out This Week in Indie for more.

The Beets were scheduled to play Death by Audio tonight but cancelled due to a family emergency.

Kendrick Lamar, who will be in NYC next week has a new video for the song "A.D.H.D." Check it out below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

As mentioned, St. Vincent Met rooftop show tickets are going on sale HERE, and the're apparently supposed to be on sale today and soon (so keep checking). St. Vincent's Webster Hall show tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

St Vincent

Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to San Francisco, CA on October 15 and 16. The lineup includes Cut Copy, Beach House, The Hold Steady, Flying Lotus, Death From Above 1979, YACHT, Shabazz Palaces, The Antlers, St. Vincent, and many others. 2-Day passes go on sale Wednesday (7/27) 10 AM and single day tickets on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.

Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't already, check out her new track at StrangeMercy.com. The full album is out September 13th via 4AD. More info and tour dates HERE. Still no info on tickets for her Met show.

Full Treasure Island lineup below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island Fest announces 2011 lineup, includes St. Vincent (who recently released a new song)"

St. Vincent

Last month we announced that St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) will release her new album Strange Mercy on September 13 via 4AD. We've now got the tracklist and album art for Strange Mercy below.

St. Vincent will also be heading on a fall tour in support of the album which hits NYC on November 3 at Webster Hall. Ticket info coming soon. Luckily, New Yorkers won't have to wait that long to see St. Vincent though, as she will perform the first ever rooftop concert in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on August 25. More details on this show coming soon.

All tour dates, album art, and tracklist below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent announces tour dates, Met rooftop show & more new album info"

St. Vincent being Big Black @ Bowery (more by Amanda Hatfield)
St Vincent

St. Vincent will release 'Strange Mercy' on on 9/13, her new album for 4AD who say: "The record's 11 new tracks showcase Clark's gift for fusing the cerebral and the visceral, her melodically elegant arrangements packing hefty emotional punches. Clark reunited with producer John Congleton and recorded the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios."

"Other musicians on the album include the Grammy Award winning Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake's MacKenzie Smith on drums, and Daniel Hart on violin. Also contributing were Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo."

Annie Clark is also working with David Byrne on stuff. Asphalt Orchestra will perform some of it at this year's Bang on a Can Orchestra. David Byrne is also working with other people on stuff.

Check out another video of St. Vincent covering Big Black at Bowery Ballroom on 5/22, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent announces new 4AD album 'Strange Mercy'"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano

Our Band
Our Band

The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...

Continue reading "'Our Band Could Be Your Life' in pics, video & review (Dirty Projectors, St Vincent, Dan Deacon, Ted Leo, Wye Oak & more)"

Out Band Could Be Your Life

Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
No, that's not a list of what happened in a weird dream last night. That is the LINEUP of a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Michael Azerrad's "classic history of the '80s indie underground", Our Band Could Be Your Life (a book everyone reading this site should probably own!)

To quote show co-presenter Tiger Mountain Presents, "some of the best bands in contemporary indie music will play songs by each of the 13 bands in the book."

"For years, all kinds of people -- musicians, people who run labels, concert promoters, journalists, whatever -- have told me that they've been very inspired by Our Band Could Be Your Life and the bands it profiles, which is incredibly gratifying and totally unexpected," says Azerrad. "The tenth anniversary of the book was a great occasion for the current generation of bands to celebrate these pioneers."
More bands & guest hosts TBA. Tickets are $25 & go on sale Friday, 3/11 at noon.

Meanwhile the book will also be the topic of a panel discussion at SXSW that Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs (who is also playing the festival) will speak on.

Ted Leo is headed to Austin too, an appearance at the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase included.

Delicate Steve and Wye Oak are going to SXSW too. Wye Oak can be found at the BV/KF/Partisan day party at Swan Dive on Friday, 3/18. Wye Oak will also play Bowery Ballroom as part of a tour in April.

St. Vincent plays Big Black. I just felt like saying it again!

Continue reading "'Our Band Could Be Your Life' 10th anniversary show lineup (Big Black, Black Flag & Fugazi songs will be played)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Beth Orton, Glen Hansard & Dawn Landes @ LPR
Doveman

When Glen Hansard sets foot on the stages of a sold-out City Winery TONIGHT, it'll be his third visit to an NYC stage in a month. As advertised, The Frames frontman/Swell Season sensitive-man recently hopped on stage with Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Dawn Landes, and as hinted, St. Vincent at the Doveman "Burgundy Stain Session" at Le Poisson Rouge in January (where these pics come from)...

"Thank you so much for coming," Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) began. "This is the first of these concerts that I'll be doing, and I thought it would be nice to start with just me and Sam because me and Sam have been playing music together since we were five."

The two kicked off the show with a simple, lovely, and faintly religious little song, "All is Well." Ringing out with repeatedly, the titular refrain seemed like a perfect starting point for the evening...

...After Sam had played through a few of his songs, he casually announced, "We're in a gospel mood," which was apparently Annie Clark's (St. Vincent) cue to make her way to the stage to fulfill her role as a "great gospel guitarist." Crouching down on stage in the shadow, Clark joined Amidon for one more song before the spotlight officially shifted to her. As she stood up, the stage lights shone through her messy main of curly hair, creating a halo that complimented her Amidon-annointed title....

...The evening proceded with a potpouri of performances. Hardly a song or two would pass before the configuration on stage would change. Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, and Dawn Landes would each have their turn. "One thing I realized is that I hate talking on stage so much that things are really going to need an emcee," Bartlett joked...." [Rachel Kowal]

Hansard's other recent NYC appearance happened this past Sunday at Justin Bond's Joe's Pub show (it was a surprise). Justin Bond returns to Joe's on 2/13 and 2/20 (perhaps with special guests again), and Justin is one of the announced guests at the next Doveman show at Le Poisson Rouge which happens on February 8th. Beth Orton returns that night too, and The Poison Tree rounds out the currently-announced lineup of Thomas Bartlett collaborators that will be there. Tickets are still available for that show and for the one happening on March 16th (lineup TBA).

The Poison Tree, as I wrote back in August 2009, "is Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter Steve Salett [of the King of France] and a rotating cast of collaborators borrowed from acts including The National, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and David Byrne." The Poison Tree's debut album will be released this March 15th on Embarque...

In recording its debut album, The Poison Tree leader Steve Salett, drew on a community of extraordinarily talented musicians that formed around Salett's Saltlands Studio and Saltmines rehearsal spaces in Brooklyn. "I approached it as, 'if you build it, they will come.' After that, a space and community coalesced organically around the rehearsal rooms," says Steve. "For The Poison Tree, we were able to pull musicians who regularly use the Saltmines. If we needed violin, trumpet, whatever, we just walked down the hall."

The supporting cast is extraordinary: Thomas Bartlett, better known as Doveman and briefly a member of King of France, provides much of the atmospheric Wurlitzer, piano, and organ parts. Of The Poison Tree, he says, "Steve is one of my favorite songwriters. Each song is a simple, perfect gesture, but with an elusive, enigmatic quality that will never lose its fascination for me."

Singer Dawn Landes, who will open for Justin Townes Earle on the road next month and also sang on Josh Ritter's latest album, also sang on 'The Poison Tree' record and did some engineering work. Others include bassist Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright), drummer Konrad Meissner (Graham Parker), and trumpeter C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright). Gary Mauer of Hem co-produced the album with Salett.

Lastly, besides writing all of the songs and playing guitar and vocals, the multi-talented Salett also co-produced and plays dulcimer, Rhodes, and whistle.

Lots of names repeating themselves in this post. You can also catch The Poison Tree at Pete's Candy Store on February 11th.

Don't forget that Sam Amidon has a show coming up at Glasslands on 2/16 (tickets), and even before that will join Nico Muhly, Bishi, Bryce Dessner, and ACME at St.Ann's Warehouse as part of Nico Muhly's Tell The Way. Tickets are available for all three shows, Feb 10th-12th.

More pictures from the 1/14 Doveman are below...

Continue reading "guests announced for 2/8 Doveman show (Justin Bond, Poison Tree, Beth Orton) --- St .Vincent, Glen Hansard & more played last time (pics)"