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Wilco + Feist + Grizzly Bear in Brooklyn (more by Eric Townsend)
Wilco

"Driving overnight after the show in Munich Thursday night, the bus and trailer were hit and rendered immovable. The trailer was wrecked and the bus engine split. Everyone involved is fine and spent a day in Austria pulling things together. However, a replacement bus and trailer was supposed to arrive earlier today to pick everyone up in time to make the show in Milan tonight as special guests to Wilco, but it did not show up for hours and thusly we will miss tonight's performance. Rest of tour continues as scheduled. Italy, we will make it up to you." [Grizzly Bear]
The Wilco show in Italy was a one-off show on Grizzly Bear's current tour with St. Vincent (Annie is the opener. She plays solo.). Last week GB released a cool new claymation video for the song "Ready, Able". That video and all dates below...

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American Songbook

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns in January for its twelfth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights of pop, folk, cabaret, country, rock, and show tunes, the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic contemporary songwriting. The 2010 season - January 13 through March 6 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including top jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater and rock's gritty queen, Marianne Faithfull. It will feature opportunities to hear the acclaimed stage actress Martha Plimpton and Broadway star Leslie Uggams in intimate concert settings. Two of the hottest composers on the theater scene - Jeanine Tesori ("Shrek The Musical" and "Caroline, or Change") and Michael Friedman "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and "Gone Missing") - will perform evenings of their music along with special guests. The growing presence and influence of Latin music in the American Songbook canon will be represented by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, two of the founding members of the band Los Lobos. Hidalgo and Perez will explore their four decades of writing and performing songs that are some of the best in Latin roots-rock. The series will close with an evening with one of Broadway's most enduring divas, the fabulous Chita Rivera.

American Songbook will be presented in the spectacular Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 1st at Lincoln Center's website AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for The Friends of American Songbook go on sale October 27th.

Suzanne Vega, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, Gabriel Kahane, and Nellie McKay are also playing shows as part of the series.

Dirty Projectors' most recent NYC show was a short set at the Bell House as part of the New Yorker Festival. Their next NYC shows are sold out gigs at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Full Lincoln Center schedule below...

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The EraserThe Eraser

"Thom Yorke and Flea's new supergroup will play a Radiohead song at their upcoming debut gigs in Los Angeles., it's been revealed.

The as-yet-unnamed band's drummer Mauro Refosco told Brazilian website Abril.com they will play Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser' album in its entirety, four new songs and one Radiohead track at the shows on Sunday and Monday (October 4 & 5).

It's rumoured the band will air Thom Yorke's song he wrote for the Twilight New Moon soundtrack, 'Hearing Damage', as one of the "new" songs." [gigwise]

LA Weekly is also reporting that their might be a secret Thom Yorke show at the Echoplex this Friday night, October 2.

The new Twilight soundtrack, as you may have heard, also includes tracks by many familiar names including Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, Sea Wolf, Grizzly Bear & Beach House's Victoria Legrand, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Editors...

Speaking exclusively to Gigwise, Editors frontman Tom Smith said: "The films aren't aimed at people our age but I look at the bands that we're next to on that soundtrack and it's just a good thing.

"It's not selling out, it's not putting your song on an advert or selling a product.

"It's just being part of something that, to me, as collective seems like a pretty attractive thing."

New Moon is the second instalment of the vampire franchise, which stars British actor Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Cover art and tracklist below...

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Genesis w/ Throbbing Gristle @ Masonic Temple in April (more by Lori Baily)
Throbbing Gristle

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Moby, Kelli Scarr @ Irving Plaza
* Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Ty Segall, The Mantles, Digital Leather @ Maxwell's
* Gojira, Burst, Zoroaster @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rain Machine, Sharon Van Etten, Candles of Paradise @ The Bell House
* The Decemberists, Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames @ Wellmont Theatre
* Fanfarlo, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jonsi and Alex (DJ) @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Sweet Sixteens, Teenage Cool Kids, Knight School, Beat Beat @ Silent Barn
* Small Beast w/ Anton Sword & The We Ours, Botanica, Nathan Halpern @ Delancey
* Precious Metal w/ Hallux, SubArachnoid Space, OvO, Immanent Voiceless @ Lit
* Sam Mickens & Mike Pride Duo, Jantar, Nsumi, Pepi Ginsberg, Love Like Deloreans @ Death By Audio
* Musicka Mystica Maxima w/ Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Arrington De Dionyso, Larkin Grimm, more @ Santos Party House

The two-day Musicka Mystica Maxima fest happens at Santos tonight and tomorrow. Tonight's bill includes Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with Thee Majesty, Amber Asylum, Arrington De Dionyso (of Old Time Relijun), fest curator Larkin Grimm and Nautical Almanac.

Despite pressure from the Cool Kids, it seems Teenage Cool Kids are still called Teenage Cool Kids. They're at Silent Barn with Knight School and others tonight.

Maximo Park were supposed to play Webster Hall tonight.

Tonight's Fanfarlo and Wildbirds & Peacedrums show at Bowery Ballroom includes DJing from Jonsi (of Sigur Ros) and Alex (aka Riceboy Sleeps). Riceboy Sleeps is not on the bill tomorrow at the Bell House.

Ty Segall plays a pre-Goner Fest show with Digital Leather and tourmates The Mantles at Maxwell's tonight. Joining him at Goner Fest will be Reigning Sound who just announced some NYC-area dates of their own.

Moby plays Irving Plaza with Kelli Scarr (of Moonraker) tonight. On Wednesday (9/23) he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio) plays The Bell House with Sharon Van Etten and Candles of Paradise.

The Decemberists and Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames did Terminal 5 on September 19th. Tonight they perform at Wellmont Theatre.

Death By Audio (& The Maze) hosts Sam Mickens & Mike Pride Duo, Jantar, Nsumi, Pepi Ginsberg and Love Like Deloreans.

Two Monday residencies continues: The Roots play Highline Ballroom and Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir play Union Pool.

We posted two interviews today: Wayne Coyne and Justin K. Broadrick.

St. Vincent's new video for "Marrow" is posted below.

Yo La Tengo, who play NYC's Roseland Ballroom on Friday, did a session with La Blogotheque. See two parts of that (they cover the Troggs' "With a Girl Like You" in the first) below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

photos by Chris La Putt & Tim Griffin

mud, Tool & Ice T
Trail of Dead
Tool
Ice-T

During his Friday night set at the All Points West festival in Jersey City, Jay-Z took a moment to salute trail-blazing gangsta-rapper Ice-T, who, Jay-Z said, was "in the house." And Saturday afternoon, Ice-T took the stage to perform as a backing rapper during Kool Keith's second-stage performance.

"Sometimes it's just cool to stand on the side of the stage and be a hype man," said Ice-T.

He did, though, perform parts of his own raps, "Hardcore" and "God Forgive Me," a cappella.

With his confident, casually commanding flow, he made a strong impression in his few brief moments in the spotlight.

In addition to Jay-Z and Kool Keith, hip-hop acts like Q-Tip, the Knux and the Cool Kids have performed at All Points West. Hip-hop, though, will not figure prominently in the third and final day of the festival, Sunday. [NJ.com]

Though it didn't rain on Saturday (8/1), it was still super muddy. There were dry spots, but you literally could not walk from one place to another without going through some mud. Other highlights of the second day of All Points West included comedy by Tim & Eric in the tent (aka the third stage), back-to-back sets by St. Vincent and Neko Case on the 2nd stage, and the Arctic Monkeys and Gogol Bordello on the main stage. But nothing topped the end of the day. Now fully dark out and perfect weather, My Bloody Valentine, with the Statue of Liberty to their right and the Manhattan skyline straight ahead of them, delivered the power. The hour they played was, for me, the perfect festival experience.

My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine

It helped that My Bloody Valentine, as they are known for being, were LOUD. Maybe they didn't seem as loud as they did inside a club, but they were loud enough that even those in the bleachers were putting on their earplugs if they had them. After their set I ran all the way back to the dance tent (pretty much the farthest distance you would have to ever go at this festival) to catch Crystal Castles. The tent was packed with the largest concentration of youth I'd seen in Liberty State Park up until that point. Everyone was dancing and cheering. Before CC were finished I ran back to the main stage to watch Tool.

During My Bloody Valentine I thought, "well, there are plenty of people here, but I guess they could fit a lot more". Ends up, all of those people that could fit, they showed up for Tool! Did they all just get there? Were they hiding in other areas? Either way, it totally hit me by surprise when I got back to the stage. I was also surprised, but happy, that Tool hadn't gone on yet. They don't play a super long set, so maybe they delayed to make the show go until curfew.

Once they did start, the amount of fist pumping (much bro fist pumping included) going on almost matched the amount of people in the park. I wouldn't consider myself a Tool fan, but there was no denying the awesomeness of their show.

"On a bill loaded with indie rock, Tool seemed initially distinguished by their popularity. They were the only band on Saturday's bill to have a platinum record, and the only performers to have won Grammys, and the only ones with enough starpower to sell out arenas on their own. And yet despite their high profile, Tool hardly behave like a mainstream band. Saturday's set was an exercise in atmosphere -- a dark, riveting performance that minimized the members of band while foregrounding their stranger sensibilities.

Visually, the show was stunning. Tool perform to a series of bleak films mostly created by the artist Adam Jones, and beamed out giant-size across Liberty State Park they seemed more imposing and unnerving than ever. Opening with the sinister, twisting "Jambi," the group slowly worked its way through a set that spanned its small catalog. Part of what makes Tool concerts such visceral experiences is the band's peerless sense of control and release. Songs start with icicle drip guitars and rolling, tribal percussion, steadily building to perfectly timed explosions of sound. When paired with Jones' frightening films, it became more like a theater experience than a concert. At times it was remarkably easy to forget there was a band onstage at all." [Rolling Stone]

I took the light rail to the park, but then the ferry home. Props to APW for making the ferry experience a much, much better one this year (no line at all, huge boats, very quick trip home, and I didn't even leave until Tool was finished).

Pictures from APW day one HERE. More from day two below...

Continue reading "All Points West 2009 - Day 2 in Pictures (Tool, mud & Ice T)"

Woods @ 979 Broadway Backyard (more by Tim Griffin)
Woods

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Dayna Kurtz @ Sycamore
* Sara Siskind @ Joe's Pub
* Aimee Mann @ City Winery
* Bonnie Baxter @ Silent Barn
* Kaki King @ Music on the Oval
* NY Philharmonic in Prospect Park
* Toby from Youth Group @ Living Room
* Jucifer, Mount Vicious, J.A.C.K. @ Cake Shop
* Asher Roth, Kid Cudi @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
* Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black @ Bell House
* Wavves, Woods, Real Estate, PoPo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Don Byron plays Junior Walker @ Madison Square Park
* Midsummer's Night Swing w/ Otros Aires @ Lincoln Center
* Charlie Hunter/Douge Wamble/Tony Mason @ Jazz Standard
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Sweet Divines, The Bo-Keys, The City Champs @ Southpaw
* The Jaguar Club, The Grates, Apollo Run, Spiral Beach @ Pianos
* Cheval Sombre, Speck Mountain, Georgiana Starlington @ Bruar Falls
* Jeff the Brotherhood, Coin Under Tongue, Sisters, Lame Drivers @ Death By Audio
* Air Waves, Dan Friel, Ed Schrader, Turn Into Something, Lesser Gonzales Alvares @ Market Hotel

Free music for tonight includes Kaki King at the Stuy Town Oval, Don Byron plays the music of Junior Walker at Madison Square Park, Luisito Rosario y su Orquestra play at Battery City Park and George Lamond and Judy Torres perform at Crotona Park.

Wavves returns to live performance tonight (despite a broken wrist) at the Bowery Ballroom. Woods and Real Estate (who play tomorrow at the Cameo) open with PoPo.

Andy Rourke of the Smiths DJ's at Beauty Bar (in Manhattan). Flyer below...

Jeff the Brotherhood kick off three nights of NYC shows with a gig at Death By Audio. Coin Under Tongue, Sisters and Lame Drivers also play.

Aimee Mann caps her trio of shows at City Winery tonight.

"Wearing jeans and a tailored black blazer, she played a solid two-hour set, breezing through old hits (a folksy take on her '80s hit with 'Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry," was a highlight) and newer favorites, including some from her latest disc, the Grammy-nominated @#%&*! Smilers. It was a fantastic show, but I was secretly hoping she'd rock out a little more--and she eventually did, trading in her acoustic for an electric bass during the encore." [Elle]
The Grates start their Pianos residency.

Michael & Michael Have Issues, the new show from Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, premieres tonight on Comedy Central. The pair appear for a performance and release party at the Bell House.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, at LPR tonight, is a big band with a modern twist. See a video of the group below.

Black Moth Super Rainbow has a new video, below...

Breakfast at Sulimays listened to St. Vincent and Isis -- that video, below...

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St. Vincent @ The Bell House 6/25 (sneuffer)
St. Vincent

it's the first time i've seen annie perform in an outfit that wasn't all black. she opened with "marry me", which was fitting since several guys professed their desire to propose matrimony to the fair annie. she continued with selections from "actor", including "the strangers", "black rainbow" and "actor out of work". [sharock]
That pic and review are from St. Vincent's special "fan appreciation" show at the Bell House on June 25th. The gig came after a run of spring/early-summer shows that included Webster Hall on May 20th, Sasquatch Fest, Bonnaroo and an appearance on David Letterman.

St. Vincent is already back on the road. She plays a three-week European tour this July. She'll be back for All Points West on August 1st, then has assorted shows planned (including MD Virgin Mobile Fest), which lead up to her big October North American tour with Andrew Bird (who's played APW last year, and has many upcoming gigs, all below). There are no NYC shows on the St.Vincent/Andrew Bird schedule (yet?). The trip includes performances for one episode of the Austin City Limits TV show. Mark your calendar -- their sets will be broadcast via "PBS stations nationwide on October 24th."

All tour dates, with a dark but fairly-good-audio version of "The Stranger" from the Bell House show, below...

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St Vincent

St. Vincent, with horn section, gave a powerful performance on Letterman last night (6/24). In August she'll be part of the free Virgin Festival happening in Maryland. Tonight (6/25), she plays the Bell House in Brooklyn. "Limited tickets available at the door." Check out the Letterman video below...

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Public Enemy @ Roots Picnic (more by Tim Griffin)
Public Enemy

WARREN, NJ, June 24, 2009 Speculation and predictions that have filled blogs and discussion boards can be put to rest. The Virgin Mobile Festival is returning, but with a catch. It'll be free.

Virgin Mobile USA, creator of one of the largest and most critically acclaimed music festivals in the U.S., announced today that it would host the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival on Sunday, August 30, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., free of charge. All tickets will be given away, and previous Virgin Mobile Festival ticket buyers and Virgin Mobile customers will have the first crack at securing the 35,000 tickets.

The move celebrates both a giveback to music fans in a bad economy as well as an effort to solicit donations to homeless youth agencies in need around the country via The RE*Generation, Virgin Mobiles charitable arm. Most sponsors, including premier sponsor Kyocera Communications, will be building awareness for the cause in their marketing efforts around the festival.

"Instead of focusing on layoffs or the state of the economy, we want to focus on concrete ways to provide assistance to those in need", said Dan Schulman, CEO, Virgin Mobile USA. "People need outlets to both lend a helping hand and to escape and relax, for free, even if just for one day. We want to throw some good news in the mix".

The 2009 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be hosted on the beautiful, 40 wooded acres of Merriweather Post Pavilion. The grounds and facilities of Merriweather will be expanded to accommodate the multiple stage and dance tent set-up from prior Virgin Mobile Festivals. Those scheduled to appear at this years FreeFest include Weezer, Blink-182, Franz Ferdinand, and Public Enemy, Jet, The National, Girl Talk, The Bravery, The Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Wale, and Taking Back Sunday, as well as dance tent favorites that include HOLY F*CK, Pete Tong, Danny Howells and Lee Burridge.

Weird lineup.
Press release continued, with ticket info and more funny quotes, below....

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St. Vincent on the Wookie Stage @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
St Vincent

"The "buzz" word gets thrown around a lot in Nashville. Whether it's some local band on the cusp of national damnation or a touring band that gets you valuable street cred just being seen at their show. Naturally, we were skeptical when we checked out St. Vincent and naturally, we were blown away by what we heard." [Lake Fever Sessions]
St Vincent is apparently playing the Bell House in Brooklyn with Tim Fite and JBM on June 25th. That's in less than a week, and TICKETS ARE ON SALE.

St. Vincent will appear on Letterman one night earlier, and is touring this Europe this summer, as well as playing All Points West. All dates below.

"Lake Fever Productions is full service recording studio located on Nashville's Music Row." Lake Fever Sessions are a series of videos of bands playing live in their studio. Their most recent session was with St. Vincent. You can watch it below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent playing the Bell House w/ Tim Fite & JBM (tix), playing Letterman, played Lake Fever Sessions (videos) "

photos by Chris Graham

The Wrens
The Wrens

"Some major changes have been made to the lay-out of the [Sasquatch] festival. The medium-sized stage (Wookie Stage) had been moved, as had the small stage (Yeti Stage) to make room for the new Comedy/Dance Tent. It didn't take long to get used to that, though...

...[The Wrens] did most of the songs from "Meadowlands", their bassist/keyboardist Kevin Wheelan exhorted the crowd multiple times and climbed atop his amplifiers, and the guys played like their lives depended on doing the best they have ever done. Their approach to the music is, in a word, fierce. [VARIOUS ECSTASIES]

The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. Pictures from Day One, HERE. More pictures from Day Two, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

St. Vincent

"If you have been to enough concerts, you become familiar with the dynamic of the audience and the singer during small talk moments: They say something, the audience claps or laughs accordingly, and the space between the songs is filled up, nothing more to think about. Annie Clark is a friendly, funny person on stage, but last night, it seemed as though the audience collectively didn't know what to do when she addressed us. Awkward pauses, bad jokes from weird dudes in the back, lots of nervous laughter -- at some points, it felt like the entire room was on a bad first date with someone way out of our league.

Clark and her band of top notch multi-instrumentalists were excellent, but they did not entirely find their groove until about halfway through the show. " [Fluxblog]

Pattern is Movement and St Vincent, who, if nothing else, have violinist Daniel Hart in common, played the second night of their tour together at Webster Hall in NYC last night (5/20). All dates, more pictures from the show, and SV's setlist, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

St. Vincent
St. Vincent

St Vincent played five songs and then signed autographs at tonight's in-store at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square. Her new album, Actor, was also released today (5/5). More pictures from the closing-store show below...

Continue reading "St Vincent @ the closing Union Square Virgin Store, NYC -pics "

St VincentSt. Vincent's sophomore album, Actor, is in stores Tuesday, and is already one of my favorite albums of the young year.

Among the other releases already sent my way, I can recommend Akron/Family's Set Em Wild, Set Em Free, Alasdair Roberts' Spoils, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band's Outer South, Double Dagger's More, Horrors' Primary Colours, Patrick Watson: Wooden Arms, and Pink Mountaintops: Outside Love.

Reissues this week are dominated by two British acts. Morrissey releases remastered and expanded editions of Maladjusted and Southpaw Grammar, and the Rolling Stones roll out four remastered albums.

Light in the Attic Records' remastered edition of Rodriguez's Coming from Reality is yet another stellar reissue from the label that recently lovingly restored discs by the Monks and Serge Gainsbourg.

The Kills are also reissuing Keep On Your Mean Side with bonus tracks.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Did I miss any releases?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

photos by Natasha Ryan, words by Andrew Frisicano

Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night live finally happened Sunday, May 3rd at Radio City. Right before showtime, there were still tickets available, but the auditorium seemed fairly full as the Dirty Projectors set began. The band sounded great with its newly fleshed out six-piece lineup (though I didn't catch the titles of the first Bitte Orca song). The reverb of the room was almost a special guest of its own and a welcome addition throughout the night. On new single "Stillness Is the Move" singer Amber Coffman really let loose with the dance moves and the added vocal acrobatics the song deserves. David Byrne joined the band on their Dark Was the Night collaborations -- the not-on-the-comp "Ambulance Man" and album opener "Knotty Pine."

Red Hot executive director John Carlin (Red Hot being the AIDS advocacy group that put out Dark Was the Night along with many other benefit comps) came out and said a few words about the performers before My Brightest Diamond/Shara Worden burst into her cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." Worden was backed by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on keys, members of the National including the two Dessners brothers (who were obvious fixtures through the night), drummer Bryan Devendorf, plus horns and strings. Worden's massive voice filled the hall, but sadly took the lead for only one song.

The rest of The National guys came on stage for Boxer song "Slow Show," followed by new song "England." Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and band were on stage for backups, and for The National's Dark Was the Night contribution, "So Far Around the Bend," Vernon even picked up a guitar and took a solo. The band closed with another new song, which singer Matt Berninger mumbled the title of a few times (anyone catch it?).

Dark Was the Night

For the next set, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek took the stage in a sharp looking suit and performed one track, his DwtN Troggs cover "With a Girl Like You." Here it was backed by a fuzzed out bass, horns, keys, and a collection of the night's performers on handclaps and tambourines (Dirty Projectors, Dessners, others).

As John Carlin announced earlier, the first half of the show was to close with David Byrne's three Red Hot compilation contributions. Led by five hand percussionists, Byrne opened with Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In." Second, he played "Dreamworld: Marco De Canavesems" with Justin Vernon sitting in on vocals for Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso (who originally collaborated with Bryne on the track). The tune's hyped up bossa nova, with the Dessners on guitars, was one of the night's many highlights. Finally, Byrne sang with Feist (who subbed for the original's Marisa Monte) on the Antonio Carlos Jobim song "Waters of March" ("Aguas de Março"). Even with Byrne starring down at the lyric prompt for nearly the whole song, the jumping melody of that tune was an amazing end to the first set.

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St Vincent

If you're in New York I have a special unannounced and invitation-only solo show in Manhattan TONIGHT [4/14] and we've saved a few seats to offer to you. There is only a VERY limited number of seats put aside and we'll give them out on a first come-first served basis until they're gone If you'd like to attend this show at 8:00 PM sharp, email my friend Todd at toddinbk@gmail.com before 4:00 PM EDT today and he'll let you know if you were quick enough to grab a pair for this special little show. If you don't make it tonight, I'll see you with my full band at Webster Hall on May 20 [tix].
The show is at 92YTribeca. St. Vincent is also playing All Points West. More tour dates HERE. New video (again) below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent playing a private show tonight (tix) + new video"

All Points West

Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...
The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."

More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...

Continue reading "All Point West - 2009 festival dates & lineup (Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beastie Boys, Coldplay)"

Tickets are on Am Ex Presale for the St. Vincent show happening at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on Am Ex Presale for the Moderat show happening at Webster Hall.

DOWNLOAD: St Vincent - The Strangers (MP3)

St Vincent

St. Vincent has confirmed an extensive U.S. tour in support of her new album 'Actor' due out May 5 on 4AD. The tour kicks off May 19 at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA, and includes the largest venues St. Vincent has ever headlined, plus festival performances at Sasquatch! and Bonnaroo.

St. Vincent (nee Annie Clark) will preview songs from 'Actor' next week with two performances at SXSW: 11pm on Wednesday, March 18, at the 4AD showcase at Central Presbyterian Church; and 12 midnight on Friday, March 20, at the Billions showcase at Antone's.

'Actor' is available for pre-order now. Early CD and LP orders come with a free limited edition 7" featuring the album track "Actor Out of Work," and the exclusive, non-album track "Bicycle" on the flipside.

The NYC show will take place at Webster Hall on May 20th. Tickets go on sale Friday March 20th at noon. All non-SXSW dates below...

Continue reading "St Vincent - new MP3 & 2009 Tour Dates (Webster Hall)"

St. Vincent @ Radio City Music Hall (more by Eric M Townsend)
St Vincent

On May 5, 4AD will release 'Actor' the anticipated new album by St. Vincent (nee Annie Clark), and the follow-up to her first album 'Marry Me'. 'Actor' was co-produced by Clark and John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Polyphonic Spree etc...) and features eleven new songs, all written and arranged by Clark.

'Actor' takes the ambitious compositional and sonic underpinnings of Clark's debut as a starting point and never looks back. The arrangements are more masterful, the songwriting grander, the performances ever more confident and inspired. "I wanted to make these songs technicolor animatronic rides," says Clark.

Clark, "a playful chanteuse [and] fearsome shredder" (NY Times), sings and plays guitar, bass and keys on 'Actor,' with woodwind contributions from Hideaki Aomori (Sufjan Stevens) and Alex Sopp (Bjork, Phillip Glass), and additional rhythm section work by McKenzie Smith and Paul Alexander of Midlake. Other musicians on the album include Mike Atkinson (French horn, score consultant), Daniel Hart (violin, sarongi), William Flynn (bass), and percussionists Jeff Ryan, Matthias Bossi, and Aynsley Powell.

St. Vincent will preview songs from 'Actor' with two shows at this year's South by Southwest conference in Austin: Wednesday, March 18 at the Central Presbyterian Church as part of the 4AD showcase, and Friday, March 20 at Antone's as part of the Billions Corporation showcase. Clark will also tour the U.S. this year with Bonnaroo and Sasquatch! Festival performances already confirmed and a full itinerary to be announced soon.
In other new album news, read about Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album It's Blitz! and stream the new song "Zero" below...

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Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Jane's Addiction

Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.

Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM

Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.

Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info below...

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Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Fun Fun Fun Fest

If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.

One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...

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Photos by Eric M. Townsend

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie played Radio City Music Hall in NYC on Monday night (10/6) - their second, large, headlining show in NYC in less than four months, though this one didn't have to end early because of the weather.

"What a dump this place is," quipped Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, perched atop the magnificent stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night. Then, unsure if people caught his sarcasm, he added, "No, really, this is an honor."

That anxious, awkward moment capped the first third of Death Cab's show, as both band and audience took their time acclimating to the legendary room. After the first five songs -- an admittedly slow build-up that included "The Employment Pages" and "We Laugh Indoors," two of the band's older tunes -- most of the 6,000 patrons at the sold-out gig remained seated, but not in a docile, complacent way: They were totally engaged, singing and bobbing atop Radio City's plush cushions. [SPIN]

St. Vincent opened and it was Annie Clark's second NYC show less than two weeks. More pictures and the setlist from the show below...

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