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Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.

The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."

Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas

"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."

It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.

The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.

Continue reading "David Byrne covered 'Uptown Funk,' honored at Carnegie Hall tribute w/ Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle & more (pics, video, setlist)"

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As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!

Zola Jesus' show at Saint Vitus tonight is still on but set times are now earlier: 7 PM for UNIFORM and 7:30 for Zola Jesus.

Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.

Tonight's Broncho show (1/26) at Rough Trade is still happening. UPDATE: nope, that's also canceled.

Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.

Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.

Tonight's Action Bronson show at BB King's has been postponed till February 2. All tickets will be honored. Contact point of purchase if you cannot attend.

Bully at Pianos tonight has also been canceled due to weather.

Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.

The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.

Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).

Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).

Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.

Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.

Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time

Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.

Joe's Pub is closed tonight.

Knitting Factory is closed tonight.

Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.

Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.

Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.

More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.

The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.

The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.

A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.

All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "blizzard canceling / postponing most shows in NYC today & Tuesday (Zola Jesus still playing, but early.)"

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
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As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Cee-Lo Green, and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff added to Talking Heads tribute at Carnegie Hall"

Steve Earle in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Steve Earle

We reported before that Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (on 3/23) will feature the music of Talking Heads and David Byrne, and that Bebel Gilberto would be among the performers. The initial lneup has now been announced and also includes Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Perry Farrell, The Roots, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Rufus Wainwright , Steve Earle and more. The full list is below, and stay tuned for the rest to be announced (David Byrne, if he's going to make an appearance, will never officially be listed). Tickets, including $10,000 "fantasy" tickets that give you the "ability to join entire ensemble for encore on the stage at Carnegie Hall, Backstage Access throughout the concert, full access to rehearsal day at City Winery, and customized encounters with artists" are on sale now and proceeds go to fund music education.

Speaking of rehearsals at City Winery, they usually put tickets on sale for the show part of that too, but we don't see anything up there yet.

Initial lineup of the Carnegie tribute below...

Continue reading "Perry Farrell, Steve Earle, Roots, Rufus Wainwright & more playing Carnegie Hall tribute to Talking Heads & David Byrne"

Steve Earle

Long-running and always-active folk singer Steve Earle is releasing a new album with his longtime band The Dukes called Terraplane on February 17 via New West Records. That's the artwork above and you can check out the tracklist and listen to one of the songs below.

In early 2015 before the record is out, Steve's doing a four-night residency at City Winery New York followed by one at City Winery Chicago. The NYC residency includes shows on January 5 with Willie Watson, January 12 with Shawn Colvin, and January 19 and 26 with TBA guests. Tickets for 1/5, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26 are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Shawn Colvin plays two more City Winery shows after that one, including 1/13 with Mary Chapin Carpenter (tickets) and 1/14 with Jacksown Browne (sold out).

All Steve Earle dates are listed, with the new song and LP tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle releasing a new LP, doing residencies in NYC and Chicago (dates & song stream)"

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Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle just wrapped up a tour together, titled "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage," which did not hit the NYC area. They will make up for that with a few dates in the area this fall, however. The two play Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 26 (tickets), The Space at Westbury on September 27 (tickets) and New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre on Septebmer 28 (tickets).

Both Colvin and Earle have extensive dates and those are listed below. Also on Colvin's schedule is Richard Thompson's  "Frets and Refrains" acoustic guitar and songwriting camp which happens June 23 - 27 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. In addition to Thompson and Colving, the camp features Martin Simpson, Sloan Wainwright, Happy Traum, Simon Tassano, Bobby Eichorn, Darden Smith, Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs as teachers/counselors. Registration and housing options are still open.

Continue reading "Shawn Colvin teaching at Richard Thompson's 'Frets & Refrains' camp, touring, playing NY-area dates w/ Steve Earle"

Andrew Bird in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
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NYC's Summerstage 2014 schedule was just announced and as always it features a number of free and not-free "benefit" shows in Central Park. Some highlights of the free shows include:

6/28 - 'Club Classics Live!' featuring Sam Sparro; Ultra Naté; Kevin Aviance; Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic); Company Freak w/ special guests. Plus DJ set by Andre Collins, curated by Jason King

7/8 - Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory and Luke Temple

7/9 - Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7/12 - Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7/13 - Bonobo and Cibo Matto (celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer)

7/21 - Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes, Mike + Ruthy, Nyraine, Amanda Palmer, Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root), The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc

8/2 - Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Hurray for the RIff Raff

8/16 - Blood Orange, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage (in association with Okayplayer)

Paid shows include Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.

Full Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule below...

Continue reading "Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule (free shows from Andrew Bird, Cibo Matto, Dr. John, Blood Orange and more)"

I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.

Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?

UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.

Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...

Continue reading "True Detective soundtrack (so far) -- Handsome Family, Black Angels, Melvins, Sleep, Primus, Father John Misty & more "

Steve Earle @ Austin's Paramount Theater in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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As mentioned, Steve Earle is heading out on a tour which includes a John Lennon tribute in NYC (tickets) and a Long Island show (tickets). Since we last spoke, he's added five other NYC-area shows to the tour, including one in Port Chester at The Capitol Theatre (2/1) and a four night run at Manhattan's City Winery (2/5, 2/12, 2/16, 2/19). Tickets to his Capitol Theatre show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon, and tickets to his City Winery shows are on sale now.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with some music videos, below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle expands tour, adds 5 more NYC-area dates"

Theatre Within's 33rd annual NYC John Lennon tribute goes down at Symphony Space on December 6, two days before the anniversary of Lennon's death. This year's lineup includes Steve Earle, Raul Malo (lead singer of the Mavericks), Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs (who played "Sexy Sadie" in Across the Universe), Joan Osborne, Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon and Rich Pagano (of Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Steve Earle, he'll be doing some solo acoustic dates in 2014, including a Long Island show on February 8 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.

All Steve Earle dates, including two in CT, are listed below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle touring, playing John Lennon tribute in NYC & solo Long Island show (dates)"

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If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early '90s Seattle was all about, you'd probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves, as well as countless miles road-managing the likes of Dave Alvin, Greg Dulli, and Mark Lanegan, one can assume Bland has more than a few personal accounts of rock-'n'-roll neurosis to share. So when I finished perusing the jacket notes and figured out his literary debut was a novel, In Case We Die (Fantagraphics, 240 pages, $26.99), I was deeply curious and slightly annoyed. Fiction? Why? - [Willamette Week]
Danny Bland's In Case We Die is fictional but comes from real, hard life experience. The book was published by Fantagraphics and the audio book is rather special, with chapters read by an amazing group of musicians, actors and comedians, including Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Greg Dulli, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Marc Maron, Memphis Three survivor Damien Echols, actor Donal Logue, and more. You can preview some of the audio book below.

Bland is currently on a book tour which includes two appearances in NYC: September 26 at East Village bar Manitoba's and October 1 at Bookcourt in Brooklyn. The book tour dates also promise "surprise guests from the audiobook" at "select cities." All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Seattle scene vet Danny Bland wrote a novel, touring; audiobook read by Marc Maron, Aimee Mann & more; tour has 2 NYC stops"

Steve Earle in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Long-running, outspoken country/folk singer Steve Earle has been on the road with his band The Dukes this year in support of his new album, The Low Highway, and he'll return to NYC this fall for a show on November 2 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (7/19) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle on tour, playing Town Hall in the fall (dates)"

Steve Earle in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Steve Earle

Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Duchesses) are set to release a new album, The Low Highway, on April 16 via New West Records, and they've just revealed the first single, "Invisible." You can watch the video for that track, which was directed by Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou, Lincoln), and check out the album tracklist below.

Steve Earle & the Dukes will be supporting the new record with a tour with The Mastersons this spring. A full tour announcement hasn't come yet, but a few dates have been revealed, including a NYC show which happens on May 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (3/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/27) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed, along with that video and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle announces new album and tour (dates, video)"

Trail of Dead at BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Trail of Dead

today in NYC
* The Dan Band @ Gramercy Theatre
* Simon Amstell @ Theatre 80
* Super Hi Fi, Full Tang @ Zebulon
* Eli Young Band, JT Hodges @ Terminal 5
* Future Rock, Damn Right! @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Hounds Below, Pomegranates @ The Delancey
* K'naan, City of the Sun @ Highline Ballroom
* Ash, Reputante, ANML @ Knitting Factory
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Joe's Pub
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
* Ani DiFranco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Beacon Theatre
* High Highs, Snowmine @ Mercury Lounge
* Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers) @ Slipper Room
* The Death Set, Deathface, No Way @ Cameo Gallery
* Banning Eyre, Sam Dickey, Luke Quaranta @ Barbes
* Start Making Sense, The Great White Caps @ The Bell House
* Phutureprimitive, Space Jesus, Soulacybin @ Glasslands Gallery
* Liam Finn, Reuben and the Dark @ Glasslands Gallery
* Spirit Family Reunion, Adam Arcuragi @ Mercury Lounge
* Blondes, Maxmillion Dunbar, Holly Herndon @ 285 Kent
* Bassnectar, Gramatik, Gladkill @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Extreme Animals, Eric Copeland @ Secret Project Robot
* Mind Over Mirrors + Miguel Gutierrez @ Issue Project Room
* Midnight Magic, Something In Spanish, DJ Scribe @ Cameo Gallery
* Neon Piss, Shoxx, Nuclear Spring, Survival @ Death By Audio
* Viva Mayday, Chainwave, Johanna Glaza, The Veevees @ The Bowery Electric
* Vassals, T.H.E.M., Blank Paper, Little Racer @ Paper Box
* The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, The Skipjack @ Saint Vitus
* Lamb of God, In Flames, Sylosis, Hatebreed @ Roseland Ballroom
* Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
* Naomi Punk, G Green, Parquet Courts, Psychic Blood @ 285 Kent
* Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, The Menzingers @ Best Buy Theatre
* Radical Dads, Dinosaur Feathers, Laser Background, Dead Stars @ Big Snow
* Gold Streets, The Suicide Dolls, Passenger Peru, Thick Voltage @ Union Pool
* Friend Roulette, Flying Pace, Bright Brown, Katie Mullins @ Union Hall
* Eastern Hollows, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, The National Rifle, Dances @ Cake Shop
* Dan Deacon, Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick @ Bowery Ballroom
* ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Coathangers, Hussle Club @ Irving Plaza
* Kool A.D., The Underachievers, Aaron Cohen, Kosha Dillz, Johnny Voltik, Chaz Van Queen, Illustrate & Niyre, DJ Obey City @ Littlefield
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders w/ Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys @ City Winery
* #SandySucks w/ Flufftronix, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole, Tony Quattro, Tanner Caldwell, Furoche, Wckids, Don Cerati, Alt+Beast, Joey G, Skyway @ Public Assembly

The guests for John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders show at City Winery tonight include Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys.

Check out Neon Piss at Death by Audio tonight with Shoxx, Nuclear Spring, and Survival.

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Jamie Lidell will release a self titled album on February 19 via Warp. Check out the awesome lead single, "What A Shame," below.

Yo La Tengo have some visual accompaniment for "Before We Run," the first single off their upcoming album, Fade. Check it out below.

What else?

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Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.

In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.

The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.

And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.

Other tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Rhett Miller, Kathleen Edwards, John Wesley Harding & Alejandro Escovedo playing City Winery & other places (dates)"

wet fans watching the Shins (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Shins

The sold out 2012 ACL Festival happens October 12-14 in Austin and on YouTube (where you'll find the stream schedule if you scroll down - Jack White, Delta Spirit, A-Trak, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Metric, Rufus Wainwright, Alt-J, Garcy Clark Jr., Polica, Kimbra, Steve Earle, The Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the The Shins included).

If you actually will be there in person, you can also catch many of the bands at one of the many official late night shows (including the Shins)

And, speaking of the Shins, they played Conan O'Brien last night. Watch both songs below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2012 livestream schedule posted; The Shins played Conan (videos)"

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50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:

Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.

We premiered a new Strife song today.

Head to the BrooklynVegan Facebook for a chance to win tickets to that Questlove/Talib Kweli/Q-Tip DJ gig at the Capitol Theater where Fiona Apple also has a show coming up.

Speaking of Fiona, she told the crowd at her recent New Orleans show that she is sorry about the whole drug arrest mess.

More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:

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Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.

Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.

Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.

Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.

When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."

26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.

Kirk is also one of the many guests appearing on that new Joey Ramone DVD we mentioned. We posted the new video that goes with that release, in "What's Going On" today.

Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.

Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: 50 Cent not a wanker; Snoop Dogg on son's pot use; Steve Earle, the National, Metallica, Chelsea Wolfe & more"

Wanda Jackson at Newport Folk Fest 2011 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Wanda Jackson

As mentioned, queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson is releasing a new album, Unfinished Business, this year and supporting it with a tour which brings her to NYC for a show on October 12 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

She's since expanded her tour and it now includes another date in the NYC area even sooner, which happens at Maxwell's on August 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Maxwell's show is one day before Wanda heads to Philly for the Philadelphia Folk Festival which goes down from August 17-19 with sets from Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lucinda Williams, Deno Band, Pokey LaFarge, Strand of Oaks, Arborea and others. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

A list of updates dates, Philadelphia Folk Fest lineup, and an album teaser for Unfinished Business are below.

Continue reading "Wanda Jackson playing Maxwell's before Philadelphia Folk Festival (full lineup & updated dates)"

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As mentioned earlier today, Billy Bragg -- whose Mermaid Avenue records with Wilco brought the songwriter back in to the pop culture zeitgeist in 1998 -- will be in NYC soon for some Woody Guthrie 100 celebrations. It's part of a North American tour for Bragg who tonight (7/6) will play the legendary Winnipeg Folk Festival. The tour will then continues, and includes a stop at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Guthrie's Okemah, OK birthplace on July 12th.

Bragg then heads to NYC for City Winery's WoodyFest on July 13 (tickets) with Amy Helm & Joe Purdy and host Steve Earle who then plays with Billy again in Coney Island the next day on Woody's actual birthday (July 14). The Coney Island potion includes two events: a screening of Mermaid Avenue documentary Man in the Sand followed by a book/CD signing with Bragg and Nora Guthrie; and an outdoor screening of Hal Ashby's 1975 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory that will be preceded by a performance by Bragg and Steve Earle at 8PM (the movie starts at 8:45PM).

Bragg's tour continues after that, hitting Sweden's Way Out West festival in August, and many other Woody-themed shows throughout the year. All dates are listed below.

Back in April, Nonesuch Records released Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions which takes the original, critically acclaimed 1999 album where Wilco and Bragg wrote music to unpublished (but complete) Guthrie lyrics and adds 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the Mermaid Avenue sessions, plus a DVD and 48 page booklet.

The Billy Bragg show at City Winery is one of three nights of "Woodyfest" that Steve Earle is hosting and playing. Steve doesn't have any more NYC dates scheduled after that at the moment, but later this month he does head out on a tour with the Dukes that hits Tarrytown and in September he's doing a solo, acoustic tour that visits NJ, Bethel, and Poughkeepsie. In October he plays Austin City Limits.

Below you can read a little more on Guthrie and the Mermaide Avenue album, penned by Billy himself, plus all upcoming BB tour dates.

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Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin', Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and across the pond.

It's a rare thing for an artist to still be making an impact on modern music as he approaches the 100th anniversary of his birth, like Woody Guthrie is. It's fitting then that people have been celebrating Woody's centennial, at multiple events across the country, all year long. A big list of remaining events across the country is below. We'll also highlight a few.

Guthrie Family

The Guthrie Family ("Arlo Guthrie w/ Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee, Johnny Irion...and the Kids") will celebrate with a "Guthrie Family Reunion" tour featuring three generations of Guthries. Arlo Guthrie commented:

"Getting the family together and heading out on the road is the perfect way to celebrate my father's centennial - only once before did we have the whole family on tour, and we did 80 shows. Instead of doing an entire year of touring and taking the kids out of school, we are focusing on shows right around Woody's actual birthday. This time of year marks the climax of the Woody Guthrie centennial celebrations all over the world. I'll also continue my solo touring in honor of my dad through spring 2013."
The Guthries, who will perform Woody's songs as well as new material written by various family members, will spend the day after Woody's birthday at Central Park Summerstage. The free Sunday (7/15), NYC show starts at 7pm. They also play a show in Ocean City, NJ the next day, and Newport Folk Festival later in the month. All tour dates are listed below.

On July 10 (12-1 pm), NYC's 92YTribeca hosts author Ed Cray who will discuss his book "Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie."

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion play Hill Country in NYC on 7/12.

On 7/14 head to Coney Island for a free screening of "Bound for Glory" on the beach along with "live music by Billy Bragg and Steve Earle starting at 8:00pm, and the feature film starting around 8:45pm." Get to Coney Island earlier and see a free screening of "Man In the Sand" at the Coney Island museum. "Following the film, there will be a book signing by Nora Guthrie and CD signing by Billy Bragg, with both items available for purchase."

Woody

City Winery in NYC will play host to a trio of events titled "Woodyfest" from July 11-13 Hosted by Steve Earle, the shows will feature an assortment of artists paying tribute to the troubador. July 11 features John Hammond & Tim Robbins, and more TBA (tickets). July 12 has Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers & Allen Toussaint (tickets). July 13th features Billy Bragg, Amy Helm & Joe Purdy (tickets).

Brooklyn College will host a "Woody at 100" celebration on September 22 with a conference, and a tribute concert.

More events, dates, and some videos from the party that took place at the 2012 Clearwater Festival in June, below....

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ACLACL

After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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Josh Ritter at BookPeople in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Josh Ritter

Singer/songwriters Josh Ritter, John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), and Steve Earle are also authors, and all three of them put out novels this year. They'll be teaming up for "a night of talk and songs" at the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library on Tuesday (12/6). Tickets for the event are on sale now.

Josh Ritter made a promotional appearance for his novel, which is titled Bright's Passage, in Austin this past October. As you can see above, it was also an event that included some music. Pictures and full recap, including a part where Josh says Wesley was one of his writing inspirations, HERE.

Ritter has also been added to the bill of the previously mentioned WFUV show, which is happening on 12/5 with Dawes, Mavis Staples and The Head And The Heart at Beacon Theater. Tickets are still available.

Dawes played Occupy Wall Street today and according to Rough Trade, they put out the 48th best album of 2011. They also have two more shows at Maxwell's after the Beacon show (12/6 and 12/7), but both are now sold out.

Steve Earle recently announced a residency at City Winery with Allison Moorer taking place from January 9 to February 6. Tickets for all five shows are still on sale.

All dates below...

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Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

Michael Dorf's (founder of Knitting Factory) series of tribute concerts to benefit music education programs for underprivileged youth (which last paid tribute to Neil Young in February) will continue on March 13, 2012 at Carnegie Hall, when 21 different artists will perform the 21 songs from The Rolling Stones' massive document of the early part of their long withstanding career, Hot Rocks 1964-1971. The compilation was released at the tail end of 1971, and was filled with the bluesy cuts that they used to leave their stamp on popular music (though notably includes no tracks from the psychedelic trip they took on Their Satanic Majesties Request in 1967) before putting together the colossal double album Exile On Main St. a few months later.

So far the artists that will be participating in the show include The Mountain Goats, Glen Hansard, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Rich Robinson, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. More TBA soon. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Steve Earle will be kicking off a residency at Michael Dorf's venue City Winery with Allison Moorer and friends in January. The residency will take place every monday over the five week period of January 9 through February 6. Tickets for all five shows are on sale now. The Carnegie Hall show in March won't be the first time Steve has covered the Stones. He's been known to cover "Dead Flowers" at his shows. You can listen to a version recorded live in Calgary that appeared on the deluxe edition of his 1988 album Copperhead Road below.

The Mountain Goats, who also play at the Stones tribute, will be sticking around after the Carnegie Hall show to play NYC's Ecstatic Music Festival later that month. They'll be performing material with vocal quartet Anonymous 4 that frontman John Darnielle wrote for his new project Transcendental Youth, with arrangements by Owen Pallett. They play on March 24 at Merkin Concert Hall. Tickets for the show are still on sale. John Darnielle also just announced a bunch more 2012 dates, all of which are listed below.

All Mountain Goats & Steve Earle dates and the above-mentioned song stream, below...

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Steve Earle in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
Steve Earle

In the NY Post:

You might recognize roots singer Steve Earle from his turn on the Big Easy HBO series "Treme." Or you might have seen him around town, walking or on the F train.

Born in Virginia, raised in Texas and settled in Nashville, Earle made New York City home a few years back. Reflecting on a pair of hometown shows -- Town Hall on Tuesday and the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday -- Earle says, "Your guest list ends up looking like the extras from 'The Ten Commandments,' there's the usual stress of a hometown gig. But I love to play New York City, it's home." He adds, "You have to work a little bit harder. It's like playing baseball in New York."

Earle would like to take the subway to his gigs, but was still discussing it with his wife, singer Allison Moorer, who shares the bill with him and his band the Dukes (and Duchesses).

Don't forget about The Wire!

Tickets are still on sale for both Town Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg. All dates are listed HERE. Welcome home Steve & Allison (for a few days anyway).

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