Entries tagged with: Steve Wynn
photo: Beirut @ The Bell House in September (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Downtown Boys @ Warsaw
Post rock greats Godspeed You! Black Emperor returned in 2012 after a 10-year absence from releasing albums, and this year they dropped another one. The new stuff is no less colossal-sounding than their classic material, making this band as exciting as ever. Tonight they wrap up their three-night run in NYC, and this one's with political punks Downtown Boys.
Beirut, Hailu Mergia @ Radio City Music Hall
Beirut released his fourth album, No No No, this year. It's pretty much Beirut comfort food, which is not a bad thing at all. '80s-era Ethiopian funk musician Hailu Mergia (who's been having a resurgence lately) opens the show and he is not to be missed.
Autre Ne Veut @ Rough Trade
Autre Ne Veut continues to push the boundaries of R&B on his highly emotional new album, Age of Transparency. It's good stuff, and tonight's the release show.
Origin, Krislun, AEON, Alterbeast, Soreption, Ingested @ Saint Vitus Bar
This Metal Injection-presented tour has a pretty loaded bill, headlined by long-running death metal band Origin.
Superhumanoids, Rush Midnight, GGOOLLDD @ Baby's All Right
Superhumanoids just put out a pretty cool synthpop album, Do You Feel OK?, that's a bit more on the weirder side than the slicked-up water-down stuff coming out of this world lately (Chvrches, etc). The rest of the bill tonight is pretty likeminded too.
Lydia, Seahaven, Turnover, The Technicolors @ Gramercy Theatre
Most of this bill isn't exactly our thing, but we do recommend catching Turnover's jangly, dream pop if you're going.
Lee Scratch Perry @ Brooklyn Bowl
Dub pioneer, a highly influential artist all and genuine eccentric, Lee "Scratch" Perry celebrates the 40th anniversary of his Super Ape album tonight.
Matt Kivel, Zachary Cale, Fraternal Twin @ Elvis Guesthouse Ought, Adult Moon @ Mercury Lounge Toro y Moi, Astronauts,etc. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ACME, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Jeffrey Zeigler,Paola Prestini, Tanya Tagaq @ National Sawdust Jeffrey Zeigler, Cibo Matto, Roger Bonair-Agard, James Murphy @ National Sawdust Holy Tunics, Salad Boys, The Britanys, Losing @ Palisades Shilpa Ray, O'Death, Tarana @ Rough Trade Twin Shadow, Wild Belle, Helado Negro @ Terminal 5 Patty Griffin @ Town Hall Cuntz, Wilful Boys, Foster Care @ Cake Shop Steve Wynn @ The Bowery Electric Q-Tip (DJ), JoJo, Ebro (host) @ FADER + vitaminwater #uncapped For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar. For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too. ------------- Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram. What else?
One half of brotherly pop duo Princeton, Matt Kivel also makes music on his own, having released two underheard/underrated solo albums -- Double Exposure in 2013 (on Olde English Spelling Bee) and Days of Being Wild in 2014 (on Woodsist). His next album, titled Janus, was made with Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts.
Montreal's Ought get compared to Talking Heads a lot which comes across a lot more live than on record (such as their just-released Sun Coming Down). But live you also get why they've got such a fervent following -- frontman Tim Darcy's onstage charisma is hard to ignore.
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.
Three years and $16 million in the making, highbrow arts center National Sawdust opens tonight with two inaugural "Discover the Space" shows. This is the sold-out early show with more of a classical bent, including National Sawdust Executive Director and composer Paola Prestini.
The late show at National Sawdust loosens its tie a bit and is made for dancing, with the kitschy cool of Cibo Matto (playing tonight with Nels Cline), and a DJ set from James Murphy.
New Zealand's Salad Boys make the kind of fiercely strummed, jangly guitar pop that never really goes out of style (even if it's never exactly in style, either). They just released their terrific new album, Metalmania, via Trouble in Mind.
Shilpa Ray released her new album, Last Year's Savage, earlier this year via Northern Spy. Her swaggering punk/blues/cabaret style is in full effect and lyrically sharp. She's even more powerful live.
Having gotten his start during the chillwave days, Twin Shadow always had a outsized romantic persona which he fully embraced on this year's Eclipse which borders on stadium rock.
An undeniably talented singer-songwriter, Griffin remains in top form on her new album Servant of Love.
It's a double dose of Aussie punk tonight with Melbourne's delightfully named Cuntz and ex-pats Wilful Boys (who live here), but bruising garage punks Foster Care.
Here's a chance to catch the Dream Syndicate, Baseball Project singer/guitarist in solo mode, playing songs from through his 30+ year career.
Fetty Wap was supposed to headline this show but had to cancel due to his recent injuries. Q-Tip (DJ) was added as his replacement, and there's always former child star JoJo if you're into that sorta thing.
Matt Kivel, Zachary Cale, Fraternal Twin @ Elvis Guesthouse
Ought, Adult Moon @ Mercury Lounge
Toro y Moi, Astronauts,etc. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
ACME, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Jeffrey Zeigler,Paola Prestini, Tanya Tagaq @ National Sawdust
Jeffrey Zeigler, Cibo Matto, Roger Bonair-Agard, James Murphy @ National Sawdust
Holy Tunics, Salad Boys, The Britanys, Losing @ Palisades
Shilpa Ray, O'Death, Tarana @ Rough Trade
Twin Shadow, Wild Belle, Helado Negro @ Terminal 5
Patty Griffin @ Town Hall
Cuntz, Wilful Boys, Foster Care @ Cake Shop
Steve Wynn @ The Bowery Electric
Q-Tip (DJ), JoJo, Ebro (host) @ FADER + vitaminwater #uncapped
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photo: The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
H2O, Kill Your Idols @ Saint Vitus (noon)
In celebration of NYHC/pop punk vets H2O's 20th anniversary, they just played three nights at Saint Vitus with two albums of their six-album discography played in full a night. Now to cap off the run, they've got two all-ages matinees at the venue this weekend, this being the first. It's a great double bill with fellow NY punk vets Kill Your Idols opening.
The Julie Ruin, Bleached, Youth Code (DJ set) @ House of Vans
Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre still makes biting, urgent material with her band The Julie Ruin, who play a free show in NYC tonight (though you had to RSVP, which is now closed). Get there early for garage pop band Bleached.
Pissed Jeans, VEXX @ Baby's All Right (2 shows)
Noisy post-hardcore rippers Pissed Jeans always put on a wild show, and tonight they'll put on two -- 8 PM and midnight. Olympia punks Vexx are on both shows and worth seeing too. Opening the early show is Big Ups and opening the late show is Honeysuck.
Superheaven @ Rough Trade
Superheaven's new album Ours Is Chrome dropped this week, and if you're looking for a new band with alt-rock bangers like "Cherub Rock" and "Everlong," look no further. This is a free, all ages afternoon release show (1:30 doors, 2 PM show), ahead of their tour which begins in NYC this Friday.
Nate Wooley (Seven Story Mountain V), Maya Dunietz, Fritz Welch, TILT Brass @ Abrons Art Center
The final night of the ISSUE Project Room-presented Tectonics Festival features Nate Wooley presenting Seven Story Mountin V which has been "expanded in scale and complexity for a 19-piece ensemble."
Har Mar Superstar, Mereki, Lost Lander, Holiday Mountain @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers up a wide variety of evening entertainment, including ping pong, mini-golf, arcade games, shopping, micro-brews and local wines, and of course free live music. Tonight is headlined by entertaining party-starter Har Mar Superstar.
Juan Wauters, Nude Beach, Tall Juan, Vox Disco @ Shea Stadium
You get two Juans for the price of one tonight: Wauters is celebrating the release of his terrific new album, Who Me?; Tall Juan makes a similar raw garage-folk ruckus. In between the Juans are excellent heartland punks Nude Beach.
Endless Boogie, Hoagie Jungle, The Renderers @ Union Pool
One of the most accurately named bands in NYC, Endless Boogie grab hold of a groove and don't let go. It's not 100% accurate as they do usually stop at some point but don't try and argue that to get your money back. Also on the bill: New Zealand's long-running The Renderers who will play Cake Shop later in the evening.
Zuli, The Renderers, Hamish Kilgour, Flying Squirrels, Amber Arcades @ Cake Shop
One of Cake Shop's "super shows" celebrating their 10th Anniversary, this show features The Renderers and fellow kiwi Hamish Kilgour (of The Clean, etc), and German artist Amber Arcades whose live band features members of Real Estate and Quilt. There may also be surprise guests, who can say?
DJ Playero, DJ Laz, Erick Rincon, Happy Colors, Pablitomix, Notch, Uproot Andy, Geko Jones @ Verboten
Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, tonight Verboten is being taken over by Que Bajo Records and they'll be spinning cumbia, reggaeton, that will spin salsa, bachata, dancehall, baile funk, merengue, mambo, kuduro, kwaito, funana, tribal guarachero and more.
The Minus 5, Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three @ WFMU Monty Hall
When not playing in Young Fresh Fellow, and The Baseball Project, Scott McCaughey shows a slightly more serious side with The Minus Five which also (usually) features REM's Peter Buck. Also on the bill is Steve Wynn, which means most of The Baseball Project are playing this show. Who knows what may happen?
Saun & Starr @ Ginnys
Some of you may recognize Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe from their days singing backup for Sharon Jones. Saun & Starr have now made their own album, titled Look Closer, which is out May 19 via Daptone (of course). The pair celebrate the new LP at this Harlem spot, playing an early and late show tonight.
Antwon, Wiki, Show Me The Body @ Elvis Guesthouse
Two alt-rappers play this show, Antwon and Ratking's Wiki, and opening is the more rock-oriented Show Me The Body.
Creeping Dose, Mommy, Born Wrong, Pleasure Industry, Dilate @ The Acheron
A handful of solid local hardcore bands are on this bill, and especially worth catching is the angry, uncompromising Ontario band Born Wrong while they're in town.
Luke Roberts, Chris Brokaw, Toby Driver, Andrew Hock, Cetacea @ Trans-Pecos
This is a cool show all around with solo sets from Luke Roberts of black metal band Thantifaxath (not to be confused with the folk singer), Chris Brokaw of Codeine and Come, Toby Driver of Kayo Dot and several other bands, Andrew Hock of Psalm Zero, and Cetacea aka Bryan Bray of Canadian metal band Gates (not to be confused with the NJ post-hardcore band).
Rough Francis, D'NT, Gozer @ Grand Victory
Rough Francis features the three sons of Bobby Hackney (of proto-punk legends Death). Some of them have also played in their fathers' band, and their sound isn't too far removed.
Marky Ramone w/ Andrew WK @ The Stone Pony
Marky Ramone (Ramones drummer from 1978-1983 and 1987-1996) is currently on the road playing his old band's songs with Andrew WK singing. Tour hits NJ tonight.
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photos by PSquared
The Dream Syndicate @ Rough Trade 11/15/2014
"When we started out, I think we were influenced by all the best stuff and at the same time, a lot of our role models were bands that weren't appreciated in their time either," he said. "Nobody loved Big Star and The Stooges and The Modern Lovers and Television and The Velvet Underground, and all those bands I just named are considered to be eternal bands that weren't really racking up the numbers when they started. There's something about this music that's meant to last, as opposed to music that's just meant to be fashionable at the moment, and it allows you to revisit it years later. I think we're that kind of band." - [Examiner]Reunited paisley underground vets The Dream Syndicate played their first NYC shows since the Reagan years, parking at Rough Trade for two sold-out shows over the weekend. We hit the first show (Saturday, 11/15) show which was with local jangle-pop band EZTV. The crowd was full of die hards and frontman Steve Wynn was pretty chatty, telling stories about playing NYC in the past. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
Dream Syndicate circa 2012
Dream Syndicate was one of the first bands from Los Angeles' psychedelic revival (misleadingly dubbed the paisley underground) to reach a national audience. While many of the movement's bands plumbed the Byrds/Buffalo Springfield or Pink Floyd archives for inspiration, Dream Syndicate's weird, obsessive lyrics, relentless noise maelstroms -- mixed with eerie/pretty otherworldly dirges and ballads -- and singer Steve Wynn's nasal rasping and ranting recalled the Velvet Underground, though (of course) they steadfastly denied that to be their intent. - [Trouser Press]Steve Wynn just came through NYC with The Baseball Project and while that group still has a few innings on their 2014 tour, Steve's old "paisley underground" band The Dream Syndicate have been back in business as well. Wynn reformed the band in 2012 with '80s-era members Dennis Duck and Mark Walton, plus Miracle 3 guitarist Jason Victor and they've been playing sporadically ever since, including a North American run starting at next weekend's Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. The band will be playing their "first NYC show of the 21st" century at Rough Trade on November 15. (Not only that, it's their first NYC show since Reagan was President.) Tickets will be available soon via Ticketmaster.
When they reformed The Dream Syndicate were doing 1982's The Days of Wine and Roses in full and this year they've been doing the same for 1984's Medicine Show:
We have never played this album start to finish at a single show, let alone for a whole tour. But now that we've gotten a pretty good handle on playing "The Days of Wine and Roses" all the way through, this seems like a good, new challenge. We'll round out the set with songs off the other three albums as well as the odd (or not so odd) cover or two.No official word on whether on what the Rough Trade show will consist of yet. Stay tuned.
All Dream Syndicate. Baseball Project, and Steve Wynn solo dates are listed (via Slicing Up Eyeballs), along with a streams of The Days of Wine & Roses and Medicine Show, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Back in the '90s, most up-and-coming indie rock bands touring through NYC played either Mercury Lounge or Brownies. Mike Stuto started booking shows there in 1994, and became co-owner in 1998. (Full disclosure: I've known Mike from before his Brownies days, and the club was the first place I saw a show when I moved to NYC.) Pretty much everybody played there and it was the site of the infamous 1998 show by The Fall that ended in an onstage brawl, with frontman Mark E. Smith arrested. When the club closed in 2002, Stuto turned Brownies into HiFi, a bar with no live music but with a digital jukebox that, at the time (iPods were still a novelty), had an astounding number of songs.
HiFi underwent renovations last fall, adding a small performance room in the back with a bar, and a DJ booth to the front. With the 20th anniversary of his association with 169 Ave A, there was an invite-only "20 Years of Stuto" party at HiFi last Saturday (5/17) that doubled as a benefit for longtime bartender Rhea Buckner who has been battling cancer and incurred a lot of debt from it. You can donate too.
The evening featured a lot of live music, and all the acts had played at Brownies at one point or another. After an opening set from NYC vet Don Piper, we got Boy Morgan (which includes members of Robbers on High Street) who played some of their own '60s-leaning material before inviting up a host of guest vocalists: Will Sheff of Okkervil River did Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind," AC Newman of New Pornographers did Wings' "Mrs. Vanderbilt" which was then followed by Ted Leo doing another Wings' song, knocking out "Band on the Run." Newman remarked, "New Pornographers' first New York show was here, as was my son's first birthday party."
Next up was former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, which was followed by a short set from Ted Leo who told the crowd he probably wouldn't still be making music if it wasn't for Brownies' support and brought out the Pharmacists for a couple songs as well. Leo also brought up Stuto to do Elvis Costello's "Pump it Up" with the band.
Then out came Bob Mould who, even though it was just him and his electric guitar, was insanely, ear-bleedingly loud. I think his amp only has two settings: on or off. In addition to playing Sugar's "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind," we got a couple songs from his soon-to-be-released Beauty & Ruin. Then he brought back out Ted Leo + Pharmacists for a ripping rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device."
The night's music ended with a set from Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs who were the first band Stuto booked at Brownies. Their set also included some guests: Ben Smith (The Brought Low/Sweet Diesel) sang Small Faces' "Song Of A Baker," Jesse Malin (D Generation) sang the Stones' "Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker)" and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project) and his wife, Linda Pitmon (on drums) came out for a cover of Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby."
It was a very fun night and pictures from all the above are in this post. As mentioned, HiFi is hosting live music now in its very small (35 capacity) back room, nothing with drums and nothing as loud as Bob Mould. They host readings and other performances too and you can check their schedule here.
More pics from Saturday's party below...
The Baseball Project -- the high-concept rock band formed by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) -- released their third album, titled 3rd, back in March. The record, which also features R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills plus drummer Linda Pitmon, hits on more stories from America's Pastime, including songs about Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron,Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis. You can stream it at Rdio.
There hasn't been a full tour planned, but The Baseball Project do have some upcoming gigs in New York, including one at NYC's Rough Trade on August 2. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon.
That show is one day after playing the Baseball Hall of Fame's 75th Anniversary Weekend in Cooperstown, NY (8/1) with Conor Oberst and his tourmates Dawes on deck as well. Tickets for the Cooperstown show are on sale now. The band also play the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY on July 20.
UPDATE: It's more of an actual tour, it turns out, with a couple week's worth of shows. All dates are listed, along with 3rd artwork and tracklist, below...
NYC punk legend Richard Hell is celebrating the paperback release of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp this month with some live talks/interviews. He was already interviewed by Robert Christgau in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, and this week he will be at Strand Books on Thursday (3/20), reading an excerpt from his book and then being interviewed by NYU professor Bryan Waterman (who wrote the 33 1/3 volume for Television's Marquee Moon). You have to buy a copy of his book from Strand or a $15 Strand gift card to attend.
Then on Saturday (3/22) at NYU, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy will interview Hell at 7 PM in the Great Hall at Cooper Union. That's followed by a panel with writer Vivien Goldman, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin), and singer Tamar Kali. Admission is at at 6:30 for conference attendees, and at 7:00 for the general public, as space allows.
UPDATE: Both of those Richard Hell events are part of 'Punk at 40,' which also includes Bryan Waterman presenting a Marquee Moon edition of 'Classic Album Sundays at Output on Sunday (3/23). Tickets are on sale.
Not exactly a punk legend himself, but a Marky Ramone collaborator, Andrew WK will also be at Strand Books on May 22 with Phillip Crandall, author of the 33 1/3 volume for AWK's I Get Wet. More info TBA.
In more '70s-era punk news, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain already brought their amazingly named 'Sex Doll Tour' to NYC once earlier this month, and they've since tacked on another NYC show to the end of the tour happening on March 31 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tour flyer with all dates and the flyer for the Grand Victory show, below.
Australian '70s punk vet Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman) joins forces with The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and his band The Miracle 3 for a show on May 29 at Bowery Electric. Also on that bill is Nikki Corvette and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are on sale now. Deniz also plays NJ's Brighton Bar the next day (5/30) before his TBA European tour.
There's another show at Bowery Electric on May 10 with CJ Ramone (who was a Ramone from '89-'96). He'll be joined by Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Threads. Tickets are on sale.
In more related news, we just posted today that Ramones/Talking Heads/Blondie/Richard Hell/Suicide producer Craig Leon is reissuing solo material and playing NYC and Moogfest.
Glen Matlock/Sylvain Sylvain flyers and a classic Richard Hell video below...
photo via @vchrisop
Phil Lesh & Friends are coming to the NYC-area for four nights at The Capitol Theatre (10/31-11/3) beginning on Halloween, and then five nights at Best Buy Theater (11/5-9). Tickets to the Cap shows go on sale today at noon and tickets to the Best Buy Theater shows go on sale today at 10 AM.
Onetime Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, and his current band The Miracle 3, are playing a show with Ivan Julian (of the Voidoids) & the Head on November 1 at Bowery Electric. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The fabulous Fleshtones, NYC's progenitors of "super rock," will release a new EP in August titled Los Fleshtones Quatro x Quatro via Yep Roc records. Maybe they'll play some of it tonight (6/21) at Bowery Electric. The line-up for tonight's show is actually pretty cool all-around, with Steve Wynn & the Miracle Three, former Voidoid Ivan Julian, Swedish garage rockers Stupidity and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are still available.
The EP was recorded while on tour in Gijon, Spain and all four songs are in Spanish, including covers of two songs by Mexican rock band Los Johnny Jets. Says frontman Peter Zaremba:
The story of this record goes way back to our original bass player, Marek Pakulski, finding a bunch of albums including 'Los Johnny Jets A Go Go' in the trash in front of Joey Ramone's Lower Eastside tenement one night in 1977. Johnny Jets were a typical Mexican '60s rock and roll group -covering top-ten hits of the time like 'Wooly Bully' in Spanish with varying degrees of competence -- just the thing to appeal to The Fleshtones. Rather than the Spanish language versions of overly-familiar tunes like 'Hang On Sloopy', what really caught our ears were two more-or-less original tracks 'No Tengo Dinero' and 'Todos Queremos A Lupe' (which seemed to at least be inspired by Johnny Thunder's 1962 hit 'Loop De Loop'). We decided we would record these two songs ourselves as soon as possible. If nothing else, The Fleshtones are good for their word!In other news, The Fleshtones' record label, Yep Roc, turns 15 this year and they're throwing a three-day celebration at The Cat's Cradle in Carboro, NC on October 11, 12 and 13. No word on whether The Fleshtones will go down for it but confirmed YR15 artists include Dave Alvin, Chatham County Line, John Doe, Liam Finn, Fountains Of Wayne, Robyn Hitchcock, Los Straitjackets, Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet, Eleni Mandell, Mayflies USA, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Sadies, Sloan, Jim White and Master of Ceremonies John Wesley Harding. While three-day passes are sold out, you can still buy individual tickets to each night.
YR15 Flyer is below, along with a list of Fleshtones tour dates.
In honor of the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection of more than thirty thousand baseball cards--dating from 1887 to 1959--Spectrum has organized an exciting Friday night event. Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, early-comers can meet William C. Rhoden and be treated to a pre-show signing of his book Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete.Tickets are still available for tonight;s event (4/13).
At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a lively panel discussion about our card collection and its relationship to baseball. Panelists include:
Sean Kirst, columnist at the Syracuse Post-Standard and author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig and Other Baseball Essays
Dale Murphy, retired Major League Baseball player
William C. Rhoden, sports columnist at the New York Times
Sharon Robinson, educational consultant, author, and daughter of the great Jackie Robinson
After the panel discussion, the supergroup The Baseball Project (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, and Linda Pitmon, with a special guest appearance by Mike Mills) will perform a very special set, with songs inspired by the Museum's baseball card collection.
The Red Krayola also play a NYC museum tonight (and tomorrow) (the Whitney).
Julianna Barwick and Grouper play one tonight too! Their show is at the Guggenheim where Cold Cave and Zola Jesus (with help from JG Thirwell) also have shows coming up. Tix are still available for tonight's show and for Cold Cave's too. Zola Jesus goes on sale on 4/18.
The Baseball Project also played Maxwell's the other night, but have no other upcoming dates at the moment. Check out the new video for 2010 song "All Future and No Past" below...
Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, will be screening at a number of film festivals and other venues this year and next year. The film was produced by Gorman Bechard (of What We Were Thinking Films) and features interviews with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, members of Husker Du, Robert Christgau, Jim Derogatis, Ira Robbins, Tom Arnold, and others. The film will premiere in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric.
We're excited to announce that, along with Bowery Electric, we're presenting MATS CITY, a Replacements tribute show that will take place at Bowery Electric after each screening. The show, which will be hosted by Matt Pinfield features a number of guests including Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Jesse Malin, Steve Wynn, Ted Leo, Chuck Ragan, Charlie Mars, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Matthew Ryan, Willie Nile, Tommy Ramone, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pulkingham, Walter Lure, Kevn Kinney, Don DiLego, Joe D'Urso, Danny Sage, and Nicole Atkins, and many more to be announced. Those singers will be backed by a band which includes Todd Youth, Matt Romano, and Johnny T. Tickets for the 11/16 and the 11/17 shows are on sale now (ticket options include movie only and show only, and both). A portion of the proceeds will go to Musicians On Call. Note that exact lineups for each date are TBA. Some performers may only be playing one day.
A list of cities the film will screen in and teaser video below...
The Baseball Project at Maxwell's (more by Lori Baily)
"Well, we had so much fun the first time that we just had to do it again. Scott, Peter, Linda and I spent much of the last few years on the road, in the studio and trading files, ideas, anecdotes and laughs and the result is the second album by the Baseball Project: Volume 2: High and Inside." - The Baseball ProjectHigh and Inside is out now via Yep Roc Records and streaming in full at Spinner. The all-star, baseball-themed band will hit the road in support of the record starting off in Atlanta on 3/11, hitting SXSW, swinging through Spring Training (#srsly), and eventually terminating on the West Coast in early April. Before that, Baseball Project member Steve Wynn will hit Living Room on March 4th with Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three. Tickets are still on sale.
Meanwhile, Peter Buck is keeping busy with R.E.M. as the band has a new album, Collapse Into Now, which is currently streaming in full at NPR. No tour dates for R.E.M. as of yet but if you have tickets for the Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall on 3/3, you can catch R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe there. Mike Mills of R.E.M. can be found at the Big Star Third show at Lexington Hall on March 26.
words & photos by Lori Baily
The Baseball Proiject headlined a show at Maxwell's on Thursday night. It was before their set over the weekend at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA...
Wilco headlined, and Mavis Staples was their lead-in, but there was six hours of music before them Saturday at Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass.Mike Mills was filling for Peter Buck at that show and at the one in NJ on Thursday, where everyone was having a good time - performers and audience alike.
The warm, sunny afternoon made for perfect festival conditions for a series of sets by Wilco-curated bands which alternated between a pair of stages set up in outdoor courtyards on the Mass MoCA grounds.
Alt-rock supergroup the Baseball Project brought together Mike Mills of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of the Miracle 3 (and formerly of the Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and journeywoman drummer Linda Pitmon to perform songs that were, in fact, mostly about baseball. Call it good, clean, nerdy fun.
With a rollicking rock 'n' roll sensibility, the foursome sang a tune written after a night out drinking with now-retired pitcher Jack McDowell, advocated for the inclusion of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix on the list of starters who have thrown perfect games (Haddix kept one going for 12 innings in 1959 before losing in the 13th) and threw in a couple of Minus 5 tunes, including "Lies of the Living Dead" and "Aw Shit Man." [Hartford Courant]
I know nothing about baseball or I would've been entertained even more. Scott McCaughey joined opener Dennis Diken for a couple of songs at the end of their set. The guys (and gal) in both bands are all really sweet and down to earth, Mike Mills even requested that he not be "lit like a lead singer, cause I'm not a lead singer."
More pictures of the NJ show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Scott McCaughey w/ Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House (more by Lori Baily)
Bassists/guitarist Scott McCaughey and guitarist/bassist Peter Buck collaborate quite a bit. First, they both play in R.E.M. Recently, both backed Robyn Hitchcock as part of the Venus 3 on his spring tour. Those shows were a combination of opening dates for the Decemberists (like at Radio City) and headlining shows. The band's June 11th show at the Bell House was the latter.
Wynn and Pitmon are prolific in their own right. Both just gigged as part of Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, performing Medicine Show by Dream Syndicate (Wynn's old band) at the Bell House on June 27th. A live recording of that show is available at The Archive. (There's another of those Medicine Show gigs coming up in LA in July.)
The a-four-mentioned musicians pack into the tour van this August to play an amalgamated series of shows, billed as "An Evening with The Minus 5, the Baseball Project, and the Steve Wynn IV Performed by Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon." Part of that will be a gig at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Wednesday, September 23rd. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 10th at noon.
If that's not enough, you can catch Buck on the recently reissued version of R.E.M's 1984 album Reckoning (though not McCaughey -- he didn't join the group till the '90s). R.E.M. are also releasing a 4-song live digital EP on July 9th, and a 2-CD live album later this year.
All Minus 5 + Steve Wynn + friends tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
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DOWNLOAD: Most Serene Republic - Heavens to Purgatory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Nature - Triangle Eyes (M4A)
This week it's all about San Francisco, as far as this column is concerned. (Actually, next week will also be all about San Francisco, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Especially, I've already digressed into a long parenthetical statement after only one sentence.) As mentioned previously, garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall will be in town this weekend and I really hope you go see him. His new album, Lemons, is just fantastic, much better than I was honestly expecting and I like his debut. It's thick and sweaty sounding, perfect for the hot and humid nights that are just around the corner. And while the sonics are not so difficult to master (reverb, in-the-red levels), it's the songs that has kept Lemons on repeat lately. The album's not out till July 14, but he'll have copies for sale at the shows: Saturday (6/27) at Cake Shop and Sunday (6/28) at Death by Audio.
Girls with girls
Saturday's Ty Segall show at Cake Shop is the don't miss show of the week, however, as San Francisco's hazy, folky, occasionally very very loud Girls are also on the bill. It's been almost a year since they last played in town. I saw them twice then -- at Market Hotel and Glasslands -- and they had people going crazy then (as you can kind of see in murky video I shot, which is at the bottom of this post) with only one single out. A year later, they still haven't released much else but that will change soon -- their debut album is due out on True Panther Sounds on September 22. You can still download two tracks from RCRD LBL, including the awesome, epic "Hellhole Ratrace" which will be released as a 10" single (it's nearly seven minutes long) prior to the album's release. The just-released video for the song is at the bottom of this post.
Actually, all three shows Girls are playing this weekend are worth seeing. Tonight (6/25) is the first, at Mercury Lounge where they share the stage with St. Louis' Radical Sons, Philadelphia DFA signees Free Energy (who are kind of like the Strokes covering Journey, which is better than that may seem), and Texans The Paper Chase whose new album, Someday This Could All Be Yours, just came out on Kill Rock Stars.
Friday night (6/26), Girls play Monster Island Basement with Real Estate (kind of a perfect match), Kurt Vile & the Violators (now on Matador) and Beach Fossils. (Both Real Estate and Beach Fossils also play the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival next week.)
If you miss Girls this time around, they'll be back in August with Los Campesinos!
Other worthy show choices for you: Tonight is also the latest Adult Swim Presents' Summer Series at Santos Party House. I feel confident in saying that, apart from maybe a festival somewhere down the line, this may be your only chance to ever see Cheeseburger and A.C. Newman on the same bill. Mr. Newman, if by chance you're reading this -- wear old shoes. The stage will be an inch-thick in beer after the mayhem that is a typical Cheeseburger set. There's also the garage rock sounds of Atlanta's Woggles, and burlesque fun with the Pontani Sisters. The evening is hosted by "Jon" from Adult Swim's very funny Witness Protection Program reality show Delocated. As I said, it's free so get there early if you want to get in. Doors are at 7PM, 18+.
Following the Adult Swim mayhem, they're gonna mop the stage (well, they should) and get ready for the second show of the evening: The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who've been gigging a lot lately, which isn't surprising as their debut album just came out this week on Friendly Fire. If you haven't seen them yet, you should definitely make a point to do so -- they are quite the '70s disco/rock explosion. If you RSVP, admission is free for the first 100 through the door -- after that it's only five bucks. If you don't RSVP, you're dumb, and it's $10. Doors are at 10PM, and this one's 21 and over. We've also got a couple pair of tickets to give away.
The Most Serene Republic
Also tonight (6/25): Canada's Most Serene Republic are in the midst of a short East Coast tour, revving up interest in their new album, ...And the Ever-Expanding Universe, which is out July 14. While I often find their music a bit too complicated for its own good, I have always found them fascinating live, that they can actually pull off those complex arrangements. I haven't heard the new album, but "Heavens to Purgatory" which you can download at the top of this post, clocks in at a mere 2:34 and is pretty catchy. So maybe they've turned over a new, concise leaf. Most Serene Republic play tonight at Cake Shop with Your Nature who sound like a lot of things I liked in the '80s (U2, The Chameleons come to mind), and you can download thier song "Triangle Eyes" as well at the top of this post. MSR also play Union Hall on Saturday (6/27) with Pursesnatchers and Adam's Castle. In between (6/26), they fit in a Philadelphia show too. All tour dates at the bottom of the post.
Also also, a bunch of good show options on Friday: The Feelies play an special, acoustic show at the Whitney on Friday; Blonde Redhead and the Olof Arnalds play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park; and I did a double take when I saw that '80s Australian noisemongers Lubricated Goat were playing Don Pedros. Was unware they were still together -- clearly I don't follow this site close enough.
The Legends are also here.
And finally, Steve Wynn and his current band, The Miracle Three, will perform The Dream Syndicate's classic 1984 album, Medicine Show, in full on Saturday (6/27) at the Bell House (tix) -- the first time the album has been played live start-to-finish by Wynn, ever. (They'll do it again in LA on July 9.) One of the originators of LA's '80s "Paisley Underground" scene, The Dream Syndicate were one of those bands that never quite managed to capture the magic of their live performance on a studio album -- but Medecine Show comes pretty close.
Videos, tour dates, and flyers after the jump...
Steve Wynn and his band the Miracle 3 will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of Medicine Show with 2 shows in New York City and Los Angeles where they will play the classic album from start to finish for the first time. The Miracle 3--Steve's long-time band of Jason Victor, Dave Decastro and Linda Pitmon--did similar shows for The Days of Wine and Roses in 2001.Tickets for that NYC show, to take place at the Bell House on June 27th, are on sale now. Clips of Steve and Dream Syndicate playing songs off Medicine Show back in the day, below...
"Medicine Show is the weirdest, most idiosyncratic, nastiest, funniest and most revealing record the Dream Syndicate ever made," said Wynn in the liner notes from the record's 1991 reissue. "It's also my favorite." [Steve Wynn]
The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5 11/6/08 (more by Chris La Putt)
All four of the Hold Steady's scheduled NYC shows, June 8th - 11th, have sold out, though the group's second Music Hall of Williamsburg show (Thursday, June 11th) is part of the Northside Festival, which still has badges available.
Openers for those shows are Right on Dynamite (6/8 @ Bowery Ballroom), Mischief Brew (6/9 @ Bowery Ballroom), Gost Trio (6/10 @ MHOW) and Hype of the States (6/11 @ MHOW).
The Hold Steady's other upcoming dates include them playing as openers themselves for the Counting Crows (in the UK in May) and the Dave Matthews Band (in the US in June).
The band also just announced some new headlining dates including a Friday, July 24th show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 15th at noon.
The Sayreville show is then one day before the Hold Steady play a show further south at the 2009 XPoNential Music Festival. The three days fest runs from July 24-26 at Wiggins Park at the Camden Waterfront. Yeasayer, Peter Bjorn and John, Aimee Mann, and many more artists are on the bill.
Complete fest lineup, and all Hold Steady tour dates below...
The Rock-It Science Festival will bring together eight outstanding--and noted--scientists and academics who share a second career as musicians, along with six additional performers with international exposure and a great appreciation for science.Dee Snider is also on the bill. $25.00 tickets are on sale.
Dr. Joseph LeDoux conceived the idea for this unique event, which serves as the closing event for the Sensation to Emotion Conference on March 2 and 3. LeDoux is a professor of neuroscience at New York University who not only has pioneered study of the brain's mechanisms for emotion and memory and is the author of The Emotional Brain and The Synaptic Self, but is also guitarist and lead vocalists of rock band The Amygdaloids, who will be performing at Rock-It Science. The Amygdaloids line-up also includes three other NYU scientists: neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, PhD candidate Nina Galbraith Curley, and Environmental Sciences professor and author Tyler Volk.
The Rock-It Science Festival will start rockin' at 6:30 p.m. on March 3 at the Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street in New York. Australian Go-Go dancer and variety show star Anna Copa Cabanna will emcee the event, promising an interesting and humorous evening. Rufus Wainwright will highlight an evening that will also include musician, writer and record producer Lenny Kaye, who is the long-time collaborator of poet-rocker Patti Smith.
Other guest artists at Rock-It Science include Grammy-nominated songwriter and international recording artist Gary Lucas, and Peter Holsapple, an acclaimed musician, songwriter and side man who is co-leader of the legendary dBs, and has performed extensively with R.E.M. and Hootie & The Blowfish. American folk-rock duo The Kennedys, jazz/cabaret performer Pamela Luss, acclaimed songwriter Steve Wynn (of the Dream Syndicate and the Miracle Three), and Stuart Chatwood, previously the bassist and keyboard player for platinum rock band The Tea Party, also make the Rock-It Science lineup.
The Db's are playing the R.E.M. tribute at Carnegie Hall in March.
More info on the Rock-It Science Festival below...
The Dream Syndicate
Tickets are still on sale for this show tonight:
Jul 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM EDTSteve Wynn's most recent album was about baseball. Steve's next album is called "Crossing Dragon Bridge"....
Freedy Johnston performing "Can You Fly" plus
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 performing The Dream Syndicate's "Days Of Wine & Roses"
at Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ, $15.00
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The Baseball Project (photo by Vivian Johnson)
What happens when two great songwriters decide to focus their talents upon their favorite sport? You get the highly entertaining debut disc from The Baseball Project, Volume One: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails. The album is the brainchild of Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, and R.E.M). The two musicians were longtime fans of each other's work throughout the 80s but never met until the early 90s. Wynn recalls, "I honestly think the first time we met was side-by-side at the urinals at the Offramp in Seattle when I played there in 1992." He adds, "Scott didn't try to shake my hand."Stream the entire album now courtesy of Yep Roc. It will be in stores on July 8th. They performed on Letterman last night with drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck as the rest of their band. Peter performed at Madison Square Garden a day earlier. Watch the Letterman video below....