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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Thao / Cults / Richard Reed Parry & Sam Amidon / Jake Shears, Lonnie Holley & more
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

Mr. Russell's eerie, solitary side was assigned to Lonnie Holley, singing in a bluesy, abstracted tone (and sometimes whistling) over clusters sustained on an electric keyboard; to Sam Amidon, who played terse banjo parts and sang with quizzical innocence; and to Richard Reed Parry, playing bass and singing just above a whisper. Devonté Hynes played guitar and sang the lean, meter-shifting indie rock that Mr. Russell recorded as a member of the Necessaries.

The band Cults expanded the distorted cello of Mr. Russell's "Being It" into a rock-guitar roar; "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" turned from a taunt into a cozy group-sing. And Mr. Bogie's house band, complete with a precise horn section, Latin percussion and lead singers including Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, reveled in disco tracks that Mr. Russell recorded as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. - [New York Times]

Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closed out at BAM with a two-day tribute (May 29 & 30) -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers, including Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon with Richard Reed Perry, Thao Nguyen, Lonnie Holley, Cults, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more artists from the Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album. Did you check out either night of the tribute shows? Pictures from the first night are in this post.

This year's RBMA officially wrapped with another Russell tribute, a dance party late Saturday night (5/30) at Greenpoint's Good Room that spun tracks from Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label Russell co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981. Anyone go to that?

In related news, the posthumous Arthur Russell album, Corn comes out next week (6/9) via Audika Records and is now streaming in full on NPR. The album features music recorded in 1982 and 1983.

More pics from BAM's Red Hot + Arthur Russell below...

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Cults & more paid tribute to Arthur Russell at BAM (pics)"


Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.

Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:

The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Cults, Richard Reed Parry, Kurtis Matronik, Thao Nguyen & more playing Arthur Russell tributes"

photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

La Luz @ Red 7 in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
La Luz

The Museum of Modern Art's summer concert series "MoMA Nights" returns in 2014 every Thursday night in July and August in the museum's Sculpture Garden, featuring such acts as Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction, La Luz, Thao Nguyen, Tashaki Miyaki, Frankie Cosmos and more. The series kicks off July 3 with Au Revoir Simone. The MoMA Nights shows are from 5:30 PM - 8 PM and are free with museum admission.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "MoMA Nights 2014 schedule (Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction, Thao, Au Revoir Simone, La Luz, Frankie Cosmos & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)

Go Forth Feminist Warriors

Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...

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The Moog Sound Lab is a video series where bands and artists are invited to perform in the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With an arsenal of Moog equipment at their disposal, the musicians offer radically new takes on their material.

Much like The Tallest Man on Earth, who was featured in the last installment, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down are not normally associated with electronic music but their time in the Moog Sound Lab made for interesting new direction. Performing "We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)" from this year's We the Common, Thao hangs onto her banjo but the rest of the band switched to Moog analog circuitry. Bassist Adam Thompson laid down thick lines on the Moog Sub Phatty Synthesizer while drummer Jason Slota keeping the beat with three Minimoog modules, and Johanna Kunin used a Slim Phatty poly-chain to color things in.

You can catch Thao & the Get Down Stay Down in NYC when they open for Foxygen at Hudson River Park's River Rocks on July 25 which is a free show.

Previous installments of The Moog Sound Lab series, which has been premiering here at BrooklynVegan, featured Diamond Rings, Zola Jesus, Washed Out, and Toro Y Moi. You can watch video of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's Moog Sound Lab performance below.

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River Rocks

We reported some Seaport Music Festival news earlier and now the free, annual River Rocks series (for the second year on Pier 84) has announced it's 2013 line-up. The first happens on July 11 with Generationals and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. Then the second happens on July 25 with Foxygen (who will hopefully actually play this time) and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (who just toured with Sallie Ford) and Waxahatchee. And finally, on August 8 it's Titus Andronicus and Ducktails. That explains the absence of a NYC date on Titus' upcoming tour. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.

Generationals just played Bowery Ballroom last night (4/22) and are sticking around for another NYC show TONIGHT (4/23) at The Rock Shop with Future of What. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Waxahatchee open for The Babies this Saturday (4/27) at Glasslands (sold-out).

Titus Andronicus just released a Record Store Day 12", which included "Still Lie with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" from last year's Local Business and two previously unreleased tracks, "(I've Got A) Date Tonight" and "The Dog," the latter of which is sung by drummer Eric Harm, rather than frontman Patrick Stickles. Updated Titus dates are listed, along with a stream of "The Dog," below...

Continue reading "River Rocks announces 2013 free show lineup (Titus, Foxygen, Ducktails, Thao, Waxahatchee, Generationals, more)"

Thao at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As mentioned, the new Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, We the Common, came out this week (2/5) via the Domino affiliated Ribbon Music, and in March the band will head out on a previously discussed tour with Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, which hits NYC on March 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. Thao and Sallie have also added another NYC show to this tour, which will happen on March 25 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/8) at noon.

The single from Thao's new album, "Kindness Be Conceived," features Joanna Newsom on guest vocals and you can stream that one, along with a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Thao adds 2nd NYC show to tour w/ Sallie Ford (updated dates); album out now (stream track w/ Joanna Newsom)"



We are packing up the astronaut ice cream and post card stamps- headed out on tour to see you. New record, different line up, more mature decision making.

I can't wait to share new songs with you and relive the old ones.

You: can you play that song you wrote?!
Me: I would love to... do you mind reminding me of the lyrics?
You: Give me my money back.

end scene.

Truly excited to be back on the road and playing for you.

til then

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down will release their new album, We the Common, on February 5 via Domino imprint Ribbon Music. You can stream the album's first single, "Holy Roller," below. Not too long after, Thao will head out on tour with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside that includes a NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on March 22. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (12/5) at noon with the regular on-sale on Friday (12/7) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Thao & the Get Down Stay Down releasing new album and touring in 2013 (dates, stream)"

Schoolboy Q last night @ Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Schooboy Q

today in NYC
* Balkan Tales @ Barbes
* Dapplegray @ The Stone
* Silver Apples @ BAM
* Simon Amstell @ SWEET
* Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Deviant Septet @ The Stone
* Radiolab Live: In the Dark @ BAM
* Anna Ternheim @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Marc Ribot Trio @ Village Vanguard
* moe. @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Portland Cello Project @ City Winery
* Silver Apples @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Wellmont Theatre
* Beat Culture, Psychobuildings, Diavel @ Cameo
* Radiolab Live w/ Demetri Martin & Thao Nguyen @ BAM
* Dave Hill, Rachel Dratch, Michael Kupperman @ Housing Works
* Comic Book Club Live w/ Kurt Braunohler, Amanda Palmer @ Fontana's
* Suzanne Vega, Gabriel Kahane @ Rockefeller Park
* Jesse Boykins III @ Apple Store West 14th Street
* Grooms, Numerators, Noon, Neighbors @ Death By Audio
* Donora, Teammate, Starlight Girls, Bluejay @ Glasslands
* HITS, Hussle Club, Slam Donahue, Pompeya @ Mercury Lounge
* The Bottom Dollars, The Nuclears, The Hollows @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Municipal Waste, 3 Inches of Blood, Black Tusk @ Santos Party House
* Childish Gambino, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Emily's Army, House Boat, Mixtapes, Lipstick Homicide, City Mouse @ Knitting Factory
* Diamond Terrifier presents Max Alper, Irene Moon, David Shapiro, Eric Beach/Evan Lipson, DJ Dutch E. Germ @ Zebulon
* Workmen's Circle Yiddishfest w/ Klexmatics, SoCalles & more @ Central Park Summerstage

WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, performing "Radiolab: Live in the Dark" around the country and has returned to NYC for a two-night stint at BAM tonight (6/26) and tomorrow (6/27). In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the BAM shows -- like a few of the dates on this tour -- include Demetri Martin and Thao Ngyen. Both shows are sold out (but where there's a will there's a way). "Radiolab: Live in the Dark" comes to Philadelphia on Friday and there's a Chicago date in September.

(In addition to her appearances as part of Radiolab, Thao Ngyen is playing a free show at The Satellite in L.A. on July 13.)

While on the subject of BAM, Silver Apples' Simeon Coxe performs tonight in BAMcinemaFEST Lounge immediately after the screening (and Q&A) of Radio Unnamable.

Meanwhile, Thao Ngyen collaborators and tourmates the Portland Cello Project play the Hudson Square Music Festival's kickoff event tonight (6/26) which is free and open to the public. The PCP played Housing Works Bookstore last night.

Speaking of Housing Works, Dave Hill is there tonight talking up his new book Tasteful Nudes with help from Rachel Dratch and Michael Kupperman.

Speaking of summer NYC series', Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series kicks off tonight (6/26) with The Nelson Riddie Orchestra, and continues through July 14.

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Tickets are still available for tonight's Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q & Childish Gambino show in Prospect Park. We're also giving away pairs both on the site and on Facebook.

Jens Lekman, who's playing Terminal 5 in October, just released the video for his single "Erica America" and you can watch it below.

Diamond Rings, not to be confused with Diamond Rugs who played Letterman last night, has a new video you can watch below...

Alabama Shakes, who played Summerstage with Diamond Rugs, was on Fallon last night. Video below...

What else?

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Mirah has two NYC shows coming up this February. First, she'll play as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival as one of the guest vocalists performing with Jherek Bischoff, which also includes David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, and Zac Pennington. That show takes place on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall and tickets are still on sale.

Two days later, she'll play her own show at Glasslands (2/6). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Mirah, along with Thao, who she released a collaborative album with in 2011, recently performed Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen on the Portlandia Tour (which was just expanded) when it stopped at San Francisco's Mezzanine on December 30. A video of that, along with all dates below...

Continue reading "Mirah played 'Push It' w/ Thao, Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen (video), playing Brooklyn after Ecstatic show (dates)"

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down are scheduled to open for The Head & the Heart on their tour which initially included NYC shows at MHOW (9/26) and Bowery ballroom (9/27). The Head and the Heart have since added a third NYC show that Thao and her band won't play, but they will play their own NYC show the same night (9/28) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.

In related news, Thao & Mirah recently gave an interview over twitter. Check out their answers here. You can also listen to their recent performance on NPR's World Cafe.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Thao with the Get Down Stay Down add Mercury Lounge show during Head & the Heart tour (updated dates)"

The Head & the Heart @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
The Head and the heart

To quote Sub Pop:

Seattle's The Head and the Heart have been on the road since February and clearly have no plans to slow down anytime soon. They've recently played shows with Death Cab for Cutie in Europe, My Morning Jacket in London, Iron and Wine in the Midwest, and have an upcoming string of US dates with The Decemberists. And, the band just announced their first ever headlining tour, which starts immediately after they play at the Austin City Limits Festival on Sept 18th, and ends October 20th in Vancouver, BC. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will open these dates, with Devil Whale and Lemolo playing select shows as well.

Sub Pop released The Head and the Heart's self-titled debut full-length on April 16th of this year, and to date the album has scanned over 50,000 copies in the US. So far this year the band has performed at the Sasquatch and Bonnaroo festivals and before year's end will play the Newport Folk Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, the Doe Bay Festival, and ACL.
Those new dates include shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both go on sale today (7/15) at noon. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Head & the Heart & Thao with the Get Down Stay Down -- 2011 Tour Dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mirah & Thao
Thao and Mirah

"Thao is a raw and bombastic performer, while Mirah has a strong, guileless voice befitting her emotional and introspective tunes. Their performance Thursday night was a delicate blend of both performers' sensibilities: more sedate than a typical Thao and the Get Down Stay Down concert, but more upbeat and vivacious than a Mirah show. Along with three backing musicians (one of whom opened the bill as Led to Sea, performing live-looping solo viola tunes), Thao and Mirah went through nearly the entire album, throwing in some of their solo work for good measure and frequently singing each other's material." [Philadelphia Inquirer]
That review refers to the Philly show which was one day after the NYC show on the ongoing Thao & Mirah tour. BOBBY is also on the tour and played both shows. The BOBBY pictures are HERE. The rest of the Brooklyn show, with a video too, is below...

Continue reading "Thao & Mirah played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Led to Sea (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Bobby - Groggy (MP3)

BOBBY @ SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Cinco de Mayo is approaching and that means so is the band BOBBY who headline a BV-presented show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on May 5th with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and recently-added opener Prussia (who are also opening for Dominique Young Unique at Mercury Lounge one night earlier). Tickets are still on sale, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to win below.

It has also been announced that BOBBY will head out on tour in June as the opener on the prevously-announced Thao & Mirah tour which swings into Brooklyn on June 8th. Tickets for the MHOW show are also still on sale.

All tour dates and contest details below...

Continue reading "BOBBY added to Thao & Mirah tour (dates), Prussia added to Brooklyn BOBBY show (win tix)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Misteur Valaire @ BV Day Party
Misteur Valaire

Casiokids @ The Parish

Deer Tick @ Terrorbird Media Day Party
John McCauley and Ian O'Neil

Catching up a bit. Here's what Dominick saw in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011....

Continue reading "SXSW 2011 Day 4 pics"

"watching thao at bowery fucking awesome" - moxiemotive

"Thao with the get down stay down #soon #bowery #drunk yeah all that" -NativeGrace

Thao at Bowery Ballroom last night (zachary perkins)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Yesterday we wrote:

[Thao & Mirah's] tour together, which hits Philly on June 9th, suspiciously has no NYC date, but maybe that will change after Thao With the Get Down Stay Down play their NYC Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom w/ Pearl and the Beard tonight....
Assumptions were correct. Thao & Mirah will play a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 8th with tour opener Led to Sea (solo project of Seattle violist/violinist L. Alex Guy). Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon tomorrow (4/6) and regular sale on Friday.

How was the Bowery show? Updated list of tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Thao played Bowery Ballroom w/ The Get Down Stay Down, announces Brooklyn show w/ Mirah (updated dates)"

Thao & Mirah
Thao and Mirah

As partially previously mentioned,

"Thao & Mirah have just announced a full U.S. tour in support or their self-titled debut album, which will be released April 26 on Kill Rock Stars. The album was recorded in a two-week period, with tUnE-YaRdS mastermind Merrill Garbus co-producing, guesting, and writing one song. Thao and Mirah each wrote a new batch of beautiful songs, which were jointly performed and produced by the three with some help from fine Bay Area friends. The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration."
- Kill Rock Stars
Their tour together, which hits Philly on June 9th, suspiciously has no NYC date, but maybe that will change after Thao With the Get Down Stay Down play their NYC Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom w/ Pearl and the Beard TONIGHT (4/4) (update: it did change, a Brooklyn show was added). Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Thao is here, announced a tour w/ Mirah (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Thao & Mirah - "Eleven" featuring tUnE-yArDs (MP3)

Mirah & Thao Nguyen at MHoW (photos by Amanda Hatfield)
Marah & Thao

Mirroring the sentiment that was out in force this past weekend, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will headline a Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom on April 4th with The Bloodsugars. Tickets go on sale Thursday 3/3 at noon. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are also scheduled to play SXSW and the sold-out Coachella festival next month. All dates are below.

In related news, Thao's collaborative efforts and tours with Mirah last year have borne fruit, as the pair are preparing to release an LP entitled "Thao & Mirah" via Kill Rock Stars on April 26th. Check out the album's first track, "Eleven", which features and was produced by tUnE-yArDs. MP3 above and stream below. The LP's tracklisting/art and a live video of a second track "How Dare You", with all dates, also below...

Continue reading "Thao Nguyen playing Planned Parenthood benefit in NYC, releasing an album w/ Mirah (listen to a song w/ tUnE-yArDs)"

by BBG

2/3 of Hail Mary Mallon (Rob Sonic and Aesop Rock)
Hail Mary Mallon

Aesop Rock will head out on tour in May with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, and though they are billed separately, it means we're getting Hail Mary Mallon aka the crew formed by the trio. The NYC show will happen at Bowery Ballroom on 5/14. Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday (3/3). All dates and the video for HMM's "D-Up" are below.

Hail Mary Mallon is one of a few active projects for Aesop Rock. He also wrote beats for the San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts (his wife Alyson is a member). Dirty Ghosts, who played their first show last week, will kick of a string of dates with Datarock next week on the West Coast leading up to an appearance at SXSW. Check out a video for "Shout It In" below.

In addition, Aesop Rock has contributed material to the forthcoming Kimya Dawson LP, Thunder Thighs due this summer. Check out "Miami Advice" with Aesop Rock at K Records. Other contributors to Kimya's new album include Nicolai Fraiture, John Darnielle, Thao Nguyen, MURS, Jonah Matranga, Jack Dishel, Angelo Spencer and many other who are all listed below.

All tour dates and some video with the credits for Kimya's Thunder Thighs, below....

Continue reading "Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz (Hail Mary Mallon) -- 2011 tour dates, new Kimya Dawson & Dirty Ghosts too"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mirah & Thao Nguyen with The Most of All

"Thao Nguyen keeps popping up, and each time she appears with a new handle. You may know her by her full given name, but you've more likely seen her presented as "Thao and the Get Down Stay Down," perhaps simply as the familiar "Thao," and in this most recent incarnation on a partnered tour with pal and fellow established performer Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (better known as just "Mirah"), as "Thao and Mirah with The Most of All"...

...When Thao's not running around the stage or pseudo head-banging, she has an entrancing, distinctive hip sway as she jostles her weight from one toe to the other, bewitchingly marching in place. Mirah sports more of a bobbing movement, and cutely jams along to her own beats. Thao has a really distinctive, almost dissonant sound - her vocals weave away from straightforward melodies, but they draw you in rather than push you away. Mirah's vocals are a little cleaner and her albums a little more produced, but both ladies are fantastic live performers and as a duo toy with fresh ways to revamp each others' existing harmonies." [They Will Rock You]

That review comes from the June 23rd show at the Middle East in Cambridge. One night later Thao and Mirah brought the show to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Thursday night Brooklyn performance was part of the Northside Festival and also had Chica Vas and These United States on the bill. More pictures from that one below...

Continue reading "Thao and Mirah with The Most of All, These United States & Chica Vas @ MHOW (pics) "

Thao @ Mercury Lounge in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Thao Nguyen

tonight in NYC
* Northside Festival
* Conjunto Clásico @ St. Mary's Park
* Phil Collins @ Roseland Ballroom
* Herbie Hancock birthday party @ Carnegie Hall
* Tame Impala, Amazing Baby @ Pianos
* Fiery Furnaces, John Mulaney @ Maxwell's
* The Happy Hollows, Akudama @ Littlefield
* The Luyas @ Automotive High School (Rooftop Films)
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside Festival)
* Twin Shadow, Viernes, Dream Diary, Foxes in Fiction @ Union Hall
* Apse, Adult Themes, Jive Grave @ Bruar Falls (Northside Festival)
* Holy Ghost!, Justin Miller & Jacques Renault @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Miracles of Modern Science, Miniboone, Landlady, PAPS @ Cake Shop
* Wavves, Cloud Nothings, DOM @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside Festival)
* Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, The Henry Clay People @ The Wellmont Theater
* Aa, Yellow Fever, Air Waves, PC Worship, Coasting @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
* Hammerhead, Pink Reason, CCR Headcleaner, Bogan Dust, Divorce Money @ Death By Audio
* Au Revoir Simone, Hundred In The Hands, Callmekat, Runaway @ Warsaw (Northside Festival)
* Shark?, Sean Bones, Steel Phantoms, Schooner, The Sundelles @ Spike Hill (Northside Festival)
* Blood Warrior, Charles Burst, La Strada, Takka Takka, Wild Yaks @ Cameo Gallery (Northside Festival)
* Oneohtrix Point Never, Steve Moore, No Fun Acid (Carlos Giffoni), Autre Ne Veut @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
* My Teenage Stride, Total Slacker, I'm Turning Into, The Beets, German Measles @ The Charleston (Northside Festival)
* Mirah & Thao Nguyen, The Most Of All, These United States, Chica Vas @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Festival)
* Yes Giantess, Fang Island, Fenech-Soler, Big Freedia, Rusty Lazer, MillionYoung, Dinosaur Feathers @ Public Assembly (Northside Festival)
* Dangeroo, Himalaya, The Midnight Sounds, Drew and the Medicinal Pen, The New Heaven & the New Earth @ Trash Bar (Northside Festival)

It's Norrthside Festival Day One. Check out Bill's picks.

Tame Impala play two shows at Pianos tonight.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club isn't playing Prospect Park tonight.

Videos of Thao & Mirah (playing a Northside Festival show tonight) is posted below.

What else?

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"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."
That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.

Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."

If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...

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Mirah and Thao @ Noise Pop 2010 in SanFran (kata rokkar)
Mirah and Thao

Mirah and Thao Nguyen (of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) will be heading out on a collaborative tour this summer. The trip starts in June runs into July, and includes a June 24th Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are TBA.

The pair collaborated previously during a shared set at Noise Pop 2010 in San Francisco last March. Videos from their performance and all tour dates are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Travel (feat. Justin Power) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Tallymarks (feat. Thao) (MP3)

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ BV party - SXSW 09 (more by Leia Jospe)
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 26th at noon. General sale starts Friday, August 28th at noon.

That show will include sets from David Schultz and the Portland Cello Project, the latter of which collaborated with Thao on their most recent album, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions, that came out on June 9th on Kill Rock Stars. Two tracks from that, one with Thao and one with Justin Power, are posted above.

"Portland Cello Project, in case you're unfamiliar, is an amazing group of cellists that, in the course of one of their epic 2-3 hour shows - (the format of which is always a one-time affair - the group writes almost entirely new arrangements for every performance cycle) - perform a crazy diverse array of everything from canonized and avant classical compositions to reconstructed pop covers of everything from Nintendo game themes to Britney Spears to Yoko Ono to R. Kelly--and they've accompanied The Builders and The Butchers, Laura Gibson, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers and tons of other indyish folks. At shows, you'll see hipsters too-cool-for-school mesmerized by Arvo Paert, members of the Decemberists playing late 19th century Russian compositions transcribed for Hammond Organ, a 40-piece choir, and all kinds of other craziness."
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will releasing a new album of their own, Know Better Learn Faster, also on Kill Rock Stars, on October 13th. Producing the record will be Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Jim James), and guests include Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers and Tune-Yards.

Tune-Yards recently signed to 4AD and has a show coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg soon.

The Thao-Bowery show is part of a soon-to-be-announced (we think) larger tour. Those dates with album info are below...

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