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Ryan Adams & Norah Jones / Valerie June / Charles Bradley / finale - 9/13/2015
Neil Fest
Neil Fest
Neil Fest
Neil Fest

A gaggle of talented folks came together at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/13) to pay tribute to the music of Neil Young and raise money for the Sweet Relief charity. Backed by the Cabin Down Below band, the first of two nights of NeilFest featured Ryan Adams and Norah Jones singing "Old Man" (Ryan also performed "Cinnamon Girl" and Norah sang "Don't Be Denied"), Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head performing "On the Beach," Charles Bradley belting out "Heart of Gold," Valerie June singing "Mellow My Mind" and The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon doing "After the Gold Rush." Fallon also came out with Jakob Dylan, Black Keys' Patrick Carnery and Butch Walker for "Ohio." Other performers included Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner with onetime Virgins singer Donald Cumming, Nicole Atkins (who was joined by rock photographer Danny Clinch), Danny Masterson (yes of That '70s Show), Adam Green, Michelle Branch, and more. Pictures, a few videos and setlist from Night 1 of NeilFest are in this post.

Tonight (9/14) is Night Two of NeilFest with much the same lineup. Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon has been added to tonight's bill and hopefully Sharon Van Etten, who was listed but didn't play Sunday night, will be there too. Kills/Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart was at Sunday night's show but didn't perform -- maybe she and Jack White (who are in town to be on Colbert's Late Show) will swing by? (But maybe not, if Patrick Carney will be there again.) We shall see. More pics from NeilFest Night 1, below

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Neil Fest

The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here's the full list of announced performers:

Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of Laredo
Tickets for Neil Fest go on "friends and family" presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.

Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N' Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

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the singer was also a male model...
The Drowners

NYC band Drowners (formerkly known as The Drowners), who we were recently talking about, have signed to Frenchkiss Records...

"In April, they signed to NY label Frenchkiss. "We liked that Frenchkiss seemed to understand the semantics of being in a band." They are currently finishing up writing their debut album to be released this fall. Both the label and the band are thrilled for this amazing new partnership. Frenchkiss Records head, Syd Butler exclaims, "We believe this band is ready to take over the world... "
Right now the band, who played Brooklyn Bowl the other day, have just two upcoming dates, both with the Vaccines (who they've played with before).

UPDATE: The Drowners are playing Pianos on May 8th.

Those dates are listed along with a video below...

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You may remember Brooklyn outfit The Drowners who we profiled last year. The band have since signed to Birthday Records, the label founded by onetime Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson. Birthday just released The Drowners debut EP, Between Us Girls, and you can stream it below via Spotify. The EP contains a rerecorded version of "Long Hair," which was in our original post. Depsite taking their name from Suede's debut single, the band owe more to the crop of bands that popped up in the wake of The Libertines, with maybe a little of the Smiths élan in there too. (While they're based here, frontman Matt Hitt is from Wales.) Also below is a video for the EP's "You've Got It All Wrong."

The Drowners play NYC tonight (3/29) at Knitting Factory with Rewards. It's a late show, doors at midnight and tickets ($5) are still available.

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Cascading Slopes at Cameo, 1/31/2013 (via @FreshBread)
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Cascading Slopes is a new project from Jacob Graham of The Drums. Unlike his other band, this is 100% synthesiser-based music. His debut album, Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers, is out soon and "took two years to complete from its inception and was made using strictly voltage-controlled instruments." Jacob has been keeping a synth blog, Mild Slopes, for some time now. While no tracks from the album have been released yet, you can stream a portion of non-LP track, "Other Worlds," below.

The band made their live debut last week (1/31) at Cameo with Leverage Models. If you missed it, New York has a few chances to see them as the'll start a February residency at Pianos on 2/13 that will continue for the two following wednesdays (2/20, 2/27). All three nights also feature Ludwig Persick, and the 2/13 show also has TV Baby and Club Girls. Then the 2/20 show also has The Drowners and King Holiday, and then the final night of the residency has El Sportivo & the Blooz, Rumors and Twin Wave. Advance tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

A flyer for the Pianos residency and a video trailer are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Parlovr at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

Montreal's Parlovr are visiting NYC, playing Glasslands TONIGHT (5/30) with Mainland, We Run, and The Drowners. Tickets are still available. It's a one off show for the band before they head out on a tour of the US and Canada in June.

Parlovr just released their second album, Kook Soul, on Dine Alone records. The album was a long time coming for the band, starting two years ago when the band were on the verge of breaking up, reveals a story in the Montreal Mirror:

...they continued touring in support of an album they were tired of, forced to spend long hours on the road--not an ideal situation for a pair of combustible personalities at drastically different points in their lives. Alex Cooper had pencilled in a wedding date with his longtime squeeze, only to have her end it. Louis Jackson, by his own admission, "was becoming a complete whore." A van ride from Brooklyn to Providence on a blistering July day almost sealed the group's fate.

"Every single word uttered devolved into petty arguing, and we still had six hours to go. [Drummer] Jeremy [MacCuish] was in the back, I don't know how he put up with it," recalls Cooper.

"It was also the hottest day of the year in New York," interjects the stoic MacCuish, with only a faint hint of exasperation. "It was bumper to bumper through Connecticut because everyone was driv­ing to the beach, and the air-conditioning was broken."

The band sorted things out, obviously, and Kook Soul is a big step up from their self-titled debut, influenced heavily by repeated listens to The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin and old '50s records. The songs sound good live too -- I caught Parlovr a couple times during SXSW this year. Check 'em out if you can.

You can stream Kook Soul below, and check out all listed Parlovr tourdates.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Drowners - Long Hair (MP3)

The Drowners

We mentioned in passing that local four-piece The Drowners are opening for The Vaccines and Porcelain Raft at Webster Hall on April 23. If you're free tonight (4/17), you can go see them at Pianos for free. They're on at 11:30 and the bill also features Broncho (feat. Ryan Lindsey of Starlight Mints) and NYC band Brothers.

The Drowners don't seem to have been around long (they started their Facebook page last month!) but the two songs posted are pretty good, UK-leaning (singer Matt Hitt is from Wales), breezy guitar pop that recalls the lighter side of the Arctic Monkeys or laid back Californians The Tyde. (Their name makes me think of Suede's debut single.) You can download "Long Hair" at the top of this post (or stream it below) and there's a second song you can stream at their Tumblr.

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Porcelain Raft at Webster Hall in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porcelain Raft

Porcelain Raft, who made quite an impression at their MHOW show with Youth Lagoon, who they're still currently on tour with, has added another NYC show to their schedule. They'll be back for a show at Mercury Lounge on June 1 with Firehorse (not fIREHOSE) and Jane Jane Pollock. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, 4/20 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/18) at noon.

You can also catch Porcelain Raft in NYC even sooner when they open for The Vaccines at Webster Hall (4/23) with The Drowners. Tickets for that show are still available.

Porcelain Raft recently released the video for "Drifting In and Out" off his 2012 debut LP, Strange Weekend. Check out that video and all dates below...

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