Entries tagged with: The Felice Brothers
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
Felice Brothers at Terminal 5 in May (more by Robert Altman)
Like they did last year, NY folk rockers The Felice Brothers are going on a short year-end tour of the Northeast, and though their actual New Year's Eve show happens in Boston, they'll be in NYC a day earlier to play Brooklyn Bowl (12/30). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today (10/11) at noon. All dates, including a Halloween show in CT, are listed below.
Felice Bros' last NYC show was Terminal 5 in May, where they opened for Josh Ritter, who coincidentally also just announced an acoustic tour with Gregory Alan Isakov which hits NYC on March 7 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show also go on sale today at noon.
All dates for Felice Bros and Josh Ritter are listed below...
Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's - 7/16/13 (via @suchashorttime)
Titus Andronicus played their last three Maxwell's shows ever this week (7/14-16) as part of the final run of shows at their soon to close home state venue. The shows were all pretty special for the band, reaching the three-hour mark and hitting significant amounts of all three full lengths, in addition to non-album tracks, covers, and new songs. Each night also had a different special guest opener. On the first night, it was Liquor Store (who also opened Titus' Local Business release show at Shea Stadium), on the second it was Titus' friends/past tourmates Screaming Females, and finally on the last night it was Heeney, who were joined by Titus drummer Eric Harm for their set. (Heeney also plays Shea on Friday [7/19] with Roomrunner, Greys, and Weird Womb.)
Of the covers that Titus did, one of them, which they did on night 3, was Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (joined by Heeney), which has extra significance because Bruce filmed the video for that at Maxwell's. You can watch a video of Titus covering that song below. Their setlist from night 2 is below too.
Earlier this summer, The Felice Brothers also played a Maxwell's show and had surprise opener Conor Oberst (who recently had Ian Felice open for him) join them for a cover of "Glory Days" too. You can also watch that video below.
Ian Felice at Carnegie Hall last month (more by Sachyn Mital)
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band and The Felice Brothers have announced that they'll be heading out on a tour together this May which hits NYC on May 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/14) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
The Felice Brothers also play a sold out 3-night run in the NYC area for New Year's Eve, and were also added as an opener to a portion of Mumford and Sons' upcoming tour, including the February 6 show at Barclays Center, which Ben Howard also opens. That show, and the 2/12 show at Barclays (which Haim opens) are both sold out.
Meanwhile, Josh Ritter will release his new album, The Beast In Its Tracks, on March 5. You can watch an album trailer for that and check out lists of all Josh Ritter and Felice Brothers dates below...
Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.
No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.
For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.
Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:
"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.
Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...
Fleet Foxes @ Neport Folk Fest in 2009 (more by Jim Bruekner)
Felice Brothers @ Spiegeltent in 2008 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
today in NYC
* Kris Davis @ Barbes
* Maceo Parker @ SOB's
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Dave Hill, Dick Cavett @ UCB
* Lykke Li, Grimes @ Webster Hall
* White Mystery @ Generation Records
* WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live @ UCB
* Jon Irabagon's Outright! @ The Stone
* Andrew Sterman Group @ The Stone
* Gruff Rhys, Y Niwl @ Knitting Factory
* Gary US Bonds @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Reggie Watts, Tommy Smith @ PS 122
* Gray Goods, Willy Gantrim @ Cake Shop
* Whitesnake, Evan Watson @ Irving Plaza
* Fornicated from The Beatles @ Glasslands
* Sarah Jarosz, Matraca Berg @ Housing Works
* MyNameIsJohnMichael, Chamberlin @ Mercury Lounge
* Robert Randolph and The Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers @ United Palace Theatre
* Spirit Animal, NewVillager, Prospector @ Mercury Lounge
* Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers @ Highline Ballroom
* The Felice Brothers, Shovels and Rope, Rig 1 @ The Bell House
* Sam Roberts Band, The Rassle, Anthony D'Amato @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lukas Ligeti, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa @ Issue Project Room
* Face To Face, Strung Out, Cerebral Ballzy, The Darlings @ Best Buy Theater
* Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors (with Andrew Bird), Mary Halvorson Trio @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Say No! to Architecture, Space Lions In Outer Space, Bones, Funland Superquest @ Bruar Falls
* Hear Hums, Dustin Wong, Dark Sea Of Awareness, Emily Reo, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Silent Barn
Elvis Costello and the Imposters @ The Wellmont Theatre is cancelled (postponed).
The Felice Brothers play their first of two shows at the Bell House tonight. Win a pair of tickets to tomorrow's show at BV Facebook. Check out their new video for "Ponzi" from their new album Celebration, Florida, below.
We're also giving away tickets to Paul Simon on Facebook
Anna Calvi tickets can be won right here on the site.
Pete Seeger at Clearwater 2009 (more by )
The 2011 edition of the Clearwater Festival boasts some big names over its two days, June 18th and 19th, in Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Founder Pete Seeger will be joined by Drive-By Truckers, Martin Sexton, Indigo Girls, Josh Ritter, Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, Billy Bragg (who plays NYCx3 a month later), and man other artists who are listed elow. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Martin Sexton will play four NYC shows before that Clearwater appearance, as part of a residency at City Winery. Tickets are sold-out for Martin Sexton on June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th at the venue but he just added a fourth late show on 6/4, and tickets are still available.
All Martin Sexton tour dates and the full Clearwater lineup is below.
"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...
Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
Newport Folk Festival 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Newport Folk Festival will be happening again at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 31st and August 1st. The fest will also host a Friday night show on July 30th at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.
The lineup so far includes Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, John Prine, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, The Swell Season, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O'Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O'Death and Liz Longley.
DOWNLOAD: The Felice Brothers - Run Chicken Run (MP3)
Dean & Britta
Southpaw is hosting two New Year's Eve shows this year. The first (7pm doors) will be Dean & Britta with special guests. The second (10pm doors) is An Evening with the Felice Brothers. Tickets for both the early and late shows are on sale now.
Dean & Britta's upcoming dates are a mix of "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" gigs (like they did at Prospect Park in August) and regular shows. Between their pair of upstate New York shows this weekend (9/25 and 9/26) you can catch both versions.
The Felice Brothers came through NYC in August too, on their Big Surprise Tour with Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine (feat. Gillian Welch) and Justin Townes Earle...
The Felice Brothers honed their brand of urban country-rock busking in the New York City subway but they performed [at the Beacon Theatre] like true Yankee bleacher creatures. Riling up the crowd with songs like "Run Chicken Run" and "Whiskey in My Whiskey", their songs adhered to a hard-nosed insight, that's only gained through country experience, while leaving ample room for rural romanticism. Oddly enough some members seemed to effuse hip-hop onstage: Chains, flat-brimmed Yankee caps, hands pumping the rhythm, even bumping and grinding a washboard. [Pop Matters]They're currently on tour of the South, into October. All tour dates are below...
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
The Duke & The King had their record release show at NYC's Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night for their new album "Nothing Gold Can Stay" on Ramseur Records. The band is centered around the duo of Robert "Chicken" Burke and Simone Felice (of the Felice Brothers) and was filled out with simple instrumentation of violin, bass and a sometimes drummer/singer in a Wu-Tang T-Shirt (The Deacon). Simone and the Chicken traded off leading songs on guitar, harmonizing and playing the drums at an informal pace, feeling out which song would be played next in an intuitive, democratic manner. Simone Felice had the most presence as a leader with a confident, steady voice and the body language of both a bird stretching its wings and a snake coiling up on itself. There was a genuine appreciation among the musicians for each other, Simone and the Deacon hugged a couple times on stage, and when the violinist played a pretty intro Simone remarked, "That was beautiful, play that again!" The music was refreshingly pure; like the people who bring down the organic apples to the Union Square Farmer's Market, it was a reminder that current music can be made by simple means with out all the ego and unnecessary modern distractions.
The Duke & The King are now on tour and will be back in NYC to play a show at City Winery with Cory Chisel on August 25th. All dates and more pictures from the Mercury Lounge show below...
Nels Cline @ Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (more by Paul Bachmann)
tonight in NYC
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Frankie Negron @ Red Hook Park
* Craig Wedren w/ ACME @ Joe's Pub
* Kath Bloom, Little Wings @ Zebulon
* Los Campesinos!, Girls @ Webster Hall
* Depeche Mode, Peter Bjorn & John @ MSG
* Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit @ City Winery
* Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit @ Hudson Square
* Incubus, The Duke Spirit @ Radio City Music Hall
* Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe @ Beach at Governors Island
* Dark Habits DJs with Mia Clark, Sara Jaffe @ Bruar Falls
* White Hills, Modey Lemon, Fiasco, Prisms @ Death By Audio
* Portugal the Man, Pistola, The Sway Machinery @ Union Pool
* Sister Mantos, Mirror Mirror, Light Asylum, Rachel Mason Band @ Glasslands
* Gary Panter & Devin Flynn, R. Stevie Moore, Ear Pwr, Toro y Moi @ Cake Shop
* The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Dig, Hollerado @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Stories in High Fidelty w/ Dean Wareham, Dan Kennedy, Rob Harvilla @ Union Hall
* Bushwick Book Club w/ Corn Mo, Susan Hwang, M. Lamar @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Duke & the King, Tyburn Saints, Morning Pages, Maya Solovey @ Mercury Lounge
* Jenny Scheinman w/ Nels Cline, Jim Black, Matt Penman @ Le Poisson Rouge
Free outdoor music tonight includes Frankie Negron at Red Hook Park and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit at Hudson Square. Jason and band also play inside City Winery for another show tonight.
The Rural Alberta Advantage play a free show with The Dig and Hollerado at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Duke & The King play Mercury Lounge tonight...
"The Duke and the King is an alliance of Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers and his longtime friend (and sometime George Clinton collaborator) Robert "Chicken" Burke, along with a highly talented cast of others. They have pulled off a quite remarkable feat on Nothing Gold Can Stay - each song somehow sounding like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance." [The Guardian]songs:illinois says, "The new record from The Duke & The King may not be a full fledged concept album but it might as well be. The album is so full of songs about lies, recriminations, bad choices, lost loves, regrets and the joys and horrors of a misspent youth that you get the picture pretty quickly." Videos below..
Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe play the first AEG show at the Beach at Governors Island.
Jenny Scheinman performs in her last gig for a while with Mischief & Mayhem (Nels Cline, Jim Black and Matt Penman) at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
The monthly Bushwick Book Club series tackles the Bible at Goodbye Blue Monday. Songwriters include Corn Mo, Susan Hwang, M. Lamar, Sweet Soubrette and Emilyn Brodsky. Flyer below.
Dean Wareham follows up his Dean & Britta Celebrate Brooklyn show on Saturday with a reading at Union Hall. The event, Stories in High Fidelty, will also feature music writer Dan Kennedy and Village Voice music editor Rob Harvilla.
Mia Clark (Electrelane) and Sara Jaffe (ex-Erase Errata) read from the new book The Art of Touring at Bluestockings, then DJ at Bruar Falls tonight.
The Cribs, whose lineup now includes Johnny Marr, put out a new video for "Cheat On Me," posted below. Marr previously gigged with Modest Mouse, who just released their Heath Ledger-directed video for "King Rat," also below.
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Easy (MP3)
Deer Tick @ MHOW 6/9 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deer Tick played with Jenny Lewis earlier this summer. She then played a free outdoor 4th of July show. Deer Tick fans will also get a free outdoor NYC show this summer, but that's not until August 7th. That's when the band play with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at Prospect Park.
Prospect Park will be free, but it will also only be an opening set. The real show is tonight, July 24th, at Bowery Ballroom with Dawes and These United States. Tickets are still available.
If you miss it, but still want to catch Dawes (or you want to see Dawes again), they're also headlining their own Sunday night show at Union Hall in Brooklyn with Childe and the Seedy Seeds. Tickets are on sale.
These United States also have a show (actually shows) coming up at Union Hall, but not until August 28th. That's when they play an early show (with Vandaveer) and late show (with Motel Motel). Tickets for the early set, late set and both are on sale. These United States recently played an opening set at Prospect Park too. Pictures from the show with Dr. Dog and Phosphorescent are below.
Deer Tick's second album, Born on Flag Day, which came out in June on Partisan Records, has been getting the band some big-name attention -- they were recently awkwardly interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams, who claims to be a big fan and seems to be a fan of iTunes too. See that interview below. Popmatters, in their review of the album, say that "John Joseph McCauley III is a man's man" and that "He has little patience with the Ben Gibbards and Justin Vernons of the world--in fact, he sounds like the guy who stole their wallets and fucked their girlfriends." "Easy" from that record is posted above. Daytrotter and LaundroMatinee both have new live sessions available for free download.
Justin Vernon will be back in NYC in January. No update for Ben Gibbard.
Deer Tick are one of the bands on the bill for The Positive Jam, an all-day outdoor show happening in Ithaca, NY's Stewart Park on September 6th. Headlining will be the (namesake) Hold Steady, with The Felice Brothers, The Rural Alberta Advantage and others. Tickets are on sale. The poster is below.
The Rural Alberta Advantage, one of the bands in Ithaca, will also be playing a free show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 4th. The Dig and Hollerado have been added to that Brooklyn show as openers.
A set of Deer Tick videos (including the Brian Williams interview), photos of These United States, all tour dates for all bands, and a Positive Jam flyer, below...
Old Crow Medicine Show + David Rawlings & Gillian Welch @ Town Hall (muzikspy)
Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine (feat. Gillian Welch), The Felice Brothers and Justin Townes Earle will join together for the Big Surprise Tour, a revue-style show that'll travel for two weeks this August.
Shows will be composed of two 90-minute sets broken up by an intermission. In a free form ramshackle flow the bands and artists will share the stage, taking part in each other's songs, resurrecting old standards, and playing newly written collaborative material as they go.The tour hits NYC Thursday, August 6th, with a show at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets are now on presale (password = metro) ; general sale starts Friday, June 12th at 9am.
There are also plenty of chances to catch each of the acts this summer before the Big Surprise Tour starts. Old Crow Medicine Show will be at the Clearwater Festival on June 20th and will open two nights for the Dave Matthews Band at the Jones Beach Theater on July 21st and 22nd. The Felice Brothers are currently touring the West Coast -- they'll play the Surf Lodge in Montauk on July 11th. The Dave Rawlings Machine (featuring Gillian Welch) performs at the Newport Folk Fesival on August 2nd, where Welch plays her own set one day prior. Justin Townes Earle appears at Bonnaroo on June 12th.
All tour dates and Big Surprise poster, below...
!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.The entire 2009 lineup is below...
With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.
In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
Felice Brothers are playing Webster Hall on April 17th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Ray LaMontagne is playing the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair on April 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Travis is playing Webster Hall on April 25th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
A bunch of other shows also went on sale earlier today.
words & photos by Faith-Ann Young
This Sunday (11/2) was the last frigid night of Speigelworld. The wind picked up off the water and sent a chill to all the unfortunate ones who read the times listed on Deer Tick and The Felice Brothers' Myspace pages and came at 8pm. A cold, whiskey-filled two and a half hours later, the heavily lumberjack-plaid crowd packed into the circular tent (no joke, never seen more plaid in lower Manhattan in my 8 years here).
Deer Tick played first and you can read about that HERE.
Then The Felice Brothers came on late for a Sunday, demanding energy from the visibly sleepy crowd. They did so combining accordian, guitar, violins, ducktaped washboard, drums, jumps, jives, yelps, and brotherly joshing. Their bluesy tunes, sing-along screaming, dime-sack, type-writer and Gin references, and the Speigeltent's physical distance from all other things New York - all combined to serve as a good, cathartic escape from winter, recession, and reality. Showing the crowd how they "do it in the Catskills" (lots of jumping, foot stomping, and guitar improv), they had the crowd pawing at their feet, reliving "I put some whiskey into my whiskey," and singing along way past their bed time.
Dar Williams, Bruce Hornsby, and The Felice Brothers are playing the WFUV holiday show at The Concert Hall in NYC on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale. More Spiegeltent pictures (AA Bondy on guitar included) below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Art Isn't Real (City of Sin) (MP3)
Partisan Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Deer Tick. Partisan will re-issue Deer Tick's debut War Elephant on November 25, 2008. The re-issue will be released on both double limited edition vinyl and CD with new album artwork. Partisan Records will also be releasing a full-length album of early original Deer Tick songs at a later date.Deer Tick previosly mentioned the re-issue in his McCarren Pool apology letter.
Songwriting prodigy John McCauley III wrote and recorded War Elephant at the age of 20, and plays every single instrument on the album. Originally a very limited release, the album [that I love a lot] quickly went out of print. The War Elephant re-issue will also represent the first ever vinyl release from Deer Tick.
Deer Tick is going on tour with The Felice Brothers who have a whole bunch of their own dates even sooner including September 13th at Maxwell's with AA Bondy (tix). The Deer/Felice NYC date is at Spiegelworld on November 2nd. All dates for all of them (and more photos from the above bikinis and guns photoshoot) below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
After finally finishing the day three recap, now here finally is the rest of day two (8/9)...
AA (big A big A)
Last time AA Bondy played NYC was also the first time I ever saw him play live. It was late on a Friday night, the sold out Mercury Lounge was fully packed with drinking patrons, and the Felice Brothers were coming on next - not the best conditions for a solitary man on stage by himself with just a microphone and his acoustic guitar.
As was to be expected, there was lots of talking and it made it hard to pay attention at first. His wife Claire Felice (who also took the above photo of him) joined him on keyboards, and that helped a little, but not enough. Then in walked a drummer, and not just any drummer - it was Russell Simmins of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (and Tiny Masters of Today) fame - and that was just the magic ingredient the music needed to turn things into a proper Friday night rock show. The drums helped bring the beautiful songs off "American Hearts" (which is being re-released by Fat Possum) alive, and kept all eyes focused on the front of the room while simultaneously keeping mouths shut (or at least drowning them out).
AA plays again this Wednesday night (March 12) at the BrooklynVegan official showcase at Club De Ville in Austin. I can't wait to see him again, and I'm equally stoked that The Weakerthans chose him to accompany them and Christine Fellows on tour this spring. Tickets are still on sale for the April 11th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the same night AA plays Conan O'Brien). All tour dates below.....
The Team Love-signed band's Mercury Lounge show is sold out, so it's not that crazy that The Felice Brothers' next NYC show will be headlining Bowery Ballroom in April - part of a just-announced tour with Justin Townes Earle and McCarthy Trenching - a tour that comes after the one they're doing with Drive By Truckers. All dates below....
Team Love will release a collection of The Felice Brothers hottest new tunes combined with some select and hard to find tracks from the tour-only full length “The Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol 1”.Check out the video below...
The Felice Brothers self-titled American debut will be available at brick and mortar retailers and digital stores on March 4th. In April, an 180 gram double vinyl version complete with a free download card will hit stores.
AA Bondy & Felice Brothers @ Bottletree, Sept 2007 (CRED)