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The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
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The Hold Steady's new LP, Teeth Dreams, is due out on 3/25 via Washington Square and the band have just revealed its first single, "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" via Rolling Stone. Listen below...

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Shaky Knees

Governors Ball and Hangout Fest lineups were just announced today (and Firefly yesterday and Coachella not long before that), and now comes the lineup announcement for another big fest, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The fest goes down from May 9-11 at Atlantic Station with The National, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Graveyard, Mutual Benefit and many more. There's also one headliner still TBA. Outkast?

Tickets go on sale Friday (1/17). Full lineup and flyer below...

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The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
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Everyone's favorite literate bar rockers, The Hold Steady, have announced that the followup to their 2010 LP, Heaven Is Whenever, is called Teeth Dreams and it will be out on March 25 via new Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FIghters, Ghost), and it will be accompanied by the previously announced PledgeMusic-funded covers EP, which raises money for the K + L Guardian Foundation.

As discussed, The Hold Steady are also touring soon, and since we last spoke, former Avail frontman Tim Barry was added as an opener to that tour. They play NYC on February 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is sold out.

Updated dates are listed below...

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The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in July (more by Tracy Allison)
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The Hold Steady are planning a new album and "endless touring" for 2014, and though details are still forthcoming on most of that, they did just announce their first eight tour dates of the new year. This run, which they're calling the "Nights Go On Forever" tour, includes a Brooklyn show on February 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which, like the Pennsylvania date the next day, doubles as one of the band's 10 year anniversary shows.

Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon, and if you purchased the 10th anniversary show pledge in the band's new PledgeMusic campaign then you're already set to go. (That particular pledge is all gone but there's still plenty more and the band are at 208% of their goal as of this post.)

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

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The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in July (more by Tracy Allison)
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Fans of The Hold Steady may be familiar with their fan club, The Unified Scene. One of the best-known members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura (aka Jersey Mike), who passed away last year, and in honor of him, The Hold Steady have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help better The Unified Scene and offer fans a 5-song covers EP. I'll let the band take it from here...

Hey everyone,

A few years back, some of our biggest and most dedicated fans created an organization called The Unified Scene. We have seen members of The Unified Scene at our shows all over the world and it's flattering and exciting to see the community that they created.

One of the best known, most motivated and most vocal members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura, or as he's better known, "Jersey Mike". Mike was the unofficial leader of The Unified Scene and handled a lot of internet and message board duties for us just as a function of his fandom.

Unfortunately, Jersey Mike passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in November 2012. Like many members of our audience, Mike had crossed from being a fan of the band to a real friend. All the members of the Hold Steady and The Unified Scene felt the loss immensely. We miss him.

The Hold Steady has always been about community and inclusiveness. As we often say at the end of our shows, "We are all The Hold Steady". We believe that.

With a new record coming out in 2014, we want to work with our fans to create a new and improved version of The Unified Scene. We want you to join us. By pledging, you will join The Unified Scene fan club, where you will get insider access, exclusive music, members-only content, pre-sale ticket opportunities and more.

For starters, we are recording a 5 song covers EP.....right now! This will be released on 12" vinyl (with download code) sometime in 2014. This will only be available to members of The Unified Scene. By pledging, you will also unlock access to updates and clues to what songs we are covering and scenes from the sessions.

Furthermore, we are offering some other exclusive incentives such as hand written lyrics, pep talks, private interactions with The Hold Steady, and much more. With the holidays coming up, these could also be great gifts for a THS fan in your life.

And don't worry.....we'll be adding even more packages in the coming days and weeks.

A portion of every pledge will be donated to the K+L Guardian Foundation to remember a great fan and friend, and to help the two young children he left behind.

We are looking forward to sharing our new record with you early next year and hope you will pledge to join The Unified Scene and become a part of something we are very excited about. And remember, we are ALL The Hold Steady.

Stay Positive!
THS

There's a number of rewards for different pledge amounts, and every pledge includes a digital download of the new EP. More details here.

photos by Tracy Allison; words by Andrew Sacher

The Gaslight Anthem / The Hold Steady @ Pier 26, 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady @ Pier 26 - 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady @ Pier 26 - 7/28/2013

The Gaslight Anthem just brought their tour through NYC this past weekend for three NYC shows. We already posted pictures of the Irving Plaza show, and now we've got a set from their Sunday show (7/28) on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady.

Despite this being the show where fans chanting "BRUUUUUUCE" led Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to write a blog post addressing their identity as a band, it otherwise went over really well. The Hold Steady, who helped lay the groundwork for bands like The Gaslight Anthem, weren't treated as "openers" by any means; they played a 16-song set (about an hour), and got tons of love from the crowd. Their set was most heavy on Boys and Girls in America and Stay Positive, and also included some new songs from an album Craig Finn told the crowd the band has been working on. And as an added bonus, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles (whose birthday was that day) joined the band to sing lead vocals on "Cattle and the Creeping Things" (video of that below).

When The Gaslight Anthem were playing their own songs, and neither the band nor the crowd were talking about covers, the crowd was loving it. Sure, songs like "The '59 Sound" and "45" got the biggest reactions, but this was really a crowd who seemed to know every word to almost every song. They played almost all of the newest album, Handwritten, including kicking the show off anthemically with its title track, and getting the crowd grabbing their friends and swaying on "Too Much Blood." There were older favorites played too, like "Great Expectations and "We Came to Dance," and all this talk of covers aside, it seemed like everyone on and off stage had a good time during the set-ending cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley."

More pictures and the setlists from both bands, and that video of Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, below...

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Lake Street

A new Midwestern-themed bar, Lake Street, is opening next Tuesday (7/9) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The bar is run by Brooklyn musicians who originally hailed from the Midwest, including Hold Steady drummer Bobby Drake, onetime Freedom Fighters frontman Frank Bevan, Primitive Weapons bassist Eric Odness, and Spoon bassist Rob Pope. A press release about the new bar reads:

Comprised of four Midwesterners and a Northern Irishman, Lake St. brings its low-key anthem to 706 Manhattan Ave. (btwn Norman and Meserole) in the form of a classic Midwestern tavern meets local neighborhood hangout. Wanting to create a bar in Brooklyn that reminded them of the bars they loved growing up in the Midwest the space has a decidedly old bar feel as evidenced by the 80 year old bowling lane bar top and checkerboard floor. The partnership team includes members of indie rock stalwarts Spoon, The Hold Steady, Primitive Weapons, W/O., and pop culture craze boy band, The Wanted. Lake St. offers a full liquor bar, twelve taps of locals, seasonals, favorites, and an array of Midwestern canned and bottled brews. Look for special guest DJ's on selected nights on their website, twitter, and Instagram.
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The Gaslight Anthem at Deluna Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gaslight Anthem

As mentioned, The Gaslight Anthem are going on a tour this year which hits the NYC area for shows in NJ this May and a Long Island show in June, but didn't previously include anything actually in NYC. That's changed now because the band have just announced two big summer shows happening at Pier 26 @ Hudson River Park on July 26 and 28. The first night is being opened by their Jersey punk forefathers The Bouncing Souls and the second night is being opened by their Springsteen worshipper forefathers The Hold Steady (who also play one of The Gaslight Anthem's NJ shows). Tickets for both Pier 26 shows go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with a fan presale starting Tuesday (4/9) at 10 AM and an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM.

The Gaslight Anthem's other upcoming NYC-area dates include The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on 5/25 with The Hold Steady (sold out) and 5/26 with The Felice Brothers, and The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 6/9 with Tift Merritt. Tickets for the Stone Pony show with Felice Brothers and the Paramount show are still available.

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

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Gaslight Anthem @ Deluna Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem have a few summer tour East Coast dates, including a few in the NY area: two shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on May 25 (w/ The Hold Steady) and May 26 (w/ Felice Brothers), and then The Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on June 9 with Tift Merritt. Tickets to those shows are currently on artist presale and go on general sale on Friday (3/22) at 10 AM.

Tift Merrit will be joining The Gaslight Anthem on a bunch of their dates, but if you'd like to see Tift Merritt in NYC much sooner, as mentioned, she plays The Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall on Thursday (3/21), which is a collaboration with Simone Dinnerstein. Tickets are still available.

All upcoming Gaslight Anthem tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

The Hold Steady @ Beekman Beer Garden, Sept. 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Last year, after The National recorded "The Rains of Castamere" for Season 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones, we wondered if Bon Iver might, Season 3, do "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" which is another popular song sung often in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire novels. Turns out GoT producers have tapped The Hold Steady to record a version of that tavern favorite, that features music written by the show's composer, Ramin Djawadi.

Audio hasn't been released yet and they haven't announced when it will be used but, if I had to guess, it will be used in Season 3's penultimate episode which is being scripted by George R.R. Martin himself. The track, will, however, be released as a 7" single for Record Store Day. The third season of Game of Thrones (based on the first half of Martin's novel, A Storm of Swords, maybe the most action-packed of the books) premieres March 31 and the trailer can be watched below.

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"Lucero just tearing up Brooklyn Bowl, they may be the best band in America right now... yes they are that good" - DJ Rich Russo (The Peak)

Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl (via John Brown)
Lucero

Lucero kicked off their four-night New Year's Even run with Brooklyn Bowl shows on Friday (12/28) and Saturday (12/29) before hitting Boston with The Hold Steady on Sunday (12/30). Videos from both nights are below.

Then on New Year's Eve, Lucero joined The Hold Steady to ring in the new year at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. After The Hold Steady played "Barfruit Blues" it turned midnight and they welcomed in the new year, continuing with the bulk of their set in 2013. The Hold Steady's set was interrupted due to a crowd member who needed to be rushed to a hospital, but they picked things back up soon after. Their setlist and a video from that night are below. Comedian Kurt Braunohler opened the night.

All videos and setlist are below...

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Baby New Year

Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.

One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.

Jay-Z's pal Kanye West is doing a three-night run in Atlantic City right before NYE (12/28-30) at Revel. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Another hip hop option includes Nas at Radio City Music Hall that also features Elle Varner. Tickets are still available.

Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing unifiedpromo@unifiedpromo.com.

Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.

If jam bands are your thing, you might also want to catch The Disco Biscuits, who kick off their four-night run at Best Buy Theater tonight (12/26) and then play NYE at The Theatre at MSG (tickets).

Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.

If you're more into dancing, RJD2 will be DJing at Gramercy Theater with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks; and Moby and many others will be DJing at an as-yet undisclosed location (tickets).

Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.

Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.

Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.

Matthew Dear and Superpitcher are at Le Bain (tix); Ian Pooley, Pat Mahoney and more at Cameo; Onra, Nick Catchdubs, and Samo Sound Boy are at Williamsburg's Villian (tickets).

Holy Ghost! and Midnight Magic are at Brooklyn Bowl (sold out) and after that, Holy Ghost!'s DFA labelmate Juan Maclean will DJ an afterparty at the same venue (tickets).

Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.

If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.

For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.

Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit,  plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.

After that, DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, Sasha Go Hard, and others will play an afterparty at 285 Kent (tickets).

Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).

More indie rock: Blonde Redhead and Beach Fossils are at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair from us.

Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile across the Hudson, The Hold Steady will ring in 2013 with Lucero at The Wellmont Theatre in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Before that, Lucero will do a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) with Nude Beach supporting on night 1 and Hollis Brown on night 2. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available.

Amanda Palmer will be at Terminal 5, playing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety which will surely be a spectacle. She'll play a set of originals too. Tickets are still available.

If you'd like to party like it's 1929, Spirit Family Reunion are bringing the old time religion to Pianos. Tickets are still available, includes a champagne toast.

More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).

The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.

My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

After that, Capitol Theatre will host Steve Miller Band on 12/30 (tickets) and funky METERS with Dumpstaphunk on NYE (tickets).

For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.

To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.

Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.

What did we miss?

Heading to Austin? We have a list of shows happening there too. Update: And Chicago too.

Continue reading "A guide to New Year's Eve shows and parties in NYC"

Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Craig Finn

Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.

Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).

As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.

Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...

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Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Hurricane Sandy

Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.

Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.

Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.

Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:

8:45 GO GO's
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:15 Bauhaus
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
10:45 Mummies
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
11:30 GirlSchool
11:45 Cramps
12:00 BLITZ
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:30 Nirvana
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.

Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:

Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
$5 with costume, $7 without.

Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.

Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,

Lucero at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lucero

The Hold Steady and Lucero, who have a history together and are no strangers to New Year's shows in the NYC area, will be teaming up for a NYE (12/31) show at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for what is sure to be a very drunk and wild night go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon.

UPDATE: Lucero are also playing two nights at Brooklyn Bowl a few days before NYE (12/28-29). Individual tickets (12/28 and 12/29) as well as two-day passes go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.

The Wellmont show is yet another addition to the growing amount of NYE options in NYC and the surrounding area. So far, options include Nas at Radio City, My Morning Jacket in Boston, and They Might Be Giants' 3-night run at MHOW. The Disco Biscuits are also doing a NYE run in NYC, with four nights at Best Buy Theater from December 26-29 and NYE (12/31) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all 5 Disco Biscuits shows (and a 4-day pass option for the Best Buy Theater shows) go on sale Friday (9/14) at 1 PM, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (9/13) at 11 AM for the Best Buy Theater shows.

Lucero recently made a 10+ minute mini-documentary about the making of this year's Women & Work album, and also recently made what is their first music video ever for that album's title track. About the video, frontman Ben Nichols said, "Our fans have made videos over the years, we've never made one ourselves until now. Why? Basically because we're unorganized and lazy." You can watch their mini-documentary and the music video, along with a list of Lucero dates and Hold Steady dates, below.

Continue reading "Lucero playing two nights at Brooklyn Bowl plus New Year's Eve at the Wellmont with The Hold Steady (dates)"

Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.

The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.

Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.

A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.

Continue reading "Beach Day touring, playing 2 NYC shows; 1 w/ Blonds, who also play Brooklyn, Sweden (dates)"

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, would have been 70 years old today (8/1) and, as you might imagine, there are some celebrations happening all over the country. Probably the world.

Here in NYC, you can head to Beekman Beer Garden tonight (8/1) to catch 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Papa Mali and Matt Hubbard) and Dead satellite musician Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess & John Morgan Kimock, and Yarn. Tickets for that show are still available.

Perhaps more interesting to regular readers of this site is a concert happening on Friday (8/3) that will be broadcast on the internet from Bob Weir's TRI Studios. Dubbed "Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday," the tribute features Cass McCombsCraig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady; Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend; former Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux; Jim Lauderdale; and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of Yellowbirds , plus more usual suspects like Mike Gordon (Phish); Joe Russo (Furthur); Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Ryan Adams & The Cardinals); Jeff Chimenti (Furthur); Jonathan Wilson; and Harper Sim. Amiable actor Luke Wilson will emcee the show and Bob Weir will be there too.

The tribute concert starts at 6:30 PM on Friday (8/3) and can be streamed via TRI Studios website or Yahoo Music. Bob Weir talks a little (very little) about the tribute in a video which you can watch below.

In other Dead news, on September 1 the band will release Spring 1990, an 18-CD box set featuring six complete shows from the tour of the set's title. If you don't want to plunk down $200 for that, Rhino will release a double-CD compilation culled from those recordings. You can watch a video of Bob Weir talking about that time period in the band's career below as well.

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The CBGB Festival starts today (7/5) and runs through Sunday (7/8) at over 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We've known that they were staging a big outdoor Times Square concert on Saturday (7/7) for a little while and guessed that Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Hold Steady were going play it. The whole lineup has since been confirmed. Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and The Hold Steady are in fact playing, and they'll be joined by Duff McKagan's Loaded, Upper West, Zulu Wave and GLINT. The stages will be on Broadway at 46th Street & 51st Street and the free show runs from noon to 6 PM this Saturday (7/7). In addition to the music there will be food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activities for people of all ages.

As mentioned, the festival kicks off today and Krist Novoselic will give the keynote speech at Landmark Sunshine Cinema at noon. Update: That happened. here's a picture:

Krist Novoselic giving keynote speech (photo via A.M. Saddler)
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There's tons of other shows at CBGB Festival too, like the big lineup of punk veterans playing Bowery Electric tonight (7/5), which Richard Lloyd unfortunately had to drop off. Fidlar plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight (7/5) with The Pinz, The Suicide Bitches, and The Wicked Tomorrow (tickets). Plus, there's many more too.

Most of the other shows during CBGB Fest do cost money, and you can either buy tickets for individual shows (if not already sold out) or buy a music pass ($89). The full schedule with set times is online. There's also a film festival going on (schedule), panel discussions, and a "spirits festival."

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in Philly in 2011 (more by Colin Kerigan)
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The Times Sqaure show also marks the last for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with guitarist Robbie Guertin who wrote to fans in an email:

Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what's next. I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?
Hopefully he's got those tomatoes already planted or he may have to wait till next season. Radical Dads next NYC show is July 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Ovlov, Disco Doom, Dead Stars, and Green Is Green.

Meanwhile, after CBGB Fest, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will take a bit of a break and are then heading out on a tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes this September. That tour will see the band hitting up cities in the US and Canada, but unfortunately none in the Northeast. A list of all dates on that tour is below.

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Not too much has changed on the CBGB Festival schedule since we last spoke, but we found out and have confirmed that the multi-day (July 5-8), multi-venue, multi-genre NYC festival will host a free, multi-stage event in Times Square on Saturday, July 7th. The outdoor Times Square show, in addition to live music, will also have food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activations for people of all ages. We can't say WHO is playing in Times Square, but we do know that unlike Fidlar, Redd Kross and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the following CBGB Festival bands are still venueless: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, and Superchunk. Stay tuned for more info.

That said, it's pretty impressive that they pulled this off and it's definitely a rarity to be able to host a big, outdoor event, let alone a rock show like this in Times Square. It has also proved me wrong, at least to the person I was talking to at NXNE in Toronto when I said, "they would never do anything like this in NYC".

Craig Finn with The Hold Steady at Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
Craig Finn

Hey Everyone,

I hope all is good. I've been enjoying my time at home writing music and seeing a bunch of shows. Thank you Nick Lowe, Wu Lyf, Titus Andronicus, Archers of Loaf, and Bruce Springsteen for some great times.

Besides going to shows, I'm also going to play quite a few coming up. The Hold Steady has a very fun tour in June...

I've also got a few solo shows. The first two are in Chicago on June 2...

Also, I will be playing a show with The Baseball Project on July 5 at City Winery in NYC. I had a great time performing and hanging out with these guys last year. This should be a great show...

For all the solo sets, it will just be me and a guitar. I'll tell you some stories and sing you some songs. This is the first time I've done sets like this, and I'm looking forward to it.

Hope to see you soon.

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That Hold Steady tour in June does not currently include a NYC date -- though they will play the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ in July -- but we do get frontman Craig Finn, who will team up with alt-rock all stars The Baseball Project for a show at City Winery on July 5 as part of the CBGB Festival. Tickets are on on sale now.

The show is one of three current dates for The Baseball Project -- all in the Northeast. Below, you can check out those listed dates, a listing of all Hold Steady dates and a video of The Baseball Project's full set from The Met last month.

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The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

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Xponential Music Festival

"WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania today announced the lineup for the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Wilco, Counting Crows, Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, The Hold Steady, Kathleen Edwards, Diego Garcia, War On Drugs, John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders and many more acts will play the weekend festival at Camden County's Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center located on the Camden waterfront from Friday, July 20th - Sunday, July 22nd.

This year, WXPN has extended the festival to include Susquehanna Bank Center performances on Saturday and Sunday nights. WILCO, THE AVETT BROTHERS and DR. DOG will perform on Saturday, July 21 and COUNTING CROWS will perform on Sunday, July 22. Lawn seat admission to both Susquehanna Bank Center shows is included with the purchase of a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival. "

Wilco also just announced two Brooklyn shows.

XPoNential Music Festival tickets are on sale. Full lineup below...

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Craig Finn on stage with Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Craig Finn

Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) released his debut LP, Clear Heart Full Eyes, today (1/24) via Vagrant. You can stream the entire thing on NPR.

As mentioned, Craig will tour in support of the album this February and March. His tour includes early and late shows at Mercury Lounge on February 29 (which are both sold out) and a Maxwell's show on March 1, which is still on sale. He just added another NYC show to his tour, happening on March 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/27) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/25) at noon.

Updated dates below...

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"Went to The Hold Steady & Titus Andronicus
at the BK Bazaar. Effing brill." - Kevin Plunkett

Craig & Patrick @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
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The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, Wakey! Wakey!, and W/O played the final night of Brooklyn Bazaar on Saturday (12/17). Like he's done in the past, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus joined The Hold Steady on their last song of the night, "Stay Positive." Titus played a show at Europa one night later and you can catch Patrick again at Shea Stadium tonight (12/22).

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn will return to NYC in February for two solo shows at Mercury Lounge (2/29) on his 2012 tour, which also includes a Maxwell's show on March 1.

Pictures from the first two nights of Brooklyn Night Bazaar are HERE and HERE. More pictures from the third night, and The Hold Stead's setlist, below...

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Craig Finn at Cabinet of Wonders in October (more by Chris Graham)
Craig Finn

Last week, we announced that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn added a Maxwell's show (3/1) to his already announced solo tour. The Maxwell's show is part of a longer string of dates that he's tacked on to the end the tour, which also includes Mercury Lounge on February 29. Marcellus Hall opens all of the shows on the newly announced run, except for the 2/27 show live at Drew's house in Ringwood, NJ. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (12/16) at noon. AmEx presale for the Mercury show starts Wednesday (12/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile catch Craig front his band The Hold Steady at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Williamsburg this Saturday night, one night after Radical Dads play there (with Fucked Up).

Craig also recently made an in-studio video that talks about the process of his upcoming solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes. That video and all dates are below...

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