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10 for 10

Back in April we posted an interview with Jonah Matranga who is putting out a new Far album, and playing Mercury Lounge solo on May 21st (tickets). Since then he added a NJ show at Maxwell's. That happens to be TONIGHT (5/19). Tickets are still available.

Speaking of NJ shows, that Hold Steady show happening at Starland Ballroom is on sale. The band's NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg are sold out.

The June 22nd NY Dolls show at Music Halll of Williamsburg is not yet sold out, and now they too are playing a NJ show at Starland Ballroom. The June 20th date goes on sale Wednesday at noon.

Poison the Well is co-headlining every date on a "10 For $10 summer tour" - ten bands for $10. Bands will vary at each stop.

Freddy Cricien of Madball said, "This 10 for 10 tour concept is way overdue in my opinion. I'm glad and thankful, that the people involved, stepped up to actually make something like this happen! Our genre (Hardcore) in the states, is in a "strange" place right now. There is somewhat of a lack of appreciation for this "sub-culture". A lot of people want to say they know certain bands, or are affiliated with this underground scene,etc,etc... Because it gives them some credibility, it sounds cool! Well, this is everyone's chance to re-introduce themselves, and actually get involved with a very unique and authentic genre/movement. It's also a chance for all of us, the bands, to show our stuff as well!"
Tickets are now on pre-sale for the tour that stops at Starland Ballroom (NJ) and Terminal 5 (NYC). NYC (tickets on sale Friday) gets Madball, Poison the Well, Terror, Vision, War of Ages, The Ghost Inside, Death Before Dishonor, Trapped Under Ice, Crime in Stereo, and This is Hell. NJ (tickets on sale Friday) has VOD (Vision and Vision of Disorder on the same bill) instead of Madball.

Tickets also recently went on sale for H2O, Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, and many other shows. All 10 for $10 dates below...

Continue reading "Jonah Matranga, Hold Steady, NY Dolls, Starland Ballroom, 10 for $10, VOD, Madball & other tickets"

The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5 11/6/08 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Hold Steady

All four of the Hold Steady's scheduled NYC shows, June 8th - 11th, have sold out, though the group's second Music Hall of Williamsburg show (Thursday, June 11th) is part of the Northside Festival, which still has badges available.

Openers for those shows are Right on Dynamite (6/8 @ Bowery Ballroom), Mischief Brew (6/9 @ Bowery Ballroom), Gost Trio (6/10 @ MHOW) and Hype of the States (6/11 @ MHOW).

The Hold Steady's other upcoming dates include them playing as openers themselves for the Counting Crows (in the UK in May) and the Dave Matthews Band (in the US in June).

The band also just announced some new headlining dates including a Friday, July 24th show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 15th at noon.

The Sayreville show is then one day before the Hold Steady play a show further south at the 2009 XPoNential Music Festival. The three days fest runs from July 24-26 at Wiggins Park at the Camden Waterfront. Yeasayer, Peter Bjorn and John, Aimee Mann, and many more artists are on the bill.

Complete fest lineup, and all Hold Steady tour dates below...

Continue reading "2009 XPoNential Music Festival lineup (in Camden) & more Hold Steady tour dates (Starland Ballroom)"

The Twilight Sad @ MHOW last night (more by Ryan Muir)
Twilight Sad

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Tribeca Film Festival
* Bowerbirds, Bell @ Monkey Town (early & late)
* The Dead w/ Branford Marasalis @ IZOD Center
* Youth Group, The Picture, Major Leagues @ Pianos
* Mogwai, The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, Single File @ Highline Ballroom
* Throbbing Gristle, Alan Vega, Emeralds @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple

Papercuts' new video for the track "Future Primitive", below...

Julie Doiron played Cake Shop the other night. Video below...

Somebody put Andy Milonakis, Fucked Up, and The Hold Steady in a blender and transported the output to a high school party in Austin, TX. Video below..

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more Kyle Dean Reinford)
Hold Steady

"We're excited to announce that the Hold Steady's show on Thursday, June 11, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, has been added to the official Northside Festival lineup. So if you were taken off guard when the shows sold out in minutes flat, we've got your back. All you need to do is pick up a badge ($45, on sale now) and make sure you get to the venue on the early side." - Northside Festival

The other Northside shows happening at the same venue, are listed HERE.

The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Hold Steady

Jun 08 - Bowery Ballroom (sold out)
Jun 09 - Bowery Ballroom (ON SALE NOW)
Jun 10 - Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out)
Jun 11 - Music Hall of Williamsburg (ON SALE NOW)

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More dates HERE.

the Hold Steady @ the Mohawk during SXSW (Angelina M)
Hold Steady

I didn't catch the Hold Steady show at Irving Plaza in NYC last night (3/30), but I was at the one pictured above which took place Friday night, March 20th, at the Mohawk in Austin for SXSW. The packed show was in a relatively small venue. And as you can kind of see a piece of in the picture, everyone was having a good time during the energized performance. One review says...

"The Hold Steady: Renowned for its prowess in concert, Craig Finn and company are still touring behind last year's superb Stay Positive. Shortly after midnight, Finn strolled onto the tiny stage at the Mohawk, waved to the fans overhead and those in front, picked up his guitar and let fly. For the next 60 minutes and change, the Hold Steady affirmed its standing as one of America's greatest living rock bands, a no-fuss yet deeply poetic group that simply speaks from the heart." [Star-Telegram]
And speaking of small venues, the band, who has already co-headlined the very big Terminal 5 (with a band who has 5 shows coming up at the much, much smaller Mercury Lounge), will return to the medium-sized Bowery Ballroom on June 8th, and then play a 2nd NYC show at the same-sized Music Hall of Williamsburg two days later. Tickets ($20) for both shows will be on Am Ex presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday.

And about last night...

The Hold Steady has become an unstoppable rock machine, with a catalog deep enough for the band to peel off song after powerful song in concert without getting to them all.

That about sums up the Hold Steady's performance Monday night at the Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, on the second night of an extensive spring/summer tour. Playing to a packed house, the band drew from all four of its albums, with a particular emphasis on last year's "Stay Positive" and the group's first record, 2004's "Almost Killed Me."

Whatever the song, singer Craig Finn did his moppet dance while he sang, waving his arms around and gesticulating wildly while Tad Kubler cranked out huge, joyous guitar riffs like they were some kind of gritty rock 'n' roll astringent, good for a soul-scouring deep-cleanse.

And they were: the crowd sang along throughout, clapping out a staccato rhythm on some songs and pumping their fists on others, all to Finn's evident delight. [listen, damnit]

The band's new live/documentary CD/DVD, A Positive Rage, is out April 7th. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady played Irving Plaza & SXSW, playing Bowery Ballroom, MHOW & other places (2009 tour dates)"

Rothbury

The name Rothbury confuses me. I immediately think it's a European festival, but in fact, the jam-band heavy music festival that premiered in 2008 takes place in Rothbury, Michigan. This year's lineup was just announced...

The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.

Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Michigan's Rothbury Festival - 2009 artist lineup "

by Andrew Frisicano

(Tinmariwen photo by Thomas Dorn)
Tinariwen

The six members of Tinariwen...are Tuaregs, a nomadic people spread across the Sahara who staged fierce, unsuccessful rebellions during the 1990's in Mali and Niger.

Tinariwen was formed by exiled Tuaregs in a refugee camp in Libya. A Tuareg rebel leader from Mali bought the band its first electric guitars and amplifiers and used its songs for propaganda during the rebellion. A decade of uneasy peace later, Tinariwen sings stark, hypnotic songs about the harshness of desert life and a still-smoldering rage.

With electric guitars replacing more traditional lutes, the songs can suggest the kind of bleak one-chord blues that John Lee Hooker played - music with African origins that has been reworked again in Africa. Every so often, Tinariwen's choppy guitar chords create a kind of North African funk....Yet the power of Tinariwen's music comes not from its modern elements but from its ageless ones: from the Arabic and North African turns of the melodies, from the way terse lines add up to propulsion and profundity, from the austere power of the drone. Although the lyrics are often melancholy, there's no self-pity, just a spartan determination. Most of the singing was done by the group's five men, but in "Aymana," men intoned an overlapping drone note while the voice of a female singer, Mina Walet Oumar, rose above them, sharp and incantatory.

Tinariwen's music seems inseparable from its origins. With the drones and circular patterns, songs can extend like sweeping desert landscapes. And like a nomad traversing those sands, Tinariwen's music carries only essentials and needs nothing more.-[NYTimes, on Tinariwen's 2004 Joe's Pub show]

Tinariwen are planning an April US tour that includes a Friday, April 24th show at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge (tix on sale) as well as a stop at this year's Coachella fest on April 18th. All dates below.

The band just released a live DVD, Live In London, on World Village, and was recently featured in Al Jazeera's six-part documentary The Music of Resistance - see the clip below.

Last year, Tinariwen re-released its 2007 album Aman Iman (translated: Water Is Life) on vinyl on the UK's Independiente label (streaming here). In 2008, Craig Finn and Tab Kubler of The Hold Steady referenced Tinariwen in a Times' "Playlist" article. Kubler said, "Their approach to the electric guitar is radically different from anything else I've ever thought of before. It sometimes makes me feel like I'm not exposing myself to things that might make me become a better player or enjoy music on a different level." (The Hold Steady have some dates of their own coming up too.)

Tinariwen was last in NYC for a 2007 Highline Ballroom gig and an Other Music in-store. All future US dates and video clips below...

Continue reading "Tinariwen videos & 2009 Tour Dates (NYC, Coachella, etc..) "

Semi Precious Weapons & Rachael Ray @ Santos in NYC (Nicky Digital) (thx Krista)
Semi Precious Weapons and Rachel Ray

As posted earlier today, Franz Nicolay & Major General will be opening for the Pogues at Roseland Ballroom on March 13th, but that is just one of many shows the Hold Steady's moustached member has coming up. Another one is tonight, March 5th...

3/5 FRANZ NICOLAY @ Small Beast Salon
Guest-hosting & curating.
THIS WEEK: 8:15-8:45 Franz Nicolay
8:55-9:25 Yoni Gordon
9:30-10:05 Serena Jost
10:15-11 Jennifer O'Connor
@ The Delancey - 168 Delancey, NYC
Franz is doing the same thing at the Delancey with a different bill on March 12th too, and he's doing a reading at Bar Matchless on March 14th. He'll have a busy few days which almost immediately then turns into a Hold Steady trip to SXSW that starts with a pitstop in Portland for a March 16th show at the Crystal Ballroom.

At SXSW, Franz is playing one solo/Major General show, and The Hold Steady are playing two. The first HS show is Friday March 20th at Mohawk. That's a public, official SXSW appearance. The second is the next day at Maggie May's for the Tom Jones-and-Semi-Precious Weapons-loving Rachael Ray. And they're not the only ones playing her party. As previously mentioned, The Airborne Toxic Event will be there, and so will New York Dolls, Ra Ra Riot and The Thermals. You can see the whole lineup and more details on the Dunkin Donuts spokesperson's website. The picture above was taken at Rachael's NYC show at Santos last week. See more like it at Nicky Digital's site.

NY Dolls also have an official SXSW show, and Sylvain Sylvain is sitting on a SXSW panel called "The Sound and the Fury". This all in addition to a new record coming out...

After working together on the New York Dolls' influential debut in 1973, the group reunited this winter with producer Todd Rundgren to record their fourth studio album, Cause I Sez So, set for a May 5 release on Atco Records.

Recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, the album features 11 original compositions and a new version of "Trash," which was on their 1973 debut album. "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present," says frontman Johansen.

Prior to the album's release, the New York Dolls-David Johansen (vocals); Sylvain Sylvain (guitar); Steve Conte (guitar); Brian Delaney (drums); and Sami Yaffa (bass)-will appear at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival in Austin, TX. [as outlined above]

No upcoming Dolls dates in NY, bit Ra Ra Riot are at NYU TONIGHT (3/5), The Hold Steady are at Irving Plaza on March 30th, and The Thermals are playing Bowery Ballroom twice in May.

The NY Times went to RR's SXSW show last year. Video below...

Continue reading "Franz Nicolay, Rachael Ray, NY Dolls, Thermals, NYC, SXSW "

Hall and Oates

Tickets are on Ticket Rush presale for the Hold Steady show at Irving Plaza (password = venue) (thx Bao).

Tickets are still on sale for all three Pogues shows at Roseland Ballroom.

Lil Wayne, T Pain, Gym Class Heroes, and Keri Hilson are playing the Prudential Center on March 19. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10AM.

Tickets are still on sale for the Napalm Death show at Blender Theater.

Adele's May show at Roseland Ballroom is sold out is still on sale. Franz Ferdinand's show at the same venue is also still on sale. Tickets are also still available for Lily Allen's show there in April. Adele doesn't, but Lily, Franz, Duffy and Estelle all have songs on the new War Child Heroes charity comp.

The Dead sold out MSG, but not Nassau Coliseum or Izod Center yet.

The Gaslight Anthem added a May 8th show with Pela and Good Ole War at the Stone Pony. Tickets are on sale. The Gaslight Anthem are also playing Sasquatch and Coachella and Webster Hall. Pela also have some shows coming up at Mercury Lounge.

Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are playing the Izod Center on June 10th. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10AM.

Daryl Hall and John Oates are playing two night at Irving Plaza in March. Tickets range from $80 to $150 and are on sale.

A Positive Rage

Vagrant Records and The Hold Steady announce an April 7 release date for A Positive Rage, a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album. The set will be released on April 6 on Rough Trade Records in the UK and Europe.

A Positive Rage captures the excitement and high spirits of both the band and their fans in the days surrounding the release of their third full-length, Boys and Girls in America, (Vagrant) and ensuing world tour in 2006.

The 53-minute documentary begins with The Hold Steady's first ever London performances with never-before-seen live footage, back stage interviews with the band members, fan commentary and the original, raw audio. Cameras follow the band as they return to the US for a 24-date tour that culminates on screen with an especially poignant performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

The live album was recorded on October 31, 2007 and includes seventeen songs that Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Franz Nicolay, and Bobby Drake performed on the second of their two-night sold-out stand at the Metro in Chicago. The enhanced album will also feature five bonus studio tracks: "Ask Her For Adderall," "Cheyenne Sunrise," "Two Handed Handshake," and the previously unreleased tracks "Spectres" and "40 Bucks."

The booklet features personal photos and the band's memories of the tour, including this excerpt from Craig Finn... "It ended up being a fantastic suburban blow out with band and audience on the floor, Frisbee and tailgating in the adjoining parking lot, and everyone singing along to every song.... It reminded me of the hardcore shows I loved as a kid, everyone sweating and screaming together in a rented hall. And drinking in the parking lot, of course. The next night worlds converged.... "

The Hold Steady, in addition to appearing at SXSW in mid-March, will kick off their late-March-into-April tour at Irving Plaza in NYC on March 30th. $25.00 tickets to the "WRXP Anniverary Show" will go on sale Friday February 20th at 10AM via LiveNation.com. Openers TBA.

In related Vagrant news, they just announced that they signed the UK's Olivia Broadfield. "I have been blown away by how well things have been going for me over the past year and signing with Vagrant is quite simply the cherry on top," said Broadfield. "I am so excited to be working with Vagrant, they have shown such faith and belief in me as an artist and I know that my album will be in good hands. It's taken a lot of hard work to get this far and I can't wait to take things to the next level with Vagrant by my side."

In related Hold Steady news, the band covered Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" for the new "War Child Heroes" charity comp. "A Postive Rage" tracklist, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Hold Steady tour dates (Irving Plaza, SXSW) & a documentary"

War ChildWar Child

'War Child: Heroes' is an unprecedented collaboration between music's most heralded legends and the finest current artists.

We asked 15 ultimate icons to select a favourite song from their classic back catalogue and to nominate the new act they most trust to create a unique interpretation of that hand-picked track.

This album is the result: 15 exclusive and breath-taking cover versions.

Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")

Though not out until February 24th here in the United States, "War Child: Heroes" was released in the UK on Monday (and it comes out March 3rd in Canada).

"Dark Was The Night" on the other hand, is out now everywhere. Full tracklist HERE. Rumor of an upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall HERE.

Listen to Lily Allen and Mick Jones cover the Clash, and other videos, below...

Continue reading "War Child: Heroes vs. Dark Was The Night (get both now!)"

Rachael Ray

"One year after she set the blogosphere on its collective ear by invading the indier-than-thou confines of South by Southwest with her own party -- and then shocking everyone when that party actually turned out to be pretty good -- Rachael Ray is at again, with plans for another SXSW soiree.

While details are still limited, a source close to the event told MTV News that Ray is looking to throw an "expanded" party at this year's South By, tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 21. Last year's party was held at Austin, Texas' Beauty Bar, but no location has been determined for this year's event.

The source said that "10 to 12" bands could be booked for Ray's SXSW party (last year's bill featured the Raveonettes, Holy Fuck and the Cringe, the band fronted by her husband, Jon Cusimano), and while not all the acts have been confirmed, we hear that a couple of fairly huge names -- the Hold Steady and the Airborne Toxic Event -- have already committed to play.

The source also added that another "big name" will be added in the coming days.

Ray will work out all the kinks at a SXSW pre-party, scheduled for February 25 at Andrew WK's NYC spot Santo's Party House. Semi-Precious Weapons, the Orion Experience and the Cringe top the bill." [MTV]

Tickets for the Santos show are on sale.

Last year it wasn't only Rachael that "set the blogosphere on its collective ear". It was Perez Hilton's entrance into SXSW too. His party ended up having Robyn, N.E.R.D., Riskay and others. Then he did a CMJ party too which Semi Precious Weapons also played (along with Sharon Jones and Lady Gaga).

Continue reading "Rachael Ray coming to Santos Party House, returning to SXSW ("Hold Steady & Airborne Toxic Event rumored")"

DOWNLOAD: The Hold Steady - The Swish (MP3)

Circuit City

Bankrupt electronics retailer Circuit City Inc. said Friday it has asked for court approval to close its remaining 567 U.S. stores and sell all its merchandise...

..."We are extremely disappointed by this outcome," James Marcum, acting CEO for Circuit City, said in a statement. "We were unable to reach an agreement with our creditors and lenders to structure a going-concern transaction in the limited timeframe available, and so this is the only possible path for our company."...

...The company said the sale would begin Saturday and run until March 31, pending court approval. The retailer's Web site and call center will cease to operate after Jan. 18. Circuit City said employees will receive 60 days notice of the termination. [CNN]

It was announced a few days ago that Virgin Megastore is also closing its Times Square location.

Franz Nicolay

Hex Education Journal: What made you want to come out with a solo album now? Did you feel the time was just right?

Franz Nicolay: I feel the time is right to start setting the groundwork. Before joining World/Inferno I had fronted my own band, but I was having no success, nobody cared. So when I joined World/Inferno and it was a band that actually had fans I was like "thank god!" I just sort of put that part of myself aside for five or six years, but I knew it was something I was going to turn to, and one of the benefits of being in World/Inferno was that I had been that I was able to do a lot of different projects and one of the things I was missing in the intense and steady touring process was the opportunity to do different kinds of music. I was afraid of getting re-defined as a piano player in a rock band.
While I do a certain amount of songwriting in The Hold Steady Im sort of the John Paul Jones or George Harrison of the group.

The Sunday night late show at Le Poisson Rouge (1/11) in NYC features Nathaniel Rateliff, Sxip Shirey, and Franz Nicolay. All of Franz's tour dates below...

Continue reading "Franz Nicolay - 2009 Tour Dates (Sunday @ LPR)"

Last Waltz

"One Saturday, I went to the Regal Cinema in Union Square to see the reissued The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's film documenting The Band's star-studded final performance at the Winterland Ballroom in 1976. I came out of the theatre energised by the music and performances of The Band, and Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.

What struck me about the movie is how much fun the musicians were having. I began to understand music as being a fun thing, and started to miss playing with people. I missed the fingers on the strings, the buzz in the amplifiers. I was ready to date, but guarded against falling in love." [Craig Finn]

Read Craig Finn's whole NYC story at The Independent. Check out the Hold Steady's latest tour dates (no NYC though), below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn tells his story, the Hold Steady announce dates"

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Plush's Fed & The Dodos' Visiter
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It's the time of year when people start talking which album was the best this year. That usually means I start cramming and trying to figure out what I still haven't heard and look forward to what others have to say to make my selection process slightly easier. Part of what I'm saying is, I'm not ready to answer that yet. According to the aggregated critics at MetaCritic, this is what was best this year...

1 London Zoo by The Bug
2 Fed by Plush
3 For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
4 Dear Science, by TV On The Radio
5 Exit by Shugo Tokumaru
6 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
7 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 Robyn by Robyn
9 Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules And Love Affair
10 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective by Steinski
Does when an album actually came out matter?. Bon Iver's album actually came out in 2007, but was reissued in 2008. Shugo's album came out in 2007 in Japan. Plush's album actually came out in 2002 in Japan (I still haven't heard it). Robyn's album came out in Sweden in 2005. Steinski came out in 2008, but as the title suggests, is actually a compilation of tracks that were released between 1983-2006.

Other bands currently ranking in Metacritic's Top 30: The Dodos, The Music Tapes, Shearwater, Portishead, Harvey Milk, Torche, The Hold Steady, Drive By Truckers, and Fucked Up.

Also put out albums this year: Sigur Ros, Jamie Lidell, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Marnie Stern, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, The Black Keys, Calexico, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers, Grails, Al Green, Anathallo, Flight of the Conchords, Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Parade, Vampire Weekend, Vivian Girls, The Walkmen, Santogold, Parts & Labor, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, David Byrne, Death Cab For Cutie, Beck, Beach House, Elbow, REM, M83, NIN, No Age, Of Montreal, Destroyer, Department of Eagles, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, The Dears, and Deer Tick (though Deer tick was out in 2007 and reissued in 2008) (and I guess Radiohead is qualified too) (and Metallica, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses) (and JACK JOHNSON) (and a million others).

Who else? What are your favorites this year? Who will Pitchfork pick as #1?

The Bug is going on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Those dates are below...

Continue reading "What is the best album of 2008? (when did it come out?)"

Franz Nicolay by Chris La Putt (more)
Franz Nicolay

In honor of these pretty new pictures of the Hold Steady, I thought I would post the recent press release with details of Franz Nicolay's new solo album...

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Tad Kubler, by Chris La Putt (more)
Bacrack Brains

In case you missed it in the Hold Steady post, Tad of the Hold Steady was wearing a "Barack Obama" Bad Brains shirt last night. The shirt is available at BarackBrains.com, though I doubt they'll be flying off the shelves now that Barack already won. Maybe?

Photos by Chris La Putt

The Hold Steady

Drive-By Truckers

The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers played their first of two shows together at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (11/6). They do it again tonight - this time in reverse order. Last night DBT played last. This time they play first. More pictures, including one of the Hold Steady's setlist, from last night below... .

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers & The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5, NYC (night 1) - pics & setlist"

Hold Steady

Enter for your chance to go to the Hold Steady show HERE. (thx all)

Bloc Party are also playing NYC on September 18th.

The Hold Steady are also playing NYC on November 6th & 7th. Chat with Craig Finn on ESPN on Wedneday.

"I think [Radiohead have] lost the plot," Kubler said

Finn (Hold Steady) @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
The Hold Steady

Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler has caused the Internet to go nuts with his comments on Radiohead, which he made over the weekend to BBC6 Music. "I think they've lost the plot," Kubler said when asked the now-standard-in-every-music-interview question about Thom Yorke et al's recent album In Rainbows. "What are they doing? Where are they going? What's happening? I don't get it any more. They lost me. I still appreciate what they're doing, or what they're trying to do. But I think they're trying too hard not to be Radiohead. That seems a little ridiculous to me." Kubler then went on to praise... Oasis. Ooh, burn! Yorke and his bandmates were unavailable for comment, but the Internet was more than happy to rush in and fill that particular void... [Idolator]
The tour is called the "Rock and Roll Means Well Tour". The bands are The Hold Steady and Drive By Truckers. It's a great bill, but I think there should be plenty of NYC tickets to go around since the NYC shows are at Terminal 5 (a venue both bands have played before) two nights in a row (Nov 6 & 7). That said, tickets go on presale Tuesday. All dates for both bands (with and without each other) below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady & Drive by Truckers - 2008 Tour Dates"

The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
The Hold Steady

"While the UK pop scene suffers from a surfeit of homogenous guitar rock, American music is enjoying a golden moment. Literary bands, with songs that revel in intricate language, complex narratives and cinematic plot twists, are on the rise. So if you are looking for an alternative to identikit indie, the wait is over..."
[says The Observer]
The Observer goes on to name The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats and Fleet Foxes as fine examples of American lyrics. Tickets are now on sale for the next Fleet Foxes show in NYC.

Fleet Foxes last show in NYC was on the TV.

Tickets are also on sale for a couple of Mountain Goats shows.

The Hold SteadyThe Hold Steady's fourth album, Stay Positive, is released tomorrow.

In his New York magazine profile of the band, Joshua Ferris wrote of Stay Positive:

For anyone new to the Hold Steady looking for a point of breaking and entering on Stay Positive, start with "Sequestered in Memphis." It's as immediate and infectious as "Your Little Hoodrat Friend." The same goes for the title track. Musically, two songs are real standouts: a guitar solo provides a plaintive wail on behalf of the rocky couple on "Lord, I'm Discouraged," while the harpsichord becomes the voice of the protagonist on "One for the Cutters." The instruments aid and abet Finn as he articulates the inner turmoil of his characters' lives.
Other than Stay Positive, the only other new releases I have heard and can strongly recommend are the new Wire disc, Object 47, Blind Pilot's 3 Rounds and a Sound and Herman Dune's 1-2-3 Apple Tree EP.

Three Del Fuegos albums (Boston, Mass., The Longest Day, and Stand Up) lead the week's reissues, along with two vinyl releases (Rocky Votolato and Suicide Medicine) from singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato. Damon & Naomi's More Sad Hits has been remastered and is also available tomorrow.

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