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Montreal singer Patrick Watson is back with a new album, Love Songs for Robots, which will be out via Domino on May 21. You can stream the album's ethereal title track over at NPR and watch a trailer for the album below.

Patrick will be on tour this spring and plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with The Low Anthem. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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The Low Anthem at MHOW in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Low Anthem

Indie folk collective The Low Anthem have announced they'll go on a short tour with the falsetto-fueled Death Vessel and Last Good Tooth this July. The tour kicks off in Brooklyn at Gowanus art gallery Ray Smith Studio on July 10 (261 Bond St). That's a pretty small venue for a band who headlined Bowery Ballroom and MHOW just three years ago. All dates on the tour are listed below.

UPDATE: Despite the initial announcement saying the NYC show was at Sunny's Bar (which reopened in August after damage from Hurricane Sandy), it's actually at Ray Smith Studio.

Death Vessel will also be back later in the year when his tour with Mirah hits LPR on October 11. Tickets for that show are still available.

Watch some Low Anthem and Death Vessel videos, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Low Anthem touring w/ Death Vessel, playing Ray Smith Studio"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Frankie Rose & Dub Pies @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Frankie Rose

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opened in its new permanent Greenpoint location last weekend, offering up shopping, food, fun (ping pong, blacklight mini-golf) and music, with free admission for those willing to wait in the long line to get in that stretched down Banker St. (The line moved pretty fast, though.) The new space is pretty nice, it was never too hard to maneuver around with most of the food and the stage at the far end of the large space. The stage, off to one side, is backed by a wall of projection screens which looked pretty cool I must say. There's no way to go and not smell like a deep fryer, but otherwise it's not a bad way to spend a Friday or Saturday night.

The music for last Saturday (11/2) was headlined by Frankie Rose whose short set nonetheless packed in most of the songs you'd want to hear, including her great cover of The Damned's "Street of Dreams" which I think is better than the original. The vibe of the Bazaar made for a loose fun set. I got in just in time to catch Mahogany who are currently operating as a duo. I miss the maximalist days of their two-drummer, three guitarists and more line-up, but they still sounded pretty good. Pictures from their sets, as well as openers Monogold, are in this post.

Tonight (10/8) at BK Night Bazaar it's The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis (who played last night opening for pals Deer Tick at Webster Hall), and Grandchildren. Then on Saturday (11/9) it's Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ski Lodge and Pearl & the Beard. Psychic TV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Au Revoir Simone and more will play in the weeks ahead. Again the shows are free and open to the public.

More pics of Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, below...

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Cat Power / Sky Ferreira at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cat Power
Sky Ferreira

As you may have heard, on the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a tribute show went down at Glasslands in Brooklyn with a number of musicians, including Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and more. We already posted pictures, the setlist, and a fan video from the show, and now there's professional video of the show, courtesy of The Bomber Jacket (one of the show presenters). They're planning on releasing the audio from the show as well ("hopefully by Christmas"), and all proceeds from that release will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.

Meanwhile you can watch those videos below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / Cole & Sky
Elliot Smith Tribute
Elliot Smith Tribute

[Sadie] Dupuis delivered the night's heaviest alt-rock blast, leading a Nirvana-like performance of "Abused" by dialing up the track's soft-loud-soft dynamics. [Marissa] Nadler offered a mesmerizing lullaby with the gentle strums of "Pitseleh." [Yoni] Wolf played three tracks solo on piano, including "Angeles" and "Say Yes," adding his own spin lyrically and musically, something a "chord guy" like Smith would appreciate, Wolf joked.


Cat Power soon walked onstage and raised a glass from behind the piano -- "cheers to Elliott," she said. She played a solo version of her own tune, the haunting "Names," from 2003's You Are Free, before her band joined for a jazz/R&B-flecked "Between the Bars," which hit with extra punch due to Marshall's own history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.

She handed out knit caps, like those Smith so often wore (Marshall sported a yellow-gold beanie over her bleached blonde hair all night), and closed with From a Basement on the Hill's "Pretty (Ugly Before)." Ferreira joined Marshall onstage, and the two traded verses and invited the crowd to join -- "Fucking sing it if you know it!" shouted Marshall -- on the repeated outro: "I was so ugly before didn't know what to do." The jam-packed audience inside the DIY venue all sang in hushed tones together, in unison. [Rolling Stone]

On the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a number of musicians gathered at Brooklyn venue Glasslands for a tribute show. The night's cast included Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu. Pictures of the show, a partial setlist, and a video of Sky Ferreira joining Cat Power for "Pretty (Ugly Before)" are in this post.

For Cat Power, this show was ahead of her upcoming solo tour which brings her back to NYC for two shows on November 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (early and late). The early show is sold out but tickets for the late show are still available.

Sadie Dupuis played this just after her band Speedy Ortiz wrapped up a number of CMJ shows, including our Friday party. Speedy Ortiz returns to NYC tonight (10/23) at The Flat for a Mishka show with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr). It's an afterparty for the debut of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr line, which happens at their store (and J will be there doing an in-store signing).

More pictures, the partial setlist and video below...

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Elliott Smith

Like the four Elliott Smith tribute shows that took place in August to honor the songwriting legend in the ten-year anniversary of his death, another will happen in NYC on the actual day of the anniversary, October 21. The tribute show happens at Glasslands and includes some pretty great musicians like Cat Power, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards, ex-Chairlift), Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu.

$50 tickets for the show are on sale now, and some of the proceeds will benefit Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. That fund benefits Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children, and there's also an IndieGogo campaign raising money for Outside In that includes rewards related to the Glasslands show:

* Set lists from the night
* High-quality 12" x 11" concert posters, designed by local artist Allison Specketer
* Live recording of the show (participating bands TBA)
* Goodie Bag (details TBA) from Kill Rock Stars
* High-quality 18" x 24" concert poster, autographed by all the musicians
Check out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...

Continue reading "Elliott Smith tribute happening at Glasslands w/ Cat Power, members of DIIV, Speedy Ortiz, Sky Ferreira & more"

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

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We previously posted about Justin Townes Earl's two-night Woody Guthrie tribute that's happening at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts on October 26 and 27. This is part of the university's "Pace Presents" 2012 / 2013 season which features "world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on music superstars from around the globe, charismatic and crowd-pleasing dance performances, spectacular theatre and contemporary cabaret" The season kicks off Saturday, September 22 with Romanian gypsy folk act Fanfare Ciocalia and tickets are on sale now.

The full schedule is below but highlights include Malian actress/singer Fatoumata Diawara who'll perform on September 28. Tickets are still available. Her most recent album, Fatou, made a few Best of 2011 lists and is streamable at Spotify. The show is part of a North American tour and all tour dates are listed below.

The Pace Presents '12/'13 season wraps on April 20 up with South African horn player and vocalist Hugh Masekela. Tickets are on sale now.

The Pace Presents 2012 / 2013 schedule is below, along with a list of Fatoumata Diawara tour dates and videos.

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Justin Townes Earle

Two special evenings with the exceptional singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle will include Justin's original songs in the context of the continuing legacy of Woody Guthrie in his centennial celebration year. For an artist whose list of influences runs the gamut from Randy Newman to Woody Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen, categories are useless. Justin, son of a great American troubadour Steve Earle, won the coveted "Song of the Year" award at the Americana Music Awards in 2011, and his latest cd "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now" has garnered critical acclaim. These two exceptional nights will feature special guests invited by Justin including John McCauley of Deer Tick, The Low Anthem, and Joe Pug.
While Woody Guthrie's actual birthday has passed, the Woody 100 festivities continue throughout the year, and here's another one which happens at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts on October 26 and 27. Guests The Low Anthem will appear both nights with Justin Townes Earle, but John McCauley will only play the first night. Tickets to the October 26 show (with McCauley), and tickets to the October 27 show (without McCauley) are on sale now.

In addition to these Woody shows, JTE is on tour and all dates are listed below.

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The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
The Hold Steady

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...

Continue reading "Truck America expands lineup, Craig Finn working on solo LP"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Low Anthem @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Low Anthem

Last night, 6/15, The Low Anthem played their second NYC area show in three months with Daniel Lefkowitz (they played Bowery in March). The show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg and this time also included a set by These United States. Photographer Toby Tenenbaum described it as "one of the best of the year so far".

Former Low Anthem member Dan Lefkowitz opened the show with a delicate folk/Blues set. He was joined for the last two songs of his set by a bow and saw and the Low Anthem drummer.

These United States followed soon after with an energetic set to contrast Lefkowitz's. The Low Anthem went on stage at 11PM. They played for just under 2 hours... the highlight of the evening [was] when the band surrounded the microphone for the ensemble acoustic numbers. During the encore for "This Old House" Ben Knox Miller performed his now-famous cell phone "69" feedback trick asking all audience members to call the person next to them and place their cell phone inverted next to each other to eerie, yet tuneful, effect.

The Low Anthem have tonight off, but play Newtown, CT at Edmond Town Hall with Daniel Lefkowitz Friday (6/17) before heading to the Clearwater Fest, one of many festival appearances scheduled for te band this summer, both here and in the EU. Full tour schedule, and more pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...

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Pete Seeger at Clearwater 2009 (more by )
Pete Seeger

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.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Low Anthem @ Bowery Ballroom
Low Anthem

From the boot-stomping joy of "Hey All You Hippies" (a song off the new album Smart Flesh), to a classical interlude--a clarinet trio playing "Wire," composed by Adams--there is never a dull moment. Before beginning "This God Damn House," Miller instructs the audience to call each other, and hold their phones together when he does the same. The effect is an electrical chirp pulsating throughout the room, producing a sound that is at one moment like a landing spaceship on The X-Files, at another like a field full of crickets.

The encore is the title song off an earlier album, Oh My God Charlie Darwin.... Spellbound, it feels like the whole crowd has broken out in goose bumps. -[New York Press]

The Low Anthem are currently out on tour in Europe, but will be back on the road in North America before the end of the month, like they were when they played a headlining NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on March 8th with Daniel Lefkowitz and Bobby. The rest of the pictures from that show are in this post (t-shirt silkscreener included).

Tickets go on sale at noon today (4/8) for a new Low Anthem show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 15th, one date of a larger tour for the band that will see them link up with Iron & Wine for some dates, with Mumford & Sons and Daniel Lefkowitz for others (the NYC show doesn't have openers listed yet).

All tour dates, a video and more pictures from the Bowery show, below...

Continue reading "The Low Anthem touring, played Bowery Ballroom (pics), add Brooklyn show (updated dates)"


Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

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Iron & Wine @ Greenespace on 1/5 (more by Aaron Epstein)
Iron and Wine

Friday, January 28, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Live from SoHo: Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has become one of today's greatest musical storytellers, crafting meticulous tales full of forlorn love, religious imagery, and wistful dreams. Join us at the Apple Store for this very special live show by Iron&Wine as they perform tracks from the newly released album, "Kiss Each Other Clean." For guaranteed admission, stop by to pick up a wristband starting Thursday, January 27, at 9:00 a.m.
[Apple Store SoHo]
The free NYC Apple Store show is happening one day before Iron & Wine play their headlining show at Radio City Music Hall with Edie Brikell. Tickets are still on sale for that.

Meanwhile, those with a TV can check out Iron & Wine on Conan tonight (1/24), and those who either live in California or have an internet connection, can partake in a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.

Iron & Wine (AKA Sam Beam and band) perform live at Amoeba Music Hollywood in celebration of the new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, out 1/25 on Warner Bros. This very special show will also be streamed live on amoeba.com for those who can't be there!

Fans can pre-purchase the new album starting at 5pm on 1/24 and receive a limited-edition Iron & Wine "Live at Amoeba" poster (while they last). Signing after the performance is limited to the first 100 purchasers.

Iron & Wine play live at The Wiltern January 25 & 26.
Cold War Kids play live in Amoeba on Tuesday (though it won't be streamed), and they have a Radio City show coming up too. Their new album, Mine is Yours - out that same day, is streaming at MySpace. Iron & Wine's new album is streaming at Team Coco.

Iron & Wine's 1/25 Wiltern show is with Laura Marling whose only other upcoming show is in NYC on 1/30. Iron & Wine's 1/26 Wiltern show is with The Low Anthem who also head out on the road with Iron & Wine in April, but not before playing Bowery Ballroom in March. Updated Iron & Wine tour dates (many more North American shows since we last spoke) and updated dates for Cold War Kids and Low Anthem too, below...

Continue reading "Iron & Wine on Conan & streaming from Amoeba Records, add free Apple Store show -- updated dates & Cold War Kids too"


The Low Anthem headlined a Lincoln Center show last night, and have added a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom to their schedule today. Tickets to the March 8th show go on sale at noon.

The Mynabirds are playing Mercury Lounge on March 7th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are go on sale at noon for the Hold Steady shows at MHOW & Terminal 5.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Middle Brother shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Of Montreal show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Pains of Being Pure At Heart show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Gwar shows at MHOW and Starland Ballroom.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Summer Camp show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Motorhead/Clutch/Valient Thorr show happening at Best Buy Theater. and for the one at Starland Ballroom.

Fang Island is playing a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on March 11th. Openers TBA. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Toro Y Moi shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Cave Singers / Lia Ices show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Lost in the Trees show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Lucinda Williams shows at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the OMD/Oh Land show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Versus show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are still on sale for the Sam Amidon show at Glasslands.

Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd NYC show Little Dragon just added.

Tickets are now on presale for the Kylie Minogue shows coming up at Hammerstein Ballroom.

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Low Anthem

On an old bio page for Rhode Island's The Low Anthem, the last line reads, "The snowball gathers speed."

And in this winter of near-record snow perhaps there's no better way to describe the past year and the year ahead for the folk rock quartet. In recent days they played Letterman and a spot on WNYC's Soundcheck and capped it with a breathtaking performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday night (1/13).

The band is already out in support of their upcoming release, Smart Flesh, due February 22nd via Nonesuch (tracklist below), and the unique venue and view that the Allen Room provides, overlooking Columbus Circle seemingly prompted the band to up their game just a bit more.

For their American Songbook set, a beautiful pump organ that was given to the band, was shipped from Providence just for the performance. It hovered over the much smaller pump organ the band usually plays during their shows. Lead singer Ben Knox Miller said it might be the only show they play with it due to the cost of moving such a large, fragile instrument from city to city. Miller's brother, Steve, came up to crank the organ on the couple songs it was used and after one song Miller thanked him for "performing that demeaning task."

The band said they worked during soundcheck to get the sound just right. Given how full songs like set-opener "For Those Who Write History Books" sounded or the snap of the drums on the unusually subdued cover, "Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From" or how hushed yet crisp the harmonies of "Ghost Woman Blues" (which they performed on Letterman) were, the extra effort to get the sound just so paid off.

When the band came out for their one-song encore, "This God Damn House," Miller asked everyone to ready their phones as he does almost every time they play the song. And in the instant toward the end of that melancholy song, when Miller whistled into his two cell phones, the audience's phones, set to speaker, crackled to life. Miller turned as he whistled and faced the massive windows and cityscape before him in a bit of wonder. Or perhaps because the sound of that haunting chirp echoing through the room resembled crickets - and that late-night country staple contrasted so starkly against the rushing city below.

UPDATE: The Low Anthem will return to NYC to play Bowery Ballroom on March 8th. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from the NYC show, new album info, new video the Letterman video, and more dates, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Emmylou Harris & the Low Anthem
The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem opened for, and performed with (see above), Emmylou Harris at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on November 13th. A set of pictures from that show is in this post. And:

On February 22, The Low Anthem will release Smart Flesh, the self-produced follow up to their critically lauded 2009 release Oh My God, Charlie Darwin on Nonesuch. The majority of Smart Flesh's eleven tracks were recorded in a cavernous, vacant pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, RI. Additional tracking was done in a Providence garage, dubbed the "gator pit." Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) mixed the record in Omaha with additional mixing by engineer Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins) in New York. The Low Anthem is four multi-instrumentalists - Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky, Jocie Adams, and newest member Mat Davidson.
The Low Anthem kick off a tour with Carolina Chocolate Drops on December 4th, and return to NYC to play their own show at Lincoln Center on January 13th (tickets). The NYC show is part of the 2011 "American Songbook" season at Lincoln Center which Carolina Chocolate Drops also play, but on February 2nd.

All Low Anthem tour dates and more pictures from the Wellmont, below...

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photos by Matthew Eisman

Swell Season @ Prospect Park on July 30th
The Swell Season

"In support of a new record, Strict Joy, the Swell Season came to Brooklyn to play to a hypnotized, but almost manic crowd. "Low Rising" from Strict Joy represented the best of where the Swell Season are going - soulful, deep seeded pop music. So no surprise when they later turned out Van the Man's "Into the Mystic", with a backing New York horn section. And they kept the orchestral machinations of the Once soundtrack to a minimum, focusing instead on electric and acoustic guitars, relying on one solid fiddle player for strings. And of course they shined strongest on the sparse acoustic torch songs, just the two of them on "Falling Slowly" (the way the song was meant to be played), and Glenn in particular on the almost over-the-top-it's-so-good "Say It To Me Now".

Meanwhile, The Low Anthem just about stole the damn show. The Low Anthem are a band, and Oh My God, Charlie Darwin is a record, that personifies American roots without immediately summoning a particular brand of it. What's evoked is a creeky, wooden empty room in a house, about sundown, and a few candles or incandescent bulbs alight in a chandelier. The guitars, the horns, the keys, the saw, that amazing upright bass (with a solo for the books) - the ghosts of America, thoughtful and contemplative, lost. Something where Moby Dick, Andrew Jackson, the Civil War, and Leadbelly have a get together."
[Sonic Parthenon]

The Swell Season played a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on Friday, July 30th with the Low Anthem, who, along with Josh Ritter, later joined the headliners on stage. After the Roots, it may have been the 2nd most crowded free show in Prospect Park this summer.

Both bands also played the Newport Folk Fest over the weekend, and NPR streamed and recorded both sets. The Low Anthem doesn't seem to be up at the moment, but The Swell Season can be listened to now.

One-half of the Swell Season Glen Hansard will be back in NYC in November for a show with his band the Frames at Terminal 5.

The Low Anthem play a free show in CT on Tuesday night (8/3).

More pictures and videos from the show (and Swell Season's performance on Jimmy Kimmel) are below...

Continue reading "The Swell Season & Low Anthem played Celebrate Brooklyn (pics & video) & Newport Folk Festival (stream) "

The Swell Season @ 92YTribeca (more by Chris La Putt)
The Swell Season

The Swell Season & The Low Anthem on Friday, July 30th will be a highlight of the Celebrate Brooklyn season of free shows this summer in Prospect Park (so will Sonic Youth and Sharon Jones). The full schedule is HERE.

The new Brooklyn show is two days before the Swell Season, whose last NYC show was at Radio City, take part in the Newport Folk Festival, and it's one of many shows they have coming up

The Low Anthem also play the Newport Folk Festival, but one day earlier. Their last NYC show was at the Bell House and their other upcoming tour dates include a July 29th gig at Concerts in the Studio in Freehold, NJ.

All dates for both bands below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Low Anthem

In a bold move for a live performance, The Low Anthem performed several numbers huddled around one microphone at the center of the stage. As the crowd grew quiet Miller's guitar and voice would begin, drenched in reverb, to take over. Supported perfectly by his bandmates, the result was stunning. To say the very least, they are incredibly accurate as vocalists, and no one voice takes over, but all work in harmony with each other. The addition of a fourth member last year allowed the group to add some excellent touches to their live repertoire. Most notably, the saw and a fiddle made appearances during these low-key portions of the set. And judging by the new material on display here, the four-piece is going to be something to talk about for the rest of the year.

Timber Timbre were the perfect pairing here. The trio opened the night with a set of acoustic and ambient bliss. The collection of songs was minimal while sounding huge. Sparing, but well placed, vocals from Taylor Kirk accompanied a violin, a lapsteel guitar, and Kirk's driving guitar. [Paper Trail Music]

The Low Anthem and Timber Timbre played NYC shows on April 14th and 16th as part of their tour together. The first of those was at Bowery Ballroom (opened by the Woes and described by the words above) and the second was at the Bell House (which is where the picture here are from).

The Low Anthem's upcoming dates include a set the Newport Folk Festival on July 31st and a July 29th show at Concerts in the Studio in Freehold, New Jersey (the "house shows" where Alejandro Escovedo just played earlier this month, and John Doe & Exene Cervenka from X are playing on May 1st).

More pictures from the Bell House are below...

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Newport Folk Festival 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Newport Folk Festival

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.

Tickets are on sale.

Here are pictures from DAY ONE and DAY TWO of last year's fest. Videos from last year and the list of the artists playing this year, by day, is below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2010 - initial lineup, dates & tickets "


We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

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Anais Mitchell

Speaking of The Low Anthem, The Low Anthem's Ben Knox Miller recently joined Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco, and Petra, Rachel, and Tanya Haden to play on the new record by Anais Mitchell, Hadestown, which is due out March 9th on Righteous Babe. The record is a concept album about the Greek myth of Orpheus & Euridice, and each of those singers plays a role...

Hadestown began its existence in 2006 as a live "folk opera" that the Vermont-based singer/songwriter created in collaboration with director Ben t. Matchstick (Bread & Puppet Theater) and arranger/orchestrator Michael Chorney. After loading the sets and the 22-member cast of Vermont performers into a former circus bus and touring New England during "full-on winter," it was time to rework a few songs. Next, Mitchell called upon a few fellow musicians to lend their voices to a recorded version--not a cast album, but a stand-alone, self-contained song cycle. The result is a veritable Who's Who of modern indie folk/rock: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays Orpheus; Greg Brown is Hades, Lord of the Underworld ("king of the kingdom of dirt"); and Ani DiFranco plays Hades' strong-willed, subversive wife, Persephone. Also on hand in smaller roles are the Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel, and Tanya) as the Greek-chorus-like Fates and Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem as the messenger Hermes. Mitchell herself sings the part of Eurydice, the character whose (metaphoric) death propels Orpheus into "Hadestown."
The album's cover art is above along with two songs from the new album, one of which features Justin. Full tracklist below.

In other Justin Vernon collaboration news, he recently performed live with St. Vincent two times (one, two) in NYC, and one of his Bon Iver songs is covered on the new Peter Gabriel album.

Anais's upcoming shows include an April 23rd show at Joe's Pub billed as "Anais Mitchell & the Hadestown Orchestra". Tickets are on sale. All dates and a video of Anais performing with Justin, below...

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