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Gaspar Claus
Gaspar Claus

TONIGHT (4/20) at Littlefield, Gaspar Claus is performing with an impressive list of guests for 'The Permanent Festival: Gaspar Claus with Friends.' That list includes Bryce Dessner (The National), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft), David Moore (Bing and Ruth), Remi Alexandre (Syd Matters), Ben Greenberg (Zs), Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees), Pedro Soler, Emil Bognar-Nasdor, and Clara Claus. Advance tickets are no longer on sale, but $15 tickets will be available at the door.

Like Bryce Dessner, Gaspar Claus is a Sufjan Stevens collaborator. Check out three pieces that the two musicians recorded together last year below...

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The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The National

Doveman's Burgundy Stain Sessions at Le Poisson Rouge continue TONIGHT (4/13) with Aaron Dessner and Bryan Devendorf of The National, Julia Stone (of Angus and Julia Stone), Trixie Whitley, and more. Tickets for tonight's show, and for the next three, are still available.

In related news, Doveman collaborator and occasional Burgundy Stain Session player Dawn Landes also has a NYC show TONIGHT (4/13) at Mercury Lounge with Cheyenne Marie Mize and Donora. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. That same lineup also plays Cameo on Saturday (4/14). All Dawn Landes dates are listed below.

Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is an early show before Savoir Adore and Field Mouse play a late show at the same venue. Tickets for that show are still available too.

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Doveman @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Doveman

In more Doveman-related news, collaborator Glen Hansard is NOT currently on tour with Eddie Vedder, seeing as Vedder had to postpone the tour due to injury. Glen does have a new video for the track "Philander" off his upcoming Doveman (Thomas Bartlett)-produced solo album, Rhythm and Repose, which is due out June 19 via ANTI-. Check out that video below.

Meanwhile, Glen Hansard's Swell Season bandmate Marketa Irglova, who also contributed to his new album, will be WILL NOT BE the musical guest at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub on May 2.... UPDATE: Marketa has cancelled and the guest is Clare and the Reasons instead. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of members of The National, Aaron Dessner and both Devendorf brothers recently joined The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for a cover of Cass McCombs' "Love Thine Enemy" during a Bridge Sessions webcast. Meanwhile, Bryce Dessner joined Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly to perform a collaborative composition titled "Venus" with horn and string accompaniment at MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, OH. Videos of both of these performances are below.

Tickets are still on sale for the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, which goes down from May 3-5 at BAM with St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, The Antlers, Atlas Sound, and more.

All Dawn Landes dates and National-related videos below...

Continue reading "Doveman & Dawn Landes shows, members of the National, Marketa Irglova & more"

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Single day tickets go on sale today for the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at BAM.

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

3-day tickets go on sale today for the Dessner-curated festival at BAM.

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.

The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.

3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "National-curated BAM Festival lineup announced (Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon, Antlers, Zs & many more)"

photos by David Andrako

Gabriel & the drummers of Takka Takka & the National
Gabriel and the Hounds

A>G>E opened the early show at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night (Valentine's Day). A>G>E is the project of Josh Wise (formerly of French Kicks), and drumming for him was Nick Stumpf (French Kicks drummer, Caveman producer). Walt Martin from the Walkmen was playing bass.

As advertised, headliner Gabriel & the Hounds (aka Gabe Levine of Takka Takka) was joined by many friends during his new-record-celebrating set including Bryan Devendorf of the National & Conrad Doucette of Takka Takka on drums, and a horn section featuring members of the National & Beirut (Kyle Resnick on trumpet, Ben Lanz on trombone, and Michael Atkinson on french horn). Phil Palazzolo, who engineered the Hounds record, was playing guitar (you also know him from the bands of Neko Case & AC Newman and elsewhere). Nate Lithgow, who also plays in My Brightest Diamond & other bands, played bass.

Here are some pictures from the show. More of them, including a shot of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Gabriel and the Hounds, A>G>E & friends played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

Gabe

Gabriel & the Hounds aka Takka Takka frontman Gabe Levine & band is releasing an album called "Kiss Full Of Teeth" via Ernest Jenning on 2/28. The album was co-produced by Gabe and Sean Greenhalgh of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and features a large cast of guest musicians including other members of Takka Takka, CYHSY and The National. The full credits are listed below along with the cover art and a song you can listen to.

Still need Valentine's Day plans? Gabriel & the Hounds play an early record release show at Mercury Lounge in NYC TONIGHT (2/14), and many of the same guests who appear on the album, and more, are expected on stage (such as Bryan Devendorf & Conrad Doucette on drums, the horn section from the National & Mia Riddle).

Gabe also has a UK tour planned for March. All dates and the other stuff, below...

Continue reading "Gabriel & the Hounds (aka Gabe of Takka Takka) releasing LP, playing NYC tonight (w/ members of The National)"

Dessners

Speaking of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry", the Dessner brother-curated festival coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May (May 3-5 to be exact), I have the names of a few people who will be part of it.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who worked with the Dessners in 2011 (for a show at St. Ann's and an Ecstatic one at Merkin Concert Hall), will sing a major new work written for them by Bryce Dessner. The NOW Ensemble will perform Sarah Kirkland Snider's "Pale As Centuries", a work they premiered in October at the Miller Theatre as part of the SONiC Festival. That happens on May 5, 2012. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus date is TBD, but it will happen sometime within the fesival's three days in one of the "various venues in the Peter Jay Sharp Building."

Stay tuned for more lineup additions (including probably a bunch of indie rock ones). Tickets go on sale in March.

Tickets are on sale now for the National-curated ATP Fest happening in the UK in December. As previously mentioned, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns, and Dark Dark Dark are all playing that.

Meanwhile, NOW Ensemble plays with Dan Deacon in March as part of the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival which begins this week. Listen to/watch a festival preview at the Greene Space even sooner.

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)

ATP UK

The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.

Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.

ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.

Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

Continue reading "The National curating an ATP; Lower Dens announce new LP"

The National at Beacon Theatre in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
The National

Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of The National) are curating 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,' a music festival taking place in BAM's spaces from May 3 - 5. Each night will include a variety of NYC artists, film screenings, accompanying scores, and a late-night dance party. Lineup announcement coming soon and tickets go on sale in March.

Questlove is curating April 19 & 20 at the same Brooklyn venue:

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the charismatic drummer and producer of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, comes to BAM with an immersive musical experience. Enlisting a stellar lineup of artists, Questlove and musicians perform a free-flowing playlist--a kinetic mix of songs and sounds from unexpected musical bedfellows--that celebrates and reflects our current shuffle culture.
That full lineup is also coming soon. Tickets will start at $25.

Jeff Mangum plays BAM this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The National
The National

The guest-filled six-night run of National shows came to an end on Saturday night (12/17), complete with an opening set by Bristol, England-based group This is the Kit who the National discovered on their recent tour of Europe. Maybe you watched the whole show livestreaming online.

Most of the guests on Saturday were the same as Friday, though no Trey. Saturday guests were Thomas Bartlett, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Conrad Doucette and yMusic. Ben Lanz, who also played Thursday and Friday, was on trombone again after leaving the band earlier this year to join Beirut full time.

More about Night One HERE. Night Two HERE. Night Three HERE. Night Four HERE. Night Five HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Night Six, below...

Continue reading "The National played 6 nights @ Beacon Theater (pics, setlist) "

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Oh Land @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oh Land

Savoir Adore (playing with a full band) and Friends (who are heavily featured in a NY Magazine piece called "Style Tribes Vol. 2: The DIY Music Scene of Bushwick's Market Hotel") opened two NYC shows in a row for Oh Land last week. Pictures in this post are from the first show which was at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The second show was at Bowery Ballroom on 12/12 which was the same night The National were playing their first of six shows at Beacon Theater. Oh Land's setlist included a cover she does of National song "Bloodbuzz Ohio". An audio stream of the cover, along with video of Oh Land performing it on 12/16 at the El Rey in LA, with more pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...

Continue reading "Oh Land played shows w/ Savoir Adore & Friends @ Music Hall (pics), covers The National (video & stream)"

photos by David Andrako

The National

National week at Beacon Theater continued on Friday night, 12/16, for the fifth night in a row. Shara Worden's project My Brightest Diamond opened the show and she later joined The National on stage as did Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman, Richard Reed Parry of the Arcade Fire, Conrad Doucette, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota and string quartet yMusic... and Phish's Trey Anastasio who members of the National are working with right now. As Jambands.com points out:

"The Phish guitarist emerged partway through the group's set for "Blood Buzz Ohio," "Squalor Victoria" and "Murder Me Rachel." While onstage, the members of The National described the guitarist as "a hero of ours." Anastasio reemerged alongside Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry the evening's opening act My Brightest Diamond to play guitar on "Terrible Love." All of the night's guests then joined the members of The National for an acoustic sing-along based around "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks." National frontman Matt Berninger was particularly chatty throughout the show, jokingly describing Parry as a member of Kings of Leon and declaring "that's the sound of faces melting" after Anastasio's performance."
You can watch a video with Trey in it below.

More about Night One HERE. Night Two HERE. Night Three HERE. Night Four HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Night Five (though none of the opening set unfortunately) below....

Continue reading "Trey Anastasio & others joined The National on Night 5 @ Beacon Theater (pics & setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

The National
The National

The National played their fourth of six shows at Beacon Theater last night (12/15). Wye Oak, who toured a lot with the National in 2011, opened the show. It was Wye Oak's last show of the year. Their first was on the same stage when they opened for the Decemberists in January. If they're ever playing there again, make it a point to go see them because they sound so good in there.

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner later joined the National on stage for "Blood Buzz" and again for "Conversation 16" which Matt said was named that partly because his wife didn't think it was a good idea to name it "Brains". Andy and Jenn came back out for the show-closing, a capella "Vanderlyle".

Things run pretty similar each night. You can read our review (with pics) from night one HERE. Watch videos from night two HERE. Check out pics from night three HERE. Watch night six LIVE ONLINE COURTESY OF FUSE TOMORROW (12/17). Check out more pictures, the setlist and a couple of videos from last night, night four, below...

Continue reading "The National played Beacon Theater w/ Wye Oak (night 4 pics & setlist), streaming Saturday's show online"

photos by Winnie Cheung

"got to beacon, realized my tickets to the national were for tomorrow. this will be the fourth time i got tickets but didn't get to see them!" - naveen

The National

"One of my new favoritist groups EVER is "The National." I heard them do one number on Letterman about a year ago, and heard "something" in their music that grabbed me. So I asked Liz if she knew about them, and she sent me a few tracks. Then I got "Boxer" - one of their albums, and it was amazing. Then I got their newest album "High Violet" and it was astounding. I don't know anything about music, really, but their songs are very musical, and complex musically, and some of the songs do what Amy describes as giving her "The Chills." The National does that for me, so I got a ticket for their performance tonight at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. The venue is relatively small and really nice, their music is great and their performance was wonderful! So glad I got to see them live." [Ken Spencer]
The National played their third of six shows at Beacon Theater in NYC last night (12/14). So Percussion opened (but we sadly missed them). Wye Oak, who were also there on the second night, opens tonight.

Some pictures from last night, and a video of the band doing one of the two new songs they've been playing, below...

Continue reading "The National @ Beacon Theater again (night 3 pics & video) "

The National & friends @ Beacon Theater (by sarabel17)
National

Last night, 12/13, was the second National show at Beacon Theater. Sharon Van Etten opened the show and then joined the National again on stage for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", as did Wye Oak (who open tomorrow and play the Rock Shop tonight) and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, as you can see in the video below...

Continue reading "Annie Clark, Sharon Van Etten & Wye Oak joined the National @ Beacon Theater on night 2 (video)"

by Toby Tenenbaum

The National

Opening night of the six that The National will be playing at the plush Beacon Theater did not disappoint. The first guest opener was The War on Drugs who were fresh from their sold out show at Bowery Ballroom the night before. WOD put on a sonically interesting (but visually dull) performance - a mix of weaving, trippy layered guitar and saxophone. National frontman Matt Berninger joked that the name of the band is somewhat misleading because they were doing a tons of blow backstage before the show. War on Drugs played for 40 minutes before abruptly leaving the stage without a word.

At 9:10 the house lights went down and "Wild Boys" by Duran Duran began thumping over the PA system as a live feed of the band enjoying last minute dressing room banter was projected onto the stage's backdrop. The band emerged and opened with the brooding "Runaway" followed by "Anyone's Ghost", both from High Violet, and then "Mistaken For Strangers" from Boxer. You can see the full setlist below.

The variation of the band's back-catalog was perfectly appropriate with songs like "Available" from Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and "Mr. November" from Alligator, along with two 'new' songs: "Rylan" and "I Need My Girl". Perhaps it was the grandeur of the venue, the 31st NYC room they've played, but the on-stage chemistry was a bit off. The music however was exceptional,

After Matt had stage walked over the orchestra's seats, and accidentally had his leg trapped between the seats, there was still time for an accapella version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" at the front of the stage as the entire audience were invited to crowd around (I wish they had done that at the beginning). The overall-amazing show ended at 11:00 PM on the dot.

Sharon Van Etten opens the 2nd show at the same venue tonight (12/13). More pictures and the setlist from night one, below...

Continue reading "The National played Beacon Theater w/ The War on Drugs (night 1 pics & setlist)"

Deadhead

SPIN says:

Trey Anastasio is quietly working on a new solo album with help from a formidable cast of indie rockers, SPIN has learned.

Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there (Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, The National's Boxer, Mates of State's Rearrange Us), is co-producing the album with Anastasio.

A rep for Anastasio didn't return a request for comment, but early reports out of the studio say the sound is a mix between Anastasio's eclectic, Afro-tinged rock and the kind of experimental indie pop produced by the Philistines Jr., Katis' own recently reformed band. Before entering the studio, Katis told Sonic Scoop that Anastasio "wants to do something totally out of left-field."

Anastasio and Co. are working on about 15 new songs, with recording expected to wrap up in January. They'll take a weeklong break later this month, when Phish hold court for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, including their traditional three-set performance on New Year's Eve.

In related news, FURTHUR (featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) have started to announce a spring tour that includes EIGHT shows at Beacon Theater where The National play their first of six tonight (12/12). Tickets go on Internet Presale today at noon. Public Ticketmaster sale begins Friday. All Furthur tour dates and the poster, below...

Continue reading "Furthur playing 8 Beacon Theater shows on Spring Tour -- more than The National who are working with Trey"

The National

Today, Monday, December 12th, 2011 marks the start of five Wilco shows in Chicago, each with a different opener. It marks the start of SIX National shows in NYC. As previously mentioned, it looks something like this:

The National in NYC
DEC 12: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ THE WAR ON DRUGS
DEC 13: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ SHARON VAN ETTEN
DEC 14: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ SO PERCUSSION
DEC 15: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ WYE OAK
DEC 16: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
DEC 17: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ THIS IS THE KIT
Who's going every night?

Wye Oak also play the Rock Shop while in town, but it's now sold out.

The War on Drugs headlined a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom last night. More about that coming soon. More tour dates HERE.

Wilco have recorded a Daytrotter session!

words & photos by Tim Griffin

Matt Berninger of The National @ Austin Music Hall 12/04
The National - Austin Music Hall - 12/04/2011

Last night (12/4), The National and Local Natives continued their current tour visiting a cold and rainy Texas to play Austin Music Hall. Pictures are in this post

The venue was sold-out, and some attendees tweeted that the balcony area had been oversold - leaving many to stand in the aisles and walkways (if they could make it up there at all). While it looked very crowded up top, the floor section below seemed to have plenty of open space (probably not helpful to those with balcony tickets).

Local Natives opened, offering apologies for not having a new album yet since back at their Stubb's show in March, they said they wouldn't tour through Austin without a new one. Being asked to tour with The National was the exception. They did play two new songs as part of their nine-song set, "Black Balloons" and "Elephant".

Matt Berninger was first out, leading The National onstage and opening with "Runaway". The set list drew a little more than half its songs from Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers, Alligator, and Boxer. The balance of the list came from High Violet, including "Terrible Love" where Matt took about 150ft of mic cable with him as he jumped the barricade and walked throughout the audience. The final song was an accoustic performance of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", bringing all the band members front and center to wrap the show.

On Tuesday The National will be in Chicago, then head off for two shows in Canada (Toronto and Montreal). They'll be back in New York on the 12th for 6 (4 original, with 2 more added) shows at the Beacon Theatre. As you know, each night will have a different opening act.

12: THE WAR ON DRUGS
13: SHARON VAN ETTEN
14: SO PERCUSSION
15: WYE OAK
16: MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
17: THIS IS THE KIT
The National list all six shows as sold out, but tickets are back on sale.

More pictures from the Austin show, both setlists, and upcoming tour dates (for The National, with opening acts) below:

Continue reading "The National played Austin Music Hall with Local Natives (pics, recap, setlist, 6 NYC shows soon -- back on sale)"

yMusic at Castle Clinton in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
yMusic

Six-piece ensemble yMusic released their debut LP this past September, Beautiful Mechanical, with compositions by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond (whose new album yMusic played on), Annie Clark, Son Lux, and others. They'll celebrate the album with a record release show in NYC on Sunday (12/4) at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

They'll perform in NYC again with My Brightest Diamond when they open for The National at Beacon Theater (12/16). Tickets for that show are still on sale.

yMusic are also play the Ecstatic Music Festival with album collaborator Son Lux (Ryan Lott) and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on February 8 at Merkin Concert Hall. Tickets are still available. Stream the Son Lux-composed track "Beautiful Mechanical" off yMusic's album here.

Speaking of Richard Parry, he was spotted in the audience of the Little Scream show the other day at Pianos. He also happened to co-produce the new Little Scream record (which he also contributed to musically). Maybe he'll be there at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (12/2) too.

My Brightest Diamond also has an upcoming show at Merkin Concert Hall, but hers is part of New York Guitar Festival. She plays on January 17, performing an original score for Buster Keaton's silent film Balloonatic, aliong with Keller WilliamsRedhooker, who will both also be performing scores of Keaton films. Tickets are still available. Shara is also one of the performers for David Lang's Making Music piece, along with Bryce Dessner of The National, Owen Pallett, Nico Muhly and others, which is being presented at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on January 27. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates below...

Continue reading "yMusic playing Rockwood & other dates w/ My Brightest Diamond, Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux, The National & others"

Jherek Bischoff
Jherek Bischoff

As mentioned, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall with Jherek Bischoff, who plays with Parenthetical Girls and The Dead Science. He's teaming up with Wordless Music Orchestra and an incredible list of guest vocalists from his upcoming album, which comes out this February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah, and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls. Tickets are still on sale now.

Speaking of Parenthetical Girls, their tour began last night (12/1) at Glasslands with Gauntlet Hair, Dinowalrus, and Eraas. If you missed it, they'll also be in NYC this Friday (12/3) at Santos Party House with YACHT and Midnight Magic (tickets).

As previously mentioned, Brassland Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a label and debuted a new/old track every day of November via various methods including Soundcloud. None of those tracks can be heard in the player that's embedded below. Those include "Spinney" by This is the Kit (who are opening for the National at Beacon Theater on 12/17) and "Secret of the Machines (instrumental)" by Jherek Bischoff. The latter also features drums by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and will have vocals by Caetano Veloso in its album version.

Continue reading "Jherek Bischoff releasing an album & playing a show -- both with many extra special guests (like David Byrne)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Rachel Kowal

Glen Hansard, Sharon Van Etten, a Dessner
Fighting Words
Fighting Words

Other Voices, an annual musical festival held in Dingle, Ireland, may not be nearly as old as the town's pubs, but it has already become a rich, meaningful tradition since its inception in 2002. Though typically held in a tiny church, Other Voices jumped across the Atlantic and landed in Le Poisson Rouge for a couple of nights this week with the help of Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Glen Hansard, and others--and it's all for a good cause! (All proceeds of the shows go to benefit Fighting Words, a writing center for children and youth in Dingle.)

"We don't know where we're going, we don't know where we'll be when we get there, and when we get back we probably won't know where we've been, so join us on this journey this evening," said Irish actor/writer Gabriel Byrne effectively introducing the event's pleasantly discursive nature. What unfolded over the course of the next three-and-a-half hours was a hearty round of poetry, prose, and music, much in the spirit of Doveman's monthly series, the Burgundy Stain Sessions.

Artist after artist shuffled onto the stage. Highlights included Glen Hansard's beautiful stories and songs, a newer piece by Thomas Bartlett (appropriately about the rain), a song or two from the talented folk singer Sam Amidon, a beautiful brand new piece written just yesterday by Bryce and Aaron Dessner that was inspired by the streets of Dingle, a couple of traditional songs by renowned Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Joseph O'Connor's reading of an ode that creatively highlighted many of New York's music legends, and a surprise performance by Sharon Van Etten (and her sister Heather). The guests just kept coming. Bell X1 (who played a Smiths cover), Martha Wainwright, Jape, The Lost Brothers, Justin Vivian Bond, Nico Muhly; and from the Irish literary scene: Philip King, Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, and Paul Muldoon. An unrecognizably shaggy Damien Rice even made a surprise appearance to play a couple of beautiful, completely unplugged and unaccompanied songs on his acoustic guitar.

The camaraderie in the air was thick. Though each artist had a chance to be in the spotlight, its loose structure allowed for one-of-a-kind impromptu collaborations. After a week of running around to catch ridiculously brief sets, often with compromised sound, it was a nice change to remain still and embrace a long, calming set as talent after talent humbly took to the stage. If you go tonight, just make sure to wear comfy shoes or arrive early to snag one of the few seats.

More pictures from the night below...

Continue reading "Other Voices (Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Doveman, Bryce & Aaron Dessner, Sharon Van Etten & other surprise guests) @ Le Poisson Rouge -- night 1 pics & review"

A Dessner smiles on Philadelphia (more by David Andrako)
The National

Much like at Restoration Rocks over the weekend (which Talib Kweli wasn't too happy about), the artist-soon-to-be-formerly-known-as-Mos Def will team with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra for a show TONIGHT (10/12) at the World Financial Center at 7PM. As previously mentioned, the event is FREE. Check out some videos from Restoration Rocks below.

In related news, The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner will participate in an upcoming performance at World Financial Center Winter Garden on 10/22, the world premiere of Bryce's St. Carolyn by the Sea

Under the direction of conductor George Manahan, the American Composers Orchestra will give the world premiere of "St. Carolyn by the Sea," ...who will be joined on electric guitar by his brother and bandmate Aaron Dessner. Showcasing some of the brightest young talent in the new-music firmament, the evening will also feature a world premieres by composers Paul Yeon Lee and Ryan Gallagher as well as New York premieres of music by Ruby Fulton, Andrew Norman, and Suzanne Farrin.
Hopefully you can make it to the FREE show, but if not check out the audio stream at Q2 Music, "the online contemporary classical stream of WQXR".

Continue reading "Mos Def played w/ BK Philharmonic @ Restoration Rocks (video), does again tonight @ WFC (where Dessners play soon)"

The National in Philly last week (more by David Andrako)
The National

Tickets are on sale for all six shows. The new dates are the 16th & 17th. No openers for them yet. The four previously announced shows went on sale today at 11am.