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Suckers @ Prospect Park earlier this month (more by Natasha Ryan)

tonight in NYC
* Maluca @ Santos
* Zé Luis Quartet @ MoMA
* Todd Barry @ Carolines
* Megafaun @ Monkey Town
* MC Lyte @ Von King Park
* Dark Dark Dark @ Sycamore
* Dwele, Leela James @ BB Kings
*I Need That Record (film) @ 92YTribeca
* The Click Five @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* Bonnie Baxter, Beloved Rogue @ Shea Stadium
* Titus Andronicus, The So-So Glos @ Glasslands
* PG Six, Zachary Cale, Rachel Mason @ Union Pool
* Matisyahu, Umphrey's McGee @ Central Park Summerstage
* Title Tracks, The Nouvellas, Charles Burst @ The Cameo
* The Drums, Living Days, Zambri, Kordan @ Public Assembly
* Chris Garneau, The Lisps, Scary Mansion @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Suckers, The Octagon, Hearts of Darknesses, Etta Place @ Pianos
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ Woody Herman Orchestra @ Lincoln Center
* GrandWizzard Theodore, PopMaster Fabel, Biz Markie @ Crotona Park
* Matt & Kim, Flosstradamus, Team Robespierre @ Hudson River Rocks Pier 54
* Jon Wiley Benefit w/ Chairlift, Adam Green, Lightspeed Champion @ The Shank
* Those Darlins, Heavy Trash, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ Mercury Lounge
* Mia Riddle, Bon Savants, Patrick Bower & The World Without Magic @ The Bell House
* NY Ear & Eye Fest w/ Nymph, Religious To Damn, Hunters, Dinowalrus, more @ Knitting Factory
* Latin Alternative Music Conference w/ Leon Polar, Natalia Lafourcade, more @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mewithoutyou, The Dear Hunter, Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Free Brooklyn Lager from 7:30- 8:30 at the Bell House.

Matt & Kim play a free outdoor show tonight, the first of this summer's HudsonRiverRocks series. That'll bring Ted Leo and Yeasayer in the coming weeks. Opening tonight's show are Team Robespierre and Flosstradamus (whose remix of Matt & Kim's "Yea Yeah" is below with other, revealing M&K vidoes).

GrandWizzard Theodore, PopMaster Fabel and Biz Markie play a free Park Jams show
at Crotona Park in the Bronx. Luminescent Orchestrii performs a free River to River set at World Financial Center Plaza. MC Lyte plays in Von King Park. At the Central Park Summerstage, Matisyahu and Umphrey's McGee play a ticketed show.

"Four cemetery workers have been charged with dismembering bodies after police found what they called "startling and revolting" conditions at a historic cemetery near Chicago." [AP]

Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos play a free-with-RSVP, limited-capacity show hosted by Colt 45 & Vice at Glasslands tonight. See a video of Titus "Shotgunnin' Burrs" with The Soft Pack on their UK tour together, below.

The Drums, who will be gigging in NYC a lot this summer, play Public Assembly tonight with Living Days, Zambri and Kordan.

Suckers begin their four-Thursday Pianos residency with guests The Octagon, Hearts of Darknesses and Etta Place.

Chairlift, Adam Green, Lightspeed Champion and others play a benefit for local musician Jon Wiley at The Shank.

In a nice triple bill, Those Darlins, Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers all perform at the Mercury Lounge tonight.

Megafaun, who opened for Bowerbirds last night, plays Monkey Town tonight with a "special guest."

The NY Ear & Eye Fest II kicks off tonight at the Knitting Factory. The fest includes a record fair/concert at the 92YTribeca on Saturday and a closing party at Death By Audio Sunday night. 92Y is sceening record store doc I Need That Record tonight with filmmaker Brendan Toller in attendance.

"Google says that its forthcoming Chrome operating system will be so secure that "users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates." But Google's claim is being met with skepticism within the Internet security world." [PC World]

The Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing fest continues tonight with the Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi at Damrosch Park.

10 bands play for $10 tomorrow at Terminal 5.

The first free Williamsburg Waterfront show is this Sunday.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays South Street Seaport on Friday.

Title Tracks, which is John Davis formerly of Q and Not U, plays the Cameo Gallery with The Nouvellas and Charles Burst.

Blitzen Trapper's new video for "Black River Killer", below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)

Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Leia Jospe)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus
will be playing the Colt 45/Vice Magazine party at Glasslands on Thursday, July 9th (tonight). The band's MySpace reveals that The So-So Glos will also be appearing (though the show flyer, below, only lists a "special guest"). The show is free with RSVP, though there's limited capacity.

The So So Glos are also playing a show on Friday, July 10th at Southpaw with Those Darlins who play a show with Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray at Mercury Lounge tonight. All dates below.

Titus is also scheduled to play July 10th with Real Estate at the first of the Whitney Museum's four July rock shows. That's still happening -- the concert is free with admittance to the museum which is free from 6-9pm on Fridays - so it's a free show, but first come, first served.

The MySpace schedule for Real Estate, who just played in Brooklyn on July 4th, lists an additional NYC date for San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys. That show, the Mexican Summer/Insound party at Cameo Gallery on July 16th, can be added is not actually part of the Fresh & Onlys extensive upcoming schedule. The show is happening, but the Fresh & Onlys aren't playing it. Actually on the bill are Woods and Golden Triangle.

Or you can catch Woods and Real Estate a day prior (July 15th), when they play Wavves' first post-European-tour-cancellation show at the Bowery Ballroom.

A flyer for the Glasslands show, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, the So So Glos, Real Estate, Those Darlins & other upcoming shows (dates)"

Musicfest NW

Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.
Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.

The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...

Continue reading "Musicfest NW in Portland, OR (Sept 16-19) - lineup"

Vivian Girls @ Bowery Ballroom in December (more by Zach Stern)
Vivian Girls

As we pointed out back in April, and further confirmed in a list of Abe Vigoda tour dates, The Whitney is hosting some indie rock shows this July, in conjunction with their Dan Graham Retrospective. And the full schedule looks something like this:

Fri, June 26 - Acoustic Evening with The Feelies
Fri, July 10 - Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
Fri, July 17 - Abe Vigoda / Grooms (Muggabears)
Fri, July 24 - (band TBA) / YellowFever
Fri, July 31 - Vivian Girls / These Are Powers

The Feelies show is "Free with Museum admission (free for Whitney members)." and "Tickets for this [Feelies] concert are available day of show only, beginning at 1 pm at the Museum. Space is limited; tickets are first-come, first-served." The other four shows basically say the same thing, but just, "Free with museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. No reservations." More details below.

Other programs include "Dan Graham in Conversation with Glenn Branca" and a family performance of Rock and Roll Ice Cream by Japanther. Full schedule below...

Continue reading "indie rock shows @ The Whitney in July (Vivian Girls, Titus Andronicus, These are Powers, Yellow Fever & more) "

by Andrew Frisicano

Ted Leo R/X + Andrew WK @ Indie Rock Karaoke (more by Ryan Muir)
Ted Leo

Titus Andronicus played the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 18th with their current tourmates, the impeccably bearded fellows of Lucero.

Since then, Titus went ahead and added a headlining gig at MHOW to its already busy schedule of upcoming shows. The new Brooklyn show will take place Saturday, June 6th. Tickets are on sale now.

Also in June, Titus is touring with Ted Leo (who has to have a new album due at some point?). They'll stop at Kearny, NJ's Irish American Association on June 21st. Tickets are still on sale for that show.

Ted Leo is known as a pretty jocular guy. A regular on The Best Show on WFMU, his comedy-related credits also include an appearance on Human Giant's 24-hour marathon in 2007 where he dished with show hosts Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer. Last fall, Ted + R/X even backed up a karaoke set hosted by Andrew WK (proof above). Around that time, Ted also released a split 7" with comedian Zach Galifianakis.

He'll continue that trend Thursday, April 23rd when he appears as the musical guest at Comedy Below Canal at 92YTribeca. Paul F. Tompkins hosts the night, which will feature comics Lisa deLarios, Christian Finnegan and others.

Tickets for that show are on sale AND we have a pair to give away. Details (with a video of Ted Leo on the Human Giant marathon) below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo playing 92YTribeca, Titus Andronicus add NYC show"

Ted Leo @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Ted Leo

Last time we checked, Ted Leo was going on tour with Titus Andronicus, but there weren't any NY or NJ shows. Now, tickets are on sale for a June 21st show at Kearny Irish American Association. Yep.

In related news, Ted Leo's brother got his old band back together, and they're playing in Brooklyn this summer.

Updated Ted Leo dates below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus add a Jersey show - updated dates"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Leia Jospe

Titus Andronicus

It's a cliche, but Titus Andronicus has got to be one of the hardest working/most tour-prone bands around. After a show-filled 2008, the band headed out on a monthlong winter tour with Los Campesinos, culminating in two Bowery Ballroom shows on February 14th and 15th (pics from Los Campesinos set). That was followed by a set of European dates, a Mar 13th KEXP Benefit at Bowery Ballroom with the Wrens , two shows with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and a bunch of SXSW shows in Austin (where they also met the mayor).

After SXSW, Titus Andronicus played three dates with Here We Go Magic, leading up to tonight (Friday, March 27th)'s show at Market Hotel with Real Estate (read more about them here) and Dinowalrus.

In April, the band heads out on tour with Lucero, stopping at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 18th (Tickets are still on sale). In June, the band will play a series of dates with their friend Ted Leo. No NYC date on that tour, but they will hit Toad's Place in New Haven on June 19th.

The band also recently released an iPhone application. Description: "Think Tetris, except you're their roadie and you have to load their gear into their tiny touring van."

More Bowery Ballroom pictures and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus - a tour with Ted Leo, Bowery pics, Market Hotel tonight, Lucero & other stuff"

photos by Leia Jospe


"CD sales are down. Digital hasn't caught up. Record companies are consolidating. New bands are trying to find their own way.

Despite all the challenging news, thousands of industry professionals and eager music fans turned out for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. The festival, tailored to recording industry talent seekers and the talent they seek, officially ended Sunday.

While optimism ran high at the five-day whirlwind of panel discussions, trade shows, live concerts and private parties, much of the conversation throughout the event focused on the sobering reality of the music industry's uncertain future.

"Obviously we're going through a transition. All of the major record labels have gone through some sort of cost-cutting and consolidation over the last few years," said Rand Hoffman, head of business and legal affairs at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

"Right now CD sales are falling more rapidly than digital is going up," he told a group of SXSW festival-goers at a panel discussion on the future of the industry." [CNN]

Leia spent Thursday at the BV day party at Radio Room. On Friday, she ran around to three different Austin venues, seeing favorites like No Age, Titus Andronicus, HEALTH, and The Mae Shi. More of her pictures below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2009 - Day 3 in photos by Leia"

Deer Tick @ BV official showcase @ Club De Ville - yesterday
Deer Tick

The Bronx (crowd) @ BV day party @ Emo's - yesterday
The Bronx

the mayor of Austin & Titus Andronicus, Austin, TX - yesterday
Titus Andronicus

Future Islands @ the 1896 in February (more by Lori Baily)
Future Islands

tonight in NYC
* Maceo Parker @ SOBs
* Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
* Allman Brothers @ Beacon
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Butch Walker & The Films @ Maxwell's
* Pronto, Puss 'N Boots @ Mercury Lounge
* CuCu Diamantes (of Yerba Buena) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Double Dagger, Future Islands, Teeth Mountain @ Market Hotel
* Matt Everett, Ingrid Olava, Magdyn Osh, Annie and Her Guns @ Cake Shop

Things will be a little slow today due to SXSW. Sorry! We're trying to keep up.

Speaking of which, if you are in SXSW, come by our Thursday and Friday parties.

Everything went great yesterday - day party at Emo's followed by night party at Club De Ville (more about that later).

Great Lake Swimmers' video for Your Rocky Spine below...

What else?

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Titus Andronicus @ McCarren Pool (more by Jason Bergman)
Titus Andronicus

today in NYC
* The Fakers @ Glasslands
* The Duke Spirit @ Maxwell's
* Titus Andronicus @ Sound Fix
* Here We Go Magic @ Southpaw
* A Storm of Light, Amenra & Zoroaster @ Europa
* Los Campesinos! & Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ocean, Salome, Riff Cannon & Batillus at Public Assembly
* Kidrockers presents Chairlift & The Bloodsugars @ 92yTrbeca (afternoon)
* Iran, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, The Fakers & Pure Horsehair @ Death by Audio

Two bands called "The Fakers" are playing in Brooklyn tonight. At Glasslands is The Fakers that = White Williams & Matt from Ecstatic Sunshine. The other The Fakers are playing Iran's record release party at Death By Audio. Weird.

Ecstatic Sunshine has a show coming up at The Stone.

No Fun Fest tickets were supposed to go on sale today, but they went on sale Saturday.

"Andrew Cedermark, Ian P. O'Neil, and Patrick Stickles, all of Titus Andronicus each perform short solo sets consisting of Titus and non-titus jams. This special show is sandwiched between two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom with Los Campesinios. We have to start early so the boys can get over to Bowery so this starts at 5pm! Expect a good time, see you there." - 5PM, free, @ SoundFix

More Titus Andronicus dates HERE.

Tickets are on sale for the Music Tapes show at the Bell House.

Misshapes are on the cover of Page Six Magazine.

Brent Hinds of Mastodon guests on the new Zoroaster album. Download the track HERE.

Did you get the free Tim Fite Valentine's Day EP?

Google's YouTube Said to Renew Licensing Agreement With Sony

Los Campesinos's video for "My Year In Lists" below...

What else?

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Lucero @ Terminal 5 (more by Mike Lerner)

Lucero finished up their three-night run in NYC with a headlining show last night at Mercury Lounge (2/9). How was that one? The first two nights were as opener for The Black Keys.

Titus Andronicus are currently out on the road with Los Campesinos!. It's a tour that has both bands back in NYC at Bowery Ballroon for two shows that are very soon. Tickets for those are still on sale sold out.

Titus Andronicus is also playing Bowery Ballroom on March 13th with The Wrens.

And then in April Lucero and Titus will join forces for a tour that includes an April 18th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Titus's fourth upcoming show at either Bowery or MHOW). Tickets for that go on Am Ex presale Wednesday, and then regular sale Friday.

Ben Nichols of Lucero...

...released his highly anticipated solo debut album [in January], a "mini-LP" titled "The Last Pale Light in the West," via Liberty & Lament / The Rebel Group. Nichols layed down tracks in August 2008 with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and Todd Beane (Glossary) for this seven track mini-LP, which features songs inspired by the Cormac McCarthy book "Blood Meridian."

"The Last Pale Light in the West" is a stripped-down piece with Nichols' gritty vocals at the forefront. Nichols added acoustic guitar to the record, alongside Steff on piano and accordion, and Beane's pedal steel guitar.

Ben is opening two shows for the Pogues in Washington DC. All Lucero tour dates below...

Continue reading "LUCERO played Mercury Lounge, going on tour w/ TITUS ANDRONICUS - 2009 dates "


As you know, The Wrens are back. They're playing SXSW in March, AND they're playing Bowery Ballroom right before that - on March 13th with Titus Andronicus, Bell and We Were Promised Jetpacks. The NYC show is a benefit for KEXP. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.

DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)

Los Campesinos!
Los Campesinos!

Best mention of a ringtone in a lyric: "It's Never That Easy Though, Is It? (Song for the Other Kurt)" from Los Campesinos!

The Replacements' "Answering Machine" is in need of an update. There's no denying that the Mats' mix of bitterness and loneliness is still powerful, but the choice of technology is a bit dated. Los Campesinos! try to modernize things. And while lacking the acidic tone of the Replacements, this caffeine-loaded U.K. act makes up for it with bratty anger, stomping into the chorus with this refrain: "I'm calling you again on your telephone, and all I ever get is another stupid ringtone."
[LA Times' 39 most memorable pop music moments of 2008]

As pointed out before, Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus will hit the road together this month. Starting January 15th in Baltimore, the two bands will end up in NYC for two final shows together at Bowery Ballroom on February 14th and 15th (tix). One night before the tour begins (1/14), Titus also have a local show scheduled at Maxwell's with Vivian Girls (tix). Now so do Los Campesinos!, and it's free and at SoundFix in Brooklyn (1/14, 8-9pm, first come, first servied). All other dates below...

Continue reading "LOS CAMPESINOS! playing Sound Fix before leaving on tour with TITUS ANDRONICUS who added even more dates"

DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - Blind Spot (Daisy Chain cover) (MP3)

Vivian Girls @ the Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ (thepiratehat)
Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls, NYC & NJ 2009
Dec 31 (NYE) - they opened for Yo La Tengo
Jan 04 - they played the Court Tavern (see above)
Jan 11 - they're playing for kids @ the Living Room
Jan 14 - they're playing w/ Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's
Jan 20 - they're playing w/ Fucked Up & Pissed Jeans @ MARKET HOTEL *
Feb 19 - they're opening for M Ward @ Apollo Theater $

* the MH show was moved from Danbro Studios
$ one of three shows they're playing with M Ward. Weird? yes.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Vivian Girls - kids, M WARD, Titus Andronicus, the Court Tavern, Pissed jeans, Fucked Up & Market Hotel "

Skeletons @ Death By Audio, Jan 2, 2009 (thepiratehat)

Titus "Weezer" Andronicus @ Death By Audio, New Years Eve (thepiratehat)
Titus Andronicus

today in NYC
* One For The Team @ Cake Shop
* FOTP presents Yikes! @ Glasslands
* R. Stevie Moore & Chris Bolger @ Maxwell's
* Talibam! & Car Commercial @ Issue Project Room
* Regal Standard, Doug Gillard & Graham Smith @ Pianos

One For The Team are in town from Minneapolis to play Cake Shop on (coincedentally?) the same night one of their songs plays on MTV's The Real World Brooklyn... which premieres tonight.

Kenny Loggins was born today in 1948.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale for the Gaslight Anthem show at Webster Hall.

Downloads boost 2008 single sales.

"Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and allow record companies to set a range of prices for them."

Music Industry Ditches MP3-Snooping Security Firm.

RI judge hears arguments in music downloading case.

New Eminem and 50 Cent tracks are on the Internet.

Blitzen Trapper's new video for "Furr" below...

What else?

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Titus Andronicus

New Years Eve at Death By Audio is all regular bands playing as tribute bands for one night only. The Deep & Holy Sea will be The Replacements, Asa Ransom are The Clash, Necking will be Black Flag, Love or Perish are the Misfits, Liturgy are Black Sabbath, So So Glos are playing as a mystery band, AND a mystery band are playing as Weezer. E4e1 drops the hint that the mystery band is "Shakespearean". Titus Andronicus will already be in the neighborhood. The cover is just $2.00.

Speaking of the neighborhood, a member of Titus recently played there with Ted Leo who is also someone's New Years Eve mystery guest in Rhode Island.

DOWNLOAD: Adam Sandler - Hanukkah Song (MP3)


Hanukkah is just a couple of days away, which, most excitingly, means vegan latkes and eight Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell's with secret openers, comedians and special guests. Last year it was The New Pornographers, Jim James, Mark Arm, Alex Chilton, Versus, The dB's, The Clean, and many others. Who will be the openers this year? All we really know is that comedian Todd Barry will be there on the final night (December 28th). We also know that The Feelies will NOT be opening one of the Hoboken Hanukkah shows (they're opening New Years Eve). Someone commented that they heard She & Him are opening one. I have no idea if that's true. I do have some guesses though.

Yo La TengoI would put money on Titus Andronicus (NJXL) as an opener. My other guesses for guests and/or openers are Quasi, Ted Leo, NY Dolls and/or David Johansen, The Fleshtones, AC Newman, The A-Bones, Lou Reed, Endless Boogie, Britt Daniel, Will Sheff, Department of Eagles, Charles Bissell, and Jennifer O'Connor. I expect to be wrong about all or most of those. There will also be an assortment of comedians that may or may not include Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Eugene Mirman, David Cross, John Oliver, Bill Murray and Fred Armisen. Stay tuned for updates, and please comment with your own guesses and/or facts.

Tickets are completely sold out for all eight Yo La Tengo shows. Matisyahu unfortunately can not say the same about his Hanukkah run at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg. And his loss is your (or your little sister's or your mom's or maybe nobody you know's) gain. Get $5.00 off tickets by using the code "Light" when buying at Ticketmaster. I also have a few pairs to giveaway to the Matisyahu show of your choice (remember there are eight different openers too).

For a ton of other Hanukkah event options, see HERE. Details on winning Matisyahiu tix below....

Continue reading "Hanukkah is almost here. Who is opening for Yo La Tengo? free & cheap tickets to Matisyahu. Other stuff. "

DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)

photos by Michael Gruen

so, like I used to have this beard you see.. (Patrick Stickles @ Market Hotel)
Patrick Stickles

Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles played a solo show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn last night - he was opening for his friend Ted Leo who also played solo (and solo Cale Parks was also on the bill) (12/15). As you can see, Patrick is now without beard.

As previously posted, Titus Andronicus are playing a home-state show at Maxwell's on January 14th followed immediately by a national tour with Los Campesinos!, BUT FIRST: another NYC New Years Eve option:

Public Assembly & MEANYFEST USA present New Year's Eve Blow Out Party!

24 hour liquor license means party all night into the afternoon the next day!!!

Performances by:
*THE JOHNS @ 12:30
+ Plus DJ VHS (LADY GA GA)!!

$35 and/or $70 tickets are on sale for the show at Public Assembly which is the venue right next door to where Crystal Castles are playing twice that night. More pictures of Patrick playing Market Hotel, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus - beardless pics & a New Years Eve show"

words by Andrew Frisicano, live photos by Ryan Muir, portraits by Zach Dilgard

Ted Leo Karaoke

Ted Leo showed up for Indie Rock Karaoke on December 3rd at Studio B with a set of both old and new R/X material - the new from the forthcoming unnamed record five - the old, his standards and classics: "Where Have all the Rude Boys Gone?," "Timorous Me," "Heart Problems," "Army Bound" and "Hearts of Oak" - the latter also melted the crowd's feet of oak, along with the complimentary vodka (I don't remember the brand, but if you're going to promote something, the drinks need to taste slightly better than mint leaf soaked in cleaning fluid).

Ted Leo's vocals have always ventured into the high falsetto range (especially for someone playing in front of such a loud band); here they held up, but I thought newer songs relied on them less. Material seems to focus more on rhythm and less on melody. I think Ted described one track as "dancehall meets death metal" - forever in Fred Perry, he seems a little more like Mark E. Smith every day..

Ted Leo Karaoke

The band took a break and the evening's emcee , the always entertaining Andrew W.K., gleefully instructed on how to properly sing karaoke by "destroying the ego," then proceeded to demonstrate on a "Louie Louie" punctuated by haymakers and headbangs. The audience karaokers were treated pretty mercifully - anyone who made at least a reasonable attempt was awarded with applause and accolades, with the audience singing along loudly to most everything. Highlights include the first two peformers ("Search and Destroy" and "When Eagles Dare" - the first a spot-on Iggy Pop, the second, a karaoke regular dressed in his Aquaman costume with a plastic trident prop), the impecable Minor Threat and Stiff Little Fingers renditions, and the two guys who, on "Me and Mia," took the guitar from R/X guitarist James Canty and played the chords too. I think only one person actually got booed.

Ted Leo returns, solo, to NYC for a visit to the Market Hotel tonight, Monday December 15th. Opening will be Patrick Stickles ("lead singer of TITUS ANDRONICUS") and CALE PARKS ("from Aloha & White Williams").

In case you haven't been to the Market Hotel before, it's magic requires that it remain somewhat "under the radar," so in order to ensure that no lines form outside the door (thus attracting unwanted attention), they will be selling tickets starting at 6pm, on the day of the show (today) only at Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bklyn. They will not be taking money at the door, you must go to Goodbye Blue Monday to get a ticket (it's only 3 blocks away)... - Ted
This will be the second time Ted and Patrick shared the Market Hotel stage this year. More pictures and all dates (including a benefit in CT on Tuesday night) below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo - Market Hotel tonight, Andrew WK Karaoke pics "

By Andrew Frisicano

The Thermals @ Fontana's (more)
The Thermals

NJ's Titus Andronicus recently signed with XL, who will release the band's future TBA recordings. First, XL will re-release The Airing of Grievances (previously on Troubleman Unlimited) on January 20th.

Titus goes on a 2009 tour with Los Campesinos! that includes two February shows at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but first Titus will headline their own show at Maxwell's in their own state (on January 14th). Tickets are also on sale.

In other signings news, Kill Rock Stars announced that it will release the next Thermals record, titled Now We Can See, on April 7, 2009. KRS also reports, "a 7" of the first single, "When I Died," will precede the album on March 10th followed by a trip to SXSW."

The announcement ends The Thermals' five-year, three-album Sub Pop run. The Seattle label also recently lost Sweden's Loney Dear (a.k.a Emil Svanängen) - who has two Dec NYC dates - to Polyvinyl.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals, Titus Andronicus, new labels & shows"

Photos by Leia Jospe

No Age

Titus Andronicus

No Age, now on tour, headlined Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Monday night (11/10). Like they did one night earlier at Santos Party House, Titus Andronicus opened, except this time they were joined by special guest and fellow NJ resident Ted Leo for a cover of NJ band Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare". This is the same cover Titus played with NJ's Yo La Tengo during a NJ pride moment at Brooklyn venue McCarren Pool's final free show over the summer.

No Age's set got especially crazy towards the end as people started getting trampled and knocked over as other people were charging towards the stage. Soft Circle and Sisters opened the show.

Titus just announced a tour with Los Campesinos!. More pictures from Market Hotel, including one of No Age's setlist, below...

Continue reading "No Age, Titus Andronicus & TED LEO!? @ Market Hotel - pics"

Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! have announced details of a month long Winter tour of the U.S. in support of their upcoming release, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, in stores November 25 on Arts & Crafts. The 21-date tour kicks off January 15 in Baltimore, MD and concludes with the welcoming of the UK septet into their temporary new home of New York City, appropriately performing two nights at the Bowery Ballroom beginning on Valentine's Day
All shows are with Titus Andronicus. An American Express presale for the first Bowery Ballroom show starts Wednesday at noon. All dates below...

Continue reading "Los Campesinos! & Titus Andronicus - 2009 Tour Dates"

Photos by Leia Jospe

Titus Andronicus

No Age and Titus Andronicus are playing a free show at Santos Party House in NYC on November 9th. To get in, you need to "buy" tickets HERE at which point "You will receive a confirmation email that your name (plus one) will be on the guest list", and "PLEASE NOTE: Admittance to the show is subject to capacity."

The Santos show is one day before No Age plays Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Titus Andronicus played Market Hotel on Saturday October 18th. That's where the pictures in this post are from. More of them below....

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