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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
have announced details of their new album. It's titled A Man Alive, and will be released March 4 via Ribbon Music. The record was produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and it explores some new sounds. Thao says, "I wanted A Man Alive to be beat- and bass-driven--rather than guitar-based--extending and elaborating upon the hip-hop influences of the previous record. A Man Alive is more instrumental, more riff- and loop-centric, and has more manipulated sounds." The album was also inspired largely by Thao's volunteer work with the California Coalition for Women's Prisoners. You can check out the spirited first single, "Nobody Dies," below.

You can catch Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on their 2016 tour in the spring of 2016, including a NYC show at Webster Hall on April 13 with Saintseneca and Little Scream. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

'Habeas Corpus' / Anderson / Souleyman / Garbus @ Park Ave. Armory 10/2/2015
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus
Laurie Anderson: Habeus Corpus

You can't miss the no-joke political import of Anderson's collaboration with onetime Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed el Gharani. As he is barred from entering the US, Anderson's use of "telepresence" to stream his image live into an Upper East Side venue serves a refreshingly clear conceptual purpose.

"Habeas corpus," we're told at the hall's entryway, means "you shall have the body". If a modern western government can't make good on this rule-of-law pillar, Anderson and Gharani will use digital technology to give us the next best thing.

Lit principally by a very slowly rotating disco ball, the vast interior of the Armory contains a larger-than-life sculpture of a throne and a seated occupant. (In a thoughtful essay published ahead of the exhibit, Anderson confirmed that viewers aren't wrong to think of the Lincoln Memorial.) Gharani's live image, shot from an undisclosed location in west Africa, is then projected on to the stage for the majority of each day's exhibition schedule.- [The Guardian]

Laurie Anderson's Habeas Corpus happened at NYC's Park Avenue Armory over the weekend. As mentioned in The Guardian review quoted above, the day portion of the installation was a collaboration with former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Mohammed el Gharani whose image was projected in real time against a giant throne while sound design by Anderson, including guitar drones by her late husband Lou Reed, filled the large hall. On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there was a "dance party" featuring tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus, guitarist Shahzad Ismaily, and Anderson herself (who performed "O Superman"). They wrapped up with a set by Omar Souleyman that, according to the Guardian, had some people confused:
Accustomed to being a party starter, Souleyman's inclusion so utterly baffled a large (and seated) portion of the crowd that the cool, typically unflappable singer had to work visibly to get the crowd dancing. The printed program for Habeas Corpus explicitly advertises that the evening concerts are supposed to be "dance parties" -thereby helping justify the use of the disco ball - but the somnolent nature of the first half of Friday's concert didn't do much to prepare an audience that hadn't read up in advance.
Did you check out Habeas Corpus over the weekend? We've got pics from the first day (10/2) and lots more are below...

Continue reading "pics: Laurie Anderson's "Habeas Corpus" @ Park Avenue Armory w/ Merrill Garbus, Omar Souleyman & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

tUnE-yArDs / Shabazz Palaces @ Prospect Park 8/8/2015
Shabazz Palaces

Grooving through "Wait for a Minute," "Powa," "Es-so," "Sink-O," "Real Thing," "Look Around," and "Stop That Man," tUnE-yArDs never ended up quite where they started. Some ideas trailed away to crazy places - like in "Sink-O," where Garbus breezes through the words, "Peace, peace and love, love is waiting for the feeling of discomfort to pass before killing." Wait, what?

No emotion was off limits, and there was no way of guessing what came next. All you could do was give in. So 10,000 people gave in together, arms in the air, bodies swaying in the darkness. tUnE-yArDs closed in total brilliance with "Water Fountain," "Bizness," and "Left Behind," and the whole park moved like an insatiable beast. - [Pancakes and Whiskey]

It was the final free show of Celebrate Brooklyn's 2015 season in Prospect Park on Saturday (8/8), with tUnE-yArDs packing the bandshell. Shabazz Palaces, who opened the night and played a headlining Brooklyn show earlier in the week, joined Merrill Garbus and company for "Sink-O" and "Bizness." (tUnE-yArDs also played the Montauk Surf Club on Sunday.) Pictures from Saturday's night's show, and tUnE-yArDs' setlist, are in this post.

Celebrate Brooklyn! has one last show to go in 2015 -- the sold-out Willie Nelson & Family show on Wednesday (8/12) with Old Crow Medicine Show. More pics of tUnE-yArDs and Shabazz Palaces, below...

Continue reading "tUnE-yArDs & Shabazz Palaces played the last free Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park show of 2015 (pics, setlist)"


Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.

Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...

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Blind Boys

As discussed, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been working on a new album with Justin Vernon titled I'll Find a Way, which will be out via Sony Masterworks on October 1. It features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can watch a short-form documentary about the making of the album below.

The Blind Boys of Alabama will also be touring this fall. That includes a stop in NYC opening for The Black Crowes at the second their four Terminal 5 shows (October 26). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of, The Black Crowes have lined up interesting openers for all four shows:

October 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard
October 26: Blind Boys of Alabama
October 27: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
October 29: Maceo Parker
Tickets are still availble for all four shows. The band are also playing four all-acoustic nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. October 18 & 19 feature opener John Fulbright and October 21 & 22 features Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for those shows are also still available.

All Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates are listed, along with that making-of video, below.

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Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo


"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy


continued below...

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Tune Yards

April 19th marks the release of the second album from Merrill Garbus' tUnE-yArDs. Entitled w h o k i l l, the album was recorded shortly after Garbus transplanted herself from Montreal to sunny Oakland, California having extensively toured debut album BiRd-BrAiNs through 2009 and 2010.
...and there will be a tour that kicks off in San Francisco in April and ends at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 21st with Buke & Gass (who just opened for Mission of Burma). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday at noon.

MEANWHILE, Tune-Yards plays Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC on 2/19, and the 4AD-signed artist will be at SXSW too.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "tUnE-yArDs announces new album & 2011 tour"

photos by Lionel D. Bergeron

Bear Hands @ Rockefeller Center - 9/10/2010
Bear Hands

Bear Hands are opening for Jamie Lidell at Webster Hall on Saturday night (9/18). If you don't already have a ticket, here's a little more incentive:

"As an additional bonus to all of his amazing and supportive fans, Jamie is offering everybody who has pre-ordered a ticket to any show on his fall world wide tour a special collection of remixes done by friends like Tiga, Micachu and Tuneyards, as well as from band mates Guillermo Brown and Andre Vida. This deal applies to all standard headlining shows September 6-November 20. Local promoters will provide all purchasers with a download link on the day of concert, and all hard ticket purchasers will receive a link from the box office on the show day by presenting their ticket. "
All Jamie Lidell tour dates are below.

Savoir Adore, Brahms (who have some CMJ shows comin up), and Bear Hands played sets outdoors at Rockefeller Center as part of Fashion's Night Out last week. Lionel missed Savoir Adore, but shot the other two bands. Those pictures and all dates continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Pat Jordache

The Rock Shop may have been open for a couple of months now, but last night's show marked the official party to celebrate the new Park Slope venue (the first show happened a month earlier). The Rock Shop is kind of like a smaller version of the Mercury Lounge (minus the door between the bar and the show space). There's a bar lining the wall as you walk in, and the concert space is in the back. There are even benches lining both walls like at the Mercury Lounge. But the Rock Shop benefits by having additional space upstairs with large open windows that look onto 4th Ave.

For such a small room (max capacity 120) the bill was pretty solid thanks in part to the venue's booker, Skippy McFadden, who formerly booked artists at both the Bell House and Union Hall. Just Sunday night, the 'surprise' headliner, tUnE-yArDs, opened for St. Vincent in Central Park.

But first up was a short set by a last-minute addition, Pat Jordache. Jordache and his two-man backing band (including the drummer of The Acorn) are apparently friends with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus, who danced a bit in the crowd during their set. With a full line-up of women scheduled for the evening, it was nice to get a little testosterone in the mix, too.

I expected the two main openers to put on a good show, but I hadn't heard a thing about Lady Lamb & the Beekeeper. Given the clunky and cutesy name, I was somewhat skeptical going into the set, but singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro quickly won me over with her beautiful lyrics, husky voice, guitar playing skills, and earnest little kid-like eyes. Unlike the other artists on the bill, Aly powered through her set alone. There were no bells and whistles, just a girl and a couple of guitars, and the result was stunning. Ally's voice is deep and raw. During the dramatic parts of her songs she rocks out on her electric guitar and nearly sings herself hoarse. Then without warning her voice becomes soft and sweet.

Up next was the Brooklyn transplant, Sharon Van Etten, who masterfully crafts heartbreaking (but ultimately triumphant) songs. Sharon began her first song solo, but was soon joined by her backing band, which included birthday girl Cat Martino on backing vox. Her new record, Epic, is slated to drop until October, but she had copies available for sale and showcased a number of songs during her set. The crowd responded fondly to the new material, prompting Sharon to comment, "I've never ever seen people bob their heads to my music before." She encouraged the warm, familial mood in the room by sweetly dedicating a song to her mother, who was present at the show.


Upon the conclusion of Sharon's set, the mood in the room became more frenetic in anticipation of tUnE-yArDs, the main act. After setting up the beat to her first song, "Hatari," Merrill Garbus offered a brief word of introduction. As the beat continued to pulse through the speakers, she inquired, "Can you dance to it?" before continuing, "Not that New Yorkers dance. I know you don't dance. Only in your bathrooms after you've pooped... Oh, New Yorkers don't poop." And with a knowing laugh from the crowd, she began to sing.

It's hard to know what to say about Merrill Garbus' dramatic musical project tUnE-yArDs that hasn't already been said. Either you're down with the tribal-like beats, fierce delivery, and zany presentation or you're talking at the back of the bar. Either way, seeing Merrill perform is an experience. When the stage allows for it, she takes advantage of the space and surrounds herself with a host of musical collaborators, but there was no room for a drum circle on the Rock Shop's small stage. Instead, Merrill handled the percussion herself, looping together upwards of 7 or 8 tracks at a time to create a rich, full-bodied sound. Merrill was also accompanied by Nate Brenner on bass and, for a few songs, a trio of brass players.

Though there were brief technical issues when Merrill began to play "Safety" on the ukulele, the audience didn't seem to mind the lull in the set. "Take your time!" "Just figure it out!" they shouted encouragingly as Merrill tried to rectify the situation. But eventually, she just had to give up. "Sorry. I just can't hear it at all. It just won't work [...] But I'll still play a good song. " And with that, she launched into the whimsical song "News."

Since she currently only has one album under her belt, Merrill has been playing many of the same songs at her shows, and the audience was fairly familiar with her material. When Merrill began to shout the question, "Do you want to live?" she was met by a resounding "YES!" before she had a chance to offer an explanation or a prompt. Fans of tUnE-yArDs will be glad to hear that new music is on the horizon. "This is the last time I will be playing this song ["Hatari"] in New York City before I finish a new album... so there," Merrill declared near the beginning of her set.

Following up her impressively strange debut BiRd-BrAiNs will be a difficult feat, but something tells me Merrill Garbus is up for the challenge.

More pictures from the show with Sharon and Merrill's setlists, below...

Continue reading "tUnE-yArDs, Sharon Van Etten, Lady Lamb & the Beekeeper & Pat Jordache played The Rock Shop (pics & setlists)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Still shaking from the @basiabulat @tuneyards and @st_vincent show at #summerstage. Definitely one of the defining concerts of the summer! -Laura Rubin

St. Vincent

St. Vincent at first seemed nervous due to a lot of technical difficulties with her band, but she quickly came into her element- perhaps focusing on Actor too much, Annie did not settle for just performing her songs, but reinventing them. She was absolutely exceptional, performing a sort of dance when she played guitar that was both a dance of rage and a parody of modern guitar solos at the same time as this spindly siren carries a pretty serious, Chuck Berry-esque guitar up to the front of the stage. She seemed lost in the world of her songs, a morose fairytale land of abstract orange hues and jagged shapes, but she brought something new out in her music with her reinterpretations- 'Your Lips Are Red' suddenly seemed almost like a Browning poem with its powerful jealousy and murderous themes.

The real highlight however, of this really quite exceptional set, may have been Black Rainbow- her impressive selection of band members (whom she recalled every name of, bless her) had starred and shone through several of her other hits. But with Black Rainbow the song just trickled into a dark, powerful musical marsh. You became weighed and yet uplifted by the powerful musical breaks, and it was... It was really something to watch. For all her nerves and sometimes awkward demeanour, St Vincent really performed today- but did so with a more rocky, almost Joplin edge to her music than she does on her albums. It was.... Divine. [Deliciously Apart]

St. Vincent headlined a free Central Park SummerStge show on Sunday, August 1st. She played with a full band with horns, as did opener Tune-Yards (who's playing the Rock Shop tonight)...
"The second Tune-Yards album can't come quickly enough. The existing recordings are very good, but don't do enough to showcase exactly how jaw-dropping Merrill Garbus has become as a live performer. I would go so far to say that she may be one of the greatest singers in the world today." [Fluxblog]
Canada's Basia Bulat was the first act of the day - she'll be back in NYC for two shows with the Acorn in September. The first is at Mercury Lounge on September 23rd. Tickets are on sale now. The second is one day later at Littlefield. Tickets are also on sale. All Basia dates are below.

More pictures & videos from the Central Park show, with two of the setlists, below too...

Continue reading "St. Vincent, Tune-Yards & Basia Bulat played Central Park Summerstage (pics, video, setlists, more dates)"

Tune-Yards @ Summerstage - Aug 1, 2010 (JoeYTeacups)
Tune Yards

Brooklyn Vegan & The Rock Shop proudly present:
The Rock Shop's Grand Opening Party with secret headliner
Sharon Van Etten, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
The Rock Shop
Mon, August 2, 2010
Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Now that she's played her set at Summerstage, it's safe to say, if you haven't figured it out already, that tUnE-YarDs will be Monday night's secret headliner. See you there.

Merrill's only other currently scheduled dates are in Europe. They are listed below...

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DOWNLOAD: tUnE-YarDs - I Really Taught Me To Watusi (KATW cover) (MP3)

tUnE-YarDs @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
Tune Yards
Katrina and the Waves

"Every spring, as the sun starts to shine, DJs reach for the song "Walking on Sunshine." And since its release 25 years ago this week, just about everyone associated with the song has lived quite well off its success. It was recorded by Katrina Leskanich, and when people used to ask her what she did for a living, she'd say, "I'm a singer in Katrina and the Waves. Oh, never heard of it? You know, 'Walking on Sunshine'?"" [NPR]
When I first heard "I Really Taught Me To Watusi" by Katrina & the Waves....

I Really Taught Me To Watusi by Katrina & the Waves (the original)

... while picking songs for this BrooklynVegan Katrina & the Waves covers EP project, I immediately thought of tUnE-YarDs, and when tUnE-YarDs heard the song she immediately said yes to participating. Check out her somewhat lo-fi take on the track for free above. It's track #4 on the above-pictured, currently-5-song EP.

This means so far we have:

1. Sam Amidon - Walking on Sunshine
2. Deer Tick - Sun Street
3. ????
4. tUnE-YarDs - I Really Taught Me To Watusi
5. ????
Stay tuned for the rest soon! tUnE-YarDs dates below...

Continue reading "tUnE-YarDs is track #4 on the BV KATW EP (free MP3!)"

words & photos by Jessica Amaya


A Rose Parade opened with only a 4 song set, and although I hadn't heard of this band, I was definitely a fan after just the four songs. Shannon Funchess [of !!! fame] has an amazing voice and sounded great. The music was just a simple drum loop with either an acoustic guitar or keys. Takka Takka was the second opener and was pretty warmly welcomed by the crowd. They were accompanied by 2 horn players [and The National's Bryan Devendorf], and played a few new songs.

tUnE-yArDs came out and Merrill who could not stop smiling admitted she was quite nervous and as she put it, "it was the first time [so many] people were coming to a show knowing they were gonna see me". During the song "Gangsta", the crowd started to sing along with her, and after the song ended, she asked the crowd "How do you know the words to that song"? She admitted "I don't even know the words to that one". She also stopped at the beginning of another song due to what she was stage fright and needed a moment for it to pass. Great energy throughout the entire show as usual.

tUnE-yArDs kicks off a tour with Xiu Xiu in March. More pictures from Friday night's show at the Bell House, below...

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Xiu Xiu

Stewart is joined by new full-time band member Angela Seo on piano, synth, and drum programming; with production handled by Jamie and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier. Together they've crafted a fully grown sound for Dear God, I Hate Myself with elements from goth and pop that are expertly performed by a crop of brilliant musicians. Saunier himself plays on much of the record as does Ches Smith (John Zorn, Terry Riley, Marc Ribot) who supplies timpani, conga and moog along with a broad range of other instrumentation. Deerhoof's John Dieterich is all over a rendition of the traditional folk song "Cumberland Gap" and Xiu Xiu is even joined by the Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra in Stewart's ode to heartbreak and healing, "This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy)." The title track, one of four songs done primarily on a Nintendo DS, explores the relationship between faith and despair with a layer of commentary provided by the bizarre sounds of the music itself.
Xiu Xiu's new album Dear God, I Hate Myself will be released by Kill Rock Stars on February 23, 2010. That's the cover art above. On March 17th, Xiu Xiu leaves on a tour with Tune-Yards that includes the just-announced Bowery Ballroom show (on AmEx presale now). Tune-Yards also has that show coming up at The Bell House even sooner. All dates, with new Xiu Xiu tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Xiu Xiu - new album details & 2010 tour dates w/ Tune-Yards"

Xiu Xiu is taking Tune-Yards out on tour this year. The full set of dates hasn't been announced is now announced, but they will hit Bowery Ballroom in NYC on April 9th with Zola Jesus. Tickets go on American Express pre-sale at noon.

Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
Animal Collective

So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]
Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.

Pitchfork also listed their Top 100 Tracks of 2009, and the Top Albums of the Decade.

Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.

tUnE-YaRdS phone home @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
Tune Yards

Dirty Projectors aren't the only ones that just played four NYC shows and now have two more coming up in the same town before the end of February. tUnE-YaRdS has added a show to her schedule as well. In addition to the December 23rd solo show she'll be playing with her sister at The Stone, you can catch Merrill Garbus at The Bell House in Brooklyn on February 5th. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "tUnE-YaRdS adds a 2nd show to her schedule (too)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Dirty Projectors

As those keeping count already know, Dirty Projectors played four NYC shows in November with Tune-Yards. Two were at Bowery Ballroom. Two were at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The final one featured two very special guests, one of which was The Roots, who, members of the Dirty Projectors then played with again on Fallon the night before Thanksgiving.

We had pictures/reviews from three of the four shows: Bowery, MHOW, MHOW (DP & TY), Bowery (DP & TY). The missing "DP" pics from MHOW are in this post.

As previously noted, Dirty Projectors also have another NYC show coming up, but in much fancier quarters. Tickets are still on sale for the February 19th show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room.

And it ends up that will be only one of two extra special shows the Brooklyn band plays in NYC that month. The other, though it will only be a short set, will happen exactly a week later...

Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert's Artistic Director, has once again brought together an amazing, original line-up of contemporary artists.

For the past twenty years at Carnegie Hall, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings. And 2010 will be no exception!

Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue).

They haven't actually announced any of the lineup yet (besides Philip Glass), but Dirty Projectors are playing it. Vampire Weekend participated in the 2009 show.

One day later (2/27), the Dirty Projectors will play the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and more pictures below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors playing 2010 Tibet House benefit concert & w/ the LA Philharmonic (dates) ++ pics from MHOW"

"omfg!!!!! watching tune-yards on stage now. this is some of the GREATEST ish I've seen in a minute!!!!" - Questlove

Tune Yards

tUnE-YaRdS blew away Questlove (and everyone) while he was waiting to join the Dirty Projectors on stage on 11/22. A set of pictures from her opening set at that Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.

Her next show is her only scheduled one that I know about, and it takes place in NYC on December 23rd at The Stone. She goes on at 10pm after an 8pm set by her sister Ruth Garbus ("Formerly of the group Feathers, and currently of Happy Birthday, Ruth Garbus has been spending most of her time making songs in Vermont. She comes south to share her lilting and penetrating music for voice and electric guitar.")

The Bowery show with The Roots was the last show of a tour for tUnE-YaRdS and Dirty Projectors. It was also the fourth of four NYC shows in a row. Two were at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the first was also at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the last, below...

Continue reading "tUnE-YaRdS - QuestLOVE, another show & pics from Bowery"

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors completed their tour and four-night NYC run in style on Sunday (11/22). The evening started with a beautiful set of music by Julianna Barwick who was followed by the mind-blowing Tune-Yards. It's been said before, I'll say it again. Merrill Garbus is an extremely talented girl and the crowd went nuts for her as she looped and strummed and drummed and sang. Backed by a bassist, her performance was even more special because her parents were in the crowd. She mentioned them a few times and even thanked them at the end for having her.

I'd been hearing rumors about special guests possibly joining the Dirty Projectors at some point this week, but nothing happened at the first three shows (1 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Then Sunday the rumors started getting louder, especially the one about The Roots showing up.

The Roots and Dirty Projectors first met when DP were the musical guests at Fallon. Questlove was in love. Some thought that DP were going to join the Roots at a show in Brooklyn a few days after that TV appearance, but it never happened. It did this time though. Three members of the Roots, Questlove included, joined the band on stage for two songs ("Stillness" and "No Intention" I think?). The show was already great before that, but everyone went so wild and was dancing like crazy when the Roots came out. The energy in the room was off the charts, and stayed in the air even after the guests left the stage. The band was supercharged too as they finished their pre-encore set in one of the strongest ways I've ever seen them play.

Dirty Projectors

During the short encore break another microphone was brought to the stage. At that point I knew there was no question that David Byrne would be joining Dirty Projectors once again (it previously happened at least two times - at the Dark Was the Night charity concert and then again at Bonnaroo). Sure enough, Mr. Byrne helped them end the two song encore with a slightly-unrehearsed version of Knotty Pine (the song he and the band wrote together for the Dark Was the Night album).

Amazing night. More pictures of the headliner and guests and the setlist below..

Continue reading "David Byrne & The Roots joined Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom Sunday night - pics & setlist"

photos by Ryan Muir

tune yards

Dirty Projectors and tUnE-YaRdS played their second NYC show in a row together last night (11/19). It was at Music Hall of Williamsburg unlike the night before which was at Bowery Ballroom. They play the same two venues in reverse order on Saturday and Sunday with tonight (Friday, 11/20) being a night off.... except for tUnE-YaRdS who actually is playing a free show at Permanent Records at 7pm.

I'm not sure when, but some time in the recent past tUnE-YaRdS also recorded a "Dublab Session" at The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in Los Angeles. The videos of it just popped in my inbox today, and they're pretty cool, and you can check them out below with more pictures from her opening set at Music Hall on Thursday night...

Continue reading "tUnE-YaRdS played MHOW (pics) & The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in LA (video), playing Permanent Records TONIGHT"

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors kicked off the first of four sold-out New York shows at the Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night (11/18). Those arriving early were treated to a nice, but slightly underwhelming set, by Glass Ghost. The real treat was the second opener (or as one audience member shouted out, 'The best opening act ever"), tUne-YaRds, the project of one Merrill Garbus. The Dirty Projectors followed and leaned heavily on their critically-hailed release, Bitte Orca. Their set was tight and intense ("Temecula Sunrise" being a notable highlight among many) with Angel Deradoorian nailing the quietest moment of the night singing "Two Doves" with frontman David Longstreth accompanying on acoustic guitar.

The run continues tonight (11/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (where it stays for two nights before returning to Bowery Ballroom for one more show). Dirty Projectors also have a show coming up at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. More pictures, including one of the setlist, from last night, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir


"The band on everyone's lips [at Pop Montreal] was local solo artist tUnE-YaRdS, a.k.a. Merill Garbus, whose looped ukulele electronica captured many people's attention at the festival. (Her track "Sunlight" was also the de facto Plateau coffee shop jam.) Though attendees planned to give it up for Faust, and sang the praises of local heroes like The Luyas, you couldn't escape the giddy enthusiasm they had for Think About Life. Dancing in a packed room with everyone I'd met that week, I finally understood just how small the Anglo music scene really was. And I kinda liked it that way." [Eye Weekly]
Merill Garbus performed at least three times last week in Montreal. One emotional show was her last with her band Sister Suvi (RIP). One (pictured above) was in a museum...
"Tune-Yards blew me away this time when she played at the Museum of Contemporary Arts.
This time she had a backing band and sounded alot better than her being just one musician.
There was also visuals during the show.
Totally packed the small theatre." [MW Music Review Blog]
And finally there was a private performance that was being filmed by Vincent Moon for a new La Blogoteque Take-Away show. It's her second Take-Away show as tUnE-YaRdS. The first was made at SXSW. You can watch the older one below.

Last night (10/6), tUnE-YaRdS shared a bill with Dragons of Zynth at Union Hall in Brooklyn. In November she's touring with Dirty Projectors (with four more NYC shows on that schedule). Ryan Muir, who spent a bunch of time with Vincent at Pop Montreal, was at all three of Merill's performances. More more pictures of both of the tUnE-YaRdS ones, below...

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Sister Suvi

"I headed back to St-Laurent too late to return to Cabaret Juste Pour Rire and catch Clues, so I poked my head in at a couple places along the way and made it up to Club Balattou a bit past 1 AM. I've been following Montreal-Toronto band Sister Suvi online for a couple years and picked up their new album in the spring; they've never played Halifax and I'd never seen them live elsewhere. Drummer Nico Dann and I took art classes together in high school, and he was doing weird noise-art performance stuff that was pretty cool back then, so it was no surprise that he was in a cool band eight years later.

The guitarist and bassist Patrick Gregoire [used to be in] Islands, and rounding out the drums and bass is ukuleleist Merrill Garbus. And yes, a drum kit, a bass and a ukulele is more than enough. They are offbeat, catchy, mystic and charming, which was why I was unhappy to hear via audience members' shouts that this was their last show. They're one of those bands that just seem really happy to be playing with each other, and were debuting some lovely new songs even though they're breaking up. By 2:30 in the morning with a stuffed venue full of band friends getting emotional, I felt like a bit of a party crasher, so I headed out for the leisurely 40-minute walk to my sister's couch. You can still buy their album online, though, and I suggest you do." [The Coast]

As the review states, Thursday's Sister Suvi show at Pop Montreal was their last, though Patrick Gregoire (1/3 of Sister Suvi) was seen playing in tUnE yArDs (aka 2/3 of Sister Suvi) at another Pop Montreal showcase. tUnE yArDs is the solo project of Sister Suvi member Merrill Garbus that just signed a record contract with 4AD.

Sister Suvi's 2nd to last show was two days before Montreal, at Sycamore in Brooklyn. tUnE yArDs's next show is TONIGHT (10/6) at Union Hall in Brooklyn. More pictures from Sister Suvi's final performance, below...

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