Entries tagged with: Wesley Stace
Amanda Palmer at Temrinal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer @ Town Hall
Amanda Palmer and her fiction-wrtier spouse Neil Gaiman return to NYC for An Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer, "an intimate night of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and more than a few surprises." They do the same tomorrow as well.
Wesley Stace @ City Winery
Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) is doing another of his Cabinet of Wonders variety shows at City Winery tonight, and this one features comedian Eugene Mirman, Cardigans singer Nina Persson, Chopped host Ted Allen, The Walkmen's Peter Bauer, Buffalo Tom singer Bill Janovitz, spoken word artist Beth Lisick, The Ice Storm author Rick Moody, and alt-country singer Jim White. You can still get tickets.
Juvenile, Bodega Bamz, Brenmar, Grandemarshall, Party Supplies, High Klassified, Nick Catchdubs, Special Guests @ SRB Brooklyn
It's the return of the Fool's Gold Anniversary party, and features a killer lineup of Southern rap vet Juvenile (aka the guy who's huge for "Slow Motion" and "Back That Azz Up"), A$AP Mob collaborator Bodega Bamz, local producer Brenmar, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, and more.
Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown, Doldrums @ Terminal 5
This is the first of two nights that this multi-genre triple bill hits Terminal 5, including the rage pop of Sleigh Bells, style-hopping rapper Danny Brown, and indie pop band Doldrums.
Kayo Dot, Vaura, Psalm Zero @ 285 Kent
Tonight 285 Kent hosts an excellent triple bill of experimental metal from Kayo Dot, related band Vaura, and Extra Life/Castevet-related Psalm Zero.
Beach Fossils, Perfect Pussy, Habibi @ 285 Kent
Beach Fossils wrap up their fall tour with this hometown show, featuring a killer undercard of Perfect Pussy and Habibi.
Jonathan Richman, Hilton Valentine @ Bowery Ballroom
Modern Lover Jonathan Richman has been a continuously active solo artist for decades, and it's been a pretty regular thing that he comes by NYC to do a multi-night run here at least once a year. This is second of two Bowery Ballroom shows.
Bear Hands, Canon Logic, Dead Stars, Desert Sharks @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a destination spot on the weekends, offering microbrew beer, a variety of food, holiday shopping and free music -- this week from Bear Hands, '90s indie rock lovers Dead Stars and more. You can also play ping pong or black light minigolf. Free.
Grant Hart, Journalism, Little Racer @ Cake Shop
Grant Hart may be not as popular as his former Husker Du bandmate Bob Mould, but he's still got an active solo career as well, which included the release of this year's well-received The Argument.
Celestial Shore, Zula, Banned Books, Laser Background @ Shea Stadium
This is a solid local lineup, including mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore and psych-pop band Zula.
Ancient Sky, Little Gold, Florida, Giant Peach @ Death By Audio
Local psych rock band Ancient Sky celebrate the release of their new album, All Get Out, tonight. You can stream it in full below.
Shannon and the Clams, Las Rosas @ Mercury Lounge
A lover of vintage rock n' roll and R n' B, Shannon (who spent time in Hunx & His Punx and sang on the last Intelligence LP) brings that fun spirit to her own to this year's Dreams in the Rat House. This is Shannon and the Clams first of two shows in NYC this weekend.
Slonk Donkerson, Butter The Children, Bluffing, Sunflower Bean @ Muchmore's
Muchmore's hosts a number of solid regulars on the local rock scene tonight, including the shoegazy Downtown-signed Butter the Children.
Jose James, FaltyDL @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Neo-soul singer Jose James returns to NYC for this show, which is being opened by local future garage great FaltyDL.
Meet me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets @ Union Hall
Dave Hill hosts this "incredible night of laughter, music and gunplay" featuring Bob's Burgers/Archer funnyman Jon Benjamin, Bridget Everett, Mike Bochetti, Patrick Salt Ryan, Sam Haft, Shaina Feinberg and Hill's own band, Valley Lodge.
Whores, Black Black Black, No Way @ Saint Vitus
Whores make heavy noise rock, and it makes sense that they're playing a place like Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus, but these guys appeal to a non-metal crowd too, with hints of Unsane, and other similar bands.
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Blind Boys of Alabama at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
APAP NYC, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' annual performing arts conference in NYC, is returning to various vnues from January 10-14. Conference schedules are already online, and nighttime music showcases are popping up on venue schedules.
One of the showcases happens on January 10 at BB King's with legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama (who got an increased presence in the indie world this year thanks to their new Justin Vernon-produced album), influential New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, Ruthie Foster, and Paul Thorn. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another showcase happens at City Winery (1/10) the same day and features Arc Iris (aka ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams), Joy Kills Sorrow, Mexo-Americana folkies David Wax Museum, Leyla McCalla, Grace & Tony, and host Wesley Stace. Tickets for that show are on sale too.
Wesley Stace (who used to go by his stage name John Wesley Harding, but is now using his real name) is set to release a new album, Self-Titled, on September 7 via Yep Rec Records. Two of the songs on the album -- "Stare at the Sun" and "When I Knew" -- were co-written by Wesley for Eleanor Friedberger's Personal Record, and they appear here in alternate versions. You can stream those versions, along with the album tracklist, below.
Wesley will also be taking his Cabinet of Wonders variety show on tour this year. The tour begins in NYC on September 13 at City Winery for a show that includes Decemberists side project Black Prairie, Janeane Garofalo, Keren Ann, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Mooallem, and Jon Ronson. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The tour also hits City Winery again on October 18 and November 22. Ticket info and the full list of performers are forthcoming for those two. You can check City Winery's site for updates.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams and tracklist, below...
John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders in 2011 (more by Chris Graham)
John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) announced three upcoming dates for his recurring Cabinet of Wonders variety shows. The shows happen on March 14, April 19, and May 24 at City Winery. The Cabinet of Wonders shows are always filled with guests of musical, comedic, or other performance arts backgrounds, and the guests for these shows will be revealed soon. Meanwhile, tickets for 3/14, 4/19, and 5/24 are on sale now.
All John Wesley Harding dates, including a show at Central CT State University tonight (2/28), are listed below...
John Wesley Harding at Cabinet of Wonders in 2011 (more by Chris Graham)
John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) has been up to a lot this year, as usual. He finally gave his 1996 album, John Wesley Harding's New Deal, its first-ever vinyl release last month via Yep Roc. He's also set to continue his guest-filled Cabinet of Wonders variety shows at City Winery. The next happens at the NYC venue on September 8 with Sam Amidon, Todd Barry, Iris Dement, Ben Marcus and STEW, followed by shows on October 19 and November 16. The guests for the second two shows have not been revealed yet. Tickets for all three Cabinet of Wonders shows are on sale now.
The September 8 show falls right in the middle of John Wesley Harding's upcoming tour with progressive folk vets Strawbs, who will be playing acoustic.. That tour hits the NYC area on September 7 at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, NJ and September 11 at BB King's. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now. Strawbs also play Strand Theater (9/8) in Lakewood, NJ the day that John Wesley Harding does his Cabinet of Wonders show at City Winery. All dates on the tour are listed below.
John Wesley Harding will also be hosting one of the shows in BAM and Greenlight Bookstore's Unbound literary series. He'll host the Gary Shteyngart Roast that happens on November 20 at BAM Harvey Theater with Kurt Andersen, Jay McInerney, Sloane Crosley, and others TBA. The full Unbound schedule is below.
All lists of dates and that schedule are below.
Josh Ritter at BookPeople in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Singer/songwriters Josh Ritter, John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), and Steve Earle are also authors, and all three of them put out novels this year. They'll be teaming up for "a night of talk and songs" at the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library on Tuesday (12/6). Tickets for the event are on sale now.
Josh Ritter made a promotional appearance for his novel, which is titled Bright's Passage, in Austin this past October. As you can see above, it was also an event that included some music. Pictures and full recap, including a part where Josh says Wesley was one of his writing inspirations, HERE.
Ritter has also been added to the bill of the previously mentioned WFUV show, which is happening on 12/5 with Dawes, Mavis Staples and The Head And The Heart at Beacon Theater. Tickets are still available.
Dawes played Occupy Wall Street today and according to Rough Trade, they put out the 48th best album of 2011. They also have two more shows at Maxwell's after the Beacon show (12/6 and 12/7), but both are now sold out.
All dates below...
John Wesley Harding and Eugene Mirman at LPR in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"I wanted to bring together my novel writing friends (who mostly envy my musician friends) and my musician friends (who mostly envy my novel writing friends) under one flag," says John Wesley Harding. "Then add Eugene Mirman and his comedians of comedy... The fact is: I like everyone who's performing.Novelist/singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding brings his Cabinet of Wonders back to City Winery on March 11th. Joining him in his quest for the perfect variety show will be an all-star lineup featuring Andrew Bird, David Wax Museum, Paul Muldoon, Tift Merritt, Daniel Felsenfeld & The Jessold Consort, Eugene Mirman, JWH, Jonathan Coe and Kristin Hersh. A little more than a month later, he'll do it again with another show at City Winery on April 22, this time featuring "Rick Moody, Eugene Mirman & more". More details on that one TBA.
In between (and before) those dates, John Wesley Harding AKA Wesley Stace will do readings in and around the area, including one on 3/10 at Book Court in Brooklyn and one on 3/17 as part of a panel at LIO in Brooklyn. He'll be speaking about Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, his new book. Maybe you read about it in the New York Times:
WESLEY STACE'S new book, "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer," is both a murder mystery and a novel about classical music, with a character who sometimes assumes another identity. Mr. Stace, an enthusiastic, donnish Englishman with an honors degree in English literature from Jesus College, Cambridge, and a head stuffed full of historical trivia, is an expert on both double lives and music. Improbably, he is also John Wesley Harding, an Elvis Costello-like singer-songwriter and folk rocker who has released more than a dozen records and is cool enough to have enlisted most of the Decemberists as the backup band on a forthcoming album.Eugene Mirman talks with Stace about the book in a video you can watch below. Eugene Mirman can also be found at Union Hall in Brooklyn this Sunday, 3/6.
The David Wax Museum, who recently played their own show at City Winery (and who are part of John Wesley's Cabinet on 3/11), will also be at SXSW where you'll be able to catch them at a BrooklynVegan day party right at noon on Friday, 3/18 at Barbarella on Red River. Stay tuned for more details on that party coming shortly (but I can say it is the same one Middle Brother is playing later in the day). More David Wax dates at their website.
All Stace & Andrew Bird dates are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"@colinmeloy just asked me to MC the Decemberists show tonight in NYC. Finally, something to dress up for! I know just what to wear...." - John Wesley Harding
"When the spotlight glared down on the tinsel-bedecked stage-left podium at Terminal 5 [Saturday] night, the crowd got very excited. It could only mean that The Decemberists were about to hit the stage and get their first set of randomly selected songs to perform in an unusual lottery concert.Feathers from Friday night's Of Montreal show could still be found on the ground at Terminal 5 one night later when the Decemberists took the stage for their special Saturday night lottery event.
For those in the audience who know Wesley Stace (better known to many by his stage name of John Wesley Harding), we recognized that we were in for a rare treat -- a collision of sharp wits. And although Wes said he got the call to play MC for last night's show just hours before he went on, giving him no time to put any material together, he managed to wing it just fine...
...song titles were pulled from a basket, bingo-style and the band had to play them right away, with no cheating...
It was a superb mix of songs old and new -- one so very new that the band's mastermind, Colin Meloy, wrote it on the spot, referencing NYC Miracle on the Hudson plane crash and ending with an admission that on his first visit to New York he stole something from the Empire State Building gift shop. We also got The Tain, all 20 minutes of it." [Will You Miss Me When You're Gone]
From Terminal 5, The Decemberists embarked on their latest tour which also brought them to The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on Monday. Laura Veirs opened both NYC-area shows and is also on the tour. Terminal 5's lottery-generated setlist, and lots more pictures from the show, below...