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Jonny warming up outside Mercury Lounge 8/1/2012 (via @JRB3000)
Johnny Corndawg

"Y'all can still call me whatever the hell you want. I just cannot get the words to come out of my mouth anymore. We are now Jonny Fritz and The In-Laws" -- Jonny Fritz.

Johnny Corndawg played his final show under that name on Wednesday (8/1) at Mercury Lounge. On stage that night he announced he was ditching the Corndawg moniker and would henceforth go by his given last name of Fritz. He also told the crowd that he has a new album in the can with a release date TBA.

You can catch Jonny Fritz and The In-Laws' first-ever show at Union Pool tonight (8/3) with The Extraordinaires. Advance tickets are no longer on sale but there may still be tickets available at the door. Jonny, who also recently played the Newport Folk Festival (video below), just added a bunch more tour dates, including a few with Lucero, which are listed below.

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg changed his name, expands tour, plays Union Pool tonight (dates)"

Jonny Corndawg at Red Hook Park in June (more by Tracy Allison)
Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg is touring the US and Canada in the upcoming weeks, and after that run brings him to Newport Folk Festival, he'll make his way to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on August 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon.

UPDATE: Jonny also plays Union Pool on August 3.

In related news, if you can't make it to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival, NPR will be streaming it as they've done for the past four years as well. They'll also be streaming the Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 4-5). Check out a Newport Folk Fest video from NPR along with a list of all Jonny Corndawg dates below.

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg touring; NPR streaming Newport Folk Fest"

photos by Tracy Allison

Deer Tick at Red Hook Park - 6/21/12
Deer Tick

Not long after Action Bronson and Das Racist did it, Deer Tick played a free show in Brooklyn's Red Hook Park last week (6/21) with Jonny Corndawg, courtesy of Summerstage. When we last spoke, we mentioned that they covered the Beastie Boys' "FIght For Your Right" and that pictures from the show were on the way. Those pictures are in this post.

As you know if you follow BrooklynVegan Instagram, "Deer Tick shows now more interactive with the introduction of DINGO." Based on the popular game BINGO (ok, it's exactly the same as BINGO), everyone in the audience gets a DINGO board and checks off the squares as Deer Tick plays certain songs or does certain crazy things. Winners can get on stage, and at least in this case, "do whatever they want". You'll see the one DINGO winner from this show, in a purple tank top, in the pictures below.

After the show, Jonny Corndawg went on to play Brooklyn Bowl the next night (6/22) with The Infamous Stringdusters, and Deer Tick's John McCauley and Robbie Crowell went on to play two shows as members of Diamond Rugs. As mentioned, Diamond Rugs will be on Letterman tonight (6/25).

More pictures from Red Hook Park are below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick & Jonny Corndawg played Red Hook Park (pics)"

photos by Chris Graham

Deer Tick in Regina, SK - 6/4/12
Deer Tick

Deer Tick played a free show in Red Hook Park last night (6/21) with Jonny Corndawg. During their set, they honored the Beastie Boys with a cover of "Fight For Your Right," which you can watch a video of below. Pictures from that show are coming soon, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from a Regina, SK show in May from their tour with Turbo Fruits.

You can catch two of Deer Tick's members (John and Robbie) in NYC this weekend with the "supergroup" Diamond Rugs, who make their NYC debut at The Bell House tonight (6/22) and play a free show with Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage on Sunday (6/24). They also play Letterman on Monday (6/25).

Meanwhile, you can catch Jonny Corndawg in NYC again tonight (6/22) at Brooklyn Bowl with The Infamous Stringdusters. Tickets for that show are available.

Speaking of Turbo Fruits, they recently announced a NYC show, which will take place on September 13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show went on sale today at noon.

More pics from Deer Tick and Turbo Fruits' Regina, SK show (including openers The Novaks) are below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick, Turbo Fruits, Corndawg, Diamond Rugs & David Letterman (pics, dates & a bunch of shows tonight)"

Deer Tick (more by Tim Griffin)
Deer Tick

As part of SummerStage 2012, Red Hook Park in Brooklyn will host free shows for a week in June including, AraabMUZIK, Das Racist, Deer Tick, and a Comedy Central showcase featuring Hannibal Buress, Kevin Barnett, and Josh Rabintowitz. Check out the full schedule below...

Continue reading "June shows in Red Hook Park (Deer Tick, Das Racist & more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Corndawg & Ellis @ Mercury Lounge
Jonny Corndawg

Of all the unique characters at the South by Southwest Music Conference last week, few stood out like Jonny Corndawg.

A twangy song picker from rural Virginia -- "I never really quite fit in there, which explains a lot," he says -- the real-life Jonny Fritz made a striking figure physically in Austin, with his rail-thin frame under a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. He was conspicuous musically, too, with a traditional yet rowdy, trucker-brand country sound and a status as one of Rolling Stone's 25 artists to watch at SXSW 2012. Part of the buzz is built on an upcoming album he just made at Jackson Browne's studio, backed up by his pals in the L.A. band Dawes.

Maybe the thing that made the Corndawg stand out the most was the tour vehicle parked outside his gigs. He drives a maroon Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with "Corndawg.com" emblazoned across the back.

"I've been saving up for that thing for about three years," beamed the broad-smiling countryman. [StarTribune]

And you should hear its horn! (it and its musical horn drove by me at least once at SXSW this year.)

As promised, the Jonny Corndawg / Robert Ellis / Shoves & Rope train, or should I say Sprinter, pulled into NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge last night (4/2). Here are some pictures. More below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg, Robert Ellis & Shovels and Rope played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

Jonny Corndawg poses with fans @ SXSW 2012 (photo by zavertnik)
Corndawg

Alt-country, singer-songwriter associates Jonny Corndawg and Robert Ellis are out on the road with "sloppy tonk" band Shovels + Rope. That tour brings the party to Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight (4/2) for a show that begins with with a set by Colin Langenus (USAISAMONSTER). Tickets are still on sale (for those who didn't win tix in our Facebook contest).

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg, Robert Ellis & Shovels + Rope are on tour (dates include Mercury Lounge tonight)"

Newport Folk Fest
Newport Folk Fest

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.

Wildflower

Petty Fest is returning to NYC this October, though unlike previous years, this year there will be "Two Nights To Get Drunk And Celebrate The Songs Of Tom Petty." The fest is taking place October 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 6 at Bowery Ballroom. The fest is (almost) the same lineup of musicians that usually get together for things like this, like Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne), Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads, and others. Interesting additions inclue Har Mar Superstar and Jonny Corndawg. I hope they do a duet. And of course there will be "surprise guests". Tickets for both nights go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon. $2 from each ticket will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Jonny Corndawg meanwhile will also be in NYC TONIGHT (8/30) for his record release show at Union Pool.

Full Petty Fest lineup, flier, and a recent video of Neko Case and My Morning Jacket covering "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" together, below...

Continue reading "Petty Fest returns in 2011, 2 nights, 2 venues"

Union Pool

As previously mentioned, you have two chances to see SAFE during this last week of August. One is tonight (8/27) at Union Pool where the drunken crazies are promising us the show is NOT cancelled. They write...

Definitely happening, the Weekly Revue back in Brooklyn with a Lunatic Fringe evening to stain your flowncy blouses. Acts to pump pressure into your head, chest, and groin include:

- SAFE - C.F. Edley incredible music
- We're Leaving - Sundance selected short film about man + wife + pet alligator gettin kicked out they trailer park.
- Paul Korzan and Kate Bryant heave truth up and all over professional photoshopping (including before and after shots of Fergie and your host Toby Lou).
- Slowdance (band) - Good smash!
- Jonny Corndawg!
- Ray Tintori and Bob Weisz, and MUCH WAY MORE!!! Plus YOUR HOST, YOUR UNCLE, TOBY LOU THE NASTY ONE! BE THERE! WITH EVERYONE YOU LOVE!

WE ARE THE HIGHEST GROUND!

Slowdance, who played a free pre-hurricane show at Brooklyn Bowl Friday night, are no longer on the bill, but Jonny Corndawg, who cancelled a few shows due to the hurricane, has been added! The party starts at 9PM for all of you ambitious ones. Those who prefer to play it safe, can also see SAFE instead at Cameo on Monday (one night before Male Bonding & Love Inks now hit the North 6th Street venue), and see Jonny Corndawg again at Union Pool on Tuesday.

Jonny Corndawg at Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Chris La Putt)
Jonny Corndawg

As mentioned, Jonny Corndawg is planning to release his new album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30 and play a record release show the same day at Union Pool. That show is being supported by Icerod and The Extraordinaires. Tickets are still available. The new album is also streaming now on Paste.

Jonny was also supposed to play a Rocks Off Cruise on August 27, aka Saturday night (boat was going to leave at midnight!) with Icerod and Mike Farris. That show is now cancelled as is Jonny's show at The Saint with Jessica Lea Mayfield in Asbury Park, NJ that was supposed to happen tonight (8/26).

All weekend shows including tonight are also cancelled/postponed at the Stone Pony.

All current Corndawg dates below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg's NYC boat & Asbury Park shows cancelled, new dates annnounced"

photos by Ryan Barkan

John McCauley, Jonny Corndawg, Matt Vasquez @ BV-SXSW
Middle Brother

Jonny Corndawg is releasing his album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30. He'll celebrate the release of the album that same day (8/30) at Union Pool. Other bands TBA. John McCauley of Deer Tick provides guitar on the album. Check out the artwork and stream two tracks below.

The Union Pool show is 4 days after Jonny Corndawg plays The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ (8/26) with Jessica Lea Mayfield. Tickets are on sale now. Jessica Lea Mayfield recently contributed a cover of Nirvana's "Lounge Act" to Newermind. Kinda funny that Deer Tick isn't on that album.

Speaking of Deer Tick, friends, lovers and frequent tourmates Those Darlins are currently on an extensive tour that includes some dates this month with Old 97's. Those Darlins will hit NYC on October 14 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Middle Brother (featuring John McCauley of Deer Tick) are not done yet and will play a rare set at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island at the end of the month. It is their only scheduled date though. Delta Spirit (whose singer is also in Middle Brother) also play the SOLD OUT fest. Middle Brother, Dawes, Cordawg & Deer Tick played Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall in April, not long after Middle Brother and Deer Tick (and Corndawg) played a set at the Partisan Records/BV day party in Austin that The Old 97's also played. A belated set of pictures from that free show at Barbarella are in this post. More of them below.

Dawes (whose singer and drummer are also in Middle Brother) are currently touring overseas, but will return next week and head out on tour with Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas). That tour hits Beacon Theater on August 2nd (the show is sold out though tickets are still available for the NJ show happening one day later). All dates are listed below.

Deer Tick also has dates coming up including a free show at Pier 54 (8/11) with DOM. More dates below.

Jo Schornikow of the John McCauley approved Shivers plays on Sunday (7/24) at Death by Audio as part of the "Permanent Wave's SOUND WAVE to Benefit the International Women's Health Coalition" at the all ages venue. Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus, Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick's previous band, is on the bill too.

More Middle Brother pics, tours of tour dates and stuff below...

Continue reading "Corndawg, Deer Tick, Dawes, Alison Krauss, Those Darlins & more -- 2011 tour dates & Middle Brother pics too"

photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Robert Ellis - What's In It For Me (MP3)

Robert Ellis (2nd from left) & band @ Cactus Cafe
Robert Ellis

Houston-based country singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, only 22 years young, released his album Photographs this week ("split in two sides with vinyl in mind, the A-side representing a more folksy, dark side of Robert's music while the B-side is a full band country sound, paying homage to the great artists that have influenced him.")

"Making him a name for himself with a stellar debut (2009's The Great Rearranger) and a weekly residency playing old-school country covers at Houston clubs, Ellis' latest release is full of snapshots of a man growing more mature. Some of the songs are actually downright cute, with Ellis singing about the day-to-day aspects of life and love, such as painting a house with his woman ("Two Cans Of Paint"), driving back from an out-of-town gig to be with his woman ("Comin' Home"), and the strains of being in a relationship with the woman ("What's In It For Me?", "No Fun")." [Houston Calling]
Download "What's In It For Me" above.

Last night, July 5th, Robert shared a bill with Jonny Corndawg at Cactus Cafe in Austin. Pictures from that show are in this post. Tonight (July 6th), Robert and Jonny again share a bill at Robert's record release party at hometown Houston venue Fitzgaralds. Two days after that Robert hits the road with the Old 97's. That tour will bring him to The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 13th and 14th. Tickets for both shows are still on sale (7/13, 7/14).

Past Robert Ellis appearances on BV have both been Texas related too. Tim caught Robert opening for Lucero at Emo's, and we both saw Robert open for Deervana in Austin. More pictures from Cactus Cafe and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Robert Ellis released a country album, played Cacus Cafe w/ Corndawg, heading out on tour (MP3, pics & dates)"

photos by Kellyann Petry, words by Andrew Sacher

R. Stevie Moore @ Culture Shock
R. Stevie Moore

Back in April, R. Stevie Moore hosted and performed at SUNY Purchase Culture Shock 2011. His set was easily the most anticipated performance of the entire festival. Looking around the audience, I could see by the expressions on people's faces that many were watching one of their heroes perform, and even more had no idea what they were watching. Nevertheless, everyone there was digging the experience of R. Stevie Moore's confidently quirky repertoire. It was clear from Moore's on-stage demeanor that he couldn't have been happier to be performing these songs too. Pictures from that show are in this post.

We've announced that R. Stevie Moore is opening for Ariel Pink on June 2 at Irving Plaza, and also in the process of raising money for his tour. He must have been successful because R. Stevie Moore and Tropical Ooze (who also play as his backing band) have dates booked through July including June 12 at The Bell House with Johnny Corndawg and Lost Boy. Tickets for the Brooklyn gig are on sale.

Fellow Kickstarter enthusiast Jonny Corndawg meanwhile can be found at Mercury Lounge on June 1st. He shares a Rocks Off-presented wacky bill with Danjaboots V1.1 (Feat Scott Metzger & SzufDaddy), Roger Alan Wade (of Jackass), and a mysterious "Cobraman".

More pictures from Culture Shock and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "R. Stevie Moore live pics, more tour dates, Jonny Corndawg "

photos by Chris La Putt

Michael Hurley @ Brooklyn Bowl
Michael Hurley

Jonny Corndawg @ Brooklyn Bowl
Johnny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg completed his April residency at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/25) with an impressive lineup of openers that included Jason Isbell (who played Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier) and folk legend Michael Hurley who Jonny is now on a short tour with. And Rude Bear was even there. More pictures and a video from the night, below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg played Brooklyn Bowl w/ Michael Hurley & Jason Isbell (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit @ Bowery Ballroom
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Hayes Carll, and Shovels and Rope played a show together at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night (4/22). The show was part of a tour that ended at Brighton Music Hall in Boston one night later, but Jason is back to join Jonny Corndawg at his final residency show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (4/25). The previously-undisclosed final lineup looks like this:

Jason Isbell - 8pm
Michael Hurley - 9pm
Stray Dawg (Jonny Corndawg film) - 10pm
Jonny Corndawg - 10:15pm
Act now and you can still win a pair of tickets to the show. You can also buy them.

If you miss tonight's show, Jonny is back on June 1st to open for Roger Alan Wade of Jackass at Mercury Lounge.

Shovels and Rope play the Bell House on May 18th with the Felice Brothers who have added a 2nd show at the same venue on May 19th. Tickets are on sale for both.

Hayes Carll plays Summerstage this summer with Emmylou Harris. More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show, and Hayes's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell played Bowery Ballroom w/ Hayes Carll (pics), playing Brooklyn Bowl w/ Jonny Corndawg (tonight)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Misteur Valaire @ BV Day Party
Misteur Valaire

Casiokids @ The Parish
Casiokids

Deer Tick @ Terrorbird Media Day Party
John McCauley and Ian O'Neil

Catching up a bit. Here's what Dominick saw in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011....

Continue reading "SXSW 2011 Day 4 pics"

Jonny Corndawg @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Ryan Barkan)
Corndawg

"Expecting the usual d-bag bands who take their sweet time getting on stage, I arrived at 9:30 p.m. to find Dawes in full swing with some character on stage with them, wearing a horse cardigan, cowboy hat and Mariah Carey-fade sunglasses. What?

The Western-looking character, I later learned, was Jonny Corndawg who brought a Nashville twang and some knee-knocking dance moves to the stage. Post-performance, he threw out some of his ghetto airbrushed t-shirts denoting "nasty memories."" [Kelly Shea]

Jonny Corndawg's previously mentioned April residency at Brooklyn Bowl kicks off at the Williamsburg bowling alley music venue tonight (4/4), and then continues each Monday this month with different openers (Michael Hurley opens the final one).

Tickets are on sale for all four Brooklyn dates ($5.00 in advance, $7.00-day-of), and you can definitely pick them up at the door, OR... you can enter to win one of TEN PAIRS that we're giving away for EACH show. PLUS, every winner will also get a free veggie corndog (they'll be selling varieties at the venue) (they're not vegan, but they're not meat either and they got them just for us). In other words, we're giving away FORTY PAIRS OF TICKETS (and 40 veggie corndogs). Details on how to enter, with a a pre-beard video documentary on Jonny, details on Corndawg's new album (that he needs help funding), and more tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Corndawg residency starts tonight (WIN some tix & a corndog)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Me Me Me (MP3)

Jonny Corndawg, Matthew Vasquez, Taylor Goldsmith
Dawes
Middle Brother

"There's a singer-songwriter intimacy in many of the songs on Middle Brother, as though band members John McCauley, Taylor Goldsmith and Matthew Vasquez were sharing secrets and anecdotes and decided to set them to music. All three men belong to bands -- Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit -- that trade on folk, blues and country traditions; even their up-tempo songs are less rave-up rockers than hand-clapping foot-stompers." [NPR]
That blurb comes from a March 28th (yesterday) NPR feature on Middle Brother that you can listen to at NPR's site. On April 3rd Middle Brother kick off a west coast tour, but earlier this month they toured through NYC on their way to SXSW, and while they were here they played epic shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom with opening collaborative sets by Deer Tick, Dawes, Jonny Corndawg and Matthew Vasquez. The MHOW show ended with everyone back out on stage during the encore, along with special guest Phosphorescent for the final jam of the night.

Since then I saw Middle Brother again at SXSW, where, like in NYC, the country-stylish Jonny Corndawg (as seen in today's NY Post) almost stole the show. The Austin show I saw was the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Barbarella, but they also played an official showcase at Auditorium Shores which is streaming at NPR.

I just realized that not only haven't I posted the SXSW pictures yet, I never even post the NY ones, so here is the set from Bowery Ballroom and it continues below...

Continue reading "Middle Brother, Dawes, Deer Tick, Matt Vasquez & Jonny Corndawg @ Bowery Ballroom (pics) "

words & photos by Chris Gersbeck

!!! @ the BrooklynVegan/MFM Day Party Saturday
!!!

By the time Saturday rolled around in Austin, I was admittedly starting to tire of the massive crowd that had been occupying 6th Street since I arrived on Tuesday. That didn't stop me from hitting up as much live music as I could in that final day though. Thanks to an insane amount of free day parties, this was a relatively easy task, albeit an exhausting one.

To start things off, Jonny Corndawg (who has a Brooklyn Bowl residency coming up) was playing a Fiji Water-sponsored, artist-only brunch in the upstairs of Barbarella where the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal Day party was happpening downstairs (with !!!, Trail of Dead & more). Though I've seen Corndawg several times before, it goes without saying that he's an entertaining performer/songwriter, and his intimate set was well received by the early morning brunch-eating fans.

After that I jetted downstairs to the outside Barbarella stage to catch one of the weirder performances I'd seen all week. Misteur Valaire, a five piece Canadian dance-punk outfit energetically jumped around stage, switching instruments on nearly every song, and often breaking out into choreographed dance sequences. To say it was odd is an understatement, but nonetheless I had a smile on my face the entire time. It was also a great way to embrace us for the crazy dance party that ensued when !!! (chk-chk-chk) took the stage next.

Nic Offer, easily the greatest short-shorts wearing frontman in indie rock, made no hesitation in getting the increasingly packed outdoor crowd dancing for !!!'s set. Though he did express his dismay of there being a couch on the dance floor (yes, for some reason there was a couch in the middle of the dance floor), Offer used it as a prop to jump into the middle of the crowd several times. And their tribute to the late Nate Dogg, a cover of "Get Up", was a great way to conclude their set.

Up next on the Barbarella outdoor stage was Austin's own Trail of Dead, who initially suffered from sound/equipment problems, but eventually got it together to play a pulverizing set to the still packed outdoor stage. Though short in length, it was in no way short on enthusiasm, and Trail of Dead blasted through their set as they flung themselves around on stage. Bassist Autry Fulbright III even broke a bass string towards the end of their ecstatic concluding song, a feat I've rarely seen accomplished.

After an ill-fated trip to the free Mess With Texas party where I hoped to catch the Dead Milkmen and Odd Future (the location was so dusty and packed it was unbearable), I was able to make it into the official Red Ryder SXSW showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church on 8th Street in time to witness a jaw dropping performance from Sharon Van Etten.

Sharon Van Etten @ the Red Ryder SXSW showcase
Sharon Van Etten

Van Etten was one of the more talked about performers of the entire SXSW festival, and I couldn't have been happier to catch her set after missing her at the BrooklynVegan showcase earlier in the week. The church made for absolutely breathtaking acoustics. Members of Wye Oak and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone watched from the balcony. I cannot stress it enough, do not miss her upcoming show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 16th.

Portland, Oregon super-sized group Typhoon followed Sharon Van Etten, and though that may have been the problem, it was also a reminder that often less is more. Not to say they didn't put on a heartfelt performance, or that the massive church setting wasn't perfect for their big, full sound, but their enthusiasm at times came off as a bit much. Though if you're a fan of the Polyphonic Spree or We're From Barcelona, Typhoon is likely right up your alley.

After catching them at the Bowery Ballroom the week prior, I was definitely excited to see the Rural Alberta Advantage again. They didn't disappoint. Stating that they played the same venue at SXSW in 2009, keyboardist Amy Cole expressed a slight feeling of déjà vu, but said they were happy to be performing in such a space for a second time. What was apparently a repeat of that '09 performance, the band returned for an encore of a stripped down performance of their song "Good Night" surrounded by the crowd, completely un-mic'd and unplugged. It was an entrancing and honest moment from the Canadian band, and a perfect way to end a long, long week of live music where I also caught sets by The Kills and Atlas Sound.

Pictures from everything mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "!!!, Trail of Dead, Misteur Valaire, Sharon Van Etten, TRAA, Corndawg, Atlas Sound & more (Chris G' SXSW recap & pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin & Ryan Barkan

Deervana by Ryan Barkan
Deervana

I'll always be a Nirvana fan and I'm currently a huge Deer Tick fan (obviously), but I had low expectations for this Saturday night "cover band" show at Lustre Pearl. There was so much going on in Austin, I had already seen Deer Tick on Friday at the BV day party, and Sunday was the only day I didn't have to be up in the morning, but I followed friends who I would have rather been with than anywhere else anyway, and I'm so happy I did. It ends up Deer Tick does an amazing Nirvana, and the capacity crowd at Lustre Pearl did a great job dancing, crowd surfing and singing along. Someone next to me kept repeating that it was the best thing they saw all week. It definitely felt that way at the moment.

The bill for the night also included Holy Sons (who I was psyched to catch a whole set by after missing most of it at the BV day party Friday), Robert Ellis (an up and coming country singer who I was happy to check out for the first time) and Dawes (who always put on a great show). I knew Deervana would also be done by 2am so that meant I could still jet to either Odd Future at the Vice party or Kanye West at the Vevo party to really end SXSW week with a bang (I ended up opting for my bed instead).

Deervana, who previously played a show in Rhode Island and will be back again at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19th (part of the Northside Festival), ended their smashing set by smashing their instruments, though if you look closely at the pictures and videos, you'll see they weren't actually the guitars they were playing. More, including a shot of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Deervana (aka Deer Tick playing Nirvana) played Lustre Pearl w/ Dawes (pics & video), playing Brooklyn Bowl"

DOWNLOAD: J Mascis - Not Enough (MP3)

J MascisMiddle Brother
Shilpa RaySallie Ford
dodosOld 97s

The first BrooklynVegan Swan Dive/Barbarella Austin Day Party lineup announcement is here! (this is the first of three BV day parties happening at these connecting venues, but just one of nine total BV events.)

This one happens Friday, March 18th from noon-6pm, is co-presented by KF Records (Knitting Factory) and Partisan Records, and features an exclusive Austin day party set by Middle Brother (aka Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit). If you want to catch them though, you better get there early because the entire lineup is ridiculous and 100% free, and it looks like this.....

STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)
12:00 PM JBM
12:30 PM BOBBY
01:15 PM Holy Sons
02:00 PM Dolorean
03:00 PM John Grant featuring Midlake
04:00 PM Wye Oak
05:00 PM J Mascis

STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM David Wax Museum
01:00 PM Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
02:00 PM Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
03:00 PM Deer Tick featuring Jonny Corndawg
04:00 PM Old 97's
05:00 PM Middle Brother

STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:15 PM AgesandAges
01:00 PM Paleo
01:45 PM Warm Ghost
02:30 PM Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
03:15 PM Vetiver
04:00 PM Oberhofer
05:00 PM The Dodos
I'm already exhausted (and we have three more similar lineups still TBA).

Note: We have Dolorean who is not to be confused with Delorean, yes that is Midlake up there backing the amazing John Grant, Jason Isbell will stick around to play with Middle Brother (like he did on their record), and yes Jonny Corndawg will be in the house.

I'm also happy to point out that, though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.

Also Note:

  • FREE Blublocker sunglasses to first 50 people in the door!
  • there will be FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
  • we'll have loads of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
  • we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea!
  • you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars!
  • FREE Tierras organic tequila cocktails while supplies last!
  • more FREE food & DRINK details TBA!
  • and there will be awesome giveaways from Partisan & KF Records
    throughout the day!
Thanks also goes out to our sponsor ASCAP, everyone else that helped make this happen, and Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude for creating the sweet poster you see (with a bunch of videos) below....

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DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Middle Brother (MP3)

Middle Brother over Corndawg (more by Tim Griffin)
Corndawg

As the "Middle Brother" release date of March 1st approaches, the band have released the title-track from their self-titled debut album. Grab the MP3 for the first time above, or listen to the song in the band's new iPhone app. Pre-order the album via Partisan Records.

Middle BrotherMiddle Brother (the band) is comprised of the unmistakable three voices of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit, but in "Middle Brother" (the song) you'll also recognize the voice of Jonny Corndawg who also helped them write the tune.

Middle Brother kick off their first-ever tour on March 2nd in Washington DC. That's the tour that will include FULL SETS by Middle Brother AND Deer Tick AND Dawes on almost all March dates including on March 5th at Music Hall of Williamsburg and March 6th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both of those shows are still on sale.

Jonny Corndawg (pictured above) will be on the tour and performing at all Middle Brother shows, though he'll only be playing full opening sets at the newly-added April California shows (list below). After California, Corndawg heads back to NYC in time to finish off another Brooklyn residency - last time it was at Union Pool, this time it's at Brooklyn Bowl (April 4, 11, 18 & 25).

Middle Brother's March run ends at SXSW in March. There the band play the previously-mentioned Ground Control Touring showcase at Auditorium Shores on March 19th, and they will play a BrooklynVegan day party one day earlier - March 18th & Swan Dive/Barabarella. BrooklynVegan (we) have teamed up with Partisan Records and Knitting Factory for a free, afternoon, 3-stage event. It will be Middle Brother's only day party, and Deer Tick are on the bill too. The rest of the lineup and more details TBA. Stay tuned.

Back to NYC for a second, this related show is also happening:

VIRGIN FOREST (4/5ths of phosphorescent)
IAN P. O'NEIL (deer tick)
VIO/MIRÉ
and DJ DAVID LETTERMAN
Sunday Feb 20th @ Legion Bar
790 Metropolitan Ave. At Humboldt Wburg, BK, $5 / 8pm
All tour dates, and a new Delta Spirit video, below...

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John & Ian & barrels of wine
Deer Tick

After a rousing opening set by duo The Shivers, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil (who also used to be in Titus Andronicus) took turns playing completely solo and with each other at their show at City Winery in NYC last night (1/19). In front of an over-packed house, they each used their voices and guitars as instruments, and sometimes John sat down at the piano. Speaking of sitting down, that's what most of the crowd was doing, at their tables where food, beer, and especially wine were flowing. Others were standing around the edges of the spacious venue because there weren't any seats left.

The setlist was heavy on Deer Tick classics that I was especially happy to hear stripped down, included brand new unrecorded songs (often the ones Ian sang), Middle Brother songs (including the song "Middle Brother" with assistance from special guest and audience member Jonny Corndawg who helped write the song), a Replacements cover, and a John Prine cover. They closed with a festive cover of Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy." The only dissapointment was that John had a piano at his disposal and he didn't use it to play "Christ Jesus."

The merch table had Jonny Corndawg-created Beavis & Butthead (John & Ian) airbrushed shirts for sale, and the venue was selling limited edition bottles of City Winery-made John McCauley 'petit shiraz' wine (pictures below).

One night earlier, as I hinted they might, both John and Ian showed up and played sets at the final night of Corndawg's Union Pool residency in Brooklyn.

Go catch John and Ian on tour with each other now, catch Corndawg out on tour with Dawes, and see Middle Brother when they tour with Deer Tick and Dawes in March (tickets are still on sale for both NYC shows). Everyone's dates are listed HERE.

More pictures and some videos from City Winery, and videos from Union Pool too, below...

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Middle Brother
Middle Brother

As you mostly already know, Middle Brother is a group consisting of the frontmen from Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes (and the drummer from Dawes). Jonny Corndawg, who has upcoming dates with Deer Tick and Dawes, also contributed to the new Middle Brother album. Middle Brother is going on a tour with Dawes and Deer Tick in March. That tour includes shows at Bowery Ballroom, MHOW and SXSW. Now all dates have been announced (and listed below), and tickets for the NYC (and other) shows go on sale at noon.

Jonny Corndawg, who has just one week left in his Union Pool residency, is running the Surf City USA Marathon in California soon after he gets done touring with Dawes (on Superbowl Sunday to be exact). At the risk of it seeming like a conflict of interest, I took Jonny up on an his offer to be one of his race sponsors. The money he raised from BrooklynVegan and six other sponsors helped him do what he needed to do... including making an outfit with all the sponsor logos on it which is the coolest part. I can't wait to see the picture from the race (hopefully with him holding a trophy). In the meantime we have the picture of Jonny sporting sweet blue shorts, which is with all tour dates, below...

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