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by Klaus Kinski

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I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.

While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.

The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.

You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / The Both
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

Saturday's line-up was certainly the harsher of the two, with Sunday reserved for a snappy new Aimee Mann and Ted Leo project called The Both and the mellow indie pop of Stars. This was to be followed by Cat Power, whose performances are notoriously unpredictable thanks to Chan Marshall's often crippling stage fright; due to Central Park curfews her set was cut to just four songs. Again, no matter how popular or how anticipated the performances of the Chinese bands scheduled to play the bill, they were all relegated to the earlier hours of the fest, their status sadly secondary despite Modern Sky's roots in the same country. It was the first year organizers have attempted to stage the event in the US, so hopefully they'll have learned some lessons should they decide to bring it back next season. For now, it was a fun experiment in bringing cultures together, even if this time around they seemed less yin and yang and more like oil and water. [The Village Voice]
The first-ever US edition of the Modern Sky Festival wrapped up its cross-cultural experiment on Sunday (10/5) with performances from Cat Power, Stars, and The Both (aka Aimee Mann + Ted Leo), plus Chinese artists Second Hand Rose, Tongue, Queen Sea Big Shark, Lenka and Omnipotent Youth Society. We already posted pics from Stars' set here, and the rest of the Sunday pictures are in this post.

Check out photos from Saturday HERE. More from Sunday below...

Continue reading "Modern Sky Fest wrapped up in Central Park w/ Cat Power, The Both, Stars & more (pics)"

The Both at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Aimee Mann and her The Both bandmate Ted Leo are taking their Christmas show on the road in December with "many special guests" promised each night. The tour hits NYC and the surrounding area on December 10 at Tarrytown Music Hall, December 12 at The Space at Westbury and December 13 at NYC's Town Hall. Tickets for Town Hall and The Space go on sale here Friday (9/12) at noon with an AmEx presale for Town Hall starting Wednesday (9/10) at noon. Tickets for Tarrytown also go on sale Friday at noon, and there's an ongoing member presale.

The Both will be in NYC sooner than that though, for the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park (Oct. 4 & 5) with the reunited Blood Brothers (who also play Warsaw), Cat Power, Liars, Stars a William Onyeabor tribute and more. Tickets for that fest are still available.

The Both made a video for "Volunteers of America" not long ago. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann & Ted Leo playing Christmas shows with special guests (three NYC-area dates included)"

Modern Sky

Modern Sky Festival has already existed for seven years in China, and this year the first US edition of the festival will take place in NYC on October 4 & 5 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. It's got a pretty cool lineup, including The Blood Brothers, Liars, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor (lineup TBA, but the last one featured David Byrne, members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Blood Orange, The Rapture and more), Cat Power, Stars, The Both (AImee Man & Ted Leo) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are on sale now.

The festival happens not long before Stars release their new album, No One Is Lost (due 10/14 via ATO), so maybe we'll hear some new material from that.

This festival is another date on The Blood Brothers' expanding reunion tour which also includes a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show the next day.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "US edition of Modern Sky Fest happening in Central Park w/ Blood Brothers, Cat Power, Stars, Atomic Bomb!, more"

by Andrew Sacher

Bouncing Souls at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Bouncing Souls

NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are turning 25 this year, and they'll be celebrating with a 'Home for the Summer' show (like their Home for the Holidays shows, but just one night) at Asbury Park's Stone Pony Summer Stage with an all-around killer lineup of The Menzingers and Ted Leo. Tickets are on fan presale via the Chunksaah webstore and go on general sale Friday (6/6) at noon. Flyer below. The only other Bouncing Souls dates currently announced are the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests.

Ted Leo just appeared in NYC this past Sunday (6/1) at Julie Klausner's "How Was Your Week?" taping at The Bell House. Did anyone go to that? How was it? You can check out a couple pictures and a short video clip of Ted and Julie duetting from the taping, below.

Ted's tour with The Both (aka his collaborative project with Aimee Mann) is still ongoing with support from Nick Diamonds. The tour already hit NYC at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom (pictures), and you can check out the list of all remaining dates, below. The Both also recently played a WFUV show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall. You can listen to the archive of the full show HERE and watch two videos from it, below.

Meanwhile, The Menzingers just kicked off their tour with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana which we caught at Webster Hall this past Friday (5/30). Split mainly between their two most recent albums (but included a bit of everything), their set was all hits and the crowd ate it up. Hard to believe it was less than a year and a half ago I saw them first on a 3-band bill with Hot Water Music and La Dispute at MHOW and they're now packing a place three times that size as headliners to apeshit fans screaming every word. This band is gonna be huge.

In related news, Bouncing Souls' pal Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem) is making the NYC debut of his folk rock band Molly and the Zombies TONIGHT (6/5) at The Bell House. (He made the live debut of the band at the Souls' holiday shows this past December.) It's a Red Bull Sound Select show which also features Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and Jared Hart (of The Scandals). Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without. First come, first served.

Bouncing Souls flyer, Ted Leo video/pics, The Both dates & videos, below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls celebrating 25 years in NJ w/ Menzingers & Ted Leo (both just played NY where Brian Fallon plays today)"

Pampers at MHOW, 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Bushwick Open Studios
This weekend is the annual Bushwick Open Studios, which is a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way.

Naam, Pampers, Iron Force, Tournament, Fletcher C. Johnson, Such Hounds, Blackout, The Montauk Project, No Way, Twin Strike @ Bushwick Collective Block Party
Part of Bushwick Open Studios, this free block party is also part of the Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show, showcasing some of the city's best street artists. They'll be doing their magic on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves all afternoon, with a terrific array of garage/punk bands -- like Pampers and Fletcher C. Johnson -- playing. Free.

WFMU Record Fair @ 69th Regiment Armory
The annual vinylpalooza also features live broadcasts from WFMU shows, with live performances today from Laura Cantrell. Get in cheap with out 69th Regiment Armory!

Eels, Chelsea Wolfe @ Apollo Theater
Indie rock veteran Eels' output continues to remain consistent with this year's The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, their eleventh album. Chelsea Wolfe opens with an acoustic set and she's not to be missed. And hey, maybe Eels will bring out Steve Perry again? Don't stop believin'.

Concert for Scotty @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a benefit for artist Simon Scott who's been battling cancer and has mounting medical bills. Dave Hill and Todd Barry host and musicians performing include The Bogmen, Annie Ragz, Beast Patrol, Ben Cartel, Bloodletters & Bad Men, Blubba Bros, Bucky Hayes, Desert Stars, Hidden Cities, Jerry Fuentes, Las Hormiguitas, Love Jupiter, Major Leans, Meredith Meyer, Patrick Salt Ryan, Poor Lily, Sun Ladders, The Supernatural and more. The concert starts at 4PM.

Living Colour @ City Winery
Living Colour's genre-breaking debut album Vivid, which spawned hits "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys," turned 25 last year and remains a classic.

NYC Popfest w/ The Spook School, Colour Me Wednesday, Heathers, Gold-Bears, The New Lines, The Cat's Miaow + The Shapiros (Pam and Bart), Marine Life, Lost Tapes @ Littlefield
NYC Popfest comes to a close with this all-day show at Littlefield, featuring some of the most anticipated acts of the week: '80s-era band The Popguns, scrappy UK upstarts The Spook School and Colour Me Wednesday, great Georgia band Gold-Bears and lots more.

Beverly, Mark Monnone, Pam Berry, Rocketship @ Trans-Pecos
If you missed Rocketship at Cameo last night, they play again today at this very non-Popfest-affiliated show featuring a lot of popfest bands, including solo sets from Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Glo-worm), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and headliners Beverly. This show starts early (1 PM) and most of it is over before today's Popfest show starts, if you wanna go to both.

Chrissie Hynde @ Rough Trade
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde releases what's technically her first-ever solo album this year (even if she's the only consistent Pretenders member) and from the sound of the singles she's released, she's still in good form. If you pre-ordered the album from Rough Trade, you can get into this 6 PM in-store, though space is limited.

Funebrarum, Pseudogod, Wrathprayer, Diabolical Messiah, Geryon, Arsantiqva @ Saint Vitus
Lots of international metal represented on this one with Russia's Psuedogod, Chile's Wrathprayer, Chile's Diabolical Messiah, and a few local bands too.

Julie Klausner, Ted Leo, Nellie McKay, Jake Folgnest, Danielle Henderson @ The Bell House
Julie Klausner does a live taping of her popular "How Was Your Week?" podcast tonight with frequent guests Ted Leo and Jake Fogelnest in tow, not to mention Nellie McKay.

Billy Idol @ The Space at Westbury
The man who perfected the curled-lip sneer, Billy Idol also has a lot more hits than you may remember, all from the golden age of MTV. Most of them -- "Eyes Without a Face," "Dancin' with Myself," "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" -- still sound pretty good today.

Hot 97 Summer Jam @ MetLife Stadium
Day-long NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns with some great stuff including 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and plenty more.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Ted Leo at HiFi / Brownies anniversary on Saturday (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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This Sunday in Brooklyn, two indie/punk singers are coming together for solo sets: Ted Leo and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin'. The show, which happens at Silent Barn (5/25), is a fundraiser for webzine The Media's first print issue -- a collection of the first 10 issues on newsprint. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Ted, who took part in the HiFi / Brownies anniversary over the weekend, also just teamed up with his The Both bandmate Amiee Mann to mash up covers of TV themes ("Cheers," "Orange is the New Black" and more) in a video for Vulture which was filmed at NYC venue Joe's Pub. You can check that out below.

Swearin' also played NYC over the weekend on their current tour which returns to NYC for a Northside show with Radiator Hospital and Bent Shapes in June.

Silent Barn flyer and TV themes video below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo covered TV themes w/ Aimee Mann (watch), playing 'The Media' fundraiser w/ Swearin's Allison Crutchfield"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Both / Nick Diamonds @ Bowery Ballroom - 4/29/14
The Both
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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's collaborative band The Both is currently on tour with Nick Diamonds (The Unicorns, Islands) and they hit NYC last night (4/29) for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two NYC shows on this run. The Both's set included all of their album, a few of Aimee and Ted's own songs too, and plenty of their very funny stage banter. They also encored with a cover of
"Voices Cary" by Aimee's old group, Til Tuesday. Nick (joined by one of his Islands bandmates) played a few covers too, like Henry Mancini's "Moon River," Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.," and a Sinead O'Connor song. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The Both and Nick Diamonds do it again at MHOW on Thursday (5/1) and tickets for that one are still available.

Meanwhile, over at Glasslands, Nick's former Unicorn bandmate Alden Penner was playing solo as well. Anyone catch that?

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's The Both played Bowery Ballroom with Nick Diamonds (pics), do it again at MHOW on Thursday"

Nick Diamonds w/ Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo put out their debut album this year for their collaborative project, The Both, and they're currently on the road in support of it. The tour brings them to NYC this week for two shows -- TONIGHT (4/29) at Bowery Ballroom and Thursday (5/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tonight's show is sold out, but you can still get tickets for Thursday's show. Updated dates are listed below.

Since we last spoke, Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns and Islands was added as an opener to the tour, which means Nick will be back in NYC tonight.

Coincidentally (?), Nick's former Unicorns bandmate, Alden Penner, plays his second of two NYC shows tonight at Brooklyn venue Glasslands with SoftSpot, Vassals and Xander Duell. Tickets for that one are still available.

The Unicorns recently discussed a possible reunion, though Nick said "it's just talk," but hopefully tonight won't be the last time he and Alden are in NYC together.

Updated The Both / Nick Diamonds dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Nick Diamonds on tour w/ The Both; Alden Penner playing NYC the same night (tonight)"

DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)

Go Forth Feminist Warriors

Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...

Continue reading "Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, DDGs, Kate Nash & more team up on "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors" (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

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After Aimee Mann and Ted Leo announced their collaborative project The Both in early 2013 (following a 2012 tour together), they're finally ready to release their debut self-titled album on April 15 via Superego Records. Rolling Stone just premiered the album's first single, "Milwaukee," which is the kind of melodic alternative rock you'd expect from an Aimee Mann/Ted Leo collaboration, and a pretty enjoyable tune. You can stream it, along with the album tracklist, below.

The Both recently announced NYC shows happening on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom and May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and since we last spoke, a full tour has been announced. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale today (1/24) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann & Ted Leo announce debut LP as The Both (hear a track); full tour announced"

DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & Aimee Man's Best Show Tribute (MP3)

Ted and Aimee at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Both

The Both, aka the collaborative project of Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, will be playing more shows for 2014, and though we haven't seen a full tour announcement yet, we know they'll be in NYC on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom and May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.

As you may know, Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU signed off for good at the end of 2013. On the penultimate show (12/10), Ted and Aimee made an appearance, singing a Best Show tribute song which you can download above or stream below. Also below is a playlist Ted made in December with that song and 16 others that he's "done on/for The Best Show."

And lastly, below you can watch a full set video of The Both's show at The Bell House from this past September...

Continue reading "The Both book NY shows; Ted & Aimee wrote a Best Show tribute (listen to that & 16 other songs Ted did for Tom)"

Jesus is just all right with them: Triumph & Klausner @ Bell House (via @kieshak)
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Julie Klausner did a live taping of her How Was Your Week? podcast last night (10/30) at The Bell House and guests included Ted Leo, AC Newman, Jean Grae and Leslie Kritzer (subbing for a sick Laura Benati). Among the things that happened was a live performance of songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Ted Leo as Judas and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as King Herod. You're just gonna have to wait for the podcast to hear that.

If you missed it, you can see her soon in NYC as Julie announced a five night run (November 22 - 26) at Joe's Pub titled "TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner" where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." Tickets are on sale now. She did it back in June, too, with guest (but maybe not surprise) appearances from Ted Leo and Bridget Everett.

In other news, on Sunday (10/27)k Julie feigned outrage on Twitter over Banksy's lastest reign of terror, a Halloween "installation" on Houston & Elizabeth which featured a Grim Reaper in a bumper car and an accordion player, plus occasionally playings of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." Some people, though, didn't get that her Twitter rant (including such bursts as "You know where I like my art? IN MUSEUMS. You know how I like my apartment building? FREE OF BANKSY AND THE CROWDS HE ATTRACTS") wasn't real.

And finally, Julie and her pal Ted Leo co-starred in a recent How Was Your Week? video where they (and Chris Spooner) take a class on whiskey, with predictable (and funny!) results. You can watch that below.

Continue reading "Julie Klausner sang 'Jesus Christ Superstar' songs w/ Ted Leo & Triumph at Bell House, doing 5 nights at Joe's Pub"

Julie Klausner and "honorary ginger" Ted Leo
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Ted Leo and Aimee Mann played The Bell House a couple weeks ago (9/11) as The Both and now they're on tour together (playing separate sets). When Ted returns from the tour, he'll be back at The Bell House on October 30 (Mischief Night) for Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast taping. Also appearing: New Pornographer A.C. Newman, rapper Jean Grae, and actress Laura Benanti. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ted is HWYW?'s de facto bandleader, and he and Julie perform together a lot, including recently at Bumbershoot. A couple examples of that, in video form (one with Ted in a redhead wig), are in this post.

You can catch AC Newman tonight (9/26) at Radio City Music Hall where he'll open for his sometimes bandmate Neko Case. Aimee Mann, meanwhile, can be heard on the audio book version of Danny Bland's In Case We Die.

Ted & Julie videos below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo played Bell House with Aimee Mann, playing there with Julie Klausner, AC Newman and more"

Ted Leo & Aimee Mann at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Earlier this year, we mentioned that Ted Leo and Aimee Mann have teamed up to form The Both, and that band has just announced some September shows. First, they'll be playing Chicago's A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party, and then they've got some east coast dates including one in NYC on September 11 at The Bell House.

Ted will also appear live in NYC even sooner at the sold-out Kurt Braunohler release party at The Bell House (8/27).

Ted and Aimee are also touring together this year (but playing separate sets) in addition to the Both shows. All of their dates are listed, along with a recent live video of The Both, below.

Continue reading "Ted Leo & Aimee Mann's band The Both announce shows (dates & live video)"

Ted Leo at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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We were recently informed of the terrible news that Hoboken music venue Maxwell's is closing, but on the bright side, they're going out with a bang. Local greats who have called the venue home for years are playing there in its remaining two months, including The Feelies (who play three nights), Titus Andronicus (who play three nights), and Yo La Tengo (who play as The Condo Fucks, but will hopefully announce a proper YLT show before the venue's end?).

Now it's been announced that NJ/NYC fave Ted Leo will be playing the venue on July 21 with another long-running local act Shellshag (who also play Death by Audio tonight [6/5]). Tickets for the Ted Leo show are on sale now.

It's one of a few upcoming dates that Ted has scheduled. All of those dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo playing Maxwell's w/ Shellshag (and other dates)"

Rosebuds

The Rosebuds are one of the many acts announced for this year's Hopscotch Music Festival which happens in Raleigh, NC from September 5 - 7. Their performance there will be a special one, as they'll be performing their version of Sade's Love Deluxe album in full. Three-day Hopscotch wristbands are on sale now. If you haven't heard their version of Sade's album, you can stream it below or download it for free.

Right after Hopscotch, The Rosebuds will head north for a short East Coast tour, where they'll also be doing Love Deluxe, including a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on September 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

In other Rosebuds news, the band have contributed a new song to the accompanying soundtrack DC Pierson's young adult novel Crap Kingdom. The soundtrack also includes new, original songs from Ted Leo, Jean Grae, Free Energy, Advance Base and more. You can download the whole thing for free here and stream it below.

Continue reading "The Rosebuds have a new song on 'Crap Kingdom' soundtrack, playing Sade's 'Love Deluxe' at Hopscotch fest and at a few other dates"

The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
Oblivians

The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.

More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.

As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.

Ex-Cult will also be back in July with Austin's OBN IIIs, playing Mercury Lounge on 7/24. Tickets to that show are still available. Updated Ex-Cult dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Seaport Music Festival announces more shows (Oblivians / Ex-Cult, Fear of Men), releasing Sandy relief benefit LP"

Offerman in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'
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Nick Offerman, who we recently interviewed, produced and stars in new comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me, which also features Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, and Kevin Corrigan. The film also features a score by Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio. Here's the synopsis:

Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman stars in this deadpan comedic fable with touches of the supernatural. In possession of a magical suitcase, Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both adore stumble through 35 years of unfulfilling entanglements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, this "highly original and delightfully unorthodox" (The Hollywood Reporter) ensemble piece features an original score by Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, showcases stunning animated sequences by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), stars Will & Grace's Megan Mullaly and character actor Marshall Bell (Total Recall), and boasts cameos by indie stalwarts Andrew Bujalski, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, and others.
You can watch the trailer below.

The film premieres in NYC this week at BAM Rose Cinemas (Mar 29--Apr 4). The 7 and 9:30 PM screenings on Friday, March 29 will also feature Q&A's with Offerman, Baio, Poulson and director Bob Byington. On Saturday, March 30, the 7 PM screening has a Q&A with Offerman and Byington, and the 9:30 with Offerman, Byington, and Poulson. Get your tickets now.

Doug Benson, in caricature form...
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In other comedy/movie news, Doug Benson will be in NYC on April 2 at Gramercy Theatre to do a live taping of his popular Doug Loves Movies podcast. That is sold out, but he just added another Gramercy DLM appearance on July 1 and tickets for that show are on sale now and still available. All Doug Benson dates are below.

Wyatt Cenac
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Wyatt Cenac's Night Train comedy show happens at Littlefield every Monday. This week's (3/25) guests include Hari Kondabolu, John F. O'Donnell, Rojo Perez, Ed Gavagan, and John McKeeverTickets are still available.

Speaking of Wyatt, he'll also be at The Bell House on March 31 as part of Tell Your Friends! The Spring Fling! with Janeane Garofalo, W. Kamau Bell and Allison Castillo. Tickets are still available.

Similarly named and at the same venue a few days later, Pretty Good Friends with hosts Eugene Mirman and John Hodgman comes to The Bell House on April 3. Wyatt Cenac will be at this one too, as will H. Jon Benjamin of Archer/Bob's Burgers/etc fame. Tickets are still available!

One more: A live taping of Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast happens at The Bell House on April 5. Guests include Max Silvestri, Ted Leo, chef Pichet Ong, and Siggy Flicker. Tickets are still available.

The Somebody Up There Likes Me trailer and Doug Benson tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Nick Offerman, 'Doug Loves Movies,' Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac ++ more NYC comedy stuff"

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (aka #BOTH) in NYC in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Aimee Mann

When it was announced last year that Ted Leo would be touring with Aimee Mann, despite the fact that the two certainly have some things in common, it was a bit of an odd pairing, considering Aimee's long history as a generally above-the-radar artist and Ted's inherent underground-ness. (Not to mention their styles of music.) But the tour worked out great and saw Ted and Aimee really getting along on the road and collaborating on stage too. Well, now they're taking that a step further and have announced a new collaborative project called #BOTH. For the new band, they'll "be showcasing songs they have written together as well performing some of their own original material." They haven't announced an album or a full tour yet, but they have a few shows scheduled in California, which are listed below.

Though there aren't any East Coast dates scheduled at the moment, Aimee previously announced her own East Coast run which includes NYC-area shows on April 19 at The Paramount in Huntington and April 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for those shows are still available. Ted lives in the area so here's to hoping he at least makes an appearance!

All dates are listed below...

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Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report
Ben Gibbard Colbert

Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben GIbbard appeared on The Colbert Report last night (1/10) to perform the song "Bigger Than Love" off of his 2012 solo album, Former Lives. Ben brought out fellow Tom Scharpling associate Aimee Mann to play bass, sing the first verse, and join Ben on vocals in the chorus. They were also joined by Aimee's pal Ted Leo on guitar and Jon Wurster on drums. Ben also did a solo acoustic performance of "I'm Building a Fire," and like Stephen Colbert's other musical victims, he was interviewed on the show too. You can watch videos of both songs and the interview below.

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"Wow Warsaw took away the barricade. Gonna piiiit for old skool Fucked Up songs." - @educatingeric

Fucked Up

Fucked Up have been on the road for much of 2012, and before ringing in the new year, the Toronto band brought their colossal punk to NYC for a one-off at Warsaw with a great lineup of support from Lemuria, Parquet Courts, and Night Birds. That one-off turned into a surprise two-off, when Fucked Up were announced as the secret headliner for Saturday's (12/22) grand finale of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Pictures from the Warsaw show are in this post.

Lemuria, who opened for Titus Andronicus (who are touring Europe with Fucked Up soon) earlier in the month, brought out Ted Leo (who recently played with Titus at a Sandy benefit) during their set to cover Elvis Costello's "Waiting on the End of the World." Lemuria will play NYC again at the Don Giovanni showcases in Brooklyn this February.

Parquet Courts, who are reissuing their great debut, Light Up Gold, via What's Your Rupture in January, will be touring again in support of that album. The tour brings them back to Brooklyn on January 11 at Death by Audio. Meanwhile they're in Chicago tonight (12/27).

In related news, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham posted his "fav records that [he] acquired off [his] want list this year" to Matador's Matablog. The list isn't necessarily 2012 releases, but you can read his whole thing and check out more pics from the Warsaw show (unfortunately none of Parquet Courts) below...

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""There ain't no pioneers/I just sort what I like from what's already there" #MonsterMagnet" - Ted Leo

Monster Magnet / Royal Thunder / White Hills
Monster Magnet
Royal Thunder
White Hills

Monster Magnet performed all of their fan favorite Spine of God as part of a select set of dates that included Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (12/14). Pictures, video and the setlist from that Brooklyn show, which included support from Royal Thunder and White Hills, are in this post. More below....

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Brooke Shields and Tom Scharpling (via Patrick Cotnoir)
Brooke Shields

Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo, and Marianne Ways put together "A Very Special Benefit Show" on Friday (12/7) at the Bell House with a great lineup of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott (joined by Adam Resnick), John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner (joined by Gary the Squirrel), Andrew W.K., Kristen Schaal, previously revealed surprise guests TItus Andronicus, and a secret appearance by Brooke Shields. The show began with an intro by Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling, and then the many acts began their (relatively short) sets with auctions spliced in between. Later on in the show, Tom and Ted returned to the stage together to interview Brooke Shields, and before Andrew WK's closing set, Ted played a song on stage with the auction winner. To end the night, after Andrew WK's set, he was joined on stage by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and members of Titus for a killer cover of "Louie Louie." A picture of the setlist from the show is below.

Ted Leo was also added to the previously mentioned Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, which takes place at Littlefield TONIGHT (12/9) with Michael Showalter, Casey Shea, The National Reserve, Jena Friedman, Colleen Pelletier (video), and Rawan Rihani (art). Supercute were initially supposed to play but they had to cancel. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In case you missed it, Tom Scharpling also made the mix tape for the first of Yo La Tengo's eight Hanukkah shows last night (12/8). Last night's openers were The Raybeats and Emo Philips. Any guesses on who opens tonight?

Setlist from the Tom Scharpling benefit below...

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"I'm about to see @tedleo in his pajamas. #FirstNightOnBus" - Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

After much confusion about the Aimee Mann and Ted Leo shows that were initially supposed to happen at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (10/29) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (10/30), Aimee and Ted ended up playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/31) and honored tickets purchased for either show, and they're working on rescheduling the Bowery Ballroom show for next week. Despite all of that chaos, it was a relief when they decided to play on Wednesday, until they ran into more chaos, totally unrelated to Sandy. Someone pulled the fire alarm at MHOW a little while after doors opened, sending everyone out onto the street. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and the show ended up going on as planned.

The crowd was smaller than it probably would have been without Hurricane Sandy, but hopefully anyone who wasn't able to make it will be able to catch the Bowery show when it's rescheduled. Aimee wrote a song due to the events that took place this week called "Oh Sandy," which she performed at the show, and you can watch a video of that below. Ted also joined Aimee on stage during her set at the show (as pictured above). More pictures from the show and that "Oh Sandy" video are below.

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