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photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

photo: Yo La Tengo @ Kings Theatre in October (more by PSquared)
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo just brought their acoustic, four-piece lineup tour through NYC and the band have now announced more dates. They include another swing across North America in 2016, this time in their usual electric trio configuration. Those dates wrap up at Jersey City's lavishly renovated Loew's Jersey Theatre on April 9. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/13) at 10 AM.

Dates also include at show at Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki on March 23. Tickets for that show will be available soon. All dates are listed, along with video of Yo La Tengo's appearance on CBS This Morning from back in August, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo expand tour, announce 2016 dates including Loew's Jersey Theatre "

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Gruff Rys @ Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 10/20/2015
Gruff Rhys

There's a lot of news in the world of Super Furry Animals. Having gotten back together for the reissue of the 2000 Welsh language LP, Mwng, and to play festival dates (including NYC's 4 Knots this summer), the band seem to be officially back in action. They've announced North American dates for the West Coast in February, and after that they'll open for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on UK dates in spring 2016. Hopefully the rest of North America -- and maybe a new SFA album? -- will follow. Stay tuned. All dates are listed below.

Before that, SFA frontman Gruff Rhys is turning his 2007 album Candylion into a family-friendly musical called The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion that is a collaboration with the National Theatre Company of Wales and will have a holiday run at SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, Wales from December 16 - January 2. Here's the synopsis:

This Christmas, take a trip to Pixel Valley, a magical world filled with positive vibes, colourful, mixed up characters and badminton.

Come on an adventure with Polar Pear, Sledgehog, Cheffyl and the larger than life insatiable, inflatable Candylion... what will become of life in the valley when negative vibes take over the town?

Musicians and actors collide in this immersive production that blurs the line between a theatre show and sing-a-long live music gig, inspired by Gruff Rhys' (Super Furry Animals) seminal album, Candylion.

That actually sounds kind of great. Tickets are on sale.

Gruff also just opened for Yo La Tengo at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday (10/21) where he played a selection of solo and SFA songs. He also came out for YLT's encore where they performed Super Furry single "(Drawing) Rings Around The World." Video of that, plus setlist and more pics from Gruff's set at Shepherd's Bush, below.

Continue reading "Super Furry Animals touring West Coast in 2016; Gruff Rhys played "Rings Around the World" w/ Yo La Tengo (video)"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Yo La Tengo @ Shepherd's Bush Empire 10/20/2015
Yo La Tengo

Having wrapped up the East Coast leg of their North American tour, Yo La Tengo have taken their special mostly-acoustic tour with extra member Dave Schramm to the UK and Europe and played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. Like their new album, Stuff Like That There, the set featured a lot of covers, including The Bonzo Dog Band's "I Want to Be With You," The Scene is Now's "Yellow Sarong" and The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love." As mentioned, for the encore they brought out opener Gruff Rhys for a rendition of Super Furry Animals' "(Drawing) Rings Around The World." Setlist and more pics are below.

After playing Rome, YLT will head back this way for dates in the Midwest and West Coast. Tour dates are listed below.

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Big Ears

The Big Ears Festival will return in 2016 from March 31 to April 2 to various venues in downtown Knoxville, TN. The lineup includes Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, The Gloaming, Yo La Tengo, Andy Stott, Wolf Eyes, Marc Ribot, Andrew Bird, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lambchop, Shabazz Palaces, Bombino, Molly Nilsson, Laurie Anderson, Sunn O))), Angel Olsen, Faust, Kamasi Washington, Circuit des Yeux, Ikue Mori and many more.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (10/23) at noon EST. Check out the full lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival 2016 lineup (Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Faust, Yo La Tengo, Kamasi Washington, Angel Olsen, Sunn O))), more)"

photos by P Squared

Yo La Tengo / Nick Lowe @ Kings Theatre
Yo La Tengo
Nick Lowe
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo's special four-piece, mostly acoustic tour, with Dave Shramm's electric guitar providing a few jolts, hit Brooklyn's gorgeous Kings Theatre on Saturday. As on their new, Fakebook-esque album Stuff Like That There, the night was heavy on covers, including The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" and Minutemen's "Corona." The great Nick Lowe opened the show and came out for Yo La Tengo's encore, guesting on renditions of The Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee" and his own "Rollers Show."

More pics from Yo La Tengo and Nick Lowe's show at Kings, below...

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photos by P Squared

Yoko Ono w/ Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore & more @ Modern Sky Fest 10/4/2015
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band

This was the second annual New York edition of the Modern Sky festival: a matter-of-fact event, essentially a promotional venture to bring Chinese youth culture to American audiences -- although there weren't very many non-Chinese speakers in attendance, and some of these bands aren't exactly young. (There will be a similar concert in Seattle on Sunday, with the same Chinese bands and some different American ones.) Both New Pants and Miserable Faith -- Beijing bands with roots in punk and metal that later moved on to synth-pop and reggae -- have been around since the late 1990s.

English-speaking and Chinese bands alternated through the afternoon and evening. Saturday's lineup also included Lower, the young Danish postpunk group; Mark Sultan, the scrappy, surfy one-man band from Montreal; the current, one-original-member incarnation of the English postpunk band Gang of Four; and Yoko Ono, with an all-star version of the conceptual group she calls Plastic Ono Band. Most of the performances felt a bit utilitarian, a bit trade show. Different kinds of people were there for different reasons. The day couldn't conjure a shared mind-set. - [NY Times]

Yoko Ono headlined the second-annual NYC edition of the Modern Sky Festival on Sunday (10/4) in Central Park, and her Plastic Ono Band featured a few heavy hitters: Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Ornette Coleman's son, Denardo, on drums, plus tabla player Nitin Mitta, cellist Kris Hoffman, Julianna Barwick on backing vocals, keyboardist Jared Samuel, and Yoko's son, Sean Lennon (who played with The Moonlandingz on Saturday and Cibo Matto on Thursday). Pictures from her set are in this post.

Catch Yo La Tengo again Saturday at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (you can try to win a pair of tix at our Facebook page).

As the Times article quoted above mentioned, Modern Sky serves mainly to showcase Chinese bands to North America, this year including New Pants, Hedgehog, Song Dongye, and Miserable Faith; but Western acts included Gang of Four (that only features Andy Gill from the original lineup), Danish band Lower, and King Khan cohort Mark Sultan (aka BBQ). We unfortunately missed their sets. Did you go to Modern Sky? More pics from Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band, below...

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Yo La Tengo Friday I'm in Love

As mentioned, Yo La Tengo's new album, Stuff Like That There, is in Fakebook mode, a mix of covers, reworkings of their own songs and a few new songs in there, too. Among the covers is a lovely, Georgia Hubley-sung take on The Cure's treacly "Friday I'm in Love." The band has just shared its video, which was directed by Jason Woliner (Human Giant, Nathan for You) and has Hubley singing the song as the apocalypse happens around her. It's a slightly less bleak take on it than, say, The Leftovers. As to what brings the world to an end, well you're just going to have to watch, below.

Yo La Tengo's acoustic tour hits NYC on October 10 at Kings Theatre with special guest Nick Lowe. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo sing "Friday I'm in Love" through the apocalypse in new video (watch)"

Yo La Tengo

Tickets for Yo La Tengo's acoustic show at Kings Theatre with Nick Lowe go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. Use password nowyouhaveit.

If you miss out on the presale, you can try again in the general on-sale starting Friday (6/19) at 10 AM. All tour dates and streams from YLT's new album are here.

Yo La Tengo in 2015

Yo La Tengo, who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, will release a new album, Stuff Like That There, on August 28 via Matador. Reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar, the Hoboken legends are also revisiting the Fakebook concept, mixing covers (Hank Williams, The Cure, Lovin' Spoonful, Antietam), redoing a few of their own songs, and recording a couple new ones as well. You can stream a couple songs from the LP below.

The band, who recently played a Cake Shop anniversary show as Condo Fucks, will be on tour this fall, most of it in an acoustic setup, with Ira on acoustic guitar, Schramm on electric, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass. They've just added a NYC date to the acoustic tour, happening October 10 at Kings Theatre with special guest Nick Lowe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM but you can get them early via the BrooklynVegan presale which begins Thursday (6/18) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.

Before that Yo La Tengo, along with Taylor Ho Bynum, Daniel Carter, Susie Ibarra and Tony Maimone, will be performing as The Little Black Egg Big Band at Red Hook's Pioneer Works on June 28. Oren Ambarchi will open the Pioneer Works show. Tickets are on sale, and here's a little more info:

Named for Georgia Hubley's rarely performed solo guitar project Little Black Egg, the expanded Little Black Egg Big Band features Hubley and her Yo La Tengo compatriots Ira Kaplan and James McNew, joined by bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more TBA.
All tour dates are listed, along with new album art/tracklist and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo ready new LP, touring, including Kings Theatre (w/ BV presale) ++ Little Black Egg Big Band show"

photo: Lee Ranaldo w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a few live appearances coming up this year. He's got a Grateful Dead tribute in Chicago with Alex Bleeker, members of Yo La Tengo and more, a Mass. show with Oneida, a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show in August (also with Yo La Tengo), and one of the Storm King Art Center shows in New Windsor, NY.

Before any of that happens though, he's got a show this month here in NYC. He's currently working on a new record with Barcelona producer Raül Fernandez Refree, and the pair will play "Barcelona Sounds" at Joe's Pub on June 29. The show is presented in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull & sponsored by Estrella Damm. Tickets are on sale now.

Watch a Lee Ranaldo video below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo playing shows, including 2 in NYC, a Grateful Dead tribute in Chicago & more"

photos by P Squared Photography

Condo Fucks @ Cake Shop 5/22/2015
Condo Fucks

I'll admit that it was somewhat surreal to see the three members of Yo La Tengo enter tiny basement stage at Cake Shop. We've seen hundreds of bands on this stage, but perhaps never one of the kind of legendary status that YLT possesses. The set began as all of the Condo Fucks shows we've seen have begun, with the instrumental Booker T track "Outrage" before the band personalized the Harmonics song "On the Warpath". The remaining set-proper was a high-energy run through the band's usual garage covers -- Rascals, Flamin Groovies, The Exciters and the like. At the mid-set mark, the Condo Fucks were joined by long-time friend Gaylord Fields ("The Great Gaylord") on vocals for a four-pack of songs that we've never seen the band perform before. The clear highlight was the extended version of the Swamp Dogg cult classic "Total Destruction To Your Mind" which we're streaming below. A Condo Fucks show is a rare event and it was a very classy move that Yo La Tengo celebrated Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary by treating the venue to this special show. - [NYC Taper]
Cake Shop has been celebrating their 10th anniversary all month with a series of "super shows" featuring bands they love and sometimes ones don't normally play somewhere as small as this Ludow St. venue. That was the case on Friday (5/22) when Yo La Tengo played under their covers-loving alter ego Condo Fucks. Pictures and setlist from the show are in this post. NYC Taper recorded the show and you can stream "Total Destruction," which featured Gaylord Fields on vocals, below and download the whole thing over his way.

That show also had sets from a couple other long running NY-scene bands, Antietam and Speed the Plough (who we missed.) Pictures from Antietam's set are below.

Cake Shop's #CS10 celebration wraps up Saturday (5/30) with the final "super show" featuring The Men, The Gotobeds, Obits offshoot SAVAK, and Christines. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo played a Cake Shop anniversary show as Condo Fucks w/ Antietam & Speed the Plough (pics, setlist, audio)"

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).

A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).

But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...

Continue reading "NYC Memorial Day Weekend 2015 Events (Pixies & TVOTR, Chastity Belt, Perfect Pussy, Priests, Parquet Courts, more)"

Cake SHop
Cake SHop
Cake SHop

More of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary "super shows" have been announced. Next Friday (5/22) it'll be Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band mode), plus a couple more veteran NY-area indie rock acts, Antietam and Speed the Plough (which counts Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski as a member). Tickets are on sale now. (Will advance tickets for Cake Shop be a regular thing? They did finally redo their website.)

Then on Saturday, May 22 it's a bunch of Cake Shop faves: Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, and Paper Fleet. That show is $10 at the door. Flyers below.

As mentioned, this Friday (May 15) is Obnox and the bill now also includes PC Worship, Rips and Endless Boogie. No advance tickets for that one. On Saturday night (5/16) it's Nude Beach, OCDPP (aka OJ from Xray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Weird Womb, Cold Waste and Young Ruins. Both of those shows are $10 at the door.

The final weekend of super shows (May 29 & 30) will be announced on Friday, but the last night of the month (Sunday, May 31) is a staff party that's open to everyone.

Not a "super show" but interesting: Mary Epworth, sister of Paul Epworth (producer of Adele, Bloc Party & more) plays Cake Shop on May 24 with Dominique Leone, Thomas Dimuzio, and Nick Didkovsky. You can check out the video for Mary Epworth's "Long Gone" below. And don't forget that Cake Shop will also host NYC Popfest on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romace, Wildhoney Roman a Clef, and Souvinir Stand (tickets).

Flyers and videos below...

Continue reading "Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) playing Cake Shop anniversary show; Nude Beach, Juan Wauters & more are too"

Out of Doors

The annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival returns in 2015 from July 22-August 9 with free outdoor concerts at various Lincoln Center venues. Some highlights:

On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.

There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.

For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 schedule (Fiona Apple, Yo La Tengo, Lee Ranaldo, members of Nickel Creek, more)"

by Arielle Gordon

NYC Podfest

Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend (January 9 - 11). This year festival founder Jeremy Wein is bringing bigger names than ever to The Bell House (Friday, January 9) and Fontana's (Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11). Tickets are on sale now. Things kick off at The Bell House with Kevin Allison's (The State) RISK! podcast. This show has become hugely successful online and in LA, where its monthly live show consistently packs the Nerdist Theater at The Meltdown. The show, which has featured Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, and more, asks its guests to reveal personal, often embarrassing stories about themselves that they thought they would never tell. This show's theme is "Butts" and features Sasheer Zamata (SNL), stand up Matt Braunger, and more TBA.

Other interesting shows include a podcast panel on 1/10 at Fontana's (tickets) hosted by Jason Zinoman of The New YorkTimes featuring podcast experts Dave Hill (WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?, and Matt Braunger (Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger); later that same evening at Fontana's, it's "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart" (featuring Hasan Minhaj and Executive Producer Adam Lowitt); and Fontana's on Sunday 1/11 at 8PM it's The Todd Barry Podcast with special guests Yo La Tengo.

There's lots more. View the full lineup below.

Continue reading "2015 NYC Podfest line-up & schedule: Kevin Allison, Yo La Tengo, Todd Barry, 'The Daily Show,' Gilbert Gottfried & more"

Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Town Hall

Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]
Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."

The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.

Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.

YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.

Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.

James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo & friends celebrated 30 years @ Town Hall, playing NYE in Boston; James McNew lists his 'Best of 2014'"

The Feelies at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)

Yo La Tengo's holiday season two-night run at Town Hall begins tonight (12/3) with their pals Antietam and continues Thursday (12/4) with more pals The Feelies. The show with The Feelies is sold out but you can still get tickets for tonight's.

After Thursday's show, The Feelies have a couple dates of their own coming up, including one in their home state of NJ on Friday (12/5) at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they play Baltimore on Saturday. All dates are listed, with a video, below.

Continue reading "The Feelies playing shows after opening for Yo La Tengo this week (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin


Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

Yo La Tengo at The Bell House in 2013 (more by PSquared)

Though Yo La Tengo can't do their Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's anymore (because it's closed, at least as a venue), they continue to do multi-night runs in the NYC-area around the holiday season. This year, they'll play Town Hall on December 3 and 4 (a couple weeks before Hanukkah) with cool NY/NJ indie vet openers both nights. Night 1 is with Antietam, who have opened for YLT more than once in the past. And night 2 is with The Feelies (ditto). Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (9/13) at noon.

That's the only announced date for The Feelies at the moment, but Antietam also play Louisville Outskirts Festival with Marnie Stern, Tara Jane O'Neil, Tweens and others in October. YLT have some other dates, including Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of their dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo playing December shows at Town Hall with Antietam and The Feelies (and other dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Ira Kaplan w/ The Clean @ Glasslands 8/22/2014
The Clean
The Clean

New Zealand indie rock icons The Clean are on tour in North America and just played two NYC shows, both of which had notable surprise guests: Will Butler of Arcade Fire played a solo opening set at Rough Trade on Thursday (8/21), and at Glasslands on Friday (8/22) Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo joined the band onstage for a good chunk of their set. Pictures and (dark) video of "Getting Older" from Glasslands are in this post.

I was at the Rough Trade show (missed Butler's set) but enjoyed's The Clean's loose -- very loose -- hour-long set that included such Flying Nun standards as "Tally Ho," "Draw(in)g To A (W)hole" and "Anything Can Happen." David Kilgour's famous dislike for practicing had songs stopping more than coming to an end, but the group seemed to be in good spirits.

David's brother, Hamish, pulled double duty on Friday night, as his new Brooklyn-based band, Roya, opened the night. Pics from their set, plus more of The Clean, below...

Continue reading "The Clean were joined by Georgia & Ira of Yo La Tengo at Glasslands with Roya (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Oneida w/ James McNew @ Glasslands 7/17/2014

Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song "set", this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of "Cedars" into "Economy Travel" adding two shorter songs, "Cock Fight" and "You Get Brighter" (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that'd be a shame. This act's sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right "version". The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night-the very reason live recordings exist in the first place. - [NYC Taper]
Oneida, augmented by Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, played Glasslands on Thursday (7/17), the first date of a short summer tour. Pictures from their set are in this post and you can stream the whole thing below, and download it over at NYC Taper.

Opening the night was noise-n-rhythm trio, Beech Creeps, the current band of ex Ex Models' Zach Lehrhoff that also features Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, Monster Crunch). You can catch Beech Creeps in a couple weeks when they play Rockaways spot Rippers on August 9 with Call Of The Wild and Giggly Boys. That's a free afternoon show.

Dysrythmia @ Glasslands

In betweeen were another trio, instrumental metallers Dysrythmia, one of Kevin Hufnagel's many projects that also features Colin Marsten. Dysrythmia's next scheduled show is playing the second night of Virus' two night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).

More pictures from the show and the Oneida set stream, below....

Continue reading "Onieda w/ James McNew played Glasslands w/ Dysrhythmia and Beech Creeps (pics & stream of Oneida's set)"

photos by Anne Terada

Yoko & Yo La @ Union Pool 6/17/2014

Yoko Ono is playing next weekend's Glastonbury Festival (along with unpopular headliners Metallica) and as a warm up for her performance, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band played a secret gig at Brooklyn's Union Pool last night (6/17). The venue had nothing listed in their calendar. The Plastic Ono band, in this case, was actually Yo La Tengo (why weren't they called Yoko Tengo?) making it even more of an intimate thrill. Yoko's 10-song set touched on the entirety of her career, including way back to "Don't Worry, Kyoko" and "Why." Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Yoko's last proper NYC show was at Bowery Ballroom last September, a release show for her album, Take Me to the Land of Hell. More pictures and the setlist from her surprise Union Pool show, below...

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The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

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The Decemberists on 'Parks & Rec'

The 6th season finale of Parks and Recreation aired last night, and as was announced, the episode featured appearances from The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

The musicians were on the show to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. The Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo performed as themselves, while Yo La Tengo were performing as fictional band Bobby Knight Ranger, and Jeff Tweedy (as we learned in the last episode) was fronting a reunion set from fictional band Land Ho!. Without giving away too many spoilers, there were some surprise Pawnee locals performing too.

Watch the full episode below (concert starts at 22:28)...

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