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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Au Revoir Simone - Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg 5/30/09

NYC's Synth Pop darlings, Au Revoir Simone, played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. The girl trio Annie, Erika, and Heather, performed songs off their older LP's and new third LP It's Still Night, Still Light. They saved the best for last ending the set with "Knight of Wands" and playing "The Lucky One" opening the encore. During the encore they ate and shared potato chips with the audience. They return to NYC on June 27th or be sure to catch a show in your town.

May 30 2009 8:00P Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
May 31 2009 8:00P Southgate House Cincinnati, Ohio
Jun 1 2009 8:00P The End Nashville, Tennessee
Jun 2 2009 8:00P Hi Tone Memphis, Tennessee
Jun 4 2009 8:00P The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Jun 5 2009 8:00P Walters on Washington Houston, Texas
Jun 6 2009 8:00P Mohawk Austin, Texas
Jun 9 2009 8:00P Plush Tucson, Arizona
Jun 11 2009 8:00P El Rey Los Angeles, California
Jun 12 2009 8:00P Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, California
Jun 13 2009 8:00P Bimbo’s San Francisco, California
Jun 15 2009 8:00P Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Jun 16 2009 8:00P Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Jun 17 2009 8:00P Richard’s on Richards Vancouver, British Columbia
Jun 19 2009 8:00P Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 21 2009 8:00P Fox Theater Boulder, Colorado
Jun 23 2009 8:00P Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Jun 24 2009 8:00P High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 25 2009 8:00P Logan Square Chicago, Illinois
Jun 26 2009 8:00P Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Jun 27 2009 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York City, New York
Jul 14 2009 8:00P Be Cool Barcelona
Jul 15 2009 8:00P El Sol Madrid
Jul 16 2009 8:00P Nocturama Festival Sevilla
Jul 17 2009 8:00P Dour Festival Dour
Jul 18 2009 8:00P Lovebox London
Jul 21 2009 6:30P Pure Groove Records in-store London
Jul 22 2009 8:00P Bungalow & Bears Sheffield
Jul 23 2009 8:00P Night and Day Manchester
Jul 24 2009 8:00P Indie Tracks Festival Derbyshire
Jul 25 2009 8:00P Be At @ Proud Galleries London
Jul 26 2009 8:00P Secret Garden Party Huntingdon
Aug 7 2009 8:00P Astropolis Festival Brest
Aug 8 2009 8:00P Nuits Secretes Festival Aulnoye-Aymerie

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Andrew Bird - Summer Tour

Download "OH NO.mp3" from Noble Beast
After swooping in to rock Bonnaroo on Jun 14, Andrew Bird will be kicking off his U.S. summer tour with the following dates before taking over a lucky smattering of cities in Northern California, Utah, Oregon, and Washington...
June 15 - Atlanta @ Cobb Energy PAC
June 18 - New York @ Radio City Music Hall
June 19 - Boston @ Bank of America Pavilion
July 10 - Los Angeles @ Greek Theatre

Bird then heads to Lollapalooza in August, and in October, he'll be in Austin for Austin City Limits. Full tour schedule below.

And speaking of Austin City Limits, here's a little tidbit of Bird and his band in Zilker Park performing "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" at ACL 2007:

Jun 8 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia , MD
Jun 14 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Jun 15 - Cobb Energy PAC - Atlanta, GA
Jun 18 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY **
Jun 19 - Bank of America Pavilion - Boston, MA
Jul 10 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Jul 11 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
Jul 13 - Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 14 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Jul 16 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, OR
Jul 17 - Marymoor Amphitheatre - Redmond, WA
Jul 18 - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater - Troutdale, OR
Jul 19 - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater - Troutdale, OR
Jul 26 - Squaw Velley Ski Resort - Olympic Valley, CA
Aug 7 - Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Chicago, IL
Aug 8 - Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Chicago, IL
Aug 9 - Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Chicago, IL
Oct 2 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX
Oct 3 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX
Oct 4 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Hundred In The Hands at New Park Slope Venue

In the five years I've lived in the Slope, the music stores have almost all closed down but the music venues have bloomed in abundance. We had Union Hall open, then its sister, The Bell House, and now a new venue, Littlefield. This weekend marked the official opening of this new performance and art space. Housed in an old, 6200-square foot warehouse, Littlefield merges the Gowanus's industrial past with an organic, eco-friendly future. Green elements include a landscaped interior courtyard, sound walls formed from recycled rubber tires, a bar and tables constructed of salvaged bowling alley lanes, and energy supplied by wind power. Future projects include a greywater system and a landscaped roof, which will reduce Littlefield's carbon footprint to virtually zero. The club was great, offering nice open spaces like an outdoor patio extending from the indoor art space, separation of the two minimized by a wall constructed of windows. The bar and club space was well appointed and comfortable with multiple bathrooms and plenty of seats. The one criticism was that music was a little loud in the bar room. The bar staff came off a bit off-kilter, unable to hear drink orders, customers were forced to shout and repeat orders, adding an unnecessarily harsh vibe to an otherwise relaxed setting.

The duo The Hundred In The Hands played a little after 11pm, Saturday night. The band was composed of Jason Friedman of The Boggs and Eleanore Everdell who had met on tour. We had missed Cruel Black Dove who had opened the show. And on Friday night Golden Triangle, Sisters and Little Girls performed. The Hundred In The Hands played a hypnotic set. Jason controlled the drum machine and pre-recorded backing tracks as Eleanore sung consistently with her lovely voice and took on keyboard duties armed with a single MiniKORG. As they got into their fourth tune and everyone was hooked into the music, the sound man caused a little mayhem, jarring the onstage mix for a few tunes. He hadn't quite harnessed the beautiful JBL sound system quite yet, but that's to be expected for an opening weekend. By the end of the show, the duo had the crowd head-bobbing and swaying to their tunes. They closed with the catchiest of their songs "Undressed in Dresden."

A good night, all in all. Very chill, nice vibe from the new space and the band. 'Look forward to seeing both of them in the near future.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Natureboy Shows New LP

Sara Kermanshahi ex-House on a Hill singer is playing under the moniker Natureboy and will play a set off shows starting tonight. Check out here debut LP.

May 24 8:00P Bruar Falls Brooklyn, New York
Jun 6 9:00P Bushwick Arts Festival @ Eastern District Brooklyn, New York
Jul 1 9:00P presents Resonance @ Bar Matchless Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Vaselines Music Hall of Williamsburg 5/18/09

Scotland's The Vaselines returned to New York and Brooklyn. Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee were supported live by members of Belle and Sebastian. Stevie Jackson was on guitar and Bobby Kildea on Bass. They opened with "Son of A Gun" and kept the crowd entranced as they poured through their set. Frances's talk of oral sex, taking off her pants to feel the fan on her ass and urine guzzling her cure her soar throat, kept an on going banter with the crowd as Eugene meticulously tuned his guitar between each song.

After seeing them live it is no wonder why they were Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's favorite band. He covered three of their songs and even named his daughter, Frances Bean, after McKee.

Set List:

Son of A Gun
The Day I Was A Horse
Molly's Lips
New song*
Oliver Twisted
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
New song (heard her call)
Teenage super star
Let's Get Ugly
No Hope
Sex Sux (Amen)
Dying For It

Rory Rides Me Raw
You Think You're A Man

New Song*

Monday, May 18, 2009

Linfinity play Pianos

New York Cities, Linfinity are getting ready to drop their new EP and are playing a residency at tomorrow night and the following Tuesday at Pianos. Frontman Dylan Von Wagner has a unique voice backed by Viola, Violins, mandolin, bass & drums. You might recognize the stand out bass grooves from Nick Hundley of Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers. The songs range from brooding cabaret like on "Holy Rain" to rocking Cramps-esque stuff like on "Choo Choo Train To Venice." Fans of Squirrel Nut Zippers, Andrew Bird, Walkmen would be in for a treat.

May 19 9:00pm Pianos w/Hopewel/Electric Tickle Machine/You scream I scream/Monument

May 26 9:00pm Pianos w/starling crush and Contronmano

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dark Night of the Soul = David Lynch, Sparklehorse, & Danger Mouse

Check out one of this year's most mysterious albums streaming on NPR. Danger Mouse teams up with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous and David Lynch adds some visuals in a collaboration entitled Dark Night of the Soul. You can stream the full LP here. EMI is threatening to pull the record, so hear it while you can. Check out where you can pre-order a Poster and CDR or blank CDR and book. The album has Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Vic Chesnutt, Jason Lytle (Granddaddy) Black Francis (Pixies), Wayne Cohen (The Flaming Lips), Iggy Pop (The Stooges) , Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), James Mercer (The Shins), and more on vocals. This all-star cast is going to make tons of this year's best of lists even if EMI does pull the record. Thanks for the tip, Wiley!

1. Revenge (featuring The Flaming Lips)
2. Just War (featuring Gruff Rhys)
3. Jaykub (featuring Jason Lytle)
4. Little Girl (featuring Julian Casablancas)
5. Angel's Harp (featuring Frank Black)
6. Pain (featuring Iggy Pop)
7. Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) (featuring David Lynch)
8. Everytime I'm With You (featuring Jason Lytle)
9. Insane Lullaby (featuring James Mercer of The Shins)
10. Daddy's Gone (featuring Nina Persson)
11. The Man Who Played God (featuring Suzanne Vega)
12. Grim Augury (featuring Vic Chestnutt)
13. Dark Night Of The Soul (featuring David Lynch)

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Deli's Best of NYC Festival

The Deli Magazine is a staple of NY's up and coming music and they are throwing a string of shows in May. Tonight's great show with Crystal Stilts, Blank Dogs, Religious Knives and Dinowalrus.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009