Friday, February 28, 2014

Haim Release New Video

Haim released a video for their track, “If I Could Change Your Mind” this week.  The song is from their critically adored album Days Are Gone.  The clip was directed by Warren Fu and choreographed by Fatima Robinson.  Check it out below.  

Haim will be touring North America starting in April.  NYC, if you don’t already have tickets, you’re out of luck.  Both of their shows at Terminal 5 are sold out!

Tour Dates

  • 4.9 | San Francisco, CA | The Fillmore
  • 4. 10 | San Francisco, CA | The Fillmore
  • 4.11 | Indio, CA | Coachella  
  • 4.16 | Pomona, CA | Fox Theater 
  • 4.17 | Las Vegas, NV | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • 4.18 | Indio, CA | Coachella 
  • 4.22 | Houston, TX |House of Blues 
  • 4.23 | Austin, TX | Stubb's BBQ 
  • 4.24 | Dallas, TX | House of Blues 
  • 4.26 | Tulsa, OK | Cain's Ballroom 
  • 4.27 | Nashville, TN | Mercy Lounge
  • 4.29 | Miami Beach, FL | The Fillmore 
  • 5.2 | Atlanta, GA | The Tabernacle
  • 5.3 & 5.4| Tampa, FL | Big Guava Festival 
  • 5.6 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle
  • 5.7 | Washington DC | 9:30 Club 
  • 5/8 | Washington DC | 9:30 Club 
  • 5.10 | New York, NY | Terminal 5 
  • 5.11 | New York, NY | Terminal 5 
  • 5.13 | Boston, MA | House of Blues 
  • 5.14 | Upper Derby, PA | Tower Theatre 
  • 5.15 | Toronto, ON | Kool Haus 
  • 5.17 | Chicago, IL | Riviera Theatre 
  • 5.19 | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue 
  • 5.21 | Denver, CO | Ogden Theatre 
  • 5.22 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Depot 
  • 5.24 | Vancouver, BC | Malkin Bowl
  • 5.25 | George, WA |Sasquatch Music Festival    

Topher Mohr - “Sidewalk”

Check out “Sidewalk” from Topher MohrThe track is from his album Phlotilla, which was released about a year ago. Mohr came onto our radar when we saw him as part of Mayer Hawthorne’s band when they were opening for The Heavy circa 2010.  We gave him props that night.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ten Ton Man to Release New EP in April

New York based band Ten Ton Man are scheduled to release their new EP, Chunk of Change, on April 8.  The EP is a follow-up to the 2012 release of their self-titled debut album.  Check out the track, “Chunk of Change” below.

Ten Ton Man presents this new three-track body of work that displays the same dark mood of their debut album and the signature baritone vocals of frontman Paul Livornese singing three cautionary tales of materialism, the seduction of addiction, and frustration with someone who refuses help.                      
With lyrics and music by Livornese and arrangements by the group's bassist, Paul Dugan, the EP carries a foreboding tone throughout.  The title track kicks off the EP, and talks about forgoing the quest for material things and being happy with simple pleasures.  The middle track "Fine Line" is slightly jauntier but equally gloomy about the fine line between indulging and succumbing to addiction, as Livornese sings:  That night I put my lips on you / Was the first night of this man’s deceit.  "What to Do" rounds off the EP with a seemingly happier tone in the melody but ends with an air of frustration as the chorus fades into the distance:  I don't know what to do...with you. 
On the EP, the members include the three core members:  Paul Livornese (lead vocals, guitar,whistling), Paul Dugan (upright bass and arco bass arrangements), and Paul Triff (drums, cajon, percussion) in addition to William Holshouser on accordion.  The EP was recorded at Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, New York.

Hawk and Dove Re-release Album + Tour

Brooklyn based band Hawk and Dove will be re-releasing their debut studio album, This Yesterday Will Never End on March 18.  They’ll be hitting the road and will make a hometown stop in NYC at Arlene’s Grocery on Saturday, March 22.  See below for details and dates.

Saturday, March 22
95 Stanton Street
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM

Tour Dates

  • Wed. Mar. 5 - Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC
  • Thu. Mar. 6 - Pinhook, Durham, NC
  • Fri. Mar. 7 - Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC
  • Sat. Mar. 8 - Nowhere Bar, Athens, GA
  • Sun. Mar. 9 - Swayze's Venue, Marietta, GA
  • Mon. Mar. 10 - TBA, New Orleans, LA
  • Tue. Mar. 11 - TBA, Houston, TX
  • Thu. Mar. 13 - SXSW/Valhalla, Austin, TX
  • Sat. Mar. 15 - Dan's Silverleaf, Denton, TX
  • Sun. Mar. 16 - Buccaneer Lounge, Memphis, TN
  • Mon. Mar. 17 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
  • Tue. Mar. 18 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
  • Wed. Mar. 19 - Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
  • Thu. Mar. 20 - MOTR Pub,Cincinnati, OH
  • Fri. Mar. 21 - Garfield Artwoks, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sat. Mar. 22 - Arlene's Grocery, New York, NY

Singer Elijah Miller and guitarist John Kleber met at summer camp when they were 13 years old. 12 years later, they met again in New York, where they discovered they shared a vision for the music they played. Together with AJ Sausville (drums), Joan Chew (violin and bass), Max Hodes (tenor guitar and vocals) and Caitlin Becker (keys and vocals), they have created an album deeply rooted in rock, country and psychedelia. 
Their latest studio album This Yesterday Will Never End juxtaposes haunting ballads with thunderous stoner grooves, crafting a unique rock experience. And according to The Aquarian it, "transcends the boundaries created by different genres of music. Hawk and Dove transition… effortlessly, and take the listener on a journey guided by Miller’s tender singing.”
Hawk and Dove's songs never do what you expect them to. They ramp up with enormous energy to what would normally break into some bombastic chug-a-long, then scale back with restraint to relish small moments of sonic delight. Guitar, violin and banjo drone like slow-moving glaciers. Ballads bounce with off-kilter rhythms. Keyboards tumble down the scale just when it seems they'll ascend. This disarming inventiveness is what makes their sound so beguiling. With their steadily growing following—and a killer live show—Hawk and Dove is proving to be the loudest quiet band you have ever heard.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Upcoming: Agnes Obel at Bowery Ballroom on 3/2

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel will be at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, March 2. Obel will be performing as part of a trio, with her on piano. She will be joined by Anne Müller (cello) and Mika Posen (viola).  See below for more details.

Obel released her latest album, Aventine, in September 2013.

Gem Club
Sunday, March 2
6 Delancey Street
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Upcoming: David Wax Museum at Mercury Lounge on 4/28

Rusty Belle
Monday, April 28
217 E Houston Street
New York, NY
Doors: 9:30PM

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dessy Di Lauro - “Jump ‘N’ Jivin”

Check out “Jump ‘N’ Jivin” from Los Angeles based artist, Dessy Di Lauro.  The track is from her full-length sophomore album, This Is Neo-Ragtime.

Di Lauro recently performed at the House of Blues in Hollywood. That performance was filmed and will be featured on TNT's TV series premiere of the 'Inside Job', on Friday, February 28th, 2014.

With a power-house voice reminiscent of 30's style music and a flair for live performance, Dessy Di Lauro is blending the sounds and influences across several genres to create her own: Neo-Ragtime. This jivey, R&B, swing inspired album is every bit as dancey as it is soulful. 

Upcoming: Ben Taylor at City Winery on 4/21

Monday, April 21
155 Varick Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6PM / Show: 8PM

Monday, February 24, 2014

Happiness - “All Apologies”

Swedish/UK duo Happiness have released a video for their song, “All Apologies”.  The clip was directed by Adam Berg.  Check it out below.

Berg had this to say about the video... "[The band and I] were taking about making something different, not with young people with all their emotions and tantrums. We wanted to be with this older couple, find a calm place in their love, while around them, this drunk angry silence, people staring, gossiping…And in the centre of attention, this beautiful, loving elderly couple, like the most tender intimate moment, dancing, holding each other, real true love in the eye of the storm with only eyes for each other, at the heart of all this animosity…."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Upcoming: “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” Tour to Make NYC Stop

Karrin Allyson, Clarence Penn, Ben Allison, Anat Cohen, Mark Whitfield, Randy Brecker and Peter Martin (Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz)

“Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60”
March 4 - 6 
116 E 27th Street (btw Park & Lexington)
New York, NY
Set Times: 7:30PM & 9:30PM


“Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60”
March 7 - 8 
116 E 27th Street (btw Park & Lexington)
New York, NY
Set Times: 7:30PM, 9:30PM & 11:30PM

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival® (August 1-3, 2014), the “Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60” Tour makes a stop in New York City at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, March 4-8. Featuring clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, bassist Ben Allison, pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trumpeter Randy Brecker and drummer Clarence Penn, the band has been receiving rave reviews since it kicked off a 17-city tour on February 8 in Atlanta. The first leg of the tour winds down March 30 and will continue with more dates during June, July and August in North America and Europe (including a set at its namesake festival on August 2). 
Set times at the Jazz Standard are 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm on March 4-6, with an 11:30 pm set added on March 7-8. For tickets and more information, call (212) 576-2232 or visit 
This multi-gender, multi-national and multi-generational group of musicians was especially selected by festival founder/producer George Wein and with his long-time associates and the tour’s producers, Danny Melnick of Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC and Darlene Chan of FestivalWest, Inc., to represent the incredible diversity of talent that the Newport Jazz Festival® has presented over the last six decades. (Melnick is also the associate producer of the Newport Jazz Festival®.) 

Upcoming: Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival To Take Place May 4 - 10

The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile have once again teamed up to put on the week-long, multi-venue Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.  The festival takes place May 4 - 10.  Check out the schedule of events below.

May 4 - 10, 2014

All Tickets Start at $10, unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

4:00 pm – Columbia University presents Jazz Vespers featuring Brianna Thomas. Abyssinian Baptist Church

Monday, May 5, 2014

6:30 pm – Live Wire presents Latin Jazz: A Conversation with Christopher Washburne and others. Apollo Theater. Free with reservation.

7:30 pm – Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse Legends on the Bandstand: A Conversation on Charlie Parker with Stanley Crouch and Farah Jasmine Griffin. Minton’s. Two drink minimum, appetizers available. $10.

10:00 pm - 1:00 am - Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse: Legends on the Bandstand: Late Night Jam with Antonio Hart. Minton’s. Two drink minimum, appetizers available. $10.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Minor Alps - “Waiting For You”

Minor Alps, the collaboration between Nada Surf's Matthew Caws and Juliana Hatfield, released a video for their track “Waiting For You” about a month ago.  The clip stars Julie Gayet and Philippe Rebbot and was directed by Emilie and Sarah Barbault.  Check it out below.

Minor Alps released their debut album Get There in October 2013.

Over the last two decades, both Caws and Hatfield have carved out long-lasting - and strikingly independent - careers within a dependably fickle music business, Caws with his now 20-year-old New York City group Nada Surf, and Hatfield with the Boston-reared Blake Babies, the Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls, as well as a number of releases under her own name.
Hatfield and Caws not only share lead vocals and co-writing credit on each of the eleven songs that comprise Get There; aside from some drumming and programming by Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons) and Chris Egan (Solange, Computer Magic), the pair plays every instrument and conjures every sound - from primitive electronic dub pulse ('Buried Plans')-- to straight-up rock hook ('I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands') to stripped-down electric guitar punch ('Mixed Feelings') to eerie trance-allure ('Radio Static') to hypnotic guitar drone ('Waiting For You').

Side Saddle - “Don’t Wait For Him” + Upcoming EP

Side Saddle, the moniker Ian McGuinness writes under, recently released his new single, “Don’t Wait For Him”, from his upcoming debut EP.  The Postcard is scheduled to be released on March 25.  Check it out below.  He also premiered his video for the song on Baeble.

Upcoming: Lily Kershaw at Rockwood Music Hall on 2/25

Tuesday, February 25
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Doors: 9:15PM / Show: 9:30
$10 drink minimum

Lily Kershaw released her John Fields produced album, Midnight In The Garden in September 2013 via Nettwerk Records.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Neon Trees Announce North American Tour + NY Show

Neon Trees announced their North American tour this week.  They’ll be making a stop in NYC at Central Park Summer Stage on Monday, July 7Doors are at 5:30Tickets go on-sale tomorrow, Friday, February 21 and it’ll cost you $35.  See below for more details and dates.

Also, Neon Trees will release their new album, Pop Psychology, on April 22.

Smallpools / Nightmare & the Cat
Monday, July 7
69th St At 5th Ave 
Entrance/Rumsey Field, Central Park
New York, NY
Doors: 5:30PM / Show: 6:30PM
Rain or Shine Event, General Admission, Standing Room Only
All Ages

Tour Dates
Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat supporting on all dates

  • 5/12 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
  • 5/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
  • 5/16 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
  • 5/19 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
  • 5/20 - Richmond, VA @ The National
  • 5/22 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
  • 5/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
  • 5/24 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
  • 5/25 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
  • 5/27 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
  • 5/28 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
  • 5/29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
  • 6/1 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
  • 6/2 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek
  • 6/4 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
  • 6/5 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
  • 6/9 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
  • 6/10 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
  • 6/11 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
  • 6/13 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
  • 6/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
  • 6/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
  • 6/17 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • 6/21 - Louisville, KY @ Fourth Street Live!
  • 6/23 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 6/24 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
  • 6/29 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
  • 6/30 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 7/1 - Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork
  • 7/3 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
  • 7/4 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
  • 7/7 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summer Stage
  • 7/10 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Toyota Presents
  • 7/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
  • 7/13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TONIGHT: Prospector at Cameo Gallery, 2/18

This is happening

The Bowery Riots / Prospector / JM Airis and the Wild Birds
Tuesday, February 18
93 N 6th Street 
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM
Tickets: $8
21+ should definitely go. 

Tysson Debut New Single: “Lost”

Tysson, the new project from John Michael Rouchell with Joe Dyson, Alvin Ford, Jr., Max Moran and Joe Shirley released their debut single “Lost” recently.  If memory serves me correctly, the last time JM played NYC, these were the cats that played with him ... all but Ford.  They were seriously tight.  Judging by this track, there are good things to come from this project.  I’m looking forward to more tunes from these gents.  For now, we’ll have to settle for “Lost” which they are offering as a free download.  Check it out below and enjoy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray To Release New Album + Tour

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray are set to release their sophomore studio album Lean Into The Wind on March 25th via Seven Dead Arson Records.  Check out a sneak peak of one of the tracks, "Drifter's Compass", at the bottom of the post. You'll get caught up in Miss Shevaughn's voiceonce that happens, there's no turning back and why would you want to?

They’ll be hitting the road in support of the record in what is dubbed the “Honeymoon Tour” aptly named because Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray will be tying the knot on March 1st.  Congratulations!  There will be a stop in NY over in Brooklyn at The Grand Victory on April 11.  Doors are at 7PM and it will cost you $8.  See below for more details & dates.

Friday, April 11
Brooklyn, NY
245 Grand Street
Doors: 7PM
Tickets: $8

Lean Into the Wind, the second full-length album from hard touring rock band Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray is the product of a year plagued by the chaos of friends passing, illness, depression and self-doubt, but also one of adventure, travel, friendship and the kinds of life events that ultimately help us to cut through the noise. 

“We had a pretty emotional year, I don’t think you can assign one emotion to something as complex as a series of songs, emotion shouldn’t be a stylistic choice. Unless you’re sedated, no one exists like that. Sometimes you feel happy or angry or inadequate, this album captures every nuance of what we were feeling last year,” explains Yuma Wray. 
For the two songwriters settling, for the moment, in California seems to have had more than just a slight effect on their music. Many of the dreamy guitar and vocal textures harken back to the days of the Flying Burrito Brothers or the Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo period. Lean Into The Wind is as twangy as it is fuzzy - striking a perfect balance between the jittery, noisy heyday of the late sixties and the more subdued, experimental sounds of the early seventies.  
The album opens with a nod to those sounds, and introduces the rich three-part vocal harmonies that are woven into the fabric of the album. “Drifter’s Compass” is a manifesto of sorts. “It’s a kind of defiant anthem for the underdogs and artists who create outside of the mainstream because they just simply must, “ says Miss Shevaughn.    
This record, that celebrates those who travel the outskirts and explores the push and pull between creativity and destruction, hope and despair, ends much as it started, with a statement of defiance, spirit and perseverance. Lean Into the Wind invites the adventurous to time travel with the band through the past, present and several imagined futures. Whispers and roars fill these songs - yet each tune, in it's own way, has a thin veneer of that California sunlight that streams golden just before the sun sets over the mountains.

Tour Dates

  • 3/6 - Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
  • 3/7 - The Press Restaurant - Claremont, CA
  • 3/8 - TBA - Phoenix, AZ
  • 3/9 - The Lost Leaf - Phoenix, AZ
  • 3/11 - Cowgirl BBQ - Santa Fe, NM
  • 3/12 - Adobe Bar - Taos, NM
  • 3/14 - Bufalo Bob's Chalupa Wagon - Austin, TX
  • 3/15 - Cherrywood Coffee - Austin, TX
  • 3/21 - The Nick - Birmingham, AL
  • 3/23 - Hendershot's - Athens, GA
  • 3/24 - Eddie's Attic open mic - Decatur, GA
  • 3/25 - The Basement (new faces showcase) - Nashville, TN
  • 3/27 - Emerald Lounge - Asheville, NC
  • 3/28 - Slim's Downtown - Raleigh, NC
  • 3/29 - Common Market - Charlotte, NC
  • 4/2 - IOTA - Arlington, VA
  • 4/11 - Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/12 - The Bus Stop Music Cafe - Pitman, NJ
  • 4/16 - Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint - Columbus, OH
  • 4/17 - TBA - Dayton, OH
  • 4/18 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
  • 4/19 - TBA - Louisville, KY
  • 4/20 - Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
  • 4/22 - Acorn Theater - Three Oaks, MI
  • 4/24 - Woodruff's - Ypsilanti, MI
  • 4/26 - Kingman Island Folk & Bluegrass Festival - Washington DC
  • 4/30 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
  • 5/02 - Frank's Power Plant - Milwaukee, WI
  • 5/3 - Ritual Cafe - Des Moines, IA
  • 5/9 - The Pioneer Inn - Nederland, CO
  • 5/14 - Cowgirl BBQ - Santa Fe, NM
  • 5/19 - Pappy & Harriet's - Pioneertown, CA
  • 5/23 - Trillium Cafe - Hood River, OR 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Upcoming: Those Darlins at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/16 + New Single

Need plans for Sunday, February 16?  Well, head on over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg and see Those Darlins.  Doors are at 8PM and it will cost you $15.  See below for more details.

They’ve unleashed a new single from the Blur The Line sessions. “Why Can’t I” was released about a week and a half ago via their Oh Wow Dang Records.  You can pick it up here and here. They performed the new single for Nashville Cream’s “Live In The Morgue” series.  Check that out below as well as a clip for “That Man”.

Diarrhea Planet / Desert Sharks
Sunday, February 16
66 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rodrigo y Gabriela To Release New Album + North American Tour

Acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are scheduled to release their new album, 9 Dead Alive on April 29.  It’s their first record of new material in five years.  Check out the video featuring two songs from the new record below.

North American tour dates have been announced. They will make a stop in NYC for two shows at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2.  Doors are at 8PM and it will cost you $40 - $75.

Thursday, May 1 & Friday, May 2
2124 Broadway 
(between West 74th and 75th streets)
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM

Tour Dates


  • 1 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
  • 2 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
  • 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum
  • 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
  • 9 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
  • 11 - Seattle - The Paramount


  • 17 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks w/Nathaniel Rateliff

Gabriela says: "My idea was to record it as if we were to playing a live gig in your living room."
The end result is a thrilling explosion of rhythm and melody, capturing Rodrigo y Gabriela at their most inventive and exuberant.
9 Dead Alive sees Rodrigo y Gabriela playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. Recorded at their Pacific Coast hideaway in late summer, the album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians locked in together; perfectly distilled into nine new songs teeming with desire, elegance and gusto.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Elbow To Release New Album + North American Tour

UK band Elbow will release their new album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, on March 11 in the US. Check out the video for the single, “New York Morning”, below.

A North American tour has been announced with a stop in NYC.  They'll be at Webster Hall on Friday, May 16.  Doors are at 7PM and it'll cost you $45. Tickets go on-sale this Friday at noon.  See below for more details and dates.

John Grant
Friday, May 16
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM

Tour Dates