In photos: The Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from The Zac Brown Bands set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

Blind Pilot Returns to Lollapalooza!

Blind Pilot promo

Blind Pilot has come a long way from starting as a two man band into a now 6-piece ensemble. Back in 2008 they went on tour with their instruments strapped to their bikes. On that tour they made over two dozen stops along the West Coast up into Portland, Oregon.  That next year they were playing the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, California and made their debut at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Lollapalooza welcomes Blind Pilot back to Grant Park  this summer! They are also hitting the road debuting their sophomore album, We Are The Tide. The sophomore album follows their grassroots break-out debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, that sold over 50,000 albums and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” roundup.  That year they also played the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, California. This Portland-based band is a must see!

Lollapalooza is set for August 3-5, 2012 and tickets are getting very scarce! Check out ticket availability here.

Blind Pilot Tour Dates:

Date Venue Location
  May 25 Les Schwab Amphitheaterw/ The Shins, The H… Bend, OR
May 27 Sasquatch! George, WA
May 28 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
May 29 Red Rocks Amphitheatrew/ The Shins, The H… Morrison, CO
May 31 Harrah’s Council Bluffsw/ The Shins Council Bluffs, IA
Jun 02 Molson Canadian Amphitheatrew/ Dave Matthews Band Toronto, Canada
Jun 03 Blossom Music Centerw/ Dave Matthews Band Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jun 05 Webster Hallw/ Dan Mangan New York, NY
Jun 06 The Nationalw/ Dan Mangan Richmond, VA
Jun 07 Neighborhood Theatrew/ Dan Mangan Charlotte, NC
Jun 09 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jul 06 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Jul 07 The Fonda Theatre Hollywood, CA
Jul 08 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Jul 10 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Jul 11 Santa Fe Sol Santa Fe, NM
Jul 13 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
Jul 14 Kessler Theater Dallas, TX
Jul 15 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
Jul 17 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Jul 18 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Jul 20 Firefly Festival (July 20-22) Dover, DE
Jul 23 Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen, MI
Jul 25 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
Jul 26 Corona Theatre Montreal, Canada
Jul 27 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
Jul 28 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI
Jul 30 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Jul 31 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Aug 02 Deluxe at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Aug 03 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 04 The Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
Aug 06 The Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
Aug 08 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
Aug 09 Sheridan Opera House Telluride, CO
Aug 11 Chautuaqua Auditorium Boulder, CO
Aug 12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
Apr 27 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Oregon Symphony) Portland, OR


Dar Williams, the Other Folk Meat!

Dar Williams
In The Time of Gods
Razor & Tie
Release: 17 April 2012

Dar Williams has always been a household name growing up on the East Coast. She’s notably a talented singer songwriter whom I… never paid a single ounce of mind to, for no justifiable reason. I guess when I wanted folk music, I went to Ani DiFranco and never looked any further. I think that “go to” has happened to many of us, but tonight I listened to a Dar Williams album in it’s entirely, a few times actually.

First off I will admit this isn’t my first choice in music anymore, yet I found myself in a somber place in life tonight and the album greeted me with open arms. Dar writes beautiful songs. She has a beautiful voice and writes beautiful lyrics. If you listen to her music, I can’t imagine this album would be anything but a satisfying add to your collection of her albums. For a non listener such as myself, I am going to take away this stand out track: “I will free myself”. Next Tuesday when this album drops I ask you to listen carefully to this aforementioned track. I have played it about 10 times so far. Each time as soon as I hear the opening notes, chords, and vocals they force me to pause: and listen. Maybe it’s my situation, or maybe Dar has just been this good all along and this is what you miss when you focus on that one artist that’s gets you by with what you already know. Makes me grateful to always expand my focus.

Video: Jordan Galland’s “The Party Years”

Jordan Galland – “The Party Years”

New Year’s Eve is only days away and some may know their plans already while some are going to scramble to find something to do.  Whether you have plans or just hanging around with friends, here’s a video to assist in ringing in the new year.

Jordan Galland recorded the video at Headgear Recording in Brooklyn with Sam Koppelman, Sissy Clemmens, and Sean Lennon.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Jordan Galland online:
Jordan Galland’s Official Site (for his Musical Releases)
Jordan Galland on Twitter
Jordan Galland on MySpace (hear his music)

Over The Rhine at Le Poisson Rouge

On a cool, crisp evening in New York, the fans of Over the Rhine descended into the cellar of Le Poisson Rouge.  The real life couple of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler rose to the stage starting off with “Born” off their 2005 Drunkard’s Prayer album.  The crowd was in for a treat as Karin thanked the masses for coming to their holiday tour.  Getting down to the holiday spirit, Karin crooned “All I Ever Get For Christmas in Blue” with her signature pipes.  Before continuing the festive caroling with “White Horse”, Linford asked his wife if it was true that she once put a plastic horse under the Christmas tree in the hopes it would be a real horse Christmas morning.  Karin admitted she did and that her mother was relieved when there was no Christmas morning miracle.

Then the evening really heated up when the cable to the kick drum shocked the drummer as they started into “I’m On A Roll”.  They dug deep into their 20 years of songwritng to fulfill a request by singing “Suitcase” from their double album Ohio. Though they did treated fans to oldies but goodies, they played a majority from their latest album The Long Surrender, including “The King Knows How”, “Undamned”, “All My Favorite People” and “Rave On”. The pair also debuted a new song “Sacred Ground” and a new as-yet-named holiday tune. Of course they dusted the set with Christmas songs from their previous holiday recording Snow Angels. The true Christmas gift was their Hank Williams cover of “Still in Love With You” with the accompaniment of openers, The Milk Carton Kids.

All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue
White Horse
I’m on a Roll
The King Knows How
Sacred Ground (new song)
New Christmas song
Snow Angel
Pull Through
North Pole Man
All My Favorite People

Rave On
Drunkard’s Prayer
Still In Love With You (Hank Williams cover)

First Aid Kit mends and heals Mercury Lounge

The sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg (aka First Aid Kit) arrived upon the stage of Mercury Lounge with matching cosmos patterned dresses.  Johanna strummed the autoharp as the pair began their set with “New Year’s Eve”.  Klara told the crowd that for the evening they would be joined by a Swedish videographer.  The show would be taped for Swedish television.

As the drummer counts off in Swedish, the gals barreled into a new track “Blue” off their forthcoming album, The Lion’s Roar, produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk).  Klara spoke to the technician in Swedish and a fan requested more of the Scandinavian tongue.  Klara asked if anyone knew Swedish and a few “hej’s” were uttered.  She graded us with a C in Swedish.  Fair enough.

It was revealed that oldie, but goodie “Tangerine” was written by a young 14 year old Klara.  From there, the gals treated the audience to a lovely acoustic version of “Ghost Town” sans mics.  Fans joined in singing “And I found myself attached to this railroad track / But I’ll come back to you some day / To you /To you/ To you/ Some day”.  The Söderberg sisters were truly touched by the impromptu sign along.

Though drawing mostly from their last album, The Black and The Blue, fans were introduced to new material including the sweet “Emmylou”.  Their new album The Lion’s Roar hits stateside on January 24, 2012.  In the meantime, they open for Lykke Li tomorrow in the Garden State and will be back in New York on March 28 at Webster Hall.  They also served as backup singers for Lykke Li on David Letterman a few hours before their show tonight.  They didn’t get to shake Dave’s hand unfortunately, but they will be soon enough.

Set list
New Year’s Eve
You’re Not Coming Home Tonight
Hard Believer
In the Heart of Men
Ghost Town
Our Own Pretty Ways
Heavy Storm
The Lion’s Roar

Waltz for Richard
I Met Up With The King

Music Video: Emily Hurd’s “Long Lost Ghosts”

Emily Hurd is returning with her 8th studio album Long Lost Ghosts.  The music video was directed by Tony Bartman. Emily is an indie singer/songwriter from Chicago who’s last album Daytime Fireflies knocked our socks off!

Emily also does a really cool thing for fans every Christmas season where she puts together something special for fans that’s only available at Christmas time.  Keep an eye out at for more details!

Lucinda Williams On Tour and Hits Durty Nellies

Where: Durty Nellies in Palatine, IL
When: Tuesday, Novemnber 8, 2011 @8PM
Tickets: $30/$35.00/$40.00 Purchase HERE!
Opener: Blake Mills
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams, will perform in Palatine, IL on November 8 at Durty Nellies in support of her latest album, Blessed.

Blessed, the stunning new album from three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams released on March 1st by Lost Highway. The Los Angeles Times gave Blessed a 4-STAR review, and added, “…one of the best albums she’s ever released… a dynamic, human album, one that’s easy to fall in love with. Highly recommended.” The New York Times said the Blessed is “…one of her best.”

Lucinda Williams Official Web Site
Lucinda Williams on Facebook

More Tour Dates for Lucinda Williams:

10/19/2011 – St. Petersburg, FL
Jannus Landing Purchase Tickets
10/20/2011 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Parker Playhouse Purchase Tickets
10/21/2011 – Live Oak, FL
Suwannee Music Park Purchase Tickets
10/22/2011 – Chattanooga, TN
10/24/2011 – Athens, GA
Georgia Theatre Purchase Tickets
10/25/2011 – Roanoke, VA
Jefferson Center Purchase Tickets
10/26/2011 – Baltimore, MD
Ram’s Head Purchase Tickets
10/28/2011 – Allentown, PA
Allentown Symphony Hall Purchase Tickets
10/29/2011 – Glenside, PA
Keswick Theatre Purchase Tickets
10/30/2011 – Westhampton Beach, NY
Westhampton Beach PAC Purchase Tickets
11/01/2011 – Ridgefield, CT
Ridgefield Playhouse Purchase Tickets
11/02/2011 – Burlington, VT
The Flynn Theatre Purchase Tickets
11/04/2011 – Concord, NH
Capitol Center for the Arts Purchase Tickets
11/05/2011 – Lebanon, NH
Lebanon Opera House Purchase Tickets
11/06/2011 – Buffalo, NY
Town Ballroom Purchase Tickets
11/11/2011 – Lawrence, KS
Liberty Hall Purchase Tickets
11/12/2011 – Denver, CO
The Paramount Theatre Purchase Tickets
11/13/2011 – Grand Junction, CO
The Avalon Theater Purchase Tickets
11/15/2011 – Sacramento, CA
The Crest Theater Purchase Tickets
11/16/2011 – Eugene, OR
MacDonald Theater Purchase Tickets
11/17/2011 – Portland, OR
The Crystal Ballroom Purchase Tickets
11/19/2011 – San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore Purchase Tickets
11/20/2011 – San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore Purchase Tickets
01/27/2012 – Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Royce Hall Purchase Tickets

The Way Sound Leaves a Room

Sarah Jaffe
The Way Sound Leaves a Room
Kirtland Records

sarah jaffee the way sound leaves a room cover Sarah Jaffe’s The Way Sound Leaves a Room features some heartfelt singing and some strong songwriting, but it just isn’t consistent enough to be a compelling choice when seeking music to work with or just chill out with. Her sense of irony seems to almost weigh down her energy and the sense of play that resulted in songs like “A Sucker for Your Marketing.”

In fairness – after the fifth or sixth listen – it did kind of grow on me. It may have been familiarity – it may have been the uniqueness of Jaffe’s voice. It may have been the slightly less than traditional arrangements (“All the Time”). The trouble with that is most people aren’t patient and want to fall in love with their music before they are distracted by the next new thing.

“Clementine” – a lovely piano ballad – is worth the time. This song will surely put Jaffe on the musical map. No longer encumbered by the necessity to buy an album – this is one download that will surely define Jaffe and help her to develop the following she deserves

While she shows some serious musical intelligence (and diversity) on this release – some different sounds and different arrangement paradigms, she rests carefully – almost gingerly – in world of country-tinged indie-folk music. Even in the most sparsely populated songs – she finds a way to fill the sound with textures and colors.

“Louder Than Ever” is the rare song that reflects itself with uncanny precision. The mood set by the instrumentation reflects the whispy vocals which support the ethereal lyrics. The song seems the perfect opportunity for Jaffe to break into the mainstream – which tends to be afraid of anything new or valuable.

If you have the time to fall in love with some sweet music – give “The Way Sound Leaves a Room” a chance. If you need instant gratification – Bruno Mars will surely have something more to your liking out any day now.

Stand Out Tracks
“Louder Than Ever”
“Shut It Down”

Fruit Bats and Vetiver buddy up at Bowery Ballroom

Subpop labelmates Fruits Bats and Vetiver graced the stage of the Bowery Ballroom for a good ol’ jam session.  Vetiver covered most of their latest release The Errant Charm, much like their set a few months back at Mercury Lounge.  Andy Cabic and crew strummed through the delightfully summery “Everyday” from their last album Tight Knit.  The greatest treat of the set was when Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats joined Vetiver on a cover of Bobby Charles’s “I Must Be In A Good Place Now”.   You knew it was a special night as Andy had previously told Yours Truly, “It’s always great to play this song live in places that you had a great day cause then it just ties them all together.”

The good vibes continued as Fruit Bats took the stage to a rousing welcome, as they open up with “Heart Like An Orange” for their latest Tripper.  Eric relinquished his guitar to croon “Darling you better leave ” as hand claps ensued.  After the experience, Eric quipped that it was the first song singing like Bono sans guitar and comparing his performance to a few David’s – Bowie, Byrne and Matthews.  Band played the first few chords of “Crash Into Me” for laughs.  Though most of the set was peppered with tracks from Tripper, old fans were delighted to hear “Lives Of Crime” as they sang along and bopped about.

The encore was full of love to openers Citay and “super tight bros” Vetiver.  Eric and company jingle jangled into “Primitive Man” from their previous album The Ruminant Band.  Then the dance floor erupted as the kick drum thudded to open “When U Love Someone”.  To top the night, Eric’s falsetto on “You’re Too Weird” left him striped of guitar and hat. It was a easy breezy night of west coast singer songwriter goodness.

Chicago Music Couple Michael McDermott and Heather Horton are Inseparable

By Eric Schelkopf from Total Scene

Michael McDermottAnd as I learned, they like it that way. Horton has been a member of McDermott’s band since 2005, and they were married in 2009.

Horton and McDermott also both have birthdays this week, and will celebrate by performing at a birthday bash Friday, Aug. 26, at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago.

The show starts at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $20, available at

I had the chance to talk to Horton about a variety of topics, including how they balance being musicians while tending to the needs of their 1-year-old daughter, Rain.

Eric – The birthday bash is coming up, I see.You guys both have birthdays this week. And your daughter Rain just had a birthday, right?

Horton -She just did, yeah. She turned 1 on July 19. And then we took off for Europe.

Eric– Yes, I understand you were just in Italy. How was that?

Horton – It was amazing. It was extremely challenging, and we knew it would be. But it was just amazing.
I’m doing a documentary on Michael, which was less about the music and more about an American traveling through the center of Italy.

We’ve been there several times, but each time we go there, it solidifies our belief in what our roots can really do for us.

We’ve gone there and seen a 1,000-year-old castle. It’s just a whole different way of life over there, and it really makes you put things in perspective when you come back here.

Read the entire interview over at The Total Scene.

Amy Harris Talks to Nate Query of the Decemberists

The Decemberists are a very popular folk rock group with an easy sound that appeals to the mass audience while keeping their Indie edge. They believe that life as a musician means continual evolution and that over the course of a career, any band worth paying attention to will pursue a sound, a direction of great adventure. The Oregon based group has spread from the West Coast bars to filling venues throughout the country. They are currently touring behind their new album The King is Deadwhich debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. They have collaborated with members from My Morning Jacket, R.E.M., and even the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Amy spoke with bassist Nate Query. The two discussed the new album and tour. They also spoke about the upcoming break the band will be taking and where the band is headed. The Decemberists will be performing Thursday night at Riverbend. It would be smart to catch this widely popular act it will be the last time they play Cincinnati before their scheduled hiatus.

Amy: I’ve been listening to the new album The King is Dead this week and I wanted to start with some questions about the album and how you put it together. My favorite song was the “January Hymn” song, and I was just curious about the story behind that song.

Nate: Well, I’m a bass player not the songwriter so I won’t read too much into it. That song and “June Hymn” is Colin kind of doing an ode to the seasons in Portland, especially in the part of Portland that he lives which is near a big park with a forest. A lot of the imagery is about painting a vivid picture of January in Oregon.

Amy: Most of your songs are very vivid storytelling. Do you write as a band or does one person take the lead?

Read the full interview with Nate here at!

Russell Crowe is Back with a New Album “The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Volume III”

He’s back in the saddle again! Russell Crowe, yes the Hollywood actor, teamed up with Alan Doyle (lead singer of Canadian band, Great Big Sea) to release The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Volume III on August 2nd on iTunes.  The album will contain 9 new tracks and then 9 acoustic demo tracks of the new songs. You’ll hear Indie nuances, folk influences, and solid singer songwriter action in the duet “Too Far Gone”, which you can stream below.

The Crowe/Doyle Songbook Volume III is the first album from Russell Crowe since his 2005 release with The Ordinary Fear of God, “My Hand, My Heart”.

Quick Fact: Russell Crowe’s first album was released back in 1982. (via Twitter)

Listen to Too Far Gone:
Russell Crowe and Alan Doyle - Too Far Gone by INgroovesmarketing


Info Links:

Russell Crowe on Twitter
Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God on Facebook



Fruit Bats going strong with Tripper

Fruit Bats
Release Date: August 2

On the Fruit Bats fifth album, Tripper, band leader Eric D. Johnson moves away the sunny disposition of past records and embarks on a darker journey.  Having spent a decade with Fruit Bats while also playing with Califone, The Shins and Vetiver (who they will be co-headlining  a tour with this fall), Eric has traveled through the long winding road of indie pop and beyond.  Most recently he has contributed to the upcoming My Idiot Brother soundtrack.

Pausing from the heavy folksy strumming guitars for more keyboards and synthesizers, Fruit Bats have composed a mix tape for a long road trip. Produced by Thom Monahan who worked on albums for the likes of Devendra Banhart and Vetiver, Tripper has a similar sound to Vetiver’s recent release The Errant Charm.  The connection between the bands runs deeper than Eric playing with Vetiver.  There’s an amazing video of Andy Cabic of Vetiver and Eric dueting on a cover of Bobby Charles’ “I Must Be In a Good Place Now”.  Tripper‘s last mention on the liner notes is “For Andy”.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Bromance a brewin’.

Honestly, Tripper took me a few listens to absorb, but I enjoyed it more with every listen.  Standout tracks for me:
“So Long” infuses harp strums which are actually from a vintage Chamberlain keyboard.  Who would have thunk it?  “Heart Like A Orange” reminds me of older Fruit Bats’ tracks with the addition of heavy keys, but a familiar rollicking sound of year’s past.  “Dolly” is a toe- taping ditty which is dangerously infectious.  Maybe it’s Eric’s work with soundtracks but “The Fen” is a simple instrumental piece sandwiched between bold tracks anchored by Eric’s falsetto that I had not remembered being so high in the past.  Check out the album for yourself as it’s streaming on KCRW until August 23rd.

Track list
Tony the Tripper
So Long
Tangie and Ray
Shivering Fawn
You’re Too Weird
Heart Like an Orange
The Banishment  Song
The Fen
Wild Honey
Picture of a Bird

Tour dates
7.29 – Spokane, WA / A Club
7.30 – Pullman, WA / Bell Tower

8.2 – Seattle, WA / Easy Street (Queen Anne)
8.3 – Portland, OR / Music Millennium
8.5 – Happy Valley, OR / Pickathon Festival
8.6 – Happy Valley, OR / Pickathon Festival
8.22 – Redmond, WA / Marymoor Park
8.23 – Vancouver, Canada / Malkin Bowl

9.3 –  Gorge, WA / Gorge Ampitheatre
9.6 – Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue
9.7 – Iowa City, IA / The Mill
9.8 – Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hill
9.9 – Newport, KY / Southgate House
9.10 – Pittsburgh, PA / Mr. Smalls
9.11 – Big Indian, NY / Tiger Mountina & Truck Festival
9.12 – Cambridge, MA / Middle East
9.13 – New York, NY / Bowery Ballroom
9.14 – Philadelphia, PA / First Unitarian Church
9.15 – Washington, DC / Black Cat
9.17 – Durham, NC / Motor Co
9.19 – St. Louis, MO / Off Broadway
9.20  – Lawrence, KS / Jackpot Saloon
9.22 – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
9.24 –  Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge

Rufus Wainwright launches interactive timeline

A trip down memory lane with Rufus Wainwright

Universal Music UK  joins forces with San Francisco based start-up Memolane to create an interactive timeline of Rufus Wainwright’s career.

From a photo of Rufus as a baby in a guitar case to his upcoming residency at the Royal Opera House, the House of Rufus Memolane traces Rufus’ colourful career and allows his fans to contribute their memories from when Rufus has touched their own life stories.

The interactive timeline, a collaborative effort between Universal Music UK and Memolane, has been embedded within Rufus’ official site www.rufuswaiHYPERLINK “”nHYPERLINK “”

Rufus’ Memolane is the scrapbook that writes itself, automatically capturing his social media streams, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LastFM, MySpace into one simple to navigate timeline, making it easy for his devoted fans to see, search and share all the great memories throughout Rufus career.

Fans can actively contribute to the House of Rufus story by adding their own memories from photos and ticket-stubs, to YouTube videos, scrobbles and social media updates to become part of the persistent collective memory of Rufus’ career.  

Belle Crocker,  Senior Digital Manager at Universal Music UK’s UMSM division said: “We wanted to create an interactive snap-shot of Rufus’ entire career which traced the events that led from his very first demo tapes right up to his upcoming shows at the Royal Opera House. With its dynamic social and user generated content features Memolane gave us the perfect platform with which to do this.”

Eric Lagier, co-founder and CEO of Memolane said “We’re very excited to have helped Universal Music realize their ambition of creating an interactive timeline of Rufus Wainwright’s career. Working with Rufus and Universal  marks a new venture for Memolane and demonstrates the great potential for helping public figures to tell their own story with contributions from their community.”

One of the most talented songwriters and consummate performers of his generation, Rufus Wainwright is a true global sensation. Rufus’ lush, theatrical pop leans heavily on the traditions of cabaret and, more recently, opera. Appropriately, he is currently on a five-night residency at the Royal Opera house in London. He is the first solo artist to take up residency at the Opera House.

House of Rufus, a 19 CD box set of his complete works to date plus extensive bonus material, is out this week.

Instant Pleasure with the House of Rufus

Rufus Wainwright released a massive boxset of his work entitled House of Rufus. This is a collection to behold for true Rufus fans as it is a limited release of 3,000 copies worldwide. Signed versions of the boxset with art canvases have already sold-out.  The boxset includes demos from his personal collection, which is what made him famous. There are also studio demos from Want One and Want Two. There are songs with “Family and Friends,” which includes a new version of Richard Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll” recorded with his father, Loudon Wainwright III.  One of the discs in the set is compiled with all his movie soundtrack songs which is dubbed ‘Rufus at the Movies.’

The box set contains:

6 studio albums
2 concerts on CD, including Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
4 discs of previously unreleased material
6 dvds

At approximately $296.85 (£184.99) the box set is cased in red velvet, would you expect anything else from the House of Rufus? There is a 90 page hardback book with rare and unseen photos, hand drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, 4 art prints and much more.  There are also interviews with his friends and relatives with an introduction by Rufus.

One of biggest highlights of the set is the “Family and Friends” disc.   It’s songs like “More Wine” with Julianna Raye and “To America” with Joan Wasser that that truly sum up the feel of the disc. The low-key acoustics and soothing voices of the very talented ladies make this the must have album for any California beach and wine parties.  While the Family and Friends disc is mainly filled with slow tempo to folksy music it’s a surprise live collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys on “Casanova in Hell” that puts the cherry of the disc.

For those looking for the mainstream pop songs from Rufus, turn to ‘Rufus at the Movies.’  You don’t realize how many songs Rufus accumulated for the soundtracks until you see the tracklisting.  For the Rufus fans that want to hear the demos, aka the unreleased tracks, there is a treasure chest full of goodies for your ears.  I do recommend ripping the albums, once you’ve purchased them, on your computer and listening to all the tracks in alphabetical order.  By doing this you have a side by side comparison of the unreleased demos with the full album versions such as “11.11”.

The House of Rufus is the greatest hits collection for fans new and old.  With roughly 195 audio tracks the boxset will keep you occupied for over 2 hours. Mind you this doesn’t include the DVD footage! You can purchase House of Rufus here.

Rufus is currently taking up residency at the Royal Opera House in London for most of July  taking the stage with Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Oremus, for a revival of Rufus’ celebrated tribute to Judy Garland, Rufus Does Judy! Rufus Does Judy is also included on CD and DVD in the boxset. He then heads to the Midwest for a couple days and then to Canada.

Jul 18      London, UK
Jul 19      London, UK
Jul 21      London, UK
Jul 22      London, UK
Jul 23      London, UK
Aug 12    Interlochen, MI
Aug 14    Chicago, IL
Oct 05     Montreal, PQ

House of Rufus Discs and Tracklistings:

Rufus Wainwright CD

1. Foolish Love
2. Danny Boy
3. April Fools
4. In My Arms
5. Millbrook
6. Baby
7. Beauty Mark
8. Barcelona
9. Matinee Idol
10.Damned Ladies
11.Sally Ann
12.Imaginary Love

Bonus Tracks

1. Heartburn (from McGarrigle Hour)
2. Goodnight Sweetheart(from McGarrigle Hour)


Poses CD

1. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk
2. Greek Song
3. Poses
4. Shadows
5. California
6. The Tower Of Learning
7. Grey Gardens
8. Rebel Prince
9. The Consort
10.One Man Guy
11.Evil Angel
12.In A Graveyard
13.Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk – Reprise

Bonus Tracks

1. Greek Song (KCRW session 5/6/01)
2. California (KCRW session 5/6/01)
3. Grey Gardens (KCRW session 5/6/01)


Want One CD

1. Oh What A World
2. I Don’t Know What It Is
3. Vicious World
4. Movies Of Myself
5. Pretty Things
6. Go Or Go Ahead
7. Vibrate
8. 14th Street – Album Version
9. Natasha
10.Harvester Of Hearts
11.Beautiful Child
14.Dinner At Eight
15.Es Mus Sein (Non-LP Version)
16.Velvet Curtain Rag (Non-LP Version)

Bonus Tracks

1. What You Got (unreleased)
2. 11.11 (Studio demo)


Want Two CD

1. Agnus Dei
2. The One You Love
3. Peach Trees
4. Little Sister
5. The Art Teacher
6. Hometown Waltz
7. This Love Affair
8. Gay Messiah (Album version)
9. Memphis Skyline
10.Waiting For A Dream
11.Crumb by Crumb
12.Old Whore’s Diet
13.Coeur De Parisienne – Reprise d’Arletty (Live)
14.Quand Vous Mourez de Nos Amours (Live)

Bonus Tracks

1. Southern Soul (unreleased)
2. Gay Messiah (Studio demo )


Release The Stars CD

1. Do I Disappoint You
2. Going To A Town
3. Tiergarten
4. Nobody’s Off The Hook
5. Between My Legs
6. Rules and Regulations
7. Not Ready To Love
8. Slideshow
9. Tulsa
10.Leaving For Paris No. 2
12.Release The Stars
13.Do I Disappoint You – Instrumental

Bonus Tracks

1. Low Grade Happiness (rare UK b-side)
2. Going to a Town (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)


Rufus Does Judy CD1

1. Overture: The Trolley Song/Over The Rainbow/The Main That Got Away – Live At Carnegie Hall
2. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) – Live At Carnegie Hall
3. Medley: Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love – Live At Carnegie Hall
4. Do It Again – Live At Carnegie Hall
5. You Go To My Head – Live At Carnegie Hall
6. Alone Together – Live At Carnegie Hall
7. Who Cares? (So Long As You Care For Me) – Live At Carnegie Hall
8. Puttin On The Ritz – Live At Carnegie Hall
9. How Long Has This Been Going On – Live At Carnegie Hall
10.Just You, Just Me – Live At Carnegie Hall
11.The Man That Got Away – Live At Carnegie Hall
12.San Francisco – Live At Carnegie Hall


Rufus Does Judy CD2

1. That’s Entertainment – Live At Carnegie Hall
2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Live At Carnegie Hall
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine – Live At Carnegie Hall
4. You’re Nearer – Live At Carnegie Hall
5. A Foggy Day – Live At Carnegie Hall
6. If Love Were All – Live At Carnegie Hall
7. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart – Live At Carnegie Hall
8. Stormy Weather – Live At Carnegie Hall
9. Medley: You Made Me Love You/For Me And My Gal/The Trolley Song – Live At Carnegie Hall
10.Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody – Live At Carnegie Hall
11.Over The Rainbow – Live At Carnegie Hall
12.Swanee – Live At Carnegie Hall
13.After You’re Gone – Live At Carnegie Hall
14.Chicago – Live At Carnegie Hall
15.Get Happy – Live At Carnegie Hall

Bonus Tracks

1. Someone to Watch Over Me (unreleased. Features Martha Wainwright)
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye (unreleased)


Milwaukee at Last CD

1. Release The Stars – Live
2. Going To A Town – Live
3. Sanssouci – Live
4. Rules And Regulations – Live
5. Leaving For Paris No. 2 – Live
6. If Love Were All – Live
7. Nobody’s Off The Hook – Live
8. Not Ready To Love/Slideshow – Live
9. Macushla – Live
10.Gay Messiah – Live


All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu CD

1. Who Are You New York?
2. Sad With What I Have
3. Martha
4. Give Me What I Want And Give It To Me Now!
5. True Loves
6. Sonnet 43
7. Sonnet 20
8. Sonnet 10
9. The Dream
10.What Would I Ever Do With A Rose?
11.Les Feux D’Artifice T’Appellent
13.Les Feux D’Artifice T’Appellent – Alternate Version

Bonus Tracks

1. Who Are You New York? (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)
2. Martha (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)
3. The Walking Song (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)


Rufus Rarities CD

1. Money Song (unreleased)
2. Ups and Downs (rare promo only track)
3. Red Thread (unreleased)
4. St James Infirmary (unreleased)
5. London (unreleased)
6. A Bit of You (rare Japanese bonus track)
7. Ashes (unreleased)
8. In With the Ladies (rare UK bonus track)
9. Miss Otis Regrets (unreleased)
10.Cowboy Song (iTunes exclusive track)
11.Patience is a Virtue (rare US bonus track)
12.Shoes (unreleased)
13.Fame Into Love Into Death (unreleased)
14.One More Chance (unreleased)
15.Hankering (unreleased)
16.Dreams and Daydreams (unreleased)


Rufus At The Movies CD

1. I’m a Running (Tommy Tricker) (unreleased)
2. Le Roi d’Ys (The Myth of Fingerprints)
3. On The Banks of the Wabash (The Myth of Fingerprints)
4. Complainte de la Butte (Moulin Rouge)
5. Hallelujah (Shrek)
6. He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother (Zoolander)
7. Across The Universe (I am Sam)
8. It’s Only a Paper Moon (Stormy Weather)
9. I Wonder What Became of Me (Stormy Weather)
10.I Eat Dinner (Bridget Jones The Edge Of Reason)
11.I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (The Aviator)
12.King of the Road (Brokeback Mountain)
13.The Maker Makes (Brokeback Mountain)
14.Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered (The History Boys)
15.Another Believer (Meet The Robinsons)


Family and Friends CD

1. What’ll I Do (Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright)
2. Au Fond Du Temple Saint (David Byrne)
3. So Easy (Teddy Thompson)
4. Old Paint (Loudon Wainwright) (Rare US bonus track)
5. Casanova in Hell (Pet Shop Boys)
6. What Can i Do (Antony Hegarty)
7. To America (Joan Wasser)
8. Tired of Wasting Time (Sloan Wainwright)
9. Chelsea Hotel No 2 (Live)
10.Everybody Knows (Live)
11.More Wine (Julianna Raye)
12.Lowlands Away (Rufus and Kate from Rogues Gallery)
13.Scarecrow (Kristian Hoffman)
15.Down Where The Drunkards Roll – (Loudon Wainwright) (recorded May 2011 unreleased)


Rufus Original Demos CD

1. Foolish Love (unreleased)
2. Danny Boy (unreleased)
3. Beauty Mark (unreleased)
4. Damned Ladies (unreleased)
5. Liberty Cabbage (unreleased)
6. Matinee Idol (unreleased)
7. April Fools (unreleased)
8. Get Out of Town (unreleased)
9. Sally Ann (unreleased)
10.Sweet Repose (unreleased)
11.In My Arms (unreleased)
12.Keep Cool Fool (unreleased)


Rufus Does Judy DVD

1. Overture: The Trolley Song/Over The Rainbow/The Main That Got Away – Live At The London Palladium
2. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) – Live At The London Palladium
3. Medley: Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love – Live At The London Palladium
4. Do It Again – Live At The London Palladium
5. You Go To My Head – Live At The London Palladium
6. Alone Together – Live At The London Palladium
7. Who Cares? (So Long As You Care For Me) – Live At The London Palladium
8. Puttin On The Ritz – Live At The London Palladium
9. How Long Has This Been Going On – Live At The London Palladium
10.Just You, Just Me – Live At The London Palladium
11.The Man That Got Away – Live At The London Palladium
12.San Francisco – Live At The London Palladium
13.That’s Entertainment – Live At The London Palladium
14.I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Live At The London Palladium
15.Come Rain Or Come Shine – Live At The London Palladium
16.You’re Nearer – Live At The London Palladium
17.A Foggy Day – Live At The London Palladium
18.If Love Were All – Live At The London Palladium
19.Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart – Live At The London Palladium
20.Stormy Weather – Live At The London Palladium
21.Medley: You Made Me Love You/For Me And My Gal/The Trolley Song – Live At The London Palladium
22.Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody – Live At The London Palladium
23.Over The Rainbow – Live At The London Palladium
24.Swanee – Live At The London Palladium
25.After You’re Gone – Live At The London Palladium
26.Chicago – Live At The London Palladium
27.Get Happy – Live At The London Palladium
28.Hello Bluebird – Live At The London Palladium
29.Someone To Watch Over Me – Live At The London Palladium
30.Everytime We Say Goodbye – Live At The London Palladium
31.San Francisco – Reprise, Live At The London Palladium
32.Credits – Live At The London Palladium


All I Want DVD

1. Overture – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Concert Film]
2. Childhood – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
3. New York, LA & The Big Break – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
4. Pills, Partying & Poses – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
5. Excess – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
6. After The Party – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
7. The Wants – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
8. Hometown Waltz – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
9. Gay Messiah – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
10.Crumb By Crumb – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
11.Rebel Prince – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
12.The Art Teacher – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
13.This Love Affair – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
14.Poses – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
15.Movies Of Myself – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
16.Go Or Go Ahead – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
17.I Don’t Know What It Is – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
18.Beautiful Child – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
19.Beauty Mark – Live At Central Park Summer Stage – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
20.Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk – Live At Central Park Summer Stage – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
21.Dinner At Eight – Live At Central Park Summer Stage – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
22.The One You Love [Music Video]
23.California [Music Video]
24.April Fools [Music Video]
25.The Maker Makes [Music Video]


Prima Donna The Story of an Opera DVD

1. Opening: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
2. The First Workshop: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
3. The Genesis of Prima Donna : Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
4. Melody: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
5. Montréal: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
6. The Insane Rage: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
7. In It For The Long Run: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
8. Getting Signed: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
9. Orchestration: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
10.Leeds & The Second Workshop: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
11.The Orchestra: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
12.Shakespeare In Berlin: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
13.Countdown To The Premiere: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
14.Kate & Zebulon: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
15.Fireworks: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]


Milwaukee at Last! DVD

1. This Is Me
2. Release The Stars – Live
3. Brooches 1
4. Going To A Town – Live
5. Sanssouci – Live
6. Rules And Regulations – Live
7. Brooches 2
8. Tulsa – Live
9. The Art Teacher – Live
10.Brooches 3
11.Tiergarten – Live
12.Leaving For Paris No. 2 – Live
13.Get Up To Dance
14.Between My Legs – Live
16.Do I Disappoint You – Live
17.A Foggy Day – Live
18.If Love Were All – Live
19.Nobody’s Off The Hook – Live
20.Beautiful Child – Live
21.Not Ready To Love – Live
22.Slideshow – Live
23.Macushla – Live
24.14th Street – Live
25.Playing-out And Changing-up
26.Coming Out
27.I Don’t Know What It Is – Live
28.Pretty Things – Live
29.La Complainte De La Butte – Live
30.Glamming-up Onstage And Changing Backstage
31.Get Happy – Live
32.Gay Messiah – Live
34.Grey Gardens – Live
35.Verdi: Rehearsing For A Wedding [La traviata / Act 1]
36.Not Ready To Love – Live from Montreux Jazz Festival 2007
37.14th Street – Live from Montreux Jazz Festival 2007
38.Get Happy – Live from Montreux Jazz Festival 2007


Live at the Fillmore DVD

1. DVD Intro (Rufus Wainwright/Live At The Fillmore)
2. L’absence – Live at the Fillmore
3. 14th Street – Live At The Fillmore [Music Video]
4. Harvester Of Hearts – Live at the Fillmore
5. Natasha – Live at the Fillmore
6. The Art Teacher – Live at the Fillmore
7. Hallelujah – Live At The Fillmore [Music Video]
8. Matinee Idol – Live at the Fillmore
9. Vibrate – Live At The Fillmore [Music Video]
10.Gay Messiah – Live at the Fillmore
11.Want – Live at the Fillmore
12.Greek Song – Live at the Fillmore
13.Foolish – Live at the Fillmore
14.I Don’t Know What It Is – Live at the Fillmore
15.Dinner At Eight – Live at the Fillmore
16.Beautiful Child – Live at the Fillmore
17.Oh What A World – Live at the Fillmore
18.Liberty Cabbage – Live at the Fillmore
19.California – Live at the Fillmore
20.As In Happy – Live at the Fillmore
21.DVD Credits (Rufus Wainwright/Live At The Fillmore)

 Release The Stars DVD

1. Track By Track interview
2. The Art Teacher – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge
3. Rebel Prince – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge
4. Gay Messiah – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge
5. Vibrate – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge

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Rooftop evening with Jose Gonzalez

New York summers are known for rooftop parties that overlook the vast landscape of cramped buildings.  For 15 years, the “Underground Movies Outdoors” have been bringing choice indie flicks to the people of Gotham.  On this Sunday evening, one Jose Gonzalez meshed his music with film, and the event, not surprisingly, was sold out.  After playing with his band Junip at Prospect Park on Friday night for the Celebrate Brooklyn series, Jose turned his attention to a recent documentary made about him, “The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez”.  The al fresco screening began with a 30-minute set, which included an encore of “Teardrop”.  Jose wasn’t sure if he was allowed to encore, but there was no doubt that it would be allowed.

The film was like no other roc-doc I’d seen as it included animation for deep conversations about his song writing process.  What we learned is Jose is a nerd.  He admitted it.  He was shy of completing a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Gothenburg as his popularity as a musician took off.  Jose talked a lot about protons, DNA and nuclei. One can see a link between his analytical thought processes to his meticulously slow productivity on his last album “In Our Nature”.  Boy likes to take his time and that’s alright when you produce fine compositions.  What I loved the most about the film were the mundane moments captured on tour from awkward interviews to backstage conversations.

At the conclusion of the film, Jose and one of the directors, Mikel Cee Karlsson were on had for a Q&A.  One question posed tackled the accuracy of the portrayal, which Jose answered was a side of him, the slow songwriter side.  It was interesting to see the subject of the film answer for the celluloid.  What you see on screen isn’t very different in person. Jose is reserved but not completely closed.  I almost think his trite answers are more an edit of all the thoughts he has in his head.

All in all the rooftop evening was a unique event where music and film collided in the best way.

Vetiver plugs into Mercury Lounge

Hitting the stage at New York’s Mercury Lounge close to 11 in the evening, Vetiver plugged in and touched down for a quick stateside gig before departing on their European leg.  Lead singer Andy Cabic admitted that they were playing a lot of new tunes for the first time to a nearly sold out crowd.  Their latest studio release The Errant Charm coincidentally (or not) came out last night.  This writer has been a fan since their early days in San Francisco when Andy would jam with one Devendra Banhart.  How the years have evolved Vetiver’s sound and it was evident in last night’s show.

Drenched in electric guitar cadences rather than the strums of an acoustic, Andy and gang ripped through the new album with some choice gems from year’s past.  One choice new tune, “Hard To Break” envelops warm folksy goodness with an evolving and rollicking sound.  Overall the new tracks infuse a warm Californian road trip with a nice stop by the beach.  Vet dug into their last album Tight Knit and hashed out “Sister” and the star single “Everyday”.

And for fans from yore, Andy gave “Luna Sea” a more upbeat take.  An extra special treat came in the form of a cover of The Go-Between’s “Streets of Your Town”, in which the female keyboardist lent lovely backing vocals.  If that wasn’t enough, Andy brought out the 2009 Record Store Day single “Wishing Well” for the encore.

Catch Vetiver at The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 10 as they return from their European tour.  Tickets still available here.  It will be quite the homecoming. And to send it off a nice track from their latest, “Can’t You Tell.”

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Thao and Mirah charm Music Hall of Williamsburg

A heatwave rolled into New York Wednesday evening , but the cool kids at the Music Hall of Williamsburg were sheltered with a/c  as Thao and Mirah trotted on stage.  I was a bit surprised to see T & M toting in a band of fine females, including drummer Lisa Schonberg of Tom Tom Magazine.  I was envisioning the pair alone with a lone percussionist.  For those hoping for a special appearance from collaborator Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, it would not be had as she was playing in London.  The beat heavy “Squareneck”  did not lose any of its swagger despite Merrill’s absence.  Kudos to the backing band.

The gals happily rocked through their self-titled album, including a “Mirah rock block” that Thao concluded, “It’s what the people want.”  I would concur, Thao.  From “Little Cup” to “Spaced Out Orbit”, Mirah surprisingly rocked out from her usually contained and quiet delivery.  I was expecting to be lulled to a sweet slumber, but should have known better as Mirah’s paired with the more rambunctious Thao Nguyen.  Heck, Mirah even patty-caked with drummer Lisa through “Teeth”.  Adda girl!

The two played off each other nicely even during in between song banter.  Mirah mentioned that they named their tour van Oprah and funnily enough their GPS has always been named Gale.  Thao chimed in, “You should tell them about last night.”  Mirah said she’d save it for the next banter round, but instead she couldn’t wait and told the tale while playing the next tune.  The ladies of van Oprah download an hour interview with Barbara Walters and needless to say the interview brought the seven touring gals to tears.

The encore seemed to come too soon, but a fitting end to the night.  Mirah asked, “Do you remember 2000?  Do you remember 1999?  This song’s from that year.”  With that she treated her fans to an oldie but goodie with a delightful rendition “Telephone Wires”.  To cap off the night in true Thao and Mirah style, the gang banged through “Eleven” which was the perfect anthem to set me off into the steamy streets of Brooklyn.

Through it all, the gals were there to raise awareness as they posed in an open letter to fans:

Dear Friends,
We are encouraging our fans to raise their voices in support of positive social change. With so many vital social services under attack by conservative lawmakers, now is the time to dedicate ourselves to reversing this dangerous drift from humanity in government. We will focus on supporting local domestic violence shelters and childhood sexual abuse prevention programs in each city we visit on tour. Through discourse, education, action and strategy we believe it is possible to create communities in which all people are given the respect they deserve. Because we have decided to add one dollar to our show’s ticket price, the simple act of buying a ticket will enable us to raise much-needed funding for the organizations in your communities providing this urgently needed work. Please show your solidarity by joining us in support of the women and children in all of our lives.

Thao and Mirah

Bravo Ladies, music for a good cause!

Prussia Beams in Chicago!

Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

While most people often come to shows just for the headlining band; it’d be smart to say that just because a band might be opening a show it does not mean they are not talented. In some cases  the opening act even overshadows the headlining band.

In the case of Prussia; they held their own against Tune-yards. They were the only band that night to fully utilize the stage while trancedly  dancing around. Their style of music is very eclectic utilizing a range of sounds from strings, horns, to African percussion pieces. Their songs are a mixed style of pop. They garner influence from hip-hop, soul, afro, jazz indie and many other styles of music.

Unfortunately for those who did not arrive early enough to catch Prussia; they definitely missed out as the band rocked onstage to their latest song “What Am I Going To Tell Your Mom?” from their new Ep Four For Attention.

With an edgy and fresh style, Prussia is definitely a good band to listen to this summer. Check out their Ep Four For Attention

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Must Listen: Chuck Ragan

Chuck Ragan
Eagle’s Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

All Photos by Chris Weber

Chuck Ragan opened for Social Distortion in Milwaukee last night.  He won over the crowd with his raw, grumbling voice.  Chuck is also the frontman for Hot Water Music and back in 2006 he started his solo project, while the rest of the band went on to form The Draft.

Last night The Sharks kicked off the night to a minimal response from the packed crowd in the Eagle’s Ballroom.  It wasn’t until Chuck Ragan and his fellow band mates hit the stage that the crowd was really warmed up and ready to go.  There was a fiddle and bass player that joined Chuck onstage.  I was thinking that these guys would be giving us few dance numbers, but Chuck is all folk rock.  For those of us who had never heard of Chuck Ragan before, and are fans of Social Distortion, were quite impressed.  You can check his music out at:

You can also check Chuck out with Hot Water Music at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on the 22nd of this month.

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Fleet Foxes Foray Back to Folksy Woods

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues
Release Date: May 3, 2011


Fleet Foxes, the indie folk darlings that won critics over in 2008 return with their second full length album, Helplessness Blues.  For fans, the same warm tones and vocal harmonies remain intact, especially with opening track “Montezuma”.  The complimenting ohs and mandolin strings feel like a hug wrapped in a cozy blanket.

From reading the background posted on the band’s Subpop profile, lead singer Robin Pecknold writes of his influences for this new album:

“I think this music draws influence and inspiration from popular music and folk rock of the mid ‘60s to the early ’70s, folks like Peter Paul & Mary, John Jacob Niles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Neil Young, CSN, Judee Sill, Ennio Morricone, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Zombies, SMiLE-era Brian Wilson, Roy Harper, Van Morrison, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, The Trees Community, Duncan Browne, the Electric Prunes, Trees, Pete Seeger, and Sagittarius, among many others. I’d say it’s a synthesis of folk rock, traditional folk, & psychedelic pop, with an emphasis on group vocal harmonies. Astral Weeks was a big inspiration on this album, if not always in sound then in approach. The raw emotion in Van Morrison’s vocals and the trance-like nature of the arrangements were very inspiring for this album!

Musically it leans on country music a little bit more, in the slide guitar of songs like “Grown Ocean” and “Bedouin Dress” or “Helplessness Blues.” We used a number of new instruments including the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer, zither, upright bass, wood flute, tympani, Moog synthesizer, the tamboura, the fiddle, the marxophone, clarinet, the music box, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, vibraphone, along with more traditional band instrumentation.”

The additional instruments do bring a richer layer to their music as can be heard on “Sim Sala Bim” with the Eastern musical influences highlighted.  My only criticism for the new album is the kinda juvenile lyrics on the title track “Helplessness Blues”:

I was raise up believing I was somehow unique
like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
unique in each way you can see
and now after some thinking
I say I’d rather be a functioning clog in some great machinary
serving something beyond me
but i don’t, i don’t know what that will be
I’ll get back to you someday soon you will see 

I’m sorry Foxes this sounds like a 13 year old girl’s diary.  What is interesting is that the first time I heard Fleet Foxes I was drawn to their lyrics and my other friend told me how when she listens to music lyrics come second.  I think in this case, Fleet Foxes’ sophomore effort thrives more on their musical compositions and less on the word.  The boys provide lush, layered tunes and “The Cascade” is the sole instrumental piece which demonstrates their talent best.

Lastly, you should check out their video for “Grown Ocean” which was produced by Robin’s brother Sean Pecknold who is a very talented artist in his own right.

Track list
Bedouin Dress
Sim Sala Bim
Battery Kinzie
The Plains Bitter Dancer
Helplessness Blues
The Casades
Someone You’d Admire
The Shrine / An Argument
Blue Spotted Tail
Grown Ocean 

US tour dates
05.01 – Crystal Ballroom / Portland, OR
05.03 – Moore Theatre / Seattle, WA
05.05 – Fox Theater / Oakland, CA
05.06 – Spreckles Theatre / San Diego, CA
05.07 – Hollywood Palladium / Hollywood, CA
05.08 – Rialto Theatre / Tucson, AZ
05.10 – Stubb’s Waller Creek / Austin, TX
05.11 – Palladium Ballroom / Dallas, TX
05.13 – Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN
05.14 – The Tabernacle / Atlanta, GA
05.15 – DAR Constitution Hall / Washington, DC
05.17 – Orpheum Theatre / Boston, MA
05.18 – The United Palace Theatre / New York, NY
05.21 – Tower Theatre / Upper Darby, PA
07.16 – Pitchfork Music Festival / Chicago, IL
07.17 – State Theatre / Minneapolis, MN
07.18 – Uptown Theater / Kansas City, MO
07.19 – The Pageant / St. Louis, MO
07.21 – The Fillmore Auditorium / Denver, CO
07.22 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater / Salt Lake City, UT
07.23 – Knitting Factory / Boise, ID
07.24 – Edgefield Amphitheater / Troutdale, OR

Arrica Rose at Hotel Cafe Tomorrow!

Arrica Rose & the …’s
The Hotel Café Tomorrow Night! (4/27/2011)
Start Time: 9:00 PM
Tickets: Available at the door or
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One of our favorite Los Angeles singer songwriters is playing at the Hotel Café tomorrow night!  For those West Coast readers, this is your opportunity to check out Arrica Rose at the iconic Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.  Arrica is out promoting her newest EP Antebellum. You can check it out here.

If you can’t make it out to the Hotel Café for Arrica you can most certainly download “Silence (is all we need)” track here from Last Night on Earth.


Thao and Mirah Join Forces

Thao & Mirah
Thao & Mirah
Release date April 26, 2011

Thao Ngyuen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn join forces to birth the appropriately named Thao & Mirah.  The opening track “Eleven” is boombastic with the help of Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and ends with same energy on “Squareneck”.  Perfect bookends of tUnE-yArDs goodness for the album, which lends lot of thanks to Merill for the phat beats.

The album definitely has a division between Thao tracks and Mirah tracks, though more heavy on the later which I preferred as I’m admittedly more a Mirah fan.  Thao leads on “Folks” and “Teeth” in which her distinctive voice howls and reverberates.  In contrast, Mirah’s sweet, delicate voice is suited for adult lullabies. “Little Cup”, “Spaced Out Orbit”, “Sugar and Plastic” and “Hallelujah” are for you Mirah fans.  What is a gem is “Rubies and Rocks”,  Mirah gets out of her norm into  heavy beats and strays from her usual quiet delivery.  She gets down with horns to get funky.

What is telling is the magic that happens when the two trade vocals.  You can see how the Thao and Mirah pairing was a no brainer from this Yours Truly video in which the pair performing “How Dare You” from Thao’s sparse apartment in San Francisco. This track really shows how the pairing compliments an album though it is largely a split of Thao songs and Mirah songs.

You can stream the new album before its release on April 26 at NPR.

Track list
Little Cup
Rubies and Rocks
Spaced Out Orbit
How Dare You
Sugar and Plastic
Likable Man

On tour
05.01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05.02 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho
05.03 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
05.05 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Biltmore
05.06 – Bellingham, WA @ Mt Baker Theatre
05.07 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
05.08 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05.09 – Olympia, WA @ Northern
06.02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
06.03 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06.05 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Lee’s Palace
06.07 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears
06.09 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
06.10 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06.11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
06.12 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
06.13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06.15 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
06.18 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
06.19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
06.20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
06. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06.23 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Alison Krauss and Union Station are back with Paper Airplane

Alison Krauss and Union Station
Paper Airplane
Release Date: 4/12/2011
Rounder Records

Alison Krauss and Union Station are back with their new album, Paper Airplane. Paper Airplane is the follow-up to their 2004 triple Grammy Award winning album, Lonely Runs Both Ways. This tightly knit group of musicians are no strangers to success. Their work has appeared on film soundtracks such as Cold Mountain and O Brother, Where Art Thou? We must not forget Alison’s duet with Robert Planet on Raising Sand, which won six Grammys including “Record of the Year.”  Alison’s success comes from her ability to transcend grass roots, country, and pop music.  This success includes 26 Grammy Awards and selling over 12 million albums through Rounder Records since signing with them at 14 years old.

Photo by: Randee St. Nicholas

Paper Airplane is one of Alison and Union Station’s greatest works, and one of the best albums of the year thus far.  The entire album is stitched together like a quilt. Each piece tells a story of trials and tribulations in life.  “Paper Airplane” is the first single off the album and the recording process wasn’t  easy for Krauss.  Alison had to put a halt on the studio recording due to crippling migraines that only happened once before in her life. Alison mentions, “There have been records that were tough to make, but this one took the cake.”  She goes on to say, “I make judgments based on how something makes me feel, and because I wasn’t physically well, everything was kind of gray and nothing sounded right.  So after we recorded a bunch of things, we took a long break, because it just wasn’t working.”

Alison also turned to her longtime go-to songwriter, Robert Lee Castleman, for a little assistance.  When she approached him he mentioned  that he was in a “dry spell” and very “uninspired.”  It didn’t take long when Alison arrived at Robert’s house for the juices to start flowing again.  She stayed long enough to make grilled cheese sandwiches before Robert said he had a melody. When Alison asked what he was going call it he answered, “Paper Airplanes.”

Photo by: Randee St. Nicholas

Alison also tackles Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day,” which was originally sung by his wife Linda.  The first time Alison heard the original version that T-Bone Burnett played it for her 3 years ago, she refused to sing it. She says, “I just couldn’t go there at the time.” The track is beautiful but it seems to stand apart from the rest of the album.

It’s tracks that are based around on life’s trials and tribulation like “Dustbowl Children,” “Lay My Burden Down,” and “Sinking Stone” that take you back to reality.  While “My Love Follows You Where You Go” takes the cake for being the best love song.  It also happens to be one of my favorites off the album.

Alison only picked tracks that felt true to her. She notes, “The only thing you can do is record things that move you-that have a connection with you-and to represent yourself truthfully.” The openness is heartfelt and makes this one of the best albums to date.

Tracks to download:
My Love Follows You Where You Go
Paper Airplane
Lay My Burden Down
Sinking Stone

To purchase:


Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas on tour:
4 Louisville, KY             The Palace
5 Louisville, KY             The Palace
9 Indianapolis, IN         The Lawn
10 Kettering, OH             Fraze Pavilion
11 Manchester, TN         Bonnaroo
21 Phoenix, AZ                Comerica Theatre
23 Los Angeles, CA         The Greek Theatre
24 Santa Barbara, CA     Santa Barbara Bowl
25 Berkeley, CA              The Greek
26 Davis, CA                    Mondavi Center
28  Jacksonville OR         Britt Pavilion
29 Troutdale, OR            Edgefield
1 Boise, ID                     Botanical Gardens
4  Calgary, AB                Jack Singer Auditorium
5  Edmonton, AB           Jubilee Auditorium
7 Courtenay, BC            Vancouver Island Musicfest
8 Redmond, WA           Marymoor Amphitheatre
9 Bend, OR                    Les Schwab Amphitheatre
22 Philadelphia, PA        Academy of Music
23 Hyannis, MA              Cape Cod Melody Tent
24 Holyoke, MA              Mountain Park
27 Danbury, CT               Ives Concert Park
28 Boston, MA                Wang Center
29 Chautauqua, NY        Institution Amphitheatre
30 Charlottesville, VA     Charlottesville Pavilion
5 Gilford, NH                Meadowbrook Pavilion
6 Mashantucket, CT     MGM Grand Theater
7 Vienna, VA                 Wolf Trap
9 Bethlehem, PA           Musikfest
11 Cary, NC                     Koka Booth Amphitheatre
12 Asheville, NC             The Biltmore
13 Atlanta, GA                 Fox Theatre
19 St. Augustine, FL       St. Augustine Amphitheatre
20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Au-Rene Theater
21 Clearwater, FL           Ruth Eckerd hall
2 Morrison, CO             Red Rocks Amphitheatre
3  Beaver Creek             Vilar Performing Arts Center
4  Salt Lake City, UT      Red Butte Gardens
8 Detroit, MI                 Fox Theatre
9 Chicago, IL                 Chicago Theatre
15  Kansas City, MO        Midland Theatre

Jesca Hoop’s New Video: City Bird Music

Jesca Hoop has been around for years. I caught her a couple years back when she opened for Martha Wainright at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. She is a folk/singer songwriter who just happened to be a nanny for the legendary Tom Waits. She has the chops and pulls off a great acoustic show.

City Bird Music” is off her upcoming EP Snowglobe. If you like it dark, Jesca Hoop is your woman! Check out the “City Bird Music” video below.

Jesca Hoop: City Bird Music Video from Filmatics on Vimeo.


Alison Krauss and Union Station Announce New Album

On April 12th, 2011 Rounder Records will release the eagerly anticipated Alison Krauss and Union Station album, Paper Airplane. A truly breathtaking collection of 11 exquisite songs, Paper Airplane is Krauss’ 14th album and the band’s follow-up to 2004’s triple Grammy® winning Lonely Runs Both Ways (Rounder). It is Krauss’ first release since her 2007 internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand, which won six Grammys including “Record Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year.”

Alison Krauss and Union Station features the talents of Krauss (fiddle and lead vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin and lead vocals), Barry Bales (bass and harmony vocals), Ron Block(banjo, guitar and harmony vocals), and Jerry Douglas (Dobro and harmony vocals). Paper Airplane was produced by the band and recorded in Nashville with engineer Mike Shipley (Maroon 5, The Cars, Def Leppard, Joni Mitchell).  As bluegrass virtuosos the members of Union Station are beyond compare, and the music they create together transcends all genres. Their work on films such as Cold Mountain and O Brother, Where Art Thou? has contributed immeasurably to a renaissance of American roots music.

Part of Alison Krauss’ incontestable talent is how effortlessly she bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. A highly sought-after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo Yo Ma & Bonnie Raitt.   Since signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14 in 1985 Krauss has sold in excess of 12 million albums and garnered 26 Grammy® Awards, the most for any female and the third most of any recording artist in Grammy® history.

Paper Airplane track list in full:

1. Paper Airplane

2. Dustbowl Children

3. Lie Awake

4. Lay My Burden Down

5. My Love Follows You Where You Go

6. Dimming Of The Day

7. On The Outside Looking In

8. Miles To Go

9. Sinking Stone

10. Bonita and Bill Butler

11. Opening Farewell



Olin & The Moon have released their much anticipated third album, Footsteps on January 11th, 2011 and have been celebrating all month with a residency at Los Angeles’ Echo.

The band has two more performances at The Echo in January on the 18th and the 25th. LA Snark managed to catch this week’s performance and stated, “Olin & The Moon, fronted by singer/song-writer David LaBrel, have a great sound. A seamless blend of indie rock and alternative country, Olin & The Moon takes from the best of both worlds. Their music has the thematic airs, musical motifs, and real sentimental element of country music while integrating the energy and wide-appeal of an indie band.”

Check out the “Waking Up” video below:

To purchase Footsteps on iTunes Click here!

Olin & The Moon on the net:

OATM Official Site

Norah Jones …Featuring: Win a copy today!

It’s easy to enter! Go to the Dead Hub’s Facebook page and Subscribe to our mailing list.  The 5th person to subscribe receives a copy of Norah Jones’s  …Featuring!  Good Luck!

Keren Ann rocks Joe’s Pub – Night Two!

Keren Ann
Joe’s Pub – New York, NY

Keren AnnKeren Ann played the second of two sold out shows at Joe’s Pub Thursday night, December 9. Sporting a short coifed bob and in a black romper that only an international jetsetter like herself could pull off on a wintry Manhattan night, Keren Ann warmed up the audience fittingly with “Chelsea Burns”. Playing from a selection of her previous albums and a sprinkling of new gems, the Israeli born chanteuse lulled her enthralled audience.

For those who have not heard of Keren Ann, she manages to captivate an audience with her whispery vocals and that je ne sais quoi of frenchy cool she probably acquired with her Parisan living. If the new do wasn’t an indication, KA has certainly pumped up the volume. At one point, she rocked so hard on “It Ain’t No Crime” that a hanging tamborine crashed to the floor. She traded her acoustic guitar for electric for most of her set, which explains the new album’s more 60’s influenced sound. She debuted new tracks from her upcoming album 101, including the lead single “My Name Is Trouble”, “Sugar Mama” and “Blood On My Hands”.

Don’t worry KA friends, her preciously packaged lyrics of earlier albums were still on display when she played old favorites, “The Harder Ships of the World” and “Not Going Anywhere”. She rollicked “Sailor & Window” before ending the night with a Spanish ditty to send everyone home in a reverie. 101 is released on March 22 in the States. For some more hints to the tracks, she has enlisted the help of illustrator John Mavroudis to conceptualize the lyrics from her forthcoming album until it’s European release. You can get your clues at

Song Bites: Arrica Rose takes on the darker & romantic side of pop

Arrica Rose the …’s (The DotDotDots)
Antebellum EP
Self Released

Arrica Rose & the …’s is:
Arrica Rose – Guitar, Vocals, Keys, Mandolin, Omnichord
Ryan Brown – Drums, Percussion
Steve Giles: Bass
Marc Thomas – Lead Guitar
Tiffany Kowalksi – Violin
Harry Kim – Trumpet
Liam Philpot – Baritone Sax
Arturo Velasco – Trombone

Antebellum is just a preview of what’s to come for this Los Angeles folk singer and her band, the …’s (DotDotDots).  It’s also the follow-up to La La Lost.  The full length album will be released early next year, but they could not wait for fans to hear what’s coming.

The 3 song EP, Antebellum, is a much more somber tone for Arrica. This, along with La La Lost, is produced by Dan Garcia (David Crosby, Christina Aguilera). The song that shines on Antebellum is “Sail Away.”  It’s such a dark and romantic bass driven song. In the chorus she begs her lover to find her and “Sail Away” and she promises that she can change.

The EP is worth downloading just for “Sail Away” alone.

Track Listing:

Nothing Nada Nothing
Sail Away

Arrica Rose & the …’s

Dala win 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group Of The Year!

Dala win 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group Of The Year!

The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005 no award existed to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada.

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala have come a long way in a short time. The two best friends, who met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002, have since performed at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of neo-folk music to the world. [Read more…]

Caitlin Rose to Release ‘Own Side Now’ 3/15/11


“Her debut more than lives up to expectations. Lovely stuff.” 4 stars Q Magazine
“The vulnerability in Caitlin’s voice chimes as true as the clink of a
4 stars NME
Own Side Now is a beautifully-wrought emotional rollercoaster.” 4 stars The Sun

caitlin rose

NASHVILLE, TN – Caitlin Rose’s full-length debut,Own Side Now, will be released on March 15, 2011 on Theory 8 Records with marketing and distribution provided by Thirty Tigers/RED. Rose co-produced the record with Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Will Oldham & Andrew Bird) & Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle). [Read more…]

Folks new movement of shhhing: Horse Feathers – Bowery Ballroom, New York

Horse Feathers
Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

horse feathers bowry ballroom

It was a surprisingly mild autumn’s evening in New York. I had just gotten off a flight from London and used a much anticipated Horse Feathers show at the Bowery Ballroom as battle against jetlag. I’d seen the fair quartet years back at Union Hall in Brooklyn and was won over by their warm melodies lead by Justin Ringle’s evocative vocals. With a slight departure from their last album, House with No Home, HF’s latest musical rendition Thistled Spring blossoms with warm rollicking strings. Seasonal shift? Probably, but don’t worry HF fans the same string heavy compositions and Justin’s poetic lyrics remain. [Read more…]