22
Jul

Drenge To Play Great Scott Next Week

Drenge - “Bloodsports” at Glastonbuy 2014

The band Drenge consists of two young brothers from the UK - Eoin Loveless (vocals, guitar) and Rory Loveless (drums).  Check out a live performance of “Bloodsports” at Glastonbury above or listen to the track “Backwaters” here.

They just released their self-titled debut album today in North America via Infectious Music, and are touring behind the release.  The duo are playing Great Scott in Allston July 28th (tickets).

Drenge U.S. Tour Dates

7/23    Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
7/24    Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
7/25    New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
7/26    Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
7/28   Boston, MA @ Great Scott
7/29    Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
7/30   Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
8/1      Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street
8/4     Seattle, WA @ Sunset
8/5      Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
8/7      San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
8/8     Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
8/9     San Diego, CA @Soda Bar

21
Jul

2014 Newport Folk Festival Preview

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2013 Newport Folk Festival

It seems like not all that long ago, the Newport Folk Festival was several months away, and here we are, only four days out.  The organizers have once again assembled a stellar three-day lineup, and I’ve put together a quick preview of this year’s festival below.

1.  The festival is completely sold out

All three days are sold out, so if you don’t have a ticket, you’ll have to try the secondary market at places like - Craigslist or Stubhub.

2.  Schedule

The schedule for each stage is available for your mobile device.  You can download the festival app and create your own personalized schedule for the iphone and Android.

To view the 2014 Newport Folk Festival schedule as a PDF, click here.

3.  Weather

It’s still a bit early, but right now the weather forecast for the weekend looks good.  As of now, it looks like temperatures will be in the low 80’s with low humidity and sunshine. 

Update 7/24:  Friday and Saturday look clear, but Sunday is calling for rain

However, in year’s past, thunderstorms have rolled through at some point.  I’d bring a rain jacket or poncho, or if you don’t mind getting wet, bring you bathing suit.

4.  Artists

There are no shortage of great artists playing over the three days.  If there are bands you’re unfamiliar with, you’re in luck because I’ve put together three Spotify playlists - one for each day.  Links below.

Day 1 - Friday

Day 2 - Saturday

Day 3 - Sunday

As far as artists I’m excited to see, Friday would definitely consist of Ryan Adams (new album out 9/9).  It seems Ryan will be touring with a band for the tour dates he has coming up, but hasn’t revealed who’ll be joining him.  There’s some speculation he’ll be joined by Freddie Bokkenheuser (drums) and Mike Viola (guitar), and I’m guessing he will have a bassist as well.  We’ll definitely find out on Tuesday when he kicks off his tour in Portland, Maine.

I’m also excited to see Band of Horses, Sun Kil Moon (new album has some hauntingly honest stories), Lake Street Dive (worth seeing for just Rachael Price’s voice), Phox, and Bear’s Ben (Museum Stage).

On Saturday, I pumped to see Jack White (excited to see what setlist he brings), Shovels & Rope, The Milk Carton Kids, Shakey Graves, The Oh Hello’s, and Benjamin Booker.

Sunday, I’m looking forward to Mavis Staples & Friends (should be many), Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst, and Hozier.

5.  Collaborations

One of the best things about Newport is when one of your favorite artists spontaneously joins another one of your favorite artists on stage. Let’s explore some possibilities. 

Friday- Ryan Adams worked with Jenny Lewis on her new album (out 7/29) so there’s a good chance he may make an appearance during her set.  Catherine Popper used to be in Ryan’s band “The Cardinals” back in the day, and her new band Puss N’ Boots plays Saturday, but I’m not sure what terms they’re on these days.  I know he’s a Grateful Dead fan, and I would love to see him sit in on Robert Hunter’s set as well. 

I would love to see Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive sing with pretty much anyone.

Saturday - There are four Third Man Records artists playing on Saturday: Jack White, Benjamin Booker, Pokey Lafarge, and John C. Reilly and Friends.  I’m not sure if Jack white would sit in with any of the artists who are currently on his record label or not.

Sunday - Mavis Staples will be joined by several friends.  Which friends?  We don’t know yet.  I image Jeff Tweedy will join her for sure, as they’ve worked together in the past.

Dawes is the backing band for Conor Oberst, so maybe Conor joins Dawes for a few tunes during their set.  Deer Tick could also show up for either set and vice versa. 

Wild Cards - Beck is playing Providence on Saturday 7/26.  Will last year’s headliner make the 40-minute drive to Newport? 

Langhorne Slim is playing a Thursday night show at the Newport Blues Cafe, and I imagine he’ll stick around for a few days.

I was really pulling for this New Basement Tapes collaboration to happen at Newport, but maybe we’ll have to wait until next year.  It’s hard to believe that Jim James is associated with a Bob Dylan lyric project that’s set to debut this fall, and he’s MIA for the Newport Folk Festival.  Unless he has something better going on, I could possibly see him at Newport, making a quick appearance for Dawes or Conor Oberst’s set.  He did join them in Lexington last month, so you never know. 

6.  Aftershows

There are six official Newport Folk Festival aftershows taking place in town shortly after each day’s headliner is done.  These are very intimate shows that include special unannounced guests, and all but one are sold out.  Deer Tick will once again play three shows at the Newport Blues Cafe (they have yet to announce who’s playing with them), and there will be three shows at the Jane Pickens Theatre. 

The three aftershows at the Jane Pickens Theatre consist of The Milk Carton Kids Revue (Friday), Heartbreaker Banquet (Saturday), and The Watkins Family Hour (Sunday - *still a few tickets left*).  They haven’t announced anyone that’s playing the Heartbreaker Banquet, but I’ll note that tickets are $13 more expensive than the Friday show and $10 more expensive than the Sunday show, so there’s a decent chance somebody big may just end up playing.  Will Jack White make an appearance?

7.  Additional festival info

The fine folks that run the festival have compiled all kinds of information regarding logistics, parking, what you can/can’t bring in, etc.  Check it out here.

8.  NPR is streaming Ryan Adams’ Friday Set

NPR will broadcast a live audio stream of Ryan Adams’ set Friday evening.  In years past, the festival provided a live video stream over the course of the weekend, but as I understand it, the only live coverage will be Ryan’s set and the occasional Twitter/Instagram post.  Additional sets will be posted at a later date.  More info via NPR.

9.  Have fun

This is hands down one of the best festivals in the country, and one of the best crowds.  Everybody is extremely friendly, chill, and there to have a good time.

10.  I’ll be there

I’ll be covering Newport again, and am looking forward to another great festival.  See you all at Fort Adams!

20
Jul

2014 Newport Folk Festival Spotify Playlists

The 2014 Newport Folk Festival kicks off this Friday, and there are many talented artists playing over the three days.  Chances are there are some bands you’re unfamiliar with, so I’ve put together three Spotify playlists (one for each day of the festival) below.

Stay tuned for my Newport Folk Festival preview.

Friday - July 25, 2014

Saturday - July 26, 2014

Sunday - July 27, 2014

20
Jul

Vance Joy Announces Debut Album, Tour Dates

Vance Joy - “Riptide”

If you haven’t heard of Vance Joy yet, you soon will.  Vance Joy is the stage of Australian singer-songwriter James Keogh.  His hit song, “Riptide” has been tearing up the charts, and he signed a five-album deal with Atlantic records last year.  What’s surprising is that he doesn’t even have a full album yet, just the EP, God Loves You When You When You’re Dancing.  He’ll release his debut album, Dream Your Life Away, this September (preorder).

Watch the video for the very catchy tune “Riptide” above, and check out “Play With Fire”, a Killers-esque tune below.

If you want to see Vance live, you’re in luck because he’s playing a few Boston shows very soon.  He’ll be playing a free 92.9 concert at Copley on September 11th, and a show at the Paradise Rock Club October 29th (tickets).

Full tour dates here.

18
Jul

1st Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest To Take Place This Saturday

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Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood will have their first annual Porchfest this Saturday from 12-4pm.  Inspired by the Somerville event and other Porchfests throughout the country, J.P will play host to 55 musical performers on 30+ porches throughout the area, providing a wide variety of music genres.  

For more information on the performers, times, and their respective porches, visit the interactive website jpporchfest.org

17
Jul

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Announce New Album, Tour Dates

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The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, has announced the release of the new album, Tyranny, as part of his Julian Casablancas + The Voidz project.  The album has a release date of September 23rd via Cult Records.

They’ve announced several tour dates, with a local stop at the House of Blues in Boston November 26th.  Tickets for that show go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am.

Watch a teaser for the album below.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz  Tour Dates:
October 16   Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 17   Washington DC 9:30 Club
October 18   Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
October 20   Chattanooga, TN Track 29
October 21   Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
October 22   Atlanta, GA Masquerade
October 25   Tampa, FL Coral Skies Fest
October 26   West Palm, FL Coral Skies Fest
October 28   Birmingham, AL Iron City
October 30   Austin, TX Emo’s
October 31   Houston, TX House of Blues
November 6   Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
November 9   San Francisco, CA Regency Center
November 11   Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
November 12   Vancouver, BC Commodore
November 13   Seattle, WA Showbox
November 17   Minneapolis, MN First Ave
November 18   Chicago, IL The Vic
November 19   Detroit, MI St. Andrews
November 25   New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
November 26   Boston, MA House of Blues

16
Jul

Cold War Kids To Release New Album, Listen To Lead Single “All This Could Be Yours”

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The Cold War Kids have announced the release of their new album, which will be released via Downtown/Sony Red in October.  They’re streaming their lead single “All This Could Be Yours” via Soundcloud and you can listen to it below.

The band has also announced several tour dates that include a stop at The Sinclair October 20th.  A presale over at the band’s website takes place today at 10am with the public on sale this Friday at noon.

Cold War Kids 2014 Tour Dates:
7/20 – Chicago, IL - Rock N Roll Half Marathon
7/26 – Tulsa, OK - The Center Of The Universe
8/29-31 – Columbus, OH - Fashion Meets Music Festival
10/20 – Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10/24 – Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/18 – Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
11/19 – Solona Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
11/22 – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst

15
Jul

Hamilton Leithauser Played The Sinclair - Photos / Setlist / Review 7.10.2014

Hamilton Leithauser is most notable recognized as the frontman of The Walkmen, who went on indefinite hiatus last year.  Hamilton released his debut solo album, Black Hours, last month and is currently touring to support the album.  The album’s first single “Alexandra" is getting some airplay, and he just released a video the new track "I Don’t Need Anyone”.

Last week he played The Sinclair in Cambridge with Torres supporting.  Photos and setlist from the evening can be seen below.

Hamilton continues his tour, with the next stop at the Newport Folk Festival (Communion) on July 25th.  Full dates here.

Hamilton Leithauser:  Setlist The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA) 7.10.2014

I Don’t Need Anyone
Alexandra
11 O’Clock Friday Night
I Retired
Self Pity
The Smallest Splinter
I’ll Never Love Again
The Silent Orchestra
5 A.M.
In Our Time (I’ll Always Love You)

Encore:
Bless Your Heart

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14
Jul

Interpol Announce Tour Dates

Interpol - “All the Rage Back Home”

Interpol are getting ready to release their fifth studio album, El Pintor, on September 9th, and they’ve shared the first single “All The Rage Back Home”, which you can listen to above.

This fall they will embark on their first North American tour in three years, and they will make a stop at the House of Blues in Boston November 21st.  A limited number of pre-sale tickets for all shows will be available tomorrow at 10am local time here, with a public on sale this Friday, July 18th.

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El Pintor Tracklisting:
All The Rage Back Home
My Desire
Anywhere
Same Town, New Story
My Blue Supreme
Everything Is Wrong
Breaker 1
Ancient Ways
Tidal Waves
Twice As Hard

Interpol Tour Dates:
8/01 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
8/21 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
9/15 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/16 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount
9/17 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
9/20 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
9/24 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
9/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
9/27 - Denver, CO @ Ogden
9/29 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
9/30 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains
10/02 - Dallas, TX @ Southside
10/03 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/03-10/05 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/07 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/09 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10/10-10/12 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
11/06 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
11/07 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
11/08 - Miami, FL @ Fillmore
11/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/11 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/15 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theatre
11/17 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/18 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/20 - Montreal, QB @ Metropolis
11/21 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/24 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/29 - Washington, D.C @ 9:30 Club
14
Jul

2014 Newport Folk Festival Schedule Released

The 2014 Newport Folk Festival schedule has been released.  You can download the festival app and create your own personalized schedule for the iphone and Android.

To view the 2014 Newport Folk Festival schedule as a PDF, click here.

Some notable conflicts include:

Band of Horses vs. Sun Kil Moon
J. Roddy Walston vs. Benjamin Booker
Milk Carton Kids vs. Nickel Creek
Trampled by Turtles vs. Jeff Tweedy
Dawes vs. Hozier

Friday - 7.25.2014

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Saturday - 7.26.2014

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Sunday - 7.27.2014

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