Three Carolina bands (one South, two North) will be up north of the Mason Dixon very soon and each of them recently released new videos worth a watch. Mipso will play the first ever grass […]
For the second year in a row, I’m breaking down the top songs of the year by region. Location and love probably influence songwriting more than anything else and it’d be hard to make a […]
North Carolina – possibly my favorite state in all of these United States – has given us a number of indiegrass bands in the last few years. Carolinians like the The Honeycutters and Mandolin Orange […]
A new series of two songs – one from each of the two sides of Americana and bluegrass. Why? Because we all could use a little balance in our lives. For our first installment, here’s […]
Jacket-weather (of the jean and other lightweight varieties) has descended upon us just in time to cram ourselves like sardines into a wide array of venues over the next five days to experience what this […]
Just a short 3.5 hr hop from Brooklyn, this weekend MASS MoCA hosts its four-stage and music snob approved Fresh Grass festival in the Berkshire town of North Adams, MA. The lineup is stellar without […]
Oh, what we wouldn’t give to revisit that summer of long ago when – for one sweet night – the timbre of Jeff Tweedy’s raspy voice could be heard echoing through the streets of Park […]
New Yorkers – there are so many shows for conversation this week that it’s tough to highlight just one or two. But we’ll try.
One I’m most excited about is Andrew Bird’s Friday afternoon set with Soundcheck Live at The Greene Space. His latest album, ‘Break It Yourself,’ has so far topped my list of 2012 faves, and from past shows I’ve seen of his, I’ve learned one thing: expect a lot, and he’ll deliver. This show sold out a day after it was announced, but I suggest checking StubHub for last minute tickets day of. If you’re still out of luck, definitely watch the live stream on the GS site. The show’s at 2 pm, so plug in your headphones, and don’t tell your boss. Or better yet, become your own boss.
Also, a band who was recently announced as among the ranks of Newport Folk Fest-ers taking to the stage this July is First Aid Kit – and Wednesday is your chance to check out the folk country duo at Webster Hall. Below is their video for ‘Emmylou,’ one of my personal favorites.
Not to go without mention is Delta Spirit, who’s touring to promote their new album. It’s quite a departure from the last, and I’m still on the fence; they’ll play Webster Hall with WATERS on Thursday for a sold out show. And also if, like me, you missed out on last Friday’s Bowerbirds show and therefore missed out on one of their awesome opening bands, Mandolin Orange, you’ve been granted a second chance. You can catch ’em tonight at 10 pm at Rockwood Music Hall.
Honestly, all the acts playing this week deserve their own write-up, so I recommend giving them a listen online and catching what you can. The calendar follows:
Something most music-philes could agree on is how exciting that feeling is when you just discover a new artist that immediately resonates with you … especially when they’re just beginning their rise. It’s sort of […]