The Lumineers are a rustic folk trio who have been all over the radio since their single, “Ho Hey”, hit the airwaves and the Billboard Charts this summer. They are playing a free show in New York on December 17th at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. The song is short and sweet and it’s easy to see why it’s become such a hit. They will be opening for Dave Matthews Band for a bunch of their tour dates in December including their sold out show at the Barcalys Center in Brooklyn.
The Lumineers – Ho Hey:
Named for the infamous, clandestine, possibly mythical South American pickpocket academy, School of Seven Bells released their third album, Ghostory, this Tuesday. They are playing tonight to a sold out crowd at Mercury Lounge. The band’s lineup has changed on this album and the trio is now a duo: guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza. According to the band, Ghostory is about a girl, Lafaye, and the ghosts that surround her life. Shot in an old house in Dallas, this video had a creepy, haunting vibe perfect for today’s dreary forecast.
School of Seven Bells – Lafaye:
At the end of any great show, don’t you have that fantasy moment that the band you were grooving to all night will come out and play just one more song? Well last Friday, the audience at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Washington, D.C. got just that. Following the Bear Hands set at the end of the show as the crowd was trickling out to the porch to enjoy their last drinks and cigarettes, Val Loper and Ted Feldman from Bear Hands, Slam Donahue, and Emil from Emil & Friends rocked out to Slam Donahue’s “It’s Scary.” The show was hosted by All Things Go and curated by Cantora Records.
Cantora All Stars performing Slam Donahue – “It’s Scary” [featuring Slam Donahue, Bear Hands, Emil & Friends, and Will Griggs]:
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger was formed in 2008 by Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Recently, they have been touring on the west coast and have performed their single “Jardin du Luxemborg” on Conan and Jimmy Fallon. Their latest album Acoustic Sessions, released in late October 2010 through their own label, Chimera Music, has a soft and dreamy 60s folk sound. Lennon’s familiar vocal lilt may, as the song says, inspire you to “Put on your new pants and move out to France.” In an interview with the LA Times, the duo explained “Our music is an extension of our relationship. The stuff we create is just a glimpse of an ongoing conversation between us.”
Sean Lennon is performing tonight at the East Village non-profit performance space The Stone in “Consortium Musicum” with Greg Saunier of Deerhoof.
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Jardin du Luxembourg:
For those of you in NYC this Thanksgiving weekend looking for a show to check out before all the overeating and family festivities begin, Junip, a mellow Swedish three-piece fronted by José González, is playing tonight at Irving Plaza. González has a successful solo career with low-voiced, introspective hits like “Crosses” and “Heartbeats” but he and his band-mates have been working toward their first full-length, the 2010 release, Fields, for some time. The video for “Always” was shot, inexplicably, at the World Air Guitar Championships.
Junip – Always:
Last night, I was one of the lucky ones. I was able to see Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall. Feeding off of the energy of the jumping, calamitous crowd, they played one of the most engaged, boisterous shows I have seen in a long time. While they do have a reputation as a band that is best enjoyed live, inviting a quarter of the crowd onstage with them towards the end of the set takes audience interaction to a whole new level. They sounded amazing, Webster proved to be an ideal venue for their loud, jangly, folk rock sound. Dawes started the night off right with a stellar rendition of their single “When My Time Comes” before being joined on stage by some members of the Zeros to cover Joe Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends,” the theme song from The Wonder Years. It was the perfect summer show.
They are playing another show at Webster Hall tonight but, unfortunately, this one is sold out too. If you don’t have tickets yet, get out there on the street and try to find them, believe me it’s worth the effort. If you can’t get in, you could always go check out Dawes who are headlining at Maxwell’s tonight in Hoboken.
Even though we were all doing that brand new dance called “The Loco-Motion” twenty-two years ago, the Australian bombshell responsible for the craze, Kylie Minogue, is only now having her first full-blown U.S. tour. Minogue exploded back onto the club scene with her 2001 hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” which is as hard to shake as the title suggests. She has a huge and loyal fan-base outside of the U.S. which is sure to expand now that her “For You For Me Tour,” which will make stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Toronto, finally kicked off in Oakland last week. She will play three nights at the Hammerstein Ballroom starting this weekend. Today’s jam is not only, in my opinion, her best song, but this video is cool enough to watch again and again.
Kylie Minogue – Slow: