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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
Joined by special guests including Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. and Nick Zinner, the Walkmen's Walter Martin premiered his solo debut the kid-friendly We're All Young Together.

At the live premiere of songs from his child-friendly album We’re All Young Together, Walter Martin did have some kids in attendance but the mostly older crowd at Joe’s Pub was there to see Martin and a full band perform for an hour. Martin, of the band The Walkmen also had some special guests including Kat Edmonson, two members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O and Nick Zinner, plus a small backing chorus conducted by “honorary choirmaster” Hamilton Leithauser (also of The Walkmen who are on hiatus).


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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014
Two decades on, Superunknown remains a landmark album and the formidable Soundgarden played the entirety of it at a club show in New York.

On the eve of the remastered, deluxe re-release of their seminal album Superunknown, Soundgarden performed the entirety of the album at an exclusive club show in New York for Citi card holders. The price of admission? A mere $19.94. Ah if only tickets were normally so cheap. The many fans who lined up early for this show, some since 3 pm, or otherwise were begging to get in, probably remember such low prices. These days, the Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails (whose 1994 The Downward Spiral came out on the same day as Superunknown) tour priced the best seats over $100, though some venues did offer $20 nosebleeds (dates below). If you didn’t get in, you did miss out on a unique experience but at least the whole concert will be broadcast on Sirius / XM Radio on Howard Stern’s Howard101 channel June 13 at 10 PM EDT.


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Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Red Bull Music Academy brings unique performances, parties and conversations to New York for a full month since last May. Enjoy photos from the Round Robin and video from a conversation with D'Angelo.

The “Round Robin” guidelines were as follows: “One musician starts a solo improvisation, another musician then joins for a duo improvisation. After that, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another round. This continues until everyone has performed.” This was the second year the Round Robin was part of the Red Bull Music Academy series and like the prior incarnation, this night included a variety of musicians who excel across different genres including jazz, rock, electronic and blues. The free-form event saw over 15 musicians grace the Town Hall stage to take part in the funky shenanigans.


Although most of the night, save the crowded-stage finale, followed the format mentioned above, there was a brief break in continuity when Jamie Lidell’s equipment didn’t work initially, which left one of the musicians to plug in the space with an extended set. Fortunately, it was Allen Toussaint who had to bear that burden and his dexterous piano chops showcased a bunch of musical styles, like Vince Guaraldi and a few jokes including a bit of “Taps”. Lidell was in good spirits though when he finally got his gear working. By the climax, Kaki King was playing on someone else’s guitar and the musicians played off each other’s jams. The show hadn’t been sold out, but it was quite a unique experience.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014
The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival will feature performances by the Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., the Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, and many others.

The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival begins on May 29. Produced by Stuart’s Opera House, the festival will once again feature an impressive slate of performances in “the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio”. In anticipation of the tenth annual festival, PopMatters interviews the organizers about its history and growing reputation.


Tim Peacock, executive director of Stuart’s Opera House, describes the event as “an unlikely festival in an unlikely town” and says, “Nelsonville, with its… hills and forests… is in the most beautiful part of Ohio.” Marketing director Brian Koscho speaks in similar terms of the festival as “a special event in a great place”. He says, “I’m biased, but it is. Southeast Ohio is my home and it is a beautiful part of our world. It isn’t the most obvious place for a festival to be, but once people make it down for the first time we hope they see why it is here.”


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Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Felice Brothers are set to kick off a summer run to promote their forthcoming album Favorite Waitress and stopped into NYC for a small show to road test some new material.

The Felice Brothers will be releasing their new album Favorite Waitress via Dualtone Music Group later this summer but they have already started to kick off the promotional machine with a string of dates in the Carolinas and the UK before a full tour of the US this summer (dates below). Before all that however, the band, Ian Felice, James Felice, Josh Rawson, Greg Farley and David Estabrook, all made the trek a couple hours down from the Catskills for a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in New York.


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