Usually when festivals come around, the most exciting thing about them is the pick up gigs bands make around them. With Bottle Rock's inaugural outing this year, we were lucky enough to score a solid double bill Steve Earle's song Justin Townes Earle and North Carolina songwriter Tift Merritt. To make the show even more [...] The post Show Review: Justin Townes Earl with Tift Merritt at The Chapel, 5/10/13 appeared first on Spinning Platters .
While the majority of the bands playing in the Bay Area this week are up at Bottle Rock in Napa, which, yes, in an amazing looking festival, it isn't quite the Bay Area. The following shows (with one exception) are all easily accessible via BART. So enjoy your rock n roll, and remember not to [...] The post Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/9/13-5/15/13 appeared first on Spinning Platters .
Merritt and Dinnerstein may or may not be cool, but the music is purposely cold. There was a time during the sixties when progressive rockers mixed all sorts of different musical styles together. Some of the earliest of these experiments connected classical music to rock and roll to create art rock, such as the Moody Blues's Days of Future Passed. Several of the best works combined a female voice with classical themes and instrumentation, such as Judy Collins's Wildflowers and In My Life. By the '70s, no one though twice...
Wait- Ben Kweller Pleasant Street- Geneva Whole Again (Acoustic)- Jennifer Knapp Open Wide- Kim Taylor She Devil- Natalie Merchant Buzzin' Fly- Shelleyan Orphan I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven- Tex Ritter Ruby, My Dear (Take 3)- Thelonious Monk Supposed To Make You Happy- Tift Merritt Blue Melody- Tim Buckley I Can't Help But Wonder (Where [...]
photos by David Andrako Simone & Tift @ Merkin Hall, 3/21/2013 The 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival came to a close last night (3/21) with a performance by Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Hall. The two played most of their just-released collaborative album, Night , which includes new songs by Brad Mehldau and Patty Griffin, Tift's own songs, selections by Bach and Schubert, and [...]
Gaslight Anthem @ Deluna Fest 2013 ( more by Dana [distortion] Yavin ) The Gaslight Anthem have a few summer tour East Coast dates, including a few in the NY area: two shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on May 25 (w/ The Hold Steady ) and May 26 (w/ Felice Brothers ), and then The Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on June 9 with Tift Merritt . Tickets to those [...]
By Brendan Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have collaborated on a masterful selection of songs, Night. The delightfully varied collection includes songs by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Johnny Nash, Billie Holiday, Brad Mehldau, Patty Griffin and others. The CD will be available March 19th, but you can preview it now on Soundcloud. [...]
Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt - Colors
Tift Merritt makes country music for city dwellers, the kinds of songs that NPR adores but Nashville doesn't have much use for anymore. Still, the thirtysomething singer-songwriter managed to sco... Continue reading "Tift Merritt Looks Outside Herself to Kindle a Spark" >
Badass Weekend Walters/Houston House of Creeps, February 15 and 16 The first annual Badass Weekend is spread out over two days and three stages at Walters, Houston House of Creeps, and the adjoin... Continue reading "The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Badass Weekend, Tift Merritt, etc." >
I normally try to have this up by Monday, but, luckily, there was only one Monday musical performance worth mentioning and I've added the video in case you missed it. Also, lots of artists performing on TV this week have upcoming shows in Nashville, so I've added ticket links and dates below. I know it’s tough to keep track of all of the great performances on television each week, so every Monday (er, sometimes Tuesday) I’ll bring you a roundup of the best artists (along with a bonus pick or two). So get those DVRs set (or remember [...]
Holly Williams , (yes, of that Williams family ) first caught my ears while I was still in college and her song “Sometimes” (from her debut studio effort, The Ones We Never Knew ) was in pretty heavy rotation on L100. “Sometimes” stuck out to me for being simultaneously sweet and sorta’ brave as Holly both wishes she were a little girl and ponders what powers for healing she might have if she were Jesus. Something about her struck me as an Americana-kind-of- [...]
Photos and words by Marcello Ambritz Joshua James appeared to be quite comfortable in front of the well-attended Troubadour show as if he were singing on a couch in his living room. With his eyes closed for much of the set, James brought heartfelt tunes from his latest From The Top Of Willamette Mountain , while also managing to make the crowd giggle by mentioning we were all survivors of our 50 degree winter compared to the single digit winter his home state of Utah is experiencing. With some strumming, stomping, and [...]
Incoming: Maximum Hedrum, Run River North, PAPA, Drop the Lime, Kaskade, Calexico, Yo La Tengo, Jake Bugg, Andrew Bird, Pinback, the Parlotones, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Abandoned Pools, Pennywise, Lady Gaga, He's My Brother She's My Sister, the Budos Band, Tift Merritt Above: The giant tree in Portland's Overlook Park is the star of the video for "Ohm," a song from the new Yo La Tengo album "Fade," out this week. The long-running indie band takes an unusual spin through SoCal this week, playing Fingerprints Records in [...]
So, I'm back from Preston safe and sound, and looking forward to a wee jaunt to London for the Independent Label Market this weekend. It's all go, here at Toad Hall. Personally, I am not going to be in Edinburgh that much at all this week, and am popping through to Glasgow to see Sparrow and the Workshop at Nice 'n' Sleazy on Wednesday Also, as Christmas approaches, and everycunt (yes, including Song, by Toad Records ) seems to be arranging a Christmas party these days, I think calendars are about [...]
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Andrew Bird got the rare opportunity to pull double duty as the musical guest on The Late Show With David Letterman this week. In town for his scheduled appearance on Wednesday night's show, the violin-playing, whistling enthusiast got the call from the bullpen to perform on Tuesday's audience-less edition of the show, filling in for David Byrne and St. Vincent, who were forced to cancel due to Hurricane Sandy. Bird, who released Hands of Glory , his second album of 2012, earlier this week, was joined by Tift Merritt on acoustic guitar and Alan Hampton [...]
Tift Merritt: [ Small Talk Relations ]
The City Winery is a perfect venue for Tift Merritt, and it is clearly one where she feels comfortable. Not only is she a frequent performer at the venue, but her new record, Traveling Alone , was actually written during mornings at the City Winery, where she practiced on the grand piano as the staff set up to open for lunch. Wearing a swingy black dress and brown boots, Tift had much of the posturing of a country singer from another time. Her [...]
Tift Merritt 's Yep Roc Records label debut Traveling Alone (out now) continues to garner critical acclaim. Here's what the press is saying: "The touch of sweet sadness in Tift Merritt's voice has rarely served her better than it does on Traveling Alone." - The New York Times "Restless, haunting songs" - NPR Music "A thoughtful, soulful singer-songwriter in the country-rock mode" - [...]