Since returning to the music venue business with the opening of Brooklyn Bowl back in 2009, Pete Shapiro has continued to add to new rooms to his growing portfolio over the last few years. Shapiro’s latest venture is aimed at a slightly different audience, as he has announced the opening of The Rock And Roll Playhouse – a kid-friendly space at 280 Bond Street in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.
The venue will feature “20 different programs for the different age groups including: Beatles for Babies, Little Rockers, Rockers, and Big Rockers; Reggae for Babies and Little Rockers; Rock and Roll Storytime for Little Rockers; a theatrical Rock and Roll Stories for Rockers; World Music for all age groups; Drawing Rock and Roll; and Introductory programs focused on Songwriting, Guitar, Percussion and Keyboards.” The Rock And Roll Playhouse, which is slated to open this winter, will include classes for adults, a full bar and food courtesy of the folks at Blue Ribbon Brassiere.
List Time: Five Albums That Are Song-For-Song Covers of Other Albums
Finally, last year David Byrne and St. Vincent teamed up to release Love This Giant, a twelve-track collection that received a heap of critical praise. The duo, who mounted an extensive world-tour that featured a slew of musicians and dancers, will once again head out together for a lengthy world tour that kicks off with a gig at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey on June 12. Prior to all that though, Mr. Byrne and Ms. Clark have announced the release of Brass Tactics – a new five-song EP that you can download for free. The EP features a previously unreleased tune that didn’t make the album, as well as two live tracks recorded last year and two remixes. Here’s the track list…
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Brass Tactics EP
Cissus (previously unreleased) / I Should Watch TV (M. Stine Remix) / Lightning (Kent Rockafeller Remix) / Marrow (live) / Road To Nowhere (live)
One of the most well-received tours of 2012 was the pairing of David Byrne and St. Vincent. The duo put together a dance/groove-heavy show in support of Love This Giant. Apparently, one tour wasn’t enough as they will hit the road again this summer for an extensive cross-country tour.
Here’s a look at the Byrne / St. Vincent dates…
6/11 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
6/12 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
6/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
6/15 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
6/16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal Performing Arts Center – Belk Theater
6/20 – New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theatre
6/21 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
6/22 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
6/23 – Ottawa, ON @ Confederation Park
6/25 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
6/27 – New Bedford, MA @ The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
6/28 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
6/29 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
6/30 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater
7/2 – Louisville, KY @ The Kentucky Center – Whitney Hall
7/5 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Music Festival
7/6 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
7/7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/8 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
7/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
7/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
7/14 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Town Park
7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
7/17 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
7/18 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7/20 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
7/21 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
One of our favorite albums of 2012 was the collaborative effort between David Byrne and St. Vincent dubbed “Love This Giant.” Not only did the pair put together a wonderful album, but they enlisted a badass band to back them on a lengthy tour and worked all sorts of choreography into the mix. Thanks to NPR Music, we’ve got a professionally shot taste of said tour.
Filmed this past September at the Strathmore Music Hall in Bethesda, Maryland, Byrne and St. Vincent run through a collection of tunes from the album, songs from their solo repertoires and the Talking Heads classic Burning Down The House. Here’s nearly 40 killer minutes from that show…
All week long we’ve been looking at our staff’s choices for the best albums of 2012 five LPs at a time. Our submissions include all styles of music from bluegrass to jazz, jam to indie, electronica to rap, as well as everything in between. At the end of the day, we’re a music blog. Everyone is encouraged to write about what they like with no motives, no editorial biases, and no strings attached. We hope that comes across in our picks.
We’re in the home stretch, so let’s check out numbers 10 through 6…
Key Tracks: I Will Wait, Lover of the Light, Broken Crown, Ghosts That We Knew
Sounds Like: The Avett Brothers on steroids harmonizing with CSN at an Old Crow Medicine Show hoedown
The Skinny: Marcus Mumford and his boys from London delivered one of the most contagious albums of the year. A non-stop euphoric choke hold to the senses, the punchy Babel unleashes the bluegrass and folk quartet into a hooting and hollering love fest complete with vulnerable and dark lyrics that provide adept imagery into the plight of tormented heartbreak. Lyrics that pull one’s heart strings, strongly influenced by literature, are covered by heavenly harmonies over banjo picking, mandolin strumming and plush piano playing. Mumford’s vocals touch deep into the soul, like a more powerful raspy David Gray, warranting repeated listening to discern meaning in grand scope within the musical adventure.
We’ve reached the tail end of the North American leg of David Byrne and St. Vincent’s collaborative Love This Giant Tour. The pair planned out every aspect of their show, especially its inventive choreography. NPR Music has just posted a great mini-documentary detailing the final rehearsals for the tour at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey…
The tour descends upon the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco tonight.
Who, Weekend In The Dust, Save Me From What I Want, I Am An Ape, Naive Melody, Marrow, Strange Overtones (Partial), Lazarus, Cheerleader, Lazy, Optimist, Lightning, Like Humans Do, Northern Lights, Cruel (Partial)
David Byrne and St. Vincent kicked off their Love This Giant Tour on Saturday night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., where the pair and a large backing ensemble (12 pieces in all) treated the crowd to a mix from their collaborative album of the same name and songs from their respective catalogs. According to a review from the local Star Tribune, Byrne and St. Vincent “seemed hot to trot, full of cool ideas and nervy enthusiasm as well as some odd ideas and heady intentions that were not well thought out.” Overall, the reviewer thought “it was an encouraging collaboration that will be more rewarding a few weeks and several performances down the road.”
The three Talking Heads tunes the pair picked to include in Saturday’s set were all from top tier of the band’s extremely impressive songbook – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) , Road To Nowhere and Burning Down The House. The horn-heavy backing band brought a different edge to Burning Down The House as illustrated in this video from Saturday night’s first encore…
It being Friday, and just shy of half-way through the ninth month of the year, this morning I (@andykahn) decided on a whim to tweet out my Top 9 Albums of 2012 (so far). Along with the nine I chose, I also added a handful of, “Honorable Mentions,” that didn’t quite make the cut. With a quarter of the year left, 2012 has thus far proven to be another impressive year of album releases.
Today marks the release of David Byrne’s long-awaited collaborative album with St. Vincent called Love This Giant. The pair visited 30 Rock yesterday to perform the album’s funky lead track Who and a web exclusive take on The Forest Awakes for Jimmy Fallon. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered…
In advance of the unlikely pair’s new album, David Byrne and St. Vincent revealed the first video for their collaborative project set to release on September 11th. Three years in the making, what started as a one-off charity collaboration developed into a full-scale catalog of material and a longstanding friendship. Based on this first track, it sounds like this project will bare some real musical fruit complete with lots of brass and funky syncopated rhythms. After all these years, Byrne hasn’t lost a step as his vocals sound almost identical to the way they did in his prime and even his dance moves still got it. It’ll be interesting to see how St. Vincent complements Byrne throughout the recording.
We’re about five weeks away from the September 11th release of David Byrne and St. Vincent’s collaborative Love This Giant LP and the tour that will follow. You can now stream two tracks tracks from the album over at LoveThisGiant.com - Who and Weekend In The Dust. Those who pre-order Love This Giant will be able to immediately download an MP3 of Weekend In The Dust.
Logging time as a member of the Polyphonic Spree and in Sufjan Steven’s band, Annie Clark has been recording under the moniker St. Vincent, putting out two fantastic albums including last year’s much buzzed about Actor. For her latest video Ms. Clark is joined by our favorite rocker-turned-blogger Carrie Brownstein and SNL’s Fred Armisen. Check it out…