Joe's Pub Announces Indie/Pop/Rock Offerings for March-May 2014
At Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming indie/pop/rock offerings for March-May 2014. Check out full details below!
Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
PT Walkley's record release party at Joe's Pub will feature the entire ensemble from the his latest album Shoulders and promises to pack a wallop. PopMatters said, ¡°Walkley's songs emerge as fully-formed catchy pop nuggets with hooks galore. Power pop-rock and classic R&B combine in the songs from Shoulders, releasing February 18th. Shoulders plays very much as a song cycle, one based around an emotional year in which Walkley¡¯s son was born and his best friend passed away. This is classic stuff, easy to love from the first few notes¡¦honestly, you had me the second those Stax-esque horns first appeared.¡± Proceeds from this evening will benefit New York's oldest preschool, Little Missionary's Day Nursery, and the school's plans for expansion.
UBU SINGS UBU
Tuesday, March 25 at 9:30 PM
Ubu Sings Ubu is a tribute band playing the obscenely classic songs of cult band Pere Ubu, as sung by the classically obscene character of Pere Ubu from Ubu Roi. The band includes Tony Torn (Ubu/Vocals), Julie Atlas Muz (Ma Ubu), Vera Beren (Queen of Poland/Keys/Theremin), Emmitt Joe George (Captain Edge, Bass, Backing Vocals), Matt Butterfield (Bougrelas, Guitar, backing vocals), Patrick "Paddymyke" Conlon (King Of Poland, Drums) and Dan Safer (Co-Director/Bear). Stew is slated to sit in as special guest.
Wednesday, March 26 at 9:30 PM
International dance music super band Company Freak is masterminded by recognized producer-DJ-journalist Jason King. Their deep-pocket, sophisticated dance pop is a throwback to 1970s and 80s orchestral disco, soul and funk when groups like Chic, Change, Kool and the Gang, Boney M, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Midnight Star ruled the airwaves. Company Freak is above all else a concept: a revolving, multi-generational affiliation of awe-inspiring vocalists and musicians, anchored by King's original dance tracks, recorded in international cities like New York, Istanbul, Addis Ababa and Paris. Engineered and mixed by Eric Broucek and Alex Nizich (LCD Soundsystem, Hercules and Love Affair), Company Freak¡¯s effervescent debut LP, Le Disco Social, features fiery vocalists Shayna Steele (Rihanna, NBC¡¯s Smash), Matia Washington (Clark Sisters, John Legend), Melissa Musique (Jessie J., Florence and the Machine) and King himself. Storied session musicians from bands like D-Train and Chic, plus a return-to-form from R&B and theater legend Vivian Reed are featured as well.
MATES OF STATE
Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
The first thing you notice about Mates of State¡¯s latest album Mountaintops (2011) is the energy and force of it - you won¡¯t be able to sit still. Go slightly deeper and you find the song-craft. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel¡¯s voices effortlessly harmonize and volley back and forth, through movements of a song - going from upbeat to pastoral so fluidly, from melancholy to buoyantly hopeful. Carving their place in the indie pop rock world since the late 90s, the husband-and-wife duo play complex pop songs but with the sound of a full band. Their instruments join their voices to move as one piece, inseparable. Through the years, Mates of State¡¯s textures have become more intricate and deep as their instrumentation has grown from keyboards and drums to include guitars and horns.
JESUS ON THE MAINLINE / NATALIE CRESSMAN
Sunday, March 30 at 9:30 PM
A 15-piece rag-tag group of New York's finest young musicians, Jesus On The Mainline has played to sold out crowds since their inception in mid-2012. Led by GRAMMY-nominated musician Andrew Neesley, their music is reminiscent of The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons and The Black Crowes, with a dash of Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin for good measure. They are known for their epic soul cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" and the striking original songs of Neesley and Tim Emmerick.
Natalie Cressman's versatility and enthusiasm for music has propelled her musical career, putting her on stage at Carnegie Hall, the House of Blues, and the Apollo. An accomplished improviser, Cressman has performed with Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Apfelbaum¡¯s NY Hieroglyphics Ensemble, and toured with Trey Anastasio for two years. At the same time, she attended the Manhattan School of Music and performed all over NYC with her own band. Her album Unfolding captures her rapidly blossoming sensibility, a sound shaped by her love of Cuban, Brazilian and West African music, indie rock, funk and the post-bop continuum.
Monday, March 31 at 7:30 PM
Susanna is the Norwegian singer and founder of the former duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, founded in 2000 with keyboard player Morten Qvenild. Susanna has been active for more than a decade, with nine albums in her various iterations - Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Susanna, Susanna Wallumr©ªd. The Oslo-based artist has recently been taking great steps towards greater independence and autonomy, while increasing the range of her considerable talents as a songwriter, vocal interpreter and producer. Susanna is known for both her own songwriting, with songs such as ¡°Believer¡± and her highly personal interpretations of other people¡¯s songs. She is an intensely arresting performer; holding audiences captive with her hypnotizing vocal timbre and the powerful, all-consuming sound of her band, her concerts are truly magical.
BEN WATT W/ BERNARD BUTLER
Tuesday, April 1 at 9:30 PM
After 20 years in Everything But The Girl, and 10 years as a respected DJ and record label boss of Buzzin' Fly, Ben Watt stopped everything to complete two long-planned creative solo projects. The first is his second book, Romany and Tom (Bloomsbury, UK, February 2014; North America, June 2014), a dazzling portrait of his parents. The second is Hendra, his first solo album in over 30 years, released on his new imprint, Unmade Road on April 29th. It is, in Watt's words, ¡°simply a folk-rock record in an electronic age.¡±
The songs for Hendra came unexpectedly. Watt¡¯s sister passed suddenly as he was finishing Romany and Tom. He took to his basement nightly, retuning his guitars to unfamiliar tunings as a way of restarting and began singing. This resulted in 10 songs - unsentimental, impressionistic - about close family and strangers, resilience and hope. Recorded in London and Berlin, the music is a meeting of worlds: languid folk, distorted rock and fizzing electronics; in part a result of the album's two central collaborators, ex-Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler, and Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson.
THE LOSERS LOUNGE: LINDA RONSTADT vs. CARLY SIMON
Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM
Friday, April 4 at 7:00 & 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 5 at 1:00, 6:00 & 9:00 PM
The Losers Lounge is back at Joe's Pub with another run of powerhouse shows dedicated to legendary musicians and artists. This installment showcases a showdown of sorts between Linda Ronstadt and Carly Simon. And of course, they will have all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge.
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 15 & 16 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music on May 6th (North American release) and May 5th (World release) - inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most passionate, personal and free.