After touring relentlessly over the past year, Andrew Bird has earned a slot on some of the biggest summer festivals in the US. Bird helps kick off the festivities at Bonnaroo on Friday, June 16. On July 5, Bird joins the eleven-day-long “world’s largest music festival,” Milwaukee Summerfest. Later this summer, Lollapalooza returns as a three day festival in Chicago with Andrew Bird scheduled to take the stage on Sunday,...
On Thursday, March 30, Hamell on Trial (a.k.a. Ed Hamell) shares his scathing wit with Marc Maron
on Air America Radio. For all the fans and parents who enjoy drugs in
the Los Angeles area you can tune in to KTLK 1150am from 10pm to
midnight PST, Hamell’s segment is scheduled to be on around 11:15pm PST.
Everybody outside of LA can stream it live on AirAmericaRadio.com.
The rumors are true, after a short hiatus from touring Ani DiFranco is easing back onto the road with select festival and theater dates. This year, the touring will be a little different, with Ani focusing on smaller, more intimate venues in general. April finds the Little Folksinger at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday the 28, after shows in Columbia, MO; Nashville, TN; and Atlanta, GA....
In celebration of his new release, Songs For Parents Who Enjoy Drugs, Hamell on Trial takes his biting wit and acoustic guitar thrashing to the Knitting Factory in New York City for several intoxicating performances. Over six nights, February 21, 22, 23 and March 2, 3, and 4, the one-man show, titled Politics, Polemic and Pills, will integrate Hamell’s fatherly wisdom, brilliant sense of humor and comedic storytelling with songs...
We are saddened to pass along the news that our dear friend Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, passed away after a brief illness on January 11, 2006. Bob was known across North America as a dedicated music promoter, record producer and label president – a man who had the respect and admiration of both musicians and business partners. Bob restarted Red House Records, Greg Brown’s dormant record label,...
Singer, Songwriter, and Television Personality (?) Ani DiFranco will host an upcoming episode of In The Life, The Gay and Lesbian Newsmagazine on Public Television. The January episode, “Principles of Youth", focuses on being young and gay in America, giving voice to an often unheard and overlooked population. A three-time Emmy Award nominee, In the Life has blended journalism, entertainment reports, and commentary for an entertaining and educational look at...
At midnight on January 1, while all those folks in Time Square are jumping up and down to try and keep warm, VH-1 Classic will be airing a sneak preview of a live concert of Cyndi Lauper and Friends on Decades Rock Live. Together, Ani and Cyndi perform Cyndi’s “Sisters of Avalon." As previously reported, the show was recorded on November 11, 2005, when Ani joined Scott Weiland, Pat Monahan...
The 2005 Venus
Hottt List is out and Andrew Bird has ranked third in the Best [Male]
Solo Artist category. Voted on by readers and listed in the Winter 2005
issue, Andrew Bird joins the ranks of Beck, Sufjan Stevens and ties
with Bright Eyes. Other categories included Best Feature-Length Film,
Best DIY Company, Pop Star You Secretly Love But Won’t Tell Your Friends
About, and Best Activists.
The Nominations are in: for the third year in a row Ani DiFranco and graphic artist Brian Grunert have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. The dynamic duo teamed up again as co-Art Directors for Ani’s latest album Knuckle Down. The results are a truly unique package, a clear slip cover slides over Ani’s laughing visage on the green tri-fold cd case, complete with hand sketched...
Toshi Reagon joins John Hammond, Rory Block and Dave Tronzo in a concert tribute to delta country blues legend Charley Patton on February 1. Patton (1887-1934) was an acknowledged celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta from Howlin’ Wolf to Robert Johnson. “Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain” - Tribute to Charley Patton will be part of the New York Guitar Festival at the Merkin Concert Hall running January...
On February 7, Columbia/Legacy will release an expanded edition of the soundtrack for Dead Man Walking, including a live DVD that features a few songs from the Little Folksinger. Filmed in Los Angeles at Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking – The Concert in March 1998, the event featured performances by Ani, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Eddie Vedder among others. The DVD includes Ani performing “Fuel,”...
Ani DiFranco joins Scott Weiland, Pat Monahan of Train, Shaggy and The Hooters to honor Cyndi Lauper on VH-1 Classic’s Decades Rock Live. Each hour long episode of this new series features celebrated artists who have influenced popular music over the past 50 years, as well as performances from the biggest names of today that have been inspired by them. As previously reported, Ani appears on Cyndi’s latest album The...
Our newest Righteous Babe, Toshi Reagon, tapes a Woodsongs radio show this Monday, October 24 at 7:30pm at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY. Those of you close by can purchase tickets for a mere $5 by calling 859-252-8888 or online at woodsongs.com. For the rest of us who can’t make the trip, sit on down at your computer and tune in to the live taping at woodsongs.com/webcast.htm. The radio...
CMJ named Ani one of the 25 most influential artists since CMJ’s inception 25 years ago. Joining the ranks of U2, Nirvana, and the Pixies, Ani comes in at number 22 (just before Radiohead) in issue #930 of the New Music Report. Dubbing her the “sultress of staccato” CMJ says “Iconoclastic and recklessly driven people like her are far more dangerous to the recording industry than some straw man like...
So this isn’t exactly late breaking…BUT the little folk singer has lent her voice to a few friends’ albums this year. Dar Williams latest, My Better Self, includes a haunting duet with Ani on Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Cyndi Lauper’s The Body Acoustic (which hits stores November 8) includes an updated version of “Sisters of Avalon” with Ani and Vivian Green. Also, this summer the Indigo Girls released a collection...
Ani is taking part in the New Yorker Festival September 23 through 25 in New York City. She joins a panel on Saturday afternoon at Time Square Studios titled “Stage to Studio: When Performers Produce.” Other panelists include RZA (aka Robert Diggs, a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, and film composer with credits for Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2), Rick Ocasek (front man of the Cars), Steve Albini (guitarist,...
In celebration of their new release Battles Olé Drums & Tuba will be signing autographs and saying hi to the folks at Mondo Kim’s (6 St. Marks Place in the Village, New York City ) this Sunday, September 11 at 6:30p. Come on down, enter to win prizes, check out their new album and save yourself from one more boring Sunday night. For more on Drums & Tuba click here....
The Righteous Babe Foundation, a private not-for-profit organization, is collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina through the Righteous Babe store. People have suffered terribly in the wake of this disaster, including many of the musicians who give New Orleans it’s soul. No amount is too small. We realize that a dollar or two may not seem like much but when we combine the dollars of each person visiting...
In case you were wondering Ani is OK. She evacuated her home-away-from-home in New Orleans the day before Katrina hit. Despite the article in Rolling Stone she is not too distraught to speak, but understandably a bit distracted. In fact we are happy to report that all of our extended Righteous Babe Records family and friends from the area are safe and healthy. Our hearts are with all those affected...
On July 25, Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, actor James Cromwell, Winona LaDuke and Skull Valley Goshute tribal members will spearhead a national lobby day against the federal energy bill and a nuclear industry plan to dump 44,000 tons of highly radioactive waste on Goshute land in Utah. Ani and friends will hold a congressional briefing and then meet with several Senate offices in an effort to bring out the truth...