DoS Show in D.C. – March 9th

If you are in the Washington D.C. area, be sure to check out our pal Nate Peek‘s band DoS (like the spanish number two, not the operating system).
I whipped up this Land of the Lost flyer for the show. Totally had a blast doing this, as I have been meaning to do a LOTL illo for a while now…
This show had a real impact on me as a kid, and I recently bought the DVDs, which were a treat to revisit. One listen to the awesome banjo-filled theme song, and you’ll fall in love with young Holly all over again…

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Favorite Music of 2005

A little late on this, but I vowed to do a post on my favorite music from 2005. Here are my favorite albums from 2005:
Laura Veirs – “Year of Meteors”
Aimee Mann- “The Forgotten Arm”
Calexico & Iron and Wine – “In the Reins – EP”
The Decemberists – “Picaresque”
The Frames – “Burn the Maps”
M.I.A. – “Arular”
Mary Timony – “Ex Hex”
The New Pornographers – “Twin Cinema”
Rogue Wave – “Descended Like Vultures”
Stephen Malkmus – “Face The Truth”
Sufjan Stevens – “Illinois”
Some other music NOT from 2005, that I listened to nearly constantly:
Arcade Fire – “Funeral”
The Magnetic Fields – “The Charm of the Highway Strip”
Tilly & The Wall – “Wild Like Children”
Luna – “Rendezvous”
Here’s a link to an iTunes mix I made of some of the best songs from these albums I have mentioned in this post: iTunes: Favorite Songs from 2005

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Calexico at Castle Clinton

Wow. Everything just came together for this show. The weather was perfect, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine was a surprise guest, we had amazing seats and the show was FREE!!! Fellow invisbleman Kurt joined Julie and I for this rockin’ show. Kurt’s camera is a bit nicer than mine, so I’ll just post the above image…
If you haven’t heard Calexico before, listen to some samples in iTunes.

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Free summer concerts in NYC

Though I risk breeching our laser-focused charge of covering drawing / illustration / photography and other visual arts, I felt a certain urgency in pointing out a few of the incredible FREE, live, high-quality music events in NYC this summer.
The New Pornographers (June 25)- First off, in my home borough of Brooklyn, Canadian smartie-pants indie-rockers The New Pornographers will be playing at my beloved Prospect Park on Saturday, June 25th at 7:30pm. Don’t forget that one-fifth of The New Pornographers consists of honky-tonk siren Neko Case, who is a powerful force of nature in her own right. Backing up the Pornographers are two other quality canuk bands, Stars and The Sadies.
Yo La Tengo / Malkmus ‘n Jicks (July 4)- Just a short stroll away from WSJ HQ in Battery Park City, a meeting of two indie juggernauts: Hoboken’s own Yo La Tengo and former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus with his band The Jicks. Also preforming is Nashville’s crooner Laura Cantrell (who I’ve heard nothing but good things about!). Show starts @ 3:30pm, and sadly I’ll be missing this incredible lineup.
Calexico (July 14) – Also performing on the southernmost tip of the city is the concert I am most looking forward to right now. Tuscon, Arizona’s Calexico will be performing at the Castle Clinton National Monument (never even heard of this before…just east of the Staten Island Ferry). Calexico is a very difficult band to describe. I’ll take a stab at it: gringo-mariachi-alt-tex-mex-folk-country-latin-indie-tamale. In a word, they are amazing. They will be performing at 7:00pm, and I will definitely be there for this one.
I couldn’t seem to find the listings for Central Park’s Summerstage. Their site is up, but no artists listed yet. I’m sure they will have a killer line up.
ALSO, has a great listing of all the upcoming shows in the area. Mac users be sure to check out their cool iCal button that subscribes you to that calendar, automatically marking up your iCal calendar on you Mac with the dates of good shows you don’t want to miss.
Heres some more info on Prospect Park and the WFC Arts & Events listings:
Link: Prospect Park / Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts schedule
Link: World Financial Center – Schedule of free music performances

UPDATE: Duh. Also don’t forget the Village Voice Siren Festival on Saturday July 16th. Rain or shine. Coney Island. No final lineup yet, but do check their site for details…and you’ll see our own PA’s fine illo handiwork all over this gala event…

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