Spoon Playing 9:30 Club on 10/23 After All

Just when you thought the “Spoon situation” was over, there’s a whole new wrinkle. This time, however, it’s a good one, unless of course you went ahead and bought a ticket to see Yo La Tengo at the Birchmere on 10/23. (Thankfully, I’ve been procrastinating.)

According to a second post by Britt Daniel on this little blog (and elsewhere, I’m sure), Spoon will, in fact, be playing the previously scheduled second show at the 9:30 Club here in DC on Tuesday, October 23rd. Britt’s exact post is reproduced below, but here’s what I think is going on.

(1) If you bought a ticket for either of the original 9:30 Club shows, and if you choose to exchange it (or upgrade) for a Merriweather ticket, then at the time you do so you will be given a voucher. As long as you bring both your used Merriweather ticket stub plus your voucher to the 9:30 Club on 10/23 by 6:45pm, you will be guaranteed entry for the show. That means that anyone choosing to go the Merriweather show will get the bonus of being able to see Spoon two nights in a row for the price of one ticket. Not bad. I still don’t want to see the Shins, though.

(2) If you bought a ticket for either of the original 9:30 Club shows, and if you choose not to exchange it (or upgrade) for a Merriweather ticket, simply bring your unused ticket to the 9:30 Club on 10/23 by 6:45pm and you will be guaranteed entry for the show.

(3) If you show up after 6:45pm with your unused original ticket and/or a voucher, your entry completely depends on whether there is still capacity in the club.

Unresolved questions — What if you already got a refund for your 9:30 Club ticket? (Thankfully, mine just showed up today and I still have it.) If I show up only with my original 9:30 Club ticket, will I get in, or do I need a “voucher” (the first part of the email suggests no, but the last paragraph suggests yes).

Also, I just noticed that Spoon’s set is apparently strictly limited to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Umm, ok. That’s certainly not ideal. Granted, I’m happy at the prospect of seeing Spoon, but I’m still not sure whether this is all kosher or not, or whether I just want a straight-up refund. I’ll have to think on this one.

That said, I do appreciate the effort by Britt and anyone else involved to try to remedy this situation. I still hope we get a full 9:30 Club show from them down the road, but we’ll have to wait and see…

Hi again. We did finally figure out a way to do a smaller show in DC:
Spoon and the Ponys will be playing the 9:30 club on Tuesday Oct 23rd,
the day after the Shins / Merriweather show. For those who bought
tickets to either of the original 9:30 shows, admittance is guaranteed
and is free. After that, admittance is free on a first-come basis to
anyone who has a Merriweather ticket. The details get a bit thick, so
I’ll just fw what I’ve been told. Thanks, Britt

>> Spoon will perform a special show at the 9:30 Club for those
>> who bought tickets to either the original Spoon shows at 9:30
>> or to the Shins/Spoon show at Merriweather.
>> Tuesday, October 23
>> 6:00 doors
>> 7:00-7:30 The Ponys
>> 7:45 – 9:00 Spoon (9:00 Curfew))
>> For those who bought Tickets.com tickets to the original 9:30 show:
>> Bring your ticket to the box office at the 9:30 Club or at
>> Merriweather to exchange/upgrade your ticket, at which time
>> you will receive a voucher. This voucher, when presented
>> with the 10/22 Merriweather ticket stub, will guarantee the
>> ticket holder entry to the special show if presented by 6:45
>> PM on the 23rd. You can still get in after 6:45, space
>> permitting of course. Yes that means you get to go to both
>> the Merriweather & 9:30 shows!
>> OR
>> Bring your unused ticket to the show on the 23rd – it will
>> guarantee entry if presented before 6:45, and can still be
>> used for entry after that time, space permitting.
>> For those who purchased Ticketmaster tickets to the Merriweather show:
>> Bring your ticket stub to the 9:30 Club for access to the show.
>> Admittance is limited by capacity and not guaranteed.
>> Operational details:
>> There will be two lines for entry – one (left side) for those
>> with the special 9:30 vouchers combined with the Merriweather
>> tickets, and the other (right side) for those with
>> Merriweather tickets only. We will allow entry through both
>> lines from 6:00 – 6:45, maintaining the balance to
>> accommodate the number of vouchers given out.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 31 August 2007 at 7:27 pm

The Rock Returns to D.C.

Tuesday, November 27th at the Black Cat… Dinosaur Jr.. Tickets on sale next Friday, September 7th.

I’ve seen them three times since they reformed a couple of years ago, and aside from some sound issues at the most recent Irving Plaza show, they’ve been great. I was wondering whether or not I needed to see them a fourth time if they came back through town, but the fact that the show is at the Black Cat clinches it for me.

Be sure to wear earplugs, kids, ’cause it’s gonna be loud.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 31 August 2007 at 11:54 am

The Draft Touring This Fall

Just noticed that Gainesville, FL’s The Draft have a pretty big U.S. tour scheduled for October, including a local-ish stop at Ottobar in Baltimore. Why no DC show, fellas?

If you’re not familiar with The Draft, the band features three of the four members of the dearly departed Hot Water Music, and put out one of my favorite albums of 2006, In A Million Pieces [BUY]. The band hasn’t missed a beat since transitioning over from HWM, and I’m looking forward to finally getting a chance to catch them live this fall.

The Draft, “New Eyes Open”

The Draft U.S. Tour Dates

10/3: Baltimore (Ottobar)
10/4: Boston (Middle East)
10/5: New York (Knitting Factory)
10/7: Detroit (Small’s)
10/9: Cincinnati (Poison Room)
10/11: Minneapolis (Triple Rock Social Club)
10/13: Denver (Marquis Theater)
10/14: Salt Lake City (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)
10/16: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill)
10/17: Los Angeles (Knitting Factory)
10/18: Fullerton, CA (The Alley)
10/19: Phoenix (The Brickhouse)
10/22: Denton, TX (Rubber Gloves)
10/24: Houston (The White Swan)

Hear more from The Draft at the band’s MySpace page.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 31 August 2007 at 7:39 am

Beer and Music Collide in Virginia

Just noticed in the new City Paper (well, Washington’s version) that there’s an interesting 3-day festival happening in Centreville, VA (near Manassas) from September 21 to September 23 featuring two of my favorite things — beer and music.

On the beer side, the festival will host breweries from across the U.S. and Europe, each of which will be offering 4 oz. tastings. Only a few of the breweries are actually listed on the festival’s website, but I’m excited to see that one of the participants is Michigan’s excellent Bell’s Brewery.

On the music side, the bands include, among others, Southern Culture on the Skids on Friday, the Avett Brothers, Fishbone (!!!) and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on Saturday, and Junior Brown on Sunday.

In addition, the festival’s website also promises “world class burlesque” and “bonafide Coney Island Carny acts”. Sounds interesting. Tickets are available here, and you can buy 1-day passes or a 3-day pass. Not surprisingly, 1-day passes for Saturday are more expensive than the other days, at a still reasonable $35. They also offer shuttle service to the Vienna, VA metro stop for $22 for those folks who are too much of a wuss to drink and drive. (I kid, I kid.)

I just might go on Saturday…

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 30 August 2007 at 4:14 pm

New Band of Horses

I can’t say I was a particularly big fan of Band of Horses’ first album, Everything All The Time. They seemed to be trying a bit too hard to sound like My Morning Jacket, except I didn’t think their songs were as good as MMJ’s, and lead singer Ben Bridwell’s voice was nowhere near as good as Jim James’. In fact, for some reason Bridwell’s voice just really grates at me, and I can’t really explain why.

Well, the band has a new album coming out on October 9th called Cease to Begin, and the first single from the album, “Is There a Ghost”, has been making the rounds. It’s ok. It’s more upbeat than a lot of their last album, but Bridwell’s voice still annoys me, and the song basically repeats the same thing over and over again. I think Ben’s telling us that he could sleep.
Band of Horses, “Is There A Ghost”

If you’re so inclined, you can pre-order Cease to Begin over at Sub Pop Records. Apparently there’s a track on the album named after former NBA player Detlef Schrempf, so that’s kinda cool I guess, because not enough indie bands name songs after tall white German basketball players. Honestly, I think it would have been more interesting if they’d paid tribute to Detlef’s former teammate, Shawn Kemp, and named songs after Shawn’s (alleged) numerous illegitimate children.

You can also hear more Band of Horses over on MySpace.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 7:59 pm

RIP Richard Jewell

While I don’t often stray from music and pop culture on this blog, every once in a while I see something that I feel is important to highlight.

I just saw that Richard Jewell died today of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. If you’ll remember back to 1996, Jewell was the security guard who was originally heralded as a hero for saving people when a bomb went off at the Atlanta Olympics, and was then incorrectly accused of actually masterminding the attack. Although the government finally admitted that it was wrong, and that Jewell was not responsible for the attack (Eric Rudolph was later convicted of the crime), you can’t help but believe that the situation forever besmirched Jewell’s name and affected his life. Simply put, the man was royally screwed.

Anyway, I just thought it was right to take a minute and pay my respects. The man deserved a lot more than he got. Rest in peace, Richard.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 3:38 pm

Two More 9:30 Club Shows

Two more shows popped up on Tickets.com today. Both go on sale here tomorrow morning at 10am,

Sun., 10/7: Pinback
Wed., 10/10: The Pipettes

Can anyone tell me how Pinback is playing the Nokia Theatre in New York (on Tues. 10/9)?? The place holds 2,100 people. When the h-e-double hockey sticks did Pinback get that popular? Good for them, but I’m pretty shocked.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 3:24 pm

Bad Religion Pre-Sale

I’ve been wondering when Bad Religion tickets were finally going to go on sale. Thankfully Brooklyn Vegan pointed out today that there’s a pre-sale for the entire tour, and it’s going on now. Go here to get a ticket. Depending where you are, you can also buy tickets from Ticketmaster, though you’ll probably pay a higher service fee.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 2:59 pm

RIP Hilly Kristal

Just heard this over on WOXY: CBGB founder Hilly Kristal passed away last night after a battle with lung cancer. More info is available here.

Rest in peace, Hilly. At least now you don’t have to live in Vegas.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 8:27 am

D.C. Show Update

Here’s the interesting (IMO) new shows in the D.C. area that have been announced so far this week (or, alternatively, that I’m just noticing this week). There will probably be a few more announced before the week is out, but I figured now was as good a time as any to throw a list together.

9/19: Girl Talk, Dan Deacon, White Williams @ Black Cat (on sale now)
10/4: Paolo Nutini @ 9:30 Club (on sale now)
10/6: The Good Life, Luke Temple @ Rock and Roll Hotel (on sale now)
10/18: The New Amsterdams, Anathall @ Rock and Roll Hotel (on sale Thurs. 8/30 at 1pm)
10/19: British Sea Power, Stardeath, White Dwarfs (on sale Fri. 8/31)
10/20: Stars @ 9:30 Club (on sale now)
10/21: Film School @ Rock and Roll Hotel (on sale Fri. 8/31 at 10am)
10/23: Yo La Tengo @ Birchmere (on sale now)
10/24: Celebration @ Rock and Roll Hotel (on sale Fri. 8/31 at 10am)
11/4: The Black Angels @ Rock and Roll Hotel (on sale Fri. 8/31 at 10am)
12/7 and 12/8: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ 9:30 Club (on sale now)

I also saw a Patrick Wolf date listed at the Black Cat site yesterday (for sometime in September, I think), but it’s gone now, so I don’t know what the deal there is.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 7:07 am

D.C. John Stabb Benefit Scheduled

As mentioned earlier, John Stabb of Government Issue was recently the victim of a random attack on the street near his home. Thankfully, John seems to be recovering well, but unsurprisingly he is facing extremely high medical bills.

In order to help John meet his bills, an initial benefit show was held here in DC at the Black Cat a few weeks ago. I was unfortunately not able to make that show. Thankfully, though, a followup benefit has been announced for Sunday, September 23rd at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

Government Re-Issue (feat. Tom Lyle, William Knapp, Brian Baker and John Stabb)
76% Uncertain
No Image
Alive at Last
Pup Tent

The shows is going to have door sale tickets only, so first come, first served.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 29 August 2007 at 6:58 am

Springsteen Tour Set

Thanks to Matt for the heads up. Dates are verified from the Backstreets site. None of these are up on Ticketmaster yet that I’ve seen, so no word as to on-sale. I guess they’re not doing 11 nights in Newark after all.

For my new neighbors in the DC area, there’s a Sunday, November 11th date. Unfortunately for me, this conflicts with Bright Eyes at DAR Constitution Hall. Decisions, decisions. I’m a bigger Bright Eyes fan than Bruce…

October 2 Hartford, CT
October 5 Philadelphia, PA
October 9-10 East Rutherford, NJ
October 14 Ottawa, ONT
October 15 Toronto, ONT
October 17-18 New York, NY
October 21 Chicago, IL
October 26 Oakland, CA
October 28 Los Angeles, CA
November 2 St Paul, MN
November 4 Cleveland, OH
November 5 Auburn Hills, MI
November 11 Washington, D.C.
November 14 Pittsburgh, PA
November 15 Albany, NY
November 18 Boston, MA

November 25 Madrid, SPAIN
November 26 Bilbao, SPAIN
November 28 Milan, ITALY
November 30 Arnhem, NETHERLANDS
December 2 Mannheim, GERMANY
December 4 Oslo, NORWAY
December 8 Copenhagen, DENMARK
December 10 Stockholm, SWEDEN
December 12 Antwerp, BELGIUM
December 13 Cologne, GERMANY
December 15 Belfast, IRELAND
December 17 Paris, FRANCE
December 19 London, UK

Edited to add: Looks like the DC show is at Verizon Arena and tickets go on sale on September 21st.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 28 August 2007 at 8:19 am

Ted Leo Playing 2 Nights at 9:30 Club

Gee, the 9:30 Club sure does have a funny way of announcing shows and putting tickets on sale. Some shows, like Bad Religion, get announced but don’t go on sale for weeks. Others, like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists pop up on sale out of nowhere.

ANYWAY… Ted is playing at the 9:30 Club on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th. Tickets are on sale now. Think I’m going Saturday. Thanks to Matt for the heads up.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 27 August 2007 at 8:50 am

Papercuts @ Rock and Roll Hotel [8/26/07]

Caught Papercuts at the Rock and Roll Hotel tonight. I like but don’t love their recent album, Can’t Go Back. It has some great moments (see “Dear Employee” below) but the rest of the songs seem to blend together to me. However, since I haven’t seen many shows this month, and because my friend Matt is a big fan of the band, I figured I’d check them out while they’re in town.

What I would say is this – when they’re playing as a 3-piece (guitar, bass, drums), they’re an okay live act, but when they add a fourth person to play organ as well, as they did towards the end of the set, they sound pretty damn good. My advice? Add a permanent fourth touring member.

We skipped Beach House, who were the actual headliners of the show. I’ve heard a couple of songs from the band and they didn’t do much for me. Plus, I gotta admit, I was nervous as hell having my car parked on the street near Rock and Roll Hotel. For lack of a better term, it’s a sketchy, sketchy neighborhood, and I’m very protective of the first car that I’ve had after more than 11 years in New York. So we headed out after Papercuts. We did manage to see a couple songs from the opener Tiny Vipers, and that’s about all that needs to be said about that.

SeeqPod Music beta – Playable Search

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 26 August 2007 at 8:52 pm

Vandaveer @ Iota [8/24/07]

So I finally got a chance to catch Vandaveer live on Friday night after having missed them open for Alejandro Escovedo in New York earlier this month. As I mentioned earlier, their Grace and Speed LP is one of my favorite albums of the year. Their show was excellent, including a wonderful rendition of Radiohead’s “No Excuses”.

They’ve got a bunch of live dates coming up over the next month or two, so be sure to catch them if they’re in your town. You can find a full set of dates at the band’s MySpace page. For my friends in New York, catch them with These United States at Arlene’s Grocery on September 18th.

Only got a few pics, as Iota is a small little place and no one else was taking pictures, so I didn’t want to be “that guy”. That said, Iota seems like a fine place to see a band – with the exception of the big brick pole in the middle – and I’m looking forward to seeing more shows there in the future. The Shiner Bock on tap doesn’t hurt things either.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 26 August 2007 at 1:52 pm

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