Mudcrutch ‘Crush It’ at NYC’s Webster Hall – BESTCLASSICBANDS.COM

by Greg Brodsky

Tom Petty of Mudcrutch, June 10, 2016 at NYC’s Webster Hall (Photo: Greg Brodsky)

From the reaction of the jam-packed crowd at NYC’s Webster Hall on Friday night (June 10), you would have never known that Tom Petty had another band. Because on this night the five-piece Mudcrutch – supplemented live with a sixth member, and for three songs, a seventh… more on that in a moment – absolutely crushed it.

With two albums now under their belts, 2008’s Mudcrutch and their excellent new follow-up 2, the country-rock band has more than enough material to create a 20-plus song set, which included several well-chosen covers.

Petty, McGuinn, Leadon and Pedersen (Photo: Greg Brodsky)

One of those covers was “Lover Of The Bayou” co-written by Roger McGuinn and for good reason: The Byrds‘ co-founder and key Petty influence was a surprise guest on this occasion. McGuinn easily looks and sounds 15 years’ younger than his 73 years; he and Petty shared lead vocals on the song, which Mudcrutch covered on their 2008 debut.

Afterwards, Petty exclaimed, “This is far out!” McGuinn’s final number with the band was a stellar cover of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”

Mike Campbell and Tom Petty (Photo: Greg Brodsky)
Tom Petty of Mudcrutch, June 10, 2016 at NYC’s Webster Hall (Photo: Greg Brodsky)

For the uninitiated, Mudcrutch was formed in 1970 by Petty and his teenage pal, Tom Leadon (brother of Eagle Bernie Leadon). Among the other early members were drummer Randall Marsh and the future Heartbreakers, guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench.

The team concept of the band allows each member to write and sing lead on at least one song and following Tench’s turn on his “Welcome to Hell” from the new album, the enthusiastic crowd shouted “Ben-mont, Ben-mont” to which an approving Petty added: “I do that in the shower.”

Leadon’s contribution, “The Other Side of the Mountain,” which he described as the “first psychedelic bluegrass song,” featured a terrific, long jam including one from Campbell as well as beautiful banjo-picking by the touring band’s sixth member, the veteran bluegrass musician Herb Pedersen.

Any thoughts of hearing a signature song like “American Girl” or “Free Fallin’” from Petty’s “other” band were dashed within the night’s first few songs; they simply wouldn’t fit in with Mudcrutch’s repertoire, and frankly weren’t missed. (Ironically, Petty was honored the night before with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his enormous and remarkable body of work.)

In talking about the band’s early days, Petty said: “When we first started out, we played clubs just like this… five shows a night, six days a week. But the people who worked there were topless.”

Mudcrutch June 10, 2016 (via

Shady Grove
Orphan of the Storm
Six Days on the Road
Scare Easy
This is a Good Street
Beautiful World
Dreams of Flying
Save Your Water
Hungry No More
I Forgive It All
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Lover of the Bayou (with Roger McGuinn)
Bugler (with Roger McGuinn)
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (with Roger McGuinn)
The Other Side of the Mountain
Welcome to Hell
Victim of Circumstance
The Wrong Thing To Do
Bootleg Flyer

Crystal River

Tiny Moving Parts released ‘Celebrate,’ on tour with Prawn & Free Throw (NYC pics) Read More: Tiny Moving Parts released ‘Celebrate,’ on tour with Prawn & Free Throw (NYC pics) – BROOKLYN VEGAN

photos by Mimi Hong

Tiny Moving Parts at The Studio

Minnesota math-rock/emo band Tiny Moving Parts brought their tour with likeminded bands Prawn and Free Throw to NYC on June 2 at The Studio at Webster Hall. The tour continues in Tampa tonight (6/9) and wraps up in St. Louis on June 26. Check out the list of updated tour dates and more pictures from the NYC show below.

For Tiny Moving Parts, the tour has been in support of their recently-released third album, Celebrate, which is out now on Triple Crown. If you haven’t heard that yet, you can stream it below.

When this tour ends, Prawn will hit the road again opening for the reunited Hey Mercedes. That includes NYC shows on July 13 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and July 16 at Market Hotel (tickets).

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And Like a Tweet in the Night, Kanye Was Gone – NEW YORK TIMES


Just past 2 a.m. Monday, Kanye West poked his head through the roof of a car heading north on Third Avenue in the East Village and surveyed what he had wrought. On East 11th Street, outside Webster Hall, maybe a couple of thousand young people were clustered — in the street, on the sidewalks, on stoops, on balconies, sitting atop Postal Service trucks — waiting for a just-announced concert that was beginning to seem as if it might not happen. When Mr. West rode by, a few hundred of them spied him and peeled off, surrounding his car, taking pictures, reaching for handshakes.

After a minute or so, he drove off — the Kanye West concert was not to be, an anticlimactic end to a roller coaster day.

The city gives, and the city takes away. One of the truest and most persistent charms of New York night life is its unpredictability. Certainly, as severe thunderstorms were bearing down on the New York area Sunday evening, the idea that the night might end with throngs of young people congregating on downtown streets awaiting their hero would have seemed ludicrous. But with a couple of tweets, Mr. West summoned a gathering out of thin air, a reminder that, for the right person, the city can be activated at any moment.

The congregation was — as spontaneous large-scale eruptions of fandom go — exceedingly low-key. There were cheers when a familiar face, like ASAP Rocky’s, made his way through the crowd. People posed for selfies with the sea of fans as a backdrop. Couples kissed amid the hubbub. For about two hours, police officers — whose boss, Commissioner William J. Bratton, had made inflammatory comments about rappers after a shooting at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza last month — watched from a distance, more bewildered than tense. (There was one arrest, for disorderly conduct, according to the department.)

For Mr. West, the day’s events were set in motion 14 hours earlier, when the third day of the Governors Ball music festival on Randalls Island, where he was to be the headliner, was canceled because of severe weather. Suddenly, Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2016, just outside Manhattan at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where a set was already scheduled for his G.O.O.D. Music label, took on additional importance. The raison d’être of Summer Jam is surprise marquee appearances — surely Mr. West would show.

Marco Benevento Announces New Album & Tour Dates – JAMBASE

Keyboardist Marco Benevento has announced the upcoming release of a new album and the first leg of a tour in support of the LP. Benevento will unveil The Story of Fred Short via Royal Potato Family in April. More details on the new studio effort will be announced soon.

Following an appearance on Jam Cruise, Marco will bring his trio on the road for a series of January dates in Florida. Then, the three-piece resumes the tour in March for performances in Colorado and California. April finds Marco, drummer Andy Borger and bassist Dave Dreiwitz playing shows out west and in the Northeast.

Marco Benevento plays American Beauty NYC on Friday August 12th – Tickets here

‘Obie Is the New Black’: The Irrepressible Lea DeLaria Salutes Off-Broadway Theater – VILLAGE VOICE


Orange Is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria hosting the 2016 Obie awards

Kylie Shaffer

It began quietly enough: A receptionist strapped an all-access paper bracelet to my wrist. But access to what? The 2016 Obie awards, the annual celebration of the best Off-Broadway theater co-presented by the Voice and the American Theatre Wing, looked roughly the same as it had for all the years I’d been showing up. But there were signs that things were different, sleeker. In the funky main-floor lounge of Webster Hall, where there’d always been drinks and tempting platters of donated canapés around which conversation thrived, stood a huge step-and-repeat past which the host (the irrepressible Lea DeLaria), the talent (like Leslie Odom Jr.), and a few awardees (the glamorous Carmen de Lavallade) slowly proceeded, herded by official-looking PR guys in jackets and ear mics. A scrum of photographers and Web journalists stayed on their side of a line carefully marked with the names of media outlets.

Mac DeMarco Critics Pick – TIME OUT NEW YORK

Music , Rock and indie at Webster Hall , Monday May 16 2016

The reigning hooligan king of indie pop, DeMarco released a mini-album of love songs last summer that revealed, in addition to the nuances of his heart, his home address, complete with an invitation for coffee. If you didn’t have a chance to make it out to his Queens apartment, you can also enter for a chance to win a meet n’ greet through his new fan club, the Mac DeMarco Fan Club, run by none other than his mom, Agnes. Or for an alternative route to a face-to-face with the impish outsider–lite rocker, you can ambush him here at these Webster Hall gigs as he returns to New York to air his pouty, surreally stylized lo-fi tunage.

Lita Ford on Her Rock ‘n’ Roll Legacy – VILLAGE VOICE


For a lot of hard rock and metal bands, the Eighties was about baring it all, in terms of both skin and bad behavior. During those aggressive days Lita Ford, fresh off her stint as lead guitarist of the Runaways, was no exception. But decades later the former wild child is more interested in baring her soul and sharing her wisdom as an icon — and survivor — of rock’s testosterone-fueled heyday, having finally gotten recognition as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.

In her 2016 autobiography, Living Like a Runaway, Ford laid bare her sometimes horrifying, just as frequently hilarious, and always heartfelt experiences as a determined guitarist in a world that wasn’t always welcoming to her. On the heels of her latest album, Time Capsule, she’s touring with Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm, who are in many ways carrying on her legacy. She spoke to the Voice from the tour bus on the way to play Webster Hall tonight.

Read the full interview here:

Summer’s Hottest Tours: Mudcrutch at Webster Hall – BILLBOARD BULLETIN


Label: Reprise/Warner Bros.
Promoters: VARIOUS
Agency: WME

When Mudcrutch plays Denver on May 26, the show will open the first national tour for the band — which formed 46 years ago. Tom Petty co-founded Mudcrutch in his hometown of Gainesville, Fla., in 1970 before finding fame with The Heartbreakers (whose guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench play in both groups). In addition to Live Nation and AEG Live, Mudcrutch notably has chosen to work on this tour with an array of independent promoters, including Jay TV, PromoWet, I.M.P., Webster Hall Entertainment, The Bowery Presents, Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Group/Goldenvoice. Although Mudcrutch played a few shows in California in 2008 after releasing a self-titled album, this summer marks the first chance for fans across America to hear the one-time house band at Dubs Loung

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