The Felice Brothers at Lebowski Fest in Louisville, KY, 7.16.10

The recounting of the NTSIB roadtrip to points south will begin with the end. We are, as regular readers have surely noticed, a little fannish about the Felice Brothers, so when the opportunity presented itself to cap off our roadtrip by seeing the Brothers play Lebowski Fest, we couldn’t pass it up. It was the fourth Felice show for me, the third for Jennifer and our first show together. All very exciting, I assure you. And it was, for me, the most fun of the Felice shows I’ve experienced.

We set off from the hotel a little late and, sadly, missed “The Greatest Show on Earth” (a favorite of mine), but we sang along to “White Limo” as we crossed the parking lot and weaved our way as close to the stage as we could. The Brothers kept it upbeat for the drunken party crowd and Lebowski-ized a couple of songs, transforming “Where’d You Get Your Liquor?” to “Where’d You Get Your Caucasian?” and “Roll On, Arte” to “Roll On, Donny”. Other highlights included a guest spoon-player on “Whiskey … Continue reading

Cassette & the Felice Brothers at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, OH, 5.10.10


(I’m not very familiar with their songs, so I wasn’t able to construct a playlist.)

Cassette has a violinist and a cellist. These are good things. Cassette also has a keyboardist who seems to enjoy the hell out of himself and a singer whose voice really shines from time to time. These are also good things. Their songs are of the softer, more subtle variety, which A) doesn’t seem like the best fit for a Felice Brothers opener and B) is not my favorite kind of music, to be honest.

Perhaps it was because they were on their last night of their tour with the Felice Brothers, but Cassette’s music lacked oomph and many songs seemed not so much to end as peter out. Their set ended, however, on a highlight as the band, especially the cellist and keyboardist, let go and played their hearts into a burning crescendo. More fire like that throughout Cassette’s set would serve them well.

The Felice Brothers

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Photog: The Felice Brothers

This week Jennifer brings the extra-happy by featuring NTSIB favorite the Felice Brothers. I’ll be seeing the boys again on Monday, and Jennifer and I both look forward to rocking Lebowski Fest with them (and the wonderful Digger from Take This Bread) in July.

The week after I saw the Gin Blossoms, I continued my January theme of “wandering around unfamiliar places in the dark and bitter cold looking for concerts” with a trip to the Boulton YMCA in Bay Shore, Long Island to catch the Felice Brothers. There were no scantily-clad college students or gigantic mixers, but I did encounter a lighthouse small enough to fit on a traffic island. It did not light my way home, or, more importantly to the venue, and I was both lost and running late, so I didn’t take its picture. Perhaps next time, Bay Shore. Anyway, I did eventually make it to the show:


I was expecting Ian Felice to be about twice as old as he actually is, and three times as grizzled. I was really, truly sure they were the opening band until he … Continue reading

Notable shows in the greater Cleveland area & the Felice Brothers, y’all

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Mon, May 3| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
    Magical Beautiful
    Shiny Penny
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Thu, May 6| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Jesse Dee
    The Big Sweet
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Fri, May 7| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Grant-Lee Phillips
    The Winter Pills
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Wed, May 5| 8 PM
    Frightened Rabbit
    Maps & Atlases
    Our Brother the Native
    $13 adv
    $15 dos

Now That’s Class

  • Mon, May 3| 9 PM
    All Leather
    Sun God
    Music Hates You
  • Wed, May 5 – Sun, May 9
    The Mentors/Shat/Femsickliver/Schnauzer/McShitz/The Mahonies/Lorain Skum
    Timmy’s Organism/Homostupids/Cock ESP/Birds Of Maya/Puffy Areolas/Pop. 1280/Flyin’ Trichecos
    TKO’s/KILSLUG/Bassholes/The Ladies/Mickey/Folded Shirt/Unholy Two

Happy Dog

  • Sat, May 1| 9 PM
    Martin Bisi
    Mr. California
    Uno Lady
  • Fri, May 7| 9 PM
    This Moment in Black History
    Knife the Symphony
    The Buried Wires

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Ponderous Wank: “Remember the days when Grandpa would take us upstate to play in the country.”

Adding to the lists of reasons why I love the Felice Brothers: It seems there upbringing was not terribly different from mine, and I can feel that familiarity in their words and actions. Just now, I was listening to “The Country is Gone” from their album Tonight at the Arizona, and I heard sounds that made tears catch in my throat. It was the distant call of a Blue Jay and the almost-subliminal rise and fall of the sound of Cicadas. Just in the background, just like the way I heard it as I went about my daily life in the country.

It’s an interesting thing… I spent so much of my youth just waiting for the time when I could get away from the countryside, but now that I am in the city (or near enough to it), I realize how the country left its mark on me, in a not-unpleasant way. I have always loved the lights and sounds and motion and tall buildings of the city, and I often feel filled with an electric energy when I’m surrounded by it, … Continue reading

Notable shows in the greater Cleveland area & some SXSW showcases

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, Feb 20| 8:00 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Bluegrass Barn Dance
    Pete McDonald & The Wax Wings String Band / JP & The Chatfield Boys / Hiram Rapids Stumblers / Heelsplitter / Misery Jackals / Timber Wolves / One Dollar Hat
    $5.00 adv / $7.00 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Tue, Feb 23| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Ha Ha Tonka
    Cowboy Angels / Robbie Jay Band
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Fri, Feb 26| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    The Fervor
    Good Morning Valentine
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Mon, Feb 22| 9:00 PM
    Sun God
    The Unclean

The Kent Stage

  • Tues, Feb 23| 8:00 PM
    Ani DiFranco
    Erin McKeown
    $36.00 Individual
    $65.00 Patron

Oberlin College

  • Weds, Feb 24| ?
    Ani DiFranco
    Erin McKeown
    Finney Chapel @ 90 North Professor St
    Call 800-371-0178 for details

For those who might be venturing to Austin in March, here are a few links to SXSW showcases to check … Continue reading

Notable shows in the greater Cleveland area & a PSA from the Felice Brothers

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, Feb 13| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    The Whiskey Daredevils
    CD Release Show!
    Uncle Scratch’s Gospel Revival / Scoliosis Jones
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Thu, Feb 18| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
    Jason Boesel
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sat, Feb 20| 8:00 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Bluegrass Barn Dance
    Pete McDonald & The Wax Wings String Band / JP & The Chatfield Boys / Hiram Rapids Stumblers / Heelsplitter / Misery Jackals / Timber Wolves / One Dollar Hat
    $5.00 adv / $7.00 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages

House of Blues

  • Tues, Feb 16| 9:00 PM (8:00 PM door)
    George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
    $32.00 – GA- Standing Room Only – Advance
    $35.00 – GA- Standing Room Only – Day of Show
    $45.00 – Reserved Seats
    All Ages
  • Thurs, Feb 18| 8:00 PM (7:00 PM door)
    Snoop Dogg w/ The Constellations, DJ Steph Floss
    $35.00 – GA Standing – Advance
    $38.00 – GA Standing – Day of Show
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News Bits & Bobs: Southern Festivals, Waits Reads, New Lidell & Scott-Heron

  • Gulf Shores, Alabama, will host the Hangout Music Festival May 14-16, 2010. The fest will feature A.A. Bondy… and some other people. A lot of really good acts, actually, like the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Legend, Matisyahu, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and Michael Franti & Spearhead, among others.
  • The Felice Brothers will be down in Bondy territory when they play the Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford, Mississippi, on April 24, 2010. The free festival will be headlined by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and will also feature performances by Jimbo Mathus and Those Darlins, among others.
  • Tom Waits reads Charles Bukwoski. ‘Nough said.
  • Mercurial soul singer Jamie Lidell’s new album Compass comes out in May. This time around, he’s getting a hand from Beck, Feist, Pat Sansone of Wilco and a few members of Grizzly Bear. You can hear the title track at Stereogum and Pitchfork.
  • I don’t know how long ago this was posted, so it may no longer count as news to anyone else, but the Bowerbirds played a few songs for Pitchfork’s Cemetery Gates series.
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Simone Felice: Long May You Run

Simone Felice is a wonder. In 33 years, he seems to have experienced enough highs and lows to fill a few lifetimes, and he still manages to radiate the kind of sunny, loving air one would expect only from someone who has remained innocent of the depth and variety of pain the world has to offer. He came to prominence on the music scene as the drummer and rabble-rouser of the Felice Brothers (“prominence” being a term used loosely here as there are some still ignorant of the glory of the Brothers), given to off-kilter rhythms, whiskey-fueled antics and declarations such as “All ya’ll didn’t think there was any more churches left in New York City, did ya? This is the Felice Brothers Scumbag Church where you can fuck your cousin in the bathroom.” But even in the midst of the backwoods anarchy of the Brothers, the softer light in Simone still came shining through when he’d take the helm on songs like “Your Belly in My Arms” and “Mercy”.

When tragedy struck, not for the first time in Felice’s life, in the form of the still-birth of his daughter in the winter of 2008, instead of becoming hardened by … Continue reading