Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Minds Behind Violent Femmes, Soul Coughing, Grant-Lee Buffalo, Toad the Wet Sprocket play the Iron Horse Nov. 11th-15th

Gordon Gano and the Ryans, Wednesday, November 11th - 7:00PM

Gordon Gano, co-founder/songwriter for alt-rock monoliths Violent Femmes returns to the scene he helped spawn with a new album Under the Sun on Yep Roc. Film-scoring brothers and Bogmen members Brendan and Billy Ryan join Gano for Gordon Gano & The Ryans' first collaboration and Gordon's first non-Femmes release as a front man. Gano's influence on alternative music is immeasurable and his latest work is sure to remind the music world of the force and presence with which he originally stormed onto the scene in 1983, paving the way for the commercial explosion of alternative music a decade later.

Mike Doughty Thursday, November 12th- An Acoustic Evening - 2 Shows- 7 & 10PM

Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty returns to Northampton, band in tow, for another undoubtedly unique performance. Doughty will be up to his usual surrealist and ornate tale weaving, exemplified by songs like "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" and "I Hear the Bells," both of which were featured on popular television shows Grey's Anatomy, Bones, and Veronica Mars. Mike's new album, GOLDEN DELICIOUS, is a loose limbed, freewheeling set that brings all the aspects of his singular muse together in one smart, humorous and eloquent package.

Grant Lee Phillips, Winterpills, Friday November 13th-7PM

You may know him as the street musician singing between scenes on dozens of episodes of the Gilmore Girls. With golden voice and silver-dipped pen Grant-Lee Phillips, former frontman of the legendary Grant Lee Buffalo, presents another milestone in a career brimming with the like. Little Moon, his first album since 2007's Strangelet, is track after track of well-anchored classic American music - rock and folk swirl under clouds of cinematic strings for a primer on the art of the timeless tune. His legendary well of melody is in full display on Little Moon, with even the most lilting piano ballad standing comfortably on a thick, powerful trunk. Northampton's own Winterpills open the show and will back up Grant-Lee as well.

Works Progress AdministrationSunday, November 15th - 7PM

Works Progress Administration takes its name from FDR’s 1939 New Deal initiative, which put millions to work making buildings, bridges, theater, art and music. WPA is an expandable collective, the core band comprised of Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), and Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band, Lyle Lovett.) WPA was born out of the musical community surrounding the legendary LA club, Largo, a place not unlike the Iron Horse. The collaborative's debut album came out this September ('09) and includes the other five members: Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Imposters) and Davey Faragher (The Imposters, Cracker). Glen, Luke & Sean are on the road in support of the new album, to be joined by additional band members along the way as individual schedules allow. WPA will be performing at Iron Horse as a Quintet - Glen Phillips, Luke Bulla, and Sean Watkins will be joined by Sebastian Steinberg (bass) and Jerry Roe (drums)."

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