chris brokaw

upcoming shows

March 24 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Catskills, NY, at Avalon Lounge, w/Alex Turnquist

March 25 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Portland, ME, at Sun Tiki Studios, w/An Anderson

March 26 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Allston, MA, house concert, w/guest tba


Codeine: John Engle, Stephen Immerwahr, Chris Brokaw

Codeine US East Coast 2023
April, 2023

Codeine is playing a handful of northeast shows in support of their lost album Dessau, recorded in 1992 and relased last September by Numero Group. This mini tour includes Codeine’s first Boston show in more than a decade and first Philadelphia and D.C. shows in three decades, and follows two sold-out shows in NYC and Numero Group’s 20th birthday party in LA in February 2023.

April 13 -- Codeine
Philadelphia, PA, at Underground Arts, w/Barbara Manning; tickets here

April 14 -- Codeine
Washington, DC, at Black Cat, w/Barbara Manning; tickets here

April 15 -- Codeine
NY, NY, at Irving Plaza, w/Barbara Manning; tickets here

April 16 -- Codeine
Cambridge, MA, at The Sinclair, w/Barbara Manning; tickets here

May 6 -- Lupo Citta
Jamaica Plain, MA, at the Midway Cafe, w/ Cathedral Ceilings and Hilken Mancini Band

May 12 -- Come
Portland, ME, at Sun Tiki Studios

May 13 -- Come
Boston, MA, at Roadrunner, w/The Hold Steady + Dinosaur Jr.; details here

May 15 -- Come
Philadelphia, PA, at Johnny Brenda's

May 16 -- Come
Washington, DC, at Black Cat


Come's Europe and UK spring tour will celebrate the April 2023 reissue of 1998's "GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM"

Come EU/UK Tour 2023
May - June 2023

Fire Records of London continues its reissue of the entire COME discography with "Gently Down The Stream," which will be reissued as a double LP on April 15, 2023. The band's original lineup of Chris (guitar and vocals), Thalia Zedek (guitar and vocals), Sean O'Brien (bass), and Arthur Johnson (drums) played Europe in the fall of 2022 and is pleased to return for more shows.

May 21 -- Come
Den Hague, Netherlands, at Paard

May 22 -- Come
Lille, France, at La Bulle Cafe

May 23 -- Come
Colchester, England, at Arts Centre

May 24 -- Come
Newcastle, England, at The Cluny

May 25 -- Come
Glasgow, Scotland, at Broadcast

May 26 -- Come
Todmorden, England, at Golden Lion

May 28 -- Come
London, England, at Cafe Oto

May 29 -- Come
Paris, France, at venue TBA

May 30 -- Come
Toulouse, France, at Les Pavillons Sauvages

June 1 -- Come
Barcelona, Spain, at Parc Del Forum, as part of the Primavera Sound Barcelona Madrid festival; festival lineup here

June 4 -- Come
Zaragoza, Spain, at entro S. Allende

June 6 -- Come
Castellon, Spain, at Teatre del Raval

June 7 -- Come
Donosti, Spain, at Dadababa

June 8 -- Come
Madrid, Spain, at Arganda Del Rey, as part of the Primavera Sound Barcelona Madrid festival; festival lineup here

June 10 -- Come
Torino, Italy, at Spazio 211

June 11 -- Come
Italy, city and venue TBA

June 12 -- Come
Zurich, Switzerland, at El Lokal

June 13 -- Come
Luxembourg, Luxembourg, at Rotondes

June 15 -- Come
Stavangar, Norway, at Rimi/Imir

June 21 -- Lupo Citta
Allston, MA, at the Silhouette

July 15 -- Lupo Citta
Brooklyn, NY, at Mama Tried

Chris is teaching guitar and drums by video and in person. Email him at for details.

Contributions for online shows can be made via PayPal ( and Venmo (@Christopher-Brokaw-2).

Read a recent interview Chris did with Dmitry Samarov.

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[updated March 8, 2023]


Chris is thrilled to present an album of new music from Codeine and to be performing with original band members Stephen Immerwahr and John Engle.

The band quickly sold out its two February 2023 shows in NYC (photos of those shows here). Codeine will be performing in LA, Philadelphia, DC, NY, and Cambridge in April 2023.

"Dessau" is a previously unreleased studio album from 1992. It was released September 9, 2022 by Numero Group. It's for sale at Numero Group and at the Codeine Bandcamp page.


The New Yorker wrote, "During its original incarnation, in the early-nineties underground, the doom-laden New York band Codeine issued two LPs, “Frigid Stars” and “The White Birch.” Listen to Stephen Immerwahr’s dour poetry, John Engle’s tolling guitars, and Chris Brokaw’s glacial drumming, and picture falling snow."

NPR notes the originality of the music when it was created: "There was quite simply nothing else like it."

Treble says “Dessau is the band’s codex, a monument to their own aural navigation of sadness, contemplative, crushing, and finally complete.”

Additional Codeine dates are in the works for later this year. Codeine info here.

In a project running from 2021 to 2023, Fire Records of London is reissuing the entire catalog of Come, the Boston-based band that recorded and toured the globe in the 1990s.

Scheduled for reissue in 2023 are Come's "GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM" and "NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE."

Come performed throughout Europe and the US in 2022 to celebrate the releases (watch a performance of 'Finish Line'). Come continues its touring in May and June 2023 in the US, Europe, and the UK.

The first reissue, DON'T ASK DON'T TELL (from 1994), came out in 2021. PEEL SESSIONS recorded live at the BBC in 1992 and 1993, came out in 2022.


This review says the Peel session material "showcases of the magnificent guitar interplay between Chris Brokaw (Codeine) and Thalia Zedek (Live Skull)."

Chris began playing drums in a new trio last year called Lupo Citta. The band recorded its first LP in January 2023 with Pete Weiss at Bluetone Studio, Somerville.

Lupo Citta is Jennifer Gori, Sarah Black, and Chris Brokaw.


Chris traveled to Norway in June 2022 to perform a solo electric show at a small festival at a decommissioned power station in Florli, about an hour from Stavangar.

Chris writes: "The 'festival' turned out to be more like an artists' retreat, combined with the wedding of Iver and Marit. My involvement was kinda last minute but I was very happy to be there. I met some great artists, experienced some cool and unusual performances; and played 2 solo sets, one electric in this giant decommissioned power plant, and one acoustic in the living room of a cabin. Both were thrilling for me; my new friend Jim Dawson recorded the electric one. This tape is that whole performance. As 'post covid rejuvenation get togethers' go this one was pretty great; the tape a good memento to an inspiring weekend."


The recording was released by 12XU January 19, 2023. Cassette (limited edition, 150) and digital download, both for sale at 12XU's Bandcamp.

Watch a short video clip of the performance by Victoria Heggelund.

Chris is currently at work scoring a new film by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, "Crookedfinger."

Chris' other movie work includes Halperin and Cortlund's "Barracuda," a 2017 feature film that was nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger Award and the SXSW Grand Jury Award.

Chris composed the score for "Buck Run," which premiered at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival. It's directed by Nick Frangione and stars James Le Gros. Watch the trailer.

Variety says: "The drifting electric guitar of Chris Brokaw’s score further amplifies a timelessly melancholy air."


Reuss Musical Instruments of Copenhagen has collaborated with Chris on a guitar pedal, the Reuss Recidivist Chris Brokaw signature pedal.

Both the first edition and second editions have sold out, but there are plans for a third batch, hopefully later in 2023.

Other projects: Chris' duo with Jeff Barsky, Sunset To The Sea, released its second cassette, "LOT COP," in 2022. Find it at Chris' Bandcamp page.

Chris and Jeff's first tape, from 2016, is long out of print but available as a digital download. "There’s a bleak dystopian feel in places that recalls the most probing and exploratory corners of industrial zones, but also a crackly warmth and humanity that only two skilled improvisers like these could add. Dark and hypnotic in the best way possible."

Chris was recruited to play drums with Dan Burton and Chris Carothers, who since 1994 have been making music under the name Ativin. They worked together in New Orleans and then recorded in Chicago in December 2021, with Steve Albini producing.

In another project called Dark Money, Chris plays drums and bass with Mark Morgan (guitar) and Greg Kelley (trumpet). The band recorded and mixed its first batch of music at Oddfellows in Weymouth, MA, in October 2021.


recent releases


CHRIS BROKAW "LIVE AT THE DECOMMISSIONED POWER STATION IN FLORLI, NORWAY" cassette and digital download -- 12XU, January 19, 2023 -- This transcendent solo electric set was recorded June 2022 at Rimi/Imir's fest in Florli, Norway. Edition of 150. Available at Chris' Bandcamp page.


CODEINE "DESSAU" lp and digital download -- Numero Group, September 9, 2022 -- "Dessau" is a previously unreleased studio album from 1992 featuring Codeine's original line up of Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Chris. “The sound, which typified the slowcore indie-rock subgenre, is so chilling, precise, and beguilingly extreme — shy, then crashing — that it recalibrates the vast spaces around each inquisitive note,” says The New Yorker. The album is available in blue vinyl, green vinyl, or black vinyl.


SUNSET TO THE SEA "LOT COP" cassette and digital download -- Tape Drift, March 4, 2022 -- This duo of Chris and Jeff Barsky weaves "a heavy and dense magic, with repetition and depth...[and] a crackly warmth and humanity" says Tape Drift. Studio recording, made in Maryland, featuring guitars and electronics. Edition of 50. Find it at Chris' Bandcamp page.


COME "PEEL SESSIONS" lp -- Fire Records, February 25, 2022 -- Live sessions recorded for the BBC's John Peel in 1992 and 1993. Second release of Come's catalog, in a project running through 2023. Details from Fire Records. (Scheduled for reissue in 2023: "NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE" and "GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM.")


COME "DON'T ASK DON'T TELL" double lp/double cd -- Fire Records, October 22, 2021 -- This is the first release of the reissue of Come's entire catalog from the 1990s. The package includes the 1994 album, extra singles, b-sides, and a few previously unreleased gems from that era. The reissue landed on "Best of 2021" lists, with MOJO giving the reissue four stars. Read more at Pitchfork and Fire Records.


CHRIS BROKAW "PURITAN" lp, cassette, and digital download -- 12XU, January 15, 2021 -- Many years in the making, "Puritan" is Chris' first all-out rock album since "Gambler's Ecstasy." It features bassist Dave Carlson and drummer Pete Koeplin. LP and cassette for sale at Chris' Bandcamp page; digital at 12XU. Read about Puritan.


THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES "SUNS OUT GUNS OUT" lp and digital download -- EJRC, February 26, 2021 -- Third release by guitarist/vocalist Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), bassist/vocalist Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission Of Burma) and drummer/vocalist Chris Brokaw. The Ferries' Bandcamp page includes videos and links.


CHRIS BROKAW AND GEOFF FARINA "ALL OUT & DOWN" lp -- Landland Colportage, 2021 -- A 2016 collaboration of guitars and vocals by Chris and Geoff Farina (Karate). This reissue is a deluxe silkscreened edition, the 3rd version of the album, created by Dan Black and Landland Colportage. The album includes covers of the Carter Family, Gun Club and more. Numbered edition of 145 copies; for sale at Landland.


CHRIS BROKAW "END OF THE NIGHT" lp and cd -- VDSQ and tak:til/Glitterbeat, May 24, 2019 -- Chris and Steve Lowenthal came up with the idea: create the perfect last record of the night. Chris explains the evolution. MOJO gave the record 4 stars ("pensive mood-mastery") and Uncut hailed its "flinty, deep-breathing guitar." For sale at VDSQ (U.S., LP) and tak:til/Glitterbeat (Europe, CD, and digital). Read about End of the Night.


LEMONHEADS "VARSHONS 2" cd and lp -- Fire Records, February, 2019 -- As with "Varshons 1," this album is a set of covers of 13 artists, from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to Lucinda Williams. Chris played guitar on the album, including "Can't Forget" by Yo La Tengo. Track list here.


"CHARNEL GROUND" lp -- 12XU, April 6, 2018 -- Charnel Ground's debut release was recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and features Kid Millions (Oneida/Boredoms) on drums, Chris on electric guitar, and James McNew (Yo La Tengo) on bass and organ. Listen on Bandcamp. Described as going from “white-hot feedback” to “sunshine-infused pop numbers.” For sale here with download code. Read about Charnel Ground.


CHRIS BROKAW "THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER" cd -- Capitan Records, November 28, 2017 -- A friend asked Chris to play her wedding, requesting David Bowie and Prince covers. Chris turned some of their songs into classical guitar instrumentals and decided to make an album. Tracks include THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, I WOULD DIE 4 U, and CONTROVERSY. Read about The Hand That Wrote This Letter.

Chris' Bandcamp page sells many of these recordings along with "Puritan" t-shirts made by Chris Kelley in Providence, Rhode Island, and other lp's, cd's, and test pressings.