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upcoming shows

Chris returned to in-person concerts in May, 2021. He continues to occasionally livestream shows on Facebook. Read a recent interview Chris did with Dmitry Samarov.


May 19 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Brooklyn, NY, at The Opera House, w/ GROUPER (aka Liz Harris); tix here

May 27 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Cambridge, MA, at The Middle East, w/ Mess Esque (Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner & Mckisko composer Helen Franzmann)

May 29 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Portland, ME, at Space, w/ Mess Esque (Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner & Mckisko composer Helen Franzmann); details here

June 17 -- Chris Brokaw and Jeff Mueller
New Haven, CT, at Dexterity Press, advance tickets recommended (limited to 30 guests); Jeff was formerly in RODAN and is now in JUNE OF 44, and this is his first solo performance. Solo accoustic by both Chris and Jeff and maybe some songs together.

July 21 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Easthampton, MA, at Daily Operation, w/Weak Signal

Aug 18 -- Chris Brokaw Solo
Portland, ME, at Sun Tiki Studios, w/ Rex; details here


Come Europe 2022 Tour
September-October 2022

Come is thrilled to be playing in Europe in the fall of 2022 with the band's original line-up (Chris, Thalia Zedek, Arthur Johnson, and Sean O’Brien).

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Come performing April 18, 2022: Thalia, Sean, Arthur, Chris; photo by Brad Searles


Sept 29 -- Come
Brussels, Belgium, at Botanique

Sept 30 -- Come
Antwerp, Belgium, at Hetbos

Oct 1 -- Come
Dilksmuide, Belgium, at 4AD

Oct 2 -- Come
Rennes, France, at Des Pies Chicaillent

Oct 3 -- Come
Paris, France, at Petit Bain, w/Ventura

Oct 4 -- Come
Lyon, France, at Sonic

Oct 5 -- Come
Genova, Italy, at La Claque

Oct 6 -- Come
Bologna, Italy, at Freakout

Oct 7 -- Come
Mezzago, Italy, at Bloom

Oct 9 -- Come
Vienna, Austria, at Chelsea

Oct 10 -- Come
Prague, CZ, at Klub 007

Oct 12 -- Come
Copenhagen, Denmark, at Loppen

Oct 13 -- Come
Humble, Denmark, at Musik Efter

Oct 15 -- Come
Berlin, Germany, at Kantine

Oct 17 -- Come
London, England, at Cafe OTO



Follow Chris on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date news. This website is often a few weeks behind.

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


Chris is teaching guitar and drums by video and in person. Email him at redcities2002@yahoo.com for details.

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Cambridge, MA, winter 2021

 

[last updated May 19, 2022]


news

In a project running from 2021 to 2023, Fire Records of London is reissuing the entire catalog of Come, the Boston-based band who recorded and toured the world in the 1990s. Now out: previously unreleased Peel Sessions from 1992 and 1993, recorded live at the BBC.

The package, from Fire Records, was released Feb 25, 2022. Included is the previously unreleased song "Clockface," recorded live at Citi in 1991. A limited edition on white vinyl is available.

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

The first reissue of the project, DON'T ASK DON'T TELL (from 1994), came out October 22, 2021. Come played two shows to celebrate, in Brooklyn, NY. Watch a performance of 'Finish Line'.


Chris' project with Jeff Barsky, Sunset To The Sea, has a new release, "LOT COP." Out on Tape Drift, this is a studio recording made in Maryland featuring guitars and electronics.

Cassette edition of 50 copies, with download. Release date March 4, 2022. Find it at Chris' Bandcamp page.

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Their first tape from 2016, long out of print, is available as a digital download. Tape Drift notes that Chris and Jeff "weave a heavy and dense magic, with repetition and depth...[and] a crackly warmth and humanity."


Dan Burton and Chris Carothers, who since 1994 have been making music under the name Ativin, asked Chris to play drums on their new record.

They worked together in New Orleans and then recorded in Chicago in December 2021, with Steve Albini producing.


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Reuss Musical Instruments of Copenhagen has collaborated with Chris on a guitar pedal, the Reuss Recidivist Chris Brokaw signature pedal. The first edition is sold out. A new batch of 25 pieces will be released April/May 2022.


Dark Money is the name of Chris' newest band. It features Mark Morgan on guitar, Greg Kelley on trumpet, and Chris on drums and bass.

The band recorded and mixed its first batch of music at Oddfellows in Weymouth, MA, in October 2021.


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"ALL OUT & DOWN," Chris' 2016 collaboration of guitars and vocals with Geoff Farina, was reissued in 2021. This deluxe silkscreened edition, the 3rd version of the album, was created by Dan Black and Landland Colportage.

The album includes covers of the Carter Family, Gun Club and more. Numbered edition of 145 copies.


Chris has been collaborating with Findlay//Sandsmark, a Norway-based group working in dance, video art, and live music, on a multimedia piece called "Florida (lowlands)."

It debuted March, 2019, at Rimi/Imir SceneKunst in Stavanger, Norway, and at the Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2019. Details here.


Chris's most recent feature film work was composing the score for "Buck Run," which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2019. 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."

Chris' movie work also includes "Barracuda," a 2017 feature film by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund. It was nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger Award and the SXSW Grand Jury Award.


 

recent releases

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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.


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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 2012's "Gambler's Ecstasy." It features bassist Dave Carlson and drummer Pete Koeplin. LP and cassette versions are for sale on Chris' Bandcamp page; digital for sale at 12XU. Read more about Puritan.


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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 history, videos, audio tracks, and links to buy the record digitally or on vinyl.


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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 to listen to at home. Chris explains the evolution. Press for the record includes 4 stars from MOJO ("pensive mood-mastery") and 8 out of 10 from Uncut ("flinty, deep-breathing guitar"). For sale at VDSQ (U.S., LP) and tak:til/Glitterbeat (Europe, CD, and digital). Read more about End of the Night.


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


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"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 to music that goes from “total rager” with “white-hot feedback” to “sunshine-infused pop numbers,” according to Doom and Gloom from the Tomb. For sale here with download code included. Read more about Charnel Ground.


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CHRIS BROKAW "THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER" cd -- Capitan Records, November 28, 2017 -- When a friend asked Chris to play her wedding, he asked for requests — and she said David Bowie and Prince. 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 more 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.