September 14, 2015
I'm now playing the organ as a member of Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores. We are touring France, Germany and Belgium Sept 16-30. Show details are here:
I'll be playing my own material as well to open for the shows in Beauregard, France (9/17) and Brussels, Belgium (9/24).

May 26, 2015
Our serious pals in the band Goddess are releasing their excellent new record June 6, and we're playing the backyard Brooklyn release show! Email for details.

April 25, 2015
More writerly love from New York Music Daily! This time the detailed review stars my cat: "Carlos, the goodlooking, rangy guy who runs the space housing the Gatehouse concert series in Fort Greene, surveyed the room Friday night. His black eyes shifted warily, separating familiar faces from newcomers. His blasé, taciturn expression muted a spring-loaded, muscularly twitchy presence, clearly on the prowl for fresh meat..."

March 27, 2015
Our next show is on Friday, April 3 at the New Living Room, with Hans Chew and Dave Heumann (Arboretum).

January 14, 2015
Folkadelphia recorded our four-song session featuring Susan Acorn, and it airs tonight on WXPN!
Best of all, you can download the whole thing here.

January 11, 2015
I'm booking a Sunday afternoon music series at Mayflower, a tiny saloon in Clinton Hill. Today's show features Erin Durant.

November 11, 2014
Our next show is on Friday, Nov. 21 at the highly cozy Troost with the legendary Lianne Smith.

October 14, 2014
Last week we played at Trans-Pecos with Meaner Pencil, Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, and Christy & Emily. New York Music Daily attended and wrote a long review of the show today, declaring: "The best New York show of 2014 happened last week at Trans-Pecos" and "Nights like this are why we live here instead of in New Jersey." They called my group "a fiery, virtuosic art-rock band who are unrivalled in all of New York." Wow! You can read the whole review here and if it makes you sad you missed the show, there is a video!

October 8, 2014
Fuckinrecordreviews admonishes you to attend tonight's Trans Pecos show with Christy & Emily, Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, and Meaner Pencil. “We can’t get enough of jumble queen EMBER SCHRAG and her timeless astral lean. Her goner strum is one of the highlights of NYC right now.” Thanks, Fuckinrecordreviews!

September 24, 2014
Ember Schrag band bass-player Debby Schwartz is also an accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter. She's assembled a backing band with Ember Schrag, Pat Gubler, Bob Bannister, Robert Dennis, Peter Stuart, Katie Gentile, and Claudia Chopek to perform songs from her Twin Lakes Records release "A Garden of My Own" at NYC's Cake Shop on an excellent bill.

June 2, 2014
Next Brooklyn show: June 17 at Muchmore's with L.A. touring acts and the solo project of Christy & Emily's Christy.

June 1, 2014
Clawfoot NY presents Songs @ E Gallery #4 is happening Saturday, June 7. I'm presenting Mary Halvorson & Jessical Pavone, Linda Draper, and Concetta Abbate. Release party for Dead Language Airport Zine #2. 8 pm, $10, 459 Vanderbilt Ave.

May 6, 2014
Two distinctly appealing events in Philadelphia this month: an acoustic duo with Bob Bannister at Old City Coffee on May 15, trading sets with Laura Baird, and a lawn party at The Rigby Mansion on May 31, with Ohioan and Debby Schwartz, special guest Susan Alcorn sitting in.

May 5, 2014
New York Music Daily calls Schrag "one of the most individualistic and interesting songwriters in any style of music" in this thoughtful review of The Sewing Room.
Ember Schrag Brings Her Haunting Great-Plains Gothic Songs to Cake Shop

April 30, 2014
Reviving the Clawfoot name from my former house show venue in Nebraska, announcing Clawfoot NY: now presenting "Songs at E Gallery," a monthly series in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The first official Clawfoot NY show on May 8 features Larkin Grimm, Ohioan and Cal Folger Day, 8:30 PM at 459 Vanderbilt Ave. More information here.

April 22, 2014
Two Ember Schrag / Bob Bannister duo shows in Brooklyn this week. Tonight (Tuesday) at 8 at Launchpad, Sunday 7-9 at Wayfarers (with poems). See Shows page for more details.

April 18, 2014
At E Gallery Brooklyn tonight: Bob Bannister & Ember Schrag release new fanzine Dead Language Airport, Debby Schwartz releases an EP on Twin Lakes Records and performs with an all-star band, Meaner Pencil with new band members, and Pentangle cover band Sport & Play.

April 17, 2014
Appearing as part of Bunnybrains tonight at Trans-Pecos in Brooklyn, along with Dan Bunny, Jim Roberto, Holly Gardner, Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl, Bob Bannister and Zach Phillips. Also on the bill: Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Weyes Blood and Pyramid Dawg (NYMPH).

April 8, 2014
Playing two sets at the highly cozy TROOST in Greenpoint this Friday, April 11, at 8:30 & 10:00 pm. 1011 Manhattan Ave, No cover.

March 21, 2014
Brand new bandcamp page:
Stream & purchase downloads of The Sewing Room, A Cruel, Cruel Woman, and the Jephthah's Daughter EP.

March 19, 2014
Mini-tour next week with the new band!

03-26-2014 Hudson, NY. The Half Moon. With Meursault, Locust Heads. 8 pm, 48 S. Front St.
03-27-2014 Beacon, NY. Quinn's. With Debby Schwartz. 8:30 pm, 330 Main St.
03-29-2014 Boston, MA. Whitehaus. With Concetta Abbate, Dear Creek, Long John. 8 pm, 10 Seaverns Ave.
03-30-2014 Providence, RI. House of Fools. With Concetta Abbate, Mystery Red Inferno (Alec K. Redfearn). 7:30 pm, Chapin Ave.

March 11, 2014
Two special duo shows with Bob Bannister this Sunday and Monday, the 16th & 17th.

Sunday, March 16 at Pete's Candy Store with music AND poetry by Ember Schrag, Jasmine Dreame Wagner and Morgan Orion.
The first reading of my poems in a very long time!

And don't miss Monday, March 17 at Manhattan Inn with Josephine Foster!
*UPDATE* Here's a lovely video of Josephine & friends from the show:
See more, and others from many great shows I upload in a slow trickle, at my Youtube channel.

March 5, 2014
Life took me to play percussion with Josephine Foster last week.

at Hank's Saloon on Feb. 27, with Gyða Valtýsdóttir 

at MoMa PS1 on March 2, with Susan Alcorn and Gyða Valtýsdóttir.

Thanks to Josephine for having me on a few tunes!

February 11, 2014
My friends in 75 Dollar Bill introduced me to Troost, where they played a residency this winter.
Pleased to announce that my band will perform at this highly cozy Greenpoint joint on April 11.

Here's a video of 75 Dollar Bill's February 8 New York Times-reviewed performance there, with guests Karen Waltuch (viola) and Andrew Lafkas (upright bass) and a little dancing by me at the end.

Check out my friends' band, and come see us play at the same place in April if you're in town!

February 4, 2014
Next Brooklyn show is February 27 at Hank's Saloon, with Escape By Ostrich and Franklin Bruno & The Human Hearts.

January 9, 2014
Joining Kath Bloom and Lianne Smith for a special performance at E Gallery in Brooklyn on January 25. See the show page for more info!

December 26, 2013
Happy to report a very many updates to this site, and regular news to follow from now on!

For instance:
My second record, The Sewing Room, got these nice reviews!

Those with interest in my work should certainly "Like" my facebook page.
I have a show coming up in Brooklyn on January 25 with Kath Bloom and Lianne Smith, details coming soon.
Susan Alcorn, Erik Ruin and I made a special collaboration called Singing From the Bottom of a Well that toured 4 cities in September.
The Shaggs are back together! Well, in a way.
And did you see the music video for "Sutherland"?

September 01, 2013
Announcing Singing From The Bottom of A Well, a special collaborative project with Susan Alcorn and Erik Ruin.
My hair in the wind
Tour Dates:
9/12 Baltimore, MD. 2640. With Daniel Higgs, Nathan Bell
9/13 Washington, DC. St. Stephen’s. With Nathan Bell, Mike Andre.
9/14 Philadelphia, PA. The Highwire Gallery. With Dan Joseph, Destroying Angel.
9/15 Brooklyn, NY. Bundy’s. With Ohioan, Bob Jones & The Golden Tones.

January 4, 2013
The Sewing Room made WFMU's Best-Of 2012!

October 13, 2012
I played eight songs live on WFMU! You can listen to recordings—from Jeffrey Davison's show "Shrunken Planet" - here!

August 24, 2012
The Sewing Room
is WFMU's album of the day!

July 27, 2012
Listen to a track from the upcoming EP from L. Eugene Methe, Weak Wines. I had the pleasure of contributing vocals on every track. This 7" will come out in September on Italy's Almost Halloween Time Records.

July 10, 2012

My second album, The Sewing Room, has been released on Edible Onion / Single Girl, Married Girl. You can order a copy here. The first 100 copies are in handmade art books by Edible Onion, available here, going fast!

June 2, 2012
I have the pleasure of assisting with booking a US Tour for Amsterdam-based band Cactus Truck this fall/winter. If anyone has an interest in hosting them for a show, please get in touch!

April 17, 2012
My new album, The Sewing Room, will be released July 10 on Philadelphia's Edible Onion & Single Girl Married Girl Records.
A limited edition handbound book version is available now from Edible Onion. CD NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER.

April 16, 2012
Office Park will be playing a show on April 25 at the Whistler in Chicago with Philippe Petit + PAS & Katherine Young.

March 10, 2012
Spring 2012 Tour
with Gary Foster (drums), Evan Lipson (bass), Susan Alcorn (pedal steel).
4/3 : Washington, D.C. Back Alley Theater. With Weed Tree, Susan Alcorn.
4/4 : Baltimore, MD. The Windup Space. With Rosemary Krust, MacGregor Burns .
4/5 : Philadelphia, PA. Highwire Gallery. With Susan Alcorn, Scallion. Special guest Helena Espvall .
4/6 : Boston, MA. Lorem Ipsum. With Pancho the Kidd, Chris North, Snidely and Whiplash (Bobb Trimble + Crystal Fulbright).
4/7 : Brooklyn, NY. Vaudeville Park. With Zachary Cale, Jessica Pavone + Mary Halvorson.
4/8 : Providence, RI. AS220. With Erik Ruin (music by Scott Reber & Sakiko Mori), 2 Headed Dog, Orion Rigel Dommisse.
4/10: Columbus, OH. It Looks Like it's Open. With Mike Shiflet + Sven Kahns, Time & Temperature.

February 22, 2012
A new release by Office Park with Dino Felipe will be coming out this summer on Green Tape out of Rockford, IL .

January 19, 2012
I'll be playing a show on February 18 at Shockrasonica in Madison, WI with Spires That In The Sunset Rise, Troy Schafer and Eloine.

November 27, 2011
On Wednesday, December 14, I'll be playing a show at O'Leaver's in Omaha with L. Eugene Methe and David Nance.

October 21, 2011
A new release by my project Office Park will be coming out this spring on Humbug Records out of Stavanger, Norway.

Sepember 16, 2011
Miami artists Dino Felipe & This Heart Electric are touring the East Coast and Midwest this late Sept. and all of October. I set up their tour and will be playing a couple of dates with them, 10/23 in La Crosse, WI (as Office Park) and 10/25 in Kansas City. These guys deserve to be checked out.

Sepember 14, 2011
I have a new radio show, Dead Language Airport, on 89.1 KPVL Sunday nights at 6. You can listen online at

August 20, 2011
Excited about about collaborations with Omaha's L. Eugene Methe.

March 15, 2011
Spring US Tour
4/27 : Milwaukee, WI. The Borg Ward. With Lucky Bone, Conrad Plymouth, Charlie Spur.
4/28 : Toledo, OH. Robinwood Concert House. With Corridors.
4/29 : Buffalo, NY. The Vault. With C. Ryder Cooley, Lara Buckley.
4/30 : Hudson, NY. The Spotty Dog. With Kath Bloom, Silent Isle.
5/1 : Easthampton, MA. Flywheel Arts Collective. With Kath Bloom, Belted Galloway, MMM.
5/2 : Worcester, MA. House Show. With Kath Bloom, Matt Fox.
5/3 : Boston, MA. P.A.'s Lounge. With Kath Bloom, Sunburned Hand of the Man.
5/4 : Philadelphia, PA. Kung Fu Necktie. With Kath Bloom, Meg Baird.
5/5 : Brooklyn, NY. Union Pool. With Kath Bloom, P.G. Six, Larkin Grimm.
5/8 : Baltimore, MD. Golden West Cafe. With Susan Alcorn.
5/9 : Washington, DC. Velvet Lounge. With Nine Strings Trio, Lithia Corsica.
5/11 : Pittsburgh, PA. Garfield Artworks. With Will Simmons, Wifebeater, Ivory Weeds.
5/12 : Champaign, IL. Reisman Law Office. With Morgan Orion, You & Yourn.

September 10, 2010
Fall US Tour
Visit for Ember's tour blog.
8/21 : Seattle, WA. Cafe Solstice. With AMA.
8/22: Seattle, WA. Garden party at Amy Denio's house. With AMA.
8/27 : Lincoln, NE. Clawfoot House. With Ed Gray, Ron Wax, Jeff Thompson and Angeles Cossio, and Loud Kitchen.
8/28 : Omaha, NE. Noah Sterba's House. With Ed Gray, Simon Joyner, Noah Sterba & the Cocktails.
8/30 : Omaha, NE. Bemis Center for the Arts. With Daniel Higgs, The Chiara String Quartet.
9/1 : Ames, IA. The Ames Progressive. With Ron Wax, Pennyhawk.
9/2 : Iowa City, IA. The Mill. With Ed Gray, Ron Wax.
9/3 : Dubuque, IA. Monk’s Kaffee Pub.
9/4 : Minneapolis, MN. 331 Club. With Andy Elwell, Adam Svec.
9/5 : Madison, WI. The Gates of Heaven. With Meteorade, El-Tin Fun.
9/6 : Milwaukee, WI. The Sugar Maple.
9/7 : Chicago, IL. Uncommon Ground. With Barnfires.
9/8 : Detroit, MI. Burton Theater. With Windy Weber & Hitoko Sakai, Eloine + Gabriel Beam, Black Flea.
9/9 : Columbus, OH. Spore Infoshop. With Time and Temperature, Crawfishes.
9/10 : Bloomington, IN. Bryan Park Tot Lot. With Vollmar, Normanoak, Hanz Bronze, Bobby Bils, Polaroid, Sir Deja Doog.
9/11 : Normal, IL. Never Forget Fest.
9/12 : Urbana, IL. Mike ‘n’ Molly’s. With You & Yourn, Kayla Brown.
9/13 : St. Louis, MO. Pig Slop. With Eloine, Ron Wax, Teaadora, Derrick Hart..
9/14 : Columbia, MO. The Hairhole. With Ron Wax, Heater.
9/15 : Kansas City. The Brick. With The Chiara Quartet.
9/16 : Lawrence, KS. 8th St. Taproom. With CJ Calhoun, Katlyn Conroy, Sam Billen.
9/17 : Omaha, NE. The Slowdown. With The Chiara Quartet, Noah Sterba & the Cocktails.
9/18 : Lincoln, NE. The Zoo Bar. With World History, Zoe Boekbinder.
9/19 : Fairfield, IA. Thug Estates. With Eloine, The Horror the Horror.
9/20 : Louisville, KY. Derby City Espresso. With Eloine, R. Keenan Lawler.
9/21 : Pittsburgh, PA. Helter Shelter. With Eloine, Wife Beater, Critter.
9/22 : New Haven, CT. Cafe Nine. With Kath Bloom.
9/23 : Hudson, NY. The Spotty Dog. With Kath Bloom, Bunnybrains + Eloine.
9/24 : Burlington, VT. The Radio Bean.
9/25 : Portland, ME. Mayo St. Arts. With Dan Knudsen, Jeff Platz Percussion String Trio + Junko Simons.
9/26 : Boston, MA. Whitehaus. With Kath Bloom, Glenn Jones, Jaggery.
9/27 : Brooklyn, NY. Goodbye Blue Monday. With Eloine + Philip Gayle, Mal Madrigal, Guitars.
9/28 : New York, NY. Googie’s Lounge above the Living Room. With P.G. Six, Mal Madrigal.
9/29 : Philadelphia, PA. Castle Gay. WIth The Snow Caps, Charlotte Littlehales, Kate Ferencz, Buffalo Stance.
9/30 : Baltimore, MD. 2640. With Rosemary Krust, Other Colors, Holy Ghost Party.
10/1 : Washington, DC. Pyramid Atlantic. With Eloine + Gary Rouzer, Rosemary Krust.
10/2 : Blacksburg, Virginia. Gillie’s. With The Black Twigs.
10/3 : Boone, NC. BeansTalk. With Eloine, Arte Povera, Andrew Weathers, Carly Taich.
10/4 : Johnson City, TN. The Acoustic Coffeehouse.
10/5 : Chapel Hill, NC. Nightlight. With Eloine + Slicnaton, Inspector 22.
10/6 : Athens, GA. Flicker Bar. With Emily Armond, Tiny Distance.
10/10 : New Orleans, LA. The Saint.
10/11 : Houston, TX. Notsuoh’s. With The Chiara Quartet, Bell Tran, Papaya.
10/13 : Austin, TX. United States Art Authority. With Christina Carter, Ralph White, Eloine + Josh Ronsen.
10/14 : Wichita, KS. Vertical Violet. With Ghostbeard, Mike Adams.
10/ 17 : Chicago, IL. Schwag City. With Eloine.
10/18 : Chicago, IL. Derp Haus. With Brune-Juice and the Jigsaws.
10/20 : Norman, OK. Opolis. With Eloine, Ex Oblivione.
10/21 : Amarillo, TX. The 806.
10/22 : Phoenix, AZ. The Dressing Room. With Hell-Kite, Michelle Blades.
10/23 : Los Angeles, CA. Human Resources. With Monstruo, Moses Campbell, So Many Wizards.
10/24 : San Francisco, CA. Amnesia.
10/25 : Davis, CA. Robot Residence.
10/26 : Oakland, CA. The Cakebread Castle. With Eloine, Dax Tran-Caffee.
10/27 : San Francisco, CA. Red and White Fleet.
10/28 : Eugene, OR. The Jazz Station. With Eloine + Sabrina Siegel.
10/29 : The Waypost. Portland, OR. With Ohioan, Hearsay and Hyperbole.
10/30 : Olympia, WA. Le Voyeur. With Autococoon, Making Love, Dan Avery.
11/1 : Seattle, WA. The Can-Can. With Low Hums, Bill Patton.
11/2 : Caldwell, ID. Scott's House. With Eloine.
11/3 : Salt Lake City, UT. The Underground. With Eloine, Diandra Ryan-Mas.
11/10 : North Platte, NE. Da Buzz.
11/13. Grand Forks, ND. The Hub. With June Panic.

July 20, 2010
On Sunday, July 25, I'll be doing a live radio performance on 89.3 KZUM at 1:45 pm to promote the release of Jephthah's Daughter the next day. You can also listen online at

July 13, 2010
Solo EP Jephthah's Daughter will be coming out on Eh? records on July 26!! EP release show with June Panic and June Panic's wife at Clawfoot House that night. The album will be available after that at

July 10, 2010
On Monday July 12, I'll have the pleasure of performing for The Monthly Rumpus at the Makeout Room in San Francisco.

July 9, 2010
Recorded some songs with Blood and Ready tonight. They have a song cycle project in the works with characters. They needed me to sing songs from the perspective of a politician's mistress.

June 10, 2010
Article in the Lincoln Journal Star today about the series I started at Clawfoot House for improvised and experimental music.

June 1, 2010
Playing two shows in Lincoln this weekend: on Saturday 6/5 with Damien Jurado, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, and Manny Coon at 9 at the Bourbon Theatre. Then Sunday 6/6 I'll be playing at Clawfoot House with Nick Jaina and Bear Country.

April 6, 2010
Playing a show tomorrow at 8 with Arborea and Manny Coon at Clawfoot House.

February 15, 2010
Download live versions of "La Maria" and "I Ain't A Prophet," from a radio appearance, also featuring songs by Lori Allison, Cory Kibler and Manny Coon.

February 13, 2010
Playing tonight at the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, 5-7 pm, $10.

February 11, 2010
New video of "La Maria," by Jaime O'Bradovich.

February 2, 2010
My piece "Columnar Paper" is on A Pairing In Disorder:  2X tape compilation from Darbolistic Rex ( 50+ artists, ultra rad handmade & screenprinted packaging, and cheap pre-order: $11 +free surprise!

January 14, 2010
Thanks to writer Stephen Elliott for this small mention in the New York Times. Definitely check out his book The Adderall Diaries!

January 7, 2010
89.3 KZUM is featuring A Cruel, Cruel Woman tonight at 10 pm CST on in Lincoln (listen: And some new recordings, too.

January 5, 2010
My song “Two Suns” is rated number 3 on J-Wave, Tokyo’s most popular radio FM radio station.

December 26, 2009
Show at Clawfoot House on January 9 with Bill Hoover (Darktown House Band) and McCarthy Trenching.

December 11, 2009
New versions of "Nobody Can Tell" and "La Maria" out now on the compilation Lo Fidelity #5 (with Jad Fair, Unbunny, Murzik and others). Visit to acquire.

December 3, 2009
I will be opening for the Chiara Quartet at Clawfoot House next Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 pm, along with Das Hoboerotica. Planning to join the Chiara Quartet for a few tour dates next year.

November 28, 2009
I'm a new programmer on 89.3 KZUM, Nebraska’s community radio station. Sunday mornings from 1130 am-130 pm. You can listen online at

November 23, 2009
My song "Two Suns" will be featured on Volume 421 of J-Wave, a radio show out of Japan, for one week starting Nov. 28. Listen to the show here.

October 30, 2009
Nominated for Best Alternative Singer/Songwriter in the Omaha Entertainment Awards.

September 13, 2009
Mini tour next weekend: playing in Des Moines (9/18 at Ritual Cafe) and with Ed Gray and Eloine in Iowa City (9/19 at Public Space One).

September 1, 2009
Come see me perform with Shelley Short and Alexis Gideon at the Clawfoot House on September 8!

July 18, 2009
I'll be live on 89.3 KZUM, Nebraska's only community radio station, with Das Hoboerotica for the Wimmin's Show tomorrow at 11:30 am. You can also listen on

July 13, 2009
Phil Hansen, an artist from St. Paul, used my song "Nobody Can Tell" as the background music for one of the time-lapse videos he makes of himself creating pointillistic portraits of current figures, this time an image of Bernie Madoff made out of fake money. He calls this series Art Happening. See the video here.

Phil's most recent Art Happening work, Obama vs. Fly, a portrait of the President made out of tiny fake flies in response to PETA's outrage that Obama swatted a fly during a speech, is on the front page of CNN today. Check that out here. Here is an article about Phil's work, including his breakthrough video "Influences" that over a million folks followed on YouTube.

July 12, 2009
On July 25 at 9 pm, Günter & I will provide music for this month's performance of The Living Room. This will be a performance of a live serial sitcom written by Lincoln-based playwright Robert Stewart. 'the living room' is inhabited by the Templeton family. The father (Brawn: played by robert stewart) has moved the family into the living room and sealed off all contact with the outside world. The mother (Kiney: played by Sarah Stewart) is absorbing the situation in the most polite way possible in light of everything that's happened. The son (Kritty: played by Ladd Wendelin) is prone to flights of fancy--also is slowly turning into a bird. The daughter (Whisper: played by Kate Anderson), since wearing the transmitter which zaps her brain with educational rays, is beginning to get her own ideas. She explores in pursuit of adventure and discovery, but can't get a straight answer from anyone.

Although the story of 'the living room' is being told serially, with running gags and repeated themes, the characters and situations are familiar enough that any new arrivals to the show should not have difficulty picking up the story.

This will take place at the Tugboat Gallery, which is located on the second floor above Duffy's Tavern at 14th & O in Lincoln.

July 11, 2009
A Cruel, Cruel Woman is now available in Lincoln at Spindle, Meadowlark and Crescent Moon Coffee, at Homer's in Lincoln and Omaha, and at The Antiquarium in Omaha. The album is also available online at Lone Prairie Records.

July 6, 2009
St. Paul artist Phil Hansen used my song "Nobody Can Tell" as the music for a video in his Art Happening series. The video is a time-lapse of Phil making a large portrait of Bernie Madoff out of fake money.

July 5, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came to the CD release show at the Zoo Bar last Friday, and to Outlaw Con Bandana for playing the show.