Next up, the 16th Annual IPO


We’re happy to let you know that we’ve been invited to play at the 16th Annual International Pop Overthrow Festival in New York. Our show is on Saturday, November 5 at 8:15 at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn. The IPO stages four-day festivals in cities throughout the US and Canada. For more information, click here. We can’t wait to get back to Brooklyn (in spite of the traffic) and we hope to see many of you there to help us celebrate on the eve of John B’s birthday.

STP Alumni Report…

In the meantime, John’s been playing a few shows with a new band fronted by our former bassist and recording guru Dan Francia. The video above is from their show on October 8 at the Funhouse in Jersey City, which was a benefit for the Friends of Liberty State Park. They’ll be playing another show, this time a benefit for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, on Friday, October 21 at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn. For more information and to order tickets, click here.

Lots of Good Music for a Good Cause

benefit CD

We’re very pleased that our friend Tony Donato asked us to contribute a song to a wonderful album of music to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The 21 songs on the album, executive produced by Tony and Donna Deady, include fine compositions by our friends The Thousand Pities, Deena Shoshkes, Wild Carnation, Rebecca Turner, Heroes of Toolik, and Tony’s band Jack Brag. The album was mastered by our buddy Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound. Our contribution is “Mansion,” penned by John and Michael. For complete artist and ordering information, go to Please help support this worthwhile project.

Speed the Plough Now
Now is available now, here!

Twelve songs lovingly crafted for your listening pleasure. This limited edition release, the first in more than 20 years on the legendary Coyote Records label, is on 180-gram vinyl and includes a download coupon giving you access to 24-bit WAV files of the album.

Special pricing $15, plus $5 shipping/handling in the continental United States.

Click here to order! (U.S. only)

To see some of the reviews that have greeted the release of Now, click here.

New Now T-shirts

You can help us celebrate the release of Now on the re-born Coyote Records label with a new T-shirt. Men’s and women’s styles in a wide range of sizes. Super soft, high quality fabric. Click here to order yours (Continental US and Canada).

Speed the Plough Now



for your listening pleasure

“Because,” from Now, 2016
“Wide Awake,” from Mason’s Box, 1993
“More & More” from Now, 2016
“(Love is) The Best Revenge” from Shine, 2011
“Follow Your Visions” from Masons’s Box, 1993

Lucky You
“Lucky You,” from the 2011 album Shine

Coal & Courage
From our performance at the Hoboken Music and Arts Festival, September 2013, with The Feelies’ Bill Million reprising his guitar part on “Coal & Courage”

Said and Done
“Said and Done,” from the 1995 album Marina

The Ballad of Peggy Oki
“The Ballad of Peggy Oki,” one of Michael’s songs on Tag Sale.

Who Knew the World
“Who Knew the World” from the 2011 album Shine.

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The Plough & The Stars

And don’t forget
about our career-spanning retrospective, The Plough & The Stars, released by Bar-None Records in 2013. For more information, click here.


Mike, Cindi