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May 27, 2015

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

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Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.

Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.

UPDATE: Chicago and Denver announced too.

All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...

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Kamasi Washington

Jazz saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington has been at it for over a decade -- early works include Young Jazz Giants, his quartet with Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat and others, who released a self-titled album in 2004 -- but he's been in the spotlight recently thanks to his contributions to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his debut album as a bandleader, The Epic, which came out earlier this month on Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder. (Thundercat appears on this too.) Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music and wrote:

It's something of a gobsmacking paradox to discover what a hip-hop-free zone The Epic is, and how enamored of jazz's past it turns out to be. This triple-album set is an extravagant love letter to (among other things): soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods), and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report. The Epic's Disc 1 opener, "Change of the Guard", might as well be titled "We Love All Kinds of 'Trane". Its ringing opening piano chords sound almost entirely lifted from the playbook of McCoy Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane's so-called "Classic Quartet." (That's the group responsible for A Love Supreme.) The opening theme in the saxes is something that could only have been written after "Impressions". And the harmonious writing for Washington's string section recalls posthumous Coltrane releases like Infinity--tracks from which featured orchestral overdubs supervised by Alice Coltrane (who is, as you may have read, Flying Lotus's aunt).
He performed the album live at the Regent Theater in LA the day before it came out, and tonight (5/27) at 9 PM EST, NPR will broadcast it for all to hear. HIs band at that show included Thundercat once again, arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading the orchestra and choir, and many more (LA Times has a good review). His only two upcoming dates at the moment are in LA and DC, but let's hope he makes it to NYC soon too.

Stream a track from the album and browse his tour schedule below...

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photo: Roosevelt at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

German electronic artist Roosevelt was supposed to play NYC in 2014 but cancelled due to visa issues, although he did play SXSW that year, including a a BrooklynVegan party (as pictured above). Now, he's finally set to return for a few US dates, and will make his NYC debut at Baby's All Right on July 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The tour also hits LA, San Francisco, and Dallas' Timescape Festival (with RJD2, STRFKR, Tokimonsta, Giraffage and more). All dates are listed below.

Roosevelts also got a new double a-side single on the way via Greco-Roman, and recently put out the video for its song, "Night Moves." Check that out below too.

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by Bill Pearis

Chastity Belt @ Rough Trade 5/22/2015 (photo via @majorgatson)

After opening for Courtney Barnett's three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom, Seattle's Chastity Belt stuck around NYC to play a late show at Rough Trade on Friday night (5/22) with Nail Polish and Mega Bog, which was presented by BrooklynVegan and also sold out. The band tried out a handful of new songs in addition to ones from their first two albums, the crowd was ready to party (and dance) and a good time was had by most.

Chastity Belt have met back up with Barnett for West Coast dates and they'll be back on the East Coast with her next month, wrapping the tour up in Philadelphia on June 15. Right after the band and Barnett part ways, they'll pop up to NYC for another show, this time at Baby's All Right on June 16. That show is with Happy You, and Shadow Walker and tickets are on sale now.

Courtney Barnett will be back in NYC at Terminal 5 on July 22 with Speedy Ortiz and Torres. Tickets are still available.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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dave hill

Hello. This is your man Dave Hill with an announcement of global importance. On Tuesday, June 9, my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by aspecialthing records, a reputable label if there ever was one. As you can probably imagine, I am very excited about this as it is the culmination of nearly ten years of performing live comedy in dank basements, juke joints, convalescent homes, and correctional facilities all over the world. And while, sure, the sex has been incredible, it also feels good to have some of my live comedy work be released both in the popular CD format and on iTunes, which is why I write to you today. Whether you need a good laugh or would just like a better understanding of why I have never once appeared on network television (I have, however, appeared on basic and premium cable many, many times. Let me be clear on this, everyone I went to high school with! Haha. Ha.), I encourage you to go ahead and pre-order your copy of my incredible album today. It is full of "jokes", anecdotes, stories, and other theoretically humorous observations from a life lived to the best of my abilities for the most part. I also rip a couple sweet guitar solos here and there because I can. It is a really great album to listen to while enjoying a killer workout, participating in medical experiments, or just sitting there eating a corn dog or something probably. I don't even know. You'll figure it out. And as if all of that is not enough, the cover art is by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists ever.
Dave Hill will be celebrating the release of Let Me Turn You on at The Bell House on June 9 with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Before that, Dave is a part of the "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/28) that also features Devo's Gerald Casale, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Tickets are still available. Dave says he's "gonna do a song, not sure which one yet. I might rip a sweet solo or two also."

You can also get a dose of Dave via WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show which airs every Monday from 9 PM - midnight, Eastern time. Dave's got a few other live dates as well, and all are listed below.

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photo: of Montreal in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
of Montreal

of Montreal continue to be relentless tourers. Having wrapped up a lengthy tour earlier this month (which hit NYC's Webster Hall in March), they now have several more dates scheduled running from late June through mid-November.

The new dates include an Asbury park show on August 23 at Asbury Lanes with Mothers and a Brooklyn show on September 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Surface to Air Missive. Tickets for Asbury and MHOW are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a recent live session video, below...

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photo: Michael Cera w/ Mister Heavenly in 2011 (more by Ryan Muir)
Michael Cera

It's no secret that Michael Cera is bros with members of indie vets The Unicorns. That's him pictured above playing with Nick Thorburn's band Mister Heavenly (which also included Modest Mouse and Man Man members) in 2011, a year after he starred in a video by Nick's other band, Islands.

Earlier this year, Michael Cera collaborated with The Unicorns' other co-frontman, Alden Penner, on a new song called "Meditate" which will appear in a newly-mixed version on his upcoming Canada in Space EP. That's due June 29 via City Slang. You can stream "Meditate" and another track from the EP, "Breathe to Burn," below.

Alden is also going on a European tour this summer with Michael Cera in his band, and Cera will be playing some of his solo material on the tour as well. Before that tour, the two of them will team up for a NYC show on Friday, June 12 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and is part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale now, and you can also get in with a Northside badge.

All dates are listed, with the song streams and a picture of Alden & Michael, below...

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photo: Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Steely Dan

Steely Dan and Beacon Theatre go together like peanut butter and jelly, having done multiple night runs together in 2009, 2011 and 2013. They're doing it again this fall, playing eight nights at Beacon on October 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16 & 17 and like before each night has its own theme:

October 6 Aja & Hits
October 7 Greatest Hits
October 9 Gaucho & Hits
October 10 The Royal Scam & Hits
October 13 Aja & Hits
October 14 Greatest Hits
October 16 By Popular Demand
October 17 The Grand Review
If you're curious what the final Beacon show ("The Grand Review") is, Steely Dan describe it as "The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever - Featuring Spectacular Musical Guests, Glorious Tunes and Riffage, and Whatever the Party Calls for! Parking Validated for First Dozen Diehard Fans."

Tickets for all the Beacon shows go on sale June 5 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/28) at 10 AM and a Beacon Theatre presale beginning June 4 at 10 AM.

For big fans, they're also offering a few different discounted, multi-night packages: package one features the Oct. 6, 7, 9 and 10 performances; package two contains the shows on Oct. 13, 14, 16 and 17. Both are priced at "buy three shows get four shows." For the Dan super-fan, a third package offers tickets for all eight Beacon shows for the cost of six.

For those wondering, in addition to main men Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan will also feature on these Beacon shows Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, Jon Herington on guitar, Michael Leonhart on trumpet, Jim Pugh on trombone, Roger Rosenberg on baritone saxophone, Walt Weiskopf on saxophone, plus backup singers Paulette McWilliams, Carolyn Escoffery, and Cindy Mizelle.

This summer, Steely Dan will be doing the outdoor amphitheater circuit with Elvis CostelloAugust 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In case you missed it, check out Donald Fagen's diary about his experience at this year's Coachella.

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