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August 13, 2014

Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Courtney Barnett / Woods / Spoon / Flaming Lips / Jenny Lewis
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3

Outside Lands in it's seventh installment has completed it's transformation from a traditional rock and roll festival to a Coachella of Northern California. What used to drive Outside Lands were bands like Pearl Jam, Muse, Furthur, and Radiohead. Today, the headliners can be some of the quietest parts of the night. It's the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that rules almost all festivals nationwide. Trying to get anywhere even close to Flume, Tiesto or Duck Sauce was virtually impossible. Luckily, the stage presence of those shows are next to nothing (besides some creepy visuals of satan that Boys Noize provided) so you can be standing anywhere with your friends and have a great time. This should be no surprise to anyone who's attended a festival in the past few years. The crowds are demanding dance music and I'm often being told that rock shows are just plain "boring". Whether that has to do with the increased intoxication at these festivals or just a shift in the popularity of EDM is for you to decide.

The beauty of the music festival lies in it's diversity in music. It will always be heavily weighed on what's trending, but you'll never go to a major music festival without classic hip hop, vintage rock and roll, EDM, and sometimes a little country. What has really started to impress me is the increasing number of female led rock groups." [Huffington Post]

Outside Lands closed things out with a bang on Sunday as Danielle Haim played drums with The Killers, Flaming Lips covered the Beatles, Patrick Stewart got drunk, and a whole bunch of other sets happened. Those other day 3 sets included Spoon, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Jenny Lewis and plenty more. Unfortunately, CHVRCHES were a no-show due to border-crossing issues. Pictures of day 3's fun are in this post. Pics from day 1 are here and pics of day 2 are here.

Like we did at Lollapalooza and on OSL DAY ONE (pics) and OSL DAY TWO (pics), we set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent on the festival grounds. On Sunday the activities there included a live interview with Wayne Coyne and 2nd sets from Hiss Golden Messenger, The Bots and Courtney Barnett. Those pictures are in this post too and continue below.

In related news, Spoon just announced openers for their next NYC show, and we're giving away tickets. You can also read about Spoon's last NYC show, a secret surprise one, HERE.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tiny Ruins / Tashaki Miyaki / Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right 8/10/2013
Tiny Ruins
Tashaki Miyaki
Weyes Blood

Both New Zealand folk act Tiny Ruins and LA's hazy Tashaki Miyaki were in NYC for a few shows last weekend, crashing into one another's paths at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10). It was an especially well-chose lineup, with Brooklyn's Belle Mare and the always-magical Weyes Blood on the bill as well, making for a lovely Sunday evening coming down. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Tiny Ruins will soon be opening for Sharon Van Etten on tour, and Weyes Blood will be touring with Sun Araw next month and has a new album due out in October. More pics from Baby's All Right below...

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Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Deer Tick / Haim / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 2
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 2
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 2

The best performance of the day, however, came courtesy of Haim. This increasingly popular pop-rock trio, which sold out two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco in April, was absolutely dynamite onstage, roaring through tunes from the 2013 debut "Days Are Gone." The three sisters -- Alana, Danielle and Este Haim -- exhibited far more musical muscle in the live arena than they have in the studio to date. Danielle Haim, in particular, was a marvel to behold, delivering some of the most passionate, mesmerizing guitar work of the festival. [San Jose Mercury News]
Day 2 of Outside Lands in Golden Gate park featured plenty of heavyweights. There were sets from Tom Petty, Death Cab for Cutie, Haim, Local Natives, Deer Tick, Dum Dum Girls and many more. We've got pics from many of the awesome Saturday sets in this post. You can check out pics of Day 1 here.

Big Freedia & Valerie June in the Soundwave Tent
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival

We were also set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent, where we invited a few artists to stop by for stripped down sets, Q&As and more, including Big Freedia, Valerie June (both pictured above), The Districts, Deer Tick and others. More pictures from the Soundwave tent, plus many more of day 2's regular sets, below...

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Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1

There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.

...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]

Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands Day 1 pics (Arctic Monkeys, Phosphorescent, Run the Jewels, Mikal Cronin, Soundwave tent & more)"

Outside Lands photos by Samantha Saturday

Chris Walla w/ Death Cab in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Chris Walla

Chris Walla, original member and guitarist of Death Cab for Cutie (as well as a producer for them, The Thermals, Mates of State, The Decemberists and many other bands) has announced that he's leaving the band after 17 years of being a member. Here's his statement:

I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple.

I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here. I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you.

I am also grateful to, and deeply humbled by, all of our fans. Without you, music would be mere 'content', and nothing could possibly be sadder than that. Thank you all, so dearly.

We've just finished our eighth album
, which is our first with an outside producer. That producer is a fellow named Rich Costey, and working with him in this capacity is one of the greatest joys of my professional life. Thank you, as well.

There are so many others to whom I am grateful--our crew, our management, our families, the Atlantic, Barsuk and Elsinor labels, the Billions team. Thank you all.

Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not, easy. It's really, really sad. I love my bandmates, and I'm proud of what we've done, and mercifully, those things don't change with my departure. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it.

The remaining band members also added, "We've had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris and are very proud of what we've accomplished together, including our 8th studio album which we have just put the finishing touches on."

Chris is leaving after the band's festival dates this summer, all of which are listed below along with some photos from the band's set at Outside Lands in San Francisco over the weekend. Stay tuned for more info on that upcoming album.

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August 12, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub, 8/10/2014
Allen Toussaint

While most of his best-known songs were made famous by other performers, producer, arranger, hitmaker and general New Orleans living legend Allen Toussaint in no small way helped shape not only the sound of that city's R&B scene but of rock n' roll and pop music in general. You forget just how many famous songs he had his talented fingers in -- "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony," "Fortune Teller" and "Mother in Law" to name four -- until he plays them all, which he did at this solo Sunday brunch show at Joe's Pub (8/10). Pictures, setlist and video from that set are in this post.

Toussaint will on the road this fall with another famed New Orleans outfit: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Titled the "Oh Yeah!" Tour, this will be a combined show, with lots of interaction between the two legends. The tour hits NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates -- including ones in NJ and Purchase, NY -- are listed, along with more pics from Toussaint's show at Joe's Pub, below...

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August 11, 2014

photos Chris La Putt

Vic Mensa / fans / where's Molly?
Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa

We already posted one set of pictures from Saturday's Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park (only one of the many Mad Decent Block Parties happening this summer). We've now got one more set of pictures from that, including shots of rapper Vic Mensa, and of course plenty more of everyone who came to party.

Part 1 of the pictures HERE. More of part 2, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Modest Mouse / Brand New @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 8/9/14
Modest Mouse
Brand New
Brand New

Modest Mouse and Brand New played a few co-headlining shows this year, including Boston Calling back in May, and one in NYC this past Saturday (8/9) at Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium which reopened in 2013 after not hosting concerts for years.

Brand New went on first, with an early set starting at 6:30 PM (the venue has a strict 10 PM curfew) which unfortunately meant that their whole set -- an otherwise killer light show included -- was played in the light. But besides that, no complaints. Like at Boston Calling, Brand New eschewed the poppier material of their early years in favor of a heavy set of noisy post-hardcore. Other than "Seventy Times 7," they focused on highlights from the darker Deja Entendu, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and Daisy, plus Devil and God-era outtake "Brothers." Of all the (relatively) modern bands I've seen, few can get a stadium of fans singing to every word of a non-single as loudly as Brand New did for "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't," and the way they've been ending their sets lately with the abrasive one-two punch of "Degausser" and "You Won't Know" is one hell of a sensory overload. Brand New's live sets were getting mixed reviews a few years back, but they're at an all time high right now. There's been talk that new music is finally coming, and with the way these shows have been it couldn't feel like a better time for that.

After Brand New's searing post-hardcore under the sun, it finally got dark and Modest Mouse took the stage for a very different kind of set that somehow was the perfect complement to BN's. Considering how much the music world has changed in the seven years since Modest Mouse last put out an album, you may not consider them as "relevant" as they once were. But their set on Saturday was a hit-after-hit reminder of how great Modest Mouse's entire discography still is, and how weird. We of course got the danceable indie rock of "Float On" and "Dashboard," but also the chilled-out wooziness of "Ocean Breathes Salty," the raucous screams of "Doin' the Cockroach," the genuinely strange bass-heavy "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" and so much more. They gave us 17 songs in an hour and a half without a dull moment, and when that 10 PM curfew hit, it still felt like most of the crowd would have wanted another 17 more.

The next Forest Hills Tennis Stadium shows are Drake/Lil Wayne (8/19) and The Replacements/The Hold Steady/Deer Tick (9/19). Pictures of Saturday's show are in this post. More, with videos and the setlists for both bands, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

St. Vincent
St. Vincent

St. Vincent, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, closed out the Celebrate Brooklyn season in the best way possible on Saturday night (8/9). Apparently people were on line as early as noon for the free, 7:30 pm Prospect Park show. I got there during San Fermin's opening set. The Brooklyn venue was already packed, but there were still long lines at both doors wrapping in different directions around the park, and around all the people who decided to just sit outside the gates and listen.

Annie Clark is a rock star who never misses a beat, as she shreds, sings and dances her way around the stage. Banter is kept to a minimum. The robot-like, conveyor belt moves she pulls off in heels with perfect posture while continuing to play notes are almost as impressive as her songs. There was never a dull moment in the show which, unlike Neutral Milk Hotel on the same stage recently, went right to the 10:30 outdoor show curfew. The weather was perfect, and so was Annie's band which includes her dance-mate, bassist and keyboardist Toko Yasuda (you might also recognize her from The Lapse, The Van Pelt, Blonde Redhead, and Enon), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards), and Matt Johnson (drums).

The concert, which maybe you heard on WFUV (if not, LISTEN NOW BELOW), included almost every song from the new self-titled album. Her 17 song set also included 5 from Strange Mercy, 2 from Actor, 1 from Marry Me. Highlights included the post-encore version of "Strange Mercy" she did along on top of a riser with the sound of crickets in the background, and a stint on someone's shoulders to get closer to the crowd towards the end of the show.

Look for Annie on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight (8/11) and tomorrow.

More pictures from the show, the setlist, the full audio stream of it and more, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent closed out Celebrate Brooklyn with San Fermin (pics, setlist & full audio stream of the show!)"

photos by Samantha Saturday

Garfunkel & Oates @ Outside Lands 2014
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1

The plots in Garfunkel and Oates are often so great on their own that they don't need the musical interruptions. "Speechless," a funny song about men's sports obsessions, is shoved almost haphazardly into what would otherwise be a wonderful episode about the absurdity of dating. (The central plot involves Riki and Kate seeing how long they can date two men without saying a single world; the results are hilarious.)

This isn't to say that Garfunkel and Oates is bad. In fact, it's quite good, and the strangeness of the show shines throughout the three episodes I viewed. The humor is both absurd and relatable, whether the stars are trying to "fade away" instead of breaking up with someone or are dealing with their porn doppelgangers achieving an overnight level of fame that Riki and Kate could only dream of. Episodes often drift into bits of fantasy, with the leads imagining their agent as a bumbling puppet or pausing during oral sex to sing a song about a poor gag reflex. [Flavorwire]

Garfunkel and Oates, the new comedy show starring and fictitiously based on comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (aka actress/singers Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome), premiered on IFC last week (8/7). That's an excerpt of Flavorwire's review above. Did you catch it? What did you think? You can check out a clip of their ode to "the embarrassment of an overactive gag reflex," below.

Garfunkel and Oates the band are currently on tour (dates listed below), having just hit Outside Lands in San Francisco over the weekend. We've got a set of pictures of them from that fest in this post.

The tour hits NYC on August 30 at Irving Plaza and returns to San Francisco on September 27 at Cobbs (for early and late shows). You can still get tickets to most dates on the tour, including both of those shows, and we're giving away a pair of tickets with meet and greet for both NYC and San Francisco (late show).

Contest details, with more Outside Lands pics, dates and that video, below...

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