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August 6, 2014

photos by Ellie Pritts

Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
2014 Osheaga Festival
2014 Osheaga Festival
2014 Osheaga Festival

Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]
Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.

They continue below...

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photos by Ebru Yildiz

Bob Log III @ The Wick 8/5/2014
Bob Log
Bob Log

Leader of the one-man-band that bears his name, Log assures that his gigs are perfectly appropriate for the younger set, despite the fact that one of his most popular ditties is "Boob Scotch," a song that's about, you guessed it, drinking Scotch off boobs and is often acted out by bare-breasted attendees of both sexes at shows. Kids, like boozers, "drool, fall over, and are mostly just having a good time, but there's always the surly one in the corner."

It's hard to be surly at a Bob Log III show, which he describes as: "One man band. Guitar. Party. Mess." Oh yeah, he wears a helmet (think Evel Knievel) and often "sails" on top of his audience in a rubber dinghy (three falls; one injury). "My shows are like the un-birthday in Alice in Wonderland," he explains. "I do parties for no reason. All over the world, all the time." No presents needed; just presence. - [Village Voice]

Arizona's one-man-slide-guitar-band, Bob Log III, brought his audience-participation "party mess" (and his dinghy) to NYC, rocking the McKittrick Hotel on Monday (8/4) and last night (8/5) at The Wick. Both shows were with his Tucson neighbors The Pork Torta. The Wick show also featured openers DN'T and pictures from that are in this post.

Bob Log III's tour hits New Haven, CT tonight. More pics from The Wick show below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Haim / Sleigh Bells @ Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/5/2014
Sleigh Bells
Sleigh Bells

With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Haim and Sleigh Bells  played Brooklyn Bridge Park last night (8/5), a free show to promote the launch of Levi's new "Live in Levi's" campaign. (You had to wear an item of clothing from the manufacturer to get in.) Este Haim remarked that she used to eat playdough as a kid -- so much so that she had to get her stomach pumped -- and the smell from the park smelled exactly like playdough. She had a craving...but ate a candy bar instead. Sleigh Bells, meanwhile, said this would be their last show for a while. Both played for about an hour each. Pictures from the whole night, including ones of their setlists, are in this post.

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August 5, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

The Young in Austin - 7/25/14
The Young, Sun God @ The North Door - 7/25/2014

The Young are releasing their new album, Chrome Cactus, later this month (8/26) via Matador. They've already released its excellent single "Metal Flake," and since we last spoke they put out the video for a new single, "Cry Of Tin. Like "Metal Flake," it's another great dose of psychedelic punk and is keeping hopes high for this album. Watch the video (dir. Winston H. Case) below.

Late last month, we caught The Young in their hometown of Austin at The North Door (7/25) with Sun God. Pictures of that show, which was about a month after their pre-release show in NYC, are in this post. The Young will hit the road for a full tour after the album comes out which hits NYC for previously mentioned shows on September 11 at Glasslands and September 12 at Mercury Lounge. Since our last post, Degreaser were added to Glasslands and Charly Bliss to Merc. Tickets for Glasslands and Merc are still available.

All dates are listed, with the video and more pics from the Austin show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Zack Baker

"Just saw told slant, foxing, prawn and the hotelier at webster hall. It was such a great line up and foxing is such a beautiful band and there was non stop moshing during the hotelier I am v beat up and it feels awesome" - fluffycatprettypuff

"also fyi the hotelier is my favorite because christian told off some dude for fucking with the personal space of those around him BEFORE they even played the first song" - yessarahsmiles

The Hotelier / crowd / Foxing
The Hotelier
The Hotelier

Two excellent lyric-heavy rock bands, The Hotelier and Foxing, are currently on a co-headlining tour together that they brought to NYC for a show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/2). Pictures from the night are in this post. The lineup was stacked from start to finish with New Jersey's Kinsella-esque Prawn and Brooklyn's emotional Told Slant opening. The crowd was engaged the whole night (see: Told Slant's Felix Walworth's sheepish excitement when the crowd overwhelmed their vocals during "Tsunami"), but it wasn't until the tail end of Foxing's set that things really started to get raucous.

When The Hotelier took the stage, frontman Christian Holden laid out ground rules: "Stay in your own personal space" and "Don't yell at me." It quickly became apparent how necessary those rules were with the front half of the room turning into a mosh pit before the end of the first verse on album-and-set-opener "An Introduction To The Album." The pit's energy never wore down, even withstanding the band's encore of what Christian called "the most boring song on the record" ("Housebroken").

More pictures from all four bands below...

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August 4, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

United Nations @ Saint Vitus 8/2/2014
United Nations

The Geoff Rickley-fronted screamo/powerviolence supergroup United Nations played a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/2), and we've got pictures of the show in this post. They were joined by Florida post-hardcore crew and current tourmates Frameworks, and Brooklyn-based heavy post-hardcore bands Descender and the death-ier Primitive Weapons. The packed house at Vitus got pretty rowdy, with some mosh pit and crowd surfing action punctuating the sets. United Nations played a bunch of stuff from their recent Temporary Residence-released full-length The Next Four Years and closed the set with fan favorite "United Nations vs. United Nations," about that time they got sued by the non-musical United Nations. UN member Jonah Bayer's sister Vanessa Bayer, who you might recognize from SNL, introduced the headliners, or should we say ROASTED the headliners (watch the video below).

United Nations and Frameworks are now on a tour across the country, but they return to the NY-area for a show at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park on 8/17. Bottomfeeder is also on that bill.

Check out more pictures from all four sets in Brooklyn, as well as setlists for everyone but Frameworks, and the Vanessa Bayer roast video, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst

"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.

The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]

Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.

Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.

Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Snowmine / The Casket Girls @ Seaport Music Fest 8/1/2014
Casket Girls

Brooklyn anthemic rockers Snowmine, who released Dialects back in January, headlined Friday's edition Seaport Music Fest (8/1), bringing probably the biggest crowed to the fest so far this year. Opening were Savanah, GA's The Casket Girls who brought some choreography and theatricality to their twisted take on '60s girl group sounds. Pictures from the whole night, along with a list of upcoming dates for both bands, are in this post.

This Friday's edition of The Seaport Music Fest (8/8) goes psych-garage with Black Bananas, and Shockwave Riderz. Like the whole fest, this show is free and starts at 7 PM. More pics from Snowmine and The Casket Girls, below...

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photos by Debi Del Grande

The Muffs / Best Coast / La Sera
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California

Song by song, band by band they came. Peach Kelli Pop, the catchy, girl-group suggestive punk band fronted by Allie Hanlon, delivered verse-chorus-verse songs about love and heartbreak. The primal Coathangers, from Atlanta, offered a more menacing set, highlighting tracks from their new album, "Suck My Shirt." Featuring swapped vocals from Julia Kugel (a.k.a. Crook Kid Coathanger) and drummer Stephanie Luke (Rusty Coathanger), the band delivered the most dangerous and aggressive set of the night -- and one of the best.

Scene figureheads the Muffs, led by rocket-fueled singer-guitarist Kim Shattuck, recently reconvened to release a new album on Burger, and the band performed selections of it and its much-loved '90s back catalog to fans who knew every word, and younger others first hearing the bridge that connects older acts with new headliners like the Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. - [LA Times]

Burger Records presented Burger A-Go-Go on Saturday (8/2) at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA featuring an all-girl-group (or at least female-fronted) lineup, including Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, The Muffs, Shannon & the Clams, La Sera, The Coathangers, Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, and a whole lot more. Pictures from Burger A-Go-Go are in this post.

For those of us who don't live in the OC, you can get a taste of Burger's spirit on the upcoming Burger Caravan of Stars tour, featuring The Coathangers, Cherry Glazerr (who was in NYC this past weekend), together PANGEA and more. The NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom is October 30 and tickets are still available. Shannon & the Clams will be here soon too.

More pics from Burger A-Go-Go below...

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by Bill Pearis

Spoon @ McKittrick Hotel 8/3/2014

"This is a pretty cool summer, right?" asked Britt Daniel, smiling like the Cheshire Cat, as Spoon took the stage at the McKittrick Hotel last night (8/3), a surprise record release show for the band's terrific new album, The Want My Soul, which is out this week. The McKittrick is home to Sleep No More, the extremely interactive adaptation of Macbeth and a little of that David Lynch vibe was part of the show. Before Spoon came out, a group of people came throuh the crowd dressed in white robes, and one of them sang a Django Reinhardt-style-arrangement version of the new album's "I Just Don't Understand" before the curtains opened up to reveal the band. (I was also pulled off the elevator into a phone booth where, after being told to make a call, was taken into a secret room where I was given a sacrament. Freaky, disorienting, but fun.) Spoon were in good spirits, having played Lollapalooza just the day before in Chicago. Guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel (imported from Divine Fits) had some amp issues but they took it all in stride. They were definitely having a good time, as was the 300 or so people in attendance. (Spoon has been sending out "mystery mailers" to fans, invites to this was one of them.) We got 13 songs, a little more than half from They Want My Soul mixed with favorites like "Small Stakes," "I Turn My Camera On," and "Black Like Me." Setlist is below.

Spoon will be back in about a month, playing Central Park Summerstage on September 10 as part of their upcoming tour. Still no opener announced for that one but tickets are still available.

Setlist, and a couple more cameraphone pics, below...

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