August 2, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vic Mensa at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa's rise has been quite the interesting one. It's almost hard to remember how closely tied to Chance the Rapper he was only two years ago, considering both have gone in wildly different directions. He put out a couple impressive singles last year -- the danceable "Down On My Luck" and the Kaytranada collaboration "Wimme Nah" -- and so far this year he's released two even better ones. There's the Kanye West-featuring "U Mad" that came out back in the spring (following Vic's appearance on Kanye's "Wolves" single) and the more recent Skrillex collaboration, "No Chill." Say what you will about Skrillex's own music, but he's undeniably great when he produces for rappers (like "Wild for the Night" with A$AP Rocky, who Vic opened for in NYC last month).

Vic also recently released a freestyle called "Heir to the Throne" which disses fellow Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott and pays tribute to Jay Z, whose Roc Nation imprint will release Vic's debut album. It's titled Traffic and is due out at some point this year. Vic also recently released a cover of Future's "Codeine Crazy," which like the aforementioned tracks, is streaming below.

Two weekends ago, Vic played hometown festival Pitchfork Festival, and on Friday (7/31) he made a surprise appearance at another hometown festival, Lollapalooza. He jumped down about 15 feet from the DJ booth to the stage during Dillon Francis' set and proceeded to dance on stage. It's pretty amazing considering that jump looks like it hurt. Watch below, and stay tuned for a Dillon Francis remix of "U Mad." The next day at Lollapalooza, Travi$ Scott was arrested during his set.

Vic has more dates coming up, including the first of two Mad Decent Block Parties in Brooklyn (8/8) (sold out), Philly's Made In America festival, and the big Asbury Park (9/19) show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms and more (tickets).

All dates are listed, with videos and song streams, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
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The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]
Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.

Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.

Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...

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Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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photo: Miguel @ Best Buy Theatre, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Miguel

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Miguel, Dorothy @ Terminal 5
Miguel made one of the best albums of the alt-R&B explosion with 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, and this year he managed to follow it one that's at least as good, Wildheart. Tonight's show is sold out, and he plays NYC again at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Teen Men @ Bowery Ballroom
Remember back when it was a thing that bands would be called "blog rock"? CYHSY were one of those bands, thanks to the quick success of their blog-hyped debut. The blogs have been less kind to its followups, but for anyone who wants to relive those mid-2000s days, the band are playing the debut in full on this tour.

Power Trip, Foreseen, Hard Stripes, Red Death, Detriment, Carcosa @ Amityville Music Hall
Texas' Power Trip, DC's Red Death and FInland's Foreseen all make killer crossover thrash, so if you dig that kinda stuff, this is a pretty amazing bill.

Alex G, Snoozer, Pinegrove @ Brooklyn Flea at 50 Kent
Lo-fi indie rocker Alex G returns to NYC for this free daytime show (RSVP). His deadpan stage banter makes his shows as enjoyable as his actual songs.

Duran Duran @ The Capitol Theatre
Yes, they have a guest-filled new album, Paper Gods, but let's face it the newest song most people want to hear from Duran Duran is "Ordinary World" with the biggest excitement reserved for mid-'80s MTV hits like "Planet Earth," "Rio," "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer." And to see them in a relatively small spot like The Capitol Theatre will surely be a treat for fans who bought these pricey tickets.

Out in the Streets Fest @ Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
This is the third year for this two day festival which features mostly local bands but happens at the lovely and historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk house. The Love Supreme and Terror Pigeon headline tonight.

X @ City Winery
L.A. punk icons X are here for three shows at City Winery; sadly guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and couldn't make the trip but part of the proceeds of these shows will go towards his medical bills.

Stan Ridgeway @ The Wonder Bar
Both with his band Wall of Voodoo and on solo albums, Stan Ridgway is a vivid storyteller, bringing a noir style (and a distinctive vocal style and harmonica-playing) to tales of love, lust, unhappy accidents, procrastination, ghost marines in Vietnam, urban ennui and other subjects. Will he play "Mexican Radio," "Camouflage" and "Ring of Fire"? Probably.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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August 1, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
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Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.

If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.

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photo: Power Trip at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Power Trip

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Power Trip, Foreseen, Red Death, The Pose @ Palisades
Texas' Power Trip, DC's Red Death and FInland's Foreseen all make killer crossover thrash, so if you dig that kinda stuff, this is a pretty amazing bill.

Total Control, Lust For Youth, Sannhet, Flesh World @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Total Control's Mikey Young is touring-adverse (he is a very busy mastering engineer among other things) so this short tour they're on is pretty rare. NYC is lucky with two chances to see them. Who knows if they'll tour again? Don't miss out. And if you're going, get there early for Flesh World who you can catch twice tonight (see below).

Flesh World, Survival, La Cruor, Scully @ The Acheron
Jess Scott, formerly of Brilliant Colors, is still writing C-86-style scratchy/jangly pop, but guitarist Scott Moore (Limp Wrist) brings a snarling punk edge to the mix. They're great. After their MHOW show with Total Control they head to Bushwick for this late-night show.

Out in the Streets Fest @ Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
This is the third year for this two day festival which features mostly local bands but happens at the lovely and historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk house. Mr. Twin Sister headline tonight.

Duran Duran @ The Capitol Theatre
Yes, they have a guest-filled new album, Paper Gods, but let's face it the newest song most people want to hear from Duran Duran is "Ordinary World" with the biggest excitement reserved for prime '80s MTV hits like "Planet Earth," "Rio," "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer." And to see them in a relatively small spot like The Capitol Theatre will surely be a treat for fans who bought these pricey tickets.

X @ City Winery
L.A. punk icons X are here for three shows at City Winery; sadly guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and couldn't make the trip but part of the proceeds of these shows will go towards his medical bills.

Taylor Mac, Brooklyn United Marching Band @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Playwright and actor Taylor Mac presents a taste of his "24 Decade History of Popular Music," which is "a politically-charged, enormous-of-spirit and outrageously entertaining romp through 100 years of culture as seen through songs that range from Tin Pan Alley to the birth of rock 'n' roll to disco and beyond." It's free.

Lazyeyes, The Teen Age, Dead Stars @ Rough Trade
Lazyeyes and The Teen Age just put out a split cassette and have been on tour together. Tonight's the homecoming show. If you dig, melodic dreamy pop with a little bite (plus '90s-style indie rock courtesy Dead Stars) do check it it out.

Weird Al Yankovic @ The Paramount
Weird Al finally won a long-overdue Grammy this year for Mandatory Fun, and is now out on his "Mandatory Tour." Expect multiple outrageous costume changes and all the hits.

Summer Thunder w/ Jonathan Toubin, The Baby Shakes, Mighty Fine, PMS and the Moodswings @ UnionPool 
Jonathan Toubin of Soul Clap fame hosts today's edition of Union Pool's free afternoon Summer Thunder series, featuring a lineup of groovy bands. PMS and the Moodswings, by the way, is a new band featuring members of Habibi and the Nouvellas.

Steely Dan & Elvis Costello @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Steely Dan get top billing and a longer set (sorry Elvis Costello fans), but both have been delivering sets crammed with favorites. This doesn't sound like a bad way to spend a Saturday at all.

Tiga, Bob Moses, Gavin Russom, Via App, Frank & Tony @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Warm Up continues with long-running Montreal producer Tiga in the headlining spot, up and coming Canadian dark pop duo Bob Moses, and more. Jaako Eino Kalevi was supposed to be on this one too, but had visa issues.

Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Amy Helm @ Central Park SummerStage
The legendary Dr. John saw his 40+ year reinvigorated this current decade with the release of 2012's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down. He since followed it with a Louie Armstrong tribute album last year. Expect stuff from both of those, and some classics too. This is a free daytime show (3 PM start).

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Teen Men @ Bowery Ballroom
Remember back when it was a thing that bands would be called "blog rock"? CYHSY were one of those bands, thanks to the quick success of their blog-hyped debut. The blogs have been less kind to its followups, but for anyone who wants to relive those mid-2000s days, the band are playing the debut in full on this tour. They're at Bowery Ballroom tonight and tomorrow.

The Slackers @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
The Slackers have been cranking out their brand of ska for over two decades, and tonight they'll do it on a boat.

Full Moon Fest @ Brooklyn Mirage
This EDM-centric fest is back in a new location, the apparently gigantic Bushwick warehouse space Brooklyn Mirage. French pop artists Yelle headlines.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Joy Riding, Portuguese Band @ The Studio at Webster Hall
SSLYBY have been putting out peppy indie pop albums on Polyvinyl for ten years now, their latest being this year's The High Country.

Lordz of Brooklyn, Meyhem Lauren, The Wilding Incident @ Gramercy Theatre
You may not hear about them as much these days (their last album was 2006), but former Brooklyn staples Lordz of Brooklyn are playing this NYC show with the great newer Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins of The White Mandingos).

Goldie, Doc Scott, Lenzman @ Slake
20 years ago, Goldie released Timeless, an album which helped introduce ambience in drum & bass and prominently featured live vocals from Diane Charlemagne. The title couldn't have been more prophetic.

Fox Millions Duo, Black Pus, Ryan Sawyer @ Secret Project Robot
They're both in lots of projects, but Fox Millions Duo brings Liturgy/Guardian Alien drummer Greg Fox together with Oneida/Man Forever drummer Kid Millions for a whole lot of percussive talent.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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July 31, 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Sad news from the world of wrestling -- WWE star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died in his sleep on Thursday night from cardiac arrest. From ESPN:

"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world," said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family."

Roddy Piper was added to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations
Piper, born Roderick Toombs, joined WWE in 1984. He teamed with Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at Madison Square Garden in Wrestlemania's first main event.

Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Piper was well-known for his microphone skills and often hosted the Piper's Pit segment during WWE shows. He is the second Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.

In addition to pro wrestling, Piper also acted, most notably in John Carpenter's great 1988 darkly comic, highly subversive thriller They Live. You can watch Piper's "I came here to chew bubblegum" and famously epic fight scene with Keith David below.

Roddy, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

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photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Following the video for "Alright" off Kendrick Lamar's incredible To Pimp A Butterfly, he's now made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)." It was directed by Joe Weil and the Little Homies. Watch it below.

Kendrick plays Osheaga this weekend.

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by Bill Pearis

Stan Ridgway

Both with his band Wall of Voodoo and on solo albums, Stan Ridgway is a vivid storyteller, bringing a noir style (and a distinctive vocal style and harmonica-playing) to tales of love, lust, unhappy accidents, procrastination, ghost marines in Vietnam, urban ennui and other subjects. His most recent album is 2012's Mr. Trouble which has him dabbling in '40s-era jazz, which is a natural fit for him.

Of course he's best known for his time in Wall of Voodoo (and their MTV hit "Mexican Radio"), and the three records he made with them are highly underrated post-punk classics. "Back in Flesh," which they performed live in URGH A Music Way, is like the LA version take on Gang of Four's "At Home He's a Tourist." His first solo album, The Big Heat, is a classic too. Various streams and videos from throughout Ridgway's career are below.

Stan starts an East Coast tour tonight in Philadelphia and will be in the NYC-area for two shows: Asbury Park's Wonder Bar on Sunday (8/2, tickets) and Joe's Pub on Tuesday (8/4, tickets)

All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Ultimate Painting Green Lanes album

We've had a heatwave in NYC all week with temperatures in '90s. If you're looking to cool off, Ultimate Painting's terrific second album, Green Lanes, is chill in all the right ways. James Haore's '60s pop sensibilities and Jack Cooper's love of the Grateful Dead play well off each other, keeping things mellow but never boring. It's a "Magic Hour" kind of record you can leave on repeat and not notice (or mind). The album's out next week (8/7) on Trouble in Mind but you can stream the whole thing (via Noisey) below.

Ultimate Painting are even better live, and their North American tour brings them to NYC on September 18 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are still available.

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