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photo: My Morning Jacket @ CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
My Morning Jacket are back with The Waterfall, their first album in four years, which will be released on May 4. The album was recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, CA, a hillside studio that overlooks the Pacific -- a location that proved inspirational, says frontman Jim James:
For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it. Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you're up in the sky.You can check out first single "Big Decisions" below.
Already scheduled for appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and other festivals, My Morning Jacket have now announced a full North American tour. Support along the way comes from Hiss Golden Messenger, Lizzo (who just opened for Sleater-Kinney), Lucius and others. All dates are listed below.
Mumford & Sons' traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road returns this year, with a stopover not far from NYC in Seaside Heights, NJ on June 5 & 6 with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, the Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. There's other stopovers in Iowa, Scotland, Washington, Colorado, and more TBA. All current lineups below.
The Mumfords have also announced that their third album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4 via Glassnote. A new article about the album on Rolling Stone says, "Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements - banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum - and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines." The album was produced by Arctic Monkeys' go-to guy and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford, and they also recorded part of it in The National's Aaron Dessner's studio in Ditmas Park (inspiring the song "Ditmas"). Artwork, tracklist, and teaser video below.
Daily lineups for the 2015 Governors Ball have been announced: Drake, Florence + Machine, and My Morning Jacket headline on Friday (7/5); DeadMau5, Björk and Ryan Adams headline on Saturday (7/6); and The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds top Sunday's lineup (7/7). Full lineups are listed below.
Meanwhile, single day tickets go on Citi cardmember presale today (2/17) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (2/20) at noon. Three-day passes are still available.
Governors Ball 2015 daily lineups below...
Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated lineup below...
The 2015 edition of Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival happens June 6 & 7 in downtown Toronto. This year's lineup features Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, De La Soul, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Temples, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Marina & the Diamonds, Apostle of Hustle, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/6) at 10 AM EST.
Full lineup is listed below...
photo::: Hanni El Khatib @ Knitting Factory, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
San Francisco soulful garage rocker Hanni El Khatib just released his third full-length, Moonlight, via Innovative Leisure. You can stream that in full below. He's gearing up for a hefty US tour opening for Dr. Dog followed by a headlining European tour. The US dates with Dr. Dog don't come to NYC, but Hanni El Khatib will stop here on the way back from Europe, playing Bowery Ballroom on March 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon.
All upcoming Hanni El Khatib and Dr. Dog dates are listed, along with a video for Moonlight's title track and album stream, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Sylvan Esso @ T5, 1/23/2015
Ensconced in darkness, Meath and Sanborn descended onstage with minimal equipment, only the synth station and microphones. Barreling into "Could I Be," the sound gave out midway to the surprise of the duo. Not to miss a beat, Sanborn stated, "This has never happened before." Those in the crowd weren't worried as the band quickly took it back to the top before Meath playfully announced, "Once more with feeling." The pint-size singer in platform shoes commanded the stage with intricate dance moves that could give Robyn a run for her money. I'm not sure if it was the java scent stuck on my clothes from an earlier Cafe Grumpy run, but I was abuzz for "Coffee" and so were the fans cascading to the lyrics "get up, get down. [House List]Electro pop duo Sylvan Esso played their biggest NYC show yet on Friday (1/23), headlining a sold-out Terminal 5. Amelia Meath's dance moves and charm translate well to bigger stages. We missed opener Mr Twin Sister but pictures from Sylvan Esso's set are in this post.
This weekend, Sylvan Esso will be in Puerto Adventuras, Mexico for My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday. They'll then head to Europe before returning to North America for a spring tour. There are no Northeast shows announced as part of that, at least not yet. All dates are listed, along with more pics from T5, below...
Sturgill Simpson at Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
The 2015 Forecastle Festival take place July 17 - 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The fest has just announced the first round of performers, which include Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Tweedy, Desaparecidos, The Gaslight Anthem, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Smith, Alvvays, JEFF The Brotherhood, Speedy Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., and lots more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon EST. All announced Forecastle Fest 2015 performers are listed below.
photo: Philm at Slaughter by the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
While Dave Lombardo left Slayer again in 2013, he's remained active with other projects. One of those is his band Philm, who released their sophomore album, Fire From the Evening Sun, last year. Philm have a couple dates announced at the moment, including a Brooklyn show happening February 23 at Saint Vitus with Gozu and Long Day Gone. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if these dates are part of a larger tour, but stay tuned. Full upcoming show schedule below.
Meanwhile, Slayer without Dave Lombardo were announced this week for Bonnaroo, where they'll join mostly non-metal bands (besides Pallbearer and Between the Buried & Me) like Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket and Belle & Sebastian. Their only two other dates scheduled at the moment are also festivals: Florida's Welcome to Rockville Festival with Ministry, Slash, Suicidal Tenencies, Testament, Exodus, and more; and North Carolina's Carolina Rebellion with Cheap Trick, Slash, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Exodus and more.
Between the Philm show and Scott Ian's band Motor Sister playing Saint Vitus on 2/12, there will be no lack of '80s thrash vets at the Brooklyn venue this February. Philm dates, a song stream from their 2014 album, and a recent video interview that Dave Lombardo gave, below...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."
Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...
photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.
Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.
Full lineup below...
Hangout Music Festival, which will now be co-produced by Goldenvoice (the same company that produces Coachella), returns to the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL from May 15-17 this year. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Damian Marley, Jenny Lewis, Lupe Fiasco, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Drive-By Truckers, Toro y Moi, Charles Bradley, Strand of Oaks and more.
Tickets go on sale today (1/13) at 10 AM EST. Full lineup below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photo by Daniel Cavazos
Portland, OR via Connecticut folk/roots rockers Quiet Life are releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 album, Wild Pack, this week (12/2). The deluxe edition features previously unreleased tracks, including "Big Mistake" which premieres in this post. You can stream that below.
The deluxe edition follows this year's Housebroken Man EP which includes a collaboration with My Morning Jacket singer Jim James, and it will be followed by a new album in 2015 which is being produced by Dr. Dog vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Scott McMicken.
Though the band now resides in the Northwest, they'll be returning to the Northeast this month for multiple shows in the area. The mini tour kicks off in Brooklyn on Sunday (12/7) at Brooklyn Bowl with headliner Kendra Morris and Kiah Victoria. That's one of Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night!" shows and is free with RSVP (open til 3 PM day of show) or $8 at the door without. All dates, including shows in Kingston, Philly, Asbury Park, Newtown and more, are listed below.
Speaking of Dr. Dog, they've got upcoming dates including EIGHT in NYC and have now announced a live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, due out January 13 via ANTI-. You can check out their album trailer, tracklist, and updated list of dates, with Quiet Life's new song and list of dates, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Lucius @ ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 2
Brooklyn's Lucius hit ACL Fest again for day 2 of the festival's just-finished second weekend. Pictures of their set from that day are in this post. If you haven't yet, check out pictures of day 1 and day 2 from weekend 2 and all 3 days of weekend 1. Stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3.
The Lucius ladies last appeared live in NYC at the end of September on The Colbert Report and BAM as part of Tweedy, the new project of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son. They'll be back when Lucius' tour hits Terminal 5 on December 6 for their previously discussed show there. Since we last spoke, Bahamas and Elaphant were added as openers. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, plus their updated list of tour dates (including newly-added shows in Burlington and Albany), below.
Lucius are also releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 debut album, Wildewoman, digitally this week (10/14) and physically on November 25 via Mom + Pop. It includes 8 tracks of bonus material (tracklist below). The band also recently put out a cover of My Morning Jacket's "Wonderful." You can listen to that, with their list of dates, more pics from ACL, T5 contest details and deluxe LP tracklist, below...
Dr. Dog @ Mann Center - 9/13/14 (via @jool_ee)
On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac DeMarco. At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter's instincts.Pennsylvania rock shapeshifters Dr. Dog are fresh off an epic show in their home state that they played this past Saturday (9/13) at Philly's Mann Center with a seemingly weird but impressive lineup of guitar pop goofball Mac DeMarco, lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, and Philly's own indie rock crew Hop Along. (Not to mention it was the second epic bill in a row at the Mann Center that weekend.) Anyone go? How was it?
As soon as the gates opened, many a hoodied 20-something rushed towards the front of the stage to get a good spot for the openers. Hop Along played for only 30 minutes but they made it count. The band played favorites from their last album, the amazing Get Disowned, the Shaking Through single "Sister Cities," and played two new songs that continue their trajectory to the greatest band I've heard since Throwing Muses blew my mind in the late-80's. No matter how many times I hear "Tibetan Pop Stars," it remains to me one of the most beautiful rock songs of the 2010's. [The Key]
Now that that's behind them, Dr. Dog have announced an EIGHT night run happening in NYC this January before they play My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday in Mexico. The shows happen January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon. That run and the MMJ show are their only announced dates at the moment.
Flyer for the NYC shows, with videos of all four artists from the Philly show, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Sylvan Esso @ Emo's in Austin - 8/17/2014
Originally scheduled to be at the smaller Parish, Sylvan Esso's headlining Austin show on Sunday was moved up to the much bigger Emo's, which also sold out. Amelia told the crowd it was their biggest show yet. That definitely won't be true anymore after they headline Terminal 5 in NYC in January. Still working off just one album of material, their shows aren't the longest (Amelia apologized for that), but they are special.
Their tour-mate Dana Buoy opened the show with a set that included his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere", which you can listen to, along with more pictures from the TX show and all tour dates, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
"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.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.
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]
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...
Watching the crowds at their shows opening for tUnE-yArDs (and on their own) it was clear Sylvan Esso have an audience of their own which is growing by the minute. You can see them perform live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (7/9).
The band's upcoming NYC stops on their tour are both sold out (you can still win tickets to Rough Trade on 9/11) and now they've announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on January 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon.
That T5 show looks to be a warm-up to their appearance at My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday which happens in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico the first week of February. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
2013 must have been a big success because Jim James and company are doing it again:
Today, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery Presents proudly announce the second edition of My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday - the band's ultimate fan experience and destination concert event. My Morning Jacket brings their epic live performance, and 2500 lucky fans as witnesses, back to the fully renovated Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya from January 31-February 4, 2015 for a 4 night all-inclusive concert adventure of a lifetime.Tickets and more info at the event's site.
"We are so excited for this second year of One Big Holiday...the second of what we hope will be many more to come! The first one was so beautiful we just knew we had to do it again...what could be more fun than spending quality time with a bunch of sweet folks- old friends and new- in a beautiful place celebrating music/art/peace and love!!! Let's get together and celebrate!" - My Morning Jacket
After bringing the heat last year in the stellar concert courtyard within the resort, One Big Holiday will once again feature three full shows under the stars by My Morning Jacket. Once again returning to join the band on this adventure will be Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as newcomers War On Drugs, Dr. Dog, Dawes and Sylvan Esso who will each perform one show, plus special guest DJ Biz Markie. Fans are also in for a special treat as Band of Horses will perform two full shows, including one acoustic performance as the sun goes down.
MMJ have no other upcoming dates at the moment, but Sylvan Esso do.
Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Basement Tapes Band..
A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his "Basement Tapes" period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for release as an album and Showtime special later this year.More information on that project, which also includes Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), at the LA Times with the full press release pasted below.
"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, said Monday during a break in filming and recording sessions in Hollywood for the project titled "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes." [LA Times]
Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Meanwhile, before heading to Las Vegas to help open Peter Shapiro's new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Elvis Costello and The Roots stopped by Peter's Port Chester, NY venue the Capitol Theater for a collaborative show in support of their new collaborative album. Some pictures and videos and the setlist from that show are here. More below...
Gold Cult - "Round and Round" cover art
Chicago's Gold Cult is the project of guitarist Blaine Welsh and multi-instrumentalist // vocalist Mikey Moran, with additional support from various friends. After their debut EP Been Still and Wolf Mountain 7" in 2013, GC are slated to release a new EP in late-April. It's called Soft Riot, and features the jazzy and tense lead single "Round and Round." On it, Moran's sinister falsetto echos Jim James' circa My Morning Jacket's 2008 weirdo-rock LP Evil Urges. You can take a listen to the track at the bottom of this post.
Gold Cult will be playing The Burlington on April 24 with Coffin Ships, Linear Downfall, and US Tribes. $7 will get you in the door, and hopefully Soft Riot will be available for purchase.
A stream of Gold Cult's "Round and Round" lies after the jump...
Earlier this week, Indie rock mainstay Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean and Britta) welcomed his first proper solo album. The self-titled LP was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, who also plays keys and guitar on it, and also features his wife // bandmate Britta Phillips on bass and Anthony LaMarca on drums // pedal steel. You can check out "Holding Pattern" and "The Dancer Disappears" at the bottom of this post, and stream the full album via Rdio.
Dean will embark on a spring North American tour in support of his new album later this month. That tour includes a performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music on April 11 with Advance Base. Tickets are still available, and we've also got a pair to give away! Contest details can be found at the bottom of this post. Dean & Britta also play Galaxie 500 at a late show (10PM) at Old Town that same night (tickets).
All Dean Wareham dates, contest details, and those song streams lie after the jump...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Following last year's Emancipated Hearts mini-LP, Dean Wareham will release his first-ever proper solo album on March 11. The self-titled album was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and recorded at Jim's place in Louisville, Kentucky with Britta Phillips on bass, Anthony LaMarca on drums and pedal steel, and Jim James on keys and guitars. Check out "Holding Pattern" below.
Starting with a visit to the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, Dean will be on tour this spring playing songs off his new LP plus favorites from throughout the rest of his long career (Luna, Galaxie 500, Dean & Britta). Those dates include NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/5) at noon. All dates are listed below.