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Jason Isbell @ Prospect Park 7/25/2015
It was a pretty good weekend for Jason Isbell. His new album, Something More Than Free, debuted at #5 on Billboard's album chart (#1 on Rock and Folk) and he played one of his biggest NYC shows ever on Friday night (7/24) in Prospect Park with opener Dawn Landes. His set included songs from the new record, older solo material as well as a few from his days in Drive By Truckers.
On Saturday (7/25), Jason played Newport Folk Festival and you can stream a recording of that performance via NPR, below.
Sunday he opened for My Morning Jacket (at least one reviewer says he played the better set!)
Pictures from the packed show in Prospect Park continue below. Isbell's setlist is down there too....
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Craig Finn at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Seamless ad star Craig Finn already released one song from his upcoming solo album, Faith In The Future (due 9/11 via Partisan), and now he's got another. Like the first single, "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son?" has Craig dabbling in mid-'80s heartland rock. Listen over at Wall Street Journal.
We already knew The Hold Steady frontman would be playing NYC to open for My Morning Jacket at the Beacon in November (tickets), and now he announed a headlining tour to go down before that. It includes a NYC show on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon.
All dates, including Woodstock and Asbury Park, are listed below...
words and photos by Klaus Kinski
Roger Waters @ Newport Folk Festival 7/24/2015
The 2015 Newport Folk Festival was definitely one for the history books. For example, this year's festival marked the 50th anniversary of when some man named Bob Dylan (in)famously decided to go electric. This move totally flipped the wigs of many of his deadbeat hippie/beat fans and created a deep chasm among his many devotees. As a matter of fact, on Saturday July 25, exactly 50 years to the day that Bob went electric at the Festival, the very Fender Stratocaster that Dylan used back 1965 to go electric made an appearance at the festival. The guitar, which Dylan left on an airplane like a doofus back in 1965, ended up in the hands of the plane's pilot until 2012. In 2013 the pilot's daughter put it up for auction where it fetched almost a million US dollars and ended up in the hands of Indianapolis Colts football team owner Jim Irsay.
Cool story bro. However, for me, the festival was all about the highly anticipated and very surprising headlining set by former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters. The Newport Folk Festival is notorious for selling out before the line-up is even announced. So when the Fest announced that Waters would be headlining opening day of the festival (Friday July 24), a lot of people in possession of Friday tickets were extremely stoked, while millions of Roger Waters/Pink Floyd fans without tickets were extremely bummed out. I was one of the bummed out legion until fate intervened on my behalf and I miraculously found myself in attendance.
When Roger announced on facebook on May 21, 2015 that he would be participating in the 2015 Newport Folk Festival and promised "an intimate appearance specifically crafted for Newport Folk," the ambiguity of his declaration had Floyd-heads reeling at the possibilities. Would he be doing a full scale performance of "Dark Side" or "The Wall"? Or even stripped-down versions? Would he be performing his seminal 1992 album Amused to Death in full? After all, Friday July 24 also happened to be the day "Amused to Death" would see a large-scale, multi-format re-release.
What the Festival audience ended up getting from Waters was better than any of the above, in my opinion. For rather than use his headlining slot as an opportunity to remind us of his immense back catalog, both as a solo artist and as Pink Floyd's primary creative force, Waters took the opportunity to deliver a diverse setlist that not only gave a hearty nod to his work with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, but he used the opportunity to pay homage to the festival's history, the legacy of folk music, and to hit us with the ultimate double-whammy; performing a brand new, never-before-heard song while playing piano in front of a crowd, according to Waters, "for the first time ever."
Waters was preceded by a scorching eight-song set by My Morning Jacket. As the dust settled from their 8th song, MMJ remained on stage as Roger Waters sauntered out with Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins. These folks, combined with My Morning Jacket, banded together and served as Roger's explosive and unbelievable back-up band.
Roger kicked things off by performing that new, powerful, and no doubt provocative, song called "Crystal Clear Brooks," which has its origins as a poem penned by Waters that he brought to light back in 2014. He followed that with the Pink Floyd classic "Mother" which segued into one of my personal favorites from Amused to Death, "The Bravery of Being Out of Range." At this point in the set, he switched gears and performed a really great cover of John Prine's "Hello in There" which is a sad reflection on aging and the fact that life is basically one long casting off. Sort of a cross between "Death of a Salesman" and Hanson Towne's "Around The Corner." Ugh, get me a pistol. Anyhow, from there they moved into Floyd territory and unleashed another song about loss and longing; the classic "Wish You Were Here."
At this point, the rain was REALLY coming down and besides being soaked to the bone and shivering like an orphaned dog, I was also officially coming to terms with how well-crafted and totally unpredictable this set was. He followed "Wish You Were Here" with Buddy Miller's "Wide River to Cross," a song completely foreign to me but played beautifully by the assembled musicians and expressed superbly through Waters' vocals. The next three songs were completely Waters territory; the band tore into the title track from "Amused to Death" with staggering results and then headed into "Dark Side" territory with flawless renditions of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse." They company closed out the set appropriately and paid tribute to The Newport Folk Festival in general and Bob Dylan in particular with a version of Planet Waves' "Forever Young."
At some point towards the tail end of this magnificent set, the rain tapered off, the clouds began to part, and the sun finally began to reappear again. Roger Waters had assembled an amazing crew of musicians and pulled off a truly amazing, unpredictable, and fulfilling performance that lacked ego and pretension.
Unfortunately, Roger doesn't have many live dates coming up in the near future. However, he will be performing at Dar, Constitution Hall, in Washington DC on Friday October 16, 2015. Billed as "Music Heals" the concert will feature Roger Waters, the musicians of MusiCorps, and will feature special guests Bill Corgan, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello. More info:
Music Heals: an exceptional one night only concert where some of the world's biggest recording artists will join forces to raise money for MusiCorps - a charity supporting injured service men and women and their families. The MusiCorps Band is made up of injured service members who have learned, and in some cases relearned, how to play instruments through the charity. MusiCorps is a non-profit charitable organization which helps wounded veterans play music and recover their lives. Praised by the Wall Street Journal as "revolutionary," the conservatory-level program enables the wounded to learn, relearn, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation.Tickets for this show are on sale now.
In honor of the re-release of Roger Waters' 1992 solo album Amused to Death, we are giving away a limited edition 2xLP picture disc to one lucky person. Details on how to win are below.
Pics, videos, and setlist below.
words and photos by Klaus Kinski
My Morning Jacket / Tallest Man on Earth @ Newport Folk Fest 7/24/2015
The 2015 Newport Folk Festival once again took over Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI from Friday July 24 through Sunday July 26 and delivered tens of thousands of concert-goers an ecclectic line-up of acts presented upon four stages scattered across the sprawling 216 year old former US Army complex. Your man Klaus was (inexplicably) handed a coupla tickets and a photopass to the Friday July 24 installment of the fest. So I grabbed my crappy camera (and my comparatively questionable photography skills), packed a backpack, met up with Brother Klaus, drove up to Jamestown, RI, hopped on an early AM ferry, and spent the next 12 hours on Fort Adams taking in what is one of the most famous music festivals in the world.
As a person prone to depression, anxiety, claustrophobia, fear of crowds, an unpredictable temper, a disdain for heat, and a generally erratic mood spectrum that most people find repellant and troubling, any summer festival scenario is a potential perfect storm for lunacy and meltdown for me. But from the second I stepped onto that AM ferry bound for Fort Adams to the second I stepped off the ferry back in Jamestown that evening, I experienced a sustained sense of happiness, contentment, and wonder that I probably haven't felt since some Christmas day way back in my early childhood a million years ago. First off, for almost the entire day, the weather was absolutely stunning. The thermometer barely broke the 78 degree mark and there was zero humidity in the air which made any shady areas feel like springtime and a welcome respite from the direct sunlight. The air was so crisp and dry that the generally cloudless sky was a smurfy blue and everything around me looked high-definition. And being on a sort of peninsula, Fort Adams enjoys sea breezes from three different directions that always seemed to keep the heat at bay. In addition to that, the festival grounds are so sprawling and so rife with attractions that there is plenty of room for everyone and plenty of places off the beaten path to explore. The only bummer weather moment came towards the tail end of My Morning Jacket's set when it started to drizzle. The drizzle turned into a downpour of thick, shotglass sized raindrops that lasted well into Roger Waters' set. However, by the close of Roger's set the storm had broken and sunlight began streaming through the clouds in way that evoked High Renaissance paintings. The sky then morphed into the pinkest/purplest, most beautiful sunset your man Klaus has ever seen.
Although the "Fort Stage" is the main and largest venue of the festival, I tended to spend most of my time wandering around the perimeter of the superbly curated and constantly jam-packed "Quad Stage." The Quad Stage is the second largest performance venue of the festival and is located in the expansive, walled-in grounds in the heart of the fort that I believe were historically regarded as the parade grounds. The Goodbye Girls and Bahamas were the first two bands booked at the Quad Stage, but I spent most of their time slots simply exploring Fort Adams. However, I made sure I was at the Quad Stage in time for the retro-R&B stylings of the great Leon Bridges. Hitting the stage at 1:35 PM on the nose, Leon and company tore through an immaculate 50-minute set of vintage Motown-esque soul numbers that the crowd could not get enough of. If you filmed his set in black and white, added some grain, and told me that I was watching footage from the 60s, I'd believe you. He and his bandmates use instruments and wear clothing reminiscent of the classic R&B era, but they pull it off so expertly that it never feels corny or vaudeville. This is earnest, well executed, vintage R&B, and though it isn't my thing, I thought it was fantastic.
After pouring a few beers and some water down my throat it was back to the Quad Stage to check out Calexico. Calexico is a band I have very mixed feelings about; their recorded material puts me to sleep. People tell me "But you gotta see them live" which is a cop-out that I despise. But there they were, and there I was, and you know what? It was flippin great! This is Newport Folk Festival, and Calexico are definitely folky, but they employ dashes of rock and country so well that, live, it really floated my boat. Maybe it's my younger years as a ska aficionado rearing its ugly head, but I really loved the horn arrangements. Among the tunes they played, "Falling From The Sky", "Fortune Teller", and "He Lays in the Reins" (performed with Iron & Wine) really brought it. If it wasn't for this fest, I probably would have died never seeing Calexico live, but I am really glad I caught them.
After Calexico, I headed out to the main "Fort Stage," where I planned to set up shop for the rest of the evening's performances. At 4 PM sharp, The Tallest Man on Earth took the stage for a fantastic hour-long full-band set. I've only seen The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, once before a few years back and at the time time he was performing solo (like he did at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival). This time around, backed by a full-band, he brought a sound that had no problem filling the expansive main stage area while still maintaining a major sense of intimacy with the space. Matsson is a phenomenal lyricist and guitar player, but he's also an extremely funny and animated performer. NPR has the entire performance and you can stream it below.
There was about a 30-minute intermission between The Tallest Man on Earth and My Morning Jacket, so as Tallest Man was wrapping up I waddled back over to the Quad Stage to have some beverages and to catch up with a friend. At that time, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were in the middle of their set. As my friend and I were talking, I noticed that Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were playing a song called "There's No Way Out of Here" that not only appeared on Unicorn's David Gilmour-produced 1976 album "Too Many Crooks" but which David Gilmour also performed on his 1978 solo effort "David Gilmour" and which basically clammed in Europe but became sort of a radio hit here in the states. Ironic, considering David Gilmour's former bandmate Roger Waters was headlining this very festival.
The 5:30 PM main stage slot remained unannounced by festival organizers, so when My Morning Jacket took the stage at 5:30 PM, the crowd went absolutely batshit (especially ones who don't read this website). People were even more batshit surprised eight MMJ songs later when they remained on stage and were joined Roger Waters, Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins who all served as Roger's back-up band. More on that later though. I honestly haven't seen or paid much attention to My Morning Jacket since I saw them at Webster Hall 10 years ago; a show I left feeling bored and uninspired. But whoa jeez their set at the Newport Folk Fest absolutely crushed. Nobody told me they got good. For me, "Believe (Nobody Knows)," "Compound Fracture," "Tropics," and "In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)" from their album The Waterfall absolutely blazed. Their sound was epic and they elevated the energy level to a fever pitch, just in time for Roger Waters' highly anticipated 2015 Newport Folk Festival debut.
More photos from Tallest Man on Earth and MMJ at Newport Folk Fest day 1, below...
As rumored, Roger Waters used My Morning Jacket as his backing band at a Newport Folk Fest on Friday night (7/24). We'll talk more about that in more detail later, but as you can see in the setlist above and below, My Roger Jacket played Pink Floyd songs, Waters solo songs, and some covers too. MMJ played their own set too. Amy Helm (Levon's daughter), G.E. Smith, Lucius and Sara Watkins also joined for some songs. MMJ, Roger, and G.E. Smith previously teamed up for a Levon Helm related benefit in 2012.
Though it was gorgeous all day, the clouds really started rolling in during MMJ, and the skies opened up during Roger's set. The sun was back out by the end of his set though.
A few Instagrams below...
UPDATE: IT HAPPENED
Rumors are starting to spread that Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is going to be backed by My Morning Jacket at Newport Folk Fest tonight!
My Morning Jacket and its members are Newport Folk Fest regulars, but they weren't on the schedule this year, despite being in the area to play Lewiston two days ago, and Xponential Music Festival in Camden on Saturday. Waters, who has promised a "very special" set, was a huge and surprising addition to the sold out Newport Folk Fest back in May. Jim James and crew on stage with Roger would definitely be very special (especially for My Morning Jacket!).
Stay tuned, and tune in to TuneIn.com to stream select sets from the fest live today, Saturday and Sunday. Actually Roger's set isn't listed on the streaming schedule, but Calexico, The Tallest Man on Earth, Heartless Bastards, Langhorne Slim, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling and many more are on there. The full list of included artists and the embedded player are below.
On Sunday, My Morning Jacket play a show in Maryland with Jason Isbell who plays Newport on Saturday after playing a big free show in Prospect Park tonight (7/24).
Pink Floyd's other singer, David Gilmour, just announced a bunch of huge shows of his own, two nights at MSG included.
Stream Newport Folk Fest radio below....
Tickets to The Zombies 'Odessey & Oracle' show at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture go on sale today at 10 AM.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr now goes just by JR JR and they play Webster Hall on November 4 with Brothertiger. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
For this year's highly acclaimed Painted Shut, Hop Along signed to Saddle Creek, and now the label announced that they will also re-press that album's excellent predecessor, Get Disowned. You can also get involved, by helping to choose what color the vinyl will be. The label writes:
We're currently prepping a reissue of Hop Along's debut full-length, Get Disowned, and we need your help to choose the color! Cast your vote below for opaque ivory, transparent clear, opaque gold, or opaque dark blue. Voting concludes end of day July 30th, and we will announce the winning color on July 31st. Also on July 31st, your account will be updated with a download of the album!No release date has been set, "due to the volatility of vinyl manufacturing," but Saddle Creek plans to have them shipped out by the end of the year. You can pre-order and enter the color contest here.
In case you're not familiar with Get Disowned, you can stream it below...
photo: My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
My Morning Jacket recently added two NYC shows at Beacon Theater to their tour: November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with Craig Finn Tickets for 11/27 and 11/28 are on presale now, using the PASSWORD: MMJPRE.
The tour also includes sold-out dates at the venue on 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. All dates here.
Jason Isbell released a new record last week, and it's streaming via RDIO below. Something More Than Free is his fifth solo album, and he's having an especially busy year because of it. Constantly on the road, he played the recently-opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven last night (7/22), and will be having an especially busy upcoming weekend.
Friday (7/24) is Jason's big, FREE, headlining Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park with Dawn Landes (one night before Sylvan Esso and Porches play their free show on the same stage). Saturday he performs at Newport Folk Fest, but he won't stick around to enjoy it because Sunday he's playing Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland with My Morning Jacket.
From there it's on to Pennsylvania for shows with Blake Mills before hitting the Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival in Arkansas. His long itinerary also includes four sold out shows at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium (each night with a different very special guest, Chris Stapleton included), Voodoo in New Orleans, shows with Damien Jurado (again), shows with John Prine and much more.
He recently played NY & NJ shows with Craig Finn. Check out his full upcoming tour schedule below...
Algiers are continuing to support their self-titled debut album on Matador with more dates, including NYC on September 18 at Mercury Lounge and October 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/24) at noon.
Scottish pop trio CHVRCHES have a small sold-out MHOW show this week, and will also play the much larger Central Park SummerStage on September 29 after their new album is out. Tickets go on presale today at noon (anyone know the password?) with the general on-sale starting Friday at noon.
Are you on board with the nu-metal revival? Do you care that Korn are playing their self-titled debut in full at Irving Plaza on October 5 and Wellmont Theater on October 6? If you do, you can get tickets in one of the various presales. General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.
Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC to open for Stray From the Path on October 24 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales now (pw: musicgeeks). General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.
Updated MMJ dates below...
CHVRCHES, whose new album Every Open Eye, will be out September 25, will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, July 23 with BAIO. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today.
Doug Benson will be taping his Doug Loves Movies podcast at Gramercy Theatre on August 3 & 10. Tickets are on sale now.
Les Sans Culottes were added to the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Irving Plaza on 9/8 and tickets are still available.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Seattle dance duo Odesza just keep getting bigger. They already sold out two nights at Terminal 5, and now added a third for November 15. Tickets are on fan presale and Pandora presale now (fan presale password = ODESZA). Ticketmaster presale starts Thursday (7/16) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (7/17) at noon.
Men At Work frontman and long-running solo artist Colin Hay is playing Town Hall on November 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.
Folk pop band Of Monsters & Men already announced two NYC shows, and now added a third for Beacon Theatre on September 23. Tickets go on AmEx and Chase presale at 11 AM. Local presale starts Thursday (7/16) at 11 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (7/17) at 11 AM.
Cold War Kids are playing Terminal 5 on October 24. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.
Lissie is playing a solo set at Rough Trade on October 7. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.
Born Ruffians are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 28. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.
David Wax Museum are playing Mercury Lounge on October 23. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
My Morning Jacket returned earlier this year with The Waterfall, and though they played Governors Ball, they've yet to support it with a non-festival NYC show. That will change on their just-expanded tour which now includes two Boston and two NYC shows.
The NYC shows happen November 24 and 25 at Beacon Theatre. Both are good lineups, with Woods on night 1 and Strand of Oaks on night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon, and Roll Call members get an exclusive presale starting Tuesday (7/14) at 10 AM.
MMJ also play nearby NYC this month at Camden, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival with St. Vincent.
Updated dates are listed, with a live session video of "Compound Fracture" from the new album, below...
Another one bites the dust:
The Austin Music Hall is to be demolished to make way for a 28-story office building.The photos above are from one of Jack White's two shows there earlier this year. More pictures from that show, by Tim Griffin, HERE.
Officials with Cielo Property Group, an Austin real estate company, confirmed in an exclusive interview with the Austin Business Journal that it is teaming up with Tier REIT of Dallas to build another downtown office tower.
Demolition of the 43,000-square-foot entertainment venue at 208 Nueces St. will begin in January. Construction of the 349,000-square-foot building is scheduled to start in early 2016 and deliver at the end of 2017. [BizJournals]
Three more shows are scheduled at the venue at the moment: one by Faith No More, and two by My Morning Jacket.
As mentioned, BrooklynVegan is co-hosting the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. It's the final day and Sunday's live stream (June 13) starts at 6 PM Eastern. Tonight's schedule includes Robert Plant, Spoon, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Caribou and more. Before that they're replaying performances from the first three nights. Watch the stream along with the full schedule below.
Kendrick & Chance with Earth Wind & Fire (photo via Max)
Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White had never met Kendrick Lamar until he saw Lamar and Chance the Rapper at the side of the stage during their late-night set and the band invited them out to freestyle.As the review quoted above points out, there was some generation-crossing collaboration going on at Bonnaroo yesterday (6/12) when veteran R&B/soul/funk band Earth Wind & Fire brought out rappers Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper during their set. You can check out a couple videos (via Pitchfork / Fake Shore Drive) below.
"I knew who he was, but it wasn't planned," White said afterwards. "We stayed up there -- what -- 90 minutes? We were only supposed to be up there 70 minutes. You know, you just go. You don't think about it, you just keep going. He's in the band right now." [USA Today]
There was other generation crossing when Tears for Fears covered Radiohead's "Creep" (not for their first time) at the festival. We don't have a video of that at the moment, but we hear things got pretty emotional:
Tears for Fears are covering Radiohead's "Creep" and I'm crying.— Diego Bermejo (@diegorbermejo) June 7, 2015
OH AND TEARS FOR FEARS PLAYED CREEP BY RADIO HEAD it was an emotional experience for me— abstruse☹ (@radically_rad) June 7, 2015
Bonnaroo continues today (6/13) with the Superjam, D'Angelo, Slayer, My Morning Jacket, Belle & Sebastian, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs, and more. If you're not there, you can stream the festival live, right HERE. Check out a recap of Thursday too.
Videos of Earth Wind, Fire, Kendrick & Chance below...
UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.
Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.
UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.
While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Florence and the Machine were the first act to put on a show worthy of a headliner. Drenched in warm golden light, Florence hopped around on one leg as she led the crowd in sing-alongs of hits such as What the Water Gave Me and Shake It Out. Her performance felt quite reserved compared to that of St Vincent, who brought out a pink Aztex-style pyramid and two backing dancers in chrome jumpsuits before putting on the performance of the day. Tracks like Marrow felt hugely aided by her band's saturated, chunky and almost shoddy-sounding synths, while St Vincent danced in sync with her troupe, who tottered around like Daryl Hannah's dying replicant in Blade Runner. The crowd were addressed as "citizens of New York city" and she stopped proceedings for a Thomas Pynchon-esque short story about an imagined storm in New York in which you grab an Arthur Russell record and Susan Sontag's diaries and hide out in a cupboard. [The Guardian]Annual NYC music festival Governors Ball went down this past weekend on Randall's Island. Day 1, Friday (6/5), had Drake's hits-filled set, Ezra Koenig's guest appearance during Chromeo's set, an unfortunate Rae Sremmurd injury, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, Odesza, Rudimental and more.
Governors Ball 2015 began yesterday, including Drake, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket and more. During Chromeo's set, they brought their old pal, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig, to play VW's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" into Chromeo's "Bonafide Lovin'" with the duo. Dave 1 began by saying "there's this guitar riff I like to play sometimes" and then played the "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" riff a couple of times. Finally Ezra walked on stage and said "Hey man... Dave I showed you the riff, man. It's really not that hard." Then Chromeo & Ezra went into the song.
Watch video of the whole thing going down, below...
photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)
"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.
Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]
Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.
Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.
If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.
photo: Rae Sremmurd on stage @ Governors Ball Friday (by Travel.Work.Play)
The first of three days of Governors Ball is just getting started, and though the little rain during their set was hardly a big deal, what happened to Rae Sremmurd on stage definitely was. As Billboard reports...
Slim Jimmy, one-half of the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, fell offstage and seriously injured his leg minutes into the group's afternoon performance at the Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday (June 5).Slim Jimmy was later seen leaving the grounds in an ambulance, which may be where he is laying all bandaged up in this Instagram Rae Sremmurd posted:
Ten minutes into a set that began at 1:30, Rae Sremmurd performed their song "Unlock The Swag" when Slim Jimmy tumbled off a speaker in front of the crowd. The rapper was carried back onstage with the help of two security guards and placed behind the DJ booth.
His Rae Sremmurd partner, Swae Lee, cut off "Unlock The Swag" after a few bars to examine the situation. He then told the crowd, "This shit is pretty crazy. ... This n---a's leg is like, split open, I'm serious."
Glad to hear is doing ok! Check out an overhead video, showing Rae Sremmurd's impressive (and umbrella filled) early crowd, and some other pics, below.
Governors Ball continues today with sets by The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Ratatat, DFA 1979, Chromeo, My Morning Jacket, Drake and more. Some of it will be broadcast on SiriusXM.
a misty GovBall entrance today (photo via @xxdylandark0)
The 2015 Governors Ball just got underway at NYC's Randall's Island and if you can't make it, performances from throughout the three-day festival will be broadcast on on SiriusXM via Alt Nation channel 36 now through Sunday, June 7. Select performances will also air on The Spectrum, channel 28; Jam On, channel 29; Electric Area, channel 52 and SiriusXMU, channel 35. So if you're a subscriber, tune in.
Confirmed performances to be broadcast by SiriusXM include My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Big Gigantic, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Angus & Julia Stone, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Florence + The Machine, A-Trak, Vance Joy, Royal Blood, The Districts, Death From Above 1979 and Moon Taxi. More details about channels and broadcast times are here.
photo: White Lung at Fuji Rocks 2014 (more by Erina Uemura)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
It's the first day of annual three-day NYC festival Governors Ball on Randall's Island, and today's lineup is pretty solid with sets from Drake, Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, DIIV, Rae Sremmurd and more.
White Lung, Obliterations @ Knitting Factory
White Lung bring complexity and accessibility to punk without breaking the formula of short, loud, fast songs. It's some of the best stuff this genre has to offer right now. This is one of the GovBall afterparties so it's a late show (midnight) and also includes LA Southern Lord-signed hardcore band Obliterations (not to be confused with Norwegian Relapse-signed death metal band Obliteration).
Little Dragon @ Brooklyn Bowl
Yet another of the Governors Ball After Dark shows tonight, here's a chance to catch Swedish pop band Little Dragon in much smaller confines than usual, and play a few frames too. Sold out.
BC Camplight, The Rally, Tall Juan @ Rough Trade
Brian Christinzio has been making lightly psychedelic pop as BC Camplight for ten years or so, having released two albums in the late '00s. He was also in an early incarnation of The War on Drugs and played on Sharon Van Etten's Epic. He left the US for Manchester, England -- a move reflected in How to Die in the North, the first BC Camplight album in eight years, which came out via Bella Union earlier this year. Owing a little to Brian Wilson, '70s soft rock / singer-songwriters, and other influences, it's an ambitious, likeably weird record.
SBTRKT (DJ Set), Nick Hook, Dan Wender, Blacky II @ Verboten
This is still another GovBall afterparty(11 PM doors), and one that will keep you dancing all night long with SBTRKT in the DJ booth.
Atmosphere, Bishop Nehru @ Irving Plaza
Veteran alt-rap duo Atmosphere return to NYC, and making it a great double bill is promising Brooklyn newcomer Bisho Nehru. Why yes, this IS also a Governors Ball After Dark show (11:30 PM start).
People Under the Stairs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Giving Atmosphere some competition is another underground hip hop group, People Under the Stairs, playing their own GovBall after show at the same time at MHOW.
Jedi Mind Tricks @ Bowery Ballroom
Whether or not you decide to hit Atmosphere or People Under the Stairs later on, underground rap fans can start their night off at Bowery Ballroom for Jedi Mind Tricks. The duo of Stoupe and Vinnie Paz are back together for the first time since Stoupe left in 2011, and they put out a new album this week.
Hysterese, Pleasure Industry, The Brass @ The Place
Germany's Hysterese make what you could accurately call pop punk, but in a rawer sense, kind of like The Marked Men. They're also darker than that band, but not at the expense of hooks. Tonight's their first-ever NYC show.
Guerilla Toss, Loud Boyz, Jackie @ Roll Up Motorcycle Garage
Bushwick Open Studios is throwing a party at Roll Up Motorcycle Garage tonight which exhibits photographs, illustrations, paintings and more from several local artists. There's also live music from art punks Guerilla Toss, garage punks Loud Boyz, and Jackie. It's free, and there's free food and booze too.
The Casualties, I.R.A., Iron Force, Agitator @ Acheron
Fresh off a big NJ show opening for D.R.I., NYC street punk vets The Casualties take over their hometown tonight with this much smaller Bushwick show.
Max's Kansas City 50th Anniversary Reunion @ Bowery Electric
Legendary now-closed NYC punk venue Max's Kansas City continues its 50th anniversary celebration tonight at the current home of many '70s-era NYC punks, Bowery Electric. Tonight's lineup has The Waldos, Testors (the original lineup featuring Sonny Vincent), New York Junk, Luigi & the Wiseguys and Love Pirates, with Bill Popp & the Tapes playing in the Map Room. There's also MC Jimi Lalumia, DJ Rob Select, and cameos by Steve Dior and Tammy Faye Starlight reprising her acclaimed off-broadway performance as Nico.
Dead Stars, Pet Sun, Monograms, The Glazzies @ Cake Shop
Dead Stars are celebrating the release of their new single "Calm Punk" which is another fine example of the band's fuzzy, hooky love of '90s indie rock.
Gramercy Arms @ HiFi Bar
Led by Dambuilders frontman Dave Derby, Gramercy Arms make classic, '70s-style pop with a rotating cast of guests. 2014's The Season of Love featured Tanya Donelly, Lloyd Cole, Doug Gillard and more...so who knows who might show up for this FREE show.
Tyondai Braxton @ The Kitchen
Originally performed at the Guggenheim in 2013, Braxton's Hive1 is "part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods."
The Woggles, The Swingin' Neckbreakers, Muck and the Mires, Games @ Grand Victory
Georgia garage-rock revivalists The Woggles, who've been reviving garage rock for nearly 30 years, are known for their crazed stage show and stomping tunes. They still pack a punch. Opening this bill are Brooklyn's Games who make Nerves-style powerpop.
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band, A Thousand Mothers @ The Bell House
Seventy-six and still going strong, onetime Mott the Hoople frontman brings with him over forty years of songs.
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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