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Quiet Life

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...

Continue reading "Quiet Life releasing deluxe edition of 'Wild Pack' & a new LP, playing shows (dates, stream); Dr. Dog releasing a live album"

photos by Tim Griffin

Lucius @ ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 2
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Saturday - 10/11/2014

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...

Continue reading "Lucius played ACL, covered My Morning Jacket, releasing deluxe edition of LP (pics, updated dates + win tix to T5!)"

Dr. Dog @ Mann Center - 9/13/14 (via @jool_ee)
Dr. Dog

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.

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]

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?

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...

Continue reading "Dr. Dog announce EIGHT NYC shows, played epic show with Mac DeMarco, Front Bottoms & Hop Along (videos)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Sylvan Esso @ Emo's in Austin - 8/17/2014
Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 8/17/2014
Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy @ Emo's - 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...

Continue reading "Sylvan Esso & Dana Buoy on tour, played Emo's (pics, dates & DB's Fleetwood Mac cover)"

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...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Dawes played Letterman, Newport Folk Fest & Central Park Summerstage (pics, video, stream, setlist)"

Sylvan Esso

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.

Continue reading "Sylvan Esso appearing on 'Fallon' this week, add tour dates including Terminal 5 in January"

MMJ

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.

"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.

Tickets and more info at the event's site.

MMJ have no other upcoming dates at the moment, but Sylvan Esso do.

Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Basement Tapes Band..
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.

"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]

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.
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Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Elvis Costello and the Roots
Elvis Costello and the Roots

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...

Continue reading "Elvis Costello recording unreleased Dylan w/ Jim James & more, played Capitol Theater with the Roots (pics, setlist)"

Gold Cult - "Round and Round" cover art
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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...

Continue reading "Gold Cult ready new EP (hear a track), playing The Burlington"

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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...

Continue reading "Dean Wareham released a solo album, playing Old Town School of Folk Music w/ Advance Base (win tix!)"

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...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

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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.

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Some of you may remember "The Super Bowl Shuffle," a Sugarhill Gang style rap single recorded by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew at the tail end of 1985. (The Bears would go on to win Super Bowl XX a couple months later.) Featuring verses by Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William "Refrigerator" Perry and other members of the team, the six-minute single featured awkward rapping (and worse dancing in the video)...but you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing it. If you missed this blip of pop culture history, you can watch the original music video below.

With two weeks until Super Bowl XLVIII -- which is happening in the NYC-area (with lots of concerts) if you just woke up from a coma -- Sean Cannon of WFPK's "After Dark" has orchestrated a cover of "The Superbowl Shuffle" featuring a veritable Who's Who of indie rock, internet, and comedy talent, including Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show), web cat Lil Bub, wrestler Colt Cabana, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), filmmaker David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Comedy Bang! Bang!'s Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and occasional BV contributor and WFMU DJ Dave Hill (who plays guitar on the cover). Proceeds from sales of this 2014 version of "The Superbowl Shuffle" (which keeps the original rhymes) go to Reading is Fundamental.

Just how did this come about? Cannon offers up a lengthy/labyrinthine explanation which you can read, while listening to the song, below...

Continue reading "Tim Harrington, Tom Scharpling, Jim James, Dave Hill, Scott Aukerman & more covered "The Super Bowl Shuffle""

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Duo De Twang

So here's a novel live package: though Primus haven't announced any tour dates for 2014 yet, bassist/vocalist/legendary weirdo Les Claypool will return to the road at least once this year with his bizarre skiffle-shred Americana project Duo De Twang, who will play a run of North American dates from January through March in support of their upcoming debut album Four Foot Shack. (You can preorder it here if you're a Claypool devotee.)

Anything involving Claypool will probably be at least a little odd, but the 2/27 NYC date at the McKittrick Hotel will be extra gonzo. The hotel is also home to Sleep No More, Punchdrunk's chaotic, creepy (and popular!) experimental production of Macbeth. Duo De Twang's gig is being billed as part of an SNM performance; they'll play after the theatrical segment. Sleep No More has featured musical guests before, notably Jim James of My Morning Jacket and MMJ collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

You can preorder tickets for the 2/27 combined gig here. They're a little steep at $130; if you just want to see Duo De Twang, you can catch them in on 2/28 in Woodstock, NY at the Bearsville Theater (tix here). Sleep No More-only tickets can be had for $80 on pretty much the day of your choosing.

Check out a Duo De Twang version of Primus's "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver", some live footage, and the full run of dates below...

Continue reading "Les Claypool's Duo de Twang touring, playing McKittrick Hotel after Sleep No More (dates)"

Tegan & Sara at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Tegan & Sara

Tegan & Sara have seemingly not been off the road since the release of their poppy new album Hearthrob. They've already played multiple NYC-area shows this year, and they'll be doing another US run in December which includes one more NYC-area show before the year ends: December 14 at Capitol Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. All upcoming dates are listed below.

Tegan & Sara contributed another poppy song, "Shudder to Think," to the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack that also includes songs from Shuggie Otis, My Morning Jacket, T. Rex, and more. Stream that song, along with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Tegan & Sara on 'Dallas Buyers Club' soundtrack, touring, playing Capitol Theatre (dates & stream)"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Atlantic City in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Neil Young, who just played the Bridge School Benefit and was supposed to play Capitol Theatre with Patti Smith last month but had to cancel, has just announced new NYC-area shows, but not at The Cap. Neil will do four nights at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 7, 9 and 10. Tickets to see Neil at the historic venue go on sale Monday (11/4) at 11 AM with a presale beginning Friday (11/1) at 10 AM. They're his only announced dates that we're aware of at the moment.

A couple videos of Neil from the Bridge School benefit and another recent live video below...

Continue reading "Neil Young announces four nights at Carnegie Hall"

Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
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The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).

On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.

Continue reading "Bridge School Benefit 2013 in videos: Neil Young w/ Arcade Fire & MMJ (separately), Lou Reed tribute, Tom Waits & more"

photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis

Flaming Lips @ T5, 10/1/2013
Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

The Flaming Lips have a new EP coming out, featuring six songs "inspired by" Ender's Game, the new big budget sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley that's based on the 1985 novel of the same name. The film is about a battle between and man and a race of mutant bugs, which is, as you know, already the subject of so many Flaming Lips songs. One of those, "Peace Sword," is actually in the film and is a pretty good Flaming Lips song. You can listen to five of the six tracks it below and head to NPR to hear the other one, "If They Move Shoot 'Em." The Ender's Game EP is out digitally next week (10/29) and will be available on CD and vinyl as a Record Store Day Black Friday release.

Earlier this month The Flaming Lips played two shows at Terminal 5 with likeminded Aussie tourmates Tame Impala as well as Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and we've got a belated set of pictures from the 10/1 date in this post.

In other news, the Lips will be part of My Morning Jacket's previously discussed "One Big Holiday" festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Maya, Mexico from January 26-30, 2014. This four-night, all-inclusive "concert adventure" also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx and DJ sets from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza. Ticket packages are on sale.

Check out more pics from T5, plus the EP streams, below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips ready new EP (streams), playing MMJ's "One Big Holiday" in Mexico ++ belated T5 pics w/ Tame Impala"

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The 2013 Bridge School Benefit concerts happen this weekend (October 26 & 27) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Now in it's 27th year, the benefit concerts raise money for The Bridge School, a "non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology" that was founded, in part, by Pegi Young (wife of Neil Young).

This year's concerts, as mentioned, feature performances by CSNY, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, fun, Heart, Jenny Lewis and, on Saturday (10/26) only, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson and Tom Waits. All performances are acoustic.

For those who can't attend but would like to watch, the Saturday Bridge School Benefit concert will stream live via YouTube. The eight-hour webcast begins at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific).

Meanwhile, check out Arcade Fire's Colbert Report appearance and pictures from the recent Brooklyn shows.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
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In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.

My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]

We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.

More below...

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Arcade Fire

That's the new LA record release show poster above. Here's more info:

"As part of their ongoing "The Music Experiment 2.0" social media-driven concert series, MTV Iggy and Intel Corporation today announced that Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will perform a special show at an as-yet-unannounced outdoor location in Los Angeles on October 29th, upon release of their hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Reflektor.

Beginning today, October 15th, fans can visit www.MusicExperiment.com for a chance to win tickets to the exclusive live performance by participating in "The Music Experiment 2.0" across Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, Shazam & Twitter. The performance will also stream live on www.MusicExperiment.com and through The Music Experiment Windows App.
Arcade Fire was also added to Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit along with Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, fun., My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Heart, and Diana Krall. The two day event takes place October 26th and 27th at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire will be in NYC for two NYC shows this week. The location is still officially undisclosed, as is the way to get tickets, but My Social List and Arcade Fire Tube seem to have figured out that the location is a warehouse-turned-cultural center located at 299 Meserole in Brooklyn (the same location as a 10/26 Halloween party with Alex Metric and Just Blaze). Stay tuned for more details!

The band are also playing Big Night in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami on October 24. Special presale (only with artist presale code) starts Wednesday 10/16 at 10AM. On sale to the public Thursday 10/17 at 10AM.

They return to NYC in November for the YouTube Awards.

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Divine Fits @ SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Hollerado @ Glasslands in January (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, James Murphy (DJ Set) @ Times Square
Like they did last year, CBGB Festival is throwing a big free concert in Times Square. This year's feature's two major indie bands -- My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear -- a side project made of two major indie bands -- Divine Fits (Wolf Parade and Spoon) -- a DJ set from LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records guy/David Bowie remixer James Murphy, and The Wallflowers.

Like last year too, there are two stages -- North and South -- in two segments: 11 AM - 2PM (Lisa Loeb, The Wallflowers, Divine Fits) and 4 PM - 7 PM (James Murphy, Grizzly Bear, MMJ). The only specific set times we know are Divine Fits are at 1 PM and Grizzly Bear at 5 PM (both play the North Stage). You can kinda estimate what the other set times will be from that. More info is here.

Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockasin, Lansing-Dreiden, Linda Perhacs, Quilt, CO LA, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Weyes Blood, Soldiers of Fortune @ Pioneer Works
Day two of Mexican Summer's 5th Anniversary is another incredibly line-up of music with the U.S. live debut of avant-kiwi Connan Mockasin, a reunion of enigmatic artrockers Lansing-Dreiden, the NYC live debut of cult folkie Linda Perhacs... not to mention Spiritualized, No Joy, Quilt and more. Tickets are still available.

Kelela, Dance System, Secret Guest, J-Cush, Durban @ 285 Kent Avenue
Kelela first caught our attention when she appeared on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since made her way into the Fade to Mind universe, roping in producers like Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit, and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME, which is out now.

Meat Puppets, Enemy Planes @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the pioneers of cowpunk with 30 years under their belts, Meat Puppets have settle into a laid back groove as comfortable and familiar an an old pair of jeans. There's a reason you still love them.

Nic Lawless (& His Young Criminals), Pat DiNizio (of the Smithereens), Jon Caspi & The First Gun, Bronze Fondue, The X-Men, Creeptones @ Cake Shop
Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio headlines this night of garagey powerpop as part of the CBGB Festival.

The Features, Hollerado @ Glasslands
Tennessee band The Features are just fine, but we'd go just to see Canadian rockers Hollerado who mix hooks, smarts and chops -- plus a few well-aimed confetti cannons.

The X-Patsys, Rhys Chatham @ Issue Project Brookyln
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with avant-garde country band The X-Patsys (aka actress Barbara Sukowa and artists Robert Longo and Jon Kessler).

Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death, Ivan & The Parazol @ Knitting Factory
You get two sides of the garage coin with this tour: BDoD unleash party-friendly rippers, where Hanni El Khatib are more on the soulful side. This is the second of two NYC shows for these two groups.

Waiting for Henry, Valley Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
You know Dave Hill as a comedian and shirtless concertgoer, but did you know he can also shred? Catch his seriously impressive guitar skills tonight with his band Valley Lodge.

Fuzz, CCR Headcleaner @ Mercury Lounge
Do you pine for the early '70s monster riff days of Blue Cheer and prime Black Sabbath? Ty Segall does too, hence his proto-metal band Fuzz in which he sings and plays drums, heavy on the fills. Tonight's stop with tourmates CCR Headcleaner is sold out, but you can catch them on Sunday at Death by Audio.

Obits @ The Bell House, 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Obits

Obits, Lame Drivers, Family Curse @ The Rock Shop
Obits' third album, Bed & Bugs, recently dropped on Sub Pop and it's their most varied album to date, but still a rager -- and maybe the best thing they've done yet. Get up close tonight in the tiny confines of The Rock Shop.

Comedy Bang Bang Live @ NYU Skirball Center
Do you enjoy the awkward talk show comedy of IFC's Comedy Bang Bang? Sweater-loving host Scott Aukerman has taken the show on the road. Bandleader Reggie Watts isn't part of it but Paul F. Tompkins is, though if Reggie was going to make a suprise appearance anywhere in the country, it would probably be here. Sold out.

Solar Year, Black City Lights, Prism House, GPSYMTH @ Pianos
NYC-via-Montreal production duo Solar Year might be best known for their Grimes collaboration, but they also make some solid electronic pop of their own.

Antibalas, TUELO & Her Cousins @ Roulette
NYC Afrobeat band Antibalas are playing two hometown shows this weekend. Tonight's is a benefit for MIMA Music (whose mission is "to build a global network of arts-education programs, music education partners, and music based curriculum in under-served schools around the world"), and tomorrow they're at Highline.

Ski Lodge, Love Inks, Swimming, Napolean, Truthers @ Shea Stadium
Austin's Love Inks keep their arrangements sparse, allowing the airy charms of their songs to shine through. Their new album, Generation Club, is a winner. We like headliners Ski Lodge too, of course.

Arto Lindsay, Saint Rich, Callers, Celestial Shore @ The Bowery Electric
This is one of the better CBGB Festival shows, headlined by Arto Lindsay, who actually played CBGB a few times back in the day with his no wave band DNA. Opening are three younger local bands: Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich, indie folk-turned-indie pop band Callers, and avant-pop trio Celestial Shore.

Those Darlins, Gambles @ Union Pool
Tennessee's Those Darlins started off making '70s Loretta Lynn style country but quickly grew beyond those constraints. Their third album, Blur The Line, adds a little glitter to the mix, making for sleek, snarly rock.

CocoRosie @ Webster Hall
CocoRosie are back with their first new full length in three years, and after previewing songs from it at an intimate Brooklyn show before its release, and tonight they play a much bigger NYC show, and their first one since the LP's release.

Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ NYCB Theatre At Westbury
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. They hit NYC next week, but tonight they're in the area for a Long Island show.

Bonobo, Paul Basic @ Terminal 5
UK IDM producer Bonobo released his newest album, The North Borders, earlier this year via Ninja Tune, and played Webster Hall around the time of its release. Tonight he returns to NYC for his largest headlining show here yet, Terminal 5. After the show, Bonobo DJs the afterparty at Slake.

Ginger Baker @ Iridium
One of the greatest living drummers of any genre, Ginger Baker is best known as one third of Cream but is a master of many styles. This is his first of a five-night run at Iridium, and tonight's show is part of the CBGB Festival too. 8 PM and 10 PM shows.

Glenn Tilbrook @ Wonder Bar
One half of one of the best songwriting teams of the last 35 years, Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook will pull from that deep cannon of catchy tunes tonight. Funny guy too.

Modern Life Is War @ The Studio at Webster Hall (early) and Saint Vitus (late)
Modern Life Is War had a six-year career with three excellent albums in the 2000s, and after calling it quits, they sort of unexpectedly became a super influential band, with their melodic hardcore style coming back to life in bands like Touche Amore, Defeater, and others. Now they're fully back in action with a solid new album, Fever Hunting, and an active touring schedule that hits NYC for two sold out shows tonight. Studio show will be opened by Night Birds, Deathcycle, and Wet Witch; and Vitus will be opened by Incendiary and Survival (not the Hunter Hunt-Hendrix one).

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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"breaking news! i really like david bowie! (well, that's not news, but...)" - James Murphy

David BowieJames Murphy

James Murphy, who just collaborated with David Bowie on the new Arcade Fire song and might have picked up a thing or two from him while writing LCD Soundsystem songs, has now continued his love affair for Bowie by offering up a 10+ minute remix of "Love Is Lost," which will appear on the expanded version of Bowie's Mercury Prize-nominated 2013 album, The Next Day (due out 11/4). You can listen to the new remix below.

In related news, Open Book Toronto recently published a list of David Bowie's 100 favorite books (via FACT). Geoffrey Marsh, curator of the exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario that Bowie is featured in, "describes Bowie as 'a voracious reader' who is reputed to read as much as 'a book a day'." He also spoke about "Bowie's interest in the life of the mind and its power to transcend the rigid class barriers of postwar England, the era where Bowie honed the early versions of his musical and cultural persona." You can browse the full list below.

In NYC this Saturday (10/12), Le Poisson Rouge hosts BowieBall 2013 which features a number of artists paying homage to the artist. Tickets for that are on sale now.

That same day, James Murphy DJs the free Times Square show as part of CBGB Fest with Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Divine Fits, and The Wallflowers.

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Jon Wurster as John Denver
John Denver

Back in April, ATO Records released The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which featured covers of the singer by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten, My Morning Jacket, Evan Dando, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, and more. Now, the J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten cover of "Prisoners" has been given the video treatment by Funny or Die, which, needless to say, means it came out pretty funny. The video stars Superchunks's Jon Wurster as John Denver and Aimee Mann as a female John Denver. Both of them have animal puppets as friends and (spoiler alert) they meet at the end. Check it out below.

J. Mascis has a Brooklyn date with Speedy Ortiz coming up, and then his band Dinosaur Jr. will open for MGMT at Barclays Center (tickets).

Video below...

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CBGB Fest

The 2013 CBGB Festival happens this week, kicking off on Tuesday (10/8) with the premiere of CBGB: The Movie at Landmark Sunshine. You can still get tickets to the premiere (though, at $50, they're not cheap). Then on Wednesday (10/9) the festival starts in earnest with music showcases around the city, a pretty enticing film festival, industry talks, photo exhibits, and a Thursday (10/10) keynote address featuring Duff McKagan and a reconstructed CBGB interior.

If you'd like to attend for free, we're giving away four pairs of music/film badges which "allows badge holder into Music Showcases and Film Screenings only on first come/first served basis. Does not include Music or Film Conferences." Details on how to enter are below.

On the music side of things, notable shows include the BV-presented Judge and Manipulate show at Saint Vitus on Friday (10/11); the huge, free show in Times Square on Saturday (10/12) with My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits and a James Murphy DJ set; and the Carry On Band show at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/10) with  Lydia LunchGlen MatlockSylvain Sylvain, Lenny KayeRichard Lloyd, Cheetah Chrome (one of two CBGB appearances for him) and more.

A few others: Bell X1 and Tristen play Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (tickets); recently rejuvenated '90s shoegazers The Veldt play Cameo on Thursday (10/10) with Heaven and Miracle Falls; Massachusetts metal band Killswitch Engage will be at Santos on October 12 with Eye Ra Haze (tickets); and Dale Ernhardt Jr. Jr. and Atlas Genius at Irving Plaza  on Thursday & Friday (tickets). There are lots of other bands playing, you can check out the whole schedule.

On the film side, in addition to CBGB: The Movie, you can catch such films as Bad Brains: A Band in DC, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All, Geek USA, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin', Led Zeppelin Played Here, Montreal Underground, Pleased to Meet Me, Pussy Riot: Putin Pissed Himself, Searching for Sugarman, The Blank Generation and more.

There's also the "Never Again" photo exhibit at Wooster St. Social Club featuring many BV photographers. Opening night party for that is Wednesday from 7 - 10 PM and is free.

On a similar tip the same night, legendary downtown scenester, street photographer, and Beastie Boys cohort Ricky Powell has a photography exhibit, titled "Funky Dope Maneuvers Photography & Slideshow" happening on Wednesday at Site/109 (109 Norfolk Street) from 8 - 11 PM. RSVP and more info on that is here.

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