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Black Sabbath / M83 / the crowd, Lollapalooza 8/03/2012
A bell tolls, a bass guitar moans, and Ozzy Osbourne sings. "What is this that stands before me?" the former archnemesis of John Cardinal O'Connor intones with chilling deliberation. Black Sabbath - three-quarters of them, anyway - are back to reprise the doom-ridden, Beelzebub-baiting classics from the '70s. Osbourne sounds in good voice initially, slicing through Tony Iommi's granite-hard guitar riffs and Geezer Butler's nuclear-strength bass. He even lays down some credible blues harp on "Wizard." But, as if to prove he isn't lip-synching, Osbourne struggles to nail some of the high notes in "War Pigs." No matter, Sabbath was never about sex appeal or perfection. They were dead-end working-class kids who had no use for the romanticism of the flower-power era, and instead peered into the abyss that awaits us all. The songs, which just happened to invent an entire genre of music, still sound magnificent, from "N.I.B." to "Iron Man." [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza, the mother of indie U.S. festivals, is happening this weekend at Grant Park in Chicago. Friday (8/3) kicked things off with such bands Black Sabbath, Afghan Whigs, Passion Pit, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Metric, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. If you're not in Chicago but would still like to have the Lollapalooza experience, just skip showering, turn off your A/C, crack open a beverage and watch the festival's livestream on YouTube.
More Lollapalooza Friday pics are below.
ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:
"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."
Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.
"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."
Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.
Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.
Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...
Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.
Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.
Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.
As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.
UPDATE: This rumor is confirmed true.
"Thanks for your patience in waiting for our statement on the changes within the company- they'll be ready to announce in the next few days." - ATP
Not that you were rushing to at the moment, but maybe hold off on buying tickets for ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park for a bit (and definitely don't book a hotel room just yet). Stay tuned for more info.
UPDATE: This rumor is confirmed true.
(Also weird that Louis CK doesn't list ATP in his tour dates. No word yet if we should take that seriously. And, UPDATE: Louis also doesn't list 2 Atlantic City shows on his tour dates page, so that's a good sign.). UPDATE: Sorry to say, but Louis CK is NOT playing ATP anymore.
In the afterglow of The Afghan Whigs first show in 13 years, fans lingered outside the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, still buzzing from the two-hour, roller coaster of memories. Some swapped stories, others dragged on cigarettes, all of them beaming from ear to ear. When bassist John Curley and guitarist Rick McCollum wandered out, fans circled the band members, expressed their appreciation and a round of "I saw you in (insert city)" commenced.
"I saw you in Jersey on the 1965 tour," said one fan to Curley. "I saw you in Chicago," another said to McCollum. I was jealous. My "I saw you..." moment was an "I was supposed to see you..." moment. "In Dallas in '99," I said to Curley.
Anyone versed in the Whigs history know they never made it to that show and the band called it quits before they made it back. So, when Greg Dulli crooned "I waited long, the waiting's over," during "Bulletproof," it probably resonated a lot more with me than most of the sold-out crowd who already had their live moment over a decade ago. And the Whigs did not disappoint. They weren't as advertised - they were better. There was never a chance Dulli would get the Whigs back together only for them to fall flat.
A 20-song set with two encores spanned most of the Whigs catalog, but was focused mainly on the last three records: 1965, Black Love, and the critically acclaimed Gentlemen.
Early on, they dipped all the way back to Congregation for "I'm Her Slave" which they performed the night before on Jimmy Fallon. Dulli thanked Sub Pop records pioneers Megan Jasper and Jonathan Poneman more than once on the night for giving the band a shot (as well as making them the first non-Pacific Northwest band to sign to the label.)
Dulli trash-talked a heckler during one of those shout outs, describing in graphic detail what he would do to him if he dared step foot on stage. "Did I kiss your girlfriend?" Dulli asked, before adding an insincere "I'm sorry."
And that bravado permeates the Whigs catalog, in songs like the bruising "Fountain and Fairfax" during the first encore and "Debonair." "Tonight I go to hell for what I've done to you / But this ain't about regret" Dulli screamed on the latter.
As much as the night was about celebrating the past and screaming along to "Crime Scene Part One" or "66" (or pretty much any song they played on Wednesday) it was more about reveling in the reformation and hopefully the prolonged second act of The Afghan Whigs.
The Afghan Whigs will be playing much bigger venues when they return to the NYC area. In addition to Duuli currating this year's ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ in September (tickets are still available), and then will play a sold-out Terminal 5 show October 5.
More pics of Afghan Whigs' Bowery show (including opener Joseph Arthur) and setlist are below.
"Amazed Afghan Whigs asked me to sit in tonight with them on @latenightjimmy" - Questlove
The Afghan Whigs, who were just announced on the Austin City Limits fest lineup released a new song to their website and play their first full show in 13 years tonight at Bowery Ballroom (5/23). Last night they performed the new song, which is actually a cover of Marie "Queenie" Lyons' "See and Don't See" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch their performance of that and the web-exclusive "I'm Her Slave" and a couple classic Whigs videos, below.
Amanda Palmer @ BAM's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (more by David Andrako)
Tickets for the Jens Lekman, Of Montreal, Thermals, Beach Fossils show at Williamsburg Park are on sale at noon. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge, and these artists are four of many recently announced on this year's Northside lineup.
After the reunited Afghan Whigs announced they were coming back for ATP, followed by the news that they'd be playing Lollpalooza this year after a string of European dates, the band announced a big October 5th NYC show at Terminal 5 to which tickets are still available.
But the band just announced that their first show in 13 years will happen at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 23, one night after they appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon though a "Fanclub presale" starts Wednesday at 10am (password: whigsnyc). Joseph Arthur opens.
All tour dates are listed below...
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Afghan Whigs' headlining show at Terminal 5. Eagles of Death Metal, which at one time had Josh Homme playing live with them but not anymore (would be cool if he returned for this one though), open the show.
Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, The Afghan Whigs reunited late last year and have been scheduling festival appearances throughout 2012 including ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ in September. They just announced that soon after ATP NJ, they'll play a NYC show at Terminal 5 on October 5 with garage rock band Eagles of Death Metal. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with a fan presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at 10 AM (password: AfghanWhigs2012) and an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at noon.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six critically acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.Tickets, which were slightly delayed from original estimates, go on sale Monday at 10am (but are on PRESALE NOW). Initial lineup below...
We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSE GONZALEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.
After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I'll Be Your Mirror event co-curated and headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).
As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we're very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities.
Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.
As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.
All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.
Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.
Greg Dulli's Top Ten of 2009: (via)
1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
2. Little Dragon - Machine Dreams
3. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
4. Wussy - Wussy
5. Various Artists - Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura
6. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
7. Handsome Furs - Face Control
8. The Aliens - Luna
9. Dam-Funk - Toeachizown
10. Kid Cudi - Man On the Moon: The End of Day
I am usually not a fan of compilations or career retrospectives, but the Afghan Whigs': Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006 is my most anticipated release of the week. Hands down, the Afghan Whigs are the most dynamic live bad I have ever seen, and I am first in line to pick up any Greg Dulli-related release.
Other releases I can strongly recommend this week include Architecture in Helsinki's single Heart It Races (single), Carina Round's Slow Motion Addict, Get Him Eat Him's Arms Down, Hallelujah the Hills' Collective Psychosis Begone, Long Blondes' Someone To Drive You Home, The Ladybug Transistor's Can't Wait Another Day, Moviola's Dead Knowledge, Pelican's City of Echoes, and Pissed Jeans' Hope for the Men.
Plenty of reissues are out this week, including the Pretenders' Get Close and Learning to Crawl (both remastered), David Bowie's The Best Of 1980-1987 and Young Americans (both remastered), and the Beach Boys' Live at Knebworth.
What new releases can you recommend this week?