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Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.

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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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Hangout Fest

The 2016 lineup for the Alabama's Hangout Music Festival has been released. It features The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Haim, Grimes, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Bully and of course many others. The festival takes place in Gulf Shores from May 20-22, and tickets go on sale Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM CST.

Check out the full lineup below.

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Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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Thunderbitch @ Knitting Factory 10/16/2015

I didn't know what to expect when the Alabama Shakes singer took the stage for the first time with her rock band Thunderbitch, but no one could have imaged Brittany Howard coming out in white face, sitting on a motorcycle wearing leather and donning a straight haired, short, black wig. The music was right out of the garage: no frills, all grit, nothing new, but that's the point. This band, made up of members of Nashville's Clear Plastic Masks and Fly Golden Eagle, simply shows that when rock is stripped down to its core and cranked full of talent it speaks volumes and thrills the soul. - [Bob Boilen, NPR]
This year's CMJ had plenty of noteworthy shows and one of the more special ones was Thunderbitch's performance at the ATO Records Showcase at Knitting Factory on October 16. Thunderbitch, as you may know, is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard's other band, which hadn't played live since 2012, making this an extremely rare show. (And a much more intimate venue than Alabama Shakes play these days.) It was also a record release party for Thunderbitch's debut album, which was surprise-released in September and you can listen to at their website. While Thunderbitch shows are once in a blue moon, Alabama Shakes are currently touring and all dates are listed below.

The rest of the ATO CMJ showcase featured sets from Margaret Glaspy, Jessica Lea Mayfield (who played the BV Saturday day party), and Joseph. Pictures from their sets, plus more from Thunderbitch, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

ATO Records CMJ 2015

ATO Records are throwing a CMJ showcase on Friday (10/16) at Knitting Factory. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) and it's totally FREE with priority going to badgeholders if the venue hits capacity.

The lineup was initially announced with Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joseph, Margaret Glaspy and "very special guest" headliners but it's now revealed that those headliners are Thunderbitch, the other band of Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard. It's a very rare show for Thunderbitch (it follows a one-off from back in 2012) and a much smaller venue for Brittany Howard than the ones she's been playing with Alabama Shakes.

Caitlin Rose is also listed on CMJ's website, but she is no longer playing the Brooklyn show.

Margaret Glaspy
Margaret Glaspy

BV readers might be familiar with Jessica Lea Mayfield, but recent ATO signees Joseph and Margaret Glaspy may be new to you. NYC-via-California singer Margaret Glaspy's planning to release her debut album in the spring of 2016, and as the two demos she's posted show, she makes raw early '70s-inspired folk. Joseph, meanwhile, is a trio of sisters from the Pacific Northwest who make harmony-laden folk, and they're also planning their debut album for spring/summer 2016. You can watch Joseph's recent ATO session video and stream Margaret's demos below.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.

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by Bill Pearis

Mr Robot

One of the most (deservedly) talked-about shows of the summer was drama Mr. Robot which just wrapped up its excellent first season last night. If you haven't seen it, I've described it as Fight Club meets American Psycho, but about computer hackers. (Specifically, one hacker, named Eliot, played with perfect spacey detachment by Rami Malek.) That is very, very reductive (the show is about a lot of things, you come to learn) but that gets you there. The whole season is now available on USA on-demand. Music is treated just as expertly as everything else in this show, including some some familiar songs and cool, more obscure choices. MAJOR spoilers lie below, so read at your own caution.

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thunderbitch alabama shakes

Tuesday night (9/1), Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard surprise-released the debut record from her other band, Thunderbitch. Also featuring memebers of Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks, the band's bio reads, "Thunderbitch. Rock 'n' Roll. The end." You can watch a trailer for the album below and listen to the whole album over at Thunderbitch's website.

In other news, the title track to Alabama Shakes' new album Sound & Color was used in the closing sequence of last night's Mr. Robot season finale. That's all we'll say about that, but you can watch the song's video below.

You can still get tickets, by the way, for Alabama Shakes' show at Forest Hills Stadium on September 19 with Drive By Truckers.

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Lollapalooza 2015

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

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

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Fly Golden Eagle

You may know Nashville's Fly Golden Eagle thanks to their Alabama Shakes associations. They're ATO labelmates and have toured together, the Shakes called their debut one of their favorites of 2012, and FGE members back Shakes singer Brittany Howard in her Thunderbitch side project. The band's latest album was last year's Quartz Bijou, and they've more recently made a video for its track "Tangible Intangible."

Lead singer Ben Trimble directed the video himself and shot it all on his iPhone, and he added lots of trippy visuals that go well with the song's lightly psychedelic vibe. That video premieres below.

The band are also touring, and hitting NYC with Langhorne Slim on July 23 at Brooklyn Bowl. Also on that bill is Traveller. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

bonnaroo is streaming live on brooklynvegan.com

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.

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Flaming Lips' stage at GOTR (photo by Annie Seighman)
Flaming Lips

There is nothing to say about The Flaming Lips' musical performance, because there is too much to say about the space-psychedelic madness and spectacle that was their stage show. Singer and party maestro Wayne Coyne employed confetti guns, confetti cannons, a tapestry of pull-apart silver balloons, a gong and much more to entertain the crowd. Roadies in oversized butterfly king and sun costumes took the stage for "Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots," and human-sized mushrooms and rainbow joined the wild-haired Coyne for the closer "Do You Realize."

Jenny Lewis, whose warm, California pop and blues-rock style has been embraced by alternative crowds for a 15 years, was endearing as the festival's anthemic frontwoman. Donning an ivory pant suit with a celestial scene stenciled onto it, she crooned the "ow, ows" of soulful tune "The Moneymaker" and dazzled with rich vibrato on the acoustic "With Arms Outstretched." For how intimate Lewis's songwriting tends to lean, her work played well to the huge audience, and her presence was steeped in complete comfort. [NJ.com]

The same weekend as Governors Ball and Summer Jam, an estimated 30,000 people were being mellow on the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ. It was the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling Gentlemen of the Road festival, which included sets from The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Vaccines and more. Fans camped out on the beach, and even the little bit of rain on Friday night didn't ruin that, as App.com points out:
Rain fell overnight and in the morning Saturday on the city of tents that sprang up on the Seaside Heights beach for the Gentlemen of the Road festival.

Rainwater collected on the floor of the tent of high school seniors Victoria Ciccozzi and Nicole Bindell, both 17 and from Toms River. They stopped the flooding with toilet paper.

Fresh from a night of hearing Alabama Shakes, they didn't mind.

"It wasn't like the next Hurricane Sandy or anything," Nicole said. "It was just a little leak."

The article also points out that Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd said there were "zero problems" and that the festival "brought in good people. It's amazing. They were super nice people." Check out the video recap at App.com.

Mumford & Sons and Maccabees also played two Coney Island shows a few days earlier, and The Flaming Lips played a free Montauk show on Sunday after the Mumford fest (pics coming soon). The Maccabees play NYC on their own this Tuesday (6/9), and both JEFF the Brotherhood and Alabama Shakes have NYC shows coming up too.

A few more pictures below...

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.

Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.

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photo: Alabama Shakes at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)

Alabama Shakes are a few days away from releasing their Blake Mills-produced sophomore album, Sound & Color, on ATO, and they're now streaming it in full at NPR. Check it out.

The Shakes also have tour dates, including the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling festival, upstate NY jam fest Mountain Jam, and newly-added dates with labelmates Drive-By Truckers.

The run with DBT hits NYC on September 19 at Forest Hills Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale April 25 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a song from the new album, below...

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The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full lineup below...

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Mumford & Sons' traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road returns this year, with a stopover not far from NYC in Seaside Heights, NJ on June 5 & 6 with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, the Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. There's other stopovers in Iowa, Scotland, Washington, Colorado, and more TBA. All current lineups below.

The Mumfords have also announced that their third album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4 via Glassnote. A new article about the album on Rolling Stone says, "Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements - banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum - and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines." The album was produced by Arctic Monkeys' go-to guy and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford, and they also recorded part of it in The National's Aaron Dessner's studio in Ditmas Park (inspiring the song "Ditmas"). Artwork, tracklist, and teaser video below.

Mumford & Sons also have other non-GOTR festival dates, including Bonnaroo.

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photo: Jason Isbell at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell just played Beacon Theatre with Damien Jurado over the weekend (anyone go?), and now he's expanded his tour. The new dates include two more stops in the NYC-area, and excitingly, both are with The Hold Steady singer Craig Finn. Those include shows on May 19 at The Space at Westbury and May 20 at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets for both Westbury and The Cap go on sale on Friday (2/13) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Jason and his wife Amanda Shires also just released a single on iTunes featuring covers of Zevon's "Mutineer" and Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers."

Drive-By Truckers also have dates coming up, including a NYC-area show at Tarrytown Music Hall on March 11 (tickets), and a show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater with Alabama Shakes. The Shakes, meanwhile, have just announced their second album, Sound & Color, which was produced by Blake Mills and due out April 21 via ATO. You can check out first single "Don't Wanna Fight," artwork and tracklist, below. They have other tour dates including two NYC shows.

Speaking of Americana solo artists who have famous bands in their credits, Jay Farrar is currently on tour and in NYC now. (He plays The Living Room tonight [2/10].) Jason Isbell actually caught him towards the end of last year and tweeted, "So many beautiful songs. Us americana folk owe that guy a huge debt."

Watch a video from Jason Isbell's recent Beacon Theater show, with his list of dates, DBT dates, and Alabama Shakes album info, below...

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The 2015 edition of Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival happens June 6 & 7 in downtown Toronto. This year's lineup features Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, De La Soul, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Temples, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Marina & the Diamonds, Apostle of Hustle, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/6) at 10 AM EST.

Full lineup is listed below...

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photo: Alabama Shakes at T5 in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)

Tickets for the two Alabama Shakes dates at Beacon Theatre are on AmEx and Internet presales. For the Internet presale, use the password SHAKES.

General on-sale starts 11 AM on Friday (2/6). All tour dates HERE.


Alabama Shakes will be releasing a new album in 2015. While there are no details on that just yet (soon they promise), they have announced that they'll be on the road this spring for a short tour. Dates start in NYC with two nights at Beacon Theatre on March 11 & 12 with Songhoy Blues. Tickets for the Beacon shows go on sale with AmEx and local presales starting Wednesday (2/4) at 11 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Robert Plant at Brooklyn Bowl in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Robert Plant

Upstate NY jam-centric music festival Mountain Jam returns in 2015 from June 4-7 at its usual location of Hunter Mountain. This year's lineup includes festival co-founder Warren Haynes' band Gov't Mule, along with The Black Keys, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker, The Wailers, The Budos Band, Nikki Lane, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.

Full lineup below...

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