Entries tagged with: Alt-J
by Andrew Sacher
Alt-J in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Alt-J already released the Black Keys-y single "Left Hand Free" and the Miley Cyrus-sampling single Hunger of the Pine" from their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours, and they've now put out a third single, "Every Other Freckle." This one sounds a bit "more like Alt-J" than that last one, but it's still pretty different than any particular song we've heard from them yet. Check it out below.
Alt-J recently put out the "Left Hand Free" video too. Watch that, with the stream of the new single, below...
The Acid are a trio featuring one Brit (veteran DJ/producer Adam Freeland), one American (math wiz and Abelton expert/instructor Steve Nalepa), and an Australian (singer Ry X). The three, whose combined efforts make super chilled out neo-R&B, just released their debut LP, titled Liminal, via Mute. You can stream the whole thing, plus watch the video for "Fame," below.
The group will be in North America in October, playing NYC's Rough Trade on 10/10. Tickets to that show are on sale Friday (8/15) at noon. After their Rough Trade show, The Acid will open a week's worth of Alt-J shows on the West Coast. When that wraps up, they'd theoretically still have time to hit NYC for CMJ on the way back, though no dates for that have been announced. All known dates are listed, along with streams of the LP, video and a Factory Floor remix of "Fame," below...
by Andrew Sacher
We already heard the Miley Cyrus-sampling single from Alt-J's sophomore album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback), and they've now unleashed another track, "Left Hand Free," which (besides Joe Newman's distinct voice) sounds more like Black Keys than Alt-J. You can listen below...
Lily Allen at Highline Ballroom in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flaming Lips collaborator and Smiths fan Miley Cyrus is continuing her trend of taking indie-approved pop singers on tour. First it was Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop, and for her next tour she'll take out Sheezus herself, Lily Allen. That tour hits the NYC-area on August 1 at Nassau Coliseum. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Lily also just put out her new video for "URL Badman," which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, Miley was also sampled by Alt-J on "Hunger of the Pine," the first single off their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback). Her "I'm a female rebel" line from "4X4" is used in the song, as you can hear for yourself by listening below. If you're wondering how Alt-J came to sample Miley, Rolling Stone has some insight:
"It was surreal," laughs keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton [in reference to Miley covering "Fitzpleasure" in London], sipping tea outside Alt-J's management office in East London. "We were like, 'It's us!' but her younger fans didn't really know what was going on. It was a long show and that was just a moment in it, like the bit where she put on a check shirt and sang a Bob Dylan cover. The crowd were like, 'What the fuck's this? I'm a 14-year-old girl, I don't know who Bob Dylan is.'"Alt-J's tour hits NYC on 11/16 at Beacon Theatre (sold out but you can get resale tickets from Ticketmaster).
Nonetheless, the incident ended up influencing Alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, due September 22nd. After meeting backstage, an unlikely friendship developed, with Alt-J drummer Thom Green remixing one of Cyrus' songs and Cyrus gifting Unger-Hamilton Flaming Lips albums on iTunes. Now, the English alt-rockers have returned the favor on This Is All Yours' hypnotic lead track, "Hunger of the Pine", which samples Cyrus' "4x4." Cyrus herself helped clear the sample with the other writers and publishers involved.
Stream the new Alt-J single, with the new Lily Allen video and list of Miley/Lily dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Treasure Island Music Fest returns for its eighth edition on October 18 & 19 in San Francisco. This year's initial lineup has been announce and includes 2014's festival circuit MVPs Outkast, plus Massive Attack, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, and many more. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, June 19th at 10 AM PDT.
Initial lineup below...
It doesn't feel like it was that long ago that Alt-J put out their massively buzzed about An Awesome Wave, but almost exactly two years to the day after its American release, the UK band will put out its followup, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback/Infectious). No music has been released from the new album yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.
The band, now a trio (guitarist Gwil Sainsbury left in January), will also be supporting the new record with tours of Europe, the US and Canada, including a NYC show happening on November 16 at Beacon Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at 11 AM, and if you pre-order the album from Alt-J, you get access to the Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with the LP artwork & tracklist, and a video from their last LP, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
The World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 8. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Light Asylum are playing Glasslands on December 20. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Mister Lies is playing Cameo on December 5 with Beat Culture and Saint Pepsi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A number of weirdo rappers, Nacho Picasso, GDP (w/ Space Jesus), Lakutis, DVS, Perrion, and Rosegold, are playing 285 Kent on December 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Alt-J are playing a SiriusXM show at The Studio At Webster Hall on December 13. If you're a SiriusXM subscriber, you can enter their contest to win and gain admission to the show.
Chvrches are also playing a SiriusXM show at McKittrick Hotel on December 10. You can enter their contest to get in.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.
photos by Luis Ruiz
Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 9/12/2013
UK act Alt-J have had quite a last 12 months. This time last year, the band were playing Glasslands and then Bowery Ballroom. That was before their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the 2013 Mercury Prize, which was the catalyst for an impressive rise that has seen them in NYC this spring at Webster Hall and Terminal 5, to Governors Ball on the summer festival circuit and, most recently, Hammerstein Ballroom (9/14) and Central Park (9/15) over the weekend (both sold out). The Hammerstein show was with Canadian band Royal Canoe and pictures from that show are in this post.
Before those shows, Alt-J stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (9/12) to play their hit "Tessellate" and you can watch that below. Royal Canoe will be back in NYC on October 2 when they open for Tricky. More pictures from the Hammerstein show below...
As mentioned, Tricky's rescheduled tour is coming up next month, including a stop in NYC at Webster Hall on October 2 with tourmates Royal Canoe. Tickets are still available, but if you would like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.
Meanwhile, Tricky just released the video for sultry single "Parenthesis" from his very good album from this year, False Idols. That's the collaboration with The Antlers and you can watch it below.
Openers Royal Canoe, who also open for Alt-J at Hammerstein (9/14), have a new(ish) video for their anthemic track "Bathtubs" which is on the Canadian band's album Today We're Believers which came out back in June. You can watch that below too.
Tricky tour dates are listed, along with videos and contest details, below...
Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Beach House / Vampire Weekend / crowdsurfer
"I think it's dark and it looks like rain." One out of two, Bob. If ever an Osheaga headliner would thrive under stormy skies, it's the Cure, but the downpour forecast earlier in the week never arrived. Just as well -- this was Robert Smith at his most crowd-pleasing.While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago over the weekend, Montreal was getting its own three-day festival, Osheaga. The fest had many of the same artists at Lollapalooza, with day 1 giving us sets from The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV and more, in addition to sets from artists who didn't play Lollapalooza, like The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.
The set list was calibrated for a festival audience: a generous delegation from Disintegration, early appearances by In Between Days and Just Like Heaven, and an overall tone that didn't leave much room for crying jags. The chirpy Mint Car and Doing the Unstuck ("let's get happy") bracketed the beloved-by-some Friday I'm in Love, comically botched by Smith after he said: "Sometimes, very occasionally, we'll play this song. This is the right night." [Montreal Gazette]
Like with Lollapalooza (and other upcoming shows), Death Grips were scheduled to play the fest but cancelled.
Update: Day 2 pics are up now. More day 1 pictures below...
photos by James Richards IV
Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE
We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.
Alt-J at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Alt-J will bring their tour back to NYC later this year for a show at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 15 with Lord Huron. That show is now totally sold out, but the band have added another big (but indoor) show happening a day earlier (9/14) at Hammerstein Ballroom. No opener has been announced for this one yet. Tickets for the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Japandroids / Father John Misty
Despite a few mishaps, Bonnaroo successfully kicked off in Tennessee yesterday (6/13) with sets from Japandroids, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Killer Mike, Django Django, Haim, The Vaccines, and more. Pictures of those bands are in this post.
Django Django play a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (6/15) with headliners The Zombies, as well as Adam Green & Binky Shapiro. DD will also play the Surf Lodge in Montauk on Sunday (6/16) which is also free.
UPDATE: Pictures of day 2 are HERE
Stay tuned for more coverage. More pictures of day 1 below...
by Andrew Sacher
Alt-J at Governors Ball - 6/8/13 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alt-J had one of the biggest crowds that I saw at Governors Ball this past weekend, and it's no secret that they've got the chops to support the route to stardom they're clearly on. But if I did have one complaint about their set, it would have to be the absence of the intricate light show they've been having at their shows, due to a mid-day set.
Now that that festival is over, Alt-J announced a headlining NYC show (which a lot of other bands that also played probably will do soon too) where the sunlight won't be as much of an issue. The newly-announced show happens on September 15 at Rumsey Playfield (where Central Park Summerstage shows happen), and support comes from folkies Lord Huron, which is a pretty good fit. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
Lord Huron will be in NYC even sooner for a sold-out show at Webster Hall (6/21).
All Alt-J dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Nas / Kendrick Lamar / people in mud
Governors Ball continued on Saturday (6/8) for its second of three days. The weather was much better than day 1, but Friday's storm kept the entire place a mud swamp. Of course, that made for some interesting things like the muddy mosh pit during Fucked Up's set, but it also made walking from stage to stage kind of a drag. That said, it really wasn't that bad, and it was a whole lot more enjoyable to watch the music in the sun than in Friday's rain.
I got there just as Japandroids were going on (or, as they jokingly referred to themselves throughout their entire set, Guns N' Roses). They're an excellent festival band and were a great start to my day, though it was hard to get their usual crowd energy going on the large Governors Ball main stage. I'm sure that wasn't a problem at their afterparty at MHOW though, which I sadly missed. Did anyone catch that?
Maybe the most surprising thing I saw on Saturday was the size of Alt-J's crowd. I knew they were getting bigger, but I must not have fully realized to what extent. It was one of the largest crowds for a non-headliner I saw that day, and pretty impossible to move through it too. And it wasn't even people trying to get a good spot for Kendrick Lamar, who was on next, because a lot of them cleared out after Alt-J. Of course, Kendrick did bring his own huge crowd, and if I had to say, Kendrick worked a festival crowd better than any other act I saw this weekend.
For the Saturday night headliner, it was between Guns N' Roses on the Governors Ball Stage and Nas on the Honda Stage. I chose Nas. It was an excellent set from the legendary rapper, which included a good amount of Illmatic, some highlights of his new album (like "Daughters"), and backing by a killer live band. If you chose GNR, how were they?
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by Wei Shi
Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.
Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...
Alt-J on 'Conan'
Alt-J, who rolled through NYC about a month ago, are currently on the West Coast for the two-weekend marathon known as Coachella (weekend 2 starts today). In between appearances in Indio, the band stopped by Conan to play their single "Breezeblocks" and you can watch that below.
Meanwhile, the UK act also recently got the grilled-with-gifts treatment from Vancouver notable Nardwuar. You can watch that interaction below as well too.