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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)"

Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
RTNYC

We just mentioned that Rough Trade's live shows are "on hold for a while" due to sound issues at the venue, and while some (like tonight's Tourist show) are being moved, others, like Andrew Bird (12/6) and DIIV (12/7), The Stepkids (12/9), Lucius (12/10) and Au Revoir Simone (12/17) have unfortunately been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Other updates via Rough Trade's Twitter: Childish Gambino's show on Sunday, 12/8 at 6PM has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg but you still need to buy a copy of his new CD at the store that day to get a wristband.

Allah Las (12/6), Langhorne Slim / Felice Bros (12/11), and Cults (12/18) have been postponed. Stay tuned for updates on where those shows end up.

Andrew Bird @ Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird has a new EP out this week (11/12) titled I Want to See Pulaski at Night. The seven songs were recorded "just a few weeks ago" and features the title track plus six instrumental pieces. You can stream the title track below.

Bird, who was last in NYC for the Red Bull Music Academy, is gearing up for his Winter 2013 editions of his cozy "Gezelligheid" shows which will be with Tift Merritt. He's not hitting NYC for those this time around, but will play a non-Gezelligheid show here at Rough Trade NYC on December 6. Tickets ($40) go on sale Friday (11/15) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below.

Continue reading "Andrew Bird releasing new EP (stream a track), playing Rough Trade in December ++ other dates"

photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

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Dosh
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The improvisationally-oriented Undead Music Festival is back for another year, happening May 1 - 5 in NYC. The fest, which has expanded beyond its jazz beginnings, overlaps a bit with Red Bull Music Academy's NYC takeover that begins on Sunday (4/28). The first Undead event is the previously mentioned, now sold-out "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" happening at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1 featuring Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, Andrew Bird and more. More info on what this all entails:

The format? Simple. One musician starts a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then joins him for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on and so forth for two hours. The music? Expect the unexpected. A once-in-a-lifetime experience with 20+ artists from jazz, electronics and everything in between...
Then on May 2 - 4, it's "Three Nights of Dosh" at Shapeshifter Lab featuring drummer/multi-intrumentalist Martin Dosh collaborating with a host of other musicians (including pal/collaborator Andrew Bird for one of them):
MAY 2:
8pm Theo Bleckmann solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, Andrew Bird band), Alan Hampton (Andrew Bird band), Mike Bloch and Pete Hale (from Here We Go Magic)

MAY 3:
8pm Aaron Parks solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Aaron Parks, Chris Morrissey, Jeremy Ylvisaker
("Due to some unique circumstances, Dosh will be participating in this night via skype. It's going to be wild.")

MAY 4:
8pm Shane Endsley / Todd Sickafoose / Ben Perowsky
9pm Martin Dosh + Andrew Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Todd Sickafoose

Individual tickets are $15 for individual nights or $30 for all three.

Then on May 5 there are three separate events:Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Hubble will be at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets); Vinnie Sperrazza/Jeff Davis Duo, Jesse Stacken Group, Brian Drye Duo and Big Eyed Rabbit at IBeam; St. Helena, Surface To Air and Option Copter III at 35 Claver Place.

There are more Undead related events happening on May 5 in other parts of the U.S. and there's more info here. For more info, visit the Undead Music Festival's website. Flyer is below.

Continue reading "Undead Music presents 3 nights of Martin Dosh w/ Andrew Bird, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog & more"

Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"

Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco
Andrew Bird w/ Yo La Tengo on Hanukkah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Andrew Bird

The Red Bull Music Academy already announced a huge NYC residency which includes a number of great shows at multiple venues, and this thing just keeps getting bigger and better. RBMA has now announced some new shows and updates to previously-announced ones. For example, the "Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets" that's happening on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has added Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and Roy Hargrove to the mix that already included Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and others. Tickets for that show are still available. The full lineup is below.

UK DFA-signed dance trio Factory Floor will be joining their labelmates at the massive 12 Years of DFA Records, which takes place at Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall on May 25 (tickets). They were also added as DJs to the recently discussed Evian Christ and Oneohtrix Point Never show happening at Saint Vitus on May 26 (tickets).

Rapper Mykki Blanco, who just headlined Bowery Ballroom, and who was recently announced for this weekend's (4/5-7) Blues for Smoke festival at the Whitney Museum with Le1f, has also been added to Le1f's RBMA show. That show happens on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and others (tickets).

And UK bass/house producer Mosca and Mathew Jonson have been added to the closing night party on May 31 at 74 Wythe Ave that also features L.I.E.S. feat. Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fields, Shawn O'Sullivan + Kerri Chandler, and Red Bull Music Academy Allstars. Tickets are still available.

Updated Red Bull Music Academy schedule HERE. The full list of lineup additions for the residency and the full lineup for the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" show below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco, Factory Floor, Andrew Bird and more added to Red Bull Music Academy shows"

A still from 'Mistaken for Strangers'
Mistaken for Strangers

The National, who'll headline the Barclays Center in June, are the subject of a new tour documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, which will make its premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (April 17 - 28). The film was directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is lead singer of The National. Here's the synopsis:

Adrift in life and fuelled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother's offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portaits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Mistaken for Strangers is not your typical road documentary.
The film will screen on April 17 and will be followed by a special live performance by The National.

Festival packages go on sale to AmEx cardholders on Monday (3/4), which is one day before the entire slate of films for Tribeca will be announced. Festival passes go on sale to the general public following Monday (3/11). Individual tickets will go on sale 4/9 for AmEx cardholders, 4/14 for downtown residents and 4/15 to the general public.

In related news, The National are co-headlining (with fun.) the Boston Calling Music Festival which goes down in Beantown on May 25 and 26. The fest also includes appearances by The Shins, Of Monsters & Men, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird and more. Tickets to Boston Calling go sale Friday, March 8 and the whole line-up is below.

Continue reading "The National (band & documentary) playing Tribeca Film Fest, headlining Boston Calling Music Festival"

Sasquatch

Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
Gorge
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! Music Festival 2013 lineup is here"

photos by PSquared Photography

YLT w/ Andrew Bird / the Jons / Titus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012
Andrew Bird and Yo La Tengo
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus opened the night with a roar -- I always read about them as being a punk-rock group, and maybe they are in the old-fashioned (and my favorite) definition of that term as "indescribable." Patrick made the only mention from the stage of the night about Connecticut, which makes him stronger than me. A great set, closing with the breathtaking one-two of "Titus Andronicus Forever" and the seasonal favorite "Roadrunner"...

...If you spend any time around the three of us, sooner or later you'll hear one or everybody burst into "Acappella Ghostbusters," as made famous by Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's Soundtrackappella (or is it Soundtracappella -- I forgot to ask, but that's ok, they'd have given me two different answers). Ten years after Hanukkah 2002, we asked them if they agreed with us it was time for a return engagement. - [YLT]

On the penultimate night of Hanukkah (and a bad vibe day to put it mildly), Yo La Tengo did their best to keep spirits high, with special guest Andrew Bird (as speculated) sitting in on violin for the entirety of their set, and guest vocalist Devendra Banhart (who narrates the Tim Maia short film which screens for free in Brooklyn Sunday) singing for the encore. (Setlist is below.)

As speculated and then expected, fellow New Jersyians Titus Andronicus made for one of the highest profile openers of the week, and Jons Benjamin and Glaser brought the funny.

The night's Charity was Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative and Ira Kaplan made the mix CD. Tonight's the last night of their Hanukkah run -- who will be the openers? UPDATE: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields open the final night.

Past nights included Barbara Manning, El-P, Real Estate, The Feelies, Sun Ra Arkestra, and the Raybeats.

More pictures from Night 7 are below, along with YLT's setlist.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird, Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser helped Yo La Tengo celebrate Hanukkah night 7 at Maxwells (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Andrew Bird at Riverside Church - 12/11/12
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird played his second of two "Gezelligheid" shows at Riverside Church last night (12/11) after selling out the venue a night earlier. Like the previous night, Andrew played a handful of solo material in addition to being joined by Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton for a portion of the set. Pictures from that show are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Andrew Bird @ Riverside Church, 12/10/2012
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird played his first of two "Gezelligheid" shows at Riverside Church in NYC last night (12/10). Many people thought the church was a beautiful location for Andrew's show, and the sound was great too. As usual, Andrew came equipped with his violin, guitar, and giant horns behind him. Though he played most of the show on his own, Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton joined him for a portion of it. Pictures from the show (including one of the setlist, though he didn't stick entirely to it last night) are in this post.

Andrew Bird will do it again at the same venue tonight (12/11) and though last night was sold out, tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pics below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird (joined by Tift Merritt) played a "Gezelligheid" show at Riverside Church (night 1 pics, setlist)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Marcus Foster at Webster Hall (more)
Jessica Amaya

BV contributors Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all gone to their share of shows in 2012, and each has weighed in on their favorite photos that they took in 2012. Next on the list is a set from Jessica Amaya, who has chronicled her 2012 favorites below in no particular order.

More below, along with Jessica's favorite tracks of 2012.

Continue reading "Jessica Amaya's favorite Live Photos of 2012 (that she took) (her favorite songs too)"

Andrew Bird @ Auditorium Theatre in May (more by James Richards IV)
Andrew Bird

In addition to the already-announced (and now sold-out) December 10 date, Andrew Bird has added a second "Gezelligheid" performance at Riverside Church that will happen the next day (12/11). You can get presale tickets now via Andrew Bird's website, with an AmEx presale happening via Ticketmaster on Wednesday (10/24) at noon and regular on-sale on Friday (10/26) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Screaming Females at La Zona Rosa, 10/10/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females had to cancel tour dates because Marisa has been sick, but she toughed it out and managed to finish off their TX run with Garbage last night in Austin.

Our pals at Mercy, who are sponsoring the BrooklynVegan CMJ parties this year, are giving away two CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook.

Off!, who are heading out on tour with the Spits soon, have a new video for "Wrong" featuring Jack Black. Check out the clip below... sweet Sonny Chiba reference in there guys.

UPDATE: Did you watch the debate tonight? Marlarkey!

Listen to Jarvis Cocker rate new records by Adele, Flying Lotus and more on BBC 6Music's "Roundtable" which is live from the man's hometown of Sheffield, England.

Godspeed! You Black Emperor, who are still streaming their new album, and who just played two shows in Austin, gave a rare, long, email interview to the Guardian.

Cops in TX found a loaded gun on Nelly's tour bus at the same location that Fiona Apple, who played Port Chester last night, was arrested.

Austin chef Paul Qui of Top Chef fame had a food truck painted by Peelander-Z whose BrooklynVegan-presented Knitting Factory show goes on sale Friday.

Miguel, whose new album is out on iTunes (as you may have noticed via an ad on this site), played Letterman and announced a tour.

Coliseum (with new bassist) have entered the studio with J. Robbins to begin tracking. They are keeping detailed reports of their progress on Facebook.

Freed Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich talked to CNN.

Swedes Peter Bjorn and John wrote a song, "I Wish I Was a Spy," for Yo Gabba Gabba! that you can check out over at NPR. It's on the new volume of the Music Is Awesome! series which also features tracks from Metric, Belle & Sebastian, CSS, Cut Copy, The Roots, The Bird And The Bee and more.

Lots more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Jarvis Cocker, Bobby Brown, Kool Keith, Tegan & Sara, Screaming Females, Peter Bjorn & John, OFF! & more"

Andrew Bird at Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird will play three special shows in December as part of his "Gezelligheid" series of concerts. "Gezelligheid" is a Dutch term that loosely translates to "cozy." Says Bird, "What I hope to do with these shows is adapt my music completely to the atmosphere of the space and the season. I want the audience to be both lifted and comforted as we head into another cold and dark winter. I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere."

For his NYC show, Bird has chosen the lovely Riverside Church on December 10. Tickets are currently on fan pre-sale and go on regular sale Friday (10/5) at noon. As part of this series, he'll two two shows in Chicago on December 19 and 20 with a full band show in Minneapolis on 12/17.

In the meantime, gear up for Andrew Bird's new LP, Hands of Glory, by streaming the new track "Three White Horses" below. Look for the LP on October 30 via Mom + Pop.

All listed tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Andrew Bird readies 'Hands of Glory,' playing intimate "Gezelligheid" shows in December, including NYC"

Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

Continue reading "Craft Spells playing NYC before Midpoint Music Festival (2012 line-up)"

photos by Amoreena Lucero

Beck / Andrew Bird at Outside Lands 8/10/2012
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 1 in Photos
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Who needs to travel to Southern California for Coachella or to Texas for Austin City Limits? Certainly not music fans living in the Bay Area.

They can just stay right at home and enjoy the increasingly popular Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. That is, if they can get a ticket. This year's gathering of the musical tribes, which runs through Sunday, completely sold out in advance -- 65,000 tickets snatched up for each of the three days.

That's quite an accomplishment for the still-young event, which, in its fifth year, has certainly become one of the nation's premiere music festivals.
This success story is no mystery. Berkeley-based concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment always lines up terrific acts for the festival -- and that's certainly the case in 2012.

The large-scale production, which features six performance stages as well as great food and drink offerings (mostly from local providers), kicked off in triumphant fashion on Friday with sets by hometown hero Neil Young (with Crazy Horse), the Foo Fighters, Beck, Of Monsters and Men, Die Antwoord and many other talents. - [Oakland Tribune]

San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday night (8/10) with sets from Beck, The Foo Fighters, Andrew Bird, Reggie Watts, Two Gallants, Futurebirds, Washed Out and more. More pictures from Day 1 are below.

Continue reading "Outside Lands Festival 2012: Day 1 in pics (Beck, Andrew Bird, Foo Fighters, Washed Out and more)"

ACLACL

After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Andrew Bird

For the better part of 10 minutes Friday night, at his first of two NYC shows, Andrew Bird, he the all-world whistler/musical alchemist, said not a word. Before he was joined on stage by the rest of his band and before laying down his crooning baritone, Bird started his show at the Beacon Theatre flexing his multi-instrumental talent: whistling, tapping out a loop on the xylophone, plucking his violin, looping that. Adding a bit of guitar.

In a review a few years ago, I said Bird was like a mad scientist the way he flutters about the stage pulling all his instruments into gorgeously complex arrangements. And for sure, his aw-shucks demeanor and professorial (some would surely add dreamy) looks - all suits, sport coats, and perpetual five o'clock shadow - affirm this.

When I saw him at Tarrytown in October it was just he and collaborator/drummer Martin Dosh. Bird took his time and was more self-indulgent. And rightfully so.

On Friday, with a full band, Bird seemed more focused and inclined to stay on task as they attacked songs like "Eyeoneye" and "Danse Caribe" (both from his new full-length Break It Yourself) with purpose and ferocity.

When someone in the audience shouted "Measuring Cups!", Bird responded, "We can do that. We hadn't planned to..." And following the song he chipped in, "Happy to oblige."

But it was the old tyme part of the show where the band truly excelled. "What you hear is what we hear," Bird said following "Effigy", which, like songs "Give It Away," and the encore's cover of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You", was performed around a solitary microphone. The songs also featured upright bass, adding to the folksy and, yeah, old tyme feel.

"Action/Adventure" from Weather Systems was also re-introduced. "Hadn't done this one in a long time," Bird admitted, "and never with a full band." All the while Bird waved his hand in the air, wagged his finger around trying to driving home his point like an animated lecturer.

A particularly intense version of "Plasticities" preceded the set closer "Tables and Chairs." "Fake Palindromes" wrapped up the show to a standing ovation.

Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson was the first night opener and is cut from the same cloth as Andrew Bird. His songs build in much the way Bird's do, going from quiet intros to soaring highs, dropping to hushed tones before coming back in. The title track is a good example. But there were no weak spots in this set, "Quiet Crowd," "Into Giants," and particularly "Words In The Fire" all impressed. Watson also pulled his band out from behind their positions to perform around a solo microphone. Bird even paid tribute to Watson during his set saying, "You know you're doing well when you can have openers of that level."

Watson played a 2nd NYC show -an early one, at Manhattan Inn on Saturday, right before Tift Merritt opened for Andrew Bird at the second Beacon show (where Tift joined Andrew on stage to help perform "Lusitania" much like St. Vincent did at Coachella).

More pictures from Friday and the setlist from Saturday, below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird played 2 shows @ Beacon Theater (first with Patrick Watson & then Tift Merritt) -- pics & setlist"

Patrick Watson

Montreal's Patrick Watson is opening for Andrew Bird on his current tour which hits NYC Friday night (5/4) at Beacon Theatre. (Tift Merrit is opening the Saturday 5/5 show at the same venue.) If you can't make the Friday show or want to see Watson again, he's playing a free show at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn on Saturday. Doors are at 4:30PM and the show is at 5PM.

The Manhattan Inn show is a release party for his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard which was released this week, his first for Domino Records. You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "Into Giants" below.

After his tour with Andrew Bird wraps up, Watson will go on a headlining tour of the Midwest and West Coast. All tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Patrick Watson released 'Adventures in Your Own Backyard,' touring, opening for Andrew Bird, playing free show in Brooklyn"

photos by David Andrako

"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS

hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2

"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.

"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."

Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.

Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]

Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.

You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.

As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.

More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...

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Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2

"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.

Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]

Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.

You saw our pictures of Friday HERE and HERE, and St. Vincent and Radiohead from Saturday. The rest of Saturday, below...

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