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We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.

While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.

MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.

Meanwhile, Rough Trade the NYC venue is open this weekend with Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers tonight, followed by two shows from The Dream Syndicate.

List below...

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by Andrew Sacher


#deafheaven on now @funfunfunfest #ffffest #funfunfunfest

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#rocketfromthecrypt @funfunfunfest #ffffest #funfunfunfest

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.

First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.

After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.

Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.


Gorilla Biscuits at tiny Mohawk indoor! 😵😵😵😵😵 #gorillabiscuits #mohawk #FFFnites

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After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.

After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.


Murder City Devils headlining the Black Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest #murdercitydevils #FFFfest

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Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.

Day 1 recap HERE and day 2 recap HERE. We'll have pictures of all three days soon. Meanwhile you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin Instagram.

Continue reading "FFF Fest day 3 recap: Murder City Devils, Rocket From the Crypt, Gorilla Biscuits, Hot Water Music, Iron Reagan & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As discussed, Angel Olsen is releasing a deluxe edition of this year's fantastic Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18 via Jagjaguwar and it will feature five bonus tracks. We've already posted one of those, "All Right Now," and now a second one called "May As Well" premiered over at NPR. It's a super sparse song, sparser even than album cuts like "Unfucktheworld" or "White Fire." Check it out below.

Angel's tour returns to NYC for three shows in December, Roulette on 12/6 and Bowery Ballroom on 12/8 & 12/9. Tickets for all three are still available.

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Angel Olsen @ MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Jagjaguwar is releasing a deluxe digital edition of Angel Olsen's Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18 that comes with a bonus disc of five bonus songs, two of which were on the 7" that came with early pressings of the vinyl LP. You can stream one of the bonus cuts, "All RIght Now," and the video for "High & Wild," below.

Olsen has been touring for the better part of 2014 and has just added dates to that, wrapping things up here in NYC with three shows: a solo show at Brooklyn's Roulette on December 6 with old pal Jay Bartell, and then two nights at Bowery Ballroom on December 8 & 9, both with Lionlimb. Tickets to all three NYC shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/17) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with song stream and video, below...

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FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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St. Vincent at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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This month, the CBS Live on Letterman concert series will be bringing in St. Vincent for a web-broadcasted live performance following her taping on the show on July 16. (The webcast series' July lineup will also showcase David Gray on July 30.) This is one of many notable dates that St. Vincent coming up as she continues to tour in support of this year's St. Vincent, including a free Celebrate Brooklyn set on August 9, a show with Queens of the Stone Age in Maryland, and a prime spot at Pitchfork Fest. Later in the Summer she'll head out on overseas before heading back to the U.S., and then back to Europe again, then back to the U.S. again for some dates with The Black Keys. There's no letup in sight.

In other noteworthy Letterman performance news, Dave brought in Angel Olsen on June 16 and Sam Smith on June 18. Olsen played "Hi-Five" from Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and Smith continued his fast rise with a rousing, large-band rendition of "Stay With Me." Even more recently, The War on Drugs and Kiesza both played in the last week. Flanked by a dance crew and a graffiti-covered set, the Canadian pop songwriter, who will play her first US show at Santos Party House, stopping by last night (July 10) to perform "Hideaway" from her recent EP of the same name. Though she ends her set inside, part of it happens on the street. The War on Drugs were around on July 7 for a rendition of their standout "Red Eyes" from Lost in the Dream replete with ripping guitar work.

And in non-Letterman late night highlights, Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut on Fallon on Wednesday (7/9), where they were joined by Questlove himself, who just can't resist.

All the performances can be seen below, as well as a complete list of St. Vincent's many tour dates.

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Pickathon

Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

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Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
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As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.

That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.

All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...

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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....

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FYF Fest

The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.

Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 lineup announced (Strokes, Blood Brothers, Phoenix, Slint, Slowdive, Death Grips, Grimes & many more!)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 5/13/14
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Angel Olsen brought her current tour to NYC last night (5/13) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, her second sold-out show here this year. In between songs, she was in casual mode, cracking little sarcastic jokes with the crowd ("We're gonna do one more," she said after the first song of the set), but when the band was playing there was nothing casual about it. Like I've said before, and as anyone who's seen her likely knows, as Angel's singing she locks into a thousand-yard stare and never lets up, which makes for a very intense show.

Her set was pretty varied between material off her fantastic 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness, songs off its predecessor Half Way Home and other non-album tracks like "Sweet Dreams." The whole thing was great, but the highlight for me came when she ended the show without her band for three solo songs, including the devastating 7-minute "White Fire" off her new album. She was just barely picking her guitar and if anyone in the crowd was talking you'd easily hear them. I'm pretty sure no one was.

When she left the stage after the solo section, the crowd really wanted her to come back. The standard "we're all cheering but she'll obviously do an encore" turned into a synchronized clap from the crowd really trying to get her to do one more. When the lights and house music finally came back on (after the venue milked it for a bit and a band member teased the crowd by kicking open the backstage door) I heard multiple groans and more than one person say they still had hope she'd come back.

Pictures of the show, including Promised Land Sound, who opened with their harmony-laden twang rock and jam band tendencies, are in this post. They continue below...

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A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party is returning this year from July 25-27, and the initial lineup has been announced. It includes A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Spoon, The War on Drugs, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Chromeo, Matt & Kim and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

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Woodsist

We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.

Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.

Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen / Warpaint / EMA @ SXSW 3/14/2014
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After our Friday BV-SXSW day party at Red 7, Amanda and I headed to Austin's Central Presbyterian Church for the Pitchfork showcase. Opening the show was EMA, whose material from 2011's Past Life Martyred Saints sounded great as always, but most excitingly Erika and her band used the opportunity to preview her upcoming sophomore album, The Future's Void. The new stuff sounds great, and definitely doesn't seem like PLMS pt. 2. They had a good amount of diversity too -- there were grungy parts, one song with a lengthy instrumental jam, electronics and folk. Definitely a record to look forward to.

Then it was Angel Olsen, who others at BV have caught before (like Amanda), but I never had, and was really blown away. Angel's got an intense stare that never falters, and a great band that knows how to keep quiet music on the edgy side, but can get loud when they need to as well. Her voice echoes the cult bedroom folk singers of the '60s/'70s, and even as she ably belts it through a big church, she doesn't lose that eeriness.

After Angel, we headed back to Red 7 to catch Destruction Unit. The Arizona psych punks were one of the best bands I saw at last year's SXSW, and a year later nothing has changed. They never really play the same show twice, so even if you've seen them before you don't necessarily know what you're getting yourself into. They can switch from blisteringly fast punk, like the one-two punch of "The World On Drugs" and "Slow Death Sounds" that they opened the show with, to slower, more atmospheric parts, and complete dissonant noise. It's cerebral music, but it's also something you can mosh to (as many people at this show did). And even in their droniest parts, the band are always a thrill to watch with each member totally in his own zone the whole set.

Then Amanda went to House of Vans/Mohawk for Warpaint and I stayed at Red 7 for Perfect Pussy, who we also caught on a bridge, at NPR and at the Pitchfork day party. No pics of them this time, but I'm happy to report they got a new bass.

Pictures of Warpaint are in this post. More of those, plus more shots of EMA, Angel Olsen and D Unit, below...

Continue reading "EMA, Angel Olsen, Destruction Unit, Warpaint, more @ SXSW Friday (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
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South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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photos by Ebru Yildiz

"Angel Olsen put on a stellar intimate show at LPR" - Mike Katzif

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Angel Olsen brought her current tour to NYC for a sold-out show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (2/20). She was joined by her band, who bring the fleshed-out arrangements of her new album, Burn Fire for No Witness, to life, but don't take away from her intimacy either. Tourmate Cian Nugent, who also headlined Union Pool a day earlier provided direct support with his avant guitar playing, and Jaye Bartell opened the show. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

Angel will be back in NYC when the second North American leg of her tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

More pictures from LPR below...

Continue reading "Angel Olsen played Le Poisson Rouge w/ Cian Nugent & Jaye Bartell (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen in Chicago earlier this month (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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Angel Olsen releases her fantastic new album, Burn Fire for No Witness, this week (2/18), a record that takes the loner folk stylings of Half Way Home and often amps them up with full-band arrangements, but keeps the more intimate moments too. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream the whole thing on NPR and listen to a few of its tracks below.

As discussed, she's touring with Cian Nugent in support of it this week, which includes a now-sold-out NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge this Thursday (2/20). Now that that show is sold out, she's added a NYC date to her recently announced second leg of North American dates, happening May 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No openers announced for this one yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, avant guitarist Cian Nugent also headlines his own NYC show the day before opening for Angel at LPR this Wednesday (2/19) at Union Pool. Opening that show is David Grubbs and Bloom. No advance tickets, but admission is $8 at the door.

Updated Angel Olsen dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Angel Olsen sold out LPR, adds MHOW show to tour; Cian Nugent playing Union Pool before LPR (updated dates)"

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Angel Olsen's new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, is out Febraury 18 via Jagjaguwar and she's just made a video for the song "Hi-Five." The video was directed by frequent collaborator Zia Anger who brings an almost Lynch-ian detached feel, inspired by '60s and '70s telecasts:

They were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song 'Hi-Five' seems to contain the same sort of duality.
As for the song, it's another example of the new, rockier direction Olsen is taking on the new album. Check out the video -- and her recent NPR "Tiny Desk" performance -- below.

Olsen will play NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on February 20 and tickets are still available. She's also just added dates to her spring North American tour.. No new NYC show for that as of yet, but there's a lot of room still in her schedule around her New Haven, CT and Philly shows. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Angel Olsen shares video for "Hi-Five," adds tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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As discussed, Angel Olsen is releasing her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, on February 18 via Jagjaguwar. The first single, "Forgiven/Forgotten," saw Angel abandoning the loner folk of her 2012 LP for something closer to traditional indie rock, but that folkiness still shows up plenty of times on the new record. Its newest single, "Hi-Five," sees her combining the two styles resulting in a shambly folk rocker that you can stream below.

Angel also has a previously mentioned tour, and since we last spoke, it's been announced that Dublin guitarist/composer Cian Nugent will be opening on all dates. Cian (like Daniel Bachman) put out a 2013 LP, Born with the Caul, that NPR called one of the 5 new guitar records that would make John Fahey proud. He also recently released the "Hire Purchase" single as part of Matador's singles series, which you can stream below.

Angel Olsen and Cian Nugent's tour hits NYC on February 20 at Le Poisson Rouge, and Jaye Bartell opens that show as well. Tickets are still available.

All dates are listed, along with the streams, below...

Continue reading "Angel Olsen released a new track from upcoming LP; Cian Nugent opening her tour (updated dates & streams)"

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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Palma Violets @ Glasslands - 1/23/13
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We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen announced earlier this year that she's signed with Jagjaguwar and will release the followup to 2012's Half Way Home on that label. She's now officially announced the album, which is called Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and will be out on February 18. The album's first single "Forgiven/Forgotten" just about entirely abandons the raw loner folk of her last album for upbeat indie rock with distorted guitars and cleaner mid-fi production. You can listen to it in a video clip, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Angel has also announced a 2014 tour which brings her to NYC on February 20 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream, artwork, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Angel Olsen announces new album & tour (dates, new song)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan & Angel Olsen - Pop Montreal Day 3
Pop Montreal Day 3
Pop Montreal Day 3

Back before Montreal was in NYC for CMJ, NYC was in Montreal for the annual Pop Montreal festival which we began by seeing DIANA and Empress Of followed by The Dodos, Braids, Suuns, Patrick Watson & more. Day three continued like this...

Pristine, cloudless blue skies, temperatures in the 70's . . . Indian summer in Montreal. It's officially the best weather I've experienced in any of my three trips to Pop Montreal. All five days would be exactly like this. How appropriate, then, that I would see How Sad at Friday's Passovah-sponsored day party at Divan Orange, as their new EP is entitled Indian Summer. Their infectious, buoyant pop, including the title track, was a lot of fun and as people got off work for the weekend and filled up the space. The end of their set was almost full-on dance party.

The earlier part of the afternoon at Divan featured Valleys, Mori, Michael Feuerstack, The Highest Order and more. Valleys impressed as did Mori, who I saw two nights earlier opening for DIANA on the first day of the festival. The hushed folk of Michael Feuerstack provided a welcome pause between the louder full-band sets performing on either side of him.

Rewinding a bit, my afternoon started at Little Italy Park with a nice set by Toronto's GROUNDERS (who are in NYC for CMJ) followed by the rootsy pop of Katie Moore.

For the evening part of the program I opted to catch several artists I'd seen before (though I skipped Local Natives, Wild Nothing, and Majical Cloudz).

First off was the trancy, glitchy Solar Year who I saw open for Julia Holter and Tim Hecker at last year's Pop, followed by 2012 Polaris Prize-nominated Yamantaka//Sonic Titan (who play a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party TODAY - 10/18). Dressed in a strictly adhered black, white, red color scheme their sound overpowered the tiny Breakglass Recording Studio (much like it probably will at Arlene's Grocery tonight.) These were epic, theatrical songs that are meant for bigger venues. The floor-level stage meant nobody within the first several feet of the sold-out show could see the band or the handmade, cardboard props that were placed about the stage.

I ducked out halfway through their set to get over to the Ukrainian Federation for Angel Olsen and Leif Vollebekk. Angel's set was a predictably assured performance. I've seen four of her shows - all at Glasslands - so it was great to hear that arresting voice of hers echo about the much bigger Federation venue, one of my favorites in Montreal.

And then it was Leif's turn. He was my big discovery at my first Pop in 2010 and I was happy to see him headlining his own festival slot this year.
He and his band, which featured brass and strings, worked through material from his new record, "North Americana." Gorgeous versions of "From the Fourth" and "A Wildfire Took Down Rosenberg" were lump-in-the-throat moments and his cover of The Killers' "Read My Mind" made the original sound very ordinary.

Begging off the late-night portion of the festival (because there was scant chance of anything else topping the previous few hours) I went in search of food with some new friends. And, being so close, we ended up at the excellent burger joint, Nouveau Palais, where the DJs were spinning classic hip-hop. Three excellent days in Montreal down with two still to come.

More pictures from Day Three, below...

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