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Grammy

This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

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by Jonathan Dick

Interpol, NYC, June 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Interpol

Next month will see the release of El Pintor, the fifth full-length from Interpol. Since their debut with 2002's acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol have continued to explore the depth of their music - a veritable force of sound that varies between the detached misanthropy of bands like Joy Division and those punk compositional textures of bands like Fugazi. While maturation can be a difficult thing to come by in the realm of initial popularity, Interpol have not let the success of their debut be a place of creative satisfaction. Even twelve years after their breakout, Interpol sound as ambitious as ever. BrooklynVegan spoke to Daniel Kessler (guitars/vocals) about the band's upcoming release and what their story has entailed so far.

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It's been four years since the self-titled. Was there a different mindset for you guys coming into El Pintor just given that gap in time?

Daniel: We hadn't really discussed, in all honesty, "What are we gonna do" or "How are we gonna do this?" or "What's it gonna be like?" We really didn't. We just kinda got together in August 2012 and borrowed my friends in Battles' space for a few days and basically by day two Paul [Banks] was like "Maybe I should jump on the bass because I tend to sing the bass melodies pretty frequently, and it might help anchor the positions of the songs," and I was like "Cool." It was actually the first time we'd had any discussion about what we were gonna do bass wise for that record, and I had no idea what sort of bass player he really was. I knew he played bass on his record, but right away it was pretty clear. I was more enthused than anything. I'd say by day two or day three we had the formation of what are now a couple of songs on the record. Obviously it's not the songs on the record as far as arrangements, but we had a guitar and bass line and vocals, which we'd never really done that soon off the bat. Sam [Fogarino] flew down from Athens, and by the end of eight days we probably had three songs that were in pretty good shape, and we recorded it, and we really liked the construction, we liked what was happening energy-wise. We didn't really get together again after the last album until 2013 as far as writing goes, so we really wrote the whole record in 2013. It wasn't really, for me, until the very end that I started having a look at what kind of record we had made. During the writing process I knew that the songs had maybe an urgency to them, but I wasn't sort of analyzing anything while we were still in the game. It's like you're looking in from a step back. While we're in the middle of writing and all that, I'm just kind of more focused on what we're doing and logistics and when we're gonna get together again and stuff like that.

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Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1

There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.

...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]

Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

No Biting

Ebola is back, bedbugs are on the N Train, and now one more thing to worry about: being bitten at a concert. Last Friday, at Lollapalooza, Ben Lenet, 29, was allegedly the victim of a biting attack that occurred during Arctic Monkeys' day one closing set. You can see a graphic photo of the chomp over at the Chicago Sun Times, who reported the incident. Lenet described the incident on Reddit in an effort to try to identify his attacker. Here's what Lenet wrote:

Me and two other friends are enjoying the show and have even made some friends around us. The mood of the crowd is really happy and a nice departure from the normal drunken debauchery. Suddenly, I turn around and some guy none of us have ever seen or spoken to, without warning, body slams my friend and begins using his hands to choke him. My other friend begins hitting the assailant in the face. I come from the other side and place my right arm on his right arm and my left arm on his right shoulder, trying to pull him off. The attacker then turns his head and clamps his teeth into my arm for a good 5 seconds. He's not nipping at me. He's trying to bite through my arm. At this point, all three of us are hitting him, trying to get him off me...

...Finally he lets go and lunges at the feet of the original bodyslammed-friend, trying to bite him too. He is then kicked pretty squarely in the face.

The attacker has now taken 10-15 blows to the head and been punted in the face. He gets up and walks away. Not stumbling. Not woozy. He just fucking walked away in a straight line. CPD would later tell me they only see assailants like that who are on PCP or bath salts.

As Lenet told the Chicago Sun Times, "I don't know of a UFC fighter who could've taken that punishment and just walked away." Lenet, who has attended Lollapalooza for the past six years, also told the Sun Times that he does not think he will return next year. As the bite broke the skin, he could have been exposed to HIV or a form of Hepatitis, and was put on a number of drugs and an antibiotic as a precaution. Bloodwork tests came up negative, but he will have to return for additional tests to confirm he was not infected.

A day later, on Saturday (8/2), Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was accused of biting off the tip of another man's finger at a Beyonce-Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The alleged incident occurred after Alcaraz-Garnica groped the victim's girlfriend (allegedly). When the victim confronted Alcaraz-Garnica, a fight ensued. In the course of the fight, Alcaraz-Garnica allegedly bit off the tip of the victim's finger. He has since pleaded not guilty.

Finally, in non-concert-but-still-biting news, CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon allegedly bit two medical workers at the US Embassy in Baghdad on July 19. Damon was reportedly intoxicated during the incident, and bit the EMTs on their forearms as they tried to treat her. The incident is being investigated by the State Department, and the EMTs filed a $2 million lawsuit against Damon and CNN yesterday. In an email apology from Damon to US embassy staff obtained by the New York Post's Page Six, Damon wrote, "I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed ... Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable."

photos by Ellie Pritts

Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
2014 Osheaga Festival
2014 Osheaga Festival
2014 Osheaga Festival

Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]
Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.

They continue below...

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Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2014 starts today in Chicago's Grant Park and if you aren't there you can still check out a lot of the action though their live webcast. Today's webcast starts at 3:15 PM EST and you can watch Courtney Barnett, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, Jagwar Ma, Broken Bells, Lykke Li, Phantogram and more. There are also apps on AppleTV, Chromecast, Android and other devices. Stay tuned for pics from all three days. Meanwhile, Lollapalooza's full streaming schedule can be found here.

Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Arctic Monkeys

The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup is listed below....

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin and Vladislav Grach

Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival

Foo Fighters set the bar high Friday night with its impromptu five-song set of covers, but they weren't the only ones tapping into the deep well of other artists' hits.

Arctic Monkeys played a bit of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, Sleigh Bells teased the crowd with the intro to Extreme's More Than Words and Imagine Dragons paid homage to Rush with a powerful rendition of Tom Sawyer. And that's not even taking into account the collaborations, including Cage the Elephant jumping on stage with Imagine Dragons to play the latter's hit Radioactive.

The talker of the festival, though, was Beck's funkified version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean -- including moves fit for the King of Pop -- during his Saturday night set on the lawn stage. - [USA Today]

Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its third year, drawing about 80,000 attendees over three days. We already posts sets of pictures from Weezer, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Outkast's sets at Firefly, and here's the rest of what we shot, including Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine and lots more.

Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.

Continue reading "Firefly Fest 2014 in pics (Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Chance the Rapper & more); dates announced for Firefly 2015"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
2014 Firefly Festival

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...

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Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
Jack White

Bonnaroo went down over this past weekend with sets from Ice Cube, Kanye West, Sam Smith and so much more.

As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"

Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.

Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.

Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Damon

Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.

Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.

Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?

Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 happened w/ Damon Albarn + Del & De La, Chaka Khan, Jack White, Zeppelin/Doors members, more"

by Andrew Sacher

Sam Smith at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Amber North)
Sam Smith

While soccer fans watched the World Cup play out on a jumbotron at the Kalliope stage, [Sam Smith] attracted Bonnaroo's youngest, hippest, style-conscious attendees at The Other Tent.

Smith's debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," entered the U.K. charts at No. 1 last month, and it looks to make a big splash when it hits U.S. stores on Tuesday. Like few other acts on this year's bill, he's very much a star of the moment. A suave, British soul singer, laying smooth falsetto melodies over '80s-tinged funk and R&B - just a few short years ago, it would have been considered the opposite of hip. The tide has obviously turned. [The Tennessean]

Bonnaroo went down over the weekend and among other things featured one of the biggest US crowds British pop singer Sam Smith had yet to play to. The Disclosure collaborator played the stripped version of their collaboration "Latch" (which appears in that form on his new album), his own hits ("Stay With Me," "Leave Your Lover"), and covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?," a song that band opened their set at the same festival with two days later. (MS MR also covered it during their Bonnaroo set.) Sam also joined Disclosure during their 'Roo set just hours later and performed "Latch" once again. You can watch a video of Sam's Arctic Monkeys cover, with his setlist from the festival, below.

Sam's tour hits NYC for a sold-out show at The Apollo tonight (6/17) and returns to NYC in September for shows at United Palace (tickets) and Hammerstein (sold out).

Sam will be sticking around NYC this week, doing a record signing at Rough Trade on Thursday (6/19). You just need to buy his record that day to get a wristband for the 6 PM event.

Another Disclosure collaborator Jessie Ware announced that her new album would be out at some point this year via PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope and told Pitchfork it features collaborations with Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon, James Ford and Nineteen85. Its first single "Tough Love" is out now, and it's a more laid back single as far as Jessie Ware songs go with an almost James Blake-like quality to the chorus. This one was produced by BenZel, aka Two Inch Punch (who produced Sam Smith's "Money On My Mind") and Benny Blanco (who's written/produced huge songs like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger").

Listen to that, with the Sam Smith stuff, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith played solo and with Disclosure, covered Arctic Monkeys at Bonnaroo; Jessie Ware released a new song"

LouFest

St. Louis music festival LouFest is returning this year from September 6-7 in Forest Park, and the lineup has now been announced. It's one of the many festivals Outkast are playing this year, plus includes Arctic Monkeys, Future Islands, Kelis, Washed Out, Matt & Kim, Cake, Portugal. The Man, Delta Spirit, San Fermin, Young & Sick, The Districts, Kins and more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/13) at 10 AM CT. Full lineup below...

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Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2014 lineup: Kanye, Tom Petty, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Disclosure, Spoon, Death Cab & more"

Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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osheaga-2014

Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the complete lineup below...

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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)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys

As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.

They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.

Deerhunter
Deerhunter

Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...

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Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Blondie

This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.

NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.

Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.

Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.

Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).

There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.

Other previously announced Super Bowl weekend concerts include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake and more.

Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly

As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses & more)"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...

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John GrantDisclosure

British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
QOTSA

Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.

As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age will bring their tour to NYC on Saturday (12/14) at Barclays Center with The Kills. Tickets for that show are still available.

QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...

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Arctic Monkeys at Webster Hall in September (more by Luis Ruiz)
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have had a great year thanks to the strength of their newest album, AM and its equally strong b-sides like "Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You" and "2013." They've now got another b-side, "You're So Dark," which appears on the flip to their upcoming "One For The Road" single (due out 12/10). You can now watch a lyric video for the new track below.

As discussed, Arctic Monkeys' upcoming tour brings them to NYC for a huge headlining show at MSG on February 8 which Deerhunter opens. Tickets for that show are still available.

Video below...

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NME

UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.

As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...

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