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The Global Festival aims to mobilise more than 50,000 people to take action in support of ending extreme poverty, and to secure more than $100m in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners. Beyond that, the Global Festival is being run to help shine a spotlight on the progress that's being made fighting extreme poverty, and showcase some of the amazing organisations and individuals who are doing it.
The Black Keys at Catalpa (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan will share the stage at the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on September 29th as part of the Global Festival, a concert designed to bring awareness and funds to the cause of ending global poverty.As all shows on Central Park's Great Lawn must be free with tickets distributed by lottery, the system for getting them involves you earning points by "learning, sharing and taking action against extreme poverty." Details of how it works are at the Global Citizen website.
"We wanted to make it different from other benefit concerts - we didn't want it to be the same as, say, Live 8," Hugh Evans, co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, tells Rolling Stone. The team organized Global Festival in conjunction with Goldenvoice/AEG, the veteran team behind the landmark Coachella music festival. "We wanted to do something unique for our generation."
Adds Rick Mueller, concert promoter at Goldenvoice,"Central Park is iconic." The venue has hosted legendary concerts from the likes of Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and, more recently, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas. "It's a worldwide platform, one that few get to play, so it's the perfect stage for a charity and a cause - especially considering the caliber of artists involved. I don't know if there's been a rock show this big at Central Park; it's a cohesive lineup that really makes a statement." -[Rolling Stone]
The Central Park show is a month before Neil Young & Crazy Horse's tour returns to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Band of Horses meanwhile are touring with My Morning Jacket.
My Morning Jacket at MSG (more by Chris La Putt)
My Morning Jacket are hitting the road for a set of North American dates, with a rotating cast of characters providing support at each date including Band of Horses, Trombone Shorty, Trampled by Turtles, and Shabazz Palaces (who recently played two NYC shows and The Mohawk). Most of those dates will also see the band giving back to a local charity, including the August 19th show at Williamsburg Park with Shabazz Palaces. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/4) (and will be available at a few places if they don't sell right out).
Williamsburg Park is the new venue replacing Williamsburg Waterfront.
Band of Horses opened for My Morning Jacket last year at MSG. If you were there, or even if you weren't, you might remember Ben Bridwell of BoH played live with MMJ on track "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)" . Well, they recorded that performance and are giving the song away as a free MP3 for a limited time at the My Morning Jacket Facebook page.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Jim James belts it out (with a bomb on his belt) @ Madison Square Garden
"When My Morning Jacket first arrived on the scene, they were unique to the point of grand intrigue for many people, and over the years, they have always made records that have a context that reflects the time and place where they are. They've built up a reputation for being premiere performers, and everyone from Pearl Jam to Metallica has sung their praises. Personally speaking, they've been the only band in recent memory that can record tender acoustic love songs, and then go out on tour with the Foo Fighters--giving Dave Grohl and company a run for their money. It's a great testament to My Morning Jacket's commitment to the music, and they are humble and appreciative about the success they have achieved thus far." [Aquarian]My Morning Jacket headlined Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (12/14). Band of Horses opened the big show and returned to the stage to help MMJ perform the final song of the night, "I'll Be Home For Christmas". Video of that moment with more pictures of the MSG show and MMJ's setlist, below...
My Morning Jacket at Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant McAllister)
My Morning Jacket are hitting the road this fall/winter and will return to where they spent New Year's Eve in 2008. After a stint in the EU with The Head & Heart, the fourseome will return for a leg of US dates with varying openers including Delta Spirit and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. They play the final show of the US leg at Madison Square Garden on December 14th with Band of Horses. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale 9/23 at noon. Check out the video tour anouncement, a KCRW live session, and all other tour dates below.
Both My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses have been on the road. Band of Horses hit MusicFestNW last weekend and My Morning Jacket hit Austin City Limits this past one. Band of Horses' prior/side projects have shows coming up too.
photos by Autumn Andel
Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW
I was actually more excited to see Cass McCombs than Band of Horses, as I had yet to see him live and really, his songs are just better. I was not disappointed. McCombs and his band played a serene set of emotionally resonant music, highlighted by the material from his latest album, Wit's End. Frankly, a lot of this brilliance was lost on the crowd there...Band of Horses ended Portland festival MusicFestNW's 5th and final day on 9/11 at Pioneer Square, aided by support from Cass McCombs, and Morning Teleportation. Pictures, which are our final set from the 2011 festival, are in this post.
Band of Horses! People love these guys. I get it, the songs are easy to like, even easier to identify with, and super easy to gain indie cred with. Now, I know I'm sounding like a hater, and I'm not really, I love the band's debut album. I just don't think they're doing anything unique or very interesting nowadays. It's like they found the formula for instant success with any song and they're sticking to it. So, for me, their set was blah squared. They played a couple tracks off that beloved debut, a smattering of songs from their last couple releases, and even some new new, untitled works that are in the process of becoming another new album. Singer Ben Bridwell's voice was hoarse from a long tour and at times he shied away from the more soaring elements of his harmonies, but for the most part it was a nice end to the festival, and that was enough. -[The Portland Mercury]
Members of Band of Horses will be performing at two separate shows in NYC in October, on the same day.
Carissa's Wierd are reuniting again for a pair of shows in celebration of the new Tucson 7" out now on Hardly Art! The 7" is the band's first new material in over seven years. Listen to half of it, "Meredith & Iris", below.
Carissa's Wierd may be unjustly known as the springboard for Band of Horses and eventually Grand Archives. Benjamin Bridwell and Mat Brooke were both members of the Northwestern crew before their 2003 dissolution, though note that Bridwell is not part of the reunion. Everyone else is.
The live dates are 9/24 at Neumo's in Seattle and 10/10 at NYU's Eisner & Lubin Auditorium in NYC, and the NYC show WILL be open to the general public -- $4 with NYU ID, $8 non-NYU, sold day of show at the NYU ticket central box office. Very exciting news.
Coincidentally (?), Band of Horses lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey is playing NYC the same night, October 10th, at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale for that. His show is part of an October tour in support of his new album The Valley Wind. You can see all dates and stream the title track below.
Stream the Carissa's Wierd track too, and check out the video of Band of Horses performing "Infinite Arms" on Conan O'Brien last week, with all dates below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"Band of Horses tonight was sick! I just wish Hammerstein had better sound, mics were too low. Songs were beautiful though!!" - Steph P
"Band of Horses killing it at Hammerstein" - Michel
After Kings of Leon cancelled their tour, openers Band of Horses added a few of their own headlining club dates. Those dates included a Hammerstein Ballroom show on August 10 with J Mascis. J played an opening set of stuff off his recently released Several Shades of Why and was joined by Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell for a song. Band of Horses played an even mix of songs off all three of their albums and a new song called apparently called "Bats." They ended their pre-encore set with crowd favorite "The Funeral" and returned for a 5-song encore that included a few more original cuts and two covers: The New Year's "The End's Not Near" and Them Two's "Am I A Good Man."
More pictures, the setlist and a video from the show below...
J Mascis @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Ex-Sub Pop band Band of Horses' last minute club tour hits Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Wednesday (8/10) and the great Sub Pop-signed J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. has been added as opener! Tickets are still on sale and we have a pair you can enter to win right here by following the directions below...
Band of Horses in Toronto in 2010 (more)
As you may have heard, Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon walked off stage at their show in Dallas, TX on Friday (7/29) after saying he was going to go backstage, vomit, and return for three more songs.
"While KoL's fans stood in the dead heat, precious Caleb was carried off to his all-white dressing room where slaves hand fed him Evian ice cubes and fanned him with swan feathers while spritzing his face with 60º Perrier from a crystal bottle." [Dlisted]Caleb never returned and Jared Followill then told the crowd, "I don't know what to say. It's not our fault. It's Caleb. He can't play." Jared then tweeted, "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words." Jared again tweeted, admitting, "I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade." The band continued to cancel their next two shows, both Saturday (7/30) and Sunday (7/31). Since canceling those dates, the band have gone on to cancel the rest of their entire tour, which was with Band of Horses.
A message on KoL's website reads:
We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band's international tour schedule. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or via phones will be automatically refunded. The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule for September 14th.The cancelled shows include Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 10 and PNC Bank Arts Center on August 17. According to Ticketmaster/Livenation, any tickets purchased by Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone or Ticketmaster.com will be automatically credited back to the card used to order them. All tickets purchased at the box office or a Ticketmaster Ticket Center must be returned to the point of purchase to receive a refund.
Nathan Followill confirmed it's just a break and not a breakup, when he tweeted "Bummed about the tour not happening. So sorry 4 all the fans. We just need some rest. Thanks 4 understanding. WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP!" Despite the fact that the band reports the tour was cancelled so Caleb could rest his voice, US Weekly reports that a source tells them his bandmates are urging him to go to rehab. The source says Caleb "drinks like a fish."
Fortunately, Band of Horses are working on scheduling some club dates to make up for the cancelled tour. They wrote on their facebook:
Hey there Friends Of BoH! First off, we're sorry for the lag on updating everyone. We're thrilled by all the support you're showing us, and have been working behind the scenes to do everything we can to come see you. Unfortunately, we won't be able to hit up all of the places we'd planned on visiting with Kings of Leon. BUT!!! We're happy to announce that we're going to play SOME SHOWS!!!The new dates include a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 10 (which is at least way better than Jones Beach). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon.
We're playing FT. LAUDERDALE AND CHARLOTTE THIS WEEK! Details are below. We're working on adding more, and will have another update very soon.
We would like to thank Kings Of Leon for the opportunity to play the shows we did, and wish them all the best.
p.s. We're hoping to provide a special treat to the fans coming out to these new dates. Stay tuned and thank you!
BoH also wants you to help them pick their setlists for the new shows. Because they had planned on playing shorter sets of their more popular songs on the Kings of Leon tour, they now have time to play some of their lesser known cuts. Check out the list of songs to choose from and more details on how to submit your choices at their facebook.
Video of Caleb speaking throughout the Dallas show and ending with Jared's apology, and Band of Horses dates below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireCrazy.
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)
Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).
Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.
The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.
The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.
"Best Alternative Album" category:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireSo they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.
Caribou @ Governors Island over the summer (more by Andrew St Clair)
today in NYC
* Wollesonics @ The Stone
* Gary Smulyan @ The Stone
* Emily Wells, Shilpa Ray @ City Winery
* Caribou, Emeralds, ARP @ Webster Hall
* Ra Ra Riot, Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Asher Roth, Gilbere Forte @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sugarlife, Oars, Pure Horsehair @ Bruar Falls
* Spacehog, The Alternative Outfit @ Maxwell's
* Little Gold, Exit Music, Columboid @ Union Pool
* Fennesz, The American Dollar, Bell @ Littlefield
* Darcy James Augue Secret Society @ Iridium Jazz Club (early & late)
* Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pavement, Times New Viking @ Central Park Summerstage
* French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Mighty Five @ The Woods
* Heavy Hands, Future Hunter, ELKS, Long Distance Poison @ Coco 66
* Laurie Anderson (performing 'Delusion') @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Larkin Grimm, M. Lamar, Seaven Teares, Opal Onyx @ Death By Audio
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Talk Normal, DJ Barry London @ Secret Project Robot
* Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, Outernational, Cerebral Ballzy @ the Bell House
* Theo Bleckmann (Hello Earth! The music of Kate Bush) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, Outernational, Cerebral Ballzy @ The Bell House
* Crocodiles, The Girls at Dawn, Reading Rainbow, Candy Claws @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dennis Padula Band, Emanuel & The Fear, Alfonso Velez @ Highline Ballroom
* Garotas Suecas, Ava Luna, Reverend Vince Anderson, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa @ Knitting Factory
Anvil are not playing Public Assembly tonight.
Band of Horses performed "Laredo" on Kimmel. Video below...
Superchunk performed "Digging For Something" on Fallon. Video below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
As previously mentioned, Band of Horses (who played Grand Central two nights earlier), Grizzly Bear (who headline their own show at Governors Island in August) & Karen Elson (who played the Studio at Webster Hall one night earlier) played the first show of the summer at Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday (6/20). More pictures from the sold out, ticketed concert, below...
Williamsburg Waterfront - June 20, 2010 (pic by Eric Polow)
Band of Horses had a busy weekend: Friday night they played Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Saturday they opened for Broken Social Scene and Pavement on Toronto Island, and Sunday they headlined their own sold-out gig at Williamsburg Waterfront, the first show of the season there, with Grizzly Bear and Karen Elson opening. Pictures on the way.
It was the first show at the Brooklyn park that was put on by AEG and Open Space Alliance (OSA). Like they did at McCarren, together they're running the ticketed shows at the Waterfront...
"After OSA managed more than 60 McCarren Park Pool events, we successfully negotiated a new venue for the music to continue. This summer, OSA will present and manage concerts on the Williamsburg waterfront. There are a number of benefit concerts that help us subsidize free programming, and raise funds for parks improvements." [OSA]Sunday's Band of Horses shows was one of those "benefit" concerts. The next of those is Silversun Pickups, Against Me! and The Henry Clay People on Friday, June 25th.
The most obvious difference from the 2009 JellyNYC Pool Parties is the stage's new location and bigger size. The stage is now on the park's east side, facing the water. That means the setting sun is no longer shining in the crowd's eyes (good) but you'll have to turn around to get a view of the Manhattan skyline (bad). The soundsystem was also reportedly better. That said, the stage is being taken up and down before and after each of the ticketed shows, so it remains to be seen what they'll come up with for the upcoming free events at the venue, or even the future ticketed shows.
The showgoing area is fenced in a bit different than last year's Pool Parties, and since they are pay shows don't expect to be able to see for free. Like they do in Prospect Park, Rachel Kowal said, "they put up huge banners on the fence blocking even the most minimal view". Again, it was the first show there this summer, so there's no guarantee things will stay the same. Hopefully that's at least true of the concession and beer lines (which we heard took up to 40 minutes).
The same park will be home once again to the Jelly NYC Pool Parties, whose seven (not eight) free shows kick off July 11th. We're told the still-TBA series has a good chance of getting announced this week. We also have some guesses out there already on who will appear on the lineup.
Grizzly Bear have another outdoor show this summer - they play Governors Island (also ticketed) on August 12th with the Walkmen and Gang Gang Dance. Tickets are still on sale.
We'll have pictures from the show coming later. For now, one more pic and some videos from the gig are posted below...
"With a horn section behind the already several-member group, Broken Social Scene began with 'World Sick' off their new album Forgiveness Rock Record and then 'Stars And Sons,' the latter with fans clapping repeatedly on cue as six guitarists jammed out the conclusion.Sebastien Grainger (DFA1979) and John McEntire (Tortoise/Sea and Cake) also joined BSS on stage on Saturday, June 19th, on Toronto's Olympic Island. The full lineup for the 2010 edition of the annual Toronto Island Concert, which wasn't officially part of NXNE (but which did let in 250 badges) looked like this:
However, from there things got bigger and better, with Metric's James Shaw and Pavement's Scott Kannberg helping out on the danceable 'Texico Bitches.' Then Feist made her way onstage for '7/4 (Shoreline),' dancing around the stage when not sharing vocal duties with Drew.
The only problem perhaps with the set - aside from Drew irked that his guitar pedals weren't working - was how it seemed to peak halfway through. Following the plodding, precious ballad 'Sweetest Kill,' both Feist and Metric's Emily Haines appeared for 'Sentimental X's,' which had the crowd onside from the start." [Toronto Sun]
1:15 PM Toronto Revue (The Beauties, Flash Lightnin', Zeus)I left my downtown hotel in a cab at 3pm, and though the ferry station was only a ten minute drive away, I didn't actually get to the stage area until around around 4:45. I heard Beach House as I walked up, but I never actually saw them. I wasn't worried about catching Timber Timbre because I saw them the night before in a club (more on that later), and I knew I wasn't getting there by 1:00 (after being out till 4am at NXNE shows the night before) so I didn't even try.
2:45PM Timber Timbre
4:00PM Beach House
5:15PM Band of Horses
6:45PM Broken Social Scene
The weather on Saturday in Toronto was hot and beautiful and Band of Horses (who played Grand Central Station in NYC one night earlier) (and the Williamsburg Waterfront in NYC one night later) sounded great as they played out to the thousands of people who were either watching them... or waiting on line for something. Lines were definitely a problem on the island. You usually had to wait a long time for food, bathrooms and most frustratingly to many, beer.
Then came Broken Social Scene and they were in top form - it was my favorite time ever seeing them. In fact, though I've seen the band more times than I can remember over the past six years, I was never 100% comfortable with their live show before. That changed on the island. Maybe it was because they were in their hometown of Toronto with all their friends (though sadly no Jason Collett or Amy Milan who are both on tour). Feist and Emily Haines together on stage contributed strongly to the specialness (par for the course for Toronto), and Lisa Lobsinger no longer feels like the new girl.
Full setlist (and lots more pictures and some videos) below.
As painful as it was to leave while BSS was playing their last song (aka I didn't stay for Pavement), I made the decision that I was going to catch The Stooges who played a competing show at Young Dundas Square at 9:30. My trip off the island was much quicker than my trip on. I got a ferry immediately and then a cab immediately and I was 40 minutes early for Iggy. I even caught the last ten minutes of The Raveonettes who played before the Stooges on the outdoor stage which was in the middle of a Times Square-like area of town. It was a complete madhouse (a free show in the middle of town open to anyone... with Iggy Pop), but more on that later.
Andrew Frisicano was with me on the island. He missed Band of Horses but stayed for Pavement. His post on the headliner is coming later. More about BSS and Band of Horses, with a ton of pictures and some videos and both setlists, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"Friday I worked until 6 and after went to Grand Central Station to try to catch a free Band of Horses concert, but of course by the time I got there it was full, so I hung around outside for a while trying to listen, but I couldn't hear too well so I left. Huge bummer, I would have loved to see them. Then I met up with my friend and we walked around the East Village, hung out on the roof of her apartment, and went and got Peruvian food- it was verrrrry yummy." [Forever Young]As I type this, Band of Horses have already finished playing their Sunday night headlining set at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn (and their Saturday night set in Toronto), but this post is about their Friday evening AOL pop-up show at Grand Central. Some more pictures, officially & unofficially shot video (including an interview) & the setlist from that one, below...
Sound Fix Records (the store in Williamsburg) will have five pairs of guaranteed entry passes for the free Band of Horses show tonight (doors 5:30pm) at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall ("The line starts at the 42nd St Entrance.). Sound Fix opens at noon and the passes go to the first five people who come in asking. Band of Horses is also offering a chance to "cut the line" via Facebook.
Band of Horses play a nonfree show on Sunday at Williamsbug Waterfront (the first of the summer there) with Grizzly Bear and Karen Elson.
Band of Horses @ SXSW (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Band of Horses play this Sunday at Williamsburg Waterfront with Grizzly Bear and Karen Elson. That's sold out. On Saturday, Band of Horses are playing as part of Broken Social Scene's Toronto Island concert along with Pavement, Beach House, Timber Timbre and others. That show is now part of NXNE, and they'll be letting in 250 badgeholders from the fest. Tickets are still on sale.
And Friday (6/18), Band of Horses will be playing a free AOL-sponsored show at an as-of-now-secret location in Manhattan at 6:30pm (which means Band of Horses are playing NYC, then Toronto, then NYC again this weekend). The Manhattan location is expected to be revealed Thursday at noon. We'll of course post it as soon as it is. The band so far tweeted a map of midtown (which has Radio City in the center of it) so the show might be somewhere in that area or not (presumably not South Street Seaport). The tweeted pic is below.
The free show is following in the pattern of what AOL did at SXSW for their secret/surprise parking garage show with Broken Bells and a different band each day that March week.
Broken Social Scene's concert-scored film This Movie Is Broken, directed by Bruce McDonald and soundtracked with footage from BSS's Toronto Island show in 2009, is screening on Thursday (6/17) at 92YTribeca (it's a fictional story, part of which takes place at the show, with music and clips from the gig throughout). That screening is sold out, but "a limited number of tickets for sold out events may be available one hour before curtain." Broken Social Scene play NYC's Rumsey Playfield in September.
The trailer for that film, the above-mentioned BoH pic and some videos below...
Video from David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Carson Daly, below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Agh. Free Black Keys concert tonight at the Classic Car Club but lines were CRAZY!" - quiet soliloquy
"Fans have overwhelmingly expressed, in 354+ comments on The Black Keys Facebook page, that the band has "sold out" following an announcement that a new song, "Chop And Change", will be a part of the soundtrack for the third installment of extremely popular vampire movie franchise "Twilight".The Black Keys, who are opening or Pearl Jam at MSG this week (and playing a benefit at Housing Works that will also be a temporary Black Keys pop up shop), and whose sole SXSW show this year was a T-Mobile-sponsored Mog show, played a Microsoft/Verizon Kin show in NYC last night (5/15). The show took place at the Classic Car Club in Tribeca, just like the Passion Pit one did one night earlier. A free Kin Ting Tings show also happened last night at a different venue.
The Black Keys' have sold out? Yeah, sure. If anything, they've finally just sold in on their own terms.
In most cases, the term "sold out" would be fantastic news to artists in regards to shows, books, CDs, etc. It simply claims that the artist/event is doing so well that they have run out of space or items and that it is pretty much exclusive and rare - a privilege, really. It's heartbreaking to the people who did not get a chance to be a part of it, but it does hint at success, which can obviously be rendered in many different ways. For people who appreciate "underground" or lesser-known works or talents, however, "selling out" is the worst possible brand that you can get from a fan - it pretty much means that you are now not good enough to be appreciated anymore, and that you are now "mainstream" or "too trendy."" [The Black Keys Fan Lounge]
No more Kin shows in NYC, but Chicago has one by The Dead Weather coming up. The Dead Weather (who also opened a pop up shop in NYC when their last record came out), along with Metric (who play NYC tonight/Sunday), Muse (who are taking Metric on tour), Band of Horses (who also open for Pearl Jam at MSG this week), Vampire Weekend and others, also appear on the new Twilight soundtrack. The full tracklisting and more pictures from the Kin show below...
Band of Horses will headline an RXP-presented show at Williamsburg Waterfront (North 8th Street & Kent Avenue at the East River State Park) in Brooklyn on June 20th. Grizzly Bear and Karen Elson are also on the bill. Tickets will go on presale Friday at 10am and then general sale Saturday at 11am.
Band of Horses' third record, Infinite Arms, will be released on May 18th. That's the same day they'll open for Pearl Jam at the Prudental Center in Newark. They also open for Pearl Jam three days later at Madison Square Garden. All tour dates below...