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Screaming Females in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females

We at BrooklynVegan are excited to announce the opening of a gallery show called '480 Pixels - An Exhibition of BrooklynVegan's Music Photography,' which will feature work by BV photographers. The gallery opens at 92YTribeca on August 16 and runs through September 6, and is free to the public. For many of these photos, the gallery will be the first time that they have been publicly displayed at a size larger than 480 pixels, the standard width for photos on BV.

On the opening day, there will be a free opening reception at 6:30 PM and a BV-presented show on the 92YTribeca mainstage at 8 PM with Screaming Females, Hunters, and Heliotropes. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The list of BV photographers whose work will be on display at the exhibition is below. Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females will also be showing a few pieces of her artwork at the exhibition.

The show is one of many scheduled for Screaming Females, who come to Brooklyn this summer for Riot Fest Brooklyn which goes down at Williamsburg Park on September 8. They also play C.L.I.T. Fest in NJ this weekend. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan photo exhibit at 92Y Tribeca in August; Screaming Females, Hunters & Heliotropes play opening night"

Saigon Electric

New film Saigon Electric is screening as part of this year's Asian American International Film Festival tonight, Saturday, August 13th at Clearview Chelsea. AAIFF describe the film:

In the metropolis of Saigon, Mai (Van Trang), a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, meets tough street dancer Kim (Quynh Hoa) and soon becomes captivated by the city's vibrant underground hip-hop scene. Representing the struggles of Vietnamese youth culture, this energetic film showcases bold, fresh talent with dynamic choreography and heartfelt narrative
The Stranger calls it one of the best hiphop films ever made.

Tickets for the screening are on sale now. Check out the trailer below and a music video for Suboi's "Walk," which appears on the films soundtrack. BV photographer Bao Nguyen directed the video and was also director of photography for the film.

The free afterparty is at Stay Lounge (244 East Houston Street (Aves A & B) at 10pm.

Continue reading "New hip-hop film Saigon Electric is screening"


Willifest kicks off with an opening night gala at Galapagos in DUMBO tonight (maybe they forgot it moved!), and then continues with a full schedule of events/movies happening in Williamsburg on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

One highlight of the fest (well, I haven't seen it) includes a new documentary about the McCarren Pool Parties. In it you'll see a bunch of photographs by Bao Nguyen that first appeared on BrooklynVegan.com. Bao writes:

"A documentary that features my concert photography will be playing this weekend at the first ever Williamsburg International Film Festival. It's opening the festival on Thursday night but all the tickets sold out so they added a second show on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM at the Knitting Factory. Let me know if you can make it. Unfortunately tickets can only be bought at the door."
More details on "Pool Party", below...

Continue reading "Williamsburg Film Fest (Willifest) kicks off, new Pool Party documentary included "

photos by Chris La Putt

Dave Deporis / Olof Arnalds
Dave Deporis
Olof Arnalds

"Opener The Tallest Man on Earth was a pleasant surprise, too. Playing solo with just an acoustic guitar, he overpowered the audience with a GIGANTIC voice that at times reminded me of JEFF BUCKLEY, though the sound was more akin to if Buckley was fascinated with Americana as opposed to NINA SIMONE, GENESIS and THE SMITHS." [The Big Takeover - review from the Philly show]
Thanks all for coming to the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (6/12). The lineup worked out perfectly. From 7-9, photographers and friends of photographers hung out around their pictures hanging on the wall. At 9pm, those who were there early enough and were interested in watching the music were wowed by the magical Dave Deporis (at least the people I talked to). His set was especially emotional due to the song dedications to his grandfather who passed away one day earlier. Then Olof Arnalds played to a much more filled in crowd who did not want to let her leave the stage, especially after the amazing Nina Simone cover she closed her set with. Earlier she covered Springsteen. Up next came the, to quote the above review, "gigantic voice" of the not-that-tall Tallest Man On Earth which was followed by the headlining full-band set by the one and only John Vanderslice. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "John Vanderslice, Tallest Man On Earth, Olof Arnalds, Dave Deporis & the BV photo show @ MHOW in Brooklyn - pics "

Shoot To Thrill

We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.

The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:

You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop

All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.

The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.

The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.

Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:

Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).

Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.

Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.

A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "announcing the 1st-ever BrooklynVegan photo show ------ part of the Northside Festival - WIN 1 of 3 BADGES"

words & photos by Bao Nguyen

Arcade Fire and Obama
Arcade Fire and Obama

...this was the Obama Staff Ball - the final official event put on by the Presidential Inauguration Committee. Arcade Fire and Jay-Z preformed. The actor Kal Penn, who everyone in the crowd knew as 'Kumar' took the stage. He was a surrogate for the campaign so he spent his time on stage outing by name all the staffers who 'tried to kill him' by texting while driving through snowbanks.

Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill made an appearance and then President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage. The new president said something to the effect of,"You guys are great." To which someone next to us said,"Hire me!" Hm. Seems to be a theme developing. Free beer dude. [Mediabistro]

The culmination of my past six months of work on the Obama campaign resulted in an amazing night. The Obama Staff Ball, which was also the last official Inaugural event, was held last night (1/21) at the DC Armory. The crowd of about 4,000 people included Obama staff and their lucky 'plus ones'. There was an inspiring speech by President Obama and musical performances by both Arcade Fire and Jay-Z. Frankly, I could not ask for a better ending to my campaign experience. It was especially humbling to hear Win Butler constantly thank us for all the hard work we put into the campaign, telling us they were especially honored to have been asked to play this event. I will not bore you with the details of my life on the campaign, but suffice to say it has been the most memorable experience of my life. It's an experience that cannot be matched and we are reminded that we are in a sort of limbo everyday now that it's all over. As Win humorously remarked in the middle of the concert, "This is the funnest party I've been to for people who have all just lost their jobs".

By the time Jay-Z came on, I was mostly too busy having fun to remember I had a camera, so he's not in many pictures. Check out all of them, and Arcade Fire's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire, Jay-Z & President Obama @ the Obama Staff Ball (pictures & text by Bao Nguyen) (and the setlist)"

Arcade Fire

So how lucky it is to be one of the staffers working for President Barack Obama over these past two years?

Forget the fact that you worked for a presidential candidate who won (most don't). Or that you probably got tickets to join 1.5 million people at the Inauguration. Or that you got a 50 percent discount on $150 Inaugural Ball tickets. Or that you might have moved into a desk in the West Wing of the White House today.

It gets even better. Word out today is that Arcade Fire, the super-popular Indie rock group, has come to Washington to play a private party for Mr. Obama's staff members at The Armory. (Yep, hard to believe, there's going to be ANOTHER party celebrating Mr. Obama's election). Jay-Z is also performing. [NY Times]

Stay tuned for full coverage of this event from our very own Obama/BV staffer Bao Nguyen (now you know why there haven't been many pictures taken by Bao on this website over the past year). A few minutes ago Bao texted that Arcade Fire was covering their friend Bruce Springsteen's song "Born in the USA".

Bruce performed at a more-public Obama bash on Sunday, and his new new album is now streaming at NPR.

Ted Leo likes to cover Bruce too, and he performed in DC on Monday night.

Tonight is at least the third time Jay-Z performed during his visit to DC for Obama.

Kanye West also managed to get in on the festivities.

Arcade Fire's new DVD/movie Miroir Noir is available now. Art from that above, and below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire playing for Obama staff as we speak (and Jay-Z), Bruce Springsteen's new album streaming @ NPR"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Saul Williams

Obama supporter Saul Williams wrote an election day poem. Listen to him read it in the video below..

Continue reading "Saul Williams' election poem (video) ++ Lollapalooza pics "

photos by Bao Nguyen

Chromeo @ Virgin Fest

Tickets are on sale for Chromeo shows in Philly, Boston and NYC. The NY show is at Webster Hall on October 2nd. Peanut Butter Wolf is opening. All dates and more pictures from their recent performance at the Baltimore Virgin Festival, below...

Continue reading "Chromeo - 2008 Tour Dates (Webster Hall), Virgin pics"

photos by Bao Nguyen

DOWNLOAD: Sharon Jones - 100 days, 100 nights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Menahan Street Band - Make the Road by Walking (MP3)

Sharon Jones @ Virgin

"Hey, Duffy: This is what soul sounds like: Tribal, earthy, hip-shakin', swerve-throwin' Sharon Jones." [Time Out Chicago]
She played Coachella. She played Bonnaroo. She played Lollapalooza. She played Osheaga. She played the Virgin Festival in Baltimore. And this past Sunday she and the Dap Kings (they were at all those other places with her too) headlined Central Park Summerstage in NYC. Other Daptone family members shared the bill...
Naomi Shelton first lifted her soulful voice into the Daptone family back in the Desco days of the late 1990s. Under her maiden name, Naomi Davis, she gave us "Forty First Street Breakdown," which has become a secret weapon for funk DJs....Naomi has a regular Friday-night residency at the West Village's Fat Cat, during which she and her band regularly blow away the audience with her powerful vocals, popping basslines, and spot-on harmonies (andfor only $3, it's probably one of the cheaper ways to change your life)...

...Menahan Street Band is one of the many projects of Thomas Brenneck, best known, perhaps, as the guitarist for the Dap-Kings, the Budos Band, and Amy Winehouse. Recorded entirely in analog in his Brooklyn home, Menahan Street Band's debut LP, Make the Road by Walking, out October 14, redefines the idea of bedroom project.

Sharon Jones always brings audience volunteers up on stage to dance with her. At the Apollo show she brought a guy named Rik up on stage. I know it was Rik because she brought him up AGAIN Sunday at Summerstage and he blogged about it.

The pictures in this post are from the Virgin Festival. More of those, and some videos from Lollapalooza, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones played Summerstage, Lollapalooza, Osheaga & the Virgin Festival (pics, video, tour dates)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

DOWNLOAD: CSS - Move (Cut Copy remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - Left Behind (Midnight Juggernauts remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sunny Day Sets Fire - Wilderness (CSS Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - Donkey minimix (MP3)


The 'Donkey' minimix MP3 (releaesd by CSS to promote the new album) is kind of lame because instead of actually mixing together every song on their new album 'Donkey', it just kind of plays clips of each song one after another. The other two CSS tracks are remixes by cool dudes from Australia, and the last one is a remix CSS did for a band called Sunny Day Set Fire (for an EP that also features remixes by The Cool Kids and "Mad Decent") which is kind of confusing because there's already a four word band name that starts with Sunny Day. CSS recently played the All Points West Festival and the rest of those pics (and tour dates) are below...

Continue reading "CSS - some MP3s (remixes), APW pics, 2008 Tour Dates"

photos by Bao Nguyen


"Carl Newman is currently mixing his as-yet-untitled long-player - set for a January release - and is especially enthusiastic about the lineup of musicians who contribute to the new tunes. "My friend John Wurster, who drums with Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, did most of the drumming," he says. "A singer named Nicole Atkins did a lot of singing on it. She's a really killer singer; she kind of reminds me of a cross between Mama Cass and the Shangri-La's."

Currently in the home stretch of completing the CD, Newman admits that he is his own best friend and worst enemy when it comes to working on the project. "Every time I make a record, I sit there thinking, 'It sounds too different,' and then the next day I think, 'it sounds the same as everything else,'" he says. "The next day, I'll go, 'It's perfect,' and the day after that I'll think, 'Its all wrong.' I just put my head down, try to work hard, hope for the best and hope that people buy it so I can continue doing this for a living." As soon as the solo effort is complete, Newman plans to "immediately" begin work on the next Pornographers record.

As far as their live performances are concerned, the New Pornographers plan to host a two-day, 10-band indie rock extravaganza on Labor Day weekend in Vancouver, calling it 'The Stanley Park Singing Exhibition.' The lineup for both nights was hand-picked by the Pornographers themselves; while their lead singer refuses to play favorites, Newman admits to being especially anticipatory about a semi-solo performance of a band he especially loves. "I saw Stevie [Jackson, of Belle and Sebastian fame] do a solo show in Brooklyn, and it was really good. Bob Kildea -- who is also in the band -- will be playing with him as well, which is pretty cool. Bob is the prettiest man in rock." [AOL Spinner]

The New Pornographers played the All Points West Festival last weekend. Neither Neko or Dan were in attendance (though I'm almost positive I saw Neko in the crowd at Bob Dylan's Brooklyn show a few days later.). AC Newman collaborator Nicole Atkins also played All Points West. More pics from the New Pornos set, all tour dates, and the whole Stanley Park Singing Exhibition lineup, below...

Continue reading "New Pornographers - APW pics, their own festival, a new AC Newman album (w/ Nicole Atkins) & tour dates"

photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Showtrotta


The only bands I (Showtrotta) wanted to see at All Points West in Jersey City on Friday (8/8) were Underworld and Radiohead. I entered the festival a bit earlier than that though - just in time to get poured on, but luckily it let up pretty quickly. I had some time to grab something to eat, drink one of my five beers in the designated drinking area (seriously Jersey...wtf?), and stake out a good spot for Underworld. I wound up around 15 feet back from the stage after stepping over and around throngs of people who had already claimed their spots with blankets. When Underworld came on it became apparent that 90% of the people were just there for Radiohead. It was frustrating, but I wasn't about to let it ruin anything. There was a little group of people nearby who were also there to see Underworld and we all happily got down for the hour and 15 minutes Underworld were on.

I was upset when I later read criticisms of Underworld's set as "cheesy and dated". Underworld played such an important role shaping electronic music and I really enjoyed their set. The older tracks they played at the festival are classics which paved the way for a lot of the electronic music that became popular thereafter. Underworld's music is, and their stage presence was, strong. I was able to experience a sense of nostalgia for a time that I wasn't around for firsthand.

Unfortunately the daytime APW set meant there was no great Underworld light show...and the huge light balloons just weren't the same without actual lights in them. Luckily the visuals were still good - a mix of old school video games and a live video feed from cameras on the stage which often pointed at Karl Hyde who barely stopped bouncing for a second through the entire length of the show.

The night ended perfectly hours later at the end of Radiohead's set with their dedication of "Everything In Its Right Place" to Underworld, which as a fan of both bands I found to be a beautiful moment in its own right. However, I also appreciated it even more after dancing amidst a crowd of motionless, disinterested Radiohead fans during Underworld's set.

The next day in Baltimore Underworld got a two hour set in the dance tent where they were competing a little with the noise coming from the Foo Fighters on the main stage. There were no huge Underworld light balloons at all - possibly due to the ceiling height, but it was nighttime. Both festival setlists, and more pics from Baltimore, below...

Continue reading "Underworld - an APW review, Baltimore pics & both setlists"

photos by Bao Nguyen


"Got there early&saw a bit of Andrew Bird and checked out Shudder to Think because we were interested..then went off to get a good spot for She&Him..ahhhhh Zooey Deschanel&M. Ward were great&one of her backup singers sang a song of her own for a bit,apparently people thought lil wayne was in the audience(ummm it wasn't him)&yelled "we want weezy" during the performance. A lot of people were throwing the beach balls around&I really wanted to punch someone because it kept landing on my head(Kate counted 11 times that it hit her in the head)...I really wanted to deflate it&rip it to shreds...as soon as everyone walked off stage people began to push because they wanted to be up front for Lil Wayne"
[High-Low Twist]
Interested is better than not interested. Unfortunately there is very little out there in terms of actual reviews of Shudder To Think's first official reunion performance that took place at the Baltimore Virgin Fest this past weekend. Spin has about a minute of video, the Baltimore Sun thinks Craig's name is Chris, and the Washington Post points out that they were playing to many "teenagers who were staking out prime spots for the Paramore/Taking Back back-to-back".

You can read about their last (unofficial) reunion shows that took place earlier this year. And you can check them out for yourself later this year. Tickets are still on sale for a show at Webster Hall. All tour dates HERE. More Baltimore pics below...

Continue reading "Shudder to Think @ the Baltimore Virgin Festival - pics"

photos by Bao Nguyen


OK, maybe I shouldn't have written as much as I did at 3am, BUT Wilco is one of my favorite bands and I loved last night's show. I just half-jokingly meant Jeff seemed a little edgy (and he dissed Brooklyn!). More photos from the show they (those windy city @#$#@ers) played Saturday in Baltimore below....

Continue reading "Wilco @ the Baltimore Virgin Festival, Baltimore - pics"

photos by Bao Nguyen

She and Him

"Andrew Bird -- Wow, was this guy awful. I wanted to get close to the stage for She & Him so I had to tolerate Bird's performance. It was horrendous. He played a violin like a guitar. Not cool. But what was perplexing was that everyone else LOVED this guy. It was like I was taking crazy pills. He had more people than either The Go! Team and She & Him (who sandwiched him on the south stage). When his set was over everyone cleared out. What were these people thinking?!? She & Him were next! It's times like this that I lose faith in humanity." [Yeah Right]
A violin like a guitar?!?!?! Pics from Andrew's performance at APW the same weekend are HERE. More pics of She & Him at Virgin below...

Continue reading "She & Him @ the 2008 Baltimore Virgin Fest - pics"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Iggy Pop

Lil Wayne

"In the three-year history of this festival, no act has ever been late - not even by a few minutes. It always impressed me that the artists maintained enough professionalism to be on time and the organizers insisted on a tight schedule.

So who does Lil Wayne think he is?

His scheduled start time was 3:50 p.m. Around that time, a roadie came out to test a guitar. Not a good sign....

...So, finally, just past 4:30, His Highness appeared, walking onto the stage in a tight white T-shirt, black jeans, shades and a University of Texas baseball cap as if he had all the time in the world. Without anything resembling an apology, Wayne started rapping along to the pre-recorded version of "Full Clip," his jeans already halfway down his thighs....

...With that, he announced he was going to "blow ya alls minds," the radio friendly hook of "Lollipop" began and Kanye West - on deck for tonight's closing slot - raced out to rap a few verses....

...I did make it down to the other stage in time to see Iggy Pop, plastered in sweat from head to toe and, as usual, displaying his unbelievably ripped torso (dude is 61!!)." [MyTimesDispatch.com]

Lil Wayne's late set cut into Iggy Pop's regularly scheduled set time on a different stage, but Bao also managed to catch at least parts of both of them. Iggy Pop played a show in NYC the same weekend. Still no word on his gear. More Baltimore pictures below...

Continue reading "Iggy Pop vs Lil' Wayne @ 2008 Baltimore Virgin Fest - pics"

photos by Bao Nguyen

NIN @ Virgin

NIN @ Virgin

Kanye West took a bit of a jab at the festival's schedule, specifically the choice concertgoers had to make between his performance and one from Nine Inch Nails happening at the same time at the other end of the park (a dilemma faced by fans at Chicago's Lollapalooza a week earlier). "It's not a black-or-white thing, it's not a rap-or-rock-and-roll thing," he exclaimed. "It's a good-music thing. We jam about good things from the heart. How can you pick between me and Trent Reznor?" [MTV]
Nine Inch Nails (and Kanye West) headlined Sunday night at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore (Aug 10, 2008). NIN also headlined Lollapalooza in Chicago exactly one week earlier. Check Ticketmaster for tickets for upcoming shows in Jersey, Massachusets and other places. Virgin Fest pictures & setlist below...

Continue reading "NIN @ the 2008 Baltimore Virgin Festival - pics"

most of the photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Girl Talk @ APW

Girl Talk @ APW

I know Girl Talk doesn't write the music that makes his set magical. He (Gregg Gillis) just mixes the songs together in a good way. He also creates the perfect visual party experience to go with it. Everyone I talked to that saw him at All Points West on Friday agreed that it was one of the best sets of the weekend. The stage was packed with people dancing, and so was the field. Not the most environmentally friendly artist at the Radhioead and Jack Johnson-headlined 'green festival', but the large plastic blow up things and toilet paper shooting into the wild crowd just made it that much more of a fun and debaucherous spectacle.

I've seen Girl Talk a bunch of times and I liked the bigger outdoor festival show way better than the the small cramped ones, or maybe Greg just got better at it. Or maybe a festival, where Girl Talk is just one of many acts, is better because of the variety. Regardless, his next NYC show was just announced. And it's big, and hopefully it will be just as fun...


SAT. NOV. 15 • 8:30 PM @ TERMINAL 5
$20 advance tickets are on sale Friday August 15 at noon.
This new date comes at the end of his fall tour. More APW (August 8, 2008) pics below...

Continue reading "Girl Talk played APW (pics), adds NYC show @ Terminal 5"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Radiohead @ All Points West

Expectations were set so low for this festival. There has been lots of complaining. The price is relatively high, the linuep is relatively weak, and a lot of people weren't happy about the five-per-person beer limit. All that aside, I thought the fest was great - what I saw of it on Friday night anyway. I saw a tiny bit of Andrew Bird, some of Underworld, most of Girl Talk and all of Radiohead's approximately 2 hour 15 minute set. Girl talk (am I allowed to say 'killed it'?). Radiohead looked and sounded amazing.

To get there I took the path from WTC to the lite rail to the Liberty State Park stop. That part was fast, cheap and easy. Then there's a kind of long walk through the park from the train to the entrance. I didnt't anticipate that, but exercise is always good. Bao took the ferry which wasn't too bad getting there early on Friday at least. It's a lot more money, but it also gets you much closer to the grounds when you get off. How was it getting home (if your home is NYC)?

More Radiohead pics, video and their setlist below...

Continue reading "Radiohead @ All Points West (night 1) - pics, setlist & video"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Duffy @ Lollapalooza

"The one major Lolla letdown was Duffy, the 24-year-old Welsh singer who's on the cover of the new Spin. She's being hyped as the next Amy Winehouse, but Duffy's thin, shrill voice makes Ms. Winehouse sound like Aretha Franklin." [Dallas News]
Duffy is currently getting drizzled on at All Points West. More pics from her Lollapalooza show below...

Continue reading "Duffy - Lollapalooza pics, All Points West today"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Go Team go

I liked The Go! Team at first, but now I really don't. Their live show, though energetic, has been a complete turn off for me. 'BrooklynVegan Mike' saw them this past weekend at Osheaga and holds a different opinion. Bao saw them this past weekend at Lollapalooza and I can't remember what he thinks and he's already at All Points West for the day where he may see The Go! Team again because they take the main 'Blue Comet' stage in less than 2 hours from the time I'm writing this. This is what it may look like...

Continue reading "The Go! Team - Lollapalooza pics, All Points West today"

photos by Bao Nguyen

DOWNLOAD: Iron & Wine - Each Coming Night (Pocketknife's Rooftop Telescope Edit) (MP3)

Iron and Wine @ Lollpalooza

"Iron & Wine seem to get even more boring every time I see them live. I yearn for the days when Sam Beam's music was a more captivating folk, and less of an alt-country jam band" [Under the Rotunda]
That's not good. Their next NYC is potentially not very good either because it's at the very large Terminal 5 (tix). Or maybe it will be good. All tour dates HERE. More Lollapalooza pics and the setlist too, below...

Continue reading "Iron & Wine - Lollapallooza pics, the setlist & a remix"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Okkervil River @ Lollapalooza

On the heels of last year's "The Stage Names," its best seller to date, Austin-based rock act Okkervil River returns Sept. 9 with another Jagjaguwar album, "The Stand Ins."

The 11 tracks here were mostly culled from material written and recorded during "The Stage Name" sessions, with the exception of one "Singer Songwriter," which was recorded during a recent tour with the New Pornographers.

Frontman Will Sheff says the band opted not release a double album combining "The Stage Names" in "The Stand Ins" primarily because "I don't like double albums and I really wanted to make a short record. Everybody in the band felt the same way. It was just the case of making a short record and feeling attachment to the songs -- and putting out a part two." [Billboard]

Okkervil River announced a lot more tour dates since the last time I posted dates. Tickets are still on sale for the two shows at Webster Hall. All dates and more pictures from Lollapalooza below...

Continue reading "Okkervil River - new album, Lolla pics, 2008 tour dates"

Bloc Party by Chris La Putt, Foals by Bao Nguyen

Bloc Party @ Webster Hall

Foal w/ a sore arm?
Foals @ Lollapalooza

Often accused of having a similar sound, and united together against the evil powers of Sex Pistol John Lydon (and McCain), Foals and Bloc Party both visited from the UK to play Lollapalooza this past weekend...

"the Foals provided the most pleasant surprise of the weekend. I knew nothing about these guys going in, but I did like what I was reading about them in all of the Lollapalooza previews. They were often described as math rock, but their punk-inflected vocals and dance-driven grooves reminded me a lot of The Rapture." [The Windy Citizen]
Bloc Party then moved on to NYC where they played Webster Hall last night (August 6, 2008)...
Bloc Party takes the stage with a false challenge. Lead singer, Kele Okereke says, "you know, New York, we're coming off some of the best shows of our career. You don't want to let Philly best you now?" Sure the band played Lollapallooza over the weekend but Philly? Telling a hungry New York crowd that Philly brought the noise is a bit like telling a speeding dump truck that there's a Kia at the of bottom of a hill that just won't move. Sure it will. Just watch. [32ft/second]
...and will again tonight (August 7, 2008).... Bao's Bloc Party pics from Lollapalooza are HERE. More pics Chris took at Webster Hall last night are below...right below the pics Bao took of Foals at Lollapalooza which are also below....

Continue reading "pics of BLOC PARTY @ Webster Hall & FOALS @ Lollapalooza"