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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

Continue reading "SPIN names their Top 50 Albums of 2012 (Frank Ocean is #1)"

Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pallbearer

Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.

Continue reading "Decibel Magazine's top 40 LPs of 2012"

John Baizley of Baroness
John Baizley

John Baizley of Baroness posted a detailed account of the accident that sent members to the hospital that fateful August night in the UK, and its aftermath:

On August 15th, just before 11 am, Baroness and our crew were involved in a very bad crash while on tour. The brakes in our bus failed completely, on a notoriously dangerous, incredibly steep (12% grade) hill in Monkton Combe, UK, on our way from a show Bristol to another show in Southampton. Our bus went entirely out of control, and we had no choice other than hitting a perpendicular guardrail going about 50 mph at the bottom of the hill. The guard rail and the 20 or 30 trees we ploughed through snapped like matchsticks as we went fully airborne and fell down more than 30 feet off of a viaduct to the ground below... I was up front with our driver, and I bore witness to the entire thing. Once our brakes failed, the bus could do little more than gain momentum and plummet down the hill. There was nothing anyone on the bus could have done during our descent to avoid the crash, and no one, the local residents, the police or any of us can believe we survived the impact.

Read the entire extremely poignant piece below... it's a must. Can't wait to see their triumphant return, which is surely imminent.

Continue reading "Baroness post detailed account of the bus crash that nearly ended their lives"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Turbonegro / the crowd, House of Vans 8/30/2012
Turbonegro
Turbonegro

Jean jackets, lipstick, eye make-up and their forebearers, Turbonegro helped close out House of Vans' last night (8/29) with the help of Doomriders and Night Birds. The show was the final HoV event of the season, yet was a rather sparse affair in attendance. Of course this could not deter the ravenous Turbojugends from bouncing along to favorites like "I Got Erection" and "The Age of Pamparious".

Though the show was a light and fun in temperament, there was a bit of a shadow cast over the event due to the cancellation by Baroness due to the horrific accident in the UK. Get well soon guys.

More pictures and video from House of Vans last night are below, including the Turbonegro setlist.

Continue reading "Turbonegro played House of Vans with Doomriders and Night Birds (pics, video, setlist) "

Turbonegro, backstage at Santos 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Turbonegro

For those of you who "got erection" at the idea of a free Turbonegro show, RSVP is now open for their appearance at House of Vans on August 29th with Doomriders and Night Birds (who played Saturday at Acheron) but not Baroness (who cancelled due to injury). The show is final HoV event for the summer (bum-out!) and Turbonegro's first NYC date since the release of their new LP, Sexual Harassment, which we chronicled the making of.

In related news, Nate Newton of Doomriders also serves as a member of Converge, and you can Catch them on the road with Kvelertak and Torche.

In still other related news, Baroness recently cancelled their appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Get well soon guys!

Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

Baroness

Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power. Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker. Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you.

- Baroness

Please note: Pete is already back in the United States.

The above message and picture was posted to Baroness' facebook page following recent news that the band was in a tour bus crash and members were then hospitalized. Looks like things are getting better for Baroness. Continue to get well, guys!

The band were forced to cancel all of their European dates, though there is still no word on how this affects their upcoming North American dates, which include the free House of Vans show (8/29) in NYC with Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Night Birds, FYF Fest, and Hopscotch Music Festival. A list of all remaining scheduled dates is below.

Continue reading "an update from Baroness"

Baroness

Word from the band:

The band members of Baroness and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.

John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams has been treated and released from the hospital.

Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.

Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time.

Get well soon Baroness and friends!

Picture from the scene of the bus crash (via)
Bus Crash that reportedly involves Baroness

Two people were trapped after the coach they were travelling in fell 30ft (10m) from a viaduct near Bath.

Emergency services were called to Brassknocker Hill, in Monkton Combe, on the B3108 at its junction with the A36 Warminster Road.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said the accident happened at 11:30 BST.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said the incident involved a coach which had left the road with approximately nine passengers on board.

The fire service said both of the trapped victims had now been released by firefighters.

"Those people are now being treated by ambulance staff," a spokesman said

"There were seven other passengers on board the coach, who have also been receiving medical treatment." -[BBC]

The BBC is reporting that Baroness was involved in the above crash. So far additional details are sketchy, but all on board have been accounted for. As more details arise, we'll keep you informed.

UPDATE from Baroness's label Relapse Records (via)

Baroness have been involved in a motor coach accident in the Bath area of England.
All band members and personnel on board are currently receiving medical treatment.
The band had performed in Bristol last night and were traveling to Southampton for a performance at Talking Heads this evening.
All remaining dates on the band's European tour have been canceled. Additional details to come as more information is available.
No word on how this may affect their US dates; Baroness is scheduled to play House of Vans on August 29 with Turbonegro, Doomriders and Nightbirds.

Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch Fest 2012 (more by Chris Graham)

today in NYC
* Kim Lake @ The Stone
* Jeanette Levitsky @ Barbes
* Milos Karadaglic @ Joe's Pub
* Callers, Snowmine @ Union Pool
* Carina Round @ Knitting Factory
* King Khan in Asbury Park
* Eye Ra Haze, Vext @ Saint Vitus
* Cambodian Space Project @ Barbes
* Dave Hill @ Book Coart
* comedy @ Symphony Space
* The Wallflowers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phony PPL, Blackbear @ SOB's
* Matisyahu @ Barnes & Noble
* Henry Grimes, Geri Allen @ The Stone
* Comic Book Club Live @ Fontana's
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Izod Center
* Nude Beach @ The Grand Victory
* Snowden, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Luisa Maita @ City Winery backyard (free)
* Big Shots, Husky (Mexico) @ Cake Shop
* Purity Ring, Headaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ Webster Hall
* The Allman Brothers Band, Santana @ Jones Beach
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Measure, French Camp, Deb Oh & The Cavaliers @ Mercury Lounge
* Chase King, Young Rival, Plates of Cake, The Hairs @ Glasslands
* Shabazz Palaces, Thee Satisfaction, DJ Daniel Givens @ Fort Green Park
* Howlin Rain, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, ATM, Psychic Reality, Chuck Bettis, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Strange Shapes, Breakfast In Fur, Lost Boy?, Leapling, Cindy Lou Gooden @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Paper Mice, Wavepool Abortion, Jonathan Pfeffer, Body Parts, Ghost Band @ Death By Audio

Wilco play Prospect Park for the second night in a row tonight, with Lee Renaldo opening. Pictures from last night's rainy, bacon-scented show are here. After the show tonight Wilco members can also be found at a "Secret Late Night Gig" (an Autumn Defense show at The McKittrick Hotel).

Purity Ring's show tonight at Le Poisson Rouge is sold-out but they just announced a Bowery Ballroom date in September.

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California punks Ceremony take on Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" on AV Undercover which you can watch below.

Baroness, who play House of Vans on August 29, have a new video for "Take My Bones Away" which you can watch below.

Samothrace, who'll be in NYC in September, have a new song you can stream below.

You can also check out the "official director's cut" of OFF's video for "Borrow and Bomb" below too.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

King Khan  at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
King Khan & the Shrines

The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:

July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, Tournament
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
The parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).

One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."

The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.

Continue reading "House of Vans full 2012 schedule announced: King Khan, Cursive, Washed Out, Titus Andronicus, Turbonegro, and more"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

FYF

FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
WOW.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

Baroness at Terminal 5 (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Baroness's Yellow & Green is on the way via Relapse Records (due on July 17th, preorder) and like every album before it, this ever-changing band is spreading their wings even further from previous output. While Red and Blue were not afraid to show their true melodic colors amidst the riffing, Yellow & Green proudly flaunts its melodies as the centerpoint, letting big guitars come when they may. I hear bits of Mogwai, Minus the Bear, and Pink Floyd along the way, while wholly acoustic songs and even post-punk all make pit stops in this journey. But don't worry, Baroness's distinct roar and dueling leads make their fair share of appearances. On occasion.

Check out an In-Studio episode with Baroness below to peek into the making of Yellow & Green and while you're down there, check out the new track "Take My Bones Away."

Continue reading "Baroness release "In Studio" video for 'Yellow & Green' (watch)"

photos by Joe McCabe

Baroness
Baroness

Where do you go after Red and Blue? Apparently tackle two colors at once. Baroness are preparing to release their new LP Yellow and Green via Relapse Records on July 17th and have released a new MP3 from said release in the form of "Take My Bones Away". Stream/download that at RCD LBL.

Baroness recently teamed with Meshuggah to play Terminal 5 on May 23rd, a stop on their tour in celebration of Meshuggah's Koloss LP which hit via Nuclear Blast this past spring. More pictures from the NYC tour stop with Decapitated (our photographer missed the latter) are below.

Continue reading "Baroness prepare 'Yellow & Green,' played T5 with Meshuggah and Decapitated (pics)"

The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The xx

Gossip's headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (5/22), that SSION & Creep are opening, not only still has tickets available, but will be streaming online at the Bowery Presents YouTube channel at 9:45 PM. And tonight's show isn't the only thing Gossip is streaming. Listen to their new album, Joyful Noise (which is out today via Columbia), in its entirety over at Exclaim.

Tickets for The xx's upcoming Terminal 5 show, announced earlier today, go on sale June 1 at noon. with an AmEx presale starting May 30 at noon.

And finally, since we're talking about Terminal 5, we were offered a pair of tickets to give away for the Wednesday (5/23) Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated show, so let's do it. Contest details below...

Continue reading "xx ticket info posted; Gossip streaming live tonight; win tix to Meshuggah"

The Fest 11

The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).

Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.

Continue reading "The Fest returns to Gainesville in 2012 --- lineup & tickets"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.

(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)

Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

by BBG

Baroness at Chaos in Tejas (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness

While some may place the blame squarely on them for the emergence of "djent" as a subgenre, others will celebrate the news that technical metal band Meshuggah are heading out on the road in celebration of a new LP Koloss due in March via Nuclear Blast. The Swedes will team up with Baroness and Decapitated for a string of US dates that will include a stop at Terminal 5 on May 23rd. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale 2/10.

Baroness are currently working on a new LP as well, due via Relapse later this year. Still no word as to title for the record or a concrete release date.

All tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Meshuggah, Baroness & Decapitated --- 2012 Tour Dates"

photos by Chris Boarts Larson, words by BBG

7 Seconds
Best Friends Day

After a crazy Friday, the Saturday of Best Friends Day 2011 included a 10AM set at a grocery store with Night Birds (who recently played Public Assembly), a show at Hadad's lake with Against Me! (who recently played House of Vans), Baroness, 7 Seconds, Big Freedia (who also played House of Vans), The Dopamines, No BS Brass Band, New Creases, Tubers, and The Haverchucks, and acoustic sets by Kevin Seconds and Mikey Erg on buses that they picked at random on the way to Hadad's Lake.

7 Seconds, Baroness, and Against Me! pictures are in this post and continue below. More from Sunday are on the way.

Continue reading "Best Friends Day 2011 w/ 7 Seconds, Baroness & Against Me! (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin, Keith Marlowe & BBG, words by BBG

Chaos in Tejas

After three amazing days in Austin (pictures from day 1 HERE and HERE, day 2 HERE and HERE, and day three HERE and HERE), most of which I spent at Emo's, Chaos in Tejas came to a close for me across two venues. Black metal posse Black Twilight Circle was holding a bit of a showcase at Red 7 outdoors (with Dolorvotre, Ashdautas, Volahn, Arizmenda, Blue Hummingbird on the Left, Shataan, and Axeman) which was pretty much comprised of a core of a few members who rotated instruments and added new members as the night went on. Volahn was definitely my favorite of the bunch, though I missed both Ashdautas and Dolorvotre.

Meanwhile, Emo's outdoors was hosting a mostly crust/punk lineup that oddly enough featured Baroness as a headliner. Opening with a set from the Czech Republic's See You In Hell, the night also featured sets from Chicago hardcore crew Manipulation, Brooklyn nihilistic faves Perdition, Australia's Teargas (who played NYC twice... with Doom and with Tragedy), and powerviolence greats Capitalist Casualties. Perdition and Capitalist Casualties were definitely my favorites of the night, though I enjoyed every set. See you next year!

Before I got my lazy ass out to the shows, Tim Griffin, Keith Marlowe, and Harriet Roberts were already at Red 7 checking out Dillinger Four with Fucked Up and many others, and they took pictures to prove it: HERE. The rest of the pictures of everything described above, are below....

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2011 in pics & review (part 7)"

Omar Souleyman at MHoW last year (more by Lori Baily)
Omar Souleyman

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is returning to the states this summer and has added a June 12th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Ali Shaker. That NYC gig is in addition to previously announced dates at Bonnaroo, Chaos in Tejas and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tickets to the Brooklyn show go on AmEx presale Wednesday morning, and then on general sale Friday (4/15).

In related news, Austin festival Chaos In Tejas has made some major moves recently, adding Baroness, Citizens Arrest, Crystal Antlers, The Donkeys, Burning Love, and Trap Them to the fold and losing one band, Low Threat Profile. To pick up tickets for individual shows or a pass for the whole event, head to the Chaos in Tejas page.

Chaos in Tejas is one of the stops on the Converge/Burning Love/Trap Them tour which hits Santos on May 25th. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale.

Current Chaos in Tejas flyer, all set times, and all Souleyman tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Omar Souleyman playing Brooklyn after Bonnaroo +++ Chaos in Tejas updates lineup & schedule"

Bumbershoot

Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."

Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2010 lineup (Bob Dylan... Hole... Mary J Blige)"

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
Coachella 2010
Coachella 2010

This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.

I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.

Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.

Gil Scott-Heron
Coachella 2010

Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.

As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.

Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day One in pics, video & review "