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Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3

However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]
The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.

There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.

Check out day 1 pics HERE and day 2 pics HERE, and Arcade Fire's day 3 headlining set HERE. More pics from day 3 below...

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Beck's 2014 tour in support of his new album Morning Phase includes a stop at Central Park Summerstage on July 1 which is now sold out. For those who missed out on tickets, Beck's added a second NYC show happening the day before (6/30) at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets to the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM (password: MORNING).

The Hammerstein show is one of a few added to to his tour, and all dates are listed below...

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Following his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, Beck played The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (3/12). He was once again joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman, and performed the Morning Phase cuts "Waking Light" and "Say Goodbye."

Check out the footage below...

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With his new album Morning Phase out now and a recent SNL appearance behind, him, a tour seemed in the cards for Beck and now one has in fact been announced. The list of dates is below.

Tickets for all dates, including Central Park Summerstage in NYC on Tuesday July 1st, go on presale at 10am Wednesday (3/12). The general presale password is MORNING. You can also use the BrooklynVegan presale password PHASE for the Summerstage show. Tickets go on general sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Beck also plays The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on 3/12, and will be on Ellen on 4/1. If you haven't checked out Morning Phase yet, you can stream it via Rdio. Dates below...

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Forecastle

Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.

Full lineup below...

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Beck was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night (3/1) which was hosted by Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. He performed two songs from his elegiac new album, Morning Phase: single "Blue Moon" and was backed by a string section for "Wave." On both he was joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman. You can watch both in this post.

Next weekend, SNL goes full Brooklyn with host Lena Dunham and musical guest The National. Beck videos below....

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Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.

Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...

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Once the Sochi Winter Olympics are behind us and releases their deathgrip on NBC, Saturday Night Live will return on March 1 and Beck will be the musical guest. (Jim Parsons of Big Bang Theory is the host.) That's a week after Beck's new album, Morning Phase, is released (2/25). If you haven't heard "Blue Moon" from the album, you can stream it below.

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Last week we got a snippet of the first single from Beck's forthcoming Morning Phase (due 2/25). Today he's put up a full stream of that song, "Blue Moon," which you can listen to in this post. If you pre-order the album you get an instant download of the song.

Stream "Blue Moon" below...

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As mentioned, Beck's first new album in six years, Morning Phase, will be out February 25. That's the cover art above. You can get a taste of album track "Blue Moon" -- and watch the LP's vinyl getting cut -- in a video below. That track will also be on the upcoming Girls soundtrack (out a couple weeks earlier, 2/11).

Beck will be playing Coachella this year and he's just been added to another festival -- look for him at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival which goes down June 19 - 22 in Dover Delaware.

Beck video below...

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Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
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HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.

Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.

In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
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The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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Beck at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
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Joining Thom Yorke, David Byrne and others in the hatred of Spotify is Beck. In a recent interview with Argentina's Pagina12 (translated by Future Heart), Beck said:

The music business is changing a lot, it also changes the way people listen. So I thought a lot about what it means to make music, whether people pay attention. (Citing an example in the frenzy leading up to the release of David Bowie's The Next Day, which fizzled by the time the record was released, Beck continues) It seems that major artists released an album and the next day no one talks about it.

So many musicians feel that we are taking some time to acclimate to the new environment, we are trying to figure out what it all means. As a society, what does it all mean? What are you doing to our brains, our nervous systems and our souls (laughs)?

I think most musicians feel alienated from the business side of music. We are in a business created specifically for business people, marketing. And that's how the world works, because music is like any other product they have to sell. I need to think about how to deliver it to people. But if left to musicians it would be something completely different, I'm sure. I'll try to keep that in mind.

[The rise of these sites are] inevitable, it's something that is coming like it or not. But I pose the question of how I can hold on, because what Spotify pays me is not even enough to pay the musicians playing with me or the people working on the disks. The model does not work.

I think the saddest thing about streaming is the issue of sound quality...it's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone. That's what people are listening to!

Hopefully, we will find the way to change that. There are many opportunities to improve the digital files and I know that Neil Young is working on a system for that. Eventually it will happen and people will fall in love with the music.

Beck's new album Morning Phase is due out in February 2014.

by Lukas Hodge

Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013

Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.

The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.

Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:

The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.

For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).

The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.

The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.

Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.

Station To Station - 2013

Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.

Station To Station - 2013

As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.

One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?

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You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...

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photos by Lukas Hodge

Beck - Station to Station
Station To Station - 2013

FROM BECK PR:

Beck has signed to Capitol Records, who will release his first album of all new material since 2008's universally acclaimed Modern Guilt in February 2014.

The new record, titled Morning Phase, has been described as a companion piece of sorts to Beck's 2002 classic Sea Change. Featuring many of the same musicians who played on that record (who are also currently accompanying him live) -Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner -- Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism.

Morning Phase caps off a yearlong creative tear that traces back to the December of 2012 release of the lavishly packaged and illustrated Song Reader featuring sheet music for 20 new original Beck songs. The project quickly took on a life of its own, with musicians from across the globe recording their own interpretations, as well as Beck's own special shows featuring eclectic lists of co-conspirators putting their own stamp on the compositions. Following that, Beck re-imagined David Bowie's classic "Sound + Vision" with a hand-selected 160-piece orchestra... culminating with a groundbreaking interactive 360-degree filming of a live performance of the track. More recently, this summer brought us three rabidly received singles released digitally and on 12-inch vinyl ("Defriended," "I Won't Be Long," Gimme"), and September saw Beck custom-creating two performance pieces for Doug Aitken's Station to Station series of transient happenings, all interspersed with his current run of live shows--touted by reviewers the world over as among the very best of his career.

Complete track listing, exact release date, and further information re: Morning Phase will be released as it is confirmed.
We actually have pictures from those Station to Station shows and they're in this post. More below...

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photos by Autumn Andel

Beck / James Blake / Japandroids
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013
Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

Being an "I told you so" person is never a good look, but seeing everyone freak the fuck out over the sisters Haim at Treasure Island was kind of like, "well, yeah." They excel as performers, and everything about the way Haim presents itself to the world is somehow both impeccably rehearsed and completely natural and off-the-cuff. It's a wonder that it took the three sisters until their mid-twenties, even, to shred together for an elated, packed festival crowd, screaming while San Francisco sparkled in the background. I saw them play maybe six or seven years ago, to a handful of people at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, and even then it was a no-brainer: Haim was a name we'd all be hearing. But don't necessarily expect Days Are Gone, their new successful new solo debut, to paint this whole picture; If anything the LP is just a roadmap for Haim's live show, which thrives on a shared musical chemistry that's better than anything that can be planned in advance. [SF Weekly]
The 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/20) after beginning a day earlier. Unlike day 1's mostly-electronic lineup, day 2 sold its turntables and bought guitars for sets from Beck, Sleigh Bells, Japandroids, Real Estate, Haim, Lord Huron, Palma Violets and more. Alright, James Blake and Animal Collective played too, but you get the picture. You can check out a set of pictures of day 2 in this post.

If you missed them, day 1 pics are here. More of day 2 below...

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UMO at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

As mentioned psychedelic rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra are headlining a tour this fall which hits NYC tonight (10/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with the Fat Possum-signed Jackson Scott. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away tickets on Facebook.

They are set to release a new EP titled Blue Record, due out on Jagjaguwar October 29, and as a companion to the expanded version of this year's II. The EP will feature acoustic versions of three tracks from II, in addition to covers of Beck's "Puttin It Down" and Dirty Projectors' "Swing Lo Magellan," the latter of which you can stream below.

Speaking of Dirty Projectors, primary songwriter David Longstreth will be playing The Met on November 1. Tickets to that show are still available.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

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Ariel Pink at Do Division 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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As discussed, artist Doug Aitken is presenting the traveling Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour this year, with a variety of different artists in different cites. The NYC stop on the tour (which is the start of this whole thing) happens on September 6, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. It happens at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard and runs from 6:30-10:30 PM.

Musicians playing the NYC stop include No Age, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Jim Jarmusch & SQÜRL, The Boredoms, African American marching band The Kansas City Marching Cobras, and more TBA. There will also be a "surprise" from Rirkrit Tiravanija and a Technicolor smoke performance from Olaf Breuning. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon.

Other artists added to other cities include Giorgio Moroder, Beck, Cat Power, Cold Cave, THEESatisfaction, Sun Araw, and more. Head to Station to Station's site for tickets and more info on the other cities. Full tour schedule (as it stands now), below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beck / Explosions in the Sky / Tricky
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013

Tasty textures, rocking drum fills, and a dazzling light show were just three of the reasons why Texan post-rockers Explosions in the Sky performed what was likely the best set Osheaga 2013 had seen thus far. Beginning and ending as a quintet, with three guitars, one bassist, and a drummer, the instrumental rockers proved they didn't need vocals to drive their lengthy songs, with all the guitarists playing clear, calculated riffs to provide ample sources of melody.

During the middle of the set, touring bassist Carlos Torres stepped offstage, and guitarist Michael James picked up the bass for some fast and furious picking. The songs were seven- to ten-minute-long soundscapes that shifted and evolved, never getting stale, and the band navigated through any changes expertly. The band members engaged in no banter between songs, instead allowing the denouement of one song to slowly transform into the intro of the next, but the visual spectacle was present in the form of the lights, bursts of colour that accentuated the music. [Exclaim]

Montreal's 2013 Osheaga Festival continued on Saturday (8/3), after kicking off a day earlier. We caught Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan & Sara, Tricky, Stars, and more, which you can check out pictures of in this post. Other bands that played (who we didn't get shots of) include Bob Mould, The Breeders, Angel Haze, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, and more.

Check out pictures of day 1. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2013 day 2 in pics: Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan & Sara, Tricky, Stars and more"

photos by P Squared Photography

Beck @ Prospect Park, 8/4/2013
Beck w/ Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Prospect Park - 8/4/2013

Sporting a wide-brimmed black hat, he moved effortlessly though musical styles encompassing rock, folk, blues, country, Latin and funk, demonstrating the range that has kept him a vital performer for two decades. Ranging from acoustic numbers like "Golden Age," "Lost Cause" and the bluesy "One Foot in the Grave" to danceable pop like "Gamma Ray" ("This is a song for the summertime, for the beach," he said by way of introduction) and "Sissyneck," the expertly paced show never flagged.

He also playfully interpolated other pop hits into a few of his songs, including an intro of "Tainted Love" before "Modern Guilt" (a flubbed segue demonstrated the lack of rehearsal time); a snippet of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" during "Think I'm in Love" and, in "Sissyneck," launching into a spirited if ragged version of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." He also reprised his cover of the Korgis' 1980 hit "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" that he recorded for the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack. - [Hollywood Reporter]

Beck wrapped up a round of East Coast dates that included Newport Folk Fest, a stripped down show at Le Poisson Rouge, and a stop on Wilco & Dylan's AmericanaramA tour, with a show in Prospect Park on Sunday (8/4). The Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit concert boasted perfect weather and a crowd-pleasing, hit-packed, career-spanning set, though he skipped Mutations and Midnight Vultures entirely. He also didn't play any new material, save for two tracks from his American Songbook sheet music album. Pictures from the show and the setlist are in this post.

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro made for fun openers and pics of thier set -- plus more of Beck -- are below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Beck @ Le Poisson Rouge - 7/26/2013
Beck @ Le Poisson Rouge - 7/26/2013

Throughout the night, Beck told stories about his early years as a folkie in New York, trying to write protest songs about the volatile summer of 1988, "but there wasn't much to protest, so I wrote this song," leading into "Pay No Mind." He also recalled a fruitless attempt at busking on St. Marks Place: "I didn't realize that the only way to get money was to do this," he said, breaking into a snippet of "Hey Jude."

The set wound down with a version of "Sissyneck" that found Beck pulling the band back -- "There's something eerily familiar about that beat" -- and leading them straight into a hilarious mashup of "Billie Jean" and T. Rex's "Get It On" that saw the crowd singing along unprompted on the "hoo!"s while a friend jumped onstage to do some not-bad MJ moves. - [SPIN]

Beck worked in a very small NYC last night (7/26) at Le Poisson Rouge while out for a short acoustic tour. With his band (that included former Jellyfish members Roger Manning and Jason Faulkner), the LPR show featured songs from throughout his career, plus covers of Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos" and The Everly Brothers' "Sleepless Nights." The three-song encore ended with a drum machine-assisted version of "Loser." Full setlist is below.

Today (7/27), Beck joins Wilco and Bob Dylan for the AmericanaramA tour's stop at Nikon at Jones Beach (tickets) and will be here again next weekend (8/4) for a full-band Celebrate Brooklyn! show (sold out). More pics -- plus video of "Billie Jean" and "Loser" -- from Beck's LPR show are below.

Continue reading "Beck played an acoustic show at Le Poisson Rouge (pics, setlist, and video of "Loser" and cover of "Billie Jean")"

Beck @ Outside Lands Festival 2013 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
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As mentioned, Beck has two albums coming out this year, one of which is an acoustic one. He's also got two NYC-area shows coming up, playing a stripped-down set at Nikon at Jones Beach on Saturday (7/27) as part of the Bob Dylan/Wilco Americanarama tour (tickets), and then a full band show at Prospect Park on August 4 for Celebrate Brooklyn! (sold out).

While here, he's added a very intimate, acoustic show this Friday (7/26) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.

Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.

Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jim James

The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).

Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.

Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.

Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...

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Beck at 2012 Governors Ball (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beck

We knew that Beck was planning on releasing an acoustic album this year, but Rolling Stone reports that the singer actually has two new albums on the way in 2013, the second being a more proper follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt. The magazine also says Beck has parted ways with Universal and will release both records independently. While we wait for those, Beck has dropped a new stand-alone, non-LP (and very Animal Collective-y) single, "Defriended," which you can stream below.

As mentioned, Beck will be playing a stripped-down set opening for Bob Dylan and Wilco at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 27, and a full-band Celebrate Brooklyn! show on August 4.

You can also hear a bunch of bands and singers performing his sheet-music-only album, Song Reader, at a free daytime Joes Pub show on June 21 which is part of Make Music NY.

Song stream below...

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