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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour

The Cure / Matt & Kim & a colorful fan
Voodoo
Voodoo
Voodoo

Like they did at ACL and Osheaga and Lollapalooza, The Cure co-headlined Voodoo Fest this year. To be more specific, they helped helped close out the final day of the 2013 New Orleans 'Experience' on Sunday night....

"Smith opened with the tight rockers "Shake Dog Shake" and "Fascination Street," and took the crowd through a winding tour of the band's catalog, playing breathless, ecstatic classics such as "Just Like Heaven," "Friday I'm In Love," "Lovesong" and "Pictures of You," as well as deeper cuts. Notably, he also delivered a red-letter day for the Cure-fan timeline: Sunday night, apparently, was the first time the band performed "Burn," popularized by the 1994 film (and icon of goth culture) "The Crow."" [NOLA.com]
Matt & Kim, Dr. John, Bassnectar, Kid Rock and others also played on Sunday which was also the final day of 'Soundwave' this 2013 festival season. Compared to other festivals we went to this summer, Voodoo was definitely a bit light on the number of bands we're fans of, but it's still a great time.

Like SPIN and sometimes Pure Volume and sometimes Hype Machine, BrooklynVegan was responsible for two hours of entertainment a day inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at each festival it appeared. We did at Firefly, at Lollapalooza, at Outside Lands, at Bumbershoot, and finally at Voodoo Day 1, Voodoo Day 2 and Voodoo Day 3 where we closed out the BrooklynVegan portion with a special set by the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra who also played 90 minutes earlier on the Carnival Stage. Rusty Lazer, instead of DJing with Big Freedia in Brooklyn, closed out SPIN's Soundwave portion with a multiple hour DJ set.

Pictures from the day are in this post and continue below....

Continue reading "Voodoo Fest 2013 -- Day 3 Pics (The Cure, Dr. John, Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra, Matt & Kim & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour

Trent Reznor / fans / Cults
Voodoo
Voodoo
Voodoo

"Voodoo festival-goers came from far and wide to see some of the best talent music has to offer.

Big names like Kid Rock and legendary rock group Nine Inch Nails brought Tyler Livings to the event.

"It is my first time out here. I have heard a lot of good things about it and seemed like a good event to go to with a lot of good music. I wanted to see what it was all about," he said.

One curveball, some hoped to get one-day passes, but that option sold out on Halloween, leaving the more expensive weekend pass as the only option.
It wasn't a dealer breaker for some, just an inconvenience." [WWLTV]

Nine Inch Nails, who recently announced they're appearing on ACL TV and who visited Barclays Center in Brooklyn earlier on the tour, were the big headliners of the the second day of Voodoo Fest 2013. Pearl Jam played the night before, and The Cure close things out on Sunday.

Other sets on Saturday included Cults, Reignwolf, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Paramore and rapper F. Stokes who also stopped by the Soundwave tent to play a set for us right after Cults did the same. Pictures from the whole day are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "Voodoo Fest 2013 -- Day 2 Pics (Nine Inch Nails, Cults, F. Stokes, The Gaslight Anthem, Paramore & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Desaparecidos @ Voodoo Fest Day 1 - 11/1/13
Voodoo Day 1
Voodoo Day 1
Soundwave

"The Friday Voodoo line-ups are usually pretty slow, so I came into City Park expecting to have a lot of downtime (which ended up being a good thing because for some reason Voodoo never deems it necessary to label anything, so every stage is always unmarked).... I had some time to kill before the night truly began, so I marveled at all of the extraordinary costumes festival goers brought to the park (Walter White was an obvious favorite).

The night began with Desaparecidos. I'm a huge fan of post-hardcore--I love Fugazi, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, you name it, I probably at least like it. I've also been to (probably more than) my fair share of post-hardcore shows (getting stuck in an Against Me! mosh pit is arguably the punkest thing I've ever done), so when I say that Desaparecidos's Voodoo performance was the best post-hardcore show I've ever seen, it definitely means something. Conor Oberst definitely brought his best cynical self to the show, spouting political statements and really getting into the music with major head banging." [The Daily Reveille]

Other sets on Voodoo day 1 included Anamanaguchi, Those Darlins and New Orleans's own Preservation Hall Jazz Band, all three of which also had over to our Soundwave stage hosted by the funny Dave Hill and Billy Jones (Soundwave schedule HERE).

The day's big headliner was Pearl Jam, who recently played two big shows at Barclays Center, and whose...

headlining set [at Voodoo] started emotionally when guitarist Mike McCready introduced Steve Gleason, the Washington state native who settled in New Orleans after his days with the New Orleans Saints ended. Stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, the wheelchair-bound Gleason rolled to declare, in his computer-generated voice, "This is my hometown; this is my hometown band." Gleason's presence lingered throughout the show as McCready wore a Team Gleason T-shirt and Eddie Vedder, a wristband. Vedder later dedicated the show and 2006's "Inside Job" to Gleason and his family, and announced that the band let Gleason write the set list -- which led to the inclusion of a quiet "Chloe Dancer" alongside a number of songs from the new Lightning Bolt. [SPIN]
Pearl Jam's full setlist and pictures from the whole day, costumed attendees included, are in this post. Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. More Day 1 below....

Continue reading "Voodoo Fest 2013 -- Day 1 Pics (Anamanaguchi, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pearl Jam, Desaparecidos, Those Darlins & more)"

Dave Hill & Billy Jones will reunite in New Orleans (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soundwave

Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure co-headline the Voodoo festival in New Orleans this weekend. Anamanaguchi, Those Darlins, The Gaslight Anthem, F. Stokes, Matt & Kim, Cults, Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra and many more will also play sets as part of the New Orleans-music heavy, but eclectic 3-day lineup. Check out the full festival schedule.

This is also the 5th and final festival of 2013 that you'll find a Toyota Soundwave tent where BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Purevolume will be set up all weekend with host Dave Hill, BrooklynVegan co-host Billy Jones, and a full schedule of additional live interviews and sets that you won't find on the festival's main schedule.

Stop by today/Friday to catch a live interview with Anamanaguchi at 2:30 and one with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 4:00, right before a live set by Those Darlins. Saturday Cults play a set at 1pm before rapper F. Stokes takes our stage. Sunday we get a set by Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra shortly after their earlier bigger stage show.

When festival artists aren't playing or talking to us, Dave Hill and Billy Jones will be telling jokes and spinning tunes. Please stop by and heckle them, and check out our full Soundwave schedule below...

Continue reading "Voodoo begins in New Orleans; Find us & Dave Hill in the Soundwave tent (performance & interview schedule)"

photos by Melissa O'Hearn

Bumbershoot

Husband-and-wife indie pop duo Mates of State stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle to play us a few songs. One of those songs was a new track called "Now We're Gonna Get It" which we caught on video with the help of director Paul Greenhouse. Watch that performance below.

The segment, which includes our funny hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, was part of a three-hour live BrooklynVegan show dedicated to Barsuk Records. John Roderick of the Long Winters, Ramona Falls, David Bazan, and Say Hi also all stopped by to perform or talk to us (Ra Ra Riot didn't show up). Audio from the whole day is coming soon. Meanwhile check out pictures of all of them along with the Mates of State video, below...

Continue reading "watch Mates of State play a new song (a BrooklynVegan Soundwave Session), part of Barsuk @ Bumbershoot (pics)"

photos by Melissa O'Hearn

"Hands down best performer at #bumbershoot so far: Gary Numan." - Suzi Pratt

"Gary Numan is killing Bumbershoot " - darekmazzone

Billy Jones, Gary Numan & Dave Hill (bigger version @ Facebook)
Bumbershoot

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is underway. Sets on the first day of the 2013 edition of the Seattle music festival included !!!, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Sallie Ford & The Outside Sound, Charles Bradley, Washed Out, Gary Numan and more. Some of those artists also stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent where our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones are holding things down as the hosts of the early afternoon BrooklynVegan presentation each day.

Gary Numan, who is touring in support of a new album, chatted with Dave and Billy about living in LA now, not liking Halloween, his kids, his appearance on Mighty Boosh and more before also DJing for a bit during the Purevolume-curated portion of the day.
Sallie Ford and her band The Outside Sound stopped by to rock out for a few songs in our intimate setting to lucky fans. Comedian Todd Barry, who is also touring and performing multiple times at the Seattle fest, chatted with Dave and Billy for a bit even if he wasn't 100% sure why he agreed to do it. And we closed our portion of Saturday down with a special interview with Washed Out's Ernest Greene who also came back to the tent to DJ later in the day. When no guests were on stage, Ernest told us about his new record, touring, going from playing bedrooms to playing large festivals, his wife who is also is in his band on tour with him, how when he opened for the Shins in Portland people didn't know him until he played the Portlandia theme song, and how both Big Boi and Elton John recorded in the same studio with him and his hope that maybe he can collaborate with both one day. Dave Hill, a musician himself (who has a new album coming out Tuesday!), took acoustic requests on guitar. Pictures from the whole Soundwave day are in this post.

Today (Sunday), we're doing a special three hour segment on the Soundwave stage in honor of Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary. Check out our full schedule HERE, and more pictures below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot Day 1 in the Soundwave Tent (Gary Numan, Washed Out, Sallie Ford, Todd Barry & more) --- pics"

photos by Cory Dewald

Ghost BC w/ Chris Gethard / Jessie Ware / Frightened Rabbit
BrooklynVegan Soundwave Tent @ Lollapalooza 2013
BrooklynVegan Soundwave Tent @ Lollapalooza 2013
BrooklynVegan Soundwave Tent @ Lollapalooza 2013

We were just over in Chicago for tons of Lollapalooza fun, including three full days spent at the festival, and some afterparties we threw too. As you may know, while we were at the festival, like we did at Firefly in Delaware and are doing again this weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, we hosted two hours easy day inside the Soundwave Tent, which included interviews and stripped down performances by Ghost BC, Frightened Rabbit, Jessie Ware, School of Rock All Stars, and Deap Vally on day 1; Local Natives, Smith Westerns, IO Echo,, Drowners and another set of School of Rock All Stars on day 2; and Bear Mountain and The Orwells on day 3. The BV-portions of the tent were hosted by Billy Jones and comedian Chris Gethard of The Chris Gethard Show.

We'll have the full audio from these sessions available at some point, but meanwhile I can tell you that we learned Ghost's guitarist was not very Ghostly at all and he speaks beautiful English (when we could hear it though his mask), Chris Gethard has two Morrissey tattoos, Jessie Ware likes to ride the subway, the kids from School of Rock do in fact rock, the frontwoman of IO Echo has stage fright and a thing for Enya, each member of Bear Mountain has a different symbol tattooed on them and our show was their first-ever try at going acoustic, the Smith Westerns like to party, and the ladies LOVE the Orwells. who were collecting phone numbers from girls in the audience throughout our entire interview with them. Though short, both Frightened Rabbit's and Local Natives' super intimate sets in our tent were huge treats for the crowd in attendance, some of whom were in the tent waiting on line to get their bodies painted.

Pictures of all three days of our activities are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan @ Lollapalooza 2013 -- pics from Soundwave (Local Natives, Jessie Ware, Frightened Rabbit, Ghost BC, more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Queens of the Stone Age / Crystal Castles / Ghost
Lollapalooza Day 1 - 8/2/2013
Lollapalooza Day 1 - 8/2/2013
Lollapalooza Day 1 - 8/2/2013

Alice Glass [of Crystal Castles] and co. appeared on stage right on schedule. Just like last time, Glass brought along a bottle of booze which she took a sip of before starting the show, but she didn't share it with the audience this time around. The band played "Baptism" during their their set with strobe lights blaring and blue lights shooting beams through the smoke. Glass even crowd surfed a bit and got up close and personal with a few fans. Unfortunately her mic seemed to get tangled up and her vocals didn't come through for the last bit of the song. This however didn't stop her from screaming the lyrics to those around her. [BV Chicago]
Lollapalooza 2013 is currently underway, having kicked off this past Friday (8/2). We already posted pictures of about half the artists we caught that day, and there's more shots of other bands -- including Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Ghost BC, Deap Vally, and more -- in this post. We've also got some shots from the BrooklynVegan-hosted portion of the Soundwave Tent.

If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live from home.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics (part 1) and day 2 pics (part 2), and day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 1 pics (part 2): Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Ghost BC, Deap Vally & more"

Lollapalooza (more by James Richards IV)
Lolla

Lollapalooza is coming to Chicago's Grant Park August 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Like we did recently at Firefly (see HERE, HERE and HERE), BrooklynVegan will be set up each day of Lolla inside the Soundwave Tent from 1-3pm. If you look at the festival map, you'll see our space there right above the BMI Stage. That's where we'll be hosting live interviews and performances by a bunch of artists along with our stage hosts Billy Jones and the one and only Chris Gethard. Stay tuned for our full schedule next week to be posted on BrooklynVegan & BV Chicago, and can't wait to chow down with you in Chow Town (especially at the River Valley Ranch booth).

BrooklynVegan is also hosting a series of late shows that weekend in Chicago starting with the Weedeater show at Ultra Lounge on Thursday (tickets), Then comes a FREE Thermals show on Friday, and a FREE Russian Circles show on Saturday. More details about the last two will be posted on BV Chicago on Monday (follow @BVChicago on Twitter too).

UPDATE: Full afterparty details announced!

Meanwhile it's only 7/26 while I'm typing this, and the festival we're excited about this weekend is in Rhode Island.

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RELATED:
* pictures from Lollapalooza 2012
* Weedeater going on North American tour (dates, no NYC)
* Queens of the Stone Age playing a Lolla pre-show at Metro
* The Postal Service playing Metro during Lollapalooza
* Chance the Rapper playing a pre-Lolla Red Bull Sound Select show in Grant Park

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Passion Pit / Vampire Weekend / Amanda Palmer / devoted fan
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3

Firefly Music Festival went down 6/21-23 in Dover, Delaware. You already saw our pictures of day 1 and day 2, and here we finally are with pictures of day 3.

The final day of the fest gave us sets by a number of artists including Haim, Toro y Moi, Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, and Passion Pit, whose set was cut short. Reports Fuse...

On Sunday Passion Pit also had problems with their vocals, but in this case the culprit wasn't technical... it was allergies.

Clearly the Firefly fates have it in for Passion Pit. Last year the band had to cancel their performance at the fest so that frontman Michael Angelakos could undergo treatment for his bipolar disorder. This year they at least got to take the stage, but only for an abbreviated set.

Diving right in with "I'll Be Alright," "The Reeling" and "Carried Away," the band - and in particular drummer Nate Donmoyer and bassist Jeff Apruzzese - displayed a powerful musicianship that explodes in a live setting much more so than on record. Only after slowing things down for "To Kingdom Come" did Angelakos confess to the crowd that he needed help singing, because allergies had caused him to lose his voice. He also referenced last year's cancellation by saying he "can't catch a f-cking break with this festival."

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Just seven songs in, Angelakos raised the white flag, admitting "I don't know how long I can go." At that point the band threw out their setlist and chose to "wrap this up with songs people know."

We missed Toro y Moi and The Walkmen in part due to the rain that showed up that day too, but everything we did see is pictured in this post.

We at BrooklynVegan also took over a stage in the Soundwave tent with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones each day from 1-3pm. On the Sunday of the festival we had Trails and Ways and Amanda Palmer stop by for live performances and interviews. They were both great, but naturally Amanda left us with the most to talk about, not just from the day but from the whole weekend. A loyal crowd showed up to see her at 2pm and she proceeded to take requests, play 'Happy Birthday' and the "best song she ever wrote" which ended up being 'The Truth'. She invited one lucky fan to play ukulele and that fan ended up being Sabrina who killed it with a Gotye cover. She ended her set with a group singalong to 'Creep' which started in our tent and ended in the middle of the field.

More pictures from our last day in Dover, Delaware this year, below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 3 pics (Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Amanda Palmer, Matt & Kim, Haim, Trails & Ways and more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Public Enemy / Foxygen / Django Django / Dave Hill & Billy Jones at Firefly Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1

When hyperactive Foxygen singer Sam France appeared on stage, he came running and screaming.

He also had an admission as his first words: "I have mental problems, they told me."

A few minutes later as he climbed about 10 feet up the side rigging of the Porch Stage, jumping off and landing hard, it was hard not to think, "Was he telling the truth and should someone be up there babysitting him?"

The band's raucous and wild reputation preceded them thanks to spastic shows and France's meltdown at South By Southwest in March when he yelled at a fan and cut a set short. Foxygen's European tour was then cancelled.

But the band has bounced back and has been putting together solid shows reveling in the band's '60s rock pastiche, which makes their songs a hide-and-seek of nods to songs from an earlier era. - [Delaware.com]

The Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its second year, with three days of music in the woods of Dover, Delaware. Friday (6/21) kicked things off with sets from Django Django, Dr. Dog, Calvin Harris, Foxygen (a wild set as usual), Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Though we missed him, Schoolboy Q played a set instead of Earl Sweatshirt who cancelled. Dan Deacon was there Friday too, but we didn't stick around for his late night set. Pictures from what we did catch on Friday are in this post.

Like most festivals, Firefly featured multiple tents and stages and one of them was the Soundwave Tent where comedian/musician Dave Hill and BV contributor/musician/all-around swell guy Billy Jones hosted two hours of live BrooklynVegan Blog Radio each day from 1 - 3 PM. On Friday, Django Django and Dr. Dog stopped by for live interviews, with Toby from Dr. Dog also performing acoustically for the crowd. Meanwhile, many coveted Django Django bassist Jimmy Dixon's Screamadelica shirt.

Pictures from Saturday and Sunday of Firefly 2013 are coming soon. More from Friday below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 1 in pics (RCHP, Public Enemy, Django Django, Foxygen, Dr. Dog, BV Stage fun & more"

Dave Hill & Billy Jones hosting BrooklynVegan Radio @ Firefly Fest Friday (6/21)
BrooklynVegan

We had an amazing first day of Firefly Music Fest in Dover on Friday. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and especially to Django Django and Dr. Dog for coming to play and talk with our BrooklynVegan Firefly Blog Radio hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones. Stay tuned for a full set of pictures and audio from our sessions coming soon.

Meanwhile we do it again on Saturday/today and Sunday, but with an even more action packed schedule of special guests including the just added Jim James! Please stop by Soundwave tent, not far from the Porch stage, from 1-3 pm for the following:

BrooklynVegan on the SoundWave Stage @ Firefly 2013
hosted by Billy Jones & Dave Hill
1-3pm each day

SATURDAY (6/22)
1:00 pm: CHVRCHES (live interview and audience Q&A)
1:30 pm: Jim James (live interview)
1:45 pm: Heliotropes (live performance and interview)
2:30 pm: Lord Huron (live interview and audience Q&A)

SUNDAY (6/23)
1:00 pm: Trails & Ways (live performance and interview)
2:00 pm: Amanda Palmer (live performance + audience Q&A)

Don't forget that all of these artists are also playing longer regular normal sets on the main stages as part of the festival. Check the full schedule to figure out where else they'll be and take another look at our Firefly Guide before you go. See you in Dover!

Firefly

Firefly Fest 2013 starts today, Friday (6/21) in Dover, Delaware and runs through Sunday. As mentioned in our Firefly Guide, it's less than a three hour drive from NYC and even closer to Philadelphia, so if you're looking for last minute music festival plans... single day tickets are still available. Japandroids, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty, Earl Sweatshirt (update: Earl & Lumineers have cancelled. Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper play instead), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Passion Pit and many more are part of the three-day lineup.

We'll be down there, not only watching bands and taking pictures, but also hosting two hours of live BrooklynVegan Blog Radio each day on the stage in the Soundwave tent (next to St. Jude and close to the Porch Stage). Dave Hill and Billy Jones will host the daily live show from 1-3pm each day with a mix of live band performances, interviews, audience q&A, DJing and some jokes. Various artists that are playing the festival will come by to talk to and play for us. Stop by to rest, listen, dance, say hi, and to see the following:

BrooklynVegan on the SoundWave Stage @ Firefly 2013
hosted by Billy Jones & Dave Hill
1-3pm each day

FRIDAY (6/21)
1:00 pm - Django Django (live interview and audience Q&A)
2:45 pm - Dr. Dog (live performance and interview)

SATURDAY (6/22)
1:00 pm: CHVRCHES (live interview and audience Q&A)
1:30pm: Jim James (live interview) <---- JUST ADDED
1:45 pm: Heliotropes (live performance and interview)
2:30 pm: Lord Huron (live interview and audience Q&A)

SUNDAY (6/23)
1:00 pm: Trails & Ways (live performance and interview)
2:00 pm: Amanda Palmer (live performance + audience Q&A)

Don't forget that all of these artists are also playing longer regular normal sets on the main stages as part of the festival. Check the full schedule to figure out where else they'll be and take another look at our guide before you go. See you in Dover?

Check out a video from last year below...

Continue reading "Firefly begins in Dover ------ BrooklynVegan stage schedule"

Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly
firefly

It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.

This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:

On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.

On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.

And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?

UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.

And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.

firefly
firefly

There's also the Coffee House Stage with other smaller acts including The Spinto Band, Jenny Owen Young, Pearl & the Beard, Hey Marseilles, Selah Sue, Trails & Ways, and many more.

Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.

Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!

Meanwhile, check out the full main stages Firefly lineup and schedule at Firefly's website where you'll also find much more info if you're attending, like the festival map which is also below...

Continue reading "Firefly Fest is in Delaware this weekend (schedule, map, BrooklynVegan Soundwave, other side stages & more)"

Rock Lottery

The Rock Lottery began in Denton, TX in 1997 (and in Seattle in 2006). This will be Brooklyn's second annual Rock Lottery. The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evening's performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This goes down Saturday, 11/19, at Knitting Factory with names like Liam Finn, Britta Phillips, Yuki Chikudate of Asobi Seksu, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Dan Friel & Billy Jones. More listed below...

Continue reading "'Rock Lottery' returns this year -- 25 musicians perform together in Brooklyn Saturday"

most photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Hold Steady/Caveman @ Beekman Beer Garden
The Hold Steady
Caveman

As promised, everyone who showed up with a ticket (and then some) got in no problem to our free Hold Steady/Caveman show at Beekman Beer Garden in NYC, one of five total events that happened around the country as part of Evenbrite's Concert Confidential series on Saturday night (9/17). Each of the free shows had a charity attached, and ours was VH1 Save the Music Foundation (which we raised $4295 for!).

Though we were planning for a while, the date of the show was only announced 10 days earlier with the headliner revealed just 5 days before the show, "tickets" on sale just 2 days before, and the opener revealed just 1 day before.

Thanks to everyone who helped put this together, Eventbrite, the venue, the bartenders, the weather for staying cool and dry, everyone who came by, DJ Billy Jones from New Moods for playing sweet tunes before both bands, to Caveman for a jammin' set of tunes from their just-released debut album, and to headliner The Hold Steady for a raucous almost-2-hour set that never got boring (as usual). Check out their full setlist and more pictures from the whole show below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady & Caveman played the free BV/Eventbrite show @ Beekman Beer Garden (pics & setlist)"

photos by Timothy Griffin

New Moods @ Swan Dive (BrooklynVegan Day Party)
New Moods

After playing their last hometown show at a swanky NYC art show benefit, Gang Gang Dance will bring it back down to earth with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 4th with New Moods and Ghetto Gothic DJs. Tickets go on sale today at noon. The show takes place five days before the release of the new Gang Gang Dance LP Eye Contact on 4AD, and is currently their only announced U.S. headlining date.

GGD joins names like Guided by Voices, No Age, and many others as part of the 2011 edition of the Pitchfork Festival in July. And theye're on the finalized lineup, which was announced today, of the UK's Great Escape Festival (May 12-14 in Brightton).

New Moods, who are opening the Music Hall show, killed it during their noon set at Swan Dive at the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday during SXSW (they went on right before Oh Land on the same stage). They actually had a bigger crowd than Baths who was playing on the bigger stage outside at the same super early time, I think because as people walked in the front door, they were sucked in by the "a precise and raucous four-piece" with captivating back and forth vocals by the intense Billy Jones (I first became a fan when he fronted Other Passengers and then got to know him through his work at Sin-e and then Pianos) (he has also since written for this site on occasion) and also-solo artist Melati Malay (she also plays in Young Magic who recently signed to Carpark). The band is rounded out by Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci and drummer Steve Garofano. You can listen at their bandcamp, and you can see pictures from their set in this post.

More of those pictures, the rest of Gang Gang Dance's tour dates and stuff, below...

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interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Michael Lavine

Sitek

TV on the Radio guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Andrew Sitek has announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Not surprisingly, the TVOTR / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Liars / Dragons of Zynth / Holly Miranda / Scarlett Johansson producer worked with a host of guest artists on the project, which will see the light of day in the form of a self-titled album on August 24th via DGC/Interscope Records.

"...Then Aku (Dragons of Zynth) called and said he was in town and asked what I was up to and I said, "Making a song that you have to come and fix!" So he came by the studio and he laid the vocals down. We pretty much started Maximum Balloon on that day."
Other guest artists on the album will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London and more. David Byrne is rumored. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on "Tiger," the first track to be released off the album. "Tiger" will be available on iTunes and all digital partners on June 15th, but you can also hear it in a video below, or today at www.MaximumBalloon.com. In addition to "Tiger", Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.

Billy Jones of new musical project New Moods, who last conducted an interview for this site in 2006, called up Dave on Friday to discuss the making of Maximum Balloon, barbershop quartets, Cyndi Lauper, the future of TVOTR and more. Their chat starts here....

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Billy: Hey Dave, Can you hear me?

Dave: Yeah...

Billy: I rigged this to be on the speakerphone of my Blackberry to be recording through GarageBand, a slightly complicated setup...

Dave: Awesome, put me through The Crystalizer...

Billy: I actually have you through Long Panning Ping Pong Delay right now...

Dave: I can't wait for Soundtoys to come out with an iPhone app.

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Sessions at Santos

The weekly "Sessions at Santas" series continues at Santos (Santas) Party House tonight (6/30) and next week (7/7). Tonight looks something like this:

Tuesday, June 30, 10PM
Sessions at Santa's curated by Billy Jones
with Gary War, Demonlover, Coconuts, U.S. Girls and DJ Dutch E Germ
Next week features a "special improv set" by Gang Gang Dance, and tickets are on sale. All GGD dates below...

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