Entries tagged with: Bloc Party
by Andrew Sacher
Bloc Party, whose current lineup has frontman Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack joined by Menomena's Justin Harris on bass and Louise Bartle on drums, are planning to release their fifth album in early 2016 via Infectious Music/BMG/Vagrant Records. The new lineup recently debuted new songs "Exes" and "The Good News" in a BBC Session and now they released their first official new studio single, "The Love Within." It's the closest Bloc Party have come to, uh, EDM? Listen below.
Former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong has stayed busy, contributing to Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion's debut album, Permanence, which is out now.
by Bill Pearis
Lame Drivers have been a constant presence on the Brooklyn indie/DIY scene for while, and have released a number of 7"s, tapes and splits in that time, some of which was collected on the Cruisin' Classics CD. The trio are now set to release their debut album, Chosen Era, via Bleeding Gold/Jigsaw. Working with a few different engineers -- Bloc Party's Matt Tong, Travis Harrison (Bob Pollard/GBV), Geoff Sanoff (Edsel, Obits) -- the record recalls, in the best possible way, the mid-'80s college radio era. (dB's, REM, Flying Nun, etc.) It's nervy, passionate, and full of very catchy songs. We're premiering "Slow Detective" which was recorded with Matt Tong and you can listen, along with a couple other songs off the LP, below.
The band will celebrate Chosen Era's release at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on October 8 with The Woolen Men (who also have a new album), EZTV and Gingerlys. No word on advance tickets yet, but the show poster is below.
No other East Coast dates for Woolen Men yet, either, but stay tuned.
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
No Devotion, one of the current bands of former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly, have finally announced their debut album. It's called Permanence and will be available on September 25 via Geoff's label, Collect Records. It features previous singles "10,000 Summers, "Stay" and "Eyeshadow," plus new song "Death Rattle" which you can preview in the album trailer below. The band was formed by Geoff and members of Lostprophets, but drummer Luke Johnson left the band last year and the album was finished with former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong.
It was produced by Stuart Richardson and Alex Newport (who's also worked with Bloc Party), and mixed by Thursday (and Flaming Lips) collaborator Dave Fridmann. Pre-orders will be available soon. Check out the tracklist and listen to the singles, below. Artwork above.
Geoff's other band United Nations recently wrapped up a tour with Modern Life Is War, which hit NYC earlier this month.
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
photo: United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Geoff Rickly's screamo band United Nations have announced two homecoming shows for 2015, one in DC and the other in Brooklyn. Both are with two DC bands, post-rockers Black Clouds (who are Geoff's label, Collect Records) and punks Loud Boyz. The DC show happens 2/28 at Rock & Roll Hotel and the NYC show happens March 2 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
In related news, Geoff's synth rock band No Devotion are currently working on their debut album, and it's being recorded with (now former) Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong, as original drummer Luke Johnson has stepped down. Phil Jenkins from Kids in Glass Houses will be playing with No Devotion at live shows.
In more related news, Pianos Become the Teeth (who have a few members in United Nations) have two upcoming NYC-area appearances: Spring Mixtape Fest at Long Island's Revolution Bar on March 28 with Title Fight, Defeater and others (tickets), and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival happening May 16 & 17 with The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and more (tickets).
Stream some UN, Black Clouds and Loud Boyz below...
Kele w/ Bloc Party at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bloc Party don't plan to tour for a while, but frontman Kele Okereke is staying active. He's got some US dates coming up in February, including a NYC show at intimate Brooklyn venue Cameo Gallery on February 13 with JDH (FIXED). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Kele released a new EP in December called Heartbreaker, and also recently contributed lead vocals to the song "Turn It Around" by Sub Focus. You can stream the EP's title track and watch the video for the Sub Focus song, along with Kele's list of dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Yeezus / Bloc Party / fans chillin' in a kiddie pool
Governors Ball concluded on Sunday (6/9). We've already posted one set of pictures from that day, in addition to pictures of The xx, Deerhunter, and Portugal. The Man. We also posted videos, the setlist, and talked a bit about Kanye West's set. Now we've got pictures of Yeezus, in addition to Bloc Party, Beirut, Foals, Freddie Gibbs, and more in this post.
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
by Andrew Sacher
One of the newer bands on the festival circuit this summer is Vancouver's Bear Mountain, who we said we're excited to see at this year's Governors Ball, which goes down in NYC on Randall's Island from June 7-9. Bear Mountain play on the 7th and after that they'll stick around NYC for a show on June 10 at Glasslands with Black Light Dinner Party. Tickets to the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Bear Mountain return to the NYC-area for Camp Bisco in July. On their tour this spring/summer, they'll also be playing Sasquatch, Sled Island, Capitol Hill Block Party, Lollapalooza, ACL, and are going on a string of dates with Bloc Party. All dates are listed below.
When we first wrote about Bear Mountain, we said:
Last year, they released their debut album, XO, which combined club-ready dance tracks, arena sized atmospherics, and an indie pop sensibility in the songwriting. It's a pretty great mix and sounds like it will be totally fun live.You can stream "Two Step" from that album, along with the list of all of their tour dates, below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.
The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.
In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."
The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.
The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are below...
IO Echo at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned back in the fall of 2012, IO Echo pushed back the release of their debut LP, Ministry of Love, and released a self-titled EP instead. The details of Ministry of Love have since been revealed and we now know that it comes out on April 2 via IAMSOUND. You can watch the videos for album tracks "Outsiders" and "Berlin, It's All A Mess" below.
The band will head out on the road this week as an opening act on Bloc Party's tour which hits the NYC area on Friday (1/11) at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for that show are still available.
Videos and a list of all dates are below...
For those counting at home, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all dropped of their favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from another long-time contributor, Dominick Mastrangelo. We'll let him take it from here...
I'm pretty sure everybody who photographs for this site has a list of bands they want to shoot before they hang up their camera or move on to something other than music. I'm no different and 2012 was the year I was able to cross a handful of those bands off my list. All were personal favorites from before I ever picked up a camera; some I had seen a bunch, some I hadn't seen in years and some I had never seen. To have photographed The Afghan Whigs twice, Sigur Rós twice, as well as Wilco, the reunited Ben Folds Five and The Old 97's (a band I saw in countless sweaty venues in my thirteen years in North Texas) over the span of six months, well, I consider myself very fortunate.
Also, Canada was very good to me. I covered Osheaga in August then returned a month later to cover POP Montreal for the second time. The following morning I was on a train to Toronto to cover the Polaris Prize gala. Nearly half of the photos below were taken north of the border and only a desire to not turn this into an all-Canada post kept me from including more.
Of the twelve I've selected, the above shot of Jonsi, the lead-singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, taken in Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is probably my favorite. It was the band's first show in four years, the first time I was getting to photograph one of their shows and my first time seeing them since the last North American show of their Takk tour in February of 2006.
More of my favorite shots from 2012 are below.
Bloc Party at Terminal 5 in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bloc Party made their way over to North America earlier this year for some festivals like Lollapalooza and Osheaga and a three night run at Terminal 5. They're currently over in Germany, but will be making their way back to North America in December for some West Coast/Southwest/Mexico shows and then finally back to the east coast in January 2013 when they'll play a NYC area show on January 11 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.
Bloc Party released their newest album, Four, earlier this year, and they recently made a video for one of its strongest tracks, the Smashing Pumpkins-esque "Kettling." You can watch that video and check out a list of all currently known dates below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Passion Pit/Bloc Party/The Shins at Osheaga - 8/5/12
Leadoff "Take a Walk" set Angelakos in motion, his vocals wandering octaves. Similarly, the ascending "Moth's Wings" grew from its telltale jangly strands to a sonorous sing-along and the aforementioned "Carried Away" juxtaposed driving synths with a stickier-than-cotton-candy vocal hook.Day 3 of Osheaga also included sets by The Shins, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Metric, Santigold, and many others.
Cuts from the excellent Gossamer fared well, though old faves "Little Secrets" and "Sleephyhead" pushed the gig over the top with wet punters writhing under ponchos.
by Andrew Sacher
Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/7/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Terminal 5 flooded with blues and purples last night (8/9), revealing a bull's-eye on the back wall, as a a building synth filled the venue and Bloc Party walked out to play their new single, "Octopus," one of their most Silent Alarm-y songs since Silent Alarm. In the song's chorus, as Kele shouted "come on!," he reached out his arms and waved his fingers to rile up the crowd, and when Bloc Party followed that song with A Weekend In The City favorite, "Hunting for Witches," and the arms-raised singalong, "Positive Tension," the energy in Terminal 5 took off.
Like The Strokes and Interpol, Bloc Party are one of the many post-punk revivalists of the early 00's with two great albums who were plagued by an awful case of third album syndrome. For the two former bands, it was a case of over-polishing their sound. For Bloc Party, they went in a total synth pop direction that works for some but was totally unwelcome for this group of Brits, who had made some of the most vital guitar rock of the last decade. Not to mention it's taken Bloc Party four years to follow that album, and over three since they've played NYC, during which time rumors began floating around that Kele was kicked out of the band. So when they made their return, I wasn't without my doubts, but Bloc Party didn't once fail to deliver. The show was their last in a sold out three-night run which also hit the NYC venue on Tuesday (8/7) and Wednesday (8/8). Despite telling the crowd that he's not a huge fan of doing three-night runs in the same venue, Kele was in super high spirits the whole time. The setlist was great too -- we got four new ones (including iTunes bonus track, "Black Crown") and tons of old favorites like "Banquet," "Helicopter," "This Modern Love," and more.
Four isn't exactly a "comeback record" for the band, but it's their most guitar-centric since Silent Alarm and doesn't sound like they are trying to prove anything on it. It pulls as much (or more) from stoner rock as it does from the post-punk they initially made a career out of, which was a totally unexpected turn but I can't say it wasn't pretty badass hearing Bloc Party whip out sludgey power chords on "Team A" and "Black Crown" last night. And when I left the show right after hearing "Helicopter" and complaining that they didn't play "Like Eating Glass" like they had the night earlier, it was "Octopus" that was stuck in my head.
Like they had done the previous two nights, The Drums opened the show. Bloc Party's setlist and a video of them playing "Helicopter" from last night are below.
Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/7/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bloc Party continued their three-night run at Terminal 5 with The Drums last night (8/8), after beginning it one night earlier (8/7). In terms of older Bloc Party songs, the setlist was pretty similar to the first night, including classics like "Banquet," "Helicopter," "Like Eating Glass," "Hunting for Witches," etc., though it wasn't without a few changes. They mixed it up in terms of the new songs though. Both shows included "Octopus" and "Real Talk" so far, but last night they leaned more towards the heavy side of the new album, opening their set with Four opener, "So He Begins To Lie" (the band's best Pony Express Record-era Shudder to Think impression to date) and including the Bloc Party-goes-Smashing Pumpkins headbanger, "Kettling."
If you missed last night's show, did you stream it? If you missed the stream (or just want to re-live the experience), Bowery Presents will be hosting the full show for 24 hours. It was supposed to go up at 9 AM today (8/9), but due to a "technical glitch," the airing has been delayed. Bowery promises, "There will still be a full 24 hours of access to the full show, from the time we are able to make it live. Apologies for the delay." In the meantime, you can watch them perform "Real Talk" from last night's show and check out the setlist below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bloc Party at Terminal 5, 8/07/2012
Mid-'00s survivors Bloc Party kicked off a post-Lollapalooza three-night run at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (8/7) with openers The Drums. The band's 17 song set (including two encores) hit most of the highlights of their eight-year career, including "Banquet," "So Here We Are," "Helicopter," and "The Prayer", but they only played four songs off their forthcoming album, Four. The setlist is at the bottom of this post which contains pictures from the show .
photos by James Richards IV
Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.
Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...
Zeus at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In case you need a last-minute excuse to get out of town, and you're not going to the sold out Lollapalooza in Chicago, single day tickets are still on sale for the amazing-looking Osheaga Festival in Montreal this weekend. The Canadian festival lineup includes names like The Black Angels, M83, Sigur Ros, Feist, Garbage, SBTRKT, The Shins, Justice, Polica, The Walkmen, A$AP Rocky, Florence & the Machine, Austra, The Weeknd, and even Passion Pit who cancelled most other upcoming dates (but who are also playing Lollapalooza).
The Montreal festival will also feature sets by German techno composers Brandt Brauer Frick and Canada Arts & Crafts band Zeus. And though Zeus and BBF don't have much in common musically, they are both now spending a couple of pre-fest days in NYC, starting with shows tonight (Thursday, 8/2).
As previously mentioned, "Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble" will make their U.S. debut as part of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors tonight. "Strings, horns, and piano go techno with the help of a Moog synthesizer in the alchemic reactions of Germany's electro-orchestra, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, in their first U.S. show." The free show also includes "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged and performed by The Bad Plus."
"Brandt Brauer Frick Trio" play Santos on Friday with Ef Es VII / 2. Tickets are still on sale.
Zeus meanwhile play the Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (8/2) with Robbers on High Street, and then play again at Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/3) with ARMS. Tickets for the Rock Shop show and the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now. The shows are part of a tour which brings them back to Canada to play Osheaga by Sunday. All dates are listed below.
Not surprisngly, Arts & Crafts are well represented at their country's music festival, and in honor of that they're giving away a prize pack of CDs on Facebook. Those CDs include Zeus, Feist, Dan Mangan, and Bloc Party who are signed to Arts & Crafts in Canada. Frenchkiss Records is putting out the new Bloc Party record in the US where Bloc Party visit after Osheaga for three sold out shows at Terminal 5 with The Drums. One of those shows, the 8/8 one, will stream live on Bowery Presents' Youtube channel. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the 8/9 show. Details, the trailer video for the stream, a new Bloc Party song and more tour dates, some with Ceremony, below...
Pictureplane in Chicago in April (more by Tyler Trykowski)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Les Hot Club @ Barbes
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Jeff Walton Quintet @ The Stone
* M'lumbo, Gary Lucas @ Joe's Pub
* Bob Jones/Jon Sholle Duo @ Barbes
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Hallways, Zambri @ Ace Hotel New York
* Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ City Winery
* Sunday Salon Performances @ The Stone
* Catalpa Music Festival @ Randall's Island
* Rachel Potter, The Vanity Belles @ Joe's Pub
* Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis and The News @ Jones Beach
* Ice Balloons, Triple Hex, Two Times The Gun @ Zebulon
* Calls, Midair, Fishing The Sky, Weird Teeth @ Saint Vitus
* Grimes (DJ set), Pictureplane, Arca, Rezzie @ 285 Kent Ave
* CHURCH Comedy Variety Show, Lost Boy?, Gunfight! @ Big Snow
* Quilt, Young Magic, Secret Mountains, Murals @ Mercury Lounge
* Natural Child, Birdcloud, Respect, Hector's Pets @ Union Pool
* The Mystic Underground, The Dossier, Condo Ron @ Cameo Gallery
* Lame Drivers, The Woolen Men, I'm Turning Into @ Public Assembly
* Banned Books, Circle of Buzzards, Beasty, Tank Attack @ Cake Shop
* Dan Neustadt plays The Police's "Synchronicity" @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Death First, Grudges, Dead People Screaming, Pity Party @ The Acheron
* Golden Animals, Shining Mirrors, Divining Rod, Lead Stones @ Glasslands
* Blest Mess, Dust Angel, Gas NYC, Nihilistics, Rejuvenate, Iconicide @ Tompkins Square Park
* B. Dolan, Sage Francis, Grand Buffet, What Cheer? Brigade, Mux Mool, Vockah Redu, Wheelchair Sports Camp @ The Studio at Webster Hall
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The stream of Arctic Monkeys covering "Come Together" at the Olympics Opening Ceremony that we told you about yesterday has been removed, but you can now watch a video of that and the band playing their own "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" at the Domino website. You can also download the Olympics Opening Ceremony soundtrack, which features a studio version of the "Come Together" cover, via iTunes.
Big K.R.I.T. made a video for his song, "What U Mean" (featuring Ludacris), which you can watch below.
Schoolboy Q made a video for his song, "There He Go," which you can watch below.