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Bloc Party at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Bloc Party

After rumors of Bloc Party kicking out frontman Kele Okereke circulated and were denied, Kele posted a note to the band's website stating that they've signed to Frenchkiss. He added, "Not only do we know and love the people at this label but we know and love this label's output. Frenchkiss has released some mighty fine music over the years, music that has gone on to influence this very band." Earlier this month, Bloc Party entered the studio to begin work on thee new record which will come out ont on the label.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bloc Party will be playing Lollapalooza in Chicago this August. Their trip to North America has just been expanded and now includes a few other dates surrounding the Chicago festival, including Terminal 5 on August 8 in NYC with Frenchkiss labelmates The Drums. It will be Bloc Party's first NYC show since they played the same venue over three years ago. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday, 4/20 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/18) at noon.

Meanwhile, you can catch The Drums in NYC even sooner when their tour with Craft Spells and Part Time hits Webster Hall on April 22. Tickets are still available.

All dates and some Bloc Party videos below...

Continue reading "Bloc Party, now on Frenchkiss, playing Terminal 5 after Lollapalooza & Osheaga (and other dates)"

Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Lolla

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 lineup (Jack White, At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Black Keys, RHCP, Afghan Whigs, M83, Weeknd, SBTRKT, Black Sabbath & more)"

cake (mooving photography)
Scissor Sisters

Though there are still tickets left for their August 24th show at Terminal 5 at the moment, Scissor Sisters have added a 2nd show at the same venue. Tickets for the new August 25th show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am. General sale begins Friday at noon. Their DJ, Sammy Jo, opens both dates.

Meanwhile, Bloc Party frontman gone solo, Kele's August 3rd show at Webster Hall has been rescheduled for September 8th (All tickets will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase.) Jessica 6 opens that one.

Updated SS and Kele dates below....

Continue reading "Scissor Sisters add 2nd show, Kele postpones a bunch"

Kele

Kele Okereke is moving to New York.

The Bloc Party frontman fell in love with the city while recording his debut solo LP 'The Boxer' and is determined to relocate within the next few months.

He said: "Making a record has really made me fall in love with New York. I'd never seen the soul of the city until I recorded my record there.

"It made me realise I have to move there. I'm going to move there this year." [Monsters and Critics]

Kele will be playing his soon-to-be hometown with a Wednesday, August 4th show at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

The debut was produced by XXXchange (who did Spank Rock's last record) and comes out June 22st on Glassnote. Its single, "Tenderoni" (hopefully a worth addition to the list of songs with that name), is expected before then.

Kele's band, Bloc Party, have been on indefinite hiatus since October - they played Terminal 5 last March.

When the band decided to take a hiatus after five straight years of touring, Kele had originally intended to walk away from music for a year. But when downtime presented itself, he found his creative impulses were too strong, and ended up booking himself some exploratory time in a recording studio on a whim. Alone with an engineer, he gravitated towards new instruments, hardly ever picking up the guitar. "I plugged in synths with no idea what they would do. I began programming drum beats, which I had never done before. It was completely back to the drawing board. It was exciting and terrifying. In most cases, I sat down, pulled a drum beat out of nowhere, and arranged stuff around that. It was as exciting to me as the first time I picked up a guitar."
In that dancy vein, Kele guested on a track on Tiesto's album that came out last year. That song, The Boxer tracklist and all tour dates (in Ireland, UK and Europe) are below...

Continue reading "Bloc Party's Kele Okereke releasing solo debut, moving to NYC, playing Webster Hall (and other dates) "

photos by Faith-Ann Young

Bloc Party

"Well, moving on from the horrid location of Terminal 5 (no STRAIGHT bars around either) the actual inside of the place is pretty big. I wished that we had seated tickets but that was also because I was tired of walking. We drank the 6$ beers and I even bought shots at the bar for me and the woman. She got too drunk, AGAIN and wanted to sit down. I got her candy from the bathroom hoping the sugar would keep her up but it didn't. The bathrooms were amazing, they had all this candy, cologne, mints, hair gel, deodorant. After I peed, I go to wash my hands and the guy put soap in my hands and got me enough paper towels to dry my hands. I didn't have to touch anything. Then I spritzed some Dolce and Gabana "Light Blue" and I tipped the guy a couple of dollars. I was satisfied.

As for the actual Bloc Party show, they played everything." [Logic]

Right before Kele contracted viral pharyngitis which in turn caused the cancellation of Saturday's Bloc Party show at the Ultra Music Festival in Florida, the UK band stopped in NYC to play two nights in a row at Terminal 5 with opener Longwave. More pictures from the Wednesday night show (3/25), including one of Bloc Party's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Bloc Party & Longwave @ Terminal 5, NYC - pics & setlist"

Ladyhawke @ Perez Hilton's 2009 SXSW party Saturday night (SchnappyStar)
Ladyhawke

"New Zealand Eighties revivalist Ladyhawke ran through an extremely polished set of tightly arranged synth-rock. Opener "Dusk Till Dawn" shimmered with Scissor Sisters boogie, "Magic" throbbed with the power of propulsive but eerie disco and "Another Runaway" recalled both Donna Summer and Pat Benatar with its anthemic yet glittery vibe. Singer Pip Brown stood anchored center-stage strumming her guitar while warm washes of keyboards saturated the night sky and her tight band pulsed along. Picking out the '80s tunes the group was referencing was a popular exercise (the theme from "Fame"! The opening of Van Halen's "Jump"!). Wrapping with a three-song whammy of "Back in the Van," "Paris Is Burning" and the big, bold single "My Delirium," Ladyhawke definitely brought the party, though the tunes could have used a bit more build-up-and-break-down dynamics. "My Delirium" got a few hands in the air -- and what looked like a flying saucer in the sky -- as Ladyhawke made a fairly strong case for herself as the indie rock Lady Gaga. The sound may be familiar, but it sure is fun." [Rolling Stone @ SXSW]
Ladyhawke's US trip continues with two shows in NYC this week. Tonight (3/24) at Bowery Ballroom is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Thursday show at Studio B.

Also here from overseas and SXSW, Camera Obscura kick off their two-night, both-sold-out, NYC run at The Bell House tonight (3/24).

"You really had to feel for Camera Obscura. The Scottish indie pop sextet's first U.S. performance in a long while had them practically begging audience members to stick around. Of course, while the crowd hemorrhaged members, that had nothing to do with the band -- they were the final act in a long night and after a full day of partying most in the audience were tired, hungry and ready to head out. By the time lead singer Tracyanne Campbell belted out the final song, a rollicking, enthused "If Looks Could Kill," from 2006's "Let's Get Out of This Country," the venue was only at about one-third capacity." [Austin 360]
That's the problem sometimes with the semi-random and long bills that get put together at SXSW. Anni Rossi and Shelley Green open tomorrow's Camera Obscura show at Mercury Lounge. Laura Cantrell opens tonight at the Bell House where Victoria Bergsman (Taken by Trees, the Concretes) will also be acting as DJ.

Not at SXSW, Bloc Party also kick off a two-night run in NYC tonight. Longwave are opening both sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

The Walkmen @ Masonic Temple in December (more by Natasha Ryan)
The Walkmen

"We live in scary times. Sure, we might wonder how that inane Southern California woman is going to feed fourteen mouths, but what about the family whose breadwinners lost their jobs, and now have not only no money to pay the mortgage, but feed their kids?

No one seems to care about those people. Everyone's too selfish. I've got mine, fuck you. But what if you suddenly don't have yours anymore?

You used to sell ten million records, now you can't even sell two. Those damn pirates! But those pirates are real people. Who overpaid to hear one good track on a CD. They've got no sympathy for you. And they may overpay to see superstars once, but not forever. The Stones don't sell out anymore. Nor does Springsteen, not even Madonna. The printed grosses are high, but that's because of the inflated ticket prices.

Is the concert industry headed for a fall? Just like the recorded music industry?" [Bob Lefsetz]

In related news, Live Nation and Ticketmaster announced plans to merge.

Most of the bands in this post recently announced a tour, or an update to their previously announced tour, and did not include a NYC-area date. All of them below...

Continue reading "TOUR DATES: Kings of Leon, Walkmen, Coldplay, Bloc Party, Black Mountain, Jason Isbell, Dr Dog, Little Ones & more"

Bloc Party @ Intonation 2006 (more Rory O'Connor)
Bloc Party

"Anything that a band can do outside the norm, to play by it's own rules, kind of forces its fan base to come to it in another way," [Kele] said. "I really shouldn't be thinking too much about that sort of thing, I should be thinking about making music."

He does think about it some, though: "When you're aware that you're part of the machine that's just selling stuff to kids it's disheartening."

Also: "There' a generation of kids that are so savvy about marketing that they don't take it seriously."

So far, it's proven a success. Though the band is just now hitting the road with the album in earnest - normally bands have played a few shows on a tour before it hits shelves, or are in the bus within a month - Okereke said he'd do it again this way.
[Phoenix New Times]

Just when you started to wonder if Bloc Party could sell out the (not-free) show they booked at NYC's large Terminal 5, they almost do, and add a second one. I guess they're doing just fine. Both shows are with Longwave. The March 24th show is still on sale. The March 25th show goes on presale Wednesday, followed by regular sale on Friday. All dates below...

Continue reading "Bloc Party add 2nd NYC show @ T5, updated 2009 tour dates"

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Knitting

Michael Daves and Chris Thile are playing the Living Room tonight, December 23rd. Tickets are on sale. Chris's band Punch Brothers are also at Living Room on January 15th and January 22nd.

snorkTickets are on sale (@ noon) for the $10 Matt & Kim show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Witch & Earthless show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

snorkTickets are on sale (@ noon) for the upcoming These Arms Are Snakes show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

Dengue Fever is playing Maxwell's on January 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Lissy Trullie is playing Mercury Lounge on February 11th. Tickets are on sale.

World Inferno Friendship Society's Addicted To Bad Ideas show goes down at Webster Hall on January 9th. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are on sale for Meshuggah's show at Irving Plaza on February 19th.

Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on April 2nd. Tickets are on sale.

The Neville Brothers and Dr. John are playing Terminal 5 on February 20th. Tickets are on sale.

Adele is playing the crazy big Roseland Ballroom on May 5th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for Bloc Party's upcoming show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale for Eugene Mirman's book release party.

Tickets are on sale for the Welcome Wagon show at Southpaw.

Tickets are still on sale for Jewltide 6 @ Southpaw.

Tickets are on sale for Okkervil River's upcoming show at the Bell House.

Tickets went on sale for Beirut's 2nd BAM show.

Check out some other tickets that recently went on sale.

If you want to go to Knitting Factory before it closes, tonight is one of your last chances.

No tickets necessary for tonight's Dan Deacon show.
Snorks

Bloc Party @ Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Bloc Party

Tickets are on sale for a March 24th Bloc Party show at Terminal 5 in NYC. All dates below...

Continue reading "Bloc Party - 2009 Tour Dates (Terminal 5)"

Amazing Baby

Amazing Baby - 2008 NYC tour dates
Sep 15 - MHOW w/ A Place to Bury Strangers (tonight)
Sep 18 - Roseland Ballroom w/ Bloc Party (free)
Oct 31 - MHOW w/ MGMT, Violens, Boy Crisis & Francis & the Lights

Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders & Chrome/Helios Creed are opening the MGMT show at Webster Hall on October 30th. Tickets for both MGMT shows are on sale this Friday and the pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10:00 am, ending at 10:00 pm the same day (password = congratulations). All AB tour dates below...

Continue reading "Amazing Baby opening for APTBS tonight, Bloc Party Thursday & MGMT on Halloween (presale), tour dates"

Roseland Bloc Party

As some pointed out early on, the free Bloc Party show on September 18th is at a venue you couldn't pay some people to go to. Amazing Baby is opening. RSVP HERE.

The Hold Steady is playing a free show the same night. So are 2 "special guests" and Matt Pond PA & the Lilys.

Amazing Baby are also opening for APTBS this Monday in Brooklyn.

Bloc Party

As you can see in the screenshot taken from the mock-violence show announcement video, the free show will definitely take place in NYC.

Bloc Party

The below video says Bloc Party are playing a free show on September 18th. Where? I don't know, but they're in Montreal on September 17th....

Continue reading "Where is Bloc Party playing for free on September 18?"

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza (more by Bao Nguyen)

Vijay wrote in and asked, "conscious decision not to post anything on the release of the bloc party record?" oops...

"This year, record releases are like ambushes. There was a time when only hip hop albums would 'drop'; now, indie rock releases fall from the sky like ordnance as well. Earlier this year, Radiohead and Sigur Rós issued albums with indecently short lead-up times. Now east London quartet Bloc Party have joined the stealth set, revealing the completion of their third album last Monday and releasing it electronically just two days later. The hard copies arrive in October." [Guardian]
Bloc Party are playing Syracuse, NY on September 7th.

Bloc Party by Chris La Putt, Foals by Bao Nguyen

Bloc Party @ Webster Hall

Foal w/ a sore arm?
Foals @ Lollapalooza

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

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

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

photos by Bao Nguyen

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke looked like he was ready for a very political game of basketball. Dressed in brightly colored shorts, vintage Nikes and a Barack Obama T-shirt with the word "Progress" written on it, Okereke and his band managed to overcome some technical glitches and the absence of bassist Gordon Moakes (he's at home with a new baby) to deliver a set of inspired stadium-sized dance riffs as the Chicago sun set. The band really clicked the new single "Mercury" (where Okereke sampled his own voice) and on the set-closing "Helicopter" (which was greeted as a true anthem). During some down time, Okereke even teased the opening riff of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," which was a knowing nod to Lollapalooza's early-'90s roots. [Rolling Stone]
No fights reported yet. Bloc Party play Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday and Thursday. Video captured from the live Lollapalooza stream and more pictures below....

Continue reading "Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza 2008, Chicago, IL - pics & videos"

Johnny Rotten

Speaking to the BBC's One Show about racial attitudes, Lydon said: "My grandchildren are Jamaican right."

"This is an absolute offence to them and me when I read stories like that, that are allowed to go to print absolutely unfounded and have the liberty to take liberties with a man like me and call me a racist when my entire life has proved exactly the opposite." When asked if he was a racist, Lydon replied: "Absolutely not. And any bugger that dares say so is going to have their day in court with me - you understand this?"

During his interview, Lydon also reaffirmed comments made in his initial response to Okereke's allegations that stressed the Sex Pistols' multi-racial appeal.

"It's the most wonderful thing ever, playing to our multi-racial audiences, which they always have been," he said. "And not only that, multi-gender, multi-everything-you-like, we are open to all. Our whole message in life has been to eliminate the barriers that separate us."

He added that the Sex Pistols "only true enemy in life is governments". "And politicians, and, low and behold, the British press," he added. [GigWise]

PREVIOUSLY: three Foals injured in Sex Pistols-Bloc Party fight

Foals @ Silent Barn (more by Leia Jospe)
Foals @ Silent Barn

Foals tour manager Nick Jenkin today called Lydon's description of the event at Barcelona's Summercase Festival "totally untrue," and said he watched Okereke being punched by the Sex Pistols' entourage while the band's frontman, known as Johnny Rotten, taunted the Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, after he went to the aid of the Bloc Party singer.

Jenkin also told Times Online that Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis tried to help Okereke but was put in a sleeper hold by a security guard until he passed out and was then handcuffed as he lay on the ground. "He had a boot on his back," Jenkin said.

Foals bassist Walter Gervers suffered a black eye and guitarist Jimmy Smith was shoved through a barrier during the brawl on Saturday afternoon, Jenkin said. [Times Online]

Gruff Rhys was there too.

furry fight

Neon Neon have backed up Kele from Bloc Party's statement on John Lydon's alleged racist attack, after witnessing the event.

Speaking exclusively to MTV News Gruff Rhys from the group said: "It was horrific. Kele is a very brave man and what he said is exactly what happened."

The band were backstage at the Summercase Festival in Barcelona with other British groups when the alleged assault took place and confirmed they saw everything.

Neon Neon and Super Furry Animals singer Gruff added: "The statements Kele has said are absolutely true. It did happen."

John Lydon denies it. John Lydon played in the fourth best punk band ever. John Lydon has sexy dance moves.

Neon Neon are up for this year's Mercury Prize, a prize that Gruff (Super Furry Animals 'Rings Around the World;') lost to PJ Harvey in 2001.

Sex Pistols @ Summercase, Barcelona - July 19, 2008 (lalitaporfavor)
Sex Pistols

John Lydon has responded to allegations of his involvement in a racist assault by saying his accuser is a liar and in need of the publicity. In a carefully worded statement, Lydon said: "I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening." In Lydon's version of events, the Sex Pistols singer claims that, "trouble was brought us, resulting in those causing the trouble being physically removed by festival security". He added: "If they need publicity so badly this is the allegation universe they run into." [Guardian]
In related news, Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes will not be with the band when they arrive in North America next week. The reason: "in order to prepare for the imminent arrival of his first child."

John Lydon

Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke claims he was left with severe facial bruising and a split lip following what he alleges was a racist attack by Sex Pistols singer John Lydon [aka Johnny Rotten]. The incident occurred on Saturday evening at the Summercase festival in Barcelona while the bands were socialising backstage.

In an official statement released by Okereke, who is of Nigerian descent, the singer says he approached Lydon and asked him about the possibility of a reunion for Public Image Ltd, the band Lydon formed following the Sex Pistols demise in 1978. In Okereke's words, Lydon became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade, including the statement, 'your problem is your black attitude'." An assault allegedly ensued in which three people attacked Okereke.

Several other bands witnessed the incident, with members of the band Foals and Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson intervening on the Bloc Party singer's behalf. Both have confirmed to the Guardian that the incident occurred but could not confirm or deny reports that the assault was racially motivated. Following his involvement, Foals singer Yannis Philippakis was arrested. He is expected to make a statement shortly.... [The Guardian] (thx J M)