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photo: Blood Orange @ FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Dev Hynes Blood Orange

As you may remember, Blood Orange is playing Harlem's legendary The Apollo Theatre on Saturday, December 12, a special show with "special guests" that is benefitting Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. That show sold out basically instantly, and he's now added a matinee show (3 PM) the same day. It will also benefit Opus 118 and feature special guests and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon.

photos by The Billy Farrell Agency & Scott Rudd


Grimes finally released her anticipated new album Art Angels today (listen), but before she did that, she brought her tour to NYC for a performance at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party on Wednesday (11/4). The Guardian was there, and they described the whole spectacle like this:

Grimes jumps into action inside a smallish circular stage, like a Star Trek transporter, with white pillars and stretched fabric ascending towards the high museum ceiling. The crowds gather on the space's famous spiral levels, but mostly stood down on the ground floor, surrounding the stage. It's crowded, but not uncomfortably so, given the current Grimes ascendancy.
They didn't love the show though, saying the set sounded "mushy and homogenous." Did you go? What did you think?

Some of Grimes' famous pals showed up, like A$AP Rocky (a fancier affair than the time they crashed 285 Kent toghether) and Dev Hynes (a less hot and sunny affair than the time they played Warm Up together). Pictures of them, Grimes, DJ SADAF and more are in this post.

Grimes returns to NYC with her signee Nicole Dollanganger for sold-out shows on 11/16 at T5 and 11/18 at MHOW. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...

Continue reading "Grimes brought an elaborate stage show to the Guggenheim (pics --- audience members A$AP Rocky & Dev Hynes included)"

by Bill Pearis

RSD Black Friday 2015

The folks at Record Store Day have announced this year's RSD Black Friday releases for your post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy needs. (Black Friday 2015 is November 27.) This year's crop includes that Deerhoof live album, a double-vinyl reissue of Outkast's classic Stankonia, Lush's best-of Ciao!,  a new Ariel Pink single that features Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, and a new Spoon 10" featuring their cover of The Cramps' "TV Set."

Some other RSD Black Friday exclusives/firsts: vinyl reissues of Buzzcocks' Music in a Different Kitchen, The Clash's debut album, Faith No More's pre-Mike Patton 1985 debut album We Care a Lot, Ween's The Pod, a two-disc colored vinyl edition of Garbage's debut album, The Jesus & Mary Chain's odds-and-sods compilation Barbed Wire Kisses, and the rock-meets-rap Judgement Night soundtrack (where Mudhoney met Sir Mix-a-Lot).

In the more curious department, there's a 30th anniversary double-vinyl reissue of the 1985 Transformers Movie soundtrack that featured Stan Bush's "The Touch" (later reused in Boogie Nights to great ironic effect).  The gatefold jacket "completely 'transforms' all four sides from an Autobot themed jacket to a Decepticon themed jacket." Cool? There's also a vinyl soundtrack for Sharknado 3, which if you're an indie band/label wondering why you can't get your album pressed till July, this could be a contributing factor.

There are lots more RSD Black Friday 2015 releases and you can peruse the whole list here.

by Bill Pearis

Blood Orange Sandra's Smile

Blood Orange has just released a new single, "Sandra's Smile," and an accompanying music video which Dev Hynes directed and co-edited. The song definitely owes a little to Michael Jackson in the chorus; the black and while video, meanwhile, was shot all over NYC and is a nice bit of street life. Check it out below.

Dev will also be performing live at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theatre on December 12. Billed as "Blood Orange & Friends," the show promises to debut a lot of new material -- early versions of which may have been tested out at that Elvis Guesthouse show -- as well as a number of special guests. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Says Dev:

Playing music saved my life; if it wasn't for the chance to play cello or piano when I was a kid growing up in Essex, I shudder to think where I'd be right now. At this point in my life, all that matters to me is giving back to communities and making people happy, so I have decided to put on a fun night of performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem that is hopefully affordable to all, with all proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. New York City, let's have some fun!
Tickets for the Apollo show go on sale Friday (10/30) at noon with a BLOODORANGE.NYC presale starting Wednesday (10/28) at noon. Poster for the Apollo show, and the "Sandra's Smile" video, below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange shares new single "Sandra's Smile" and video, playing benefit show at The Apollo in December"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
Contemporary Color
Contemporary Color
Contemporary Color

In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.

The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]

After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...

Continue reading "David Byrne, St. Vincent, Zola Jesus, Dev Hynes & more played 'Contemporary Color' at Barclays (pics / video)"

photo: Beirut @ 50 Kent, 2014 (more by PSquared)
Beirut at 50 Kent

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom
Beirut's new album, No No No, isn't out till September but those who managed to get tickets will get an early preview in intimate confines.

Make Music NY
Make Music NY is back for an ninth year, celebrating the spirit of live music all over NYC on Sunday, June 21. In addition to many acts playing on street-corners, parks and other public locations, as usual, there are a number of special events, all of which are free: mass concerts with ukuleles and theremins, buildings used as percussion instruments, concerts in graveyards and lots more.

Punk Island @ Staten Island Pier 1
Part of MMNY, this free festival features 100 punk bands from all over the world, playing across seven stages on a pier in Staten Island.

D'Angelo and The Vanguard, Gary Clark Jr. @ Forest Hills Stadium
Neo-soul great D'Angelo may take a very long time releasing albums, but it's always worth the wait because the three that he has are masterpieces. That includes 2014's Black Messiah.

Bang On A Can Marathon @ The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
Ten hours of continuous, boundary-stretching music, including brass band covers of Pixies songs, So Percussion performing with Nels Cline and Bobby Previte and the US premiere of the Glenn Branca Ensemble's "Ascension Three." Noon - 10 PM, free, and you can also watch it online.

Clearwater Festival @ Croton Point Park (Hudson, NY)
One of the most chill, pleasant festival experiences to be had, Clearwater takes place along the Hudson River in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Today's lineup includes The Felice Brothers, Guster, Ani DiFranco, Bettye LaVette, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and more.

Christopher Owens, EZTV, Overlake @ Mercury Lounge
The onetime Girls frontman dropped new album Chrissybaby Forever on us out of the blue and was a nice return to the kind of back-to-basics guitar pop Owens is really good at. Openers for this show are good too: EZTV make early-'80s style janglepop and Overlake specialize is melodic, shoegazy fuzz.

RVIVR, War on Women, Arm Candy, Rips @ Palisades
Two socially/politically conscious punk bands, RVIVR and War On Women, team up for what's sure to be a ripping show. Good local support too.

Tim Kinsella, Jimmy Whispers, High Life
Emo and experimental rock veteran Tim Kinsella has a lot planned for this year, as he's Joyful Noise's Artist In Residence. Maybe that means we'll hear some new music tonight, and hopefully some stuff from his other bands too (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls, etc).

Om @ Saint Vitus
Om is the collaborative project of two very busy musicians, Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons), and together they make out-there psychedelic music. Tonight's their first of two shows at Saint Vitus.

Zhe Zhe, Beau, Ronald Paris, Frankie Cosmos, DJ Raws @ Baby's All Right
This is a day show to support the Girl Props kickstarter and features solo sets from Frankie Cosmos and Porches' Ronald Paris, among others. Starts at noon.

Blood Orange, Flat White (DJ Set) @ MoMA
Part of the Yoko Ono exhibit at MoMA, this is a sunrise 50th anniversary celebration of her Morning Piece (1964) to George Maciunas. Blood Orange will perform new music at this show. It starts at 5:25 AM, and is over by  8 AM, so chances are it's already over by the time you read this. Also it's sold out.

Mephiskapheles, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Slow Children @ Rocks Off Cruise
Ska on a boat? There's probably worse ways to spend a Sunday. And hey remember, if you drop anything overboard, don't pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!

The Game's The Documentary 10th anniversary show that would have happened at BB King's tonight has been cancelled. Refunds available.

It's the first day of Summer, and it's also Father's Day, so don't forget to call, visit or remember your dad!

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by Andrew Sacher


Heems is a few weeks away from releasing his new album, Eat, Pray, Thug (due 3/10 via Megaforce), and he's now put out its second single, "Home." It features vocals from Blood Orange main man Dev Hynes, adventurous production, and it's hardly something you'd call a rap song. Listen, along with another new song that didn't make the record (via Rolling Stone) below.

Heems plays a release show for the album on March 10 at Santos Party House. Since we last spoke, Sandunes and Rizzla were added. Tickets are still available.

In related news, past Heems collaborator and fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson put out a new song this week from his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful (due 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic). You can stream that below too. He also has a release show scheduled, March 24 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Heems releases Blood Orange collab from new LP (new Action Bronson out now too)"

New Myths

The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."

The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.

There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Iceage, Grouper & more appearing at Mexican Summer's New Myths fest in Marfa, TX"

Dev Ariel Carly

Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and former Foreign Born member (remember them?) Ariel Rechtshaid know a thing or two about hit-making. They teamed up previously for Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" and Solange's "Losing You." On his own, Ariel contributed significant co-writing and production to Charli XCX's True Romance, co-wrote Usher's "Climax," produced Haim's Days Are Gone and Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, and plenty more. In addition to Dev's own project Blood Orange (and past projects like Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles), he can be found contributing to Florence & the Machine, Kyle Minogue, Theophilus London, almost Britney Spears and more.

Now Dev and Ariel are teaming up once again to work with the voice behind "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen, as the above instagram points out. "Recorded one of my fav songs today with - @devhynes and @arielrechtshaid," Carly writes. Could be interesting.

by Andrew Sacher


Some may say 2014 was a slow year for rap, but it doesn't look like anyone's gonna be saying that about 2015. We already got recent announcements of a new Action Bronson album (hear a new song) and a new Joey Bada$$ album (hear a new song ft. Kiesza), and now Heems has announced that he'll release Eat, Pray, Thug on March 10 via Megaforce. (Not to mention we're likely getting albums from Kanye, Kendrick, Chance and A$AP Rocky this year.)

Heems has stayed active since Das Racist broke up, releasing mixtapes and other things, but this will be his first official solo album. The album features guitar from Blood Orange and Rafiq Bhatia, plus production from Blood Orange as well as Gordon Voidwell, Harry Fraud, Boody B and more. Gordon produced the first single, "Sometimes," which is a banger and can be streamed below.

Continue reading "Heems announces debut solo LP ft. Blood Orange & others, shares new single "Sometimes" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


Montreal's TOPS released their second album, Picture You Staring, which features one of my favorite songs of the year, "Way to Be Loved." (You can check out the video for that, complete with Mac DeMarco's NSFW-if-you-pay-attention cameo, below.) The band have been touring for most of 2014 and were last in NYC for CMJ. TOPS will dip into the U.S. side of the border again in late winter, including NYC at Baby's All Right on March 14. That's a late night show (doors at midnight) following the separate Lust for Youth show earlier that night. While the rest of the bill has not been announced, tickets are on sale now.

If you're in Los Angeles for New Year's Eve, TOPS are playing the Park Plaza Hotel as part of a celebratory extravaganza with Classixx, Kindness, and headliners Blood Orange. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "TOPS touring, including LA NYE show with Blood Orange, and NYC in March (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...

NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.

The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.

There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).

Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.

Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).

Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.

Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.

To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.

The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: Smoke DZA, Kevin Gates, YG, Lil Durk, Iggy Azalea, Tinashe, Theophilus London, Rakim & more"

Star Slinger
Star Slinger

Star Slinger is playing a secret New Year's Eve show on the west coast and right after that hooking up with fellow beatmaker Trippy Turtle (aka maybe Cashmere Cat) for a short tour. That tour hits NYC on January 2 at Webster Hall (aka the Friday after NYE), and tickets for that show are on sale now. That's two days after Kiesza will get Webster Hall dancing on NYE. All Star Slinger/Trippy Turtle dates are listed below.

Star Slinger has also done a number of remixes recently. He took on "Won't Look Back" by Duke Dumont (who also gets NYC moving on New Year's Eve), iLoveMakonnen's "Tuesday" (that Makonnen played at Mercury Lounge and on "The Tonight Show" last night), Blood Orange's "On The Line," ODESZA's "Say My Name" and MAUSI's "My Friend Has Swimming Pool."

Stream all those remixes, with a video of Makonnen on "The Tonight Show" and the list of Star Slinger dates, below...

Continue reading "Star Slinger touring w/ Trippy Turtle, remixed iLoveMakonnen (who played "The Tonight Show"), Duke Dumont & others"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Julian / Blood Orange (via Jeanette Diaz)
Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz brought their tour to the Strokes frontman's former hometown of NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/25) in support of their zany debut album, Tyranny. While Julian's most known (and most loved) for his Velvet Underground/Television-inspired leather jacket rockers, and has since also ventured into synth pop and new wave, his new album with The Voidz has him making weirdo out-there psychedelic pop that has more in common with Ariel Pink than Lou Reed. They played most of the album, but did dip into Julian's solo career for "River of Brakelights" and into The Strokes' catalog for two off 2005's First Impressions of Earth, "Ize of the World" and "You Only Live Once," the latter of which saw Dev Hynes joining the band on vocals (video below).

Dev also opened the show with his Blood Orange project, and was sporting a shirt emblazoned with "BLACK LIVES MATTER," the hashtag that's been trending since the Ferguson case ruling was announced. Julian mentioned Ferguson on stage too, and after the show Dev took to Twitter to reflect:

Tonight I got to sing with a hero onstage in the city I love on a day I woke up alive and well. This is luck. It's all luck. We are told that our lives don't matter. Daily. Not just in situations like this that bring it to light. Let's look after ourselves. Let's look after each other. We are all we have and we have to stand up for ourselves & our neighbors. All lives matter. DO NOT FORGET. I know some of you feel this deep sadness. Like a fist pushing you down. Others may just feel bummed out for a day, but to those who have lived with this constant scrutiny & lack of importance in these eyes of others, it's more than a news story to us. Keep that in mind.
Shabazz Palaces, who have been on tour with Julian, played after Blood Orange, adding a dose of hip hop to the bill. They've also got a new album to support, and mixed stuff off that with stuff off their 2011 debut Black Up. Shabazz also joined Julian as guest musicians on "Father Electricity" during his set, but SP's Ishmael Butler didn't take over on lead vocals this time like he did in Montreal.

Unfortunately our photographer missed the openers, but more pictures of The Voidz, plus video of the Julian/Dev collab, a few other Voidz videos and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz played Hammerstein, did a Strokes song w/ Dev Hynes (pics, video, setlist)"

Blood Orange at FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Blood Orange

As mentioned, Julian Casablancas + Voidz are currently on their tour, and will play NYC next week at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on 11/25 with Shabazz Palaces. Added to that bill is Blood Orange who you may have seen opening for the Voidz at Shea Stadium). Tickets for what's now a pretty strong triple bills are still available, and we're also giving away a pair.

Contest details, and updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange added to Julian Casablancas/Shabazz Palaces NYC show (win tix! +++ updated tour dates)"

Drake @ SOB's (via)

Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.

iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.

Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).

Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.

Mac DeMarco, who DJs again at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night, showed up to DJ the Captured Tracks day party at Baby's All Right yesterday, after a DJ set by PP's Meredith Graves.

The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.

Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...

Continue reading "Drake surprised SOB's last night, Dev Hynes played with Kindness, Mac DeMarco DJ'd & more (it's CMJ)"

photos by Ilya S. Savenok, Bryan Derballa & Luis Ruiz

SPOON, Dev Hynes & Danny Brown
SONOS Studio
SONOS Studio
SONOS Studio

Sonos is in the midst of a week-long Sonos Studio NYC residency at NeueHouse. Each day there's a variety of cool events in their intimate space (that hopefully you RSVP'd to before RSVP closed).

On Tuesday (9/30), Spoon stopped by to present the world premiere of a collaborative video and audio installation between Spoon and artist JD Walsh. In the installation, Walsh deconstructs and abstracts sounds from the track 'Outliers' off Spoon's new album They Want My Soul. FADER presented a Best Coast performance there the same day, and then Dev Hynes and Brooklyn's The Principals unveiled "Ancient Chaos" which was "inspired by the freedom of SONOS speakers to travel anywhere and impact space with sound.... free floating kinetic units embedded with SONOS speakers....A floating landscape that physically expands and contracts in connection with light and sound." The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones hosted a Q&A with the artists afterwards. Dev also played a set.

On Wednesday, (10/1), Aloe Blacc talked about stuff ("Imagine if all the politicians around the world were raised listening to Bob Marley--could be a different place"). The Skins, Flight Facilities and and Mikky Ekko all also played that day.

Thursday brought the rowdiest moment when Danny Brown played a set to the crowd lucky to see the rapper in a venue MUCH smaller than Webster Hall where he played later that night, and much smaller than House of Vans where he plays tonight (10/3).

Today they continue the party with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and Party Supplies, "very special surprise guests", and more. You can see the remaining schedule (it ends Sunday) at the Sonos Studio NYC RSVP page. More pictures of some of the action so far, below...

Continue reading "Spoon, Danny Brown, Dev Hynes, Best Coast & more visited Sonos Studio NYC (pics)"

Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)
Julian Casablancas

Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)
Blood Orange

As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.

Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?

Julian tours bigger venues in October.

photos by Adela Loconte

The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
FYF Fest 2014
FYF Fest 2014
FYF Fest 2014

[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.

One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]

LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.

More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 pics (Slint, The Strokes, Grimes, Future Islands, Phoenix, Boris, Interpol, Murder City Devils, Haim, more)"

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Outkast / Janelle Monae / Blood Orange
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival

Earlier this month, we sent longtime BrooklynVegan contributor Dominick Mastrangelo to the three-day 2014 Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Here's his report and photos from Day 3...

The final day of Flow began with a lunchtime party for those of us in the press corps, hosted by Radio Helsinki at their offices a short walk away from the festival grounds. The party was co-hosted by Nordic Playlist and Music Finland. (Nordic Playlist offers weekly curated playlists by artists and tastemakers covering Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Here are a couple of playlists including the Flow playlist by Flow Festival artistic director, Tuomas Kallio.) There was easy conversation over fish hot dogs and sparkling white wine, as people recounted afterparty adventures, shared highlights of the festival and tipped their selections for Day 3.

It was another pristine summer day in Helsinki and things kicked off a littler earlier with the catchy/swooning pop of Iisa, lead singer of Finnish band Regina, over at the Main Stage. Then it was on to Finnish electro-pop duo Sin Cos Tan, comprised of Jori Hulkkonen and Juho Paalosmaa (whose voice is a dead ringer for the Cure's Robert Smith), at the Black Tent.

After a little bit of downtime, I headed over to the Blue Tent for Blood Orange. Dev Hynes hobbled out on a crutch, his left knee secured in a black brace following the alleged assault on him and girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, at Lollapalooza the weekend before. Hynes apologized for not being as mobile as he usually is before the band started their set.

I stuck around for a few minutes before dashing over to catch a little bit of the UK's Jungle in the Black Tent. But my time there was short as well because I didn't want to miss any of Janelle Monáe on the Main Stage. I approached the photo pit just as a straight jacket-clad Monáe was being delivered via dolly front and center. This was the soul singer's second time at Flow - she graced the Blue Tent back in 2011 - but it was my first time seeing her and I was won over in the first couple minutes. Monáe is the consummate performer and her energy was so damn infectious. She tireless worked the stage, the crowd, danced with her band, who were all effortlessly cool. If she had been the headliner on the Main Stage instead of OutKast, I'm not sure anyone would have minded.

With Janelle Monáe looking on André 3000 and Big Boi came out to a bass so thumping loud for "B.O.B." my shirt was fluttering from my body. Except for a clever/not clever refrain of "What the Helllllllsinki," that grew tiresome between almost every song, their set was one big party. They rolled through hits like "Ms. Jackson," "Roses" and "The Way You Move." Girls were called for and duly took the stage to dance along to "Hey Ya!" which was always going to be the highlight of the set. Was anybody not singing or dancing? If so, I didn't see them.

2014 Flow Festival

I stuck around for a couple more songs and then made my way to the Black Tent for my final band of the festival - Slowdive. I just saw the English shoegazers at Pitchfork Festival a few weeks ago, but seeing them inside the tent at night (where there was more of a club show vibe) as opposed to the piercing late-afternoon Chicago sun, made it seem more epic. And indeed, as the band crescendoed through the five-minute outro of Golden Hair with lights flashing all over the stage and out into the crowd to cap a brilliant set, I couldn't think of a better way to end the festival.

In the end, there were a little over 57,000 people who attended the three days of Flow and it's easily the best outdoor music festival I've attended. There's really nothing like it in the States. From the setting, to the city, to the curation and social responsibility... And I didn't even talk about how chill pretty much most of the festival attendees were. No douchebaggery and drunkenness was at a minimum. And except for my frustration at people talking during Bill Callahan's set on Saturday, the crowds were entirely warm, enthusiastic and respectful. If we could get just one festival like Flow over here I'd be there in a heartbeat. As it is, I'll just have to wait another year to return to Helsinki.

Pictures from Flow Festival Day 1 are HERE and Day 2 are HERE. More from Day 3 below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad

Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
Blood Orange
Blood Orange
Sean Nicholas Savage

In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]

Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.

Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...

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Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange

Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.

As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.

All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Helsinki has some nice architecture...

After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...

With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.

Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.

In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.

Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...

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Urbani and Hynes during Blood Orange Lollapalooza set (photo by @alwayssonny)

Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani are claiming the were assaulted by security guards at Lollapalooza following their Blood Orange performance at the festival on Friday (8/1). Via Hynes' Twitter feed last night:

Both Hynes and Urbani were wearing homemade "Stop Police Brutality" t-shirts, and his bore the names of victims Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and Trayvon Martin. Garner died July 17 after being put in a chokehold by a New York police officer and his death was officially ruled a homicide on Friday.

Last night, Urbani also tweeted that "BTW after talking w lollapalooza ppl we've discovered the guards who assaulted us were NOT lolla staff, but privately hired for that stage" but that tweet has since been deleted. She wrapped up her tweets with these last night:

Lollapalooza has now issued a statement:
Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival.
More on this as it develops.