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DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Hospice Gates (MP3)

Dan Deacon dance contest @ Bonnaroo 2010 (russroe)
Dan Deacon

Did you catch Lower Dens at the show Saturday at Co-Op 87? Regardless, make sure to get to Red Hook Park (map) early enough this evening, June 15th, to catch them when they open for the Dan Deacon Ensemble at the Summerstage show happening there. The free show starts at 7pm.

Dan Deacon, like Jay-Z, played Bonnaroo over the weekend. NPR has the stream archived. Coming up, post-Red Hook, you can also catch Dan at this summer's Whartscape Festival.

Lower Dens have three more shows at the end of June including the Impose Northside Festival show on June 26th at Death By Audio...

Impose Northside Show!

Lower Dens
Dark Dark Dark
Matteah Baim
Frankie and the Outs
Total Slacker

$10, doors at 8pm.

Matteah Baim also plays with Lower Dens in Philly and Baltimore. All dates below...

Continue reading "Lower Dens opening for Dan Deacon (who played Bonnaroo) in Red Hook (tonight), playing Impose Northside & other dates "

Jay-Z @ Bonnaroo 2010 (ladymelisande)
Jay Z

Tickets for the JAY-Z and Eminem concert on September 13 at Yankee Stadium will go on sale on June 25 at 10:00 a.m. online at Ticketmaster, phone at (800) 745-3000, via Ticketmaster TTY at (800) 943-4327 and at select area Ticketmaster outlets.

It will be the second of a home-and-home series of shows for New York City-native JAY-Z and Detroit-area-native Eminem, as the pair will also perform at Detroit's Comerica Park on September 2.

You'll have to wait until June 25th to get tickets to Jay-Z & Eminem at Yankee Stadium, though tickets to the December 30th New Era Pinstripe Bowl go on sale today, June 15th, at noon.

Jay-Z was one of the headliners of Bonnaroo over the weekend. NPR isn't streaming his set, but they do have Nas & Damian Marley, and you can watch some high quality Jay-Z Bonnaroo videos below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z played Bonnaroo, Yankee Stadium tix on sale 6/25"

The xx @ Webster Hall in March (more by Bao Nguyen)
The xx

"Marry me, Oliver!" was the cry from a desperate girl in the crowd when the trio finally took the stage under low light to begin systematically breaking hearts, including mine. (Mr. Blue Sky, don't fail me now!!) For those who missed Joy Division the first time, I am so happy you have your own version now -- as Oliver Sim and Romy Croft whispered the first words of a delicately slowed-down "Crystalised," they were joined by hundreds of quiet, worshipful voices in the crowd, and I found myself mesmerized by their totally depressing stage presence. (Croft's sadness alone could make a dorm at Sarah Lawrence crumble into dust.) Their strength comes in stillness, in the ability to distill all the dance grooves of their contemporaries into a single note plucked over and over from a single string. At close distance, they are a stunning live band.

In the back of a muddy tent? Maybe not so stunning -- I crawled out from the mobbed sidestage and wrapped around to the center of gen pop, where the crowd was already starting to wander away, engaged in conversation or spastic dancing or the eating of brown foods. Some dude walked past me and muttered something to his buddy about what would happen if "the dude from Depeche Mode who killed himself" could see this band. I started to notice that from afar, the stoic plucking of a single string with whispered lyrics layered on top doesn't really hold anyone's attention. But there wasn't much I could do short of find a border collie and try to herd people deeper into the tent, so I hung for a while, heard "Basic Space" (my patented I Can Leave If I Hear This Song™ system having gone into effect at midnight), and headed for the car. I may have shuffled my feet despondently a bit on the way there.
[Entertainment Weekly on the xx at Bonnaroo]

The band's full Bonnaroo set is currently streaming at NPR.

As previously mentioned, The xx will be in NYC for a free show at the Central Park SummerStage on Sunday, August 8th with Jack Penate and Chairlift. That's the day after the band plays Lollapalooza, and right before the band heads to Europe for a trip that includes an appearance at Oslo, Norway's Oya Festival. The full Oya lineup is below

The xx will be back in New York this fall for an October 2nd show at United Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 18th at 11am. That date is part of a fall tour that includes stops at Pop Montreal and Austin City Limits.

All dates, a video from Bonnaroo, the Oya lineup, and the German Melt Festival lineup (they play that too), below...

Continue reading "The xx played Bonnaroo, playing United Palace, Summerstage, Lollapalooza, ACL, Oya, Melt!, Pop Montreal & other dates"

Black Keys fan @ Bonnaroo 2010 (by Laura Fedele for WFUV)
Black Keys

Tickets go on sale at 11am for all five of SPIN's 25th Anniversary shows.

7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
Check out what the Flaming Lips just did at Bonnaroo (a festival The National and The Black Keys also played).

The My Morning Jacket five-night pass goes on sale at noon. Those five nights all happen at Terminal 5 and each feature a different MMJ album live.

A lot of Pixies tickets go/went on sale today. That includes the September 7th PA show which is on sale now. Still no NYC date on the band's upcoming tour.

Tickets are on sale for Iggy & The Stooges in Atlantic City.

Tickets for Arcade Fire/Spoon @ MSG went on sale Saturday morning.

Flaming Lips @ Bonnaroo 2010 (The J Train)
Flaming Lips

"It's not a Bonnaroo set without a wild-card cover version. The Flaming Lips and an allied group, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, played the entirety of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" with no deference at all. With fuzztone bass and wah-wah guitars, a garage-rock kick and non-portentous vocals, it went lurching toward Flaming Lips' disheveled version of madness rather than Pink Floyd's majestic one.

Wayne Coyne, to stir up the crowd, claimed there was actual money inside some of the balloons released during "Money." Who knows?"
[NY Times]

You can listen to the Flaming Lips' 2-set performance in NPR's archive. People have also posted it for download.

Tickets are on sale at 11am for the upcoming Flaming Lips show at Terminal 5.

More pictures, various videos, and the setlist from Bonnaroo, below...

Continue reading "Flaming Lips played Dark Side of the Moon @ Bonnaroo (pics, video, setlist, download, stream), NYC show on sale today"

Bonnaroo masses line up @ a water station in the Tennessee heat (suesthegrl)

"MANCHESTER, Tenn.- The heat is possibly to blame for a death at Bonnaroo in Manchester.

David Sloane, 29, from North Carolina collapsed early Sunday morning in front of medical personnel. Medics rushed him to the hospital where he later died.

The Tullahoma News reports Sloane had a core body temperature of 108. The medical examiner will now do an autopsy to figure out exactly how he died." [Channel5]

Sad news from Bonnaroo. USA Today also has an article about the heat. "We've been a little more worried because the heat index is over 100 degrees," Coffee County sheriff Steve Graves says. A video about the heat below...

Continue reading "it was hot @ Bonnaroo, one man died "

New Marijuana

"Authorities say an arrest in Scott County has made them more aware of a new kind of often abused substance -- something some call the "new marijuana."

Drug agents arrested Sytanya Darren Fells on Friday during a traffic stop on Highway 27 in Oneida. Fells is wanted in Knox County for felony theft and in Florida for felony grand larson.

Fells was a passenger in a camper bound for Bonnaroo. According to drug agents, a serach of the vehicle showed the driver, Larry Thurber, was carrying 38 Xaxax pills and "Mojo" - a synthetic herbal incense often used as an alternative to marijuana." [WBIR, Knoxville, TN]

Video below...

Continue reading ""the new marijuana" discovered on its way to Bonnaroo"

Kid Cudi @ Bonnaroo (via MagicHatBrewing)
Kid Cudi

"Kid Cudi performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee despite being arrested hours earlier in New York City.

The artist arrived at the venue, telling the fans, "I really wanted to be here tonight." He is also expected to perform at tonight's concert, co-headlining with Jay-Z.

According to sources, the artist was arrested on drug and destruction charges. CuDi allegedly smashed a 24 year old woman's phone and then broke her apartment door off of its hinges." [SickHop]

Videos from Bonnaroo, including one of of Aziz Ansari introducing Kid Cudi, below...

Continue reading "Kid Cudi got arrested in NYC, but still played Bonnaroo"

Jeffrey Ross & Wayne Coyne @ Bonnaroo (via Jeffrey Ross)
Jeffrey Ross and Wayne Coyne

tonight in NYC
* Dam-Funk @ BKLYN YARD
* Leo Allen @ 2pm in Union Square
* Big Apple BBQ @ Madison Square Park
* John Zorn Improv Night@ The Stone
* Hillstock @ 967 Bergen St, Brooklyn
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucille Lortel Theatre
* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes @ Littlefield
* Care Bears On Fire, Jack Skuller @ Maxwell's
* Walter Schreifels, Brandon Reilly @ Maxwell's
* Kelli Scarr, Natureboy, Jo Schornikov @ Zebulon
* Fela! Tony Party & Afterparty @ Knitting Factory
* Girls At Dawn, Selmanaires, Carnivores @ Bruar Falls
* Pocahaunted, Prince Rama, Sleepover Forever @ Pianos
* The Jacuzzi Boys, K-Holes, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Cake Shop
* Slick Rick, B.C., Par-City @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Entrance Band, The Growlers, Orphan @ Death By Audio
* Undead Jazz Fest @ LPR, Kenny's Castaways & Sullivan Hall
* Rooftop Films at BAM w/ Teddy Blanks @ BAM Cinematek Parking Lot
* Friendo, Yourself & The Air, Murder Mystery, Nonviolence @ Glasslands
* Greg Zifcak of Eats Tapes, MNDR, synt.tofs @ Monster Island Basement
* Quintron & Miss Pussycat, JEFF The Brotherhood, Ava Luna @ Santos Party House
* Sing Me To Sleep w/ Tanya Donelly, Jenny Owen Youngs, Julie Peel (noon show) @ Joe's Pub

The Tony Awards are tonight. Fela! is up for lots of them. Knitting Factory host a party and an afterparty.

Watch the World Cup at Brooklyn Bowl.

There's also a record show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Bonnaroo concludes today. STREAM IT. Some videos from yesterday below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"

Eyehategod @ Europa in 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)

tonight in NYC
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Hillstock @ 106 Emerson Pl, Brooklyn
* School of Rock All Stars @ Gramercy
* VDRK, Free Magic @ Santos Party House
* Trashcan Sinatras @ Sound Fix Records
* Sleep 8 Over & Future Shuttle @ Co-Op 87 (afternoon)
* The Etymology of Bird (play) @ Von King Park
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucille Lortel Theatre
* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes @ 92YTribeca
* Otis, Afroskull (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Trashcan Sinatras, The Candles @ Maxwell's
* Free Blood, Hidden Fee$, TV Baby @ Union Pool
* Rooftop Films w/ Helado Negro @ El Museo del Barrio
* Leroy Justice, The Ugly Suit (early) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Hacienda @ Webster Hall
* Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, Chin Chin @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Entrance Band, The Growlers (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Holy Ghost! (DJ), Classix, Jessica 6, Punches @ 88 Palace
* Undead Jazz Fest @ LPR, Kenny's Castaways & Sullivan Hall
* Future Islands, Lower Dens, Sensual Harassment @ Silent Barn
* Robbers On High Street, Israel Darling, Spouse @ Knitting Factory
* Cyro Baptista, Beat The Donkey (noon show) @ Knitting Factory
* EyeHateGod, Brutal Truth, Nachmystium, Black Anvil, Tombs @ Europa
* Pocahaunted, Sleepover Forever, Prince Rama, Expensive Looks @ Glasslands
* French Horn Rebellion, Hercules & Love Affair (DJ) (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Carnivores, The Selmanaires, Uhuzi, Bad Credit No Credit @ Death By Audio
* The 8th Annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil (film)@ Central Park SummerStage
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Allen Toussaint, Davell Crawford @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Soft Black, Ken Minami, Photon Dynamo and The Shiny Pieces, Boom Chick @ Party Expo
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band, These Are Powers, The Stallions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Underdog, Hub City Stompers, Inhuman, Billy Club Sandwich, Staring Problem @ Santos Party House

Watch the World Cup at Brooklyn Bowl.

it's Gay Pride in Park Slope.

Dam-Funk plays Bowery Ballroom tonight and DJ's what was and is sort of again the BKLYN Yard on Sunday.

The Big Apple BBQ presents free music this afternoon.

There's also a day show at Co-Op 87.

Union Pool has a free days show too.

Trashcan Sinatras for free at Sound Fix at 2.

A record fair at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday.

Bonnaroo continued in TN. STREAM IT. And check out some videos below...

Naked people on bikes.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Saturday?"

NoBunny @ LPR in 2009 (more by Jake Forney)

tonight in NYC
* Yeasayer DJing @ the AMNH
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Whoopie Pie OV Life @ The Stone
* Oh You Devil, Ivana XL @ Sycamore
* The Etymology of Bird (play) @ Von King Park
* German Measles, Creeptales @ Don Pedro
* William Basinski @ 110 Livingston St
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucille Lortel Theatre
* Rooftop Films w/ Natureboy @ Open Road Rooftop
* Trashcan Sinatras, The Candles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Cocorosie, Diane Cluck, Light Asylum @ Terminal 5
* Budos Band @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Temptress
* Friendo, Yourself & The Air, The Sundelles @ Cake Shop
* Dead Meadow, Naam @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Jewel
* Goes Cube, The Giraffes, East of The Wall @ The Bell House
* Ghost of a Sabre Toothed Tiger (Sean Lennon), Jordan Galland @ Union Pool
* White Hinterland, Sam Buck Rosen, Delicate Steve @ 92YTribeca
* Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs, Henry Wolfe @ Mercury Lounge
* Starscream, Nullsleep, Knife City @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Akoya Afrobeat, Ikebe Shakedown, Superhuman Happiness @ Southpaw
* The Spits, Nobunny Jacuzzi Boys, Liquor Store @ Knitting Factory
* The Little Death, Lady Rizo and The Assettes @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Fight Amp, Hull, Millions, Mose Giganticus, Dark Vibe @ Glasslands
* Man Forever, W.H.I.T.E., Spreaders, Hunters @ Monster Island Basement
* David Allan Coe, Jonny Corndawg, Tim Barry @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sick of it All, Maximum Penalty, This Is Hell, Last Call Brawl @ Gramercy Theatre
* Aux Arc, Sunglasses, Psychobuildings, Magic Man, Distractions, Rudely Interrupted @ Pianos
* Quintron & Miss Pussycat, JEFF The Brotherhood, Golden Triangle, PC Worship @ Death By Audio
* The Aerosols, Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom, Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e) @ Rock Star Bar
* Bridges and Powerlines, Drunken Barn Dance, Matt Jones, That's him! That's The Guy! @ Bruar Falls
* Hillstock w/ The Eskalators, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Fiasco, No Courage, The Shakes, Ava Luna @ Shea Stadium

Check out This Week in Indie.

A whole bunch of tickets went on sale including five big SPIN 25th anniversary shows.

Sean Lennon and friends played Milk Studios last night. Tonight they're at Union Pool.

Bonnaroo is happening this weekend and is streaming online. Some videos from last night below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

Neon Indian @ Bonnaroo 2010 (WFUV)
Neon Indian Bonnaroo

Neon Indian brought topless body-painted "Neon Indians" on stage at the end of their Bonnaroo set last night (6/10). That set (as of 1:50pm EST) is about to stream online (though whether they cut that part remains to be seen) (note that the streaming times are not EST and that the YouTube stream is video and NPR is audio and that they have different schedules).

Some pictures (NSFW) of the Neon Indians and a video interview with Alan from two hours before he took the Bonnaroo stage, below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian got NSFW @ Bonnaroo (watch it online now) "

"Bonnaroo traffic is off the chain! 20 miles on each side backed up!" - Brittany Harris

"God Loves Everybody" (via)
Bonnaroo 2010

"Organizers promise the festival, now in its ninth year, will be bigger and better than ever before. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend this year's event, the largest crowd since 2007.

The stages and tents have been set for the continuous concerts, but festival attendees will have tons of other things to do as well. Concert-goers can participate in water games, play sand volleyball and take yoga classes. Big-screen televisions will also be set up on the grounds to show events such as the FIFA World Cup and the NBA Finals.

"Because we're a 24-hour event, we have a lot of time to entertain people with things other than music," said festival promoter Rick Farman. "I really think that's one of the things that makes Bonnaroo unique."

Big-name artist such as Kings of Leon and Dave Matthews are expected to take the stage over the weekend, along with Jay-Z and NeedToBreathe." [WSMV Nashville]

The four-day Bonnaroo 2010 festival kicks off today, June 10th, in Manchester, TN, with 4:15pm sets (Central time) by the Postelles and Fanfarlo. Tickets are still on sale if you want to gas up the jet and fly down.

For those not going, select sets will be streaming at NPR and on YouTube starting Friday. The NPR band lineup and the YouTube schedule is posted below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo this weekend - streaming at NPR & YouTube "

Dan Deacon @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Bao Nguyen)
Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon will play a free show in Brooklyn's Red Hook Park on Tuesday, June 15th at 7pm. The show is part of the new (york) city-wide "Summerstage" series of shows. Dan's only other scheduled show at the moment is an appearance at Bonnaroo three days earlier. He did just play a free show at Northwestern though...

"This year's One Voice Benefit Concert was held Sunday night on the East Lawn of Norris and the fundraiser featured indie darlings Dan Deacon and Boy Crisis. According to A&O member Aldis Kaza, more than 450 students attended the annual event, benefiting Freedom From Hunger and The Chicago Food Depository. Co-sponsored by Niteskool Productions, A&O Productions and Mayfest, Sunday night's concert kicked off a month of events leading up to Dillo Day on Saturday, May 29" [North by Northwestern]
Dillo Day!? Interesting time lapse video from that show, below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon playing free show in Red Hook Park & Bonnaroo, recently played Northwestern (time lapse video!)"

Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien will be going out on a 30-city tour this April, May and June. Dubbed the "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour," it'll consist of "a night of music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence" with Conan, Andy Richter and members of the Tonight show band.

The tour comes to NYC's Radio City on June 1st - a show that's already sold out. And they just added a second date at Radio City the next night, which is on sale. Its stop at the somewhat-nearby Atlantic City Borgata on May 30th has some tickets still available.

He'll also be at Bonnaroo in June. All dates below...

Continue reading "Conan O'Brien touring, playing TWO shows @ Radio City (on sale now), Bonnaroo - 2010 dates"

Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

Continue reading "the complete 2010 Bonnaroo lineup (Stevie Wonder, The Melvins, Kings of Leon, Isis, Local Natives & many more) "


The lineup to the 2010 Bonnaroo Festival is being announced today, but not all at once. Bands playing the the festival will each be announcing themselves one by one... making it like a big game for people to figure out, and...

For the first time ever, tickets will go back on sale the same day as the announcement. The top two tiers of tickets sold out quickly during our Holiday pre-sale in December, so make sure to act fast. Payment plans will once again be offered for both GA and VIP tickets.

The festival will be held from June 10-13, 2010 on our beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Get ready for an amazing four-day weekend with more than 150 of your favorite bands, top comedians, art, activities, workshops, vendors and much more.

So far Weezer, Phoenix, Dave Matthews Band, Baroness (who just announced a tour with Mastodon), and OK Go have confirmed themselves on the lineup. Let's keep track of who else in the comments. I'll also keep updating this post...

UPDATES: Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, Medeski Martin & Wood, Punch Brothers, Isis, Chromeo w/ guest Daryl Hall, The Avett Brothers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Carolina Chocolate Drops (video below), Big Sam's Funky Nation, Neon Indian, The Black Keys, Monte Montgomery, Bassnectar, The Constellations, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Ingrid Michaelson, Blues Traveler, 311, The xx, Mayer Hawthorne and the County, Regina Spektor, Wale, Norah Jones, Jay-Z, Thievery Corporation, GWAR, She & Him, Jimmy Cliff, Tokyo Police Club, Kid Cudi, Japandroids, Dr. Dog, Baaba Maal, Zac Brown Band, The National, John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine, Manchester Orchestra, Local Natives, Dropkick Murphys, Jay Electronica, The Postelles, Reblution, Damien Marley & Nas, NeedtoBreathe, Tenacious D, Jamey Johnson, They Might Be Giants, Lotus, The Entrance Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Clutch, Tori Amos, The Melvins, The Dodos, Kings of Leon, The Dead Weather, Deadmau5, Martin Sexton, Blitzen Trapper, The Gaslight Anthem, Mumford & Sons, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Tinariwen, Here We Go Magic, Julia Nunes, Disco Biscuits, Rise Against and reportedly the Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs covering Dark Side of the Moon (still not confirmed by the band). Paul Simon is also rumored.

Continue reading "2010 Bonnaroo lineup revealing itself today (keep track of who's playing here) ++ tickets on sale at noon"


Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the dates for the ninth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Confirmed to take place June 10 - 13, 2010, the four-day festival will once again be held at the same beautiful, 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles southeast of Nashville. Ticket pre-sales for the festival will begin on November 27, 2009 and will last until 11:59pm eastern on December 31st. Bonnaroo will once again offer general admission tickets for five easy payments of $50 plus applicable fees through the holiday pre-sale. In addition, with each ticket purchase the festival will send a Bonnaroo holiday greeting card featuring a unique, iconic photo from Bonnaroo's colorful past. To get a card, purchasers must place their order by December 16th. A limited edition 2010 Bonnaroo Calendar will also be available during this period. To see a great stop motion video created by Shadow Machine (Robot Chicken, Moral Orel) about the Holiday Pre-Sale, go to bonnaroo.com.
People still use calendars? (the paper kind I mean)

words by Andrew Frisicano, P4K photos by Joseph Xu

DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo (MP3)

Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Festival 6/21 (more by Chris La Putt)
Elvis Perkins

Drift: You're playing Bonaroo this year, and you did last year. Do you enjoy playing festivals?

Elvis Perkins: Yeah. The festival atmosphere and scene is good fun. Especially when people are all sort of holed up in one place, have pilgrimaged their way to a certain spot, like what you get at Bonaroo or Sasquatch, that you don't necessarily get at Lollapalooza. That behind-the-scenes thing is fun, and just taking part in something like a modern day religious-less pilgrimage, a Mecca of sorts, if good. It lets everyone know that they're alive. The playing of the sets themselves can sometimes be challenging, but once you get thrown to the fire, you get used to the temperature. And if you can accept that it's going to be somewhat chaotic and that it's not going to sound very good, at least to you, on stage, then it can definitely be an enjoyable moment. The last time I was at Bonaroo, I certainly wasn't in the best spirits, or in the best shape rest-wise or nutrient-wise, so it was a bit of a struggle for me against the heat and the dust. But this time I'm prepared, and I know what awaits. This time I'm going to take Bonaroo before it takes me.

If you caught Elvis at Bonnaroo, you may have noticed Justin Vernon of Bon Iver joining the band on stage for the last two songs of their set. Elvis Perkins in Dearland returned the favor by adding horns to Bon Iver's "For Emma" and their cover of Yo La Tengo's "I Feel Like Going Home." See the videos below.

Bonnaroo wasn't the only festival Perkins played this summer. We recently posted pics of him at Newport Folk Festival and at the Clearwater Festival. He'll also be at Seattle's Bumbershoot in September.

Perkins's winter '09 tour made two NYC stops - one at the Bell House and one in March at the Bowery Ballroom. At the latter, Perkins ended the night by leading the packed crowd through the soapy confines of the NYC subway system for an encore. Elvis Perkins in Dearland will return to that venue for a show on Friday, December 4th with Bowerbirds. Maybe this time they'll head over the Williamsburg Bridge. Which would leave them not far from their next show, December 5th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 12th at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.

Bowerbirds are not playing the Music Hall show - opener TBA on that one. Bowerbirds are currently still on tour with Megafaun who they played Bowery Ballroom with in July 2009 which was not that long before they played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago (more pictures from that show below). In July 2008, Bowerbirds opened for Bon Iver at Bowery Ballroom (it was part of a larger tour).

Bon Iver has a new project with a new album and tour dates too.

Videos of the above-mentioned Bonnaroo collaborations, P4k pictures, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Elvis Perkins & Bowerbirds played festivals, returning to NYC (pictures, videos & 2009 tour dates) "

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]
Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...

Continue reading "a set of pictures from Bonnaroo 2009 "

The Girl is Mine

"It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.

I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world." [Paul McCartney]

Since announcing the three July shows at Citi Field, Paul McCartney has announced shows at FedExField in Maryland, Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and two shows at Fenway Park in Boston (August 5th & 6th). MGMT are opening both of those Boston shows, and tickets for both of them, go on sale today (Monday) at 10am.

MGMT also have shows coming up July 1st at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, August 2nd at All Points West, and other places. They recently played Bonnaroo, and apparently Bruce Springsteen hung around to check them out.

All dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney tour dates - 2 Boston shows w/ MGMT (tix)"

photos by Lori Baily

backstage shenanigans at the Bell House
Robyn Hitchcock

On Thursday [June 11th] I saw Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey - at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Ken Stringfellow of the Posies opened in a solo capacity; he was preceded by Takka Takka.

Despite owning at least eight of his albums, and enjoying them always, I'm not the world's biggest Robyn Hitchcock expert. But I was surrounded by people who were, and they rated it one of his better shows... [Tony Fletcher]

Robyn Hitchcock opened for the Decemberists at Radio City a day before that. Two days after the Bell House show, he performed at this year's Bonnaroo...
"This is the first festival I've really been to since seeing Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wright in 1970," [Hitchcock] tells Spinner. With his typical self-deprecating sense of humor -- we think that's what it is, anyway -- he recalls that after the massive Isle of Wright festival, as a performer he "decided to take a different tact and wherever there were going to be lots of people I'd be naught," says Hitchcock. "And, 40 years later, I'm beginning to reconsider my game. Should I do more public appearances where there are people? A lot of my colleagues in show business have answered with a vigorous nod -- 'Yes, Robin, play in front of an audience.'"

So Robin Hitchcock and the Venus 3 did indeed take the stage, to massive applause and in front of thousands...

That trend continues. His next show is at Glastonbury later this month. His next scheduled stateside gig will be at the Austin City Limits Festival in October. More Bell House pictures below...

Continue reading "Robyn Hitchcock (now playing festivals) played Bonnaroo & the Bell House w/ Ken Stringfellow & Takka Takka (pics) "

The Drums @ Cake Shop in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Drums

tonight in NYC
* Bilal @ Blue Note
* Old 97's @ Maxwell's
* Mika @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* John Hammond @ City Winery
* Diana Krall @ Carnegie Hall
* John Hammond @ Hudson Square
* Build, Greta Gertler @ Joe's Pub
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas @ Zebulon
* Little Joy, The Dead Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bedouin Sound Clash, DeLeon @ Mercury Lounge
* Exact Change 20th Anniversary @ Issue Project Room
* Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Anni Rossi, Pearl & The Beard @ Pianos
* The Legends, The Drums, Soft City, Care Bears On Fire @ The Bell House
* Patrick Wolf, Living Things, Jaguar Love, Plastiscines @ Highline Ballroom
* Patterson Hood & The Screwtopians, Will Johnson, Kevn Kinney @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary Wilson, Birds of Avalon, Animal Cruel-T, Silk Flowers, Ted Leo (DJ), Spencer Sweeney (DJ) @ Santos Party House

John Hammond plays a free set at the first Hudson Square free Tuesday show. He'll also play a ticketed late set at the neighboring City Winery.

Little Joy, who opened for Regina Spektor last week, headlines a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood plays the first of two NYC solo shows, tonight at MHOW.

New music ensemble Build collaborates with Greta Gertler at Joe's Pub. On the program, "In addition to performing separately, Greta and Build will join forces in premiering new string arrangements by Build's Matt McBane for songs from Greta's forthcoming album The Universal Thump."

Publisher Exact Change celebrates its 20th anniversary at Issue Project Room tonight with music and performances by "Joan La Barbara, Loren Connors, Alan Licht, Till by Turning, Alex Waterman, Barbara Epler, James Hoff, Kenneth Goldsmith, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang responding to and reading the work of Joseph Cornell, Franz Kafka, Morton Feldman, Stefan Thermerson, Leonora Carrington, Unica Zurn and John Cage."

Santos hosts Stones Throw funk singer and recluse Gary Wilson tonight. Tuesdays are also the venue's weekly Sessions at Santa's parties. This week's lineup includes Birds of Avalon and DJ Ted Leo. Leo just wrapped up his tour with the Pharmacists and Titus Andronicus last night at Maxwell's.

Santos part-owner Andrew W.K. (who tends to hang around the club a lot) won't be there. He's in Vancouver, BC, appearing at the release show for his split 7-inch with Nardwuar & The Evaportors. That record, A Wild Pear, comes out today.

Yesterday, we posted a video of Triumph at Bonnaroo. Another video of the Insult Comic Dog, with clips of Dirty Projectors and A.A. Bondy at the fest, below...

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