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Buffy 2015 Polaris

UPDATE: And the winner is... Buffy Sainte-Marie's Power in the Blood.

Canada's Polaris Music Prize, which is celebrating it's 10th anniversary, and is being given out tonight at the Carlu in Toronto right now (September 21). Nominees Alvvays, Braids, Jennifer Castle, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and the soon-not-to-be-called Viet Cong will perform live (some of which with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) while the jury try and decide which album will win. The gala is hosted by Fred Penner, who hosted a very popular kids show in the 1980s. You can watch it live, below.

Speaking of Viet Cong, even though they have announced they're changing their name, some protesters are not satisfied and are giving out the t-shirts seen below to people (who will take them) going into the gala. Expect the prize (worth $50,000 to the artist) to be given out around 10 PM.

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by Bill Pearis

Empress Of / Last Lizard @ Pop Montreal 9/17/2015
Pop Montreal 2015
Pop Montreal 2015
Pop Montreal 2015

For the second day 2 of Pop Montreal (9/19) I made a concerted effort to see bands I had a) never seen before b) was unfamiliar with. It turned out pretty well. After hitting the Puces POP craft fair and briefly catching Toronto garage rockers Goodbye Honolulu at Divan Orange (very Hives-esque), I spent the first half of Thursday night at the Fixture Records showcase at La Vitrola. The Montreal label released a Sheer Agony cassette a couple years ago, and also Moss Lime who I liked. Neither of those bands played, but it was enough to trust I might like whoever else played. First up was Mavo, who are a bit like Sheer Agony -- nervy guitar pop -- who apparently haven't played live in two years. They were good, and I hope Mavo are "back."

It was maybe just coincidence that the next band, Freelove Fenner, came on stage to the sounds of Broadcast's "The Booklovers" but it was a pretty fitting intro. The trio are chilly, at times clinical, with sonic debt to minimal early-'80s postpunk like Young Marble Giants or Kleenex/Liliput. (They're also a bit like current UK band The Drink. And, yes, Broadcast too.) You can listen to their 2013 album, Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner, below. The band's next album will be released by Brooklyn's Bayonet Records.

Next was duo Chevalier Avant Garde who make slightly gothy synthpop, though it's more on the "romantic" side of goth. And definitely "pop" as even though I was hearing it for the first time, more than a couple songs stuck with me. If I had brought one of the 11 free canvas totes I've gotten in the last two days instead of leaving them all in my hotel room, I would've bought their album Resurrection Machine. (Stream it below.) They used a bunch of '80s-era step drum machines and some big crazy sequencer as backing -- I always want a live drummer, but they were still enjoyable live.

A lot of folks were at the Fixture showcase for Last Lizard, the new project from Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhang Hungtai. It was him on sax and a drummer, with some cool projections, and was fully in free jazz territory. But his silhouette against footage of a highway at night was still in David Lynch territory.

The headliner at La Vitrola was Homeshake, whose new album Midnight Snack is out today. I left before they went on but folks in NYC can catch Homeshake at Baby's All Right on October 6 (tickets) and frontman Peter Sagar plays a solo show at Elvis Guesthouse the day before (10/5, tickets). You can stream Midnight Snack below.

Pop Montreal 2015

I left because I was heading over to Piccolo Little Burgundy for the late-night Pop Montreal aftershow. Little Burgundy happens in a different space every year at Pop, this year being in the basement of big venue Rialto. (It is kind of like Webster Hall's Marlin Room.) The first act was new Montreal duo She-Devils who were a bit like U.S. Girls in that there is a post-retro vibe, using a lot of (I think) '50s and '60s samples, repurposed into something very now. It's not girl group sounds, though, it's more of a early rock n' roll or surf vibe put through a red neon filter. It is very much to my taste and I dug them a lot. They don't have any music out yet, but they'll play NYC next month opening for Majical Cloudz at National Sawdust on October 21 (tickets).

Then it was Empress Of, whose terrific, at times Bjork-y debut album, Me, came out earlier this month. Backed by drummer and a keyboardist playing some big analog synths, Lorely Rodriguez (who is Empress Of) had the crowd in her pocket from the start and played Me in full. I genuinely thought she was great. Braids played after, but it was 2 AM and I was wiped, and headed out.

Tonight (9/18) Besnard Lakes will be performing as a 17-piece "orchestra" and debuting their forthcoming album in full, which I'm excited about. (You can also catch them in regular, non-orchestra line-up opening some dates for Ride.) Pop Montreal Day 1 report is HERE and a few more day 2 iPhone pics from below...

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Arcade Fire The Reflektor Tapes

The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:

The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.
That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.

The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.

There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),

Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.

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Braids 2015

Montreal electro-pop trio Braids, who were on the road with Purity Ring not too long ago, will be on a headlining tour this fall, a tour that wraps up in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on October 22. Tickets for that show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

Braids recently made a video for "Miniskirt," from their Polaris-shortlisted album Deep in the Iris. It's a gorgeously shot video made by director Kevan Funk, and there's a little of Tarsem's '90s music video work in this. Says Kevan:

I'd been a huge fan of Braids long before I was lucky enough to be a collaborator, an element that made this video special from the outset. They came to me with a handful of very precise visual ideas that they had in mind, which in turn became my jumping off point to shape the rest of the video. I remember the first time I heard the song, I was simply kind of awestruck by the gravitational power that it seemed to imbued with and it's bold, incendiary beauty. It's a rare sort of source material to get the opportunity to work with. I wanted to create something that could compliment the track as opposed to trying to compete with it's power. When thinking about the song and it's content, I began very interested in the idea of commodification and control of femininity in a patriarchal societal construct, and liberation from that restraint. A central consideration that emerged from that was a historical relationship to nature, in terms of the patriarchal and imperial societal impulse to control, conform and dominate. That dynamic and the songs authorial resistance to that entitlement is what ultimately formed the thematic core of the video.
Watch "Miniskirt" below...

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Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

Canada's Polaris Prize has just announced it's 2015 Shortlist and these are the 10 records vying for it this year:

Viet Cong - S/T
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Caribou - Our Love
Braids - Deep in the Iris
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Alvvays - S/T
The winner will be announced on September 21 at a gala in Toronto. Who do you think will take home the $50,000 Prize?

photo: Viet Cong @ London Field Day Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Viet Cong at Field Day 2015

Pop Montreal has just announced its second round of artists added to the festival's 2015 lineup. That includes Viet Cong, The Orb, Micachu & the Shapes, The Besnard Lakes, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lee Ranaldo, Albert Hammond Jr, Empress Of and more. They join such previously announced artists as Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, and Will Butler. All new additions to Pop Montreal's lineup are listed below.

The 2015 Pop Montreal Festival happens September 16-20 at venues all over the Quebec city. Discounted festival passes and day passes are currently available.

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The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.

The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.

Last year's singer was throat singer Tanya Tagaq. You can catch longlisters Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld at Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/16).

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Purity Ring @ Terminal 5 6/3/2015
Purity Ring
Purity Ring
Purity Ring

It certainly has been interesting to watch Purity Ring's transformation from their early days as a somewhat mysterious act with a fantastical/whimsical stage show to the band that played Terminal 5 twice this week on their tour and, last night (6/3), had singer Megan James crowdsurfing in her white jumpsuit. While the unique visual elements are still there -- they still use those illuminated percussion pods -- Purity Ring are now entirely sleek, confident, and purposeful. With their recently released sesecond album, Another Eternity, taking them further into dance music territory (and popularity), it will be interesting to see where things head next.

Yet their roots still show, as their choice of openers -- both old friends -- make clear. Braids, who have made an equally dramatic shift in direction towards dance music, gave a terrific set,  and Purity Ring's old Gobble Gobble bandmate, Born Gold, opened the night. Pictures continue below...

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Purity Ring's second album, Another Eternity, is out today (3/3) via 4AD and if you haven't checked it out yet, you can stream it via Rdio, below. There's an NYC record release party tonight (3/3) at Elvis Guesthouse and, while the band won't be playing (they might be there though), there will be DJ sets from Blue Hawaii, Empress Of, and Kuhrye-00. It starts at 9 PM and free.

Meanwhile, Purity Ring's 2015 tour with Braids and Born Gold will start in May and hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available, but they've added a second T5 show the next night (6/3). Tickets for the 6/3 T5 show goes on sale Friday (3/6) at noon.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Purity Ring at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Purity Ring

Canadian electronic pop duo Purity Ring will put out their anticipated sophomore album, Another Eternity, on 4AD next week (3/3). They've already released two songs, and now they're streaming the entire thing. On first listen, the EDM pop of seventh track "Flood on the Floor" is sounding like an early highlight. Check it out for yourself over at NPR.

If you pre-order the album, you get early singles "Push Pull" and "Begin Again" as instant downloads, as well as the brand new third single, "Bodyache," which can also be streamed below.

Purity Ring also have a tour announced, and since we last posted, two of their fellow Canadian pop pals Braids and Born Gold were added as openers. You may remember that before forming Purity Ring, Corin Roddick played in Gobble Gobble, the band that became known as Born Gold.

The tour hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5, and tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Braids recently announced that their third album, Deep in the Iris, would be out April 28 via Arbutus. Listen to lead single "Miniskirt" with the album tracklist below.

Born Gold has also been dropping a new song every month, his newest being January's "Here We Are." Listen below.

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The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
The Knife

BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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Jon Hopkins has a new EP, titled Asleep Versions, which will be out via Domino on November 11. As the title implies, it four somnambulistic versions of songs from last year's acclaimed Immunity. These aren't remixes, though, they were recorded this year at Sundlaugin Studios near Reykjavik, Iceland and the tracks form a continuous 25-minute work intended to be listened to as a whole. (Or split across two sides in the case of the vinyl 12".) EP highlight "Form By Firelight" was rerecorded with vocals by Raphaelle Standell of Braids/Blue Hawaii. (Past collaborator King Creosote sings on one too.) You can stream "Form By Firelight" and check out a trailer for the EP below.

Last in NYC over the summer, Hopkins will be back next month to play FIXED's 10th Anniversary Party which happens at Output on November 21 which also features resident DJs JDH & Dave P, as well as Marcus Worgull, Alex From Tokyo, and Paul Raffaele in the club's adjacent Panther Room. Tickets are on sale now.

All Jon Hopkins dates are listed, along with the EP trailer, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Wye Oak's excellent new songs fit perfectly with the older favs.
Fantastic show." - Mike Katzif

"Beautiful set from @braidsmusic tonight at Webster Hall!" - Marilis C

Wye Oak / Braids @ Webster Hall - 5/7/14
Wye Oak

Wye Oak and Braids brought their tour to NYC last night (5/7) for a show at Webster Hall. Braids opened, and played what sounded like a lot of new stuff. Then came Wye Oak, who split their set pretty evenly between this year's guitar-less Shriek and its predecessor Civilian, plus included a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" in the encore, which has been a regular occurrence on this tour. Pictures of both bands from the Webster Hall show are in this post.

More below...

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Bob Nanna of Braid at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bob Nanna

As previously mentioned, veteran emo band Braid are releasing a new album on Topshelf Records this year, their first full length since 1998's Frame & Canvas and the followup to their 2011 reunion EP, Closer to Closed. Since we last spoke, more details on that have surfaced, including that it's called No Coast and will be out on July 8. It was produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Paint It Black). Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Braid are also touring (including shows with Into It. Over It. and Pity Sex), but unfortunately not hitting NYC. Co-frontman Bob Nanna is going on a solo tour with Get Up Kids singer Matt Pryor that hits NYC on May 9 at Knitting Factory though. Tickets for that one are still available. All Braid dates are listed below.

This Braid news follows recent reunion show announcements from American Football and Mineral, plus new music from The Jazz June and Sunny Day Real Estate.

Braid is not to be confused with Canadian indie pop band Braids, who just released an outtake from 2013's Flourish // Perish. That song, "Deep Running," can be streamed below. Braids are opening Wye Oak's tour which kicks off in Pennsylvania this Friday (5/2) and hits NYC on 5/7 at Webster Hall (tickets).

Braid tour schedule & album info and Braids song stream below...

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Braids at POP Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Montreal's Braids returned last year with a new sound on Flourish // Perish, which came out via Arbutus (Grimes, Doldrums, etc), and they'll be taking that sound back to our side of the border this spring. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that they'll be the support act on the Wye Oak tour, including the NYC stop, happening on May 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with a trailer video for the tour, below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Dodos / Braids @ Pop Montreal 9/26/2013
Pop Montreal Day 2

With the first day of POP Montreal always being a lighter day, Thursday (9/26) started things rolling toward the weekend and busier schedules with way too much to see in way too many parts of the city.

I freed up the early part of my evening by jumping at the chance to photograph the Patrick Watson and Braids soundchecks at L'Olympia ahead of their live broadcast performances and interviews with Jian Ghomeshi later that night for Q music. The restrictions for shooting the actual broadcast left little opportunity to get anything decent so, having shot both bands before, I found myself at a very empty O'Lympia in the middle of the afternoon.

After a brief stop at the POP Quarters for the media mixer it was off to the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art to see Suuns who I had last seen open for The Antlers at Webster Hall a couple years back. The sold out show featured projections of the band in duplicate. It took a song or so to realize that what we were watching wasn't live video but previously recorded live takes that were synced with each song and slightly off. The band sounded great and the extended back end of "Edie's Dream" was pulsingly hypnotic.

I left after that and made my way up Saint Laurent to catch The Dodos at Sala Rossa. When I arrived the venue was already on a one in, one out policy as Cousins finished up their set. The Dodos played a bunch of songs from their new album, Carrier, as well as a few older songs. The house lights came up after the first encore but with the crowd shouting for one more song the band obliged. "When you put it like that," said drummer Logan Kroeber, before the band launched into "The Season" to close out the set.

I also caught Viet Cong, the new band from some of the members of the defunct Women, and more on that soon. Pics from Day 1 are here. More pics from Day 2 below...

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As mentioned, Montreal's ethereal Braids will release their new album, Flourish // Perish, on August 20 via Arbutus. The band just released a new song from the record, "Hossak," and you can stream that below.

The band's release show at Glasslands is August 26 and tickets are still available. The rest of North America will get a chance to see them live this fall when they'll be touring with Hundred Waters. That tour also includes a NYC stop: November 3 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale August 9 at noon, with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/7) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below.

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Braids at CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Montreal indie pop band Braids are returning this year with their new album, Flourish // Perish (due out 8/20 via Arbutus/Full Time Hobby/Flemish Eye), and after just recently making a video for its single "In Kind," the band have announced some tour dates to go down following the album's release. Most of the dates are over in Europe, but before they cross the pond, they'll stop in NYC for a show at Glasslands on August 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the "In Kind" video, below...

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How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.

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As discussed, Braids are releasing the followup to their 2011 debut, Native Speaker this year. Since we last spoke, details on that album have been announced, and we now know it's called Flourish // Perish and will be out on August 20 via Arbutus/Full Time Hobby/Flemish Eye. As mentioned, a single will be out on June 11 with two album tracks, "In Kind" b/w "Amends." You've already heard the b-side and the band have now released the a-side (via Pitchfork). You can listen to both tracks below. The album artwork is above.

As mentioned, Braids play a Northside show on June 15 at Cameo. That bill also includes Yellow Ostrich, a "stripped down set" from Widowspeak, Belle Mare, and WET. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.

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Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)

As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

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Braids at CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We've known for some time now that Montreal's Braids have reduced their lineup from a four-piece to a three-piece and also took their sound in a newer, more electronic direction. That new sound, which we saw in action at SXSW, is finally getting recorded and will surface this fall on a new album via Arbutus, the label that gave us Grimes, Doldrums, and Majical Cloudz. Details on that album are still forthcoming, but before it comes out, we'll get a taste of it from the band's new 12" single, In Kind // Amends, which comes out on June 11 via Arbutus in the US, Full Time Hobby in Europe, and Flemish Eye in Canada. Both of those tracks will appear on the album, and you can stream "Amends" below. The 12" will also include two exclusive tracks that won't be on the album.

Braids also have a few dates coming up, including a slot at the Arbutus Showcase during NXNE and a Brooklyn show right afterwards at Cameo on June 15 as part of the Northside Festival. No advance tickets for the Cameo show at the moment.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Braids releasing 12" single & new album on Arbutus, playing shows (dates & stream)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder, words by Andrew Sacher

Delorean / Savages

We kicked off our free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties yesterday (3/13) in Austin at the Main & The Jr (aka the old Emo's location, aka 603 Red River St) with sets from Delorean, Robyn Hitchock, Savages, Camper Van Beethoven, Caveman, Braids, Maserati, Caitlin Rose, Anamanaguchi, Indians, Marnie Stern, Team Spirit, Torres, and Deep Sea Diver. Pictures from the party are in this post, and more are on the way soon.

The biggest surprise for me personally was Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), whose self titled debut is great, but she really takes it to another level live. Her band is super tight, loud, and confident (her guitarist has some rock star moves) and Mackenzie has some serious pipes that she doesn't even fully reveal on the album. It was a much heavier show than I expected, and if you can catch her at one of her other upcoming SXSW shows, highly recommended.

Torres was followed by other great sets on the outdoor stage (Glasslands Stage), like the noisy math rock of Marnie Stern (who played a lot of her great new album), the danceable video game punk of Anamanaguchi, and a set from post-rockers Maserati, who along with Caveman, cooled things down for a bit. But that cooling down didn't last long, because once Savages took the stage, they were possibly even more intense than CMJ. They played some new stuff that they didn't have back then, and once that album finally drops, I've got pretty high hopes for it. Finally, Delorean wrapped up the outdoor stage with a dancey set. It was nice to end the day with some familiar tunes like "Real Love." Then Maserati came out and joined Delorean for a cover over Gary Numan's "Cars." Not really.

Meanwhile, indoors Deep Sea Diver kicked things off around the same time as Torres outside and they were followed by the fun-rock of Team Spirit, Copenhagen's Indians (who were a 3-piece and were better that way than when I saw him solo), a rousing country set from Caitlin Rose, the new electronic sound of Braids (which we also heard at CMJ), and the show ended with sets from two musical veterans: Camper Van Beethoven and Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn was great and he is especially funny on stage with his in-between song banter. He referred to the overheard sounds of Delorean from the other room as the sounds of devils, and "if they had been heard 200 years earlier, marches of men would have been sent to destroy these fiends," (or something like that).

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, WILLCALL, Mirrored Media, and Redigi.

Our day parties continue today (3/14) with sets from Cloud Nothings, Parenthetical Girls, Death, METZ, Milk Music, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and more.

More pictures from yesterday's party below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Of Montreal / Ducktails @ Savannah Stopover, 3/8/2013
Of Montreal

Amazingly, Athens-based of Montreal's gig was their first ever in Savannah.

Of Montreal's show in the park was also the first time the sweeping backdrop of our so-called band shell was used to full effect. Surreal and colorful, the dancing images looked almost as wonderful from a distance as the ridiculous stage theatrics appeared up close.

That event might have been the signature event of the third annual indie music festival that lures many bands headed to Austin for SXSW, but there were plenty of other gems.

Thursday's opening night lineup was especially impressive.

To get the festival rolling, the rich sounds of The Last Bison filled up the glorious North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Museum. The music ended about six hours later, with Mac DeMarco finishing his set by crowd surfing at The Jinx.

In between, a couple of dozen acts played at a variety of downtown venues, including Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving in the beautifully renovated ballroom at the Knights of Columbus on Liberty Street. - [Savannah Now]

As mentioned, the Savannah Stopover happened over the weekend in its namesake Georgia town with bands from all over the world playing on their way to SXSW. BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was there the whole weekend and here are pics from Friday (3/8), including shots of Of Montreal, Braids, Ducktails, Chris Cohen and more. Check them out below.

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As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.

We announced the Saturday lineup, and then the Friday lineup, followed by the Thursday lineup, and finally, here is the fourth and final one: the WEDNESDAY LINEUP...

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