Entries tagged with: Broken Social Scene
photos by Chris Graham
Kevin Drew is groggy from an afternoon nap when the Georgia Straight reaches him at home in Toronto, but after splashing some water on his face "and slapping myself around a bit", he sounds absolutely enthused about playing the Pemberton Music Festival with his on-again, off-again band, Broken Social Scene.Toronto collective Broken Social Scene have been pretty quiet the last few years (their last NYC show was in 2011), but ventured out to Vancouver's Pemberton Music Festival over the weekend for what was only their third show in the last four years. Joining them were Amy Millan of Stars who is an occasional member of Broken Social Scene, and Ariel Engle of AroarA (which also features BSS' Andrew Whiteman).
"We got a phone call 10 days ago, and it was too generous and too much of a celebration to turn down," the songwriter reports. "So we just said, 'Well, let's do it!' "
Since going on hiatus the year after the 2010 release of Forgiveness Rock Record, Broken Social Scene has only played twice, both times at the Arts & Crafts label's annual Field Trip festival. Blowing the cobwebs off the band shouldn't be much of a challenge, however. - [The Georgia Straight]
More pictures and the setlist, below...
Canada's 'The Globe and Mail' newspaper issued the following statement yesterday:
A number of readers were shocked and appalled to see profanity on the front page of The Globe and Mail on Saturday. The profanity was in the name of one of the bands involved in what was a wonderful feature called Broadsheet Music: a year in the review.Photo of the paper in question via Aux.tv. Stream the 'six original compositions' mentioned above, below...
The feature on the front of the Arts section answered the question: What would the year sound like if it were music? To answer that question, The Globe approached Arts & Crafts, an independent record company, and the Canadian Opera Company. There were articles in the Saturday paper explaining how the six original compositions by Canadian artists, including Broken Social Scene and, yes, Fucked Up, were created. It also links to a multimedia presentation, where you can listen to the music that interprets the year 2014.
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew was set to begin a US tour in Portland tonight (9/23). That tour was supposed to visit Brooklyn on 9/26 for a show with Eleanor Friedberger, but we just realized that all of these dates have been cancelled with the following message from Kevin:
I am sorry to have to cancel these shows....This is the 2nd time this year Kevin had problems getting to the USA. The list of cancelled dates is below...
There is nothing i like more than playing for people and feeling connected with the ceiling of peoples party smiles....
but sometimes the state of before can shut down the anticipation of after.
What I mean is....
life has happened and i cannot make these dates work anymore.
Please, for all those who are disappointed....
buy a strobe light and blare DARLINGS in your bedroom.
love and love
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew released his new solo album, Darlings, earlier this year, and has already come to the US to open Feist's solo tour and play a full band release show (with multiple Arts & Crafts musicians) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which happened after being postponed a few weeks in April. Now, he's announced a much longer North American tour which brings him back to NYC on September 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No word yet on what his live lineup will be like this time. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.
No openers announced for the MHOW show yet, but many dates are with J Mascis (who plays his own NYC show and also with Witch this week, 7/23). A few others are with Belle & Sebastian and one is with Thurston Moore. This month into August, Kevin's on a Canadian run with Modest Mouse (who have a few NYC-area dates after). All dates are listed, with a video from the new LP, below...
Va Fangul! (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew will not be making it to the United States as soon as planned. In his own words:
We have been forced to postpone this Thursday's show at the Bowery Ballroom due to visa complications.Updated tour dates are listed below...
Show rescheduled for Monday April 28th. Tickets and details here.
* All tickets from April 3 will be honored on April 28. Refunds are available at point of purchase. *
I'm not sure why this is happening...really, truly. Twelve years of doing visas and coming down to America with hopeful fists and I have never had a problem like this one. I've been told that red tape and bureaucracy are part of the situation, but it does not do any justice to the idea of having to cancel a whole week of radio sessions, TV appearances and a live show love fest. We submitted in time and we did everything that we needed to do.
The US government has not given me my work visa yet so I have to cancel everything. There are more questions of worth entering into the fold. The US government obviously has the right to delay visas for whatever reasons they want BUT it would be such a huge help if they were consistent with their requests, so that people like myself can be a part of the country's business and culture. I would like to warn other artists, agents and labels and make this known so that they can be more prepared and hopefully avoid a situation like this. It is a very complex and unpredictable process which in turn makes it very difficult to keep a career going in the US. It sucks and it's a huge hit in terms of trying to reach the people with my record... but it's also just how it is sometimes. So, all I can do is apologize to the ones who were coming out to the show, the ones who were having us on their shows and hopefully reschedule everything. This is out of our control... but they can't control our hearts. We own our hearts. I look forward to hopefully making them all pound whenever this whole thing gets cleared up. See you soon. xo - Kevin
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew already revealed "Good Sex" and "Mexican Aftershow Party" from his new solo LP, Darlings, and he's now made the entire album available to stream ahead of its March 24 release date. Listen over at NPR or below via The Line of Best Fit (which may now blocked in the US).
As discussed, Kevin will play an album release show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 3. For that show, he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene).
Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the release show will be opened by Andy Kim, aka the Montreal songwriter who co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies in 1968, and has also released his own singles, like "Rock Me Gently," which was a #1 hit in 1974. Tickets for the show are still available.
All of Kevin's dates are listed, with a stream of his new LP and a couple Andy Kim videos, below...
You already heard "Good Sex" (and the Dave Newfeld remix and saw the video) from Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew's upcoming solo album, Darlings, and he's now back with another LP cut, "Mexican Aftershow Party." Check it out below, via Pitchfork. Darlings is out 3/18 via Arts & Crafts.
As discussed, Kevin plays an album release show in NYC April 3 at Bowery Ballroom, where he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene). Tickets are still available.
Song stream below...
Toronto's Field Trip Festival began last year as a celebration of label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary. It's returning again this year, happening June 7 & 8 at Fort York & Garrison Common with Broken Social Scene headlining once again, but will expand beyond the Arts & Crafts roster. Interpol, The Kills, the reunited Constantines, CHVRCHES, Fucked Up, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Austra are among the other bands playing the 2014 edition. Tickets, in a variety of packages, are on sale now.
Full announced line-up is below.
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, the Broken Social Scene co-founders, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, are currently focusing on solo projects. Kevin's new album, Darlings comes out March 18 via Arts & Crafts (pre-order), and we're premiering the "Beatology Remix" of its first single, "Good Sex," in this post. The remix was done by Kevin's longtime collaborator Dave Newfeld (who produced BSS' self-titled and You Forgot It In People), and he speeds up the song a bit, adding a thumping backbeat that makes it more reminiscent of Broken Social Scene's upbeat songs than the original version. You can stream the new remix below.
Kevin will also make his way to NYC soon after the album's release for a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 3, where he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene). Tickets go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/5) at noon.
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield
Broken Social Scene have been mostly quiet lately, and while co-founder Brendan Canning recently took time to focus on his solo career, the other co-founder Kevin Drew is now doing the same. He's announced that he'll release a new album, Darlings, on March 18 via Arts & Crafts.
Kevin doesn't have a tour announced at the moment, but he will play SXSW.
Stream the new album's single, "Good Sex," along with the tracklist & more info, below...
Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As you may know, Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning was supposed to play a few US dates with Holly Miranda last week, and those unfortunately had to be cancelled due to visa issues. He's since begun rescheduling the dates, including the NYC show which will now happen on January 24 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Though Holly Miranda was supposed to open the original NYC date, no opener is currently billed for the rescheduled one, but you can catch Holly in NYC TONIGHT (10/29) at Knitting Factory with Kendra Morris and Domino Kirke. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Brendan Canning's newest solo album, You Gots 2 Chill, came out earlier this month. Watch the video for "Plugged In" from that album, along with the list of dates, below...
Brendan Canning @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The government's gears are grinding again, but there's still some fallout, apparently, in the Visa & Immigration department. The latest viction, Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, just played Pop Montreal and was supposed to start his tour this week with Holly Miranda. Unfortunately his visa is not processed quite yet, forcing the postponement US dates which were:
10/23/13 Allston, MA @ Great ScottThe dates are being rescheduled for 2014. Refunds for Mercury Lounge show are available at point of purchase.
10/24/13 NYC @ Mercury Lounge
10/25/13 Philadelphia @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
10/26/13 Arlington, VA @ IOTA
You can still catch Holly Miranda when she plays Knitting Factory on October 29 with Kendra Morris, and Domino Kirke. Tickets are still available.
Shuggie Otis / Pat Jordache / Brendan Canning
Back before Montreal was in NYC for CMJ, NYC was in Montreal for the annual Pop Montreal festival which we began by seeing DIANA and Empress Of followed by The Dodos, Braids, Suuns, Patrick Watson & more. After that came How Sad, Valleys, Angel Olsen, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Leif Vollebekk & more. Day four went like this...
The penultimate day of Pop Montreal started a bit slower as the late nights started bleeding into early mornings and getting out of bed became harder and harder. The goal was to be at Little Italy Park for Pat Jordache and I made it just in time for them to take the stage. I enjoyed their set (you can catch them in NYC courtesy of M For Montreal at Arlene's Grocery). The BBQ and kids fair going on at the back end of the park, supplied a festive atmosphere as kids ran about in front of the stage covered in face paint.
I'd heard good things about Jessy Lanza - whose debut record, Pull My Hair Back, will certainly find her being compared to fellow electronic, synthpop countrywoman, Grimes - so I headed to Divan Orange to catch her set. I was pleasantly surprised in that her sound moves in warmer synth textures, providing a nice backdrop for breathy voice.
The goal was to head back to the hotel to regroup for the night but I tagged along to the Ubisoft rooftop performance featuring Swedish-Canadian band, Thus:Owls, and Montreal's Secret Sun. What started as a lark turned into two of the most pleasant surprises of my Pop.
Backed by a spectacular view of Montreal - and the full-swing, fall foliage of Mont Royal - Secret Sun, the duo of Anne-Marie Campbell and Simon Landry, crafted lush and languid alternative pop songs that were simply spellbinding. Campbell has one of those beguiling, siren-like voices that effortlessly moves from high to low and back again. (Check out the song "Stay Still" from their excellent Cold Coast EP.) The sold-out, rooftop audience was rapt as the sun set and out in the distance, Mont Royal slipped into darkness.
Thus:Owls, a full, five-piece band wrapped around core husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell, were every bit as impressive, spinning experimental chamber pop through a cinemascope. The song "White Night" from their new sophomore LP, Harbours, was stuck in my head the rest of the weekend.
After that it was on to the Rialto to see 70's R&B, blues legend Shuggie Otis, who sounded great though it would have been nicer to have done away with the cabaret tables and let the crowd right up to the stage to watch his guitar playing at closer proximity.
I made a quick stop at Rhodo's to catch Montreal band, Seoul, who someone tipped to me as the next big thing. I was told that nobody would be there because, "nobody knows about them," yet I arrived to a packed house that went "one in one out" right after I walked through the door. Their brand of dream-pop instantly evoked Wild Nothing, Soft Black and Washed Out. The girls up close were swooning all over the young four-piece in that way teenage girls with rock star crushes do. Their song "Stay With Us" is woozy and warm enough to soundtrack your autumn.
From there it was on to Casa Del Popolo to see Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning. I've been a fan of most of the BSS satellites, both group and solo-related, and enjoyed Canning's Something for All of Us. His new record, You Gots 2 Chill, is decidedly low-key and his set was reflective of that as many of the songs lingered in with instrumental intros, quietly sung lyrics, followed by a meandering jam session on the back end with many of the songs just fizzing out altogether.
Canning's set was stark contrast to the bombast and good-time dance party that ended my Saturday as Dancehall legends, Yellowman and Josey Wales, teamed up to pass the mic for nearly three hours. Even though I'd been anticipating this show since I saw it on the schedule - being a big Yellowman fan - the length of their set was a little ambitious as the duo outlasted many of the people at the after party. (Wales returned by himself to the stage and went on 'riding riddims' deep into the night.)
With a day full of great music in my head and a hint of daylight in the sky, there was only one thing left to do - go get a bagel. A warm, sesame, Fairmount bagel in hand (sorry St-Viateur), I hopped a cab back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep.
More pictures below...
Holly Miranda at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Holly MIranda, who has a new solo album and an album with Scarlett Johansson's band on the way, has been added as the opener to Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning's previously discussed tour. That tour hits NYC on October 24 at Mercury Lounge, and tickets for that show are still available.
After the tour ends, Holly will play a headlining NYC show on October 29 at Knitting Factory with Kendra Morris and Domino Kirke. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, the other Broken Social Scene co-founder, Kevin Drew, will be in NYC soon before Brendan, as he is part of the recently announced initial CMJ 2013 lineup. What show(s), he'll be playing is still TBA. CMJ runs from October 15-19.
All Holly Miranda dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning is set to release his second solo album this year, and first release in general since his 2012 album with Cookie Duster, When Flying Was Easy. The new album is called You Gots 2 Chill, and it will be out on October 1 via his own Drape Street Records/SQE. You can listen to its vaguely psych-folk first single, "Plugged In," below.
No word on whether or not Brendan plans to support the new album with a full tour, but he does have a couple US dates announced following its release. One of those happens in NYC on October 24 at Mercury Lounge, the same place he played a release show in 2008 for his first solo album. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.
All currently announced dates are listed, along with the new song, below...
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Beach House @ Summerstarge 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mudslides at Governors Ball today (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
today in NYC
* Ellis Paul @ Joe's Pub
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Opera On Tap @ Barbes
* Rob Delaney @ Caroline's
* The Knocks (DJ) @ Lil Charlie's
* Ben Greenberg (of Zs) @ Roulette
* Polica, Solid Gold @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sylvie Courvoisier Trio @ The Stone
* Willie Nelson @ Theatre at Westbury
* Dinosaur Jr., Reignwolf @ Irving Plaza
* Bruce Levingston @ Open Road Rooftop
* MNDSGN, ELOS, Ahnu, VHVL @ 285 Kent
* DJ Britt Daniel (of Spoon) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Oblivians, Ex-Cult @ Beekman Beer Garden
* The Remains, The A-Bones @ The Bell House
* Half Moon Run, Young Unknowns @ Glasslands
* Pure Bathing Culture, Monogold @ Mercury Lounge
* Terrence Parker, Free Magic, Faso @ Cameo Gallery
* Attic Ends, Camden, Bedroom Eyes @ Cameo Gallery
* Japandroids, Crocodiles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Queens of the Stone Age @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Hey Champ, Gemini Club, Friendly Greg @ Glasslands
* Dead Stars, Radical Dads, Heaven @ The Grand Victory
* Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonny Fritz @ Capitol Theatre
* The Olms (Pete Yorn & J.D. King) @ Housing Works Cafe
* Lovely Bad Things, Wyatt Blair, Primes @ Death By Audio
* Windhand, Kings Destroy, Clamfight, Belus @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Doveman, Paul Noonan, Trixie Whitley @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Porches, Summer People, Lost Boy?, Heeney @ Shea Stadium
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Kidnap Kid @ Webster Hall
* NatNaiel, Julius Myth, All Natural, Kassa, Rav P. @ Mercury Lounge
* Tiger Dare, Ann Pragg, Chains of Love, Such Hounds @ Cake Shop
* Q-Tip (DJ), Nickodemus (DJ), DJ Eleven @ Museum of Natural History
* Oh No! and the Tiger Pit, Morningbell, Olivia Mancini, 56 K @ Union Hall
* Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band @ Summersplash Concert Cruise
* LODRO, Life Size Maps, The Vandelles, Young Boys, Spires @ Secret Loft
* Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Rain Machine, Christy & Emily, Kate Eastburn, David First @ Bowery Electric
* Spirit Family Reunion, The National Reserve, Last Good Tooth @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Liah Alonso, Luke Rathborne, Coon Doggin Outlaws, Adam Karol, Bonaparte, Surf Wax America, Wolff and Tuba @ Pianos
* Governors Island w Kings of Leon, Pretty Lights, Beach House, Feist, Local Natives, Of Monsters and Men, Young The Giant, Erykah Badu, Crystal Castles, Best Coast, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Jr., Holy Ghost!, Polica, St. Lucia, The Knocks, MS MR, Solid Gold, Reignwolf, Bear Mountain, Pacific Air, Swear and Shake @ Randall's Island
What may end up being a very major NYC music festival, Governors Ball, begins today with sets from Beach House, Feist, Dinosaur Jr., Polica and more. It's looking like rain all day, but the fest is 100% rain or shine so bring a poncho. If you're going today, how are you getting there?
Even without Governors Ball and its afterparties, there are lots of show options. Kyp Malone's solo project, Rain Machine (very appropriate today), plays The Bowery Electric tonight with Christy & Emily, Katie Eastburn, and David First. Advance tickets are still available.
It may be cold and rainy, but the glowing tubes in the amps at Saint Vitus tonight will be warm. New Relapse signees Windhand team with Kings Destroy (their record release party), Clamfight and Belus as part of an InvisibleOranges event and a larger Windhand tour. Tickets are still available.
If you're looking for something to do after work, there's a Memphis punk double-threat happening at the the Seaport Music Festival with legends The Oblivians and upstarts Ex Cult. The rain moved the event down the street to the Beekman Beer Garden (under their giant tented area). Still free but Beekman is 18+. Sorry, minors!
Fans of '90s style indie rock? Grand Victory in Williamsburg has a pretty killer local line-up of Dead Stars, Radical Dads and Heaven.
Looking to catch potential Next Big Things? LODRO, Spires, Life Size Maps, The Vandelles and Young Boys. are playing at 247 N. 10th St (at Frost). That's a pretty good line-up.
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Broken Social Scene are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their landmark LP, You Forgot it in People, and snuck down to NYC to play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with their sometimes vocalist Feist (who plays Governors Ball) in tow. They did "Almost Crimes" on the show and then did "7/4 Shoreline" as a web exclusive. Watch them both below.
Meanwhile, Park & Recreation costars Adam Scott and Amy Pohler collaborated on "The Greatest Event in Television History": a shot-for-shot recreation of the opening credits of '80s mystery-adventure series, Hart to Hart. And you can watch that (and a making-of doc) below too.
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Broken Social Scene at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene will be coming to NYC this week to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (6/6), and they'll be performing with collaborator/sometimes BSS member Feist. They'll be playing the song "Almost Crimes" from You Forgot It In People, which Feist sings on.
After that, Feist will hang around NYC to play Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island 6/7-9) this weekend (she plays on the Friday at 6:45 PM). Single day tickets for Governors Ball are still available.
Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene will be heading back to Toronto (and after Governors Ball, Feist will too) for FIeld Trip Music & Arts Festival, which happens on Saturday (6/8), and is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, the label BSS is signed to and which was co-founded by BSS member Kevin Drew. In addition to being the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, it's also the tenth anniversary of Broken Social Scene's breakthrough record, You Forgot It In People and it's been announced that the band will be performing the album in full at Field Trip. A short note from Kevin Drew about playing the album was posted to Field Trip's site. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Gold & Youth
Vancouver electropop band Gold & Youth, who also play Field Trip, will kick off a North American tour after the festival. That tour brings Gold & Youth to NYC for a show on June 22 at Cameo with Superhumanoids and Gossamer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Gold & Youth released their hook-filled debut album, Beyond Wilderness, this past May. It was produced by Colin Stewart (New Pornographers, Pretty girls Make Graves) and should appeal to fans of fellow Canadians Austra, Diamond Rings and TRUST. You can stream the album in its entirety, album with the video for its single, "Jewel," below.
When most artists release a Best Of collection, they usually throw in a new song. Occasional Broken Social Scene cohort Jason Collett has taken this a step further by packaging a retrospective (Essential Cuts) with a brand new album, the previously mentioned Reckon which came out a couple weeks ago via Arts & Crafts. Both show off Collett's well-honed songwriting chops and you can stream both in full below.
Jason is currently on tour and will be in NYC on Wednesday (10/10) to play Joe's Pub. Tickets are still availaiable, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below, along with the album streams and all remaining tour dates.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The strong double bill that can be abbreviated as TVOTR/BSS hit WW in Brooklyn last night (9/8). More pictures from the show and both setlists, below...
photos by Nathanael Turner
Punk rock long ago transcended class, age, gender and ethnicity to become a signifier not necessarily of outward rebellion but of the symbolic, crazy-on-the-inside variety. That sense of internal defiance continues to permeate the entire underground and has become a secret handshake that united not only the artists who made traditional-ish punk rock over the course of 10 hours of the FYF -- the Descendents, No Age, Off! among them -- but from a wildly divergent cast of in-yer-face artists including beat makers Nosaj Thing and Dan Deacon, the deeply sensual, self-referential house music of New York's Chromatics and Glass Candy, and the catchy, arena-aspirant bands like Broken Social Scene.You saw the Future Islands shots. Here are some more of a bunch of the acts that played FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (9/3). No Dead Milkmen, Kid Dynamite or Guided By Voices, but a bunch of other stuff below...
"It's a punk rock festival. That means we're going to play ... in the wrong key," declared Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard during his band's sturdy, hook-infused rock set featuring acrobatic kicks, monster choruses and a sexy girl delivering between-song lighted cigarettes to guitarist Mitch Mitchell.
But Pollard missed the point. As anyone who roamed downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday could see, punk no longer means inept, either on a musical or festival level. It means being inspired and maybe a little irrational, like festival founders Sean Carlson, Phil Hoelting and Keith Morris. It means realizing strengths and weaknesses. It means pushing at the edges like L.A.-based instrumental Nosaj Thing, who fused the deep, penetrating bass of dubstep with touches of skewed Aphex Twin breakbeat rhythms to create architecturally sophisticated sound structures as solid as they were abrasive. Or it means setting up gear in the crowd like electronic/serialist/rhythmatist Deacon to make sounds so driving and strobing that the level of crowd surfing reached Nirvana-like proportions. [LA Times]
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Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.
This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.
The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.
Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.
The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.
The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.
A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).
All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is below.
People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.
Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...
Tinariwen will release a new album called Tassili on August 30 via Anti- Records (pictured above). The album was recorded entirely acoustic with contributions from Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Nels Cline of Wilco (who plays a show with Marc Ribot at LPR on June 15th).
Tinariwen will head out on a short North American tour in July which will hit the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the previously mentioned Highline Ballroom on July 20. Tickets are still on sale for that NYC show.
Tinariwen also play the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival on July 21 at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, NY (which runs from July 21-24). There they share a bill with Donna the Buffalo, Court Yard Hounds, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Balkan Beat Box, Sammy Kershaw, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, John Brown's Body, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and many others.
For Seun Kuti, the Trumansburg date is one day after he plays a free show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Seun recently sent out an updated list of tour dates too, and a new video you can watch below.
Tinariwen collaborators TV on the Radio also recently expanded their upcoming tour dates, many of which are with Broken Social Scene who they play with at the Williamsburg Waterfront They also have a new video, as does BSS
The videos with all Seun & Tinariwen & TVOTR dates, below...
The Dodos @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Keir Neuringer @ Sycamore
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Margaret Lancaster @ The Stone
* Ma'am, Resistor, Cholo @ Union Hall
* The Stooges Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Andrea Marcovicci, Jeff Harnar @ Town Hall
* The Cloud Room, Washington @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dodos, Gauntlet Hair @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brian Seymour, Alessi's Ark @ The Living Room
* Cults, Guards, Writer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pillars and Tongues, Fazer, Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* DJ Quik, BFUNK, D-Money, Medefi @ Knitting Factory
* Alina Simone w/ guest Amanda Palmer @ Joe's Pub
* Bedouin Soundclash, Echo Movement @ Mercury Lounge
* Sean Bones, Yellowbirds, Hospitality @ Cameo Gallery
* Omegas, Burning Love, Dry Spell, DBCR @ The Acheron
* Ed Askew, The Black Swans, Zachary Cale @ Bruar Falls
* Zeelab, IKTUS Percussion Quartet @ Issue Project Room
* Heresy of the Human Spirit, Paul Metzger @ Other Music
* Chris Mills, Bird of Youth, Niall Connolly @ The Rock Shop
* Ikebe Shakedown, Bio Ritmo, Colin Brown Band @ Southpaw
* Peewonder-z, Ken South Rock, Blackcherry @ Death By Audio
* Brian Wilson (re-imagines Gershwin) @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Radical Dads, EULA, Gross Relations, Electric People @ Cake Shop
* Flower Orgy, The Hairs, Chains of Love, Teen Witch @ Shea Stadium
* Cowboy Mouth, Jonathan Batiste, Sharon Little @ Highline Ballroom
* big crazy free show in Central Park that Blondie (Debbie) is playing!
* Hop Along, Dead Ringer, Dangerous Ponies, Brick Mower @ Silent Barn
* Super Hi-Fi, The Young Things, Wormburner, Ume, House Bat @ Pianos
Dayglo Abortions, Verbal Abuse, 80HXC, Sexual Suicide, Runny @ Europa
* Steven Gosling, David Shively (The Music of Andrew Byrne) @ The Stone
* The Dead Exs, Golden Animals, The Fieros, Only Living Boy @ Bowery Electric
* Jay and The Birds, The Brew, My Pet Dragon, Matt Schofield @ Rockwood Music Hall
* B.T. Express, Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez @ Betsy Head Memorial Playground
* Tombs, A Storm of Light, PanzerBastard, Bastard Sapling @ The Studio
* In One Wind, The Building, Names of War, Pony of Good Tidings, Gym, Dear @ Littlefield
* Talib Kweli (DJ), Jamie Biden (DJ), Game Rebellion (LIVE), Amanda Diva (DJ), Ahficionados (DJ) @ Public Assembly
'This Week in Indie' coming soon.
Tonight's Figurines show at Mercury Lounge has been moved to August 18 and their 6/11 show at Knitting Factory to August 17. All tickets will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Jonny and Apex Manor @ Le Poisson Rouge @ is cancelled, though you can catch Apex Manor tomorrow.
Chris Bathgate plays with Apex Manor at the Rock Shop tomorrow. Chris Mills plays the Rock Shop tonight. Chris Garneu just played The Bell House with Keren Ann. Too many Chris's.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Brooklyn Bowl is cancelled.
John Grant at Joe's Pub tonight is cancelled.
TONIGHT AT OTHER MUSIC:
HERESY OF THE FREE SPIRIT & PAUL METZGER: TONIGHT, THURSDAY, JUNE 9 @ 8:30PM---
Featuring Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists Robbie Lee and Che Chen, Heresy of the Free Spirit plays Van Wissem's arrangements of lute compositions and improvisations that draw on early music, folk traditions, modern composition and noise. This special performance will be in support of the trio's new LP A Prayer for Light and Van Wissem's new solo album The Joy That Never Ends, followed by a set from Paul Metzger, whose singular brand of solo banjo music is equally influenced by American primitive, Indian raga, and Middle Eastern tonality.
DJ Quik plays his first of two Knitting Factory shows tonight. He's also got a new video for the song "Nobody" ft. Suga Free and Ty$. Check it out below.
Bonnaroo has begun, but it doesn't start streaming until Friday.
Bon Iver's new album is streaming now though.
BrooklynVegan presents Tombs & A Storm of Light at The Studio tonight. Flyer below...
Broken Social Scene have a new video for "Sweetest Kill." Check it out below.
Joe Jackson played "Steppin' Out" on Fallon last night with The Roots. Watch the video below.
Death Cab For Cutie played "You Are A Tourist" on Conan last night. Watch the video below.
Broken Social Scene @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Broken Social Scene have a few live dates scheduled this summer, and it's just been revealed to us that one of those shows will be at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn on Thursday, September 8th. That is in fact the same date TV On the Radio is playing the outdoor venue. BSS are opening the show. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Broken Social Scene were also announced on the lineup of Austin City Limits early this morning, and they'll also be making an appearance at Bumbershoot in Seattle on September 4th. The latter hasn't actually announced its full lineup yet, but so far they've also revealed:
Wiz Khalifa, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Minus the Bear, Little Dragon, Broken Social Scene, The Kills, The Lonely Forest, Mavis Staples, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, Leon Russell, The Presidents of the United States of America, Urge Overkill, Over The Rhine, Toro Y Moi, Atari Teenage Riot, NoMeansNo....The full lineup is coming in June. Stay tuned. And speaking of Toro Y Moi, he just announced a big NYC show that goes on sale Friday too. Speaking of Urge Overkill, they play NYC TONIGHT (5/17).
All BSS dates below...