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My Morning Jacket / Tallest Man on Earth @ Newport Folk Fest 7/24/2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015

The 2015 Newport Folk Festival once again took over Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI from Friday July 24 through Sunday July 26 and delivered tens of thousands of concert-goers an ecclectic line-up of acts presented upon four stages scattered across the sprawling 216 year old former US Army complex. Your man Klaus was (inexplicably) handed a coupla tickets and a photopass to the Friday July 24 installment of the fest. So I grabbed my crappy camera (and my comparatively questionable photography skills), packed a backpack, met up with Brother Klaus, drove up to Jamestown, RI, hopped on an early AM ferry, and spent the next 12 hours on Fort Adams taking in what is one of the most famous music festivals in the world.

As a person prone to depression, anxiety, claustrophobia, fear of crowds, an unpredictable temper, a disdain for heat, and a generally erratic mood spectrum that most people find repellant and troubling, any summer festival scenario is a potential perfect storm for lunacy and meltdown for me. But from the second I stepped onto that AM ferry bound for Fort Adams to the second I stepped off the ferry back in Jamestown that evening, I experienced a sustained sense of happiness, contentment, and wonder that I probably haven't felt since some Christmas day way back in my early childhood a million years ago. First off, for almost the entire day, the weather was absolutely stunning. The thermometer barely broke the 78 degree mark and there was zero humidity in the air which made any shady areas feel like springtime and a welcome respite from the direct sunlight. The air was so crisp and dry that the generally cloudless sky was a smurfy blue and everything around me looked high-definition. And being on a sort of peninsula, Fort Adams enjoys sea breezes from three different directions that always seemed to keep the heat at bay. In addition to that, the festival grounds are so sprawling and so rife with attractions that there is plenty of room for everyone and plenty of places off the beaten path to explore. The only bummer weather moment came towards the tail end of My Morning Jacket's set when it started to drizzle. The drizzle turned into a downpour of thick, shotglass sized raindrops that lasted well into Roger Waters' set. However, by the close of Roger's set the storm had broken and sunlight began streaming through the clouds in way that evoked High Renaissance paintings. The sky then morphed into the pinkest/purplest, most beautiful sunset your man Klaus has ever seen.

Although the "Fort Stage" is the main and largest venue of the festival, I tended to spend most of my time wandering around the perimeter of the superbly curated and constantly jam-packed "Quad Stage." The Quad Stage is the second largest performance venue of the festival and is located in the expansive, walled-in grounds in the heart of the fort that I believe were historically regarded as the parade grounds. The Goodbye Girls and Bahamas were the first two bands booked at the Quad Stage, but I spent most of their time slots simply exploring Fort Adams. However, I made sure I was at the Quad Stage in time for the retro-R&B stylings of the great Leon Bridges. Hitting the stage at 1:35 PM on the nose, Leon and company tore through an immaculate 50-minute set of vintage Motown-esque soul numbers that the crowd could not get enough of. If you filmed his set in black and white, added some grain, and told me that I was watching footage from the 60s, I'd believe you. He and his bandmates use instruments and wear clothing reminiscent of the classic R&B era, but they pull it off so expertly that it never feels corny or vaudeville. This is earnest, well executed, vintage R&B, and though it isn't my thing, I thought it was fantastic.

After pouring a few beers and some water down my throat it was back to the Quad Stage to check out Calexico. Calexico is a band I have very mixed feelings about; their recorded material puts me to sleep. People tell me "But you gotta see them live" which is a cop-out that I despise. But there they were, and there I was, and you know what? It was flippin great! This is Newport Folk Festival, and Calexico are definitely folky, but they employ dashes of rock and country so well that, live, it really floated my boat. Maybe it's my younger years as a ska aficionado rearing its ugly head, but I really loved the horn arrangements. Among the tunes they played, "Falling From The Sky", "Fortune Teller", and "He Lays in the Reins" (performed with Iron & Wine) really brought it. If it wasn't for this fest, I probably would have died never seeing Calexico live, but I am really glad I caught them.

After Calexico, I headed out to the main "Fort Stage," where I planned to set up shop for the rest of the evening's performances. At 4 PM sharp, The Tallest Man on Earth took the stage for a fantastic hour-long full-band set. I've only seen The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, once before a few years back and at the time time he was performing solo (like he did at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival). This time around, backed by a full-band, he brought a sound that had no problem filling the expansive main stage area while still maintaining a major sense of intimacy with the space. Matsson is a phenomenal lyricist and guitar player, but he's also an extremely funny and animated performer. NPR has the entire performance and you can stream it below.

There was about a 30-minute intermission between The Tallest Man on Earth and My Morning Jacket, so as Tallest Man was wrapping up I waddled back over to the Quad Stage to have some beverages and to catch up with a friend. At that time, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were in the middle of their set. As my friend and I were talking, I noticed that Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were playing a song called "There's No Way Out of Here" that not only appeared on Unicorn's David Gilmour-produced 1976 album "Too Many Crooks" but which David Gilmour also performed on his 1978 solo effort "David Gilmour" and which basically clammed in Europe but became sort of a radio hit here in the states. Ironic, considering David Gilmour's former bandmate Roger Waters was headlining this very festival.

The 5:30 PM main stage slot remained unannounced by festival organizers, so when My Morning Jacket took the stage at 5:30 PM, the crowd went absolutely batshit (especially ones who don't read this website). People were even more batshit surprised eight MMJ songs later when they remained on stage and were joined Roger Waters, Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins who all served as Roger's back-up band. More on that later though. I honestly haven't seen or paid much attention to My Morning Jacket since I saw them at Webster Hall 10 years ago; a show I left feeling bored and uninspired. But whoa jeez their set at the Newport Folk Fest absolutely crushed. Nobody told me they got good. For me, "Believe (Nobody Knows)," "Compound Fracture," "Tropics," and "In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)" from their album The Waterfall absolutely blazed. Their sound was epic and they elevated the energy level to a fever pitch, just in time for Roger Waters' highly anticipated 2015 Newport Folk Festival debut.

More photos from Tallest Man on Earth and MMJ at Newport Folk Fest day 1, below...

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UPDATE: IT HAPPENED

photo: Roger Waters tour 2012 (more by Dana "Distortion" Yavin)
Roger Waters
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photo: My Morning Jacket @ GovBall (more by PSquared Photography)

Rumors are starting to spread that Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is going to be backed by My Morning Jacket at Newport Folk Fest tonight!

My Morning Jacket and its members are Newport Folk Fest regulars, but they weren't on the schedule this year, despite being in the area to play Lewiston two days ago, and Xponential Music Festival in Camden on Saturday. Waters, who has promised a "very special" set, was a huge and surprising addition to the sold out Newport Folk Fest back in May. Jim James and crew on stage with Roger would definitely be very special (especially for My Morning Jacket!).

Stay tuned, and tune in to TuneIn.com to stream select sets from the fest live today, Saturday and Sunday. Actually Roger's set isn't listed on the streaming schedule, but Calexico, The Tallest Man on Earth, Heartless Bastards, Langhorne Slim, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling and many more are on there. The full list of included artists and the embedded player are below.

On Sunday, My Morning Jacket play a show in Maryland with Jason Isbell who plays Newport on Saturday after playing a big free show in Prospect Park tonight (7/24).

Pink Floyd's other singer, David Gilmour, just announced a bunch of huge shows of his own, two nights at MSG included.

My Morning Jacket also just announced four Beacon Theater shows. Two are already sold out. Two are on pre-sale. All MMJ dates HERE.

Stream Newport Folk Fest radio below....

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photos by James Richards IV

Jose Gonzalez

They opened the show with "Afterglow," González singing, "All of this will be gone someday," as his voice and guitar reverberated through the crowd, creating perfect harmony with the rest of his band and the room itself. There was something special in the resonances there, the way the vocals filled the space and the guitars hummed, matching some natural frequency of the moment. Music Hall became a church of sorts and the crowd was completely entranced. "Stories We Build, Stories We Tell" was like a swaying pocket watch, guitars and bongos and finger snaps looped over and over until the audience was hypnotized. For the rest of the set, the energy among González, the band and the audience was palpable: few words were spoken, but the ideas and the shared moments were perfectly conveyed. At moments the power of the music's vibrations and the space was awe-inspiring, and a hushed amazement bubbled across the crowd, but everyone seemed worried about breaking the spell and the murmurs quickly dissipated. - [The House List]
Jose Gonzalez is wrapping up his current tour with Ólöf Arnalds in California this week. Jose hit NYC twice earlier this month (the review above is from his Music Hall of Williamsburg date) and stopped in Chicago for two shows while on this run supporting Vestiges & Claws. We've got pictures from their sold-out April 15 show at Chicago's Lincoln Hall in this post.

Tonight (4/29)'s LA show will stream live as part of the launch of Radio Echo on TuneIn.

In other news, Jose also stars in Calexico's new video for "Falling From The Sky" off the band's recently-released eighth album Edge of the Sun,. In it, he cares for a anthropomorphic worm straight out on David Cronenberg or Matthew Barney's dreams. Watch it below. Jose doesn't feature on the song or the album but, but the LP does boast a lot of other similarly minded artists including Neko Case, Iron & Wine main man Sam Beam, and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell who sings on "Falling from the Sky." Calexico will be in NYC for two shows at Bowery Ballroom on June 7 & 8 during their upcoming tour. Tickets for both Bowery shows are still available.

More pictures from the Jose's Chicago show, a video of him covering Kylie Minogue at his Webster Hall show, the Calexico video. and setlists from both of Jose's Lincoln Hall and Webster Hall shows, below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez stars in weird Calexico video, played Webster Hall, MHOW, Chicago & more on tour with Olof Arnalds (pics)"

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The 2015 Newport Folk Fest happens July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. This year's lineup isn't fully announced yet, but so far includes First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Sturgil Simpson (who taped an episode of ACL TV last night), Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Brandi Carlile, J Mascis and more. Festival passes and tickets to Saturday and Sunday are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (7/24) with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Heartless Bastards, Leon Bridges and more.

More to be announced, but daily lineups so far are listed below.

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival: 2015 lineup includes First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Sturgil Simpson, Courtney Barnett & more"

photo: Calexico at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Jamie Goodsell)
Calexico

Calexico are set to release their eighth album, Edge of the Sun, on April 14 via ANTI-, and they recently put out its lead single, "Cumbia de Done." The album features Neko Case, Iron & Wine main man Sam Beam, Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell, DeVotchka frontman Nick Urata, and more. You can listen to the new single, and check out the artwork and tracklist, below.

They've also announced a tour which brings them to NYC for two shows, June 7 & 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Openers for the North American shows are still TBA, but The Barr Brothers are opening in Europe. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/11) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Calexico releasing a new album, touring (dates, song stream)"

photos by Dylan Johnson

Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe and more @ Beacon Theatre
WFUV
WFUV

[Sam] Beam sang, in his gentle high tenor, about memories and connections, families and lovers. His songs, at their core, are folky ballads that mingle storytelling with more abstruse thoughts. But he has embellished them in various ways through the years: with folk-rock, country, jazz, even a little R&B. The "In the Reins" EP was his first experiment with horns -- Calexico's pair of mariachi trumpets -- but not his last; two horn players from his current Iron and Wine band, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Stuart Bogie on saxophone and flute, were also on hand, giving some songs a nudge toward jazz.

Calexico carried [Kathleen] Edwards's "Soft Place to Land" from a pensive hush into sorrowful peaks, and it stoked the rhythm just enough behind two incantatory songs from [Beth] Orton, the chugging "Call Me the Breeze" and the enveloping "Mystery." It was just retro enough for [Nick] Lowe's wry, elegantly turned novelty song "Christmas at the Airport" and straightforwardly pop for his "Cruel to Be Kind."

For [Glen] Hansard, the Irish songwriter behind the musical "Once," Calexico was attentive to the songs' dramatic arcs of loss and redemption. [NY Times]

The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit went down at Beacon Theatre last week (12/10) with Iron and Wine and Calexico (who collaborated on 2005's In the Reins EP) plus Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard and Amos Lee. The show saw the artists doing different collaborations throughout the night, and there were parts where the entire bill shared the stage at once. In addition to teaming up for each other's original songs, the artists did some covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Pictures of the show are in this post.

One of the other songs covered at the show was The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale of New York" which Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and Kathleen Edwards also covered later in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch a video of that performance, along with more pictures of the Beacon Theatre show, below.

Continue reading "Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards and friends played 'Fallon' and WFUV holiday show (pics & video)"

Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Beth Orton

Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."

UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...

Continue reading "WFUV's holiday show is tonight w/ Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee & more"

Iron & Wine at Capitol Theatre in May (more by PSquared)
Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine have a bunch of dates coming up, including a WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit show happening on December 10 at Beacon Theatre with Calexico and Nick Lowe. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/18) at noon.

All Iron & Wine dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Iron & Wine touring, playing WFUV holiday show w/ Calexico and Nick Lowe (dates)"

photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen

DIIV / Charli XCX / DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2

Bonnaroo's inaugural hip hop Superjam--an R&B/rap counterpart to the festival's long-running, rock-dominated all-star jam sessions--was an uninhibited, messy rager for still-partying night owls at the Tennessee music fest. Paul McCartney might have been the Friday night highlight, but if you wanted to dance, this was the show to see.

The slickest and sickest set came from Solange, who enraptured the crowd with a funky, lovely cover of the Fugees' version of "Killing Me Softly." She also sang the hook on surprise guest Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele single "Cherchez La Ghost" and covered "Umi Says," an uplifting jam from Mos Def's solo debut. - [Fuse]

Bonnaroo 2013 is definitely in the record books already, and we've posted a set of pictures from Day 2 (6/14) big names  Paul McCartney, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco,  and Jim James. But there was other stuff going on that Friday as well, including sets from Calexico, Big K.R.I.T, Charli XCX, Glen Hansard, DIIV, Amadou & Mariam, and the hip hop "Superjam" featuring RZA, Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo (Neptunes/NERD) and more. Photos from those acts are in this post.

If you missed them, our earlier pictures from Day 1 are HERE and HERE, Day 3 are HERE and Day 4 are HERE. More photos from 6/14 are below.

Continue reading "more pictures from Bonnaroo 2013 (Day 2 w/ DIIV, the hip hop "Superjam," Charli XCX, Calexico & more)"

NXNE

While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).

Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.

Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.

There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.

Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.

In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...

Continue reading "NXNE is kicking off in Toronto this week: The National, Bruise Cruise, Sloan 'murderecords' party & more"

Calexico at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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One of this year's sought-after Record Store Day releases was the Calexio live album, Spiritoso, which was recorded in Germany backed by orchestras Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. For those who don't want to deal with online auction prices, Calexico will be releasing the live album digitally next week (6/11). You can watch a video of Calexico performing their song "Para" with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien below.

Calexico are on a tour this summer which includes a stop in NYC for a free Celebrate Brooklyn! on June 15 with Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble.

Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off its 2013 Season on Wednesday (6/5) with singer-songwriter Patty Griffin and that show is free too.

Calexico tour dates are listed, along with video and album info, below...

Continue reading "Calexico reissuing RSD13 live orchestral LP digitally; Celebrate Brooklyn! starts this week"

Still Corners

As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.

Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...

Continue reading "Still Corners playing NYC before NXNE (dates & updated lineup)"

Calexico at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Calexico

Calexico, who released their newest album, Algiers, in the fall of 2012, and who were just announced for Bonnaroo 2013, have scheduled a North Ameirican tour which will lead up to their appearance at that festival. The tour hits the NYC area on June 6 at Tarrytown Music Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.

A list of all tour dates and a stream of Algiers below...

Continue reading "Calexico touring before Bonnaroo (dates)"

Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
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With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

Icona Pop
Chris Stamey

As you may know already, Passion Pit are currently on tour and will play NYC at Madison Square Garden on February 8 with Matt & Kim opening. Another opener has been added to that show, Swedish dance outfit Icona Pop. Tickets are still available. After that show, the "I Love It" duo will play a few West Coast shows with KFlay and all tour dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Icona Pop were also just announced on a ton more Passion Pit shows. Now all listed below.

Icona Pop, who are playing the just-announced 2013 Governor's Ball here in NYC, will also play the 2013 Wakarusa Festival which happens May 30 - June 2 on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, AR. The diverse line-up includes Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Of Monsters and Men, Gogol Bordelo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, De the Funky Homosapien, Calexico and many more. Full Wakarusa line-up is below.

In related news, Icona Pop appear on the new soundtrack for the TV show "Girls", not to be confused with the possibly upcoming reality TV show inspired by it.

A list of all Icona Pop and Passion Pit tour dates, plus Wakarusa 2013 line-up, are below...

Continue reading "Icona Pop added to Passion Pit MSG show (and tour); Wakarusa announced their 2013 lineup"

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

Continue reading "Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2012"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Calexico

Love, Minutemen (specifically the eventual Jackass theme "Corona") and Leonard Cohen were all the target of covers by Calexico during their October 13 appearance at Webster Hall. Check out the set list for the show below, which was part of a round of dates with The Dodos. The tour is in support of Algiers, Calexico's new LP which hit early last month.

More pictures from Webster Hall and the setlist are below.

Continue reading "Calexico and The Dodos @ Webster Hall (pics, setlist)"

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How was your Columbus Day? We didn't take off, and posted a whole bunch on BV, BV Chicago, and BV Austin, and here's even more...

As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.

Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.

Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).

Blur, who just confirmed that they are not done and are playing Belgium's Rock Werchter 2013, are now also confirmed for Primavera Sound 2013 in Barcelona (5/24/13) and Portugal (5/31/13).

Philip Glass Rework is streaming at NPR where you'll also find streams of the new Jason Lytle and Martha Wainwright.

As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.

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Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Purity Ring

If you've seen Purity Ring live this year, you may be wondering what, exactly, is the deal with those interactive light cocoons they use on stage. The Creators Project gets the scoop.

"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:

1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
RSVP now (update: actually it's full already) to get into the Brainfeeder one. Win tickets at the BrooklynVegan Facebook to get into SBTRKT (you can buy a ticket too).

Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.

We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).

Check out an interview with Zammuto who is opening for Ultraista.

Listen to new Trent Reznor.
Stream the new Godspeed! You Emperor album.
Watch a marching band do Zelda , Mario & Pokemon.

Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.

AND, more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: more Blur dates, John Cusack & Peter Gabriel, Emceez Ansari, Clueless reunion, Purity Ring, Pig Destroyer & more"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Garbage/Feist/JAMC at Osheaga - 8/4/12

Osheaga 2012 - Day 2 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 2 in Photos

Nineties alt-rock heroes Garbage returned this year with a new album, a refreshed attitude and a Shirley Manson who looked like she hasn't aged a day in her life. What's more impressive, though, was the fact that their repertoire of classic cuts didn't sound outdated at all. Instead, we're reminded that synth-laden rockers "Push It" and "Stupid Girl" were, in fact, much more ahead of their time and as a result sound brand new nowadays. Garbage was a cool blast from the past that festivalgoers who were unaware of their age would've mistaken them for a bright and exciting up-and-comer. - [National Post]
While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago, Montreal was holding the Osheaga Festival. It kicked off on Friday, August 3 and continued that Saturday (8/4) with sets from Feist, Garbage, Yeasayer, A$AP Rocky, The Raveonettes, The Black Lips, and more.

Actress Jessica Paré (aka Don's wife and "Zou Bisou Bisou" singer on Mad Men) joined The Jesus and Marcy Chain for "Just Like Honey" (which Scarlett Johansson sang on at Coachella '07) and "Sometimes Always" and video of that is below.

Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Day 3 is coming soon. More from day 2 are below...

Continue reading "Osheaga day 2 in pics (Jesus and Mary Chain, Feist, Garbage, Yeasayer, A$AP Rocky, Raveonettes, Black Lips & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Calexico & Ranier -- "Be Prepared" (MP3)

Calexico Algiers

As mentioned in the beginning of June, "Calexico released a video for 'Para,' the first single from their new album Algiers which is out September 11." That's the cover art for the album pictured above and you can watch the video again below.

Meanwhile, Calexico (or its members) have a release in the form of a single song on a reissue entitled "The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek", out now (according to Fire Records) or June 26 (tomorrow, according to some sources). Regardless....

Slide guitarist Rainer Ptacek passed away from brain cancer in 1997, but with a new series of reissues, his influential sound will find new ears ready for his progressive approach to guitar playing. Inner Flame, the first of these reissues, was originally released in 1997 as a tribute and benefit compilation. "Be Prepared," off Inner Flame, finds Ptacek working with fellow Arizona musicians Joey Burns and John Convertino, who later formed the band Calexico. [Rolling Stone]
You can download Calexico & Ranier's "Be Prepared" above. Stream the song, along with the full tribute album tracklist below. Or just stream the whole CD at Spinner.

Between now and 9/11 (the new LP release date), Calexico will play a couple of shows - Osheaga in Montreal and Taste of Chicago (in Chicago). A month after the album is released, on October 10th, Calexico will head out on the road with The Dodos for a tour that visits Webster Hall in NYC on October 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday and general sale Friday. All dates are listed with the songs below...

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The Clean
The Clean

today in NYC
* Gregg Kallor @ Barbes
* Kelli Scarr @ Joe's Pub
* Hannah Cohen @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Blind Pilot @ Webster Hall
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Labrinth @ Santos Party House
* Johnny Gandelsman @ The Stone
* Knife City, Aimes @ Glasslands
* Jimmy Cliff @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Man Man, Diamond Doves @ Brooklyn Bowl
*  Hayes Peebles, Last Good Tooth @ Cake Shop
* The Liza Colby Sound, The Juggs @ Mercury Lounge
* Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin @ Bowery Ballroom
* Emeli Sande, Selah Sue @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Temper Trap, School of Seven Bells @ Terminal 5
* The Dandy Warhols, 1776, Psychic Ills @ Irving Plaza
* Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr w Steuart Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Beast Patrol, The Stationary Set and Clementine @ Cameo
* Apollo the Great, Freeway, Sean Price @ Apple Store SoHo
* The Clean, Times New Viking, Day Eye @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Cochemea Gastelum, Smoota, Morricone Youth @ Union Pool
*  Tim Rogers (You Am I), Daniel Wayne @ Mercury Lounge
* Beechwood, Glass Vaults, Earth Science, Laura Airaksinen @ Pianos
* Ed Schrader's Music Beat, The Holy Shakes, Mr. Transylvania @ Death By Audio

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Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park kicks off tonight with a free Jimmy Cliff show.

New Zealand indie rock legends The Clean play tonight at Le Poisson Rouge with Times New Viking and tickets are still available. Watch a documentary on the band below.

We're giving away tickets to see Friday's (6/8) The Cult and Against Me show at Terminal 5. Visit the BV Facebook page for details.

Calexico just released a video for "Para," the first single from their new album Algiers which is out September 11. Watch it below.

Regina Spektor played Jimmy Fallon last night and you can watch that below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

Osheaga

We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

Continue reading "Justice, Metric, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros and more playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival in August "

Yo La Tengo @ the Bell House in September (more by David Andrako)
Yo La Tengo

All eight Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows are sold out, and frankly, even catching a free Yo La Tengo show during CMJ can't compensate for missing one of those shows, so I won't pretend this is good news for those that got shut out of Maxwell's, but this is good news nonetheless. Yo La Tengo will play a free Mog-sponsored CMJ opening night show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, October 19th (M.I.A. style). And it gets better. Screaming Females, also from NJ, will open the free Brooklyn bowling alley show. It kicks off at 8pm (doors at 6).... and UPDATE: Dom is playing it too!

Don't want to wait in line to maybe catch Screaming Females for free when you can guarantee your way in the door to see the same band two nights later? Want to see them twice? Hate bowling alleys? Don't go out on Tuesdays? You're in luck, because as previously-mentioned, Screaming Females are also playing the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21st with the stellar lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Yuck, and Young Man. Some tickets are still available (and we'll be letting in a whole bunch of people with CMJ badges).

Yo La Tengo recently got back from Vegas where they helped Matador celebrate 21 years in legendary fashion, but before that they took part in a Brooklyn show that may be remembered as a legendary show for alternative NYC comedy (though not necessarily for nice reasons).

In November, City Slang is having a 20th birthday party in Berlin. Yo La Tengo are playing that anniversary celebration too. Full lineup, including The Notwist playing "Neon Golden" from start to finish, below...

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We Used to Wait (The Wilderness Downtown)
Wilderness Downtown

...is pretty cool.

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The band's latest set of tour dates, and more info on the video, below...

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