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St. Vincent
St. Vincent

St. Vincent, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, closed out the Celebrate Brooklyn season in the best way possible on Saturday night (8/9). Apparently people were on line as early as noon for the free, 7:30 pm Prospect Park show. I got there during San Fermin's opening set. The Brooklyn venue was already packed, but there were still long lines at both doors wrapping in different directions around the park, and around all the people who decided to just sit outside the gates and listen.

Annie Clark is a rock star who never misses a beat, as she shreds, sings and dances her way around the stage. Banter is kept to a minimum. The robot-like, conveyor belt moves she pulls off in heels with perfect posture while continuing to play notes are almost as impressive as her songs. There was never a dull moment in the show which, unlike Neutral Milk Hotel on the same stage recently, went right to the 10:30 outdoor show curfew. The weather was perfect, and so was Annie's band which includes her dance-mate, bassist and keyboardist Toko Yasuda (you might also recognize her from The Lapse, The Van Pelt, Blonde Redhead, and Enon), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards), and Matt Johnson (drums).

The concert, which maybe you heard on WFUV (if not, LISTEN NOW BELOW), included almost every song from the new self-titled album. Her 17 song set also included 5 from Strange Mercy, 2 from Actor, 1 from Marry Me. Highlights included the post-encore version of "Strange Mercy" she did along on top of a riser with the sound of crickets in the background, and a stint on someone's shoulders to get closer to the crowd towards the end of the show.

Look for Annie on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight (8/11) and tomorrow.

More pictures from the show, the setlist, the full audio stream of it and more, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Marinaccio

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.

After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.

Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.

Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.

Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

We also caught the Bad Seeds' tour in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. The day after Prospect Park, the tour hit NYC again at Hammerstein Ballroom. Pictures of that one are coming soon.

More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...

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photos by David Andrako

Nomadic Massive
Nomadic Massive
Nomadic Massive

It was a perfect summer night in New York City. No humidity, not too hot, a slight breeze, and brilliant moonlit sky. It was the perfect conditions for a night in the park. As part of Celebrate Brooklyn's annual free concerts in Prospect Park, alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 performed a rare live concert with a full orchestra to help close out their current North American tour. The group, which released their latest record, The Event II, last fall, have been on-and-off the road for the last few months and Deltron fans know that if they are touring now, who knows when they could tour or play again. So, it was no surprise that the Prospect Park Bandshell was jam packed with fans from all over the boroughs, as well as curious ears who wanted to see what was happening in their park that night.

... With the orchestra, Del rapping his head off, Dan conducting, and Koala simply destroying the turntables, all being done in front of trippy images projected on a screen behind the artists, it was full on sensory overload. With a healthy mix of songs from their classic 2000 debut and Event II, the 90-minute set was just too good to end. [Officially A Yuppie]

Alternative hip hop greats Deltron 3030 kept their reunion alive with a summer tour that just wrapped up this past weekend with a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Saturday (7/19) and an Asbury Park show the following day. Prospect Park was opened by Montreal hip hop collective Nomadic Massive and a solo set from Deltron's Kid Koala before he was joined by Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and a full orchestra for Deltron 3030's set. Pictures of the show are in this post.

They continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Warpaint @ Prospect Park - 6/26/14
Warpaint
Yellowbirds

Warpaint put out their second album at the beginning of this year, and after having supported it in NYC with an intimate Union Pool show and a much larger Webster Hall show, the LA band returned last night for an even larger (and free) Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park. The venue filled out pretty well, though it wasn't hard to get into or anything, unlike the Janelle Monae show earlier this month.

The band were in great form, going through their many sounds that included haunting folk, psychedelia, dream pop, and shinier/dancier pop, all while being an adept and big-sounding band that had no problem projecting to the back of the big outdoor venue. Vocal harmonies were spot on too. They were doing some complex stuff that came across more last night than on record, and I don't think they hit a wrong note.

Yellowbirds opened the show. More pictures of both bands below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / TEEN @ Prospect Park 6/21/2014
Dum Dum Girls
Hospitality
TEEN

Dum Dum Girls headlined a lovely night of free music on the first day of summer (6/21), part of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell. Dressing a little more conservatively than she has lately, Dee Dee and the rest the band stuck mainly to DDG's most recent album, Too True, but played a few older songs as well, plus their cover of The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (from the He Gets Me High EP). The band will be spending the rest of 2014 at select festivals, including Pitchfork and Outside Lands. Tour dates are listed, along with Celebrate Brooklyn! setlist and pics from the show are in this post.

It was a nice bill all around. Hospitality are touring off their terrific second album, Trouble, which expanded their sound quite a bit. The added keyboards have extended to the songs off their debut as well, with older numbers getting radically new arrangements. The band will be on a short East Coast tour in July, so catch them if you can. Dates are listed below.

Speaking of expanded sound, TEEN have transformed from an arty, at times Krauty/proggy outfit, to a much more R&B bent on their new album, The Way and Color. If you missed them in Prospect Park, they're on tour most of the summer, including a September run opening for Islands, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on September 17 (tickets). They'll also DJ the annual White Party at New Museum on Wednesday (6/25) with Heavenly Beat. That is open to New Museum members only. All tour dates are listed below.

More pics from the Prospect Park show, plus tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality & TEEN played Prospect Park (pics, DDG setlist ++ updated tour dates for all three bands)"

photos by Misha Vladimirskiy

Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls

It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.

From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.

That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls went sheer in San Fran (no pasties), play big, free NY show Saturday (after pastie-filled Mermaid Parade)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The National @ Prospect Park - 6/19/14
The National
The National

The National have taken quite a beating this weekend. On the first night of their sold out three-night run in Prospect Park in their hometown of Brooklyn, Matt Berninger cut his head and on the second night he began losing his voice (he said a moth flew into his mouth). You could tell Matt was weary by night 3, and his voice was still a little shot on the screaming parts, but the band still put on an excellent show.

The set jumped right into the hits, with "Start A War," "Don't Swallow the Cap," "Secret Meeting," "Anyone's Ghost," and more favorites coming before the sun had even fully set. It was almost jarring to realize how many heavy hitters we were getting right away. It was early in the night, too bright out for the light show to have any real power yet, and outdoors so you couldn't be taken over by volume, but here were The National casually playing some of the most beloved indie rock songs of the last ten years. The set really kicked in for me by "Sea of Love" off their newest album, Trouble Will Find Me. The song's driving triple guitars had The National sounding at their most massive, and the song's bridge saw Matt bringing his screams onto one of their most somber albums.

Another highlight of the show came from Trouble Will Find Me, "This Is the Last Time," when the song's big chorus abruptly cut out leaving only piano and clean guitar, and the more crazed light show shifted to a dark purple. In a show that included layered distorted guitars and Matt screaming multiple times, one of its heaviest moments came as he softly sung "Jenny I am in trouble, can't get these thoughts out of me." And when the Dessners and the band's backing vocalist added the "It takes a lot of pain to pick me up" refrain, it was a true show stopper.

That song was followed by some of the deeper cuts of the show, as The National offered "Lean" from last year's Hunger Games soundtrack (which they said was a new version of a song they'd previously cut from an album), into a medley of "Available" and "Cardinal Song" from 2003's Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, the first time they'd included anything from that album all week. The rocking "Available" was the heaviest they'd sounded all night since "Sea of Love."

Then came the encore which, save for its first song (we got "All Dolled-Up in Straps" from the Cherry Tree EP), was the same it had been the two previous nights. Matt ran through the crowd for the rowdy fan favorite "Mr. November," followed by an upbeat rendition of "Terrible Love." And to close the show, the whole band (including the backing musicians) gathered on stage in front of the drums for a fully acoustic version of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," much like their pal Bon Iver (who sings on the studio version of that song) does at his shows with "Skinny Love."

Pictures of night 3, which MS MR opened, are in this post. Pictures of night 1 (with Phosphorescent) are HERE, and review of night 2 (with Lord Huron) is HERE. More night 3 pictures, with the setlist and a video of "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," below...

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by Johnny Zachman

The National Celebrating Brooklyn (more by David Andrako)
The National

The National played Prospect Park last night (June 18th) for the 2nd show out of 3 at their home-borough venue. Having seen the band perform in so many less fitting places (from Barclays to Big Cypress), it was refreshing to finally catch them again on their home turf. "A lot of our marriages were consummated in this very park," joked singer Matt Berninger, "right where you're standing!"

For a long time fan of the band, the show's setlist felt like a bit of a field day, with "Daughters of the Soho Riots," "Ada," "Baby, We'll Be Fine," "Lit Up," "All The Wine" - and even "Exile Vilify" from the Portal 2 soundtrack all performed. We even got a visit by Sufjan Stevens for vocal assistance on "Afraid of Everyone."

"Daughters of the Soho Riots" was a particular highlight for me. It was performed with incredibly delicate attention and brought the audience to a notable hush. As the song concluded, Matt explained that a moth had flown into his mouth "during the most depressing part of the song," and as the show went on, the singer seemed to be losing more and more of his voice. "I can feel the moth down there, thinking," Matt explained a few songs later. "He's obviously depressed. He's just walking in circles."

The National have grown into their signature sound by juxtaposing gorgeous classically-inspired music with a fractured, imperfect singer stuck right in the middle of it all - and I was struck by the fact that the band actually sounded more beautiful when Matt's voice was completely exhausted. I wasn't sure if he was going to make it all the way through some songs, especially the relatively high "Pink Rabbits," but he powered through the 20+ song set with remarkable dedication.

And, despite cutting his head on the previous night, the singer still jumped offstage and wandered through the crowd for both "Mr. November" and "Terrible Love," stealing a fan's iPhone and videotaping himself sing the song's final chorus before chucking the device back onto the stage. In one especially endearing moment, the singer punted a glass of wine into the front row, only to quickly break through his badass bravado to immediately apologize to the people he had wet.

The National has always been so appealing to me because they operate as a band of humans - humans singing about human concerns - imperfectly sometimes, beautifully at others - but honestly always - and on this night, especially during "Fake Empire" when Matt's wound re-opened and blood started running down the side of his face, they felt even more human than ever before.

Lord Huron opened the show.

Check out pictures from the first night (Phosphorescent opened). Head to Prospect Park now if you've got tickets for the third (with opener MS MR).

Night 2 setlist below...

Continue reading "The National in Prospect Park again (night 2 review & setlist)"

photos by David Andrako

The National / Phosphorescent @ Prospect Park - 6/17/14
The National
The National
Phosphorescent

The National kicked off their three-night run in Prospect Park last night (6/17) with a lengthy set that included favorites from their last four albums (plus a cut from the Cherry Tree EP). As anyone who's seen The National knows, the band go harder than their records would have you believe, but Matt Berninger went extra hard last night, hitting his head on one of the video screens causing him to bleed (as you can see above). Hope you're okay, Matt! There's a different opener every night, and last night's was Phosphorescent whose Matthew Houck joined The National during their encore for "Terrible Love." Pictures of both bands are in this post.

The run continues tonight (6/18) with Lord Huron (a few tickets are still available) and Thursday (6/19) with MS MR (no available tix at the moment, but you can win them). All three shows are "benefit" shows for Celebrate Brooklyn's ongoing season at the venue.

More pictures, and The National's setlist, below...

Continue reading "The National began their three-night run in Prospect Park (Night 1 with Phosphorescent -- pics & setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Ornette Coleman / Laurie Anderson / Flea
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

The 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! season continued with another free show in Prospect Park this past Thursday (6/12), a tribute to pioneering free jazz great Ornette Coleman (also part of Blue Note Jazz Fest). A large handful of musicians from many genres appeared on stage to pay tribute to Ornette, including Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace/Antemasque bassist Flea, joined separately by two jazz veterans Henry Threadgill and David Murray. Punk legend Patti Smith appeared with her daughter Jesse and bandmate Tony Shanahan. Laurie Anderson was joined by past collaborators/NYC avant-garde lifers Bill Laswell and John Zorn for a performance that was also partly in honor of her late husband Lou Reed. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performed a duo set with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo's band, etc), and still so many other guests performed including Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Savion Glover, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, James Blood and more.

Thurston Moore & Nels Cline
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

One very special guest of the night was Ornette Coleman himself, who wasn't billed as a performer but but spent a good deal of the show on stage, often chiming in. The New York Times writes:

Again, Mr. Coleman played: a significant fact and an increasingly rare occasion in the last several years. This was billed as a concert for him, not by him; it was not clear whether he would play a note until showtime. But he sat in a chair onstage for most of the concert's first half, either with an alto saxophone in his lap, or taking part as if he were playing along with nature, joining when he wanted to and how he wanted to.

The concert was organized by Mr. Coleman's son, Denardo, who was also the bandleader, as a program of Coleman compositions, except for a couple of free improvisations. But Mr. Coleman wasn't there to play Ornette Coleman compositions. He was just there to play, and he started from soft and lovely unaccompanied lines, like some precursor to blues language.

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist a video from Patti Smith's performance, below...

Continue reading "Ornette Coleman celebrated at Prospect Park w/ Patti Smith, Flea, Thurston Moore, Ornette himself & more (pics, setlist)"

photos by David Andrako

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

Celebrate Brooklyn kicked off their 2014 season in Prospect Park last night with a free show by Janelle Monae (6/4). I stopped by and couldn't believe the size of the lines that were wrapped around in every direction before the show, and as early as 5pm. There were tons of people inside and outside the gate watching and listening to the show. The bandshell entrances are around 9th Street and 11th Street along Prospect Park West which ends at 15th Street. Lines were wrapped around that corner and far down Prospect Park Southwest. Did you get in? If so, how was the show? Did you say hello to a DeBlasio?

Celebrate Brooklyn continues Saturday (6/7) with the sounds of Louisiana. The next one we're really excited about is "CELEBRATE ORNETTE: THE MUSIC OF ORNETTE COLEMAN" on June 12 with Laurie Anderson, David Murray, Flea, Patti Smith, Bill Laswell and many more

Pictures from Janelle Monae in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae played Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park (pics); Did you get in? (how long did you wait in line????)"

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
CB!

Two of NYC's biggest outdoor summer concert series -- Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn! -- are underway. Summerstage, which puts on events in a few city parks, began last night with Ty Dolla $ign playing a free show in Red Hook Park, and tonight in the same location it's Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve (also free). Other free Summerstage shows include the BrooklynVegan-sponsored Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clique (6/10, Betsy Head Park), Andrew Bird and Luke Temple (7/8, Central Park), and Blood Orange (8/16, Central Park), plus paid Central Park/Rumsey Field shows such as BeckConor Oberst / DawesCounting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more. Flyer for June Summerstage shows, below.

Celebrate Brooklyn!, meanwhile, kicks off tonight (6/4) with Janelle Monae playing a free show at Prospect Park Bandshell. Other upcoming free shows in Prospect Park include Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality & TEEN on June 21, Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26, Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19, and St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9. There are also a few big Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit shows as well, like The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Summerstage June flyer below...

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Deltron 3030 in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Deltron 3030

Alternative rap supergroup Deltron 3030 made their long-awaited return in 2013 with a new album and a tour with a full orchestra, and it looks like they're not done yet. The trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala have another North American tour scheduled for this summer which includes the previously discussed FREE Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park (7/19) in NYC and a NJ show a day later at The Stone Pony (7/20). Tickets for the NJ show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video of a 2013 performance, below...

Continue reading "Deltron 3030 touring this summer, playing NJ after free NYC show in Prospect Park (dates)"

words by Ian Chainey, photos by Greg Cristman

Bill Laswell performing with Bladerunner
Bladerunner

The Ohm Resistance Label Showcase to be held at Brooklyn club Saint Vitus on May 31 has taken shape and it's just as wild as you'd expect from the Brooklyn-based avant-garde label. The Blood of Heroes with Bill Laswell will be making their live debut. They're joined by Silent Killer, Invertia, SHVLFCE, and Katmai. Advanced tickets are available now.

The Blood of Heroes are an experimental troupe bringing together the talents of Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), beatmakers Submerged and Enduser, and Dr. Israel behind the mic. The result is a synthesis of the players' day jobs: drum n' bass, jungle, dub, industrial metal, and ambient. It can also be none of those things. Their eponymous debut was released by Ohm Resistance in 2010. (It also received a full set of remixes that same year.) A follow-up, The Waking Nightmare, came out via Ohm in 2012 and featured contributions from Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and a guest spot from Tompa (At the Gates, Disfear), among a varied collection of others.

For this particular event, the Blood of Heroes lineup will be as follows: Laswell, Dr. Israel, Submerged, Jason Selden (Apparatus), Matt Labozza (A Storm of Light), and haZMat, including guests. Laswell certainly has the connections to make the "guest" part interesting. He just played Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with John Zorn and Dave Lombardo under the Bladerunner moniker (a few pictures from that event in this post). Justin Broadrick, on the other hand, won't be available thanks to Godflesh being back in business. The influential industrial metal duo recently released a new song, "Ringer," following a 13 year studio break. They'll be touring with Loop in the UK, starting in Glasgow on June 2.

While Broadrick's creative spirit will be missed, the Blood of Heroes' eclectic approach runs throughout the entire bill. Silent Killer construct atmospheric rich drum n' bass, Invertia twist black metal, noise, and industrial together, SHVLFCE do rhythmically inventive IDM, and Katmai play blissed-out electronic pop with an ambient whoosh. They also do none of these things. Needless to say, should be a crazy night.

Bill Laswell will also take part in the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park in June, which now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, in addition to Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith, and more.

Ohm Resistance showcase details, along with streams of the entire lineup and two more pics from the Bladerunner gig appear below.

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Laurie Anderson at The Stone in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Laurie

The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 lineup was announced not long ago, and since then there's been a few updates.

The Ornette Coleman tribute on June 12 now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, joining the previously announced lineup of Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Unfortunately, Afrika Bambaataa dropped off.

The Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert on June 14 will now feature a reading by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars) of one of Ezra's books before the concert.

And the Nickel Creek show on July 24 will now be opened by Secret Sisters.

All three of those shows, and many other Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park this summer, including Dum Dum GIrls, Warpaint, Deltron 3030, St. Vincent and more, are totally free to the public.

photos by David Andrako

Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto

The free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties on Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 continued last night (5/15) with NYC vets Cibo Matto, Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Cibo Matto, who are back with a new album and very active again, were joined by guitar great Nels Cline (who is married to Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto). Pictures of the slightly soggy, kinda foggy evening are in this post.

The Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties wrap up next Thursday (5/22) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and others. Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park kicks off on June 4 with Janelle Monae and continues with many free (and a few not-free) shows through August.

Cibo Matto also play another free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 with Bonobo.

More pictures from last night below...

Continue reading "Cibo Matto played a Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Party with Nels Cline, Javelin, and JD Samson (pics)"

David not worrying about his phone @ BAM (more by Chris La Putt)
David Byrne

David Byrne thinks Google is evil. He expresses this opinion, after having problems with one of his Android devices, in a post -- he's too even-keeled to write anything you'd call a rant -- on his website titled "Google is Evil":

Poking around, it seems that the latest version of Android (KitKat) disables certain kinds of uses on these storage cards that I had purchased; Google (who helped develop the Android operating system, and later bought it) seems to have intentionally crippled my devices. It cost me money for those cards, but more importantly, I use them as a creative tool. Phones especially get filled up with apps and other stuff, but if I can store my pictures, music and voice memos on an SD card, I can worry less about memory issues...

...Other forums suggest Google is "forcing" us to store stuff in the Cloud, presumably where they can get at all our data and then market it to advertisers.

It's a weird feeling to have an invisible corporate hand reach into your gizmo, without asking really, and cripple it.

Wish I could do the same--reach in there and cripple their search algorithm--because, maybe on a whim, I determined I wanted it to work differently.

Read the whole thing over at David Byrne's place.

St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
STV

A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.

The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:

Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.

Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.

Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.

Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.

Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.

Nickel Creek on July 24.

Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.

St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.

All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2014 lineup (St. Vincent, Dum Dum Girls, Nickel Creek, Deltron 3030, Warpaint & more)"

The National at Beacon Theatre in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
National

As discussed, The National are touring extensively this year and that tour already includes Celebrate Brooklyn shows at Prospect Park on June 17with Phosphorescent and 6/18 with Lord Huron. Both of those shows are listed as sold out, but the band have now added a third Prospect Park date happening on June 19 with MS MR. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with AmEx and National Fan presales starting Wednesday (4/16) at noon, and a Celebrate Brooklyn presale starting Thursday (4/17) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Adela Loconte)
Cibo Matto

Celebrate Brooklyn, the people behind the ongoing BRIC House shows and the upcoming Prospect Park shows, will be throwing more shows in between, the Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. There's three shows, all FREE, happening for three consecutive Thursdays in May. Each show features "a varied lineup of bands paired with DJs, on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, food trucks" (many with specials based on the show's music genre) and more, and runs from 7 to 10 PM. Entry to the pier is at Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront or from the new Squibb Park Bridge.

The first show will be headlined by the Gogol Bordello-related Balkan Beat Box on May 8, and also features DJ Joro Boro. On May 15, it's veteran NYC band Cibo Matto who are fully back in action with Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Then, finally on May 22 it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (who played The Apollo earlier this month) with Okayafrica's Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog.

Meanwhile, BRIC is throwing a 'dance party' this Saturday (4/12) at the BRIC House with AndrewAndrew and a DJ set from Neon Indian, whose collaborator Leanne Macomber has a new NSFW video for her Ejecta project. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Full upcoming BRIC House schedule here.

The National at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
National

The National's upcoming Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 17 with Phosphorescent went on sale today, and sold right now, but the band have since added a second show happening a day later (6/18) at the same venue. This one's opened by Lord Huron, and tickets are on sale now.

Both shows are part of the band's extensive tour. Updated dates are listed below...

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The National at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The National

The National already had a bunch of tour dates announced, though still none in NYC, but that just changed. They'll headline a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park (again) on June 17. This one's opened by Phosphorescent, making for another excellent double bill. (Last time it was Beach House.) Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/19) at noon and a Celebrate Brooklyn presale starting Thursday (2/20) at 10 AM (presale password: "TROUBLE").

As discussed, you can also catch Matt, Bryce and Aaron of The National at the Tibet House US benefit on March 11 at Carnegie Hall.

Other announced Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park shows include two Neutral Milk Hotel shows, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Janelle Monae.

All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

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NMH

Neutral Milk Hotel recently expanded their tour to include more Northeast dates, including a return to NYC on July 22 at Prospect Park with Circulatory System. That show went on sale last week and not surprisingly sold out, but if you couldn't snag tickets you're in luck because the band have added a second Prospect Park show happening a day later (7/23). Circulatory System are on this one too, and tickets go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon. Stay tuned for presale info.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Neutral Milk Hotel

Indie legends Neutral Milk Hotel just brought their long-awaited ongoing reunion tour to the NYC-area for seven total shows, but if you missed all those opportunities to see them, or just need to catch them again (we wouldn't blame you), you're in luck. The band have just expanded their tour and the new dates include a Northeast run that brings them to Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on July 22! Fellow Elephant 6 band Circulatory System open and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with a Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (2/5) and a BRIC member presale starting Thursday (2/6) at 10 AM. According to the band, the new NYC, Philly and DC area shows will be their last headline shows in the area for the "foreseeable future." NMH were also just announced for Washington's Sasquatch! Festival. Updated dates are listed below.

If you missed it, you can read out review of NMH's Capitol Theatre show.

Other Prospect Park shows announced for this summer include Janelle Monae and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Updated NMH dates are listed below...

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Janelle Monae at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Janelle Monae

The Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park are returning this summer, and the first free show of the season has been announced. On opening night, June 4, R&B/soul great Janelle Monae will kick off the season with a headlining show at the venue. Show starts at 8, and again, it's totally free.

That's the second confirmed Prospect Park show of the summer, including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (7/26) (tickets).

Meanwhile, Janelle Monae will be in NYC much sooner, first to play a Super Bowl weekend show at Lehman College (1/28), and then to play Hammerstein Ballroom on 2/1 with Schoolboy Q, Just Blaze, Mack Wilds, #Been#Trill, and D.J. Cassidy. Tickets for the Hammerstein show are still available.

All upcoming Janelle dates are listed below...

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