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With his new album Morning Phase out now and a recent SNL appearance behind, him, a tour seemed in the cards for Beck and now one has in fact been announced. The list of dates is below.

Tickets for all dates, including Central Park Summerstage in NYC on Tuesday July 1st, go on presale at 10am Wednesday (3/12). The general presale password is MORNING. You can also use the BrooklynVegan presale password PHASE for the Summerstage show. Tickets go on general sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Beck also plays The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on 3/12, and will be on Ellen on 4/1. If you haven't checked out Morning Phase yet, you can stream it via Rdio. Dates below...

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Violent Femmes at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Violent Femmes

Acoustic punk vets Violent Femmes have been back in action this year (now with Dresden Dolls' Brian Viglione on drums), and one of their reunion dates was a NYC show in Central Park back in September. Though as you may have heard, that show abruptly ended early due to flooding. Via Glide:

Flash floods disrupted Violent Femmes 18 minutes into their set Thursday in Central Park, and ultimately halted the band's first New York show since 2007.

After playing only five songs, and waiting 20 minutes for the lightning strikes to pass, they were told to cut the performance short. "It's nobody's fault; it's the law," bassist Brian Ritchie apologized, promising they would return in October. Behind him a crew scrambled to cover the instruments with tarps. At 7:48, event security ordered Rumsey Playfield cleared, and an exodus of people retreated into the park, where its roads swelled with ankle-deep water.

Violent Femmes have now scheduled what appears to be a one-off in NYC, perhaps to make up for that Central Park show, happening on November 14 at Roseland Ballroom (one of the last shows for the venue). Tickets for the show go on a "special presale offer" today (10/24) at 10 AM, with Citi Cardmember and Live Nation/Mobile App presales starting today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (10/25) at 10 AM.

UPDATE: Tickets purchased for the Central Park show will be honored. You must present original tickets with valid ID.

The only other Violent Femmes date we're currently aware of is Australia's The Falls Music & Arts Festival.

Watch a video of the band at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 below...

Continue reading "Violent Femmes schedule Roseland Ballroom show following Central Park flooding"

photos by Robert Altman, words by Andrew Sacher

Disclosure / Mobb Deep
Disclosure & TNGHT @ Central Park - 8/6/2013
Disclosure & TNGHT @ Central Park - 8/6/2013

Central Park Summerstage may have gotten its dance show of the summer last night when UK house/garage crossover duo Disclosure, abrasive trap duo TNGHT, and another house-y producer Julio Bashmore took over the stage for one funky night in the park.

Julio kicked things off bright and early at 6 PM, which isn't really the appropriate time at all for his music (and unfortunately his set at Warm Up this Saturday will likely face the same problem), but it was a nice primer for what was to come, and I hope to be catching him in a dark club sooner than later.

Though still in the light, TNGHT fared much better, and it really seemed like as many people came to see them as Disclosure. Lunice spent at least half of their set acting as a hypeman, and rapping along to some of the verses they dropped, which included Rick Ross, Danny Brown, and best of all, the excellent "Blood On The Leaves," which they helped produce for Kanye's Yeezus. Aside from playing the music of other rappers, the real treat came when TNGHT brought out legendary Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, who performed "Quiet Storm" and "Shook Ones."

Then finally, once the sky fully blackened, Disclosure came on stage. These guys have come really far since their first trip to NYC less than a year ago, and from the reactions of the sold-out crowd, you'd know it in a second. It was all arms in the air, constant dancing, and singing every word to the big hits ("White Noise," "You & Me") as well as the slightly odder ones ("When A Fire Starts to Burn," "F For You") and the older cuts too ("Boiling," "What's In Your Head"). Like we thought they would, they brought out Jessie Ware to sing "Confess to Me" and "Running," and Sam Smith for "Latch." Excellent show, and a very excellent light show too, I should add.

After the show, Disclosure headed over to The Wall on W 30th St to DJ a sold-out afterparty. We missed that one, but it looks like it was pretty packed. Did you go? How was it?

More pictures and videos of the guest appearances from Central Park, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rudimental

UK dance quartet Rudimental aren't too far removed from fellow Brits Disclosure -- in fact, both groups have collaborated with singer Sinead Harnett (also, just listen to "Baby") -- though while Disclosure almost perfectly blend mainstream and underground dance music, Rudimental do tend to lean more on the pop side. Some of the production veers towards American EDM, and while they've got choice vocalists like Sinead Harnett, and even more interestingly, Angel Haze, they've also got a track with Internet Explorer commercial soundtracking dude Alex Clare.

That said, similarly to a group like Bear Mountain, Rudimental use their mainstream appeal well, and I'd rather see this tearing up the charts than some of the other EDM-inspired pop you see on there. Plus, while Rudimental do have elements of the current house craze, they also set themselves apart by throwing '90s-style drum n bass breakbeats into about half their songs.

Rudimental put out their debut album, Home, in the UK earlier this year, and it will finally be getting a US release next week (8/6) via Big Beat Records. You can listen to the entire album (and read a track-by-track interview) over at SPIN, and stream six of its twelve tracks below.

Rudimental are on tour this year, and they'll be heading to North America this August for some festival appearances at Outside Lands, Made In America, and Osheaga. They'll also be stopping in NYC to open for Emeli Sande (who sings on their album) at her Rumsey Playfield show (8/28) in Central Park. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Rudimental dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Rudimental giving their LP a US release (stream it), touring"

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Veteran rapper Slick Rick is performing with a live band, The Lifted, in NYC on July 31 at Stage 48 with Don Dada. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Underground hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, who are back in action, are playing a hometown show on August 3 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Prop Anon, Meyhem Lauren, Rasheed Chappel and AKIR.

Eve, who is back with a hungry new album this year, is playing Irving Plaza on August 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.

Bronx rap vet KRS-One is playing SOB's on August 15 with DJ Predator Prime. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz are playing Knitting Factory on August 31 with a huge lineup that includes Cashclick, M.U.V.I., Handjob Academy, Buddy Fly High, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

NYC rap duo The Doppelgangaz, who are having a great year thanks to a solid new album, play another hometown show on September 13 at Knitting Factory with Boldy James and Sneakas. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

YouTube rappers Turquoise Jeep will smang it at BB King's on August 25 with Kosha Dillz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Oakland duo Zion I play Mercury Lounge on September 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.

Chicago drill rapper/King Louie associate Katie Got Bandz is playing a Scion A/V show with Mike G of Odd Future on August 14 at Knitting Factory. You have to enter Scion's contest to gain admission.

Indie rap trio Ratking is playing The Studio at Webster Hall on August 8 with Kinetics & One Love, Adrian Lau/Alpsko, G4SHi, and Trap Ciudad. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Eminem associate Obie Trice, Young HD, and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

360 and Dyme A Duzin are playing SOB's on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Push!, Danse of Bklyn Stickup, Winkloc, Maffew Ragazino Sr., and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Phony PPL play Brooklyn Bowl on August 12 with The Skins. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Pete Rock

The Rock Steady Crew is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a free concert at Central Park Summerstage that features quite the lineup: Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Special Ed, Craig G, Q-Unique, Homebody Sandman, and Torae. Show starts at 3 PM.

Another hip hop legend coming to Central Park: DJ Kool Herc will be there for free day shows on August 10 (3 PM) and August 11 (5 PM).

Other hip hop related events in Central Park include the hip hop themed theater adaptation of "King Kong" on August 5 and a screening of hip hop film "Wild Style" on August 26 for its 30th anniversary, along with live performances by Lee, Lady Pink, Busy Bee, and more.

Other previously announced upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Goodie Mob, Cakes Da Killa, The Underachievers, Big Boi, Killer Mike & El-P, and Rock the Bells.

What else?

photos by P Squared Photography

She & Him / Camera Obscura
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Camera Obscura @ Central Park Summerstage - 7/8/2013

She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) and Glasgow indie pop vets Camera Obscura just brought their tour through NYC for two nights at Central Park Summerstage. The first of those happened on Saturday (pictures here), and the second took place this past Monday (7/8). While the first night was plagued with scorching heat, it was rain that ended up affecting the second, with a summer cloudburst right after Camera Obscura's set, which luckily cleared up right before Zooey and M. Ward took the stage. Whew! Pictures of night 2 are in this post.

They continue below...

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LAMC 2013

The annual Latin Alternative Music Conference is returning to NYC for its 2013 installment this week. It begins today (7/9), and runs through Saturday (7/13). It begins with two free, all ages hip hop shows: the first happens in Crotona Park today (7/9) with Joell Ortiz and RSVB; and then there's another in Central Park on Wednesday (7/10) a Summerstage show with Fat Joe, Cuarto Poder, and Los Rakas.

For the non-free shows, online registration is now closed, but there will be a $299 walk-up registration at The New Yorker Hotel from Wednesday to Friday. Check out the rest of the week's lineup, which includes shows at various venues like Mercury Lounge, SOBs, Propsect Park, and others, below...

Continue reading "LAMC 2013 is this week (July 9 - 13 @ various NYC venues)"

photos by Sachyn Mital

Femi Kuti / Common @ Central Park Summerstage, 6/23/2013
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Over the course of the nearly two hour performance, Kuti and his backing band The Positive Force engaged the capacity crowd with his political and jazzy music. The band included a brass ensemble and a trio of dancers, while Kuti himself swapped between keyboards and saxophone at times. The songs included tracks off the new album and some classics, with lyrics generally addressing corruption and oppression in Nigeria. These are hardly messages that comfortable New Yorkers can relate to, when their days are marred by the placement of Citibike racks or the once possible ban on soda sizes, but the diverse crowd moved along to the music. - [Popmatters]
Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti performed at a free Summerstage show with his band Positive Force on June 23. Kuti fan Common watched much of the show from the sidelines and joined him for a freestyle rap at one point.

The hot, afternoon show show was opened Sinkane and DJ King Britt who we missed. Pictures from Kuti's Summerstage performance are in this post.

More below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Alt-J at Governors Ball - 6/8/13 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alt-J

Alt-J had one of the biggest crowds that I saw at Governors Ball this past weekend, and it's no secret that they've got the chops to support the route to stardom they're clearly on. But if I did have one complaint about their set, it would have to be the absence of the intricate light show they've been having at their shows, due to a mid-day set.

Now that that festival is over, Alt-J announced a headlining NYC show (which a lot of other bands that also played probably will do soon too) where the sunlight won't be as much of an issue. The newly-announced show happens on September 15 at Rumsey Playfield (where Central Park Summerstage shows happen), and support comes from folkies Lord Huron, which is a pretty good fit. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.

Lord Huron will be in NYC even sooner for a sold-out show at Webster Hall (6/21).

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

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Shuggie Otis at MHOW in April (more by Greg Cristman)
Shuggie Otis

The Nines Festival is returning to Devens, MA (38 miles west of Boston) this year on August 10 at Willard Field. Artists playing include Explosions in the Sky, Shuggie Otis, Delta Spirit, Kid Koala, and more. Early bird tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (6/7) at 10 AM.

Cult soul singer Shuggie Otis has other upcoming dates, including two free NYC shows around the time of the Nines Festival happening on August 8 at MetroTech Commons as part of BAM's 2013 R&B Festival and Central Park Summerstage on August 11 with Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Op! (DJ).

All Shuggie Otis dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Nines Festival 2013 lineup: Explosions in the Sky, Kid Koala, Delta Spirit, Shuggie Otis (who plays 2 free NYC shows)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Black Hippy - "U.O.E.N.O" Remix (MP3)

Quadron

When we first realized Rhye wasn't as mysterious as we thought, it was brought into the public consciousness that one half of the duo was Mike Milosh (better known as just Milosh) and Robin Hannibal, who is also one half of the duo Quadron with Coco O. Quadron is set to release a new album, Avalanche, on June 4 via Vested in Culture/Epic, and in very exciting news, the first single, "Better Off," features a verse from Kendrick Lamar. Pitchfork mentions that Robin and Coco were also in a group called Boom Clap Bachelors, whose song "Tiden Flyver" is prominently sampled in Kendrick's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." Check out "Better Off" below, along with the album tracklist. That's the artwork above.

Quadron also have some tour dates coming up around the time of the album's release. They'll be a support act for some of the dates on Jose Gonzalez's group Junip's previously discussed tour, including the NYC date happening on June 13 at Highline Ballroom. Barbarossa is on that show too, which is sold out.

Quadron will also return to NYC for a free, all ages show opening for UK singer Lianne La Havas at Central Park Summerstage on July 27. DJ Center will be on the boards that night too.

As discussed, Kendrick Lamar will also be in the NYC-area for Summer Jam, Governors Ball, and Rock the Bells. Kendrick and the rest of the Black Hippy crew (Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) just remixed Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O," which you can download above and stream below.

All Quadron dates are listed, along with the song streams and album artwork, below...

Continue reading "Quadron (mem. of Rhye) releasing new LP (stream a track w/ Kendrick Lamar), opening for Junip and Lianne La Havas"

Twin Shadow @ Pitchfork 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow is about to kick off a "True Story" tour in California that quickly hits Sasquatch before visting Chicago, Governors Ball in NYC, Texas and many other places before ending back in Cali. Twin Shadow will then take a break before playing a big, free hometown show at Central Park Summerstage with Autre Ne Veut, Elliphant and DJ Million Dollar Mano on 8/17. All dates are listed with the "True Story" explanation below.

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Elliphant

Most of TS's tour is with Pitchfork/Swedish Grammys-approved pop star Elliphant who we mentioned headlines her only upcoming non-Twin Shadow North American date in Brooklyn at Glasslands on June 11. Tickets are still available. Openers are Heartsrevolution and Computer Magic (DJ Set).

"She's actually part of the same production family as Icona Pop, but as Elliphant, she frays Scandinavian pop precision at the edges to join up to a more global patchwork that runs from Mad Decent affiliates M.I.A. and Maluca to the junkheap magpie nest of Staff Benda Bilili." [Pitchfork]
Check out the video for "Live Till I Die" below.

Autre Ne Veut, who recently played Pianos (twice), only has four upcoming shows we know about at the moment. One is with Twin Shadow at Summerstage, one is Pitchfork Festival, one is ACL, and one is in Miami. They're also all listed below...

Continue reading "Twin Shadow touring w/ Elliphant, playing free Central Park show w/ Autre Ne Veut (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Disclosure at MHOW last month (more by Jason Bergman)
Disclosure

Yesterday (4/22), Summerstage announced its 2013 season. But one of the shows that was not on that announcement and was just revealed today is a co-headlining double bill by dance duos Disclosure and TNGHT at Central Park Summerstage on August 6 with support from Julio Bashmore. The show starts at 6 PM so the only downside of this is that it might not be dark yet during Disclosure or TNGHT's set depending on which one goes first. But that aside, this is going to be one of wildest Summerstage shows of the summer. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon. The show happens right after Disclosure plays Lollapalooza. TNGHT doesn't play that festival, but they do play a different Chicago festival in July, Pitchfork.

Disclosure recently announced that their debut album, Settle, will be out June 3 via PMR. It features previously released singles, "White Noise" (feat. AlunaGeorge) and "Latch" (feat. Sam Smith), in addition to the just-released track, "You & Me" (feat. Eliza Doolittle). If you didn't hear that one yet, it's just as awesome as their previous tracks and ups the excitement even more for that album to drop. Check it out below.

TNGHT also slightly less recently revealed a new track in support of their tour which just hit Coachella twice and NYC once. The track is called "Acrylics" and it's even more of a banger than anything on last year's self titled EP. Stream that one below as well.

All dates for both Disclosure and TNGHT are listed, along with both song streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Zombies

It was pretty exciting earlier this year when baroque pop legends The Zombies (who just released a RSD 12") toured with support from Elephant Stone, and now, as revealed in today's Summerstage 2013 lineup announcement, they'll be playing a show in NYC with another band they've surely influenced, Django Django. That show happens on June 15 at Central Park Summerstage and also includes Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and a DJ set by Modest P. The show is free to the public. It's a day show which runs from 3 to 7 PM so it could be a good one to catch before heading to Brooklyn for Northside Festival that night.

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro will be in the NYC-area even sooner when their tour with Father John Misty and Jessica Pratt hits Maxwell's on May 17 (sold out). UPDATE: We just learned that Adam Green & Binki dropped off the Father John Misty tour.

The Central Park show is part of The Zombies' US spring/summer tour which hits the Bergen Performing Arts Center (6/13) in NJ and Mohegan Sun (6/14) in CT right beforehand. All dates are listed, along with a video of their full Live on KEXP set at SXSW (where they were sounding especially great), below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Dave Grohl, Neil Young & Dan Auerbach  / Olivia Wilde / Band of Horses, Global Festival, 9/29/2012
Global Fest 2012
Global Fest 2012
Global Fest 2012

A crowd of 60,000 strong showed up at the Great Lawn in Central Park yesterday (9/29) for Global Festival, a concert to raise awareness about (and funds to help) global hunger, featuring names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan:

The acts seemed especially stunned by the size of the Central Park crowd. "This event is so great, I can't get over it," marveled Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell. Auerbach was similarly moved: "What an amazing thing, it feels great up here," he said. The Keys proceded to fill the giant space with their fast, fuzzed-out riffs, Auerbach buzzing across the stage during cuts like "Howlin for You" and "Money Maker," backed by Patrick Carney's tight grooves. The highlight? When 60,000 fans clapped during the furious breakdown of "I Got Mine," and Auerbach lost himself in the monster riff.

Dave Grohl launched the Foo Fighters' set with a mellow solo version of "Times Like These," before the band kicked in raucously and Grohl bounced across each end of the stage headbanging. Grohl seemed most psyched to be there out of anyone, letting out several throaty howls and leading huge sing-alongs on "My Hero" to "All My Life."...Grohl seemed determined to savor every moment; at one point, he made it clear that this would be the band's last show for a while. "I wish we could play all night - but I'd rather see Neil Young," he said. "We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again." -[Rolling Stone]

The evening ended with an incendiary set from the great Neil Young, who closed the festivities with a 10-minute version of "Rockin' In The Free World" featuring Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach. If you missed it, although Foo Fighters probably won't be around the block any time soon, you can catch Neil Young on his upcoming tour that hits both MSG and Barclays Center before the end of 2012.

Pictures of that collaboration as well as all bands and cameos from Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, John Legend and more, are below.

Continue reading "Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses & K'Naan fought hunger at the Global Festival (pics / setlists)"

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Tomorrow, Saturday, 9/29, is that huge event in Central Park. If you didn't get a ticket, you can always just watch it online. Says the PR:

AEG Digital Media (AEGDM) is partnering up with AEG Network LIVE to deliver the complete online experience platform for the Global Citizen Festival, the largest syndication of a live music charity webcast and broadcast in history, live from Central Park in New York City on September, 29, 2012.

Fans around the globe will be able to access a constant stream of live content powered by AEG Digital Media's Online Broadcasting Center to ensure a flawless viewing experience.

Online viewers can also experience a concert-like atmosphere with HD content and audio clarity streamed through AEGDM's industry leading Live Experience Platform. Leveraging the platform allows multiple levels of interactivity where the online audience can collaborate with one another as well as socialize with festival goers actually on site in Central Park to share their concert experience in real-time. The Live Experience Platform features include trivia, text messaging, audience polling, postings and an aggregate news feeds of all social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus, etc. In addition, fan goers everywhere can upload and share their own photo experiences and images via an Instagram aggregation - all in real time.

The Live Experience Platform developed by AEG Digital Media enables the audience to directly contribute the Global Poverty Project, as well enhance the experience for all joining of this historic event around world.

"We are excited to provide a truly engaging online experience platform for the 2012 Global Festival that enables users to not only see the show, but truly be immersed in an interactive experience that will have a global impact on extreme poverty," said Chris Roach, Head of Business Development at AEG Digital Media.

For the first time in live broadcast events, AEGDM's event producers will have a two-way communication with viewers across six major internet portals. Social media will play a huge part in producing global engagement, through Facebook and Twitter, users will see what people are saying about the event and be able to share their thoughts on the festival.

This event marks another global milestone for AEG Network LIVE, who is producing the entire event. Leading broadcast sponsor Australian technology company, Vividas, along with online distribution partners including VEVO, YouTube, AOL/ Huffington Post, Yahoo!, VH1.com, and NYTimes.com are all on board to stream the event live. In addition, television partners AXS TV Palladia, Globo Brazil, and Fuse, will carry the live program.

Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan are all playing the show.

In related news, Band of Horses, who recently played a free show at House of Vans, just announced more tour dates. They're all listed below...

Continue reading "Global Citizen Fest is in Central Park Saturday (and on TV and streaming online) -- who got a ticket?"

photos by Tracy Allison

Dr. Dog at Central Park Summerstage - 9/20/12
Dr. Dog

[Dr. Dog] played behind an altered American flag with neon colors and only three stars (the symbolism escaped me). Quickly, they settled into the pattern of slow opening verses leading to huge climactic choruses, with harmonized oohs and aahs. Some cute touches were added to "I Only Wear Blue" and "The Old Days" when an electronic effect such as a horse nay and hand claps were added. But the big and memorable moment came when Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez stumbled onto the stage during "Worst Trip." With a shaker in hand, he jumped around and eventually made his way atop Leaman's shoulders for the end of the song [The House List]
Dr. Dog took their tour to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage last night (9/20) with Delta Spirit and Kishi Bashi. Pictures and a video from the show are in this post.

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beirut at Central Park Summerstage - 8/29/12
Beirut

Beirut brought their tour to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage last night (8/29) with Little Scream. Pictures from that show are in this post. Beirut will continue their tour this weekend with FYF Fest, which will kick off a west coast run for the band that also includes MusicFestNW, before they head over to Europe later next month.

More pics and a couple videos from last night's show are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

M83 at Central Park Summerstage - 8/8/12
M83

Laser light shows, clouds of fog, thrashing guitars, an orchestra, and club bangers are just a few of the things seen on stage at M83's sold out Central Park Summerstage show last night (8/8). Like Animal Collective, who achieved a similar feat back in 2009, M83 spent about a decade as one of indie rock's most consistent bands, and when the release of 2011's arena-sized Hurry Up, We're Dreaming inevitably put M83 in arena-sized venues, they were more than ready for it. Main member Anthony Gonzalez really knows how to be a frontman, fulfilling the most classic definitions of the word (he does things like yell "NEW YORK!" in between songs). The band's light show is phenomenal, blending a glossy 80s aesthetic with a keen sense of futurism. They've got lasers, floodlights, spotlights, and four light-up panels on stage which shift in color and shape throughout the show. And every member of the band looks like they're having a great time on stage for the whole set. When members switch instruments, they don't simply walk over to their new position, instead they prefer to dance their way over. When a band has that massive a presence, it's hard to ignore them.

That said, I can't promise everyone in attendance felt the same. Unfortunate to admit, but the only song that really got the crowd going wild was "Midnight City," and I definitely felt the density of people lighten after that one ended. Summerstage's sound system wasn't quite loud enough for this one and it helped make it too possible to hear all of the talking going on during songs. The only other downside was that the band's set was way too short (just an over an hour), especially for a band with six studio albums and a 70+ minute double album as their breakthrough. But all road bumps aside, this was a great show and certainly one to remember. The setlist hit all the high points of Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, including "Intro," "Reunion," "Wait," and "Steve McQueen," and dipped into their back catalog as well, reaching as far back as their 2001 debut. At this point the band have both the potential and the right to play a "hits" set, but they continue to throw in instrumental tracks, which add to the flow of the show and promise that M83 might be dipping a foot in mainstream waters, but like all great crossover bands, they're also keeping one on the land where they started.

M83 will be back in NYC when their ongoing tour brings them here for two Hammerstein shows (10/2-3) and a Wellmont show (10/4) in October. All three of those shows are with Sun Airway.

Big Black Delta opened last night's show. More pictures of both bands and M83's setlist are below.

Continue reading "M83 played Central Park Summerstage (pics, review, setlist)"

photos by David Andrako

Old Crow Medicine Show at Central Park Summerstage - 8/6/12
Old Crow Medicine Show

Three members of the mindie folk scene, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, and The Milk Carton Kids, teamed up for a sold out Summerstage show at Central Park last night (8/6). More pictures from that show are below.

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The Global Festival aims to mobilise more than 50,000 people to take action in support of ending extreme poverty, and to secure more than $100m in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners. Beyond that, the Global Festival is being run to help shine a spotlight on the progress that's being made fighting extreme poverty, and showcase some of the amazing organisations and individuals who are doing it.

The Black Keys at Catalpa (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Black Keys
Global Fest

Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan will share the stage at the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on September 29th as part of the Global Festival, a concert designed to bring awareness and funds to the cause of ending global poverty.

"We wanted to make it different from other benefit concerts - we didn't want it to be the same as, say, Live 8," Hugh Evans, co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, tells Rolling Stone. The team organized Global Festival in conjunction with Goldenvoice/AEG, the veteran team behind the landmark Coachella music festival. "We wanted to do something unique for our generation."

Adds Rick Mueller, concert promoter at Goldenvoice,"Central Park is iconic." The venue has hosted legendary concerts from the likes of Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and, more recently, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas. "It's a worldwide platform, one that few get to play, so it's the perfect stage for a charity and a cause - especially considering the caliber of artists involved. I don't know if there's been a rock show this big at Central Park; it's a cohesive lineup that really makes a statement." -[Rolling Stone]

As all shows on Central Park's Great Lawn must be free with tickets distributed by lottery, the system for getting them involves you earning points by "learning, sharing and taking action against extreme poverty." Details of how it works are at the Global Citizen website.

The Central Park show is a month before Neil Young & Crazy Horse's tour returns to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Band of Horses meanwhile are touring with My Morning Jacket.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Beach House, Central Park Summerstage 7/23/2012
Beach House

If there's any band to see while a storm begins to brew overhead, it may just be Beach House. Some of those lightning flashes last night at their Summerstage performance in Central Park seemed almost synchronized to what they were playing. While a noticeable stream of people left as the weather worsened midway through the show, the band played on and their set didn't seem to be cut short by the rain. (Setlist is at the bottom of this post.) And while some Summerstage shows can be on the quiet side, Beach House were thunderous.

Fellow Baltimorians Lower Dens, a late-announced addition (after their Bowery performance), opened the show. More pictures from last night's show are below and if you haven't been keeping up, we've also posted pics of both bands from Pitchfork Fest.

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Concerts in the Park

"A beloved New York tradition, Concerts in the Parks returns for its 47th season with five free outdoor concerts throughout the New York City boroughs, plus a free indoor concert in Staten Island. Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the Philharmonic in concerts at Central Park and Prospect Park and conductor Andrey Boreyko will conduct concerts in Cunningham Park, Van Cortlandt Park and Central Park with violinist James Ehnes as soloist. Music under the stars with family and friends makes for a perfect summer evening. And it's free -- join us!"
The 2012 Concerts in the Parks series begins tonight (7/11) in Prospect Park - probably not at the bandshell where Dirty Projectors played last night, but right behind there in the longer field. Regardless, you can enter at the same place ("Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest and 15th Street."). Thursday is Queens, Friday and Monday are Central Park. Full schedule below...

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Guided by Voices/Cloud Nothings
Guided by Voices
Cloud Nothings

One of the many shows that went down in NYC this past weekend as part of the CBGB Festival was the big, free day show at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (7/7) with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War On Drugs, and Cloud Nothings. Despite the heat wave that hit NYC over the weekend, many braved the high temperatures to catch this stacked show, which was pretty packed from start to finish. Presumably because it was a 4-band bill and was a day show, the openers got pretty short sets, but nonetheless all four bands were great and little time was wasted.

Cloud Nothings kicked off the day at 3 PM with a 5-song set that relied entirely on this year's Attack on Memory. Considering how short the set was, they did manage to keep things pretty varied. Between "Separation," the interlude they prefaced it with, and the extended jam of "Wasted Days," about half of their set was instrumental, and they balanced that with the album's two poppiest tracks, "Stay Useless" and "Fall In." A hot sunny day in central park isn't exactly the appropriate place for a mosh pit or anything, but there was a good amount of dancing and singing along, especially during the closing screams of "Wasted Days."

Then The War on Drugs cooled things off with their breezy folk rock, opening strong with Slave Ambient standout, "Baby Missiles." The band's floaty atmospheres can get pretty meandering (in a good way), but are always grounded by the band's relentlessly upbeat drummer. They work in nice touches of noise and ambience, most notably doing so when the bassist played a droning trumpet through an effect laden mic before going into the anthemic "Come to the City."

Up next were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who immediately woke up the lazy, sweat-dripping crowd with a super energetic set, kickstarted by the driving "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now." Frontman Kip Berman doesn't let up for the entire show, rocking out through every song while bearing a spot-on delivery. They played a pretty solid mix of material off both full lengths, all of which were bright pop blasts, delivered even clearer and bigger than the increased lo-to-mid-fi production on the newer album. The band, who on Saturday were augmented by Connor from The Drums on second guitar, didn't really hit any low points and played through tons of favorites like "Young Adult Friction," "Heart In Your Heartbreak," and more.

The show wrapped up with the much-anticipated headlining set by Guided by Voices which came after multiple crowd chants of "GBV, GBV, GBV!" The band, whose influential brand of lo-fi was responsible for helping to set the groundwork that all three of the opening bands heavily work into their sound, walked on stage, cigarettes in hand, and in extremely high spirits for the appreciative crowd. They focused their set mostly on material off of their two 2012 full lengths, Let's Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO, their first two albums since 2004. Because of GBV's notoriously short songs, they only took about ten minutes to bang out the same amount of songs that the opening bands played in their entire sets, and both the band and the crowd were really into it. Robert Pollard's playful stage banter was intact (he said something about how during his last Central Park show he got in trouble for throwing beer cans into the audience) and the band's on-stage demeanor was just as lively, complete with split kicks from guitarist Mitch Mitchell, and the head-nodding, singing-along bassist, Greg Demos.

More pictures from the Central Park show, including one of GBV's setlist, are below...

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Two Door Cinema Club

Ireland's arena-friendly dance rockers Two Door Cinema Club will return with their sophomore LP, Beacon, on September 4. Later that month, the band will be in NYC to play Summerstage at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 28. It's their only announced North American tour date announced so far. Tickets to the Summerstage show go on sale Friday, June 29 with an AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon.

Album art (which looks like it could've been for a late-'70s LP cover for Styx or REO Speedwagon), tracklist and video trailer are below.

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