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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Colin Medley
Andy Shauf

Canada's Andy Shauf is on tour now, having played NYC with The Weather Station earlier this month, and with two more stops here coming up. One starts in about 30 minutes at Central Park SummerStage TONIGHT (7/27) opening for Dawes and First Aid Kit. He also opens part of the Low tour, including NYC's MHOW on 9/24 (tickets). All of his dates are listed below.

Andy's newest album is The Bearer of Bad News, which is mostly in the folk and singer/songwriter realms, but keeps things minimal and somber. You can stream the album and watch the video for "I'm Not Falling Asleep" below...

Continue reading "Andy Shauf on tour, playing NYC with Dawes & First Aid Kit tonight, with Low in September (dates, LP stream, video)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Dr John

The legendary Dr. John saw his 40+ year reinvigorated this current decade with the release of 2012's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down. (He since followed it with a Louie Armstrong tribute album last year.) He's on tour now, having just hit the NYC-area for two Long Island shows over the weekend: The Space at Westbury on Saturday (7/25) and Westhampton Beach PAC on Sunday (7/26). We caught the latter, which gave us some of Locked Down, some Louis Armstrong, and also classics like "Walk On Guilded Splinters" and "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya." Pictures of that one are in this post.

Dr. John's tour continues, hitting Connecticut on Tuesday (7/28), and comes to NYC proper for a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (8/1). That's a daytime show (3 PM) and Amy Helm (who backed Roger Waters at Newport Folk Fest over the weekend) is opening. All of Dr. John's dates are listed, with more pictures, below.

Continue reading "Dr. John on tour, played Long Island, playing a free Central Park SummerStage show w/ Amy Helm (pics, dates)"

photo: Bombino at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bombino

African guitarist Bombino has achieved worldwide acclaim, and probably owes at least part of his success with U.S. rock fans to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, which The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced. He's currently on a North American tour as we speak, which comes through the NYC-area this weekend.

First he plays a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (7/25). If that wasn't exciting enough, it's being opened by hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fantastic Negrito. That's a day show, going from 2-7 PM. Then on Sunday, Bombino heads to NJ for the XPoNential Music Festival.

He also plays NYC again in 2016 at The Apollo on March 26. That's the 'Africa Now!' show that also includes Mokoomba, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jojo Abot. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Young Fathers' newest album is this year's White Men Are Black Men Too. That follows last year's Dead, which won the Mercury Prize and made multiple best-of-2014 lists. You can stream WMABMT, with a music video from Bombino's Nomad, and a video of Fantastic Negrito's NPR Tiny Desk Concert, below.

Continue reading "Bombino touring, playing free Central Park SummerStage show this weekend w/ Young Fathers & Fantastic Negrito"

No Sunday Driving

Algiers are continuing to support their self-titled debut album on Matador with more dates, including NYC on September 18 at Mercury Lounge and October 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/24) at noon.

Scottish pop trio CHVRCHES have a small sold-out MHOW show this week, and will also play the much larger Central Park SummerStage on September 29 after their new album is out. Tickets go on presale today at noon (anyone know the password?) with the general on-sale starting Friday at noon.

Are you on board with the nu-metal revival? Do you care that Korn are playing their self-titled debut in full at Irving Plaza on October 5 and Wellmont Theater on October 6? If you do, you can get tickets in one of the various presales. General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC to open for Stray From the Path on October 24 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales now (pw: musicgeeks). General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Cass McCombs, one with Craig Finn -- go on AmEx/Chase/radio presales at noon.

Tickets for the Mayhem and Watain show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Empress Of show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: Modern Sky 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Modern Sky

Last year, China's Modern Sky Festival held its first-ever US edition in NYC's Central Park. This year, they're returning to Central Park on October 4, and also doing one in Seattle on October 11 at Mural Ampitheatre.

The initial lineups for both NYC and Seattle include Gang of Four. NYC also features Mark Sultan, Lower and more; and Seattle also features Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Mirel Wager and more.

NYC tickets and Seattle tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of festivals in Central Park, Pearl Jam, Beyonce and Coldplay were just announced for Global Citizen Festival.

Initial lineups for the NYC & Seattle Modern Sky fests, below...

Continue reading "Modern Sky Festival 2015 happening in NYC & Seattle with Gang of Four, Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Lower & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Underachievers in Central Park - 7/7/15
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015

The Underachievers helped Joey Bada$$ celebrate Steez Day yesterday (7/7) with a show in Central Park and an afterparty at Highline Ballroom. Pictures from their set at the Central Park show are in this post, and pictures of the other acts on that bill are coming soon.

The duo have now announced that their sophomore album, Evermore - The Art of Duality, will come out this fall via RPM MSC and that first single "Take Your Place" is due out Friday (7/10). They also announced a headlining fall tour with support from Pouya & The Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight and Bodega Bamz.

The tour includes a show in their hometown of NYC on October 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and more pictures from Central Park, below...

Continue reading "The Underachievers played Central Park, announce new LP & tour w/ Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight & Bodega Bamz (pics, dates)"

Pearl Jam

Those sneaky boys in Pearl Jam tweeted the above picture and wrote "Stay tuned." We have no idea what this means, but a little detective work shows that the picture has a striking similarity to NYC subway entrances. Will they give up the road for platform busking? Perhaps they'll be doing something bigger in NYC? Gothamist points out that there's a crowdfunding campaign to get them to play Forest Hills Stadium, but Daniel Sheffer, one of the organizers behind that campaign, thinks it's more likely they're playing the Global Citizens Festival happening September 26 in Central Park. The only confirmed performer at the moment is... Ed Sheeran.

In other news, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament helped bring Browning, Montana a new skatepark. It opened this past Friday (6/26), and Jeff was in attendance. Flathead Beacon reports:

For a remote reservation town not accustomed to receiving much recognition, the Browning community hosted a monumental party at the park's official opening, with none other than Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament in attendance - not to play bass guitar with his legendary, Seattle-based rock band, but to skateboard with some new friends.

Thunder Park was funded in large part through a $250,000 donation from Ament, who has been doling out cash for skateparks on and near reservation land all over Montana in an effort to inject active, creative outlets for young people in depressed economies.

"This all started when I was skating in St. Ignatius and I met two kids from Browning and they were just ripping," Ament said. "I asked them if they had a skatepark, and they told me about these two ramps at the bingo hall."

Maybe this is Jeff's way of dealing with a midlife crisis?

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Flatbush Zombies

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have a big Central Park SummerStage show on July 7 coming up (tickets). That show ends at 10 PM, but Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers will also play another show later that night at Highline Ballroom. Doors are at 11:15 PM. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of rap shows at Central Park SummerStage, rapper Young Thug is playing there on September 17 with trap producer RL Grime. Opening that show is Mr. Carmack. Tickets are on sale. You can watch the video for "Check" off Young Thug's recent Barter 6, below.

RL Grime also recently put out the new song "Scylla (VIP)," which you can stream below.

In other rap news, Vince Staples will be in NYC soon for the XXL Freshmen show on June 30 at Best Buy Theater with DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, Raury, Tink and more (tickets). Earlier that day, Vince will give a discussion and performance at Apple Store SoHo from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. His debut album, Summertime '06, is streaming now and the video for "Señorita" is below.

There's also two more chances to catch Fetty Wap in and around NYC after that. Fetty Wap & The Remy Boyz will play Stage 48 on July 8 (tickets), and Fetty will open for... Chris Brown on August 30 at Jones Beach (tickets). In case you live under a rock and haven't heard it, you can listen to Fetty Wap's unstoppable "Trap Queen" below.

Stitches

One last one for now: Viral rapper Stitches (pictured above) will play The Studio at Webster Hall on July 23 with local staples Main Attrakionz. His virality comes from his song "Brick In Yo Face," which was uploaded to YouTube last year and now has over 6 million views, and maybe also because of those face tattoos. The song (which later appeared on the No Snitching Is My Statement mixtape, hosted by Waka Flocka's DJ, DJ Ace) sounds a little more fit for Gathering of the Juggalos than a show with a cloud rap duo, but it's not hard to see why it's taking off. If you haven't heard it yet, see what you think, below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Saturday (6/27) at 10 AM.

All mentioned videos/song streams below...

Continue reading "Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Underachievers, Young Thug, RL Grime, Vince Staples, Fetty Wap & more playing NYC shows"

Summersstage

Summer in NYC means SummerStage, mostly-free concerts in Central Park and many other parks around NYC. Who caught Mastodon and Clutch? The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers? Charles Bradley?

The series continues TONIGHT (6/11) with the BrooklynVegan-sponsored, annual Duck Down BBQ in Betsy Head Park. It's FREE and runs 6-9pm. Don't be late!

Other upcoming SummerStage shows we're excited about include:

* Basement Jaxx on July 1st in Central Park ($$$)

* Steez Day on July 7 in Central Park featuring Joey BadA$$ and Pro Era with Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers, Phony PPL, Smoke DZA, Dyme a Duzin, 22 Love, and SMTH ($$$)

* George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on July 15 in Queensbridge Park (FREE!)

* Father John Misty with Angel Olsen & Summer Moon on August 5 in Central Park (sold out).

* Caribou and Sinkane on August 6 in East River Park (FREE!)

Check out the full schedule for muchhhhh more.

And check out a great interview with Joey BadA$$ over at Gothamist.

Watch a video SummerStage made recapping opening night this year with Tedeschi Trucks Band, below. The Duck Down BBQ flyer is down there too.

Continue reading "SummerStage 2015 is in full swing (Duck Down BBQ today, Basement Jaxx, Caribou, Father John Misty, Joey BadA$$ and more upcoming)"

Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$ is set to go on the 'World Domination' tour this spring with Mick Jenkins and Denzel Curry in continued support of this year's B4.DA.$$, and just after that he'll play 'Steez Day' on July 7 at Central Park SummerStage with fellow NYC hip hop pals Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. Tickets for that stacked bill go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (5/7) at 10 AM.

Joey also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam in early June with Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and more. All Joey's dates are listed below.

Earlier this week, Joey and fellow Pro Era member Nyck Caution dropped the new track "World In Your Pocket," produced by Chuck Strangers. Stream that, with a recent video of Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers interviewing each other, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ touring, playing Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers (dates, new song)"

Dead

The Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago and California will stream online (pay-per-view) for those unable to attend, and a $79.95 presale for the webcast for all five nights begins today (5/1) at Dead50.net.

The Chicago shows will also stream on TV and in theaters. Here's more details on the webcast, via Rolling Stone:

The pay-per-view event will be hosted by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman and feature special guest host Bill Walton, a Basketball Hall of Famer and perhaps the group's most famous Deadhead. The intermission for each show will feature taped interviews, live interviews with fans, a short documentary on the Grateful Dead directed by Justin Kreutzmann and more. The broadcast will also be accessible as a video-on-demand option for fans that can't catch the concerts live.
In related news, in addition to Dead member Phil Lesh's six NYC-area shows at the Capitol Theatre, he'll be playing one night in NYC proper on September 16 at Central Park Summerstage. For that show, Phil will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone. Tickets are on sale now.

Dead member Bill Kreutzmann will be in NYC this coming week when his book tour hits Barnes & Noble Tribeca on May 6. The tour's in support of his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which comes out May 5.

In other related news, there's an upcoming NYC show celebrating both the Dead's 50th anniversary and Jefferson Airplane's 50 anniversary happening August 16 at BB King's. Airplane spinoff Jefferson Starship are playing (they played a full Airplane set at that venue in March), as well as Dead tribute band Jazz Is Dead, David Freiberg's current version of San Francisco Sound band Quicksilver Messenger Service (known as Quicksilver "Happy Trails"), and a set from former Dead pianist Tom Constanten. The show will be mixed and hosted by former Dead sound engineer Dan Healy. Tickets are on sale now.

Dawes at Central Park Summerstage in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Dawes

Folk rockers Dawes recently announced their fourth full-length, All Your Favorite Bands, out June 2 via the band's HUB label. They've now shared the album's first single "Things Happen" and a video to go along with it. Check it out below.

Dawes are going out on tour with Hozier for the majority of the summer, also appearing at a few stops on Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road festival tour (including the NYC-area stop in NJ), and they play NYC proper after their appearance at NJ's XPoNential Music Festival.

The NYC show is with the similarly minded Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit (who put out their major label debut last year) and happens Central Park Summerstage on July 27 with support from Canadian folk artist Andy Shauf. Dawes are no stranger the the SummerStage, opening for Conor Oberst there last year and headlining it back in 2012. Tickets for the SummerStage show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon.

Check out all of Dawes' and First Aid Kit's upcoming dates the video for "Things Happen" below...

Continue reading "Dawes & First Aid Kit touring separately, playing Central Park SummerStage together (dates & new video)"

UPDATE: Full Sumerstage 2015 lineup has been announced!

photo: Summerstage 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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We already know about some ticketed SummerStage shows happening at Rumsey Playfield in NYC's Central Park this summer: Mastodon, Clutch and Graveyard play on 5/19 (tickets), The Kooks, Atlas Genius and Joywave play on 6/24 (tickets), Father John Misty, Angel Olsen and Summer Moon will play on August 5th (tickets) and Walk the Moon on September 24 (tickets on sale Friday [3/13] at noon).

The rest of the 2015 SummerStage lineup, most of it free shows in various parks around NYC, will be announced, one artist a day, over the next 30 days. Stay tuned to this post. We'll update it each day as names are announced.

SummerStage, originally just a series of mostly-free events in Central Park, expanded to parks in all 5 boroughs of NYC a few years ago (Central Park, Red Hook park, East River Park, etc). This year is their 30th anniversary.

The first 2015 free show artist to be announced is veteran Brooklyn MC, Cold Chillin' Juice Crew member and MF Doom collaborator Masta Ace. No show date or venue yet.

UPDATE: Full Sumerstage 2015 lineup has been announced!

More SummerStage 2015 artists include Dr John, Felice Brothers, Ibeyi, Bombino, Ingrid Michaelson, Giles Peterson, The Lox, an event based around NPR's "Ask Me Another," and more. All announced 2015 SummerStage artists are listed below...

Continue reading "SummerStage 2015 lineup"

Mastodon

Tickets for the Mastodon / Clutch / Graveyard show at Central Park Summerstage on May 19 go on Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (1/22). Get yours using the PASSWORD: clutchoranges.

If you miss out on getting tickets, the general on-sale starts at noon on Friday (1/23). More tour dates HERE.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / The Both
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

Saturday's line-up was certainly the harsher of the two, with Sunday reserved for a snappy new Aimee Mann and Ted Leo project called The Both and the mellow indie pop of Stars. This was to be followed by Cat Power, whose performances are notoriously unpredictable thanks to Chan Marshall's often crippling stage fright; due to Central Park curfews her set was cut to just four songs. Again, no matter how popular or how anticipated the performances of the Chinese bands scheduled to play the bill, they were all relegated to the earlier hours of the fest, their status sadly secondary despite Modern Sky's roots in the same country. It was the first year organizers have attempted to stage the event in the US, so hopefully they'll have learned some lessons should they decide to bring it back next season. For now, it was a fun experiment in bringing cultures together, even if this time around they seemed less yin and yang and more like oil and water. [The Village Voice]
The first-ever US edition of the Modern Sky Festival wrapped up its cross-cultural experiment on Sunday (10/5) with performances from Cat Power, Stars, and The Both (aka Aimee Mann + Ted Leo), plus Chinese artists Second Hand Rose, Tongue, Queen Sea Big Shark, Lenka and Omnipotent Youth Society. We already posted pics from Stars' set here, and the rest of the Sunday pictures are in this post.

Check out photos from Saturday HERE. More from Sunday below...

Continue reading "Modern Sky Fest wrapped up in Central Park w/ Cat Power, The Both, Stars & more (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Stars @ Modern Sky 2014
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

Stars are a week away (10/14) from releasing their new album No One Is Lost via ATO, and they've made the album available to stream on NPR ahead of its release. They came to NYC this week to play Central Park's Modern Sky Festival on Sunday (10/5) and they hung around for a private show at Rockwood Music Hall last night (10/6). Anyone catch that one? We caught them at Modern Sky and a set of pictures of their performance are in this post. Pictures of the rest of the Sunday portion of Modern Sky are coming soon, and you can check out Saturday pics here.

As mentioned, Stars are also going on a proper tour with Hey Rosetta! after the album's out that brings them back to NYC on November 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That was announced back in August, and tickets are finally going on sale this week. AmEx presale begins Wednesday (10/8) at noon and general on-sale Friday (10/10) at noon.

Updated dates (including a February/March leg) are listed, with more pictures from Modern Sky, below...

Continue reading "Stars played Modern Sky Fest & Rockwood, streaming new LP, expand tour; MHOW on sale this week (updated dates & pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Blood Brothers / Pharaoh Sanders / pandas
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

The Modern Sky Festival has existed for seven years in China and it began its first-ever US edition yesterday (10/4) in NYC at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Day 1 included the William Onyeabor tribute Atomic Bomb! which had a very impressive lineup of hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Sinkane, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark and more (rollerskaters included). Considering Modern Sky began as a Chinese festival, a couple of the openers were Chinese acts -- Deserts Zhang Xuan and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues -- and they were followed by art rockers Liars, and reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.

The Blood Brothers played an 11-song set that was packed with fan favorites from throughout their career including "Fucking's Greatest Hits," "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and more (full setlist below). Their reunion has been very well-received so far and yesterday's show was no exception. They do it again in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw with Violent Bullshit tonight (10/5).

The William Onyeabor tribute was the final of four days of the Luaka Bop 25th anniversary and also the fourth appearance Peaking Lights made in NYC this past week, including opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) and playing Other Music and Baby's All Right on Friday (10/3).

Modern Sky's second and final day is underway as we speak and has upcoming sets from Cat Power, Stars, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and more. More pictures from day 1 below...

Continue reading "Modern Sky Fest kicked off in Central Park w/ Blood Brothers, William Onyeabor tribute, Liars & more (pics)"

Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Atomic Bomb
flyer

Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.

Peaking Lights, whose new album Cosmic Logic will be out October 7, will also be in NYC two days before that to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 (tickets).

Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...

Continue reading "Dead Prez, Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Alexis Taylor & more playing William Onyeabor tribute at Central Park fest"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Britt was Simon AND Garfunkel, tonight in Central Park. Thank you @spoontheband !" - Eleanor Friedberger

Spoon / !!! / Operators @ Central Park 9/10/2014
Spoon
Spoon
!!!
Operators

On the heels of their great new album, They Want My Soul, Spoon brought their tour to NYC last night (9/10) for a show under the stars at Central Park Summerstage. (Their second show in town this summer.) You couldn't have asked for a lovelier night, with the band casting tall sillouhettes against white panels behind them. Britt Daniel and the rest of the new lineup of Spoon were in good spirits, with the majority of the set devoted mainly to songs from the new album and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Where most of Spoon's tour has been with either Hamilton Leithauser or EMA opening, Summerstage got a special undercard. !!! (chk chk chk), whose most recent album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, offered up a typically spirited set punky funk, with frontman Nic Offer still in those short shorts. The evening started with Dan Boeckner's new band, Operators (their third NYC show), who are now a quartet, adding onetime Hot Hot Heat member Dustin Hawthorne on bass. (Related fun fact: HHH's Dante DeCaro was in Wolf Parade.) Even though between Spoon and Operators every member of Britt and Dan's Divine Fits were in on stage at one point or another last night, the band did not make an actual appearance.

More pics from last night's Summerstage show, and Spoon's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Spoon, !!! and Operators played Central Park Summerstage (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad

Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
Blood Orange
Blood Orange
Sean Nicholas Savage

In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]

Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.

Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange played Central Park Summerstage w/ Caroline Polachek, Skepta, more, discussed Ferguson on stage (pics)"

Spoon @ Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
SPOON

Spoon took their sweet time announcing openers for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10. (Most dates on the tour are either with EMA or Hamilton Leithauser.) But now it is known that multi-continent funk punks !!! (chk chk chk) and Dan Boeckner's new group Operators will be the night's very high quality undercard. Tickets are still available but if you want to go for free, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details below.

This marks Operators third NYC show (the first was BV's Northside showcase, the second was with now tourmates Future Islands). Also, interestingly, this means all four members of Divine Fits (Boeckner and Britt Daniel's combo band) will be performing at this show. In addition to Britt Daniel and Boeckner, Divine Fits guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel is now in Spoon, and drummer Sam Brown is in Operators. Maybe we'll get a DF encore?

Ticket giveaway details below...

Continue reading "Operators and !!! opening for Spoon at Central Park (win tix!)"

Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange

Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.

As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.

All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...

Continue reading "Dev Hynes performing score of James Franco film 'Palo Alto' in NYC (stream a track); Blood Orange's free NYC show is soon"

photos by Chris La Putt

Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
Langhorne Slim
Spirit Family Reunion
Old Crow Medicine Show

Langhorne Slim has been on the road lately, but before he left his current hometown of East Nashville, he had some weird stuff go down, as The Tennessean reports. His 1977 Mercury Comet was stolen in late July, and days later when Slim was in Vancouver for a show (he got their via a tour van), his car was spotted and his friend Mike Beyer (who helped him purchase the car) was on the case. After Beyer called the police and trailed the car himself, the teens driving the Comet eventually pulled over and escaped into the woods. Upon getting his car back, what was Langhorne Slim's response? To write a song:

The story seems to have created the kind of dramatic friction songwriters dream about.

"I don't think that you need to be miserable or have terrible things happen to write songs, though it seems to be where the songs come from," Slim said.

He had picked up his guitar after the theft, already mulling the possibilities.

"Now," he said, "the whole thing is beautiful."

Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.

Langhorne Slim's tour hit NYC for a Summerstage show in Central Park on Monday (8/4) with a folk-oriented lineup of Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Langhorne Slim had his car stolen, played Summerstage w/ Spirit Family Reunion & Old Crow Medicine Show (pics)"

Modern Sky

Modern Sky Festival has already existed for seven years in China, and this year the first US edition of the festival will take place in NYC on October 4 & 5 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. It's got a pretty cool lineup, including The Blood Brothers, Liars, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor (lineup TBA, but the last one featured David Byrne, members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Blood Orange, The Rapture and more), Cat Power, Stars, The Both (AImee Man & Ted Leo) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are on sale now.

The festival happens not long before Stars release their new album, No One Is Lost (due 10/14 via ATO), so maybe we'll hear some new material from that.

This festival is another date on The Blood Brothers' expanding reunion tour which also includes a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show the next day.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "US edition of Modern Sky Fest happening in Central Park w/ Blood Brothers, Cat Power, Stars, Atomic Bomb!, more"

photos by Mimi Hong

Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst

"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.

The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]

Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.

Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.

Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...

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