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by Courtney Dudley

Washed Out, House of Vans, 8/02/2012
Washed Out

As expected, the line to get into last nights House of Vans show (on 8/2) snaked blocks down Kent, at least to N 12th. The good news: everyone who stuck it out eventually got in. I saw that line and immediately thought, "Oh HELL, no" ...but good job you guys! I'm impressed. What a testament to your perseverance and commitment. Don't ever let anyone tell you you're apathetic.

I'm supposed to express my feelings about the show -- and don't worry, I'm going to -- but like, who really cares about my opinion on Lemonade, Chairlift and Washed Out? I don't even play any instruments. If you care so much to read this review, you should have gone to the damn show and formed your own opinions 'cause it was free and full of beautiful people so its not like it wouldn't have been a good time. Therefore I will keep my musing away from subjective assertions about the quality of the music and focus instead on other, even more inane points.

Lemonade, House of Vans 8/02/2012

Lemonade opened and OMFG how cute are those boys?! No seriously, their music was great and dancey but lead vocalist Callan Clendenin kept looking around and smiling like he was so happy to be there and smiles are contagious, people. I want to hang out with him all the time so when something bad happens he can smile at me. Get splashed with city bile by a bus on 14th St? Smile at me, Callan! Your dog ran away and you got fired? Don't worry, Lemonade is right around the corner, smiling at you. If only! In short, this is feel good music. It's summertime, y'all. If you missed them they're playing at PS1 with Jamie xx on Saturday (8/4) afternoon and then DJing Glasslands later that night.

Chairlift, House of Vans 8/02/2012

Next was Chairlift. Now, I'm not going to talk about the vocalist's sweet, foreign sounding wails. I'm not going to talk about how much she sounds like a less creative version of Lykke Li or Niki and the Dove and how you probably shouldn't waste your time unless you're one of those people who voluntarily chooses vanilla ice cream over coffee with Heath bar. Sometimes I want to listen to boring imitations of more innovative music, I guess. Most importantly, check out the chick's hair. You guys, I thought I had seen every possible version of ombré. I thought we Brooklyn women had taken the ombré trend and squeezed every last drop out of it -- everyone clamoring for their own original configuration, desperately convincing our hairdresser friends to come over and help, only to find us passed out on the floor of our bathrooms, hugging a bottle of Jameson with empty bleach and Manic Panic jars strewn about. It's hair, and it's serious. But Chairlift did it. I know I haven't seen every person in the world but I think she did it. And it's beautiful.

Chairlift are in Chicago this weekend, playing Lollapalooza Saturday (8/4) and an aftershow on Sunday (8/5) at Empty Bottle, then touring all over the place before opening for The xx at their two shows in the Bronx in October.

Washed Out, House of Vans 8/02/2012
Washed Out

Finally, Washed Out took the stage. Now, I'm not going to pretend to understand what happens when they play live shows. There is a lot of knob turning. I was anxious to find out how they make that lil 'bug-ee' noise on "Before" and I still don't know. All I know is it sounds a hell of a lot like "Dougie," as in "teach me how to" and can someone please mash those songs together for me?

I know this is a world of subjectivity and everyone is allowed their own opinions and whatnot, but if anything in the past six months was ever an indisputable fact, it's that Washed Out's last EP, Life of Leisure, is fucking amazing. Within and Without is pretty damn good too. If you don't agree, put away your obviously inferior feelings on the genre, get high and go swimming. Make out with someone soft. Pet a cat. Ride your bike to the beach. Sit on a stoop and drink a bottle of wine. By yourself. Do all of these things while listening to Washed Out and tell me that it isn't the most perfect soundtrack to your everyday life.

Washed Out are also in Chicago this weekend for Lollapalooza (tonight) and an aftershow(Sat 8/4 House of Blues) and will then hit the road with The Shins. Washed and and Chairlift dates are listed below, along with more pictures from House of Vans.

Continue reading "Washed Out played House of Vans with Chairlift and Lemonade (pics and review)"

The Kills at Terminal 5 in February (more by Devan Council)
The Kills

As mentioned, Montauk vacation spot The Surf Lodge is hosting shows (like the Dirty Projectors one in June) all summer. The summer is nearing its end, but there's still a handful of notable shows left taking place at the venue.

On August 11, Frankie Rose will play, the day after she opens for Little Dragon at Prospect Park (8/10). Then on August 18 it's Chairlift (who tour with The xx this fall) and a day later (8/19), The Kills will play, after playing their free Hudson River Park show (8/18) (which is "sold out"). As mentioned, Nite Jewel plays the Montak venue on August 25, and finally, Ra Ra Riot on September 1. More info at The Surf Lodge's website.

The xx @ Rock Werchter (more by Tim Griffin)
The xx

The xx just sold out their October 28th show at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, and have added another show in the same Bronx venue, but happening two days earlier. Tickets for the new show are on sale now. Chairlift opens both shows.

That makes three NYC shows total, as they also play Terminal 5 in August with Jacques Greene.

photos by Tim Griffin

The xx at Rock Werchter, 6/30/2012
Rock Werchter Day 3 - 6/30/2012

Tickets to The xx's upcoming show at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx on October 28 go on sale today at noon. Chairlift open the NYC show and others on the tour. An updated list of dates is below.

UPDATE: 2nd Paradise Theater show added.

The xx are spending their summer playing festivals like Belgium's Rock Werchter which took place late last month. Amazing pictures from their set are in this post.

Recently, Jamie xx was on Australian radio station 3RRR where he made a 30 minute mix which you can stream at their swite (starts at 2hr, 30min mark as Fader points out). And if you haven't heard it, you can stream The xx's new single "Angels" below.

The xx meanwhile are in NYC next week for a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on August 2. Montreal artist and DJ Jacques Green has been added to that show as opener. All dates and the Belgium pictures, below...

Continue reading "The xx tickets, Rock Werchter pics, and a new mix by Jamie"

by Bill Pearis

The xx

The xx just released the first track from their new album, Coexist, which comes out September 11. "Angels" is the album's lead track and you can stream it below and you get an immediate download of the track if you preorder the album. (It just got "Best New Track" by the hive mind at Pitchfork.) Have they been listening to Beach House? Cover art and tracklist to Coexist are below as well.

The band, whose August 2 show at Terminal 5 show was sold out instantly, have just announced a fall tour which includes an NYC date on October 28 at The Paradise Theater in the Bronx with openers Chairlift (who are now minus keyboardist Olga Bell). Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, July 20. No Ticketmaster link yet but you can keep checking here.

All upcoming xx tour dates are listed below, along with the "Angels" song stream, cover art and tracklist...

Continue reading "The xx streaming new single "Angels" and announce fall tour including date at Paradise Theater in The Bronx w/ Chairlift"

The new look Dirty Projectors (sans Angel and any of her replacements)
Dirty Projectors

Pitchfork: Keyboardist and singer Angel Deradoorian is currently on hiatus from the band? Did you have any songs written for her that you had to change around?

David Longstreth: No, I had already written all the songs by then. Basically, I started writing songs on Amber's birthday, in June of last year, so we had everybody come up and it was the first time we'd seen each other in a couple months. It had been the longest time we'd been apart from one another as a band for years. So we all hung out for a week. It's like that line: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

Angel is in the midst of the first big relationship of her life, and that's super important. Being in a band can be really toxic to being in a relationship, considering all the touring and everything. Sometimes when you're on tour, it feels like you're living the same day over and over again. She joined the band when she was around 19 and she had been in it for five years. It's important to grow. The energy was just like: Is this the best thing right now? It wasn't. We were both feeling it. It was difficult to start the conversation, but once it started, it felt clear that it was the right thing. She's got to figure out her steez as a songwriter, too.

Dirty Projectors' new album, Swing Lo Magellan, is out next week (7/10) but is currently streaming in full at The NY Times. Highly recommended!

And though they don't seem to be discussing it (like in the interview above), Dirty Projectors recently filled the void left by Angel at live shows with Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. This happened at their recent Fallon appearance and again Saturday (6/30) at The Surf Lodge in Montauk...

Dirty Projectors (with Jenn singing) in Montauk - 6/30/12 (by Snackytunes)
Dirty Projectors

Wye Oak are also opening on a good portion of their upcoming tour too, but despite this, it looks like Jenn won't keep the job. Dave Longstreth instead found another fill-in for Deradoorian to sing alongside Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle for the tour that begins tonight (7/5), and we have learned that the position goes to none other than Olga Bell of Bell (and now ex-Chairlift). Congrats Olga!

Olga Bell (more by Tim Griffin)
Dirty Projectors

That DP tour kicks off tonight in Ottowa and includes two NYC shows: a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 9th with Dustin Wong which will  stream live on YouTube, and Prospect Park on 7/10 (tickets) with Wye Oak and Purity Ring.  A listing of all dates, and the 2:08 trailer for "Hi Custodian", "a Dirty Projectors film by David Longstreth featuring music from the band's upcoming album Swing Lo Magellan", below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors add Olga Bell to band (to replace Angel & instead of Jenn), played Montauk, streaming new album & video trailer"

King Khan  at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
King Khan & the Shrines

The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:

July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, Tournament
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
The parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).

One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."

The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.

Continue reading "House of Vans full 2012 schedule announced: King Khan, Cursive, Washed Out, Titus Andronicus, Turbonegro, and more"


FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

Ted Leo at How Was Your Week? in February (more by Erik Erikson)
Ted Leo

Julie Klausner's weekly How Was Your Week? podcast, which is often taped at The Bell House, will tape there again on June 27 with special guests Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Ted was also a guest on the show back in February), Jim Gaffigan, Katie Notopoulous, and other very special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and after its taping, it will be available for free on iTunes, like the rest of the How Was Your Week? podcasts.

Ted Leo, meanwhile, plays in Citizens Arrest at Warsaw on Thursday (6/14) as part of the FFF/Chaos in Tejas showcase at the Northside Festival with Ceremony, Magrudergrind and Royal Headache.

Speaking of comedy shows at the Bell House, the Greg Barris-hosted 'Heart of Darkness' featuring Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, and Mind Warrior Hamilton Morris, with music by The Forgiveness w. Aerial East, Das and Alexandre Tannous, happens at the Brooklyn venue on Saturday (6/16). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Kristen Schaal, she also performs at Kurt Andersen's Kings County show on June 29 at Galapagos with Jessi Klein and Eleanor Friedberger (who plays the Seaport in July). Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also a Kings County show at The Bell House on June 24 with Wyatt Cenac, Lucy Sexton, Chairlift, and a "A TOP SECRET SPECIAL GUEST". Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Kristen has also been doing warm up shows in advance of her 1-hour taping coming up in San Francisco. She's got two left, and they happen on Tuesday (6/12) and Thursday (6/14) at UCB East. Both are sold out but there will be a standby line for the Thursday show.

In other comedy news, Brooklyn Brewery is hosting a new monthly series called Tom Shillue's Funny Story. The first of those goes down this month on June 21 with Tom Shillue, Bobby Tisdale, John Mulaney, and more TBA. Tickets are $10 and include a free beer.

by Bill Pearis

Chairlift play Webster Hall tonight (5/8, tickets still available) and if you're going you would do well to consider getting there early for openers Ice Choir. (Laurel Halo also plays.) It's the newer band from Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who used to front 8-bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild.

The Ice Choir recently announced that their debut album, AFAR, will be released by Underwater Peoples on July 31. The label, mainly known for hazy stoner-friendly guitar rock, seems like an odd match for a band whose main influences seem to be Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout but people can like all sorts of different styles of music, so so can labels. The album was produced by Feldman and mixed by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.

No tracks from AFAR have been released for us to hear yet, but album art is below and you can stream both sides of Ice Choir's debut single which came out last year on Shelf Life records. The band also have a few more shows lined up and those are below as well.

Also below are updated Chairlift tour dates and a capella live version of their song "Have We Met Before?" performed by an all-female choir comprised of local indie scene talent.

Continue reading "Ice Choir opening for Chairlift tonight, releasing 'AFAR' in July"

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at Warsaw 4/20/12 (via)
Laurel Halo

Laurel Halo's Spring EP which was originally set to come out in March under the moniker King Felix as the first release for Mute's new Liberation Technologies imprint, was pushed back and finally released earlier this month. Like her 2011 EP, Hour Logic, Spring focuses on Laurel's talents as a producer rather than her voice. It boasts a wide variety of sounds ranging from footwork to deep house to ambient. Although it's probably more suitable blasting through the PA at a club, it's just as listenable on headphones in a bedroom. Liberation Technologies is selling the EP on vinyl at their European webstore and its available digitally on iTunes. Streams of two of its tracks below.

Meanwhile, Laurel Halo is readying Quarantine, her debut full length which is due out under her usual moniker on June 5 in the US and May 28 in Europe via Hyperdub. Maybe you caught her previewing some stuff off the new album at her Unsound show at Warsaw this past Friday (4/20) (how was that?).

Quarantine is a drastic departure from all of Laurel's previous work and is by far her biggest and most distinct statement yet. After introducing and confirming her skills as a producer on Hour Logic and Spring, Laurel leaves almost all of her beatwork behind on Quarantine in favor of centering the songs on her own voice. Though she did use her vocals in the forefront of 2010's King Felix EP, the new album bares little resemblance to the reverby electronic pop of that release. Here, she's channelling a Bjork-like falsetto and overexposing her vocals to the point where you feel like you're in the room with her as she's recording them. The off-kilter melodies and sparse arrangements bring to mind early Laurie Anderson with a Berlin Trilogy type of itchingly addictive ambience. Sample the album for yourself with its closing track, "Light + Space," which is available to stream below.

Laurel will tour Europe in support of the album surrounding its release date, but before she leaves town, she'll play another NYC show opening for Chairlift at Webster Hall on 5/8 with Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman's Ice Choir project. Tickets are still available. Chairlift just finished their tour with Nite Jewel (who headlined Bowery Ballroom last night). Check out pictures from the Austin show.

All dates and song streams (when Soundcloud stops being down) below...

Continue reading "Laurel Halo reading 'Quarantine', opening for Chairlift"

Real Estate photos by Caroline Marchildon

The Shins at LPR last month (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Shins

As mentioned, The Shins (who are part of the just-announced Lollapalooza lineup) are heading out on tour in support of their recently released LP, Port of Morrow. That tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 for three shows. The openers for those shows have been announced and it's St. Lucia on 4/29, Chairlift on 4/30, and Real Estate on 5/1. The show with St. Lucia is sold out but tickets for the other two shows are available. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the 4/30 show with Chairlift. Details on how to enter to win tix are with all tour dates below.

Meanwhile, Chairlift has other dates coming up including a headlining show at Webster Hall on May 8. Tickets for that show are still on sale. Like The Shins, Chairlift are also playing Lollapalooza this year.

Real Estate @ the 40 Watt in Athens, GA - April 7, 2012
Real Estate

Real Estate, who played the 40 Watt in Athens on Saturday and are in Austin tonight, have other upcoming dates too, including a tour with Twerps and two other dates with The Shins in Boston and Philly.

All tour dates, contest details and more pictures from Real Estate's Georgia show, below....

Continue reading "Real Estate add shows; The Shins announce openers (win tickets to the show with Chairflift!) --- contest, dates & pics"

Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 lineup (Jack White, At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Black Keys, RHCP, Afghan Whigs, M83, Weeknd, SBTRKT, Black Sabbath & more)"

Chairlift @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)

When we first discussed the upcoming Chairlift and Nite Jewel tour, we mentioned that Nite Jewel plays Bowery Ballroom on April 24, two days after their last show with Chairlift and that Chairlift had no upcoming NYC show. But, as predicted, it's been announced that Chairlift will headline Webster Hall on May 8. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/1) at noon. An on-sale date for the Nite Jewel show at Bowery Ballroom has still not been announced.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Chairlift headlining Webster Hall (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield


Chairlift released their new-wavey sophomore LP, Something, on January 24 and played a record release show one night earlier at Bowery Ballroom (1/23) with Violens and Dive. The show seemed to have gone pretty well until frontwoman Caroline Polachek was mauled by a drunk fan who refused to get off stage during the last song of the encore. A video of this show finale and another of Chairlift playing Something opener, "Amanaemonesia," along with more pictures from the show (Chairlift keyboardist Olga Bell aka Bell included) is below.

This weekend, Chairlift will kick off an Australian/European tour and upon returning to North America in March for SXSW, they'll head out on a full North American tour with fellow pop strivers Nite Jewel that runs from late March into April. The two bands play their last show together in Philly two nights before Nite Jewel headline Bowery Ballroom on February 24. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. Chairlift have no upcoming NYC show, but stay tuned for an announcement (probably Webster Hall) soon.

All dates, more pics, and videos below...

Continue reading "Chairlift played Bowery Ballroom w/ Dive, Violens & a crazy fan on stage (pics, video & more dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans" (MP3)

Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco

We recently mentioned the newest Captured Tracks signee Mac DeMarco is releasing his debut EP, Rock and Roll Night Club, on the label on March 20. It's since been announced that he will open for Captured Tracks labelmates Beach Fossils and their upcoming Music Hall of Williamsburg show on March 2. Tickets for the show are still available. No other Mac DeMarco dates to report at the moment.

Meanwhile, Beach Fossils side project Dive can be found opening for Violens and Chairlift at Bowery Ballroom on 1/23. Updated Chairlift and Dive tour dates are listed below.

And don't forget to catch the touring Blouse and other Captured Tracks bands at 285 Kent on 1/31.

If you haven't already, you can grab Mac's single "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans," at the top of this post and stream it below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco opening for Beach Fossils; Dive opening for Chairlift (updated dates)"

Chairlift at Mercury Lounge in October (more by Diana Wong)

Chairlift are releasing their second full length, Something on January 24 via Columbia. You can stream two tracks off that album, "Met Before," "Amanaemonesia"," and "Sidewalk Safari," and a Sampha remix of the latter below.

They'll tour in support of the new album in January with an NYC show on January 23 at Bowery Ballroom with Violens. That tour also initially included a show at Symphony Space on January 19, though it appears to have been removed from Symphony Space's site. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (12/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/7) at noon.

All dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "Chairlift releasing new album, playing shows in January"

photos by Diana Wong

Chairlift @ Mercury Lounge

Chairlift played a sold-out Mercury Lounge last night (10/24) with Beach Fossils, just a couple of weeks after Chairlift played the Creators Project in DUMBO (picture sets one, two, and three), and not long after they opened some shows for James Blake (including Webster Hall). Chairlift have a few UK dates coming up soon. They're listed with more pictures from the Merc show below.

Beach Fossils also recently played 285 Kent with Beach Fossil sideproject (that is quickly becoming bigger than Beach Fossils?) Dive, Minks, and Heavenly Beat, and are also preparing to head out of the country for a stint of dates in Mexico. Dive meanwhile plays 285 Kent again on November 10th with North America and Hunter. BF dates are listed below.

Chaiflift recently posted new "videos" (streaming songs in video form) for the songs "Sidewalk Safari" and "Peculiar Paradise" from their forthcoming LP SOMETHING due on 1/24/12. Check that those out alongside all tour dates and more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...

Continue reading "Chairlift & Beach Fossils played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

ASAP Rocky
Creator's Project

One, two, and now three. It continues below...

Continue reading "one last set of pics from the 2011 NYC Creators Project"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, Justice shots by Bryan Derballa

Creators Project

As we were saying, the Creators Project takeover of DUMBO went down this past weekend. Here is a second set of pictures from Saturday, now with Justice, Florence & the Machine, and more. They continue below...

Continue reading "Creators Project in DUMBO in pics -- part 2 (Justice, Florence & the Machine, Queen Sea Big Shark & more)"

words & photos by BBG

Creators Project

Hopefully, there weren't masses that headed to DUMBO on Saturday (10/15) expecting a few Mozz-a-repa stands, a sausage & pepper cart, and a dealer selling his collection of "tobacco" pipes while looking for the live music. The Creators Project had much more to offer. It celebrated the different facets of creativity within art, music, and theater while showcasing live music alongside interactive sculpture to create a wholly different "festival" environment.

The musical portion was limited to two live stages and a third "DJ" stage which also housed a few exhibits. One live stage was located under an archway beneath the Manhattan Bridge. The other was in the "Tobacco Warehouse", a brick structure that has also hosted the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The shows were free, though you needed to RSVP (and even then you needed a confirmation that you were accepted).

I kicked off my afternoon at the Tobacco Warehouse stage with Teen Daze whose laptop knob-twiddling didn't make for much of a live event. After a few songs I moved on to my first band of the day, Brooklyn's Chairlift. Caroline Polachek is the clear focus of the band's sound, with her vocals pushed to the front and the electronic-pop complementing her lilting voice. Their sunny and simple compositions were sugar-y, well executed and a good way to ease into the day, but not particularly memorable. The next performance would bring about an abrupt change.

John Maus
Creators Project

No one outcrazys John Maus. After the crew cleared the stage of seemingly every piece of gear, the very unassuming Maus came on to plug his Roland SP-404 sampler into the DI and his microphone into an echo pedal. With the hit of his sampler, Maus kicked off his set by bouncing left and right and jumping around. Veins bulged in his neck and face as he began to scream, sing, whimper and all but cry into his microphone during his vocal parts. Even if I had no interest in his recorded material (which I do, and tons of it), I would, as I'm sure any passerby would, still find the maniacal John Maus live (almost freak) show absolutely enthralling. Catch him again this week at 285 Kent.

After 3+ songs from Clams Casino on the laptop which was about as exciting as it sounds (dramatic key-stroke!), A$AP Rocky opened his set by explaining that people are saying he is the "biggest thing to hip hop since the Wu-Tang Clan". I'd like to meet these people. Regardless of how over/correctly hyped A$AP is, he and his crew (which included an appearance from Spaceghostpurrp) were particularly high energy - stage-diving, inciting mosh-pits, and hopping around on stage. The crowd didn't move with the same enthusiasm though. Despite calls for more participation, the crew didn't ignite similar energy in the crowd.

After a visit to see Four Tet (another knob-twiddling set), I cruised over to see Bradford Cox do a one-man Atlas Sound. I prefer Atlas Sound in full band mode to Bradford solo, but his set was fresh change to the mostly electronic vibe of the day. Cox's voice coupled with the Bridge backdrop and the Manhattan skyline was particularly impressive.

Company Flow
Creators Project

Up next was Company Flow, my main motivation for being there since I missed their recent reunion shows at ATP and Santos Party House.

It had been around 14 years since I saw Company Flow on tour with Organized Konfusion, the former celebrating their seminal Funcrusher Plus and the latter promoting what may be their final effort, The Equinox. That summer in 1997, Co-Flow sounded so alien to everything else in the era; primitive, noisy beats made with crude synths and harsh scratches were complemented by abstract and double-time rhymes. Lead by a white redhead-ed MC (a rarity in the era), Company Flow was truly unique in their time.

Company Flow were massive to me in that certain, early-backpacker Rawkus era, the blast-off point for El-P's noisy and dystopian blueprint at Definitive Jux. So it pains me to say that the primitive Company Flow sound hasn't aged so well live; El-P still has a good stage presence as always, but unfortunately the rawness of the tracks just now come across as simplistic in comparison to his sleeker production. It was good to see the crew though, and with Pharoahe Monch in tow, much like that night in DC in 1997.

After Co-Flow, I caught a bit of Florence & The Machine before calling it an evening meaning I also missed the abbreviated Justice DJ set. Though cops shut down Jusice early and a vocal minority of DUMBO residents complained about the takeover of their neighborhood streets, the complaints were minor leagues compared to the impressive spectacle that descended on art galleries, parks, storefronts, and even an archway underneath the Manhattan Bridge.

We're splitting this into multiple parts, so stay tuned for the rest. Meanwhile, more pictures of everything I saw, below...

Continue reading "Creators Project in DUMBO in pics & review -- part 1 (Company Flow, John Maus, A$AP Rocky, Chairlift & more)"

!!! @ T5 in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)

today in NYC
* stuff @ UCB East
* Mat Maneri @ Barbes
* Doro @ Gramercy Theatre
* Rich Media @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Red Baraat @ Mercury Lounge
* Either/Or @ Issue Project Room
* Umphrey's McGee @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Radu Malfatti, Keith Rowe @ The Stone
* Ian Hunter, Glen Matlock @ City Winery
* Prince Language @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Toshi Nakamura, Taku Unami @ The Stone
* Ski Lodge, The Capstan Shafts @ Cake Shop
* Wormburner, Foster McGinty @ Mercury Lounge
* Workout, Fort Lean, The Denzels @ The Gutter
* Give, Devotion, Too Many Voices @ The Acheron
* !!!, Light Asylum, Computer Magic @ The Bell House
* Motion City Soundtrack, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Irving Plaza
* Ninjasonik, Mick Boogie, Terry Urban, Rye Rye @ Stone Rose
* Waking Lights, Brick and Mortar, Jump Into The Gospel @ Maxwell's
* Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch, Cthonic @ Best Buy Theater
* Family Trees, Mighty Moon, Machu Picchu, Philip Lynch @ Bruar Falls
* Action Bronson, The White House Band, Fresh Vetz @ Knitting Factory
* Radio People, La Big Vic, Forma, Featureless Ghost @ Death By Audio
* INC., SFV Acid, Mykki Blanco, DJ Physical Therapy @ Santos Party House
* Samantha Ronson, The Happy Problem, The Brooklyn What @ Bowery Electric
* Brian Degraw, Tim Dewitt, Matthew Higgs, Spencer Sweeney @ Santos Party House
* Wayne Horvitz New Quartet, Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet @ LePoissonRouge
* Turntables On the Hudson, Afrokinetic, DJ Nickodemus, Chris Annibell @ Southpaw
* James Vincent McMorrow, Marissa Nadler, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Bowery Ballroom
* White Mystery, Shark?, Sleepwalk, Little Band of Sailors, Afuche, Backwords @ The Rock Shop
* Pioneers of the Downtown Sound w/ Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, Rhys Chatham @ The Kitchen
* Tayisha Busay, Tiny Victories, Great Tiger, A&R, JD Samson (DJ set), Planet Rump (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Venus X & $hayne (GHE2OGOTH1K DJs), Regal Degal, ESP (Moonrats, Widows), Hisham Bharoocha (Soft Circle) (DJ Set) @ Cameo

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Chairlift @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)

After realizing that I couldn't find any info today confirming that James Murphy was DJing a VPL block party on Mercer Street tonight (9/8), I looked into it a little more and found out that the block party is cancelled, James Murphy included. Instead, and as listed at the Fashion's Night Out website, VPL (5 Mercer Street) is having this @ 6:30PM --- "Seldom House: A Covers Set by Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Jorge Elbrecht (Violens), Will Berman (MGMT) and Leo Fitzpatrick." That's inside the store.

If you still want to some DFA action, Holy Ghost! plays the Prada store @ 6PM.

You can also catch Andrew VanWyngarden from MGMT aka DJ iDEATH with DJ Patrick from Chairlift entertaining people for Fashion's Night Out at Curve @ 8PM (that's at 83 Mercer St).

Also Tanlines AND MNDR AND Freelance Whales play Theory (38 Gansevoort St) starting @ 6PM.

Upcoming Chairlift shows are listed HERE.

Enough Thunder

When James Blake posted his collaboration with Bon Iver, "Fall Creek Boys Choir" to his YouTube page, we mentioned that he also noted, "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." It's since been revealed that Enough Thunder an EP set to be released on October 10 via Atlas (that's the artwork above). The EP will include "Fall Creek Boys Choir," James' cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", and four currently untitled original tracks. The cover is a picture taken during James's performance at Glastonbury this year.

James is set to kick off a North American tour in September that includes an October 5 Webster Hall show with Chairlift and an October 6 Music Hall of Williamsburg show with Austra. Both NYC shows are sold out.

Chairlift also play their own show at Mercury Lounge on October 24 after the James Blake tour. TIckets for that show go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon.

Chairlift dates and streams of "Fall Creek Boys Choir" and "A Case of You" below...

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Psychedelic Furs at Wellmont in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs recently reissued their sophomore album Talk Talk Talk (home of "Pretty In Pink") in Europe, where they toured the album in its entirety. On Saturday (6/25), they kicked off a tour for the album in America. That tour doesn't hit NYC, but they will come through in October for a traditional show at Irving Plaza on October 3 with Tom Tom Club. Tickets are on sale now.

Both Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club also have festival appearances scheduled in August and both are playing the Hamptons. As mentioned, Tom Tom Club play Music to Know Fest in East Hampton. Psychedelic Furs were added to Escape to New York at the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY on August 5 - 7. Tickets are still available. Other recently confirmed acts include Of Montreal, Savoir Adore, Reptar, Mates of State, Tiger Love, and Jolly Boys.

Full Escape to NY lineup and all Psychedelic Furs tour dates below...

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