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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.

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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)
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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)
Chairlift

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

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

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

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

Justice
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)
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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

Chairlift have a new video for "". You can watch it below...

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

Continue reading "James Blake announces EP, Chairlift announce dates"

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...

Continue reading "upcoming Psychedelic Furs gigs, updated Escape to NY lineup"

photos by Tim Griffin

Spectrum @ Psych Fest
Austin Psych Fest

In addition to the previously announced 6 free shows this summer, Vans are presenting a 'Create Your Mark' event at Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 25. The show will feature performances by Spectrum, The Smith Westerns, Grand Rapids (whose Clara Balzary is one of the Create Your Mark presenters), and Chairlift with "an epic visual experience" by Joshua Light Show. The event is private but Vans is inviting 200 BrooklynVegan readers. The first 200 people who RSVP to vanscreateyourmark@gmail.com and put BROOKLYN VEGAN in the subject line, will get on the list. The free show takes place from 4PM to 11PM and is 18+. There will also be "food, drinks, and freebies."

In related news, Chairlift also have shows coming up at Cameo on June 21st and June 23rd at Glasslands.

Spectrum toured through NYC back in April on his way to Austin Psych Fest. We have a belated set of pictures from the Austin show that are in this post. More of them, with the Vans show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Spectrum playing free Vans show w/ Smith Westerns & Chairlift (RSVP QUICK), played Austin Psych Fest (belated pics)"

Shinecock

"Escape to New York, an art, music and interactive performance party from the creator of the Secret Garden Party UK is pleased to confirm their Friday and Saturday line-ups:

Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines, Best Coast, Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, Lissy Trullie, Graffiti 6, The Submarines, White Rabbits, Static Jacks and The Postelles.

The Sunday Main Stage line up and the weekend's DJ line up will be announced over the next few weeks........

Coming to the US shores for the first time, Escape to New York is the first pop-up destination community and independent experiential music and lifestyle festival to take place on Shinnecock Nation land adjacent to Southampton, New York, from August 5th through 7th, 2011.

Expect the unexpected. Imagine the unimaginable. This special event is unlike anything the east coast has experienced before including the world's biggest brunch at a live music festival, installation and performance art, experimental theater, high-end camping, aka "Glamping" and amazing culinary delights unlike any other festival event. Escape to New York will also feature a safe children play area so families can enjoy the festivities, shade areas to cool off in, traditional Shinnecock arts and crafts and food, and three days/nights of some of the best emerging artists and known heritage acts to be heard anywhere.

"Our goal is turn upside down the conventional music festival experience and recreate it in a way that makes each and every attendee walk away feeling they just had an incredibly unexpected and amazing VIP experience from the moment they entered our gates all the way through to when they pack up to return to their regular lives", shares Escape to New York Executive Producer, Fred Fellowes.

The location of Escape to New York on the sovereign Shinnecock Reservation land is also unique. The Shinnecocks have lived along the shores of Eastern Long Island for thousands of years, and in October 2010 became the 565th federally recognized tribe.

Thus upon entering the reservation you are both in and escaping New York.

"The Shinnecock Nation welcomes the Escape to New York festival that will take here in August and we are working closely with the festival team to assure a success," says Beverly Jensen, Shinnecock Tribe Member and Communications Director. "

Well, hopefully this festival doesn't need to sell as many tickets as Music to Know Fest which happens in East Hampton one weekend later (and just announced Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Matt & Kim, etc). That said, with Escape to New York they're really trying to push the experience separate from the bands. In fact, a "Manifesto of the Party" on their website includes these lines:
What makes a good party?
What you do not what you see
Who you meet not who you see
It ends with "Imagine a wonderland." Is this potential wonderland (and "the world's biggest brunch") worth $100 a day? Tickets are on sale.

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Devin Therriault plays his own show with no openers at 7pm at Mercury Lounge today (12/21)

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper continues her NYC run at the Rock Shop tonight.

Chairlift & Acrylics are playing a free show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Wednesday (12/22) (RSVP required).

Also coming up at Knitting Factory: A New Year's Eve Felabration! with the FELA! Band (featuring members of Antibalas), Sahr Ngaujah (FELA) and the FELA! Dancers. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of FELA!, you don't have many more chances to see the Broadway play (it closes January 2nd).

Noah & the Whale aren't nearly as big as their Grammy-nominated friends in Mumford & Sons, but they did just add a 2nd Bowery Ballroom show after the first one became close to sold out. Tickets for the 3/21 show go on sale Wednesday at noon.

Slick Rick is opening for Passion Pit on New Years Eve at Wellmont Theater (tickets), and he's headlining Brooklyn Bowl on 1/14. Tickets are on sale for the latter.

Tickets are also still on sale for the 12/30 Passion Pit show with Titus Andronicus, and for Titus's New Years Eve show with Real Estate.

Tickets are now on sale for the Lauryn Hill show at Wellmont Theater.

Tickets are still on sale for Mr. Brownstone at The Rock Shop on New Years Eve.

Tickets are still on sale for the benefit show with The Drums at the Studio at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for the Broken Records show at the Rock Shop.

DOWNLOAD: Das Racist - Sit Down, Man mixtape (ZIP file)

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Many of Das Racist's friends make appearances on their new 19-track mixtape which you can download for free above. The tracklist is below along with the video that contains the above cassette tape image. And many of their friends will make appearances at the release party taking place at Santos Party House tonight (9/16).

One of those friends playing the Santos show is Maluca, who, along with Natalia Kills, will open all dates on Robyn's just-announced November tour. Tickets are still on sale for the show at Terminal 5.

All Robyn dates, Das Racist's two new videos, and the mixtape tracklist, below...

Continue reading "free Das Racist mixtape & show tonight w/ Maluca who is touring w/ Robyn (dates, videos & more) "

Lilipad

Bob Lefsetz writes...

Seeing the decline in recorded music revenues, ticket prices soared. We can blame Live Nation, but let's first and foremost blame the acts. Who not only priced tickets exorbitantly, but scalped their own tickets. They were greedy.

What's the end result?

The club business has been devastated. Live music is about the special event, one doesn't go regularly. It's about paying top buck for a name brand. Take a chance? At these prices!

And now we've got Sarah McLachlan admitting that Lilith Fair tickets are "pretty soft" (the story is everywhere, but it originated on "Billboard": Sarah McLachlan says Lilith sales "pretty soft")

What Sarah says seems reasonable, that only 300 seats or so out of 16,000 are $250, and that there are 9,000 that are $25, until you click through and try to buy some.

At the local L.A. date at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre/Irvine Meadows, the first Ticketmaster choice is:

'Lilith Universe' - Diamond Package

The price? $750 a ticket.

Then we've got:

'Lilith Spirit' - Gold Spirit

The price is: $450 a ticket.

Then there's 'Lilith Spirit' - Silver Package. Prices there are $300 a ticket.

And then, fourth choice down, we come to "NEW FULL PRICE TICKET". Where the options are: $252, $101, $71.50, $41.50 and $31.50.

But it gets even worse. After that, there's a line for "Citi Cardmember Preferred Tickets". And then, at the very bottom, we've got "Lawn 4 Pack Offer". Those are only $14.25 apiece, but after service charges, aren't you just better off buying the ultimate DVD, which you can watch again and again in the privacy of your own home. up close and personal?

In other words, first and foremost, we've got a perception problem. No matter how many super-expensive seats there are, perception is you just can't get a good one unless you pay up, demoralizing potential attendees.

Furthermore, no one on the bill is "hot". There's no GaGa that makes people NEED to go. [Bob Lefsetz]

Lilith Fair 2010, back from a 10+ year hiatus, kicks off June 27th and runs into August. The maxi pad-sponsored tour comes to the NYC area for a July 31st show at PNC Bank Arts Center. Acts at that date include Cat Power, Chairlift, Carly Simon, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Missy Higgins, Jill Hennessy, Indigo Girls, Sara Bareilles, Priscilla Renea and a "special guest" (other acts not playing NJ include Loretta Lynn, Metric, Gossip, Beth Orton, La Roux Erykah Badu and Tegan and Sara). Tickets are currently on sale with "no service fee."

The tour recently canceled its July 8th stop in Arizona for undisclosed reasons, but there's speculation that it's in protest of the state's controversial new immigration law.

"The GoGo's are encouraging Lilith to move this date to another state in protest of the new immigration law. We are NOT supporting the state government," [GoGo's Belinda Carlisle] wrote on her Facebook account a few weeks ago. "I don't mix business and politics but I'm afraid I have to this time."

Carlisle eventually deleted the post, but The Go-Go's released a press statement last week informing fans the show was cancelled and tickets could be refunded. But they also said the band had not been told why the show was cancelled. [ChartAttack]

Full tour schedule is below...

Continue reading "maxipad-sponsored Lilith Fair tour dates & soft ticket sales (happening in NJ, but not NYC or Arizona...)"

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DOWNLOAD: Vital Signs (Rewards Remix) (MP3)
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Midnight Juggernauts
Midnight Juggernauts

Australian electro-pop trio Midnight Juggernauts (Andrew Szekeres, Vincent Vendetta and Daniel Stricker) will be releasing their second album, The Crystal Axis, on May 28th on Siberia Records. A bunch of remixes for their current single "Vital Signs" are posted above. Grab one by Presets member KIM, one by Rewards aka Chairlift member Aaron Pfenning, one each by band members Andy (Turkish Prison mix) and Daniel, and one covered by fellow Aussies Tame Impala (who are coming to Pianos on June 24th). Today there will be a limited-time stream of the record going up on the band's Myspace.

Midnight Juggernauts have a US tour ploted for this July. That includes an NYC date on July 22nd at Santos Party House (hosted by Fixed). Tickets are on sale. Their other date is a July 24th show at Brooklyn Bowl (tix TBA).

Their video for "Vital Signs," album artwork and info and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Midnight Juggernauts - new album, MP3 remixes & tour dates"

The xx @ Webster Hall on March 31st (more by Bao Nguyen)
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The xx couldn't stay away too long. Their last NYC show was April 22nd at Terminal 5 with Hot Chip. Their next NYC show will be a free one at Central Park Summerstage on Sunday, August 8th with Jack Penate and Chairlift. St. Vincent, Tune-Yards & Basia Bulat play the same venue one week earlier. Gil Scott-Heron, who a member of the xx is busy remixing, plays Summerstage this summer too.

The xx's only other announced dates at the moment are the tour they're doing from Sasquatch to Bonnaroo. All dates below...

Continue reading "The xx playing Central Park Summerstage w/ Jack Penate & Chairlift (and other dates) "

North 4th

North 4th is the new bar/venue that took over the space at 160 North 4th between Bedford and Driggs. Somewhat low key at the moment (no website), the place has started having shows including this one that happens there tonight (4/9):

Translations
Rewards (aaron pfenning (ex-chairlift), angus t (bachelor of arts), dev (lightspeed champion, test icicles)
Landlady
Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone)
An updated picture of the venue below...

Continue reading "North 4th is a new venue sort of (members of Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, Lightspeed Champion & others tonight) "

Lilith Fair

Lilith Fair, which has been dormant since 1999, will reform this year for a North American tour this summer. Exact dates and venues are forthcoming, but the ongoing list of confirmed acts is impressive (though they won't all play every city). The lineup currently includes Beth Orton, Cat Power, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, the Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Indigo Girls, Janelle Monae, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Loretta Lynn, Mary J. Blige, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Rosie Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara.

New York City is one of the tour's confirmed stops. The rest of those and the fest's so-far lineup are below...

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by Bill Pearis

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

Synthy trio Chairlift spent most of 2008 on tour, following the release of their debut album from 2008, Does You Inspire You?, which got picked up/rereleased by Columbia Records in 2009. They hit the road with Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Peter Bjorn and John, the Killers, and played this year's muddy All Points West Festival. Gearing up for another tour -- this one to Australia (dates below) -- singer Caroline Polachek answered our year-end survey. Her answers are below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Spanish Broads (aka Das Racist)

At what can only be described as one of the worst live shows I've ever seen, Das Racist took the stage of Public Assembly Sunday night (8/30) (around 11:30pm) (four hours after the Grizzly Bear show had ended right down the street) and proceeded to play 3 or 4 or was it 5 songs with an extended Wesleyan-related lineup (Ryan says they called the whole band "Spanish Broads").

The jokey trio, Das Racist, already permanently feature a member of Boy Crisis on drums. They also have a college in common with many bands that now call Brooklyn home. Santigold, MGMT, Amazing Baby, Bear Hands, Francis & the Lights, Extra Life, Mobius Band, Boy Crisis and Chairlift are all from, or have members who went to Wesleyan University in CT. Apache Beat might not be directly related to Wesleyan (I can't say for sure), but like Suckers, I'll just throw them into that MGMT-friends, Wesleyan-related group.

Despot somehow fits into all this too. We know he is tight with Islands who Das Racist recently opened for. And he's friends with Amazing Baby too. MGMT are also one of his top friends. And by the way he was getting all close with Das Racist on stage at Public Assembly, I guess they are good friends too.

Imagine 20 kids being introduced to instruments for the first time. They're brought into a classroom, at a 'touch museum' or in pre-school, and they're all handed various noise-making devices. One gets a triangle, another a tambourine. Some get to beat drums, while others rub a stick back and forth on a grooved piece of wood. They all start making noise at the same time. Now just replace the triangles and grooved wood things with drum machines and microphones. Throw in very loud, amplified volume, and you've sort of got Sunday night's show.

Despot did not rap at all. The Taco Bell song, or a version of it, was one of the 'songs' played. The person in the ET mask is a dude from Chairlift. Cerebral Ballzy opened the free show, but I missed them because I was next door at Music Hall of Williamsburg trying to figure out who Edward Sharpe was (more on that later). More pictures from the Public Assembly show below...

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