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Forecastle

Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.

Full lineup below...

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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photos by Ryan Muir

Superchunk / Danny Brown
SPIN party
SPIN party

SPIN put together a pretty killer lineup for their annual 'Year in Music' show this year. Taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 12/10, the bill included rising pop star Charli XCX (whose set included the hit song that not many people realize she wrote for Icona Pop), indie legends Superchunk (who recently made a new video), and one of 2013's greatest and most fun rap stars Danny Brown (who Charli XCX also joined on stage towards the end of the night). It was a well rounded night that delivered from start to finish, even without the complimentary drinks that were flowing in the balcony. Comedian Hannibal Buress hosted the festivities and told the jokes.

The show was free and packed, but also guestlist only. We gave away ten pairs of tix here at BrooklynVegan.

Pictures from the show, which featured two of the artists on SPIN's Favorite Albums of 2013 list, are here and continue below....

Continue reading "Superchunk, Danny Brown & Charli XCX played SPIN's "Year in Music" @ MHOW (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Superchunk

When Superchunk were in NYC for a couple Bowery Ballroom shows and a Fallon performance earlier this year, they headed to Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium to film the video for I Hate Music track "Void." In addition to the band themselves, the video features comedian/actors Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin, plus members of multiple local bands including Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Aye Nako, Lost Boy?, Weird Womb, and others. Were you in it? Check out the new video below.

Superchunk also have a number of dates coming up, including SPIN's Year In Music Event which happens in NYC on December 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Danny Brown and Charli XCX. It's a semi-private show, but we're giving away a few pairs of tickets via Twitter. Details on how to enter the contest along with all tour dates and the video, below...

Continue reading "Superchunk made a guest-filled video at Shea Stadium (watch), touring, playing SPIN party at MHOW (win tix!)"

Danny Brown at Rough Trade NYC - 11/26/13 (via Taylor Sprow)
Danny Brown

Danny Brown, fresh off two big shows with Sleigh Bells, did something more intimate yesterday (11/26) at the new Rough Trade NYC, where he played a free in-store. Like the in-store sets are, his set was brief, but included a number of Old standouts like "Smokin & Drinkin," "Dope Song," "Handstand," and "Dip," plus some non-album tracks like the especially great "Molly Ringwald" from the Loosies comp. You can watch a video of his full set below.

Did you check out the show or go to Rough Trade NYC yet in general? Read our initial thoughts on the venue/store, and head there during Thanksgiving Weekend for a number of great events.

Danny Brown's next NYC show is SPIN's Year In Music Event which happens on December 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with a multi-genre lineup that also includes Superchunk and Charli XCX, plus comedian host Hannibal Buress. It's an invite-only show, but we're giving away a few pairs of tickets via Twitter. Details on how to enter the contest are below.

Continue reading "Danny Brown played Rough Trade (full set video), playing SPIN holiday party at Music Hall of Williamsburg (win tix!)"

a Haim striking a pose (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Haim

Steven Hyden at Grantland writes:

...we're witnessing the death rattle of the current version of alternative, "indie." In the past month, there's been a series of releases -- including Haim's Days Are Gone, Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe, Lorde's Pure Heroine, Icona Pop's This Is ... Icona Pop, and the 1975's self-titled debut -- that have been slotted as "indie pop," ostensibly because they're positioned outside "regular" pop just as Pearl Jam once was placed outside regular rock music. But the "indie" modifier is instantly extraneous once you've actually heard these records -- in sound and form, there's nothing that's weird, experimental, or potentially off-putting about them. (The same can be said of indie-favored pop records released earlier in the year, including Charli XCX's True Romance, AlunaGeorge's Body Music, and Ariana Grande's Yours Truly.) They're well produced, catchy, immediately likable, and fashioned in the mold of successful trends. They are simply pop pop records. [Grantland]

Continue reading ""Indie Rock's Tuneful Death Rattle""

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Tickets

Tickets to see Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Slayer at Susquehanna Bank Center and Oakdale Theater go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Wooden Shjips shows at Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge go on sale today (Knit at 10 AM, Merc at noon).

Tickets to see High On Fire, Kvelertak and Doomriders at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Sleigh Bells, Doldrums and Danny Brown at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the InvisibleOranges-presented Circle Takes the Square show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets for the BV-presented Touche Amore, United Nations, and The Saddest Landscape show at 285 Kent are on sale now.

Tickets for the newly-added Allah-Lahs show at Mercury Lounge are on sale now.

Supersuckers, who play The Bell House on Saturday (9/7), are playing another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Tickets for their Bell House show are still available too.

Charli XCX was supposed to play Gramercy Theatre in September, but after having to postpone her North American tour to open for Paramore in the UK, she's announced rescheduled North American dates. The NYC show now happens at Irving Plaza on November 13. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Roy Ayers, who just wrapped up a residency at The Blue Note, is playing SOB's on November 20. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Placebo at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Caspian, 65daysofstatic, and The World Is... at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Long Winters at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Pete Holmes at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Half Moon Run at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

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Charli XCX at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
Charli XCX

Charli XCX was to have started her North American tour next week -- including shows next month at Gramercy Theater in NYC and the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park --but that has been postponed until the end of October/November. (Details to come.) Charli fessed up as to why on Facebook:

I'm going to be completely honest with you, the reason the tour has been postponed is because I have been offered to support Paramore throughout their UK tour, which is a really big deal for me as I haven't ever really toured in the UK outside of London before. It's scary and it's quite weird but it's also super exciting for me to finally be able to play shows in the country that I'm from.

I always feel so welcome in the USA and all of you guys have always been so cool and amazing to play too... So I am really so sad that I'm letting you down like this. But this is a big opportunity for me, one that people around me won't let me decline. I am seriously so sorry to everyone I have let down, and I really do hope that you will be able to make the rescheduled dates (I'm figuring them out right now) and that you will enjoy the new music that is coming very very very soon. All I can promise you is that when I come back to the USA later on this year, the tour will be bigger and better... There's going to be a lot of changes made and lots of new, exciting things.

Please don't be too angry at me. I really do hate to let everyone down like this. I promise I'm going to make it up to you all. Xxxxxx

Ok, Charli. You have fun with Paramore. Canceled North American tour dates are listed, along with her new UK dates, below.

Continue reading "Charli XCX postpones North American tour so she can open for Paramore in the UK"

Charli XCX

UK electropop artist Charli XCX, who doesn't regret giving a little song she wrote called "I Love It" to Icona Pop, is heading out on a North American tour at the end of August. It starts on the west coast around Bumbershoot, visits Chicago before getting to Michigan for the Laneway Festival, comes east for shows that include Asbury Park & NYC, stops in Texas for three shows and then ends in Orlando which makes sense considering Charli's love of Disney. She went there while she was in the States in May and June, as you can see in some of the footage her videographer/boyfriend Ryan spliced together to create a new promo video, that you can watch for the first time below...

Continue reading "watch a new Charli XCX tour promo (with footage from her last U.S. tour, and dates for the next one)"

photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen

DIIV / Charli XCX / DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2

Bonnaroo's inaugural hip hop Superjam--an R&B/rap counterpart to the festival's long-running, rock-dominated all-star jam sessions--was an uninhibited, messy rager for still-partying night owls at the Tennessee music fest. Paul McCartney might have been the Friday night highlight, but if you wanted to dance, this was the show to see.

The slickest and sickest set came from Solange, who enraptured the crowd with a funky, lovely cover of the Fugees' version of "Killing Me Softly." She also sang the hook on surprise guest Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele single "Cherchez La Ghost" and covered "Umi Says," an uplifting jam from Mos Def's solo debut. - [Fuse]

Bonnaroo 2013 is definitely in the record books already, and we've posted a set of pictures from Day 2 (6/14) big names  Paul McCartney, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco,  and Jim James. But there was other stuff going on that Friday as well, including sets from Calexico, Big K.R.I.T, Charli XCX, Glen Hansard, DIIV, Amadou & Mariam, and the hip hop "Superjam" featuring RZA, Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo (Neptunes/NERD) and more. Photos from those acts are in this post.

If you missed them, our earlier pictures from Day 1 are HERE and HERE, Day 3 are HERE and Day 4 are HERE. More photos from 6/14 are below.

Continue reading "more pictures from Bonnaroo 2013 (Day 2 w/ DIIV, the hip hop "Superjam," Charli XCX, Calexico & more)"

Charli XCX at SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Charli XCX

Charli XCX recently released her electropop debut album, True Romance, and supported it with some dates, including three in NYC this past May. Now she's set to go on another North American tour from late August into early October, which brings her to larger venues like Asbury Park's The Wonder Bar on September 20 and NYC's Gramercy Theatre on September 21 with Kitten and Little Daylight.

Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM with Live Nation presales starting Thursday (6/20) at 10 AM. There's also a Music Geeks presale for the Gramercy show Thursday at 10 (password is "musicgeeks").

All dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Charli XCX -- 2013 Tour Dates"

Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Sasvages

As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.

This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...

Continue reading "Savages playing Terminal 5 in September before Detroit's Laneway Festival (updated dates & lineup)"

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Tickets for the James Blake shows at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Volcano Choir (aka Bon Iver + Collections of Colonies of Bees) show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Comedy rappers The Lonely Island are sitting down with Rob Bennington for a taping of 'Unmasked' at 12:30 PM on May 31 at Sirius XM in midtown Manhattan. Tickets to that show can be specially requested today at 12:30 PM.

While Charli XCX is in NYC for Glasslands and Summerstage, she's playing a free in-store at Urban Outfitters on May 30.

Fred Falke was added to the Classixx show at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets to that show are still available.

Cody ChesnuTT is headlining a show at SOB's on June 13, the day before he opens for Mavis Staples at her free Prospect Park show. Tickets for the SOBs show are on sale now.

Stereophonics are playing Terminal 5 on September 21. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (5/31) at noon.

Tickets to see Gary Numan at Music Hall Of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Emeli Sande and Rudimental are playing Rumsey Playfield on August 28. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. Ticketmaster presale starts Thursday (5/30) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (5/31) at noon.

Wolvhammer @ Union Pool, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

YACHT @ T5, 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
YACHT

today in NYC
* Lemuria @ Maxwell's
* Lettuce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Fierce Bad Rabbit @ Joe's Pub
* Canellakis-Brown Duo @ Barbes
* Mariah Carey @ Rumsey Playfield
* Rob Curto's Forro All Star @ Barbes
fun. @ Seaside Heights Boardwalk
* Skream, Mala, Plastician, Hatcha @ SRB
* Glorior Belli, Wolvhammer @ Union Pool
* The Westerlies Play Horvitz @ The Stone
* Pass This On: Robyn Gets Weird @ The Bell House
* Journalism, Ocean View, Weird Womb @ Cake Shop
* Napoleon, Grand Resort, Night Dogs @ Cameo Gallery
* Seasick Mama, I Am Lightyear, Loveskills @ Glasslands
* Trabajo, Wei Zhongle, NUD, Shenzhen @ Ran Tea House
* Laura Stevenson, Owen, Field Mouse @ Bowery Ballroom
* Historics, The Heaven's Jail Band, 1-800-BAND @ The Flat
* Butter The Children, Big Muff, Roses, Ceramics @ Big Snow
* DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Soulja Man, Durban, TCJ @ 285 Kent
* Elijah Ocean, North of Nashville, Juniper Rising @ Union Hall
* Alkaline Trio, Bayside, Off With Their Heads @ Best Buy Theater
* Sage Francis, Prolyphic, B. Dolan, Metermaids @ Knitting Factory
* Deformity, Thee Nodes, Missionary, Nerv, Sucia @ Death By Audio
* Fresh Daily, Gizmo, Mariami, C-Sick, Elevation Theory @ Paper Box
* Gesaffeistein, Brodinski, LOUISAHHH!!!, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* The Vandelles, Secret Colours, Bird Call, Companion, Hikashu @ Pianos
Yacht, Prinzhorn Dance School, Larry Gus, DFA Kris (DJ) @ Shea Stadium
* Macronympha, Oscillating Innards, Kilt, Long Distance Poison @ Silent Barn
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble @ The Stone
* Frances Cone, The Score, Jake Lewis and The Clergy @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Paper Route, Sugar Glyder, Minnie Dee, John Bell @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Richard Lloyd (of Television), 2 Teens Kill 4, Steve Almaas @ The Bowery Electric
* The Living Kills, Twin Guns, Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade @ Mercury Lounge
* New Atlantic Youth, Incorporated Village of Ghost, Clownface, Dead Guy @ The Rock Shop
* Escort, Lady Miss Kier, Tippy Toes, Leverage Models, JKriv (DJ) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Damon & Naomi, Brother Danielson, Eugene Mimran @ City Winery
* Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Aye Aye Rabbit, Many Mansions, The Drunken Foreigner Band @ Secret Project Robot
* Sons of an Illustrious Father, The Great American Novel, The Harmonica Lewinskies, The Jean Jackets, The Gradients @ Muchmore's

UK duo Prinzhorn Dance School make their U.S. live debut at Shea Stadium tonight, opening for YACHT. Tickets are still available. They'll both play tomorrow at the sold out DFA Records 12th Anniversary Party.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the summer movie season, and this week's blockbusters include Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III and animated flick, Epic. On the smaller side, there's Before Midnight, the third in Richard Linklater's indie romance series with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; and Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha.

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Charlie XCX just released the video for True Romance single "Take My Hand" and you can watch that below. You can also see her for free in NYC on May 30 at Urban Outfitters on Broadway. Maybe she'll cover the Backstreet Boys.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.

Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2013 lineup & tix (Death Cab for Cutie, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Breeders, Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter & more)"

Charli XCX @ SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Charli XCX

BACK FROM SXSW. IT WAS CRAAYYYYZEEE. I did 10 shows, performed I Love It on stage with Icona Pop for the first time EVER, danced on stage with Ms Mr at the St Lucia show, watched Haim and completely lost my mind because they were so awesome, rode around a lake for an hour on a peddle boat in the shape of a swan, ate dinner with Semi Precious Weapons and Kitten, ate loads of tacos, met some of the Asap mob, saw my baby girl Brooke Candy, lost my boyfriends passport... then found it again... AND SO MUCH MORE. Literally the best week everrrr! Pictures and videos to come soon... XXX
Charli XCX, who sounds like she she had fun in Austin last week, will release her official debut album, True Romance, on April 16. She's also going on tour with Marina & the Diamonds which will stop in NYC on May 29 for a show at Central Park Summerstage (tickets). While here, Charli will play a headlining show at Glasslands on May 31 and tickets for that one are on sale now.

All Charli XCX dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Charli XCX readies new LP, playing NYC at Glasslands after tour with Marina & the Diamonds (dates)"

Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
bonnaroo

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

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It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....

Continue reading "WATCH: Artists tell their favorite 2012 albums (Bat for Lashes pick Alt-J who pick Polica, etc)"

MSMR

MS MR released their four track EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, earlier this year and also made a video for each track and an official remix for each track by Charli XCX, Twin Shadow, Chet Faker, and Tom Vek, respectively, which they've been revealing on their tumblr. You can watch all four videos and listen to the Charli XCX and Twin Shadow remixes below.

The band kicked off a tour earlier this month supporting Grouplove which hits NYC on November 2 at Terminal 5 (sold out). But you can catch MS MR in NYC this week because they're taking a short break from the Grouplove tour to squeeze in some CMJ shows. One of those happens at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/18) with MNDR, Deap Vally, IO Echo, Sky Ferreira, and Gabriel Bruce. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge.

You can also see MS MR for free at the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), where they'll be playing the front room with Braids, METZ, Savages, Deap Vally, Murals, and Tiny Fingers. MS MR go on at 4 PM before Braids' headlining slot at 5 PM.

A list of all MS MR dates, those videos and remix streams below.

Continue reading "MS MR made videos for every track on their EP (revealing remixes too), touring, playing CMJ (including BV party)"

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."

This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.

"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."

What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.

The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.

Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.

The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).

Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.

Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.

Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.

Continue reading "Osheaga Festival - Day 1 review and pics (Sigur Ros, Florence, The Walkmen, Dum Dum Girls, Of Monsters and Men, & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Charli XCX

Though her debut album is still in the works, Charli XCX performed like a pop star already headlining arenas: Her tortured but hardly wounded alto never wavered on breakout ballad "Stay Away," while an air of tragic consequence tinged her delivery of "You give yourself to hell" during her cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon." While perhaps not all Charli XCX cuts are created equal - there's something a tad tiring in the repetition of "End of the World" or "How Can I" - the ones that stand out do so for good reason. She crooned on top of a sample of Gold Panda's indelible "You," sent all of Bowery into a frenzy with "Nuclear Seasons," and brought the world down on "Grins," (from her mixtape Heartbreaks and Earthquakes), a cut produced by Blood Diamonds with synths that soar in catastrophic bliss. The night ended with "You're The One," ostensibly the first single from Charli XCX's debut, and this time she put her foot down: "Everyone's gotta fuckin dance," she decreed. Watching her jump and flail around - a bonkers freeform style that seemed part hardcore mosh pit fist work, part hip-hop posturing, and part all night alone in your bedroom dance-a-thon - it was hard not to obey. [Rolling Stone]
Charli XCX brought her tour, which also included an LA show with Azealia Banks, to NYC this past Saturday (7/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom with St. Lucia. Charli's set was 10 songs long and and there was no encore, despite the crowd's demand for one. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below.

Continue reading "Charli XCX & St. Lucia played Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

Charli XCX at Santos, March 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Charli XCX

Charli XCX is touring this summer, a mix of festival appearance and club dates that includes a stop at Bowery Ballroom on July 28. Tickets go on on sale today (7/11) at noon.

In other news, pint-sized pop pistol just released a video for her single "You're the One" which you can watch below, along with a stream of her new Heartbreaks and Earthquakes mixtape and a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Charli XCX made a video for "You're the One," touring this summer, including Bowery Ballroom (dates)"

Coldplay at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Coldplay

Swedish duo Icona Pop will be heading to North America this month, where they'll play Glasslands on June 22 (tickets). Before they play that show, they'll DJ a VIbrations party one day earlier, 6/21 at Hudson Terrace Roof Deck with DJ sets by Cassian, Sean Glass, and guests. The party is free til midnight with RSVP.

In related news, Charli XCX (who wrote Icona Pop's song "I Love It") has a new EP out today called You're the One. You've already heard "Nuclear Seasons" and the Balam Acab remix of that song. Now you can listen to the EP's title track as well, which is streaming below. The EP also includes a Blood Orange remix of that song.

Charli is one of the many artists opening for Coldplay (who will never work with Justin Bieber) on their upcoming tour, including the Chicago date with Marina and the Diamonds. Other openers on the tour include Robyn (who opens their Texas shows), Frank Ocean (who recently announced his own tour), Wolf Gang (who has nothing to do with any group Frank Ocean is part of), Temper Trap, The Pierces, and Emeli Sande.

Emeli was in NYC last week to play Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Selah Sue (if you went, how were those shows?) and she'll be opening the East Rutherford, NJ shows at Izod Center on August 3 and 4 with Marina and the Diamonds. Tickets for those shows are available. If you're going to the Coldplay shows, be careful with the "Xylobands" that are being given out at the concerts. Fans are reporting that these bands, "which create a dramatic effect at Coldplay gigs," have been randomly reactivating after the shows and causing traumas such as waking fans up in the middle of the night. "It is believed the only way to stop the glowing is to jam a pencil clip into the band." Maybe they should call them jam bands.

As mentioned, Marina and the Diamonds will return to the NYC area after that for two headling shows at Webster Hall (8/16 & 8/18) with MS MR. The 8/16 show is sold out but tickets for the 8/18 show are still available. MS MR will play NYC even sooner than that at Santos Party House on June 27.

Speaking of Coldplay openers, Rita Ora just recently opened a few dates for the band and she's in NYC tonight for a free show at Gramercy Theater. RSVP is closed but you maybe don't wanna go anyway? Beyonce and Jay-Z on the other hand, might already have plans to be there. They went to support her at Coldplay's show in Manchester on Sunday (6/10) and were then spotted headbanging during Coldplay's set. A video of said headbanging is below.

That video, the Charli XCX stream, and a list of all Coldplay dates below...

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