Entries tagged with: Charli XCX
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...
Charli XCX @ SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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... XXXCharli 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...
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
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...
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....
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.
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
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.
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.
Charli XCX at Santos, March 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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.
Coldplay at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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...
by Bill Pearis
With that driving, dirty synth bassline and anthemic "I don't care, I love it!" chorus (which is almost a preemptive strike against critics), Swedish duo Icona Pop's "I Love It" is sure to be heard ad naseum in clubs all summer. Is it Best New Music? The hook is kinda undeniable. And as Randy Newman and 10CC have taught us in the past, shouting "I love it!" is a shortcut to hitsville. (Charli XCX wrote this one, believe it or not.) If you haven't heard it yet, the video is below.
One club you'll definitely hear "I Love It" in is Glasslands, when Icona Pop plays live on Friday, June 22. It's a late show -- doors at 11:30PM -- and tickets are on sale. No other American shows at this point, though a Los Angeles show around the same time wouldn't be surprising.
photos by Chris La Putt
Django Django @ Santos Party House
Two nights after the BV/Popgun-presented show at Glasslands, Django Django played another BV/Popgun/Neon Gold show at Santos Party House on Monday night (3/12) with Charli XCX and Clock Opera who were at Knitting Factory on Saturday. Here are some pictures from the Santos show.
All three bands are now in Austin for SXSW, and you can catch Django Django at Hotel Vegan on Friday. Meanwhile Hotel Vegan continues (at Hotel Vegas - 1500 E. 6th St in Austin) TODAY (3/15) at noon. Links to all BrooklynVegan events at SXSW at Brooklynvegan.com/SXSW.
More pictures from the NYC show below...
by Bill Pearis
Django Django at Glassland (photo by @carrasfe)
Full write-up with pictures and video coming tomorrow, but last night Django Django had a packed Glasslands going fairly bannanas for their first-ever American show -- which BrooklynVegan presented. If you weren't able to go (or couldn't get tickets), Django Django play again tomorrow at Santos with Charli XCX and Clock Opera (who played a sold-out show last night too, at Knitting Factory.
We're presenting tomorrow's show too with the good people at Neon Gold and Popgun Booking. Tickets are still available but going fast. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away three pairs of tickets. Details on how below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Charli XCX @ Knitting Factory
Pre-SXSW festivities are underway in NYC and three of the buzziest bands here from Europe shared a bill at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Saturday night (3/10). Those three bands were the Sub Pop-signed Niki & the Dove (from Stockholm), London's Charli XCX (who plays again at Santos Monday night and at the
Pitchfork showcase at SXSW), and England's Clock Opera (who also plays again at Santos Monday night). NYC's Ghost Beach opened the show, and like the rest, are headed to Texas this week. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. More below...
By Bill Pearis
Welcome to Part 2 of this pre-SXSW edition of This Week in Indie (Part 1 HERE), which sees an insane amount of good show options over the next five days, even for New York which is never lacking for music options. Let's jump in, shall we?
Charli XCX and Clock Opera are two hotly-tipped UK acts who play a sold out show together Saturday night (3/10) at Knitting Factory, and a BV-presented (along with Neon Gold and Popgun Booking) show on Monday (3/12) at Santos that also features Django Django who play a sold out BV-Presented show Saturday night at Glasslands.
London's Charli XCX got a lot of attention last year for her singles "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons" both of which mined '80s New Romantic synthpop. (You can watch the videos for both below.) She's currently recording her debut album, working with bigshot producers Patrik Berger (The Good Natured, Robyn) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Glasser, Theopolis London) while still attending London's Slade School of Fine Art (she's only 19). For those who wished Lykke Li's second album had more to dance to, Charli XCX may be your new favorite.
Clock Opera's debut album, Ways to Forget, is out April 9 on Moshi Moshi. You can watch the video for the new single "Once and Again" at the bottom of this post. There is definitely a little Coldplay in what they do, but Clock Opera also have a wide creative streak as can be heard in their fantastic, radical reworking of Metronomy's "The Bay" which is included on The English Riveria - The Unreleased Remixes.
2:54 at Pianos (more by Erik Erikson)
2:54 are back in town for the first time since November, playing Glasslands on Sunday (3/11) and Mercury Lounge on Monday (3/12). When I saw them at Pianos, they were a little rough around the edges (and suffering from unintended feedback) but you could tell they had a lot of potential. (That potential is already evident on their recordings, all massive-sounding gothy shoegaze. Which is to say a lot like '90s band Curve.) Let's hope they've spent the last four months playing live and returning to mean business.
Check out new single "You're Early" at the bottom of this post. 2:54 also play the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, which happens March 14 at Bar 96, and a bunch of other shows in Austin. Catch 'em if you can.
Both 2:54 shows in NYC are with London duo Big Deal whose debut came out back in January on Mute. Here's what Andrew Sacher had to say at the time:
Big Deal (aka Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe) will release their debut LP, Lights Out, on January 24 via Mute. They don't seem to be using more than an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and their voices. They've got enough indie rock tendencies that it's bigger sounding than folk, but with the complete absence of drums, it's not nearly as large as their songwriting could lead it to be, and it ends up working to their advantage.You can stream Lights Out via Spotify and watch one of their videos at the bottom of this post. The Glasslands show Sunday also has ZAZA on the bill, which makes it a very tempting night out indeed. You can also catch Big Deal at 'Hotel Vegan' Wedsnesday in Austin.
If you're not going to see Django Django, Charli XCX and Clock Opera at Santos, or 2:54 and Big Deal at Mercury Lounge, you might want to spend your Monday evening at Glasslands taking in the charming sounds of Norway's Razika who last played here in October and not enough people saw. (Including me.) I'm still listening to their debut, Program 91, which owes a little to 2-Tone Records and Lilliput/Kleenex, with a smidge of Camper Van Beethoven's balalaika ska in there too. There are a couple MP3s from Program 91 at the top of this post, do check them out, along with the video for "Vondt i hjertet" which Razika filmed here (you may recognize Pete's Candy Store) when they were over last October. Razika also play our Wednedsay day party in Austin.
Also on the bill: Belgium's Balthazar, and Brooklyn's We Can't Enjoy Ourselves and Landlady, plus DJs Tanlines. Razika play a bunch of dates next week in Austin, including one at our Hotel Vegan on Wednesday (3/14).
Tuesday (3/13) and Wednesday (3/14) mark the first two American shows from UK trio New Build that features Al Doyle and Felix Martin from Hot Chip. The band released their debut album Yesterday Was Lived and Lost this week on their own Lanark Recordings label. You can stream it at the bottom of this post. There is a strong Roxy Music/Talking Heads vibe going on here which includes Doyle's vocals. It's slinky. It's sexy. And danceable. If you don't listen to closely to the lyrics, you'll probably like it a lot. No surprise: both these shows are sold out. Check out live footage from Glasgow at the bottom of this post, they sound pretty good.
That's the big stuff. A few more show picks, day-by-day, are below for things I haven't already covered in this post.
METZ at Cake Shop last night (3/8)
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
As mentioned Thursday, Toronto bands METZ and Teenanger are in town and will play Death By Audio tonight with Vaz and Pop. 1280. I caught METZ and Teenanger last night at Cake shop and was duly impressed by both. METZ in particular made some kind of intense awesome racket. They are great this show is highly recommended tonight.
Montreal's Automelodi (aka Xavier Paradis) played their first NYC show in a long time at the Weird party at Home Sweet Home this past Wednesday which I didn't realize was happening until it was over. Luckily, Automelodi play again tonight at Pianos. I was a huge fan of his 2010 album, here's hoping he plays lots of new songs. The Pianos show is with Frenshkills who are celebrating a new album and who also play our Wednesday day party in Ausitn.
by Bill Pearis
We've got some more news on the Django Django front. In addition to Kwes dropping off the March 10th Glasslands show, Django Django have added a second NYC show on Monday, March 12 at Santos Party House, that BrooklynVegan is co-presenting with the folks at Neon Gold and Popgun Booking. Also playing will be Clock Opera and Charlie XCX who also share a bill on March 10 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now for the Santos show.
Clock Opera's debut album, Ways to Forget, is out April 9 on Moshi Moshi. You can watch the video for the new single "Once and Again" at the bottom of this post. You can also stream their fantastic, radical reworking of Metronomy's "The Bay" which is included on The English Riveria - The Unreleased Remixes.
London's Charli XCX got a lot of attention last year for her singles "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons" both of which mined '80s New Romantic synthpop. (You can watch the videos for both below.) She's currently recording her debut album, working with bigshot producers Patrik Berger (The Good Natured, Robyn) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Glasser, Theopolis London) while still attending London's Slade School of Fine Art (she's only 19).
As mentoned above, both Clock Opera and Charli XCX are also playing Knitting Factory on Saturday March 10. That show with Sub Pop-signed Nikki & the Dove, and tickets are still on sale. And they're all playing SXSW of course (Charli's official show is the Pitchfork showcase).
Django Django have just released a stream for "Storm" which was actually the band's first single nearly three years ago. You can stream the whole Django Django album at Spotify and buy it digitally wherever high-quality MP3s are sold.
Click through for flyers for both Django Django shows, along with videos and streams mentioned above.
by Andrew Sacher
Niki & the Dove
Stockholm's Niki & the Dove (aka Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf), who released The Drummer EP and "The Fox" single last year and made BBC's 'Sound of 2012' list, recently announced a short US tour which will take place this March and hit NYC on March 10 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The band just released the video for "The Fox," which you can watch below alongside a widget to download the track. There's definitely some Bjork coming through in Malin's vocals, and she's backed by thick, dancefloor-ready pop with synthetic brass, clap snares, and exploding choruses.
Charli XCX recently played an MTV show in London with The Maccabees, which Lana Del Rey was also scheduled to play, but cancelled like she did with SXSW after her SNL performance and an interview with Vogue where she said she might never record an album again. Like Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX seems groomed for mainstream pop-ularity and was one of the many singers Balam Acab remixed last year. Charli's other dates include a March tour of Europe with Sleigh Bells (who are the musical guest on SNL next weekend).
All Niki & the Dove dates, video and widget below...
Twin Sister @ MFNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Twin Sister will release a limited edition 12" remix album of material off of their debut LP In Heaven on January 30. You've already heard Balam Acab's remix of "Kimmi in a Rice Field". It will be backed by a Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix of "Bad Street," which you can stream below. The 12" is available for pre-order at the Domino webstore.
Twin Sister will have the 12" available on their 2012 tour with Ava Luna, which doesn't come to NYC, but both of those bands play the BV Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom (12/17) with Widowspeak. Tickets for that show are still on sale and only $8.
Speaking of the 12/17 Bowery show, we're happy to announce some DJ additions to the bill. As soon as doors open and until Ava Luna go on, music will be provided by a mysterious team known as Invisible Glowstix. After that, between bands and until the last person leaves the club, the tunes will be coming courtesy of the slightly more well known Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. who will put down their guitars and mics for the night in favor of laptops and turntables. The Detroit band are also playing (live) shows in Philly and Boston while they're in the area.
Twin Sister recently recorded a live session for The Alternate Side, which aired today (12/9). You can watch the archived session below. They also recently recorded a live in-studio version of "Stop" at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco for Yours Truly. The video of that performance is below too.
Speaking of Balam Acab remixes, he recently remixed Charli XCX's single "Nuclear Seasons," which came out in November. You can stream his remix and watch the video for the original below. The original is available for free download in exchange for your email address at Charli XCX's website and you can download the Balam Acab remix by liking her facebook page.
Video and streams below...