Entries tagged with: Charli XCX
photos by James Richards IV
Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.
Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.
Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...
Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.
Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...
Charli XCX, Bleachers and Robert Delong are playing Central Park SummerStage on September 21. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM, and a presale starts today at 10 AM. PASSWORD = TBPBLEACHERS. All three of them also play a big Asbury Park show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms, Cults and more.
Northside Fest is here, and that includes the three big shows at 50 Kent. Tickets are still on sale for Neko Case w/ Rhye, Majical Cloudz, Best Coast + Built To Spill w/ Alvvays, Bully, and Run The Jewels w/ very special guests Sleigh Bells, Vince Staples.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Mark Jaworski
The Front Bottoms haven't announced a followup to 2013's great Talon of the Hawk yet, but they do finally have a new single. (Last year's Rose EP was re-recordings of old songs.) It's called "West Virginia" and it's basically The Front Bottoms doing what they do best -- highly specific lyrics and ultra catchy melodies in a song that's somewhere between folk and pop punk. We've got the premiere of the video below. You can also get a free download by signing for the band's fan club, The Front Bottoms Motorcycle Club.
The Front Bottoms also have a few shows coming up, including the 'Front Bottoms Motorcycle Club Party' happening in Brooklyn on June 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show's with two of TFB's old pals, GDP and Youngman Grand. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/10) at noon, and you get a presale password if you sign up for their fan club. Show flyer below.
They also play Jack Antonoff's upcoming Asbury Park festival, Shadow of the City, on September 19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Jack's band Bleachers, his tourmate Charli XCX, as well as Vic Mensa, How to Dress Well, Cults and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM, with various presales starting Wednesday (6/10) at 10 AM.
The band are wrapping up a run with LVL UP in Baltimore tonight (6/9), and they also have a Cooperstown show with Brand New in August and a free Philly show in September. All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
The Weeknd / Vic Mensa / crowd
Sweetlife Festival went down this past weekend at Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion. We already posted day 1 pictures of Billy Idol, Kendrick Lamar and more. Now we've got a set of day 2 pictures, including shots of The Weeknd, Vic Mensa, Banks, Phantogram, San Fermin, Charli XCX, Raury and more.
Synth legend Giorgio Moroder's new album, Déjà Vu, is out June 16 and features guest appearances by Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Kelis, Mikky Ekko, Sia, Kylie Minogue and others. You can get a taste of the whole thing via a five-minute "megamix" video featuring a couple of dancers. Watch below...
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.
General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.
McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.
Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and
a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.
Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.
Check out Firefly's full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Big Sean - 'Dark Sky Paradise'
We've already gotten a few tastes of Big Sean's new album, Dark Sky Paradise (due next week, 2/24, via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's just given us two more songs. One is "One Man Can Change The World," a piano ballad with guest sung vocals from Kanye West (who's also on the great "Blessings" with Drake and the "All Your Fault" clip) and John Legend, as well as the downtempo rap of "Win Some, Lose Some" which features past collaborator Jhene Aiko. Listen to both below, along with a mix of snippets from the album.
UPDATE: Big Sean announced a few dates, including a NYC-area show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (2/19) at 9 AM. All currently known dates (more TBA?) are below.
In related news, Kanye collaborator Cashmere Cat (who co-produced Ye's new single "Wolves" that he just debuted at his fashion show and then performed on SNL 40) also just co-produced (with Stargate) the new single for another Kanye collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign. It's called "Drop That Kitty" and has an all-star cast of guest appearances from Charli XCX and Tinashe. They all bring their own personalities to the song: Ty in auto-tuned sung-rap mode, shouty/sassy Charli, and soulful Tinashe. Check it out below.
Cashmere Cat will be on tour soon supporting Ariana Grande, including her MSG shows on 3/20 & 3/21, and headlining his own NYC show on March 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tinashe is also supporting a bigger star (and Ariana Grande collaborator) on an arena tour, Iggy Azalea, including her Barclays Center show on May 7.
And Charli XCX will return to NYC for Governors Ball, which just announced its daily lineups.
In more related news, Big Sean recently put out his own verse for "Used To" from the new Drake mixtape (and from Lil Wayne's mixtape). You can listen to that below too. Like Kanye and Big Sean, Drake was in NYC this past weekend for a surprise show at Irving Plaza, which he brought Kanye out during. Video of that below.
And speaking of Kanye collaborators, producer Hudson Mohawke tweeted yesterday that he's in the studio with Miguel, so that's something to look forward to.
Song streams below...
The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:
1 D'Angelo, Black MessiahOn the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
We've been posting a bunch of New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC throughout the past few months, but there's even more cool stuff we haven't gotten to yet. Here's a roundup of ways to musically ring in the new year:
If you want to dance on New Year's Eve, there's no lack of good places to go to do that. Egyptrixx, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Morgan Louis and Nita Aviance are playing an unannounced Brooklyn location, and tickets for that are on sale now.
The Bunker is throwing a NYE party at Trans Pecos with Scotland's Prosumer headlining and Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Tickets are on sale.
Verboten hosts a show with Lee Burridge, Andhim, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Mike Khoury (tickets).
Aurora Halal hasn't done one of her Mutual Dreaming parties in eight months, but she'll change that on NYE at Palisades with Galcher Lustwork, Huerco S. and DJ Richard. Tickets are available.
Sleepy & Boo headline a party at Cielo with Eskuche & Nu Sky, Mikey G and Dan Fischer. Tickets are on sale.
There's a lot of cool stuff at Cameo with Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean associate Jee Day, former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies. You can grab tickets.
NYC DJ team The Rub are doing their recurring NYE party at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously discussed dance options include Skrillex/Diplo/Rudimental/A$AP Ferg, Kiesza, Erasure, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!/Museum of Love, DJ Koze, Machinedrum, Duke Dumont, Washed Out, !!!/Prince Rama/Cakes Da Killa, Peaking Lights and the Ed Banger party.
Murphys Law play their annual NYE show at Trash Bar with No Redeeming Social Value, Close To The Edge, Wombat In Combat, Hopeless Otis and Red Lucy.
Also in the punk/garage realm is the Kid Congo Powers show at Home Sweet Home.
Phish aren't doing their NYE run at MSG this year (they're doing it in Miami), but if jam bands are your thing, you can catch The Disco Biscuits at their 3-night Best Buy Theater run happening Dec. 29, 30 & 31. Tickets for all three nights are available. There's also the Gov't Mule 2-night run at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 30 & 31 (tix).
Williamsburg venue Glasslands will have their last show ever on NYE with four "special, secret" guests who all have history with the venue. That's sold out.
Meanwhile newer Williamsburg venues Baby's All Right and Rough Trade have NYE shows too. The Baby's show features Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Mr. Twin Sister, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches. frontman Aaron Maine performing as Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, Mr. UNO and a number of DJs (tix). Rough Trade's show has Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse and Twain (tix).
For a night of mostly local indie rock, Gimme Tinnitus, Ipsum and Exploding In Sound are bringing a party to Aviv with The Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, Multicult, Palehound, The Big Sleep, Vomitface and Parlor Walls.
Chiptune punks Crying are headlining a NYE party at Silent Barn with Downies, Unstoppable Death Machines, Sunshine Gun Club (mems DeathSet, Team Robespierre), Isn't Ours, Jono Mi Lo and more TBA. There will also be several DJs, including the Shea Stadium crew, Edan Wilber from the now-closed Death by Audio with a "remote beach set" and more. More info here.
Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir throw their recurring party at Union Pool with help from DJ Bluntmaster, DJ Ryan Sawyer and "Tons of Special Guests." No advance tickets for that show.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and others are DJing a swanky party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (tickets).
Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux hit City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. Everything but the early show on NYE is sold out, so get tickets to that show while you still can. They're performing favorites from The White Album at that one.
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque," at Joe's Pub from 12/26 to NYE with two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.
And while Times Square is probably the last place you want to be on New Year's Eve, perhaps you'd like to know this year's lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Bastille, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and more, if you're into that sort of thing.
And Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve is teaming up with Barclays Center to broadcast their Elton John show.
You can browse our "New Year's Eve" Tag for even more. What else?
photos by James Richards IV
As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.
Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]
Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX. You can browse their top 50 here.
More pictures from Chicago below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
by Bill Pearis
After getting a nice profile boost on Daft Punk's smash 2013 album, electronic dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder is fully back in action and will release a new album via Sony Music next year. The record is packed with guests, including Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma, and more to be announced. Moroder says:
Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends are. It doesn't care how much money you make. It doesn't care if your 74 or if you are 24 because... 74 is the new 24!Strangely enough, "74 is the new 24" is also the title of the first single from the record, the video for which just premiered via The Creator's Project. Directed by Jai Lewis, it makes cool use of CGI rotoscope animation. As for the song itself, not unlike "Moroder's Theme" which was released as an Adult Swim single this summer, it is reminiscent of his Midnight Express soundtrack with a little Daft Punk disco thrown in as well.
Watch the video at The Creator's Project.
Ducktails are playing Baby's All Right on September 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Charli XCX, Elliphant and Femme are playing Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets for that 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.