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photos by James Richards IV

UMO @ Lincoln Hall -- June 6, 2015
UMO

It has finally been revealed who is playing Baby's late Friday night... Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The band announced it and is giving away tickets:

New York! We are excited to announce that we will play a last minute free after-party show at Baby's All Right tomorrow night, after our sold out Warsaw show! There will also be a DJ set by Wild Nothing. Doors at 1am and UMO will play at 1:30am. The show is 21+. We are giving away 75 pairs of tickets. Include your name as a comment [HERE] and we will be picking 75 random winners and your name will be on the list at the door for two tickets. We'll post the names of the winners tomorrow morning on our Facebook page!
Baby's ticket page also says RSVPing on UMO's Facebook page is the way to get in.

We recently caught UMO at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and have some pics and the setlist here. More below...

Continue reading "Unknown Moral Orchestra playing Baby's Friday after Warsaw, played Lincoln Hall (pics/setlist)"

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Little Dragon @ Concord Music Hall - 5/29/15
Little Dragon

Little Dragon are in NYC for Governors Ball, playing their festival set at Randall's Island on Saturday before Bjork, and meanwhile playing Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg tonight (6/5). It's sold out, but you can also get a ticket at the door. Brooklyn Bowl writes:

Advanced tickets to this event are SOLD OUT! We will have a limited number of admissions available to purchase at the box office on the night of the show starting at 11:00 PM. All admissions at the door will be first come first serve, one ticket per customer, with no re entry. $30 at the door, cash only.
Good luck!

We caught then at Concord Music Hall in Chicago earlier on this tour, a week after they played Sasquatch. Pictures from Chicago are in this post.

Meanwhile, if you see vocalist Yukimi Nagano listening to headphones on Bedford today, here's what she might be listening to:

Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works is nice on a beautiful day in New York. Especially if you just wanna dream away and let the city rush and hurry by while you're in another bubble chilling. And D'Angelo's Voodoo album is pretty nice to listen to while walking in the Swedish forest. - Yukimi Nagano to The Stranger
Check out more pictures and the setlist from Chicago below...

Continue reading "Little Dragon in NYC for Governors Ball & Brooklyn Bowl, played Concord Music Hall in Chicago (pics, setlist)"

photos by James Richards IV

Jenny Lewis @ Chicago's Vic Theatre 5/19/2015
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

"I'm a professional musician ... (but) all these balls are distracting me," she said with a laugh, as she fumbled the opening of her encore. Lewis is indeed a pro, a one-time child actress who still brings a hint of Hollywood glamour to her show. She's at ease in front of an audience; confident, stylish, with a knack for selling the songs with a raised fist, twirling wrist or pogo hop. At times, she and her six-piece band came off as slick, especially when they plunged into a half-dozen sleek rock songs from across Lewis' career, including her off-and-on band Rilo Kiley.

Yet her pristine voice, a piercing instrument in the upper register with a timbre reminiscent of a young Emmylou Harris, specializes in dispensing honesty, no matter how discomforting or withering it might be.
[Chicago Tribune]

Jenny Lewis is currently on tour and in the last week or so has played Chicago's Vic Theatre (5/19) and Gorge, WA's Sasquatch Music Festival (5/24). Pictures from the Vic, with opener Nikki Lane, are in this post.

In other news, she's also just released a couple videos, both of which feature SNL's Vanessa Bayer. The first is part of Bayer's "Sound Advice" series where Bayer plays media coach Janessa Slater who, among other topics, asks about Lewis' old group...Troop Beverly Hills. You can watch that below.

Lewis' child star past comes up again in the new video for "She's Not Me," the new single from last year's The Voyager. She directed it herself and it has nods to not only Troop Beverly Hills, but also The Wizard and her guest appearance on The Golden Girls. Helping her out are Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen, Girls' star Zosia Mamet and Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly from Kids). Watch it below.

Jenny's summer tour dates include a few opening for Wilco, and a few as part of Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour, the latter of which hits NJ's Seaside Heights Beach on June 5 & 6 (tickets). All dates are listed with more pictures below.

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis played Chicago (pics), makes fun of child star past in new video ft. Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen & more"

photos by James Richards IV

Faith No More
Faith No More

So much for needing to shake off any rust. Thursday at an uncomfortably packed Concord Music Hall, Faith No More picked up where it left off 18 years ago, the last time the avant-metal band toured North America and released an album.

Exploring extremes of loud and quiet, manic and mellow, sinister and auspicious as if venturing into such divisive territories constituted the norm, the quintet proved anything but conventional. Its diverse 80-minute set served as a constant reminder that the group's success in the 90s -- a run that included a major-label deal, hit albums and renowned videos -- remains as bizarre as its most innovative songs. Historically, the sort of artistic experimentalism practiced by Faith No More gets confined to the fringes. [Chicago Tribune]

The reunited Faith No More are currently on tour, having hit Chicago's Concord Music Hall this past Thursday (5/7) with Le Butcherettes. The above review and pictures in this post are of that show. Setlist below.

The tour comes to NYC this week for two sold-out Webster Hall shows (5/13 & 5/14), also with Le Butcherettes, and it returns for a much larger show on August 5 at MSG with Refused. Tickets for MSG are still available, and we're also giving away a pair on Facebook.

Faith No More's first album since 1997, Sol Invictus, comes out next week (5/19) via Reclamation/Ipecac, and it's now streaming in full on NPR.

More Chicago pictures and setlist, and FNM's updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Faith No More on tour, played Chicago with Le Butcherettes, streaming new LP (pics, setlist & a chance to win tix to MSG)"

photos by James Richards IV

Neil Diamond @ United Center -- 4/14/2015
Neil Diamond

"I grew up in this fair borough," the star said, before playing the song. "It was a great place to grow up."

As home movies of his youth unspooled on screens behind, Diamond navigated what rates as one of the few, relatively subtle numbers of his career.

"Brooklyn Roads" relies on small lyrical details, a tender melody and a hushed vocal - qualities that stand in stark contrast to much of the rest of Thursday's set. Backed by a ten piece band, and two added singers, Diamond barreled through pieces that nearly always go for grandeur. They're full of horns (four here) and strings (provided by synthesized programming live) mirroring vocals that veer between the righteous and the sentimental. The result often ended up both gripping and cheesy at once. As with ABBA, it's impossible to separate what's overblown, and what's brilliant, about Diamond's songs. They're pretentious and irresistible in nearly equal measure. [Daily News]

Brooklyn's Neil Diamond played his 2nd Brooklyn show ever, and 2nd in less than a year at Barclays Center on March 26. It was announced along with the rest of his current tour dates on the night of his first Brooklyn show which was a much shorter show at one of his old schools in September.

Since then the tour hit Chicago's United Center on 4/14 which is where the pictures in this post come from. The tour continues through 5/31 in Denver. He then heads overseas in June.

More pictures from Chicago, along with the setlist from Brooklyn, below...

Continue reading "Neil Diamond on tour, played Barclays Center & Chicago's United Center (pics, setlist)"

Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2015 lineup"


NOLA Jazz

New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 lineup: Elton John, The Who, No Doubt, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Bennett & Gaga, T.I. & more"

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Brooklyn punks Cerebral Ballzy and veteran Queens hip hop duo Black Sheep are teaming up for a show together on February 9 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Smokey Robinson is playing Beacon Theatre on June 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see reunited psych vets Loop at Le Poisson Rouge are on sale now.

Tickets for the Metal Alliance tour stop at Irving Plaza with Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition and others go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Psychedelic Furs shows in NJ and Long Island go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mac DeMarco show at Webster Hall with Amen Dunes and Tonstartssbandht go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Earl Sweatshirt shows at Webster Hall and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Throwing Muses and Tanya Donelly show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Graveyard show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Cardigans singer Nina Persson at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Woods show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the James Vincent McMorrow shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fanfarlo shows at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Acid Mothers Temple show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Rufus Wainright show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cloud Cult show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Whores and Fight Amp show at Saint Vitus with No Way and Creepoid are on sale now.

Tickets for the Ringo Deathstarr show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to The Orwells and Twin Peaks show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Peatures show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Toadies and Supersuckers show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Semi-Colons? (The Mysterians of Question Mark & The Mysterians) are playing Mercury Lounge on February 22 with The Ar-Kaics and DJs Billy Miller and Miriam Linna (of Norton Records). Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Chicago and REO Speedwagon are playing PNC Bank Arts Center on August 16 and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 10 AM

I Am The Avalanche, The Swellers, Turnover and Bellwether are playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 28. Tickets for this punk show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Knife show at Terminal 5 go on sale Saturday (1/18) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Lukas Hodge

Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013

Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.

The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.

Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:

The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.

For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).

The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.

The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.

Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.

Station To Station - 2013

Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.

Station To Station - 2013

As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.

One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?

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You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...

Continue reading "Doug Aitken & Levi's brought art 'Station to Station', we joined along (pics, review from Chicago, Winslow & Barstow happenings)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Beach House / Baroness / fans
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3 here, and below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 3 pics (part 2): Beach House, Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma Violets & more"

photos by Cory Dewald, words by Andrew Sacher

The Thermals / Aye Nako @ Chicago's Ultra Lounge - 8/2/13
The Thermals, Heliotropes, Aye Nako @ Ultra Lounge - 8/2/2013
The Thermals, Heliotropes, Aye Nako @ Ultra Lounge - 8/2/2013

While we were in Chicago over the weekend for Lollapalooza 2013, in addition to taking part in all the Lolla festivities and hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent during the fest each day, we also threw three afterparties, two of which were totally free (as was the beer, thanks to Sapporo). The second of those afterparties took place at Chicago's Ultra Lounge on Friday night (8/2) with sets from The Thermals, Heliotropes, and Aye Nako. We already posted one set of pictures from the show on BV Chicago, and we've got another in this post.

The show was an insanely fun night with three bands that complimented each other beautifully. The capacity crowd was into the openers and went nuts for the Thermals. DJ Cool Hand Luke spun the tunes before, between and after sets.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Aye Nako, who walked away with many new fans that night, have a number of upcoming hometown-area shows too. They'll play The Living Gallery on August 23 with DC post-punks Priests (who also play Death by Audio on 8/28), Tomboy and Bad Behavior; a New Brunswick show on September 5 with Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz; their previously discussed Glasslands (9/7) show with Radical Dads (who also play the Sound Bites Series on 8/18) (tickets); and finally (for now), they were added to the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop on the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour. Tickets for that Bowery Ballroom show, which is now an even greater lineup that it already was, are still available.

If you haven't heard Aye Nako's debut album, Unleash Yourself yet, it's one of the best pop punk albums of the year, and a strong recommendation. Stream it, along with a list of all Aye Nako dates, and more pictures from that Lolla afterparty, below...

Continue reading "The Thermals, Heliotropes & Aye Nako played one of our Lollapalooza afterparties (pics & more Aye Nako dates)"

photos by James Richards IV

Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE on the way.

We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 3 pics (part 1): The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Cat Power, Angel Haze, DIIV & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The National / guy in a unicorn mask
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

We recently posted day 2 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists from that day, including The National, Matt and Kim, The Lumineers and more, along with more of The Postal Service, Charles Bradley, Reignwolf, and others. Not any of Death Grips though.

The festival is currently on its last day (check out our Sunday preview), and if you're not there, you can stream it live from home.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, you can check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, and another set of day 2 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 2 pics (part 2): The National, Matt and Kim, The Lumineers, Charles Bradley, Reignwolf & more"

photos by James Richards IV

Kendrick Lamar / The Postal Service / fans
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

When last seen, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park last year, Kendrick Lamar was still a relative unknown except to hip-hop connoisseurs. His set came off as hazy and introspective, with a curious Lady Gaga hanging on every word from the wings. But now he emerges with newfound swagger -- even without Gaga in the house -- smoke machines at his feet and a full band at his back. His 2012 album, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," puts a new and brilliantly introspective take on West Coast gangsta rap, a look at its tropes and pressures from the inside out. So even as he leads the crowd in some explicit choruses, he throws out questions and lays out his conflicts in the verses. "This will be on the Internet," he announces. Ya think? The audience cheers him like a rock star, even when he stands on stage with arms folded. But he doesn't just bask in the glow. He tries to put it in context, much in the way his rhymes try to make sense of hip-hop and the culture that birthed it. "You can't classify what we got going on," he says to the fans. "This is life." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 continued yesterday (8/3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with nicer weather than day 1, and sets from eight stages worth of artists, including The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Local Natives and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Saturday pics HERE on the way with more artists. But not any of Death Grips.

We at BrooklynVegan are also at the festival, hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent.

The festival wraps up today (8/4) (check out our Sunday preview) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Baroness, Angel Haze, and more. If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live at Lollapalooza.com.

Check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More from day 2, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 2 pics (part 1): The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, UMO, Local Natives & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Queens of the Stone Age / Crystal Castles / Ghost
Lollapalooza Day 1 - 8/2/2013
Lollapalooza Day 1 - 8/2/2013
Lollapalooza Day 1 - 8/2/2013

Alice Glass [of Crystal Castles] and co. appeared on stage right on schedule. Just like last time, Glass brought along a bottle of booze which she took a sip of before starting the show, but she didn't share it with the audience this time around. The band played "Baptism" during their their set with strobe lights blaring and blue lights shooting beams through the smoke. Glass even crowd surfed a bit and got up close and personal with a few fans. Unfortunately her mic seemed to get tangled up and her vocals didn't come through for the last bit of the song. This however didn't stop her from screaming the lyrics to those around her. [BV Chicago]
Lollapalooza 2013 is currently underway, having kicked off this past Friday (8/2). We already posted pictures of about half the artists we caught that day, and there's more shots of other bands -- including Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Ghost BC, Deap Vally, and more -- in this post. We've also got some shots from the BrooklynVegan-hosted portion of the Soundwave Tent.

If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live from home.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics (part 1) and day 2 pics (part 2), and day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 1 pics (part 2): Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Ghost BC, Deap Vally & more"

Lollapalooza (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

As you may know, Chicago, which has been killin' it with festivals lately (like the recent Pitchfork Festival), will continue to do so this weekend (8/2-4) with Lollapalooza. If you're going, you probably already have tickets (it's sold out), but if not, you could always try StubHub or enter our contest to win two 3-day passes. And if you're sitting this one out, you can always watch the live webcast on Lollapalooza.com. Check out the webcast schedule below.

We at BrooklynVegan will also be there in more ways than one. During the festival, we'll be set up each day inside the Soundwave Tent from 1-3 PM (we start at 12:40 on Saturday). We'll have performances and/or interviews with Ghost BC, Frightened Rabbit, Jessie Ware, Deap Vally, Local Natives, Bear Mountain, The Orwells and more. Check out the full Soundwave Tent schedule here.

We'll also be hanging around for three BrooklynVegan-presented Lollapalooza afterparties. The parties are headlined by Weedeater on Thursday, The Thermals on Friday, and Russian Circles on Saturday. The admission AND the drinks are free for the latter two. More details at BV Chicago and the flyer is reposted below.

A ton of artists are playing, which of course means you can't see everyone you may have wanted to (check out the set times), so if you haven't 100% decided on who you're going to see, check out the list of sets we most don't want to miss and our day-by-day previews for some suggestions. Check out our Friday preview (New Order vs Queens of the Stone Age?!?!), Saturday preview, and Sunday Preview.

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2013: stream schedule, BV Soundwave schedule & afterparties, ticket contest, day by day previews & more"

Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)
GHOST

Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kendrick

New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
New Order

Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).

The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....

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Russian Circles and Thermals flyers

As promised, we've been busy planning a surprise for Chicago this upcoming Lollapalooza weekend and it includes nine bands, two free shows, one not-free show and a lot of free beer. Join us at Ultra Lounge this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for headlining sets by Weedeater, The Thermals and Russian Circles. More details in the flyer above, and below....

Thursday's show, part of a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-sponsored tour, will set you back $15 and you're on your own for beverages, but Friday and Saturday are both free (the ticket price and the Sapporo!). The free shows are first come, first served (and 21+). No RSVP necessary.

Joining us and BV Chicago on Friday with The Thermals will be two bands both flying in just for this show from NYC. You'll get some fuzzy indie rock courtesy of Heliotropes and get to experience the lo-fi/indie pop punk sounds of Aye Nako. Saturday we keep it completely local with opening sets by instrumental rock quartet An Aesthetic Anaesthetic and Chicago's own Carbon Tigers. DJ Cool Hand Luke will keep the tunes going until 3am on Friday and Saturday night. Hope to see you there.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013

After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...

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Riot Fest

Just as Pitchfork Fest is kicking off (Kim Deal & the Breeders included), fellow Chicago festival Riot Fest, whose lineup was already killer, announces:

Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K., Hatebreed, T.S.O.L., Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Nativ, Hostage Calm, The Interrupters, New Beat Fund, and Pet Symmetry will all be joining us this September to round out this rock and roll carnival!

Regrettably, a few bands have had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Motörhead, Bad Brains, and Attack Attack! will not be able to make it this year.
Keep an eye out for the daily schedules and individual day passes for all of this year's Riot Fests Wednesday, July 24.

Bummer about the cancellations (feel better Lemmy!), but nice additions, Kim Deal-less Pixies included. Get your tickets, stay cool, and check out the just-released map of Lollapalooza this year.

Check our BV Chicago for more Chicago stuff every day and follow them on twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

UPDATE: Check out our pictures from Pitchfork Day One, Bjork and Joanna Newsom included, at BrooklynVegan and BV Chicago.

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick @ 'Sound City' NYC (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rick Nielsen

The annual Seaside Summer Concert Series that Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz does in Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) is back this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. The shows are all on Thursdays at 7:30, except the opening night, which is a Friday (7/12), and the closing night, which is a Wednesday (8/21).

Artists playing this year include Cheap Trick (7/12), Smokey Robinson (7/25), The Go-Go's with Tom Tom Club (8/1), Huey Lewis and the News' - "Sports" 30th Anniversary Tour (8/15), and more.

Marty Markowitz also presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with free shows at Wingate Field.

Full Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup below..

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tickets

Tickets to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see David Byrne and St. Vincent at The Wellmont Theatre and The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Clutch, The Sword and Lionize at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Stornoway at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Total Control at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Steve Earle & The Dukes and The Mastersons at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at 12:36 PM.

Tickets to see Mikal Cronin at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Beach Fossils will play Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. It's a free show but you do need to RSVP.

Tickets to see Weird Al Yankovic at The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jonathan Toubin "play the hits" at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Chicago is playing Capitol Theatre on June 22Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see oOoOO at Glasslands are on sale now.

Ronnie Spector is playing City Winery on May 6 and 7. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

After Bonobo's sold out Webster Hall show with Shigeto and Nickodemus on April 12, Bonobo will DJ a late show at Public Assembly, also with Nickodemus. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

Fountains of Wayne have a few shows coming up this month, including a super-intimate show in NYC on March 19 at Bowery Electric. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of their upcoming dates are listed below.

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Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards)
Pitchfork Festival

Pitchfork, who just posted their top albums of 2012, have announced that their music festival will return to Chicago for its eighth year in 2013 from July 19 - 21 in Union Park. 3-Day passes go on a holiday sale starting at $95 today (12/21) at noon CST (1 PM EST). Once sold out, 3-day passes will be $120. Single day tickets (same ticket link) are $50.

photos by Matt Ziegler

Sufjan Stevens at Metro in Chicago - 12/15/12
Sufjan Stevens

As mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is on his The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice tour with Sheila Saputo which hits NYC on Friday (12/21) and Saturday (12/22) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale today (12/19) at noon.

Sufjan's tour just hit Chicago last week (12/15) at the Metro and pictures from that show are in this post. That show, like the others on the tour, featured a full set of mostly Christmas songs and than an encore of Sufjan favorites. You can check out more pics below, along with the setlist from that show and a few other shows on the tour, and streams of his Christmas rap mixtape and his Christmas box set.

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photos by Chase Turner

Grimes & friends @ Metro in Chicago - 10/23/2012
Grimes
Grimes
Grimes

To quote our photographer Chase Turner, "Grimes played a very sold out show at Metro with openers Myths and Elite Gymnastics. Grimes decorated the stage with children's dolls (Pikachu, Teletubbie, Totoro) and had dancers with green/blue hair with dark face paint crawling around the stage bizarrely." Pictures from that show, which happened Tuesday night in Chicago, are in this post.

Grimes is now in NYC for four sold out shows in a row starting tonight (10/25). Each show has different openers, and they look like this:

THURSDAY: Myths, Mykki Blanco
FRIDAY: secret guest, Elite Gymnastics
SATURDAY: Myths, Blue Hawaii
SUNDAY: Elite Gymnastics, Majical Cloudz
The middle two shows are at Bowery Ballroom. The first and last are at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Blue Hawaii (Raphaelle from Braids) also plays Cameo Friday with Opossom and ARMS. Maybe you caught them during CMJ, or maybe you caught Braids.

Majical Cloudz also had a show at Pianos earlier this week with Popstrangers, and one night before Opossom played there.

I wonder who the unannounced Grimes opener is. More pictures from Chicago below...

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