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Bonnaroo

After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.

Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...

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Bonnaroo

Last night, the Bonnaroo 2016 lineup briefly leaked on the Bonnaroo app (part of it at least), and it was quickly taken down but not before someone could grab it put it on Reddit. A commenter suggests it's just the first wave, and the artists listed as headliners -- (Grateful) Dead & Co., LCD Soundsystem and Pearl Jam -- are just speculated headliners. (The poster also has misspellings like "Fidler.") The rest is listed in alphabetical order, and includes Big Grams, Blood Orange, Bully, Clutch, Death Cab for Cutie, Dungen, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washingotn, Kurt Vile, Lamb of God, Leon Bridges, M83, Mavis Staples, Miguel, Purity Ring, Shamir, Tame Impala, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Ween and more.

The lineup will officially be announced on Tuesday, January 19 on an episode of Conan, airing at 11 PM EST on TBS. The fest happens June 9-12 this year in its usual home of Manchester, TN. It's the festival's 15th anniversary, and in honor of that they're introducing some new improvements:

For the first time, Great State Park, home of Bonnaroo, will now feature its own permanent water line, allowing for the installation of more than 400 permanent toilets (38% of the total toilets onsite will be flushable), hundreds of permanent shower stalls (35% of the total shower stalls onsite), and a large number of water filling stations newly installed throughout the site.
More improvements for the 2017 festival are being planned too.

Tickets go on sale January 22 at noon EST.

Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.

That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).

Tickets are on sale now.

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Coachella

We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.

It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.

Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...

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Fantasma

Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...

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Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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SPIN

Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.

They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.

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Q

British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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Firefly

The Firefly Music Festival will return in 2016 from June 16-19. This year's lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Deadmau5, Disclosure, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Earth Wind & Fire, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Guster, Chairlift, Quilt, Laura Stevenson and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 11 AM. Full lineup below...

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Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015

Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.

Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.

[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.

FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.

More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...

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Grimes

Tickets for the Corrosion of Conformity (Pepper Keenan included) show at Gramercy Theatre go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales at 10 AM (password: musicgeeks).

Todd Rundgren plays Gramercy Theatre on December 19. Tickets go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (9/18) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Grimes and Nicole Dollanganger show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Godspeed You! Black Emperor show at MHOW go on sale at noon. Warsaw is sold out but Terminal 5 is still on sale.

TIckets for the newly-added Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon. The first one is sold out.

Tickets for the Screaming Females show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Advance Base show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale at noon. Tickets for his Silent Barn show are on sale now.

Tickets for the All Them Witches show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale at noon.

CHVRCHES play Rough Trade NYC on September 25. For a chance to get in, you have to enter SiriusXM's contest.

Janelle Monae will open for Belgian pop star Stromae at his MSG show on October 1. Tickets are on sale now.

Two bands caught between defending pop punk and reviving emo, Pentimento and Better Off, have new albums and will play The Studio at Webster Hall on October 30 with A Will Away and Caleb & Carolyn. TIckets are on sale now.

The iconic Grace Jones will be in conversation with Tom Santopietro on October 1 at Barnes & Noble Union Square. More info here.

Canada's HSY will return to NYC on October 4 at Palisades with Advaeta, Dirty Dishes and Decorum. Tickets are on sale.

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photo: Four Tet at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Four Tet

Four Tet already released a new album this year and he's staying prolific. In the past week, he's released a remix of CHVRCHES' "Leave A Trace," a new track called "Digital Arpeggios" under his Percussions moniker, and a stream of his full set at this year's Dekmantel Festival. Listen to all of that below.

He'll also be doing a lot of touring, including a lot of European dates and a few US shows mixed in. One of those US shows is in NYC on December 2 at Output. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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No Sunday Driving

Algiers are continuing to support their self-titled debut album on Matador with more dates, including NYC on September 18 at Mercury Lounge and October 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/24) at noon.

Scottish pop trio CHVRCHES have a small sold-out MHOW show this week, and will also play the much larger Central Park SummerStage on September 29 after their new album is out. Tickets go on presale today at noon (anyone know the password?) with the general on-sale starting Friday at noon.

Are you on board with the nu-metal revival? Do you care that Korn are playing their self-titled debut in full at Irving Plaza on October 5 and Wellmont Theater on October 6? If you do, you can get tickets in one of the various presales. General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC to open for Stray From the Path on October 24 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales now (pw: musicgeeks). General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Cass McCombs, one with Craig Finn -- go on AmEx/Chase/radio presales at noon.

Tickets for the Mayhem and Watain show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Empress Of show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

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photos by James Richards IV

Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.

The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More day 1 pictures below...

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Tickets to the David Gilmour show at Madison Square Garden go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Electric Six show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

CHVRCHES, whose new album Every Open Eye, will be out September 25, will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, July 23 with BAIO. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today.

Speaking of, tickets to the Baio show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see the Mikal Cronin show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see the Mr. MFN eXquire show at Studio at Webster Hall with Dopplegangaz, Audra The Rapper, and Dylan Owen go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Azealia Banks show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Janet Jackson show at Barclays Center and Prudential Center go on  Live Nation and internet presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Battles show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Eagles of Death Metal show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at 10 AM.

Doug Benson will be taping his Doug Loves Movies podcast at Gramercy Theatre on August 3 & 10. Tickets are on sale now.

Les Sans Culottes were added to the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Irving Plaza on 9/8 and tickets are still available.

Tickets to the two Joe Jackson shows at Town Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Subhumans shows at Acheron go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Mynabirds show at Rough Trade with Stranger Cats and Bad Bad Hat go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ride show at Stone Pony go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Moon Duo show at Mercury Lounge with Soldiers of Fortune go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Philm show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at  noon.

Tickets for the Shamir shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tame Impala show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Thee Oh Sees shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the just-added third Odesza show at Terminal 5 (11/15) go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Colin Hay show at Town Hall go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the third (9/23) Of Monsters and Men show Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to the Cold War Kids show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see the Lissie show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see Born Ruffians show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Woods, one with Strand of Oaks -- go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Youth Lagoon show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Nick Diamonds shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the David Wax Museum show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Ringworm show at Acheron are on sale now.

Tickets for the Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle show at Highline Ballroom go on sale today.

Tickets to see The Polyphonic Spree play The Beginning Stages of... at Highline Ballroom are on sale now.

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Treasure Island

San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.

Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

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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...

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Tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented Sleaford Mods' US live debut at The Wick withThe Gotobeds and The Rogers Sisters are on sale now.

Tickets for the late Mates of State show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for the early show (same link) are on sale now.

Tickets for the New Build shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Amen Dunes show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Owen Pallett show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Jose James is playing solo acoustic shows at Rockwood Music Hall on December 3 & 4. Tickets are on sale now.

OK Go are playing Terminal 5 on April 11. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/7) at noon.

Tickets for the Twin Shadow show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

This year's 'VH1 You Oughta Know' concert happens November 13 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Chvrches, A Great Big World, American Authors, Aloe Blacc, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Vance Joy, Echosmith and Mary Lambert. To gain admission, you have to enter the ticket lottery.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are playing Radio City on June 19, 20 & 22 in support of their collaborative jazz album. Tickets for night 3 are on fan club/VIP/Citi presales now and go on sale to the general public Friday (11/7) at 9 AM. The other two are on sale now.

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Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Paris on Friday - 10/31/14
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Pitchfork Paris continued yesterday (10/31) in the city's Grande Halle de la Villette, after kicking off on Thursday.

Perfect Pussy began the second day of the festival, but I showed up a little later and my night started with Australian songwriter D.D Dumbo, a one man act. Dumbo used a Danelectro 12-string guitar, an octave pedal, drums, pan flute and recorder to generate an entirely loop-based sound. I thought that Dumbo was an incredibly proficient looper, but sometimes the layers were so thick that it became difficult to follow the songs.

Up next was Son Lux, the project of New York City's baroque experimental songwriter Ryan Lott. On stage, Lott (playing keyboards and vocals) was joined by drummer Ian Chang (also of Brazos) and avant-jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, a highly impressive trio. The song's arrangements left room for Bhatia's improvisations to shine, and the guitarist responded with an arresting series of sounds, combining distortion, panning and tremolo to send his guitar soaring around the room through a series of seemingly broken speakers. Chang drummed with mechanic deliberation and Lott added layers of effects on his vocals to match the grand nature of his soundscapes.

Future Islands came out dressed in Halloween costumes, which included lead singer Sam Herring in vampire makeup (which he quickly sweat off after the first few songs). It's no secret that Herring is an incredibly engaging performer, and last night he danced all over the stage with remarkable fluidity, bending his knees in ways I never thought possible, jumping into the photo pit to sing with the crowd, and injecting his delivery with more than a little of the theatrical. The band nailed a variety of high-energy selections from their 4AD debut Singles, including "Seasons," which has apparently just been dubbed a "miracle" by Bono.

Danish singer-songwriter MO kept the energy high, performing her style of synth-heavy electronic pop backed by a drummer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and complemented with a series of projections. If last night was the post-rock and ambient night, then tonight was the pop night, and I thought that the upbeat hook-heavy run from Future Islands all the way through Belle & Sebastian gave the night a great energy.

CHVRCHES
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CHVRCHES brought out the most extensive lighting set up of the festival thus far, complementing their arena-ready songs with equally commanding visuals. Lauren Mayberry's voice was spot-on - the best I've heard it thus far - and the band performed many of the highlights from their full-length, including "Recover," "The Mother We Share," "We Sink" and "Gun."

St. VIncent was next. It's been such a pleasure to watch St. Vincent's live show evolve into the aggressive, fully realized animal that it is now. A set that started with "Rattlesnake" only grew in intensity throughout, with the guitars and synths especially screaming on new songs like "Huey Newton" and "Bring Me Your Loves." It's inspiring to witness the variety of textures that Annie Clark can pull out of her guitar - it felt like a jet airplane, a synthesizer, a vacuum cleaner and a theremin at various points in the night - and it helped propel the band through an incredibly engaging set, closing out with an updated version of "Your Lips Are Red" from Marry Me.

And what a treat it was to see Belle & Sebastian! Stuart Murdoch and company brought out a four-piece string section to complement their already intricate arrangements, and there could be no complaints about the setlist: The show opened with the rocking "You're Just A Baby" and included magnificent takes on "Fox In the Snow," "Like Dylan In The Movies," The Boy With The Arab Strap" and "Sleep The Clock Around." Murdoch was in excellent form and as charming as ever, attempting his best French, pulling out some Sam Herring-esque dance moves, inviting fans to come dance on stage, and (most importantly) delivering his gorgeous vocal with delightful ease. The band received what appeared to be a true encore from the loudest crowd of the night, ending on the ever-so-appropriate "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying."

The festival continues tonight with tUnE-yArDs, Caribou, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Foxygen and much more. If you're not there, you can stream it live HERE. Archived videos of previous sets at that link too.

UPDATE: Day 3 is up. Read our day 1 review here.

A few more pictures from Friday (including one of Belle & Sebastian's setlist) below...

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St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014
ACL Festival - Weekend 2 - Friday - 10/10/2014

Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.

Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]

The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.

If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder & Tim Griffin

Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
ACL Festival - Day 1 - Weekend 1 - 10/3/2014
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1

Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.

"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"

On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]

The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More of day 1 below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Cut Copy / The Districts / Bomba Estereo / Killer Mike
Soundwave
Soundwave
Soundwave
Soundwave

For the 2nd year in a row, we took over a stage inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at Lollapalooza with live performances and Q&As with our host Billy Jones. This year we were excited to have appearances by CHVRCHES, Into It. Over It., San Fermin (Q&A), So So Glos, Lucius, The Districts, Cut Copy, PAPA, Anna Lunoe, Bobmb Estereo, Killer Mike, and more. A full set of on-stage photos isat our Facebook, and there's a separate set of portraits there too. Pictures from day Soundwave and all of Lolla Day One are HERE. Lolla Day Two HERE. Lolla Day Three HERE. Soundwave Days Two and Three continue below...

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photos by James Richards IV; Soundwave Tent and Arctic Monkeys photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Lykke Li / Courtney Barnett / Blood Orange / Chewbacca
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1

"Ker-plunk!" The first raindrops of the day splash down, but no matter. Courtney Barnett is in the house and delivers a convincing set. The Australian singer-songwriter headlined Schubas two days ago, and now, in front of an audience at least 15 times bigger, she and her trio play a muscular brand of no-frills indie-rock ornamented by nuanced melodies and sharp lyrics. The singer plays hooky little guitar riffs underneath her deadpan vocals, which brim with wit, discontent and slacker wisdom. "I sleep in late, another day/Oh, what a wonder, oh, what a waste." She is definitely not wasting anyone's time here. - [Chicago Tribune]
While day one of Lollapallooza 2014 dealt with some rain, computer problems and Blood Orange's unfortunate, unpleasant run-ins with security, for most it was festival-as-usual, with sets from Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Lykke Li, Lorde, Coutney Barnett, Jagwar Ma, and lots more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Billy Jones talking with San Fermin / Rudimental
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1 - Toyota Soundwave Tent
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1 - Toyota Soundwave Tent

Meanwhile, BV was hosting interviews and performances over in the Toyota Soundwave Tent. Cohosts James Davis and Billy Jones chatted with CHVRCHES, San Fermin and Vic Mensa and had live performances from Into It Over It and Rudimental. Pictures of that are in this post. If you're going today, stop by to see performances by So So Glos and The Districts, plus Q&As with Cut Copy, Duke Dumont, and PAPA. Schedule is here.

Lollapalooza Day 2 is just getting underway in Grant Park, with performances today by Outkast, Spoon, Jenny Lewis and more. All of those sets can be streamed live if you're not there. More photos from Day 1, below...

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fun with Ghost BC in last year's Lolla Soundwave tent (more by Cory Dewald)
Lolla

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago for the 10th consecutive year this weekend, taking over Grant Park from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. The lineup, which is partially streaming online all weekend, includes Eminem, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Spoon, Cut Copy, Run the Jewels, Into It. Over It., Chance the Rapper, and many more. We're happy to announce, that like last year, BrooklynVegan is again hosting some of the artists in the Toyota Soundwave tent.

With the help of our on-stage host Billy Jones, we'll have performances and Q&A sessions from Cut Copy, Lucius, San Fermin, The Districts, Duke Dumont, Shy Girls and more. You can find the BrooklynVegan-presented & suggested part of the schedule below, and you can find the Soundwave tent on the Lollapalooza 2014 map north of the central fountain, and just south of Jackson Drive -- not far at all from the BMI Stage, and stumbling distance from Da Beers Garden.

Schedule below...

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