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Ice Cube is playing Coachella this year, which is mostly exciting because of the N.W.A. movie Straight Outta Compton and the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. (Not, presumably, because of a secret upcoming solo album or Ride Along 2.) Ice Cube already said he's trying to get N.W.A. to perform at the R&R HOF ceremony, possibly with Snoop Dogg doing an honorary Eazy E, and now in a new video interview on The Talk he says he's looking to reunite the group at Coachella too:
I've got some tricks up my sleeves... I'm gonna try to bring the members of NWA together...give everybody a little history lesson on Ice Cube and NWA, Westside connection, everything I've been doing over the years. We have some great visuals....same night Guns & Roses get back together...It's gonna be a great night!He last did a partial NWA reunion at Riot Fest last year, which had him joined by MC Ren and DJ Yella. Will Dr. Dre show up this time?
You can watch The Talk interview below...
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...
photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:
Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.
Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)
Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.
As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.
We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.
photo: LCD Soundsystem's "farewell" show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The New York Times is reporting that LCD Soundsystem will be reforming for Coachella 2016, along with Guns & Roses. They report it as fact -- no "sources say" language -- though "A spokesman for LCD Soundsystem declined to comment." With the new song "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" released on Christmas Eve, not to mention strong rumors swirling for a couple months, this may not be too surprising.
2 hours in and LCD are killing it! Can't wait to see them again at the reunion at coachella 2016— Jessica Gentile (@Volume_Knob) April 3, 2011
As for Guns N' Roses, we may find out who exactly will be in the band, as Axl Rose will apparently be a guest on The Jimmy Kimmel Show at some point next week. As they say, stay tuned.
The Guns n' Roses reunion rumors may soon officially be confirmed, as Billboard is reporting -- via "multiple sources" -- that an incarnation of the band featuring founding members Axl Rose and Slash will be playing both weekends of Coachella 2016. Billboard also hears that they'll be touring football stadiums in 2016, "asking as much as $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range."
There has been no word from the GN'R, this comes after a couple other developments. Some movie theater audiences who went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have seen pre-show footage of an audience with GN'R music over top, and the band's official website landing page now has the classic logo of two guns intertwined with roses. (That's it above.) Stay tuned.
photo: LCD Soundsystem's final (?) show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
It feels like that "final" LCD Soundsystem show was just yesterday (maybe because they keep milking it?) but they might already be set to reunite. There's no official announcement, but Consequence of Sound says:
Multiple sources have confirmed to Consequence of Sound that LCD Soundsystem are planning a comeback in 2016. As we hear it, the band will headline at least three high-profile music festivals in the US and UK, with an official announcement expected soon.Could this be true? It doesn't really seem like James Murphy's style. We shall see.
UPDATE: Reputable music biz trade mag Billboard are also saying that a "well-placed source" confirms to them that LCD are "definitely reuniting" in 2016. DFA employees are denying it, but we're also hearing that it's true!
In other news, Murphy DJ'd National Sawdust's opening night last week.
photo: All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin & Chris La Putt)
AEG Live, the concert promoters behind Coachella, Firefly, Bumbershoot, Hangout Fest and more, are looking to put on a new festival in Queens, NY Daily News reports. It wouldn't be AEG's first NYC-area festival; they used to put on All Points West in Jersey City.
According to the Daily News, the fest is tentatively called Panorama and it would go down in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The article points out that it would be one of the biggest events in Queens since the 1964 World's Fair. It would also be in direct competition with NYC music festival Governors Ball, whose organizer Tom Russell tells the NY Daily News:
The timing of this corporate-run festival would threaten our ability as a small business to continue putting on the kind of event that has showcased the best artists, created hundreds of local jobs and put millions of dollars back into the city's economy.GovBall happens June 3-5 on Randall's Island in 2016, and Panorama is hoping to do their fest two weeks later. If there actually is room for two music festivals in NYC, that's even more artists exclusively playing festivals instead of clubs for a certain amount of months each year.
photo: Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Now that Coachella 2015 is behind us, the dates for the 2016 edition have been announced. The festival returns once again for two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/4) at 11 AM, and the festival recommends you sign up for a Front Gate Tickets account ahead of time. You can sign up for weekend one here and weekend two here.
Explanation and many more colorful charts and graphs depicting this important scientific research, over at DrugAbuse.com.
photo: Father John Misty @ Coachella 4/11/2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Father John Misty put out a heart-shaped single for Record Store Day 2015 (4/18), which featured an acoustic version of I Love You Honeybear's title track, retitled "I Loved You, Honeybee" on the a-side, and unreleased song "Never Been a Woman," on the flip. You can stream both sides of that below.
The same day, he performed at the second weekend of Coachella and included a cover of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" which you can watch here. He also made a surprise appearance with Florence & the Machine (who played sitting down after breaking her foot at Weekend 1) during her set on Sunday (4/19) for a duet of "Love Hurts." You can watch that below.
Father John Misty will be back in NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage's Rumsey Field on August 5 with Angel Olsen, and Summer Moon. Tickets are still available. He's just announced more tour dates, saying "Touring can be really lonely. You feel isolated, disoriented. Even sort of socially catatonic. That's why it's so important that I see your beautiful little stupid faces. You are my lifeline to the world of mankind." All dates are listed below...
Kanye & The Weeknd (via Coachella Facebook)
Kanye West wasn't billed for Coachella 2015, but it seemed impossible that he wasn't going to do something. And he did in fact show up. After The Weeknd covered "Heartless" in his set, he brought out Kanye to do four of his songs, "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Black Skinhead," "Don't Like (Remix)," and "All Day." Watch videos, via Miss Info, below...
photos courtesy Jack White
Jack White @ Coachella 4/11/2015
White is one of indie music's most revered figures, a musician who would certainly go into a Coachella hall of fame inaugural class alongside the likes of Beck, Radiohead and Daft Punk. As a result, he could have walked out on Saturday night, waved to the crowd and taken his victory lap. Instead he did just the opposite, attacking the audience with drums that sounded like an explosion on songs like opening 10-minute version of the White Stripes' "Icky Thump." Perhaps the Weeknd closing out the main stage instead of the rocker gave White a chip on his shoulder, or maybe he just connects best with the Indio desert; whatever the reason, White was fired up on Saturday night compared to his many other festival gigs over the past two years. - [Billboard]Jack White has been a tireless performer for the last 15 years or so, but has decided he needs a break. After his performance this weekend at Coachella, he'll be playing acoustic shows in the five states in which he has yet to perform. The shows' states and cities won't be announced till the day of the performance, though it's speculated that he'll be playing Alaska, Idaho, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Jack will be performing as part of a quartet featuring Fats Kaplin, Lillie Mae Rische and Dominic Davis and the shows will be totally acoustic, with the only amplification being ribbon microphones. These are the first totally acoustic shows White has ever done.
Jack's final electric set for a while will be Saturday (4/18) at Coachella. His fiery Weekend 1 set (see review above) featured songs from throughout his career and didn't shy away from White Stripes favorites like "Hotel Yorba" and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground." You can watch video of "That Black Bat Licorice," and check out the setlist and a few more pics from that show below.
photo: Lykke Li @ Coachella week 1 (more by Samantha Saturday)
AXS TV, which in the NY-area is available on DIRECT TV, DISH and FIOS, is broadcasting Coachella again this weekend. The schedule just came out for today (4/17), along with a list of who will air on Saturday and Sunday, and when the broadcasts will be repeat. Details below:
photos by Samantha Saturday
Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."
The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]
It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.
Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.
White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]
photos by Samantha Saturday
Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 Weekend 1
Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos premiered the video for the rocking
"City On The Hill" (which features Tim Kasher) today. The song is from their upcoming album, Payola, due June 23 via Epitaph, which is their first since their 2002 debut on Saddle Creek. Watch the video below.
Desaparecidos are over the West Coast, having just played Coachella weekend 1, and are gearing up to play weekend 2. Pictures from their weekend 1 set are in this post. Before they play the fest again this weekend, they have two sideshows, one with Brand New and Built to Spill, and one with Joyce Manor and Touche Amore. All of their dates, including a few other festivals, are listed below.
Conor Oberst is also playing a solo show in NYC: one of the just-announced Governors Ball aftershows. That happens June 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon.
All of Conor's solo dates, the Desaparecidos dates, the Desaparecidos video, and more Desaparecidos Coachella pics, below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Tame Impala / Action Bronson / AC-DC / Azealia Banks / giant catepillar
Scheduled to take the main stage on Friday night immediately before AC/DC, Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala were given a festival opportunity that a lot of other bands would kill for. Kevin Parker and co. didn't waste it: unfurling an hour of knee-buckling rock tunes and trippy visuals, Tame Impala made a lot of other guitar-based bands at Coachella look unpolished by comparison. Lonerism gems like "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" soared, but it was the new eight-minute jam "Let It Happen" that caused the most flower crowns in the audience to bop up and down. From the sound of their newest tunes, Tame Impala keep getting better -- as a studio act and also as a legitimate festival draw. - [Billboard]Weekend one of Coachella 2015 is in the books, and they're getting ready to do it all again this weekend. Friday's kickoff (4/10) featured a wide variety of acts, including rock greats and headliners AC/DC, plus Tame Impala, Action Bronson, The War on Drugs Lykke Li, Azealia Banks, Sylvan Esso, a self-described "slammin'" set from Steely Dan, reformed shogazers Ride, Ohio indie rockers Cloud Nothings, the US live debut of Todd Terje & the Olsens, and much more. Pictures from all of those acts (except Todd, who we missed) and more are in this post.
photos by Samantha Saturday, words by Bill Pearis
Ride @ Coachella, 4/10/2015
Reunited shoegaze greats Ride played their first US shows in over 20 years last week, hitting LA's Roxy before heading to Coachella on Friday (4/10). Opening with Going Blank Again's nearly nine-minute "Leave Them All Behind," Ride sounded great (at least from watching Coachella's broadcast) as they tore through classics like "Vapour Trail," "Chelsea Girl," "Taste," and set-closer "Drive Blind" which ended things in a squall of feedback and noise. (It was sort of their equivalent to MBV's "You Made Me Realise.") Pictures, setlist and video of "Vapour Trail" and "Leave Them All Behind" from Coachella weekend 1, are in this post.
Ride have a busy week before returning to Coachella on Friday (4/17). They played San Francisco last night (4/13) and have shows in Pomona tonight and San Diego on Thursday. Ride will be in NYC for two sold-out shows in June. Ride fans can also pick up a vinyl edition of best-of compilation OX4 at Record Store Day on Saturday (4/18).
Stay tuned for more pictures from Coachella weekend 1. More pics and video of Ride at Coachella, plus setlists from there and the Roxy show, below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.
Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.
Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...
by Bill Pearis
Steely Dan @ Coachella 4/10/2015 (photo via @sctzzx)
Steely Dan made the trek out to Coachella this year and acerbic frontman Donald Fagen kept a diary for Rolling Stone where he noted, "Aside from the music and the polo, one can visit a local gas station that features a brass plaque commemorating the 1991 arrest of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart for driving on the wrong side of the road in the company of a prostitute." As for the Dan's experience at the festival, here's what he said:
After hearing a few different bands through the open door, I noticed that many of them sounded a lot like the folk rock bands of the Sixties that were born in the wake of Bob Dylan's electric switchover, only louder and dumber. At the silliest level, Barry McGuire came to mind. Unfortunately, none that I heard approached the elegance and originality that Roger McGuinn brought to the Dylan-inspired group, the Byrds.Steely Dan's self-described "slammin'" set was a pretty hit-friendly one, including "Hey Nineteen," "My Old School," "Reelin' in the Years" and "Kid Charlemagne." There was also a signature Walter Becker rant: "There were some financial considerations, I'm not gonna lie...We're here, we still got it, and if you want it come and get it... You're gonna know that your little tree has been shook, and that your world has been rocked" (via Billboard). Setlist is below.
Apparently, the big attractions are the EDM tents (that's Electronic Dance Music, dad) where ravers get off to pulsing sound and lights. As with the live bands, it seems to me that the wellspring of this genre happened 40 years ago: Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte's production, I Feel Love, featuring Donna Summer. Session players used to call this sort of thing a porn loop.
Steely Dan do it again at Coachella this weekend and will be in the NY-area later this summer when they're on tour with Elvis Costello & the Imposters and play two nearby shows in NJ: August 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Bryan Ferry w/ Todd Terje @ Coachella 4/10/2015
Todd Terje & the Olsens made their US live debut at Coachella on Friday (4/10), turning the stage into a jungle-themed cocktail bar. Their set offered up one of the weekend's surprises: Bryan Ferry came out to sing on his and Todd's cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary." The set also included singles "Delorean Dynamite," "Strandbar" and finished with "Inspector Norse" and a flock of dancers covered in Christmas lights. Video of "Johnny and Mary" and "Inspector Norse," and the setlist, are below. Did anyone stay up to watch the live broadcast?
"Standing right next to Ryan Adams about to watch Built to Spill. Good start to #Coachella's final day." - K.C. Douglas
"Stab by Built to Spill. Anything else good this weekend is pretty much gravy. #Coachella" - Hello Sunburn
photo: Built to Spill at Coachella 2015 (via Johan Ryderheim)
Built to Spill are a week away from releasing their first album in six years, Untethered Moon (due 4/21 via Warner Bros), and they're now streaming the entire thing ahead of its release. Check it out over at NPR.
The Idaho-based group appeared to be the victim of an early time slot as the band played at 4:15 p.m. on the outdoor theatre stage as the festival grounds were somewhat empty likely because of the late sets Saturday night.You can check out a vine from their set below.
...Doug Martsch, lead singer of the group, was happy with the turnout on stage.
"Hey thanks for coming over and standing in the sun and listening to us," Martsch said. "We really appreciate it."
The group's set began with the songs "Strange," "Goin' Against Your Mind" and "Stab" before moving on to "Living Zoo," "Joyride" and "Carry The Zero."
The band plays Coachella again this coming weekend, and also have other dates, including a Coachella sideshow this week with Brand New (who just put out their first new song in 6 years) and Desaparecidos. They come to NYC for a Northside Festival show with Best Coast, Alvvays and Bully (tickets).
Updated list of dates, and that vine, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brand New @ Coachella 2015 (via @adora17)
Brand New have been talking about new material for a while now, and after debuting it live last week, the band now released their first new single since 2009's Daisy, "Mene." It sounds like they haven't lost the raw aggression of their two most recent albums, which is a very good thing, and it's also the fastest song they've written in a while. Let's hope this means a new album is coming soon too. Meanwhile, watch the video for "Mene" below and download the song for free here.
Brand New is over on the West Coast as we speak, having just played Coachella this past weekend, and they have a few club dates (including one with Built to Spill and Desparecidos) this week before playing Coachella again this weekend.
Updated list of dates and the new song stream below...
RATATAT @ Coachella 4/11/2015 (photo via @BecauseMusic)
RATATAT played the first weekend of Coachella on Saturday (4/11) which was the duo's first live performance in four years. They played a few new songs, as you might expect, including "Cream on Chrome" which is the first single from RATATAT's fifth album, out this summer via XL. (Live video of that is below.) Following their Coachella set, they released the studio version of "Cream on Chrome" as well and you can stream that below as well.
In addition to playing Coachella again next weekend, RATATAT have a few other dates lined up, including Governors Ball in NYC in May. All dates are listed below.
Coachella wraps up today (4/12) with sets from St. Vincent, Ryan Adams, Mac DeMarco, Florence & the Machine, Tycho and more. You can stream it live.
Coachella 2015 (via @_nini_eyes_)
The first weekend of Coachella 2015 is underway, and if you're not there but still want to have your own Coachella experience, you can watch select sets in the webcast which begins today (4/10) at 3:35 PM PDT (6:35 PM EDT). Since we last posted, the streaming schedule has been revealed. Sets from Ride, Todd Terje and the Olsens, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Azealia Banks, Interpol, Raekown & Ghostface Killah, The War on Drugs, Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts, Perfume Genius, Run the Jewels, Belle & Sebastian, Father John Misty, FKA twigs, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear and more will stream. You can watch the webcast via YouTube below.
Check out the full schedule, via Coachellalive.com, below...