Entries tagged with: Coachella
a Sasquatch 2011 patron (more by Josh Darr)
The new year is approaching, and while you're making last minute plans and thinking up your resolutions, you can also start thinking about what festivals to attend in 2012. Here are some updates on next year's US festivals (not in any particular order).
SXSW, which is taking place from March 9-18 in Austin, with the music portion form March 13-18, has already announced a bunch of bands. If you register before January 13, you'll be able to save a bit.
New Orleans Jazz Fest is taking place from April 27 - May 6. The lineup includes The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Bon IverMy Morning Jacket, Feist, Janelle Monae, and others. The full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale now.
Sasquatch is taking place this year from May 25-28 in Gorge, Washington. 4-Day passes will be on presale through New Year's Eve, and general sale starts February 11. New for 2012, "Patrons who purchase a 4-day festival ticket will be allowed re-entry from the Festival grounds! This will not apply to any other ticket, only the 4-day pass."
Bonnaroo will be taking place from June 7-10 this year in Manchester, TN. Presale tickets have sold out but tickets will go on sale to the general public in the coming months. Also check out a Spotify playlist of the Bonnaroo staff's favorite songs of 2011.
Coachella, will take place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22). Other than a fake lineup poster that has been floating around, no artists have been officially announced yet.
Noise Pop will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012 from February 21-26 in San Francisco. So far the lineup includes Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Big Freedia, Surfer Blood, Grimes, Bleached, John Vanderslice, Ume, and others. Check out the full list below.
Lollapalooza will take place in 2012 from August 3-5 in Grant Park in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale this spring. As BVChicago mentioned, Lollapalooza is also taking place in Chile and Brazil this year.
Bamboozle, now in a new location, is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park in New Jersey this year. So far the scary lineup includes Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. 3-Day wristbands are on sale now.
Bumbershoot is taking place from September 1-3 at Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. Tickets are available and Bumbershoot are currently having a holiday sale where single day tickets are half off (originally $150, now $75).
NYC's own Governors Ball, which took place at Governors Island in 2011, has been moved to the bigger Randall's Island and will take place over the course of two days, June 23 and 24. Like last year, there will be no overlapping sets. Compared to the others listed here, this is not quite a big "festival", but unlike anything else listed above, it does happen in NYC. Artist announcements and tickets are coming soon.
Current NoisePop and Jazz Fest lineups below...
By Bill Pearis
Enigmatic Aussie synthpop duo Monarchy are in the U.S. this weekend, playing Highline Ballroom on Saturday (12/10). (They play D.C. tonight). The group played Coachella and LA earlier this year but these are the group's first East Coast shows.
Sporting a slick, slinky New Romnatic sound, Monarchy got attention with early singles like "The Pheonix Alive" (which was on Kitsuné Maison 9) and rumors it was actually either actually Les Rhythms Digitales/Zoot Woman' Stuart Price or maybe Adele/Florence producer (and former Lomax frontman) Paul Epworth. (It wasn't.) After some label shuffles, Monarchy released their debut LP, Around the Sun, this August...though in America it's only available digitally.
BV photographer Diana Wong caught their Coachella set and says they're worth checking out (she's already got her tickets for Highline). The LA Times had this to say about the same show:
European synth act Monarchy likes to keep things mysterious. The band -- a three piece for much of its Coachella performance -- sported "Phantom of the Opera"-like masks to obscure their faces. A dancer outfitted in brassy gold, looking like something that belonged in a homemade credit sequence to a Bond film, performed slinky moves at center stage. Yet musically, there's little mystery here: It's '80s-influenced pop, albeit done well. What Monarchy has going for it is a sense of gracefulness, as the songs, stripped of their electronics, could easily work as blue-eyed soul.No other dates to report (outside of DC and NYC), but tou can check out a few of Monarchy's expensive-looking videos after the jump.
Coachella just announced....
We're excited to announce Coachella 2012 will be held over TWO WEEKENDS.Tickets go on sale Friday.
In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, COACHELLA 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people.
We know many of you were unable to attend this year's festival because passes sold out much sooner than anticipated. We were truly surprised by the overwhelming response and remain honored by your passion and enthusiasm. We also know some of you purchased through non legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed. We hope that these changes will give everyone the opportunity to purchase directly from Coachella.com.
Passes go on sale beginning this Friday, June 3rd, 2011, at 10am PST until the following Friday June 10th, 2011, at 10pm PST. This advance sale will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Payment Plan. Passes will be available through a payment plan of 10% down and 8 equal monthly payments OR by payment in full. The price of three-day passes remains at $269 plus fees for the sixth consecutive year.
Coachella Weekend 1 - April 13-15, 2012
Coachella Weekend 2 - April 20-22, 2012
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Kills @ Terminal 5
And then we were left with the man and woman of the hour. No, not William and Kate, but Jamie and Alison [of The Kills]. The two emerged from the shadows of the stage and stepped into the hazy blue light as cheers rang out. From the first note of Jamie's guitar, the party kicked into high gear and there was no looking back.Aided by an excellent supporting cast of The Entrance Band and Cold Cave, The Kills headlined Terminal 5 on Friday (4/29), the halfway point of their tour with the two bands that started at Coachella. Pictures of the Kills from both Coachella and Terminal 5 are in this post, a shot of the NYC setlist included (pics of the openers are HERE).
Mosshart prowled around the stage as she taunted the crowd with each lick of the guitar. She transformed into a human cyclone of tangled black hair and leather right before our eyes as she stood on top of speakers.
The set sampled heavily from "Blood Pressures" and included songs such as "Future Starts Slow," "Heart is a Beating Drum" and "Baby Says." But they also managed to work in fan favorites like "Sour Cherry," "Pull a U," "The Tape Song," and "No Wow."
At one point, Hince had to play bouncer in the middle of "Baby Says." One male audience member was getting into an altercation with a girl. As the scuffle broke out, Hince (while still playing) whistled for the guy and told him to "[expletive] off" and made a motion for security to kick him out as rousing cheers rose from the masses. Hince went on to unleash a fiery guitar solo soon after. At the conclusion, Hince justified his actions by saying, "it's a bad image when a guy wants to have a go with a girl. Don't be [expletive] stupid." Jamie Hince: underrated guitar player, bouncer and all-around good guy. -[The Ithacan]
The show at Terminal 5 was a sell-out, and now The Kills will go for round two at the venue... another headlining show at Terminal 5 on August 8th. No support has been announced but tickets go on regular sale at noon on Friday (5/6) with a fan pre-sale hitting at noon on Tuesday (5/3).
All tour dates and more pictures below...
Lightning Bolt at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Leia Jospe)
Tickets are "going fast" for the 4/27 Lightning Bolt show that was announced at Club Exit in Greenpoint but will actually go down at 285 Kent Ave (where Todd P says it actually always was). Head down to Record Grouch Records to get your tickets before they disappear. The show will feature support from Humanbeast, DOGLEATHER, and 80's Hardcore.
Tickets are also still available for Lightning Bolt's appearance at Le Poisson Rouge the next day (4/28) with Pterodactyl.
All remaining Lightning Bolt dates, and some videos, including footage from their recent set at Coachella, below.
"much love to our friends in the desert (and Danny DeVito) for making coachella a truly memorable one for us! Epic crowd, Epic sunshine. x" - Cut Copy
Cut Copy @ Terminal 5 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Cut Copy are currently finishing up a tour with Holy Ghost! that had them at Coachella Friday night. Check out videos of the crazy dance party that the Australian band brought to the California desert, below. Check out pictures of other bands who played Coachella that day, HERE.
Cut Copy's tour came to Terminal 5 in NYC three times in a row earlier in the month, and Cut Copy will return to NYC this August to, like Animal Collective, play a headlining show at the Prospect Park bandshell. Tickets for the August 11th 'Celebrate Brooklyn' benefit go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. Foster the People, who also tour through NYC in June, open the outdoor show.
The new Brooklyn gig comes a day before a show Cut Copy are playing Arizona, and almost a month after they visit North America to, like Animal Collective, play the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Most of their other announced dates are in Europe at the moment. They are all listed below...
It looks like the above-pictured limited edition "BIG STAR - Third - Test Pressing Edition - Box Set" (1 In Every 300 Sets Will Contain Actual Test Pressings From The 70s.) is the most expensive/most bid on item right now on Ebay from this past Saturday's Record Store Day. People are trying to get $200 for them, which is a bargain compared to how much someone wants for one of the Arcade Fire Coachella balls (note: if you recognize their eBay item description, that's because it's copy & pasted right out of the BV post).
photos by David Andrako
"While it was kind of a running joke that the gnarled dance-punk band was one of the biggest reunions at this year's Coachella (Death From Above 2005 jokes abounded), the band reasserted what made them such a strange and compelling commodity in the first place.Death From Above 1979's performance on Sunday was the second time the reunited band graced a public stage since announcing their return. The first was a semi-surprise appearance at this year's SXSW at March that got much more attention than anyone even anticipated due to a bit of violence that made the late night news. In May the band does it again at Sasquach.
Lacerating bass, Grainger's falsetto wails and a relentless rhythmic urgency both hearkened back to the mid-'00 dance punk craze, yet reminded the audience that their palpable violence set them apart from their more trend-minded peers.
"Romantic Rights" and "Blood on Our Hands" rode slithery, distortion-tangled bass lines over the kind of four-on-the-floor that bassist Jesse F. Keeler would explore more thoroughly in his disco aegis MSTRKRFT.The audience seemed simultaneously enthralled and a bit confused."
Coachella 2011 concluded on Sunday with a big headlining set by Kanye West. I already posted some pictures from that one, but a more proper set is also in this post which also includes our full set of pictures from the California festival's final day (day one pics HERE, day two HERE).
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who played Friday night with Gayngs, made two guest appearances on Sunday, first with the National earlier in the day and then with Kanye West during one of the most high profile sets of the weekend.
The other big set of Sunday was by the Strokes who weren't afraid to play the hits. Their full setlist is below.
PJ Harvey (who arrives in NYC this week) played her headlining set on the "Outdoor Theatre." It overlapped with both The Strokes and Kanye...
"Backed by a nimble three piece band, Harvey, with the Strokes audible from the nearby main stage during the silences between songs, delivered the most emotionally intense performance I witnessed at this year's Coachella, singing songs of violence, war, love and lust (mostly from her harrowing new Let England Shake), before a crowd of rabid supporters...." [SPIN]a rabid supporter... (this pic not by David Andrako)...
More pictures from Sunday, below...
Kanye makes his grand entrance (this photo by David Andrako)
There were dancers, costume changes, Bon Iver...
Kanye West closed out Coachella 2011 in the only way he knows how, in a grand fashion and dedicated to his mama. We'll have more pictures and recaps from Sunday later, but in the meantime, check out more of what Kanye brought to the Indio stage, and the 27 song setlist, below...
the inside of the ball (via Paul Tao, thx Hiro!)
Ok, first of all, the correct term for them is "ball" and not "balloon" as I earlier referred to them, and this is how it happened, as described by a member of the Creators Project team...
"I never expected to be watching Arcade Fire play from backstage, but when the production team called for "all hands on deck," no one could argue. There to assist with the grand finale--launching some 2,000 LED-enhanced blow-up beach balls into the crowd--we were all giddy at the prospect of taking part in their performance. The idea for the visual spectacle, developed by director Chris Milk (who the band previously worked with on "The Wilderness Downtown"), was to release these balls in time for Arcade Fire's encore and use the embedded LEDs and IR transmitters to light paint all over the audience.Did you get one (and not rip it open)? What's your URL? A short video about the project featuring Chris Milk, and video of "Wake Up" when the balls all dropped, below...
A crane positioned at the top of the stage was set up to let the balls drop during the band's last song, "Wake Up," and our job was to throw them into the crowd and make sure they stayed there. There was also a giant cage to the right of the stage filled with hundreds more that we were responsible for tossing into the audience, which proved to be no easy task given that they were an unwieldy two or three feet in diameter. When the the balls finally did drop, the entire place turned into an epic ball pit, with these giant balls flying all over the place, changing colors all the while from red to blue to orange to pink. (My apologies to the people in the front who may have been pummeled in the face with a beach ball or two--my bad!). Standing on stage and taking it all in, it certainly was a sight to behold.
The interactive visual performance, entitled Summer Into Dust continues online. Those lucky few who managed to catch a ball can log on to the accompanying website and continue the experience. Each ball comes with a URL where fans can locate a user manual online and connect their ball to a greater community"
photos by David Andrako
Big Audio Dynamite
As you know, Arcade Fire played a light-up beach ball-filled headlining show on Saturday, and Odd Future made their presence known to crowd members, security and those watching Lil B, but other exciting stuff, like the reunited Big Audio Dynamite killing it (and bringing some to tears), happened too. The only unfortunate part of BAD's set was that Wire, who people keep reporting was "underattended," were on at the same time. Wire was also up against the very popular Mumford & Sons who played before Animal Collective who played before Arcade Fire.
Animal Collective got their usual mixed reaction thanks in part to their usual choice of playing whatever they want no matter how big the crowd and who's on before and after them. Anonymous | April 17, 2011 6:32 AM said, "fuck animal collective. people went to the festival to have fun [,not] to have images of cum projected for an hour while the boring drones. they had the deadest crowd i've seen on the main stage so far." Anonymous | April 17, 2011 8:25 AM basically agrees and said, "AC should have never been allowed on that stage in that time slot. The worst." Anonymous | April 17, 2011 1:33 PM says, "guys AC just sucks, this ain't no new mystery.... it's almost as if they try extra hard just to be that terrible and make the crowd feel like a bunch of tools for giving them money... They're prob just a social experiment by banksy anyway." But Anonymous | April 17, 2011 3:22 PM asks, "so AC sucks for trying to make innovative, artistically rewarding music instead of god-awful corporate college-rock like arcade fire? every song is like, the same four chords played over and over and over again."
Mumford & Sons went on after Bright Eyes who went on after Broken Social Scene who went on after Erykah Badu aka Erica Abi Wright aka Loretta Brown aka Annie aka Analog Girl in the Digital World aka Medulla Oblongata, etc. (she was great despite technical difficulties).
Neko Case helped make the New Pornographers shine under hot sun. Empire of the Suns won best costumes of the day. Phoenix New Times says...
"Also, I suppose yesterday was the "Fuck Arizona" day at Coachella -- Jenny & Johnny, Bright Eyes and One Day as a Lion all had sets during the day. I actually saw someone wearing a Sound Strike t-shirt on Friday. Wearing that shirt to a music festival is doing about as much as de la Rocha and Oberst are collectively doing to combat SB 1070."The third and final day of Coachella 2011 is underway and streaming on the internet as I type this. Our pictures from Friday are HERE. Check out more pictures from Saturday, below...
"If you'd told us in 2002 that we'd be headlining Coachella w/ Animal Collective playing before us I would have told you, you were full of shit" - Win Butler
Arcade Fire headlined the main Coachella Stage Saturday night (their third and biggest time playing the annual California fest), and as if their sound and crowd size and setlist wasn't impressive and massive enough, a surprise came during "Wake Up," their last pre-encore song. Courtesy of Creators Project, who promised something big via a press release earlier in the day, lots of white balloons descended upon the crowd. But they weren't just any balloons. Honestly I don't know how they worked, but they lit up and changed colors as you can see in the pictures above above and below. And they stayed lit up during the four-song encore that helped close out the second of three hot days of Coachella 2011.
More pictures from their set (more coming from David later too), and some videos and Arcade Fire's full setlist, below...
Coachella ferris wheel Friday night (more by David Andrako)
The LA Times reports...
"A young woman who attempted to jump out of a Coachella Ferris wheel gondola was saved from almost certain injury late Friday evening when a nearby companion grabbed her legs and held onto her until the gondola could be lowered, an Indio Fire Department spokesman has confirmed. A potentially major crisis was averted as the woman was unharmed....Video of what it's like to ride the ferris wheel in question can be watched below...
....Indio police were first to the scene, said Talbot, and the would-be jumper, "a young lady mentally altered on substances," said Talbot, was taken off-site for further care. It was unclear whether the jumper was saved by someone riding in the same gondola, or was caught by someone in the gondola below her. (Rumors of the latter version include someone in the second gondola yelling "I will catch you" before the attempted jump.)...
...The Ferris wheel is running Saturday afternoon, and the woman selling tickets, who identified herself as the owner, refused to speak to a reporter. "I haven't heard that and don't know anything about what you're talking about," she said. "No comment."...
Odd Future 'Wettn Bitches Up' @ Coachella Saturday
About an hour after Tyler the Creator proclaimed that they were 'strapped at Coachella' on Saturday, someone tweeted that they "Just witnessed @fucktyler cuss out a security guard & spray him in the face w/ a watergun." Then Tyler (who should stop using the F word) tweeted that he got kicked out (but had fun). Luckily Odd Future played their Coachella set on Friday.
Update: Not surprisingly, Tyler "Got Back In!!!!!", and he tweeted that as he was watching Lil B who he then got on stage with. They performed "I'm A Pretty Bitch"...
Tyler the Creator & Lil B on stage together (by abteen bagheri)
Update 2: The rest of Odd Future got on stage with Lil B too. And then Tyler stage dove...
Tyler stagediving during Lil B's set (by jhaner)
Some videos from OFWGKTA's Friday set are below...
photos by David Andrako
Here are a few things that happened on Coachella Day 1:
- it was hot.
- lots of celebrities, like Coachella regular Danny Devito, were walking around
- The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and the Chemical Brothers were the big headlining acts of the day (all on the main Coachella Stage)
- people wore funny outfits, and sometimes NSFW outfits.
- people sinned.
- Lauryn Hill started late, but not too late (aka she still got to play).
- Cee Lo showed up very late, apologized, but acted mad he had to play a short set. He used that anger to give his set-closing hit "Fuck You" context.
- Odd Future predictably drew a huge crowd, and were joined by Pharell.
- Odd Future's set resulted in a possible broken nose (again)
- There were 20 arrests
- Paul McCartney was there, and along with Usher, stood on stage during Afrojack's set.
- YACHT played
- Many other people played, and lots of other stuff happened too, as you can see in the pictures below...
What were your highlights of Coachella Day One? Are you there or watching the stream?
Photographer David Andrako managed to catch 18 acts and other random stuff in between on Friday. His pictures from the whole day continue below...
DOWNLOAD: YACHTt - Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire) (MP3)
YACHT @ Coachella - 4/15/2011
As the song says, "the Yacht is on fire" (they actually see "the Earth is on fire - see below) (download new track "Dystopia" above). YACHT, long past the days of Jona running around the stage by himself with an iPod, gave an explosive performance on Friday in Coachella's Mojave Tent. Duo Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans look and sound like pros as they trade off vocals and instruments while backed by a very able band. Jona jams on guitar and even sometimes sits on the drums as Claire keeps the front rows hypnotized with her dancing, outfit and vocals. YACHT the dance band prove that DFA ("Long Live LCD Soundsystem," Jona proclaimed from the Coachella stage) is right where they belong. Their new album Shangri-La will be released by the label on June 21st ("Dystopia" included).
UPDATE: Despite it at first sounding like like they are singing "the yacht is on fire" in "Dystopia" (lyrics sites agree), it actually says "the Earth is on fire" (as the title of the song implies it would, and now that I know that, it actually does sound like "Earth").
Meanwhile, YACHT will be out on the road through May 14th. Light Asylum joins the tour as opener on April 25th. Both bands play Webster Hall in NYC on April 27th. YACHT band member and collaborator Bobby Birdman also plays an opening set at that show. Tickets for what might be YACHT's biggest NYC headlining show yet (or maybe the Seaport was), are on sale.
UPDATE: All instances of "Yacht" in this post have been changed to "YACHT."
All tour dates and some more pictures from YACHT's set at Coachella, below...
backstage @ Coachella 2011
According to Christwire.org..
"Coachella is a concert event for neo hippies, naked beer drinkers and drug addicts. Each year the event grows in numbers and so do its cases of rape, murder and cases of teenage runways. No were else are so many drugs taken, orgies performed and victimaztion of America's young daughters...Phew, I'm happy I'm safe at home, just watching the stream, away from naked ecstasy wizards and whatnot!
....Why Your Children Will Most Likely Die
With the amount of drugs and rape, your daughter or son has a large chance of dying from a drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, sex game gone wrong accident or be murdered by a Ecstasy induced wizard.
Just remember the chance of your baby contracting a STD during Coachella is increased by 86 percent -/+ 1. Also, if you daughter is at the festival already, there is a good chance she has already performed mouth sex acts on atleast 4 people and has shown off her milk sacs to an uncountable number. Now imagine if you could stop that?"
NOTE: the above picture is an actual photo taken backstage at Coachella 2011 by devil-worshiping "darkwave" band Cold Cave. It seems to confirm everything written about Coachella in the article linked above. Be careful in California this weekend sinners! And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend, would you be sure and and tell her SATAN, SATAN, SATAN, SATAN, SATAN....
Coachella 2011 Sahara Tent, Friday Morning (pre-destruction) (via Konfadense)
The 2011 Coachella Music Festival begins today (4/15). Not there? YouTube has the stream. Starting at 4:00 PM PDT, you can watch sets by !!!, The Drums and Morning Benders. After that they'll have Warpaint, Ariel Pink, Interpol, The Black Keys, Gayngs, Titus Andronicus, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Tame Impala, and many more. Big Audio Dynamite is among the sets streaming Saturday. The National, PJ Harvey and DFA1979 are streaming Sunday. The full schedule is at YouTube.
Meanwhile, a selection of related videos to keep you busy can be watched below...
Coachella starts Friday! Set times are announced. The full, updated lineup is below...
Big Audio Dynamite
According to Bowery Presents, Leftfield's 4/19 post-Coachella NYC show at Webster Hall was cancelled "due to logistical issues. Refunds are available at point of purchase." That means you don't need to decide between that and Big Audio Dynamite at Roseland Ballroom any more (tickets are still on sale for that 4/19 NYC show).
Wanna go to the BAD show for free? We have a pair of tickets you can win. Details below..
UK producer/DJ Peter O'Grady, aka Joy Orbison, made his U.S. debut at Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin's 'Mister Saturday Night' party at 12-Turn-13 in Clinton Hill on Saturday night (4/9). Check out a video from the appearance below.
If you missed it, you have one more shot to catch O'Grady in NYC before he continues on towards Coachella. Joy Orbison plays Deep Space at Cielo with Francois K tonight (4/11). He then flies west for a pre-Coachella show in San Francisco, Coachella, and a post-Cochaella HARD LA event where he shares a bill with Pearson Sound / Ramadanman, Annie Mac, & Flinch on 4/19.
Speaking of HARD, the festival is heading to the high seas in 2012. Much like Jam Cruise (whose people are involved in this), and Bruise Cruise (whose people are not), HARD Cruise 2012 is coming. It sails from Florida in January, and that's about all the details they've released at the moment. Stay tuned for lineups, pricing, etc.
All Joy Orbison dates and stuff below...
Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
Speaking of tickets being available to sold out shows, the website Gilt City is selling VIP packages to Coachella starting at the low, low price of $975 for a 3-day ticket (and 10 MP3s) (and access to a "House of Hype party"). Spend a bit more to get in a "luxury shuttle."
(Three-day VIP passes via Ticketmater cost $699 before they sold out).
Big Audio Dynamite (1984-1990, 2011-present)Speaking of Roseland Ballroom, assuming the fire isn't too bad, Big Audio Dynamite will play the Manhattan venue on April 19th, not long after they play Coachella and a warm up show in LA. Tickets for the NYC show go on "Live Nation Presale" Thursday at 10am, and then general sale Saturday at noon. More tour dates below...
Mick Jones - vocals and guitar
Don Letts - sound effects and vocals
Dan Donovan - keyboards
Leo Williams - bass
Greg Roberts - drums and background vocals
The production team which brought house music back from the brink of commercial mediocrity, Leftfield made it safe for artistic producers to begin working in a new vein termed progressive house. Paul Daley (a former member of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and programmer Neil Barnes combined the classic soul of early Chicago and New York house with the growing Artificial Intelligence school of album-oriented techno to create classic, intelligent dance music. [After a series of well-recieved singles, Leftfield released] their debut LP, Leftism... in 1995; the long-awaited Rhythm and Stealth followed four years later. With only two albums under their belt, Leftfield decided to split in early 2002 to focus on solo projects. -[Allmusic]Neil Barnes resurrected Leftfield last year, and though founding member Paul Daley is not on board, he has been replaced by original vocalists Djum Djum, Earl 16 and Cheshire Cat plus Adam Wren (keyboards), Kwes Sey (keyboards and computers) Jess Mills (vocals) and Sebastian Beresford on drums. The electronic [now] crew is scheduled to play a few shows in Australia in March and, at the moment, two US dates in April. One is at the sold-out Coachella and the other is right afterwards on April 19th at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 2/7, at noon, and then general sale starts Friday.
All tour dates (more to be announced?) and some videos below.
Sebastien Grainger @ Mercury Lounge in 2008 (more by Gabi Porter)
FEBRUARY 4TH, 2011The band currently has two shows scheduled. Coachella and May 6th at donaufestival in Krems, Austria.
It's been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos & 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs. 11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am usually a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I'm on the right path. It's one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it & if you're so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, and YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is the big show.
Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.
Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.
The collision of two different worlds.
As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you.
All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way.
Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!