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diesel party

The nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards Breakthrough Video are Anjulie, Bat For Lashes ("Daniel"), Chairlift, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Major Lazer, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Bat For Lashes, who is also up for this year's Mercury Prize, and who will be back in NYC on August 12th, has a new video for the song "Sleep Alone". Check it out, with more pictures of Passion Pit playing the Diesel Party at Webster Hall on 7/30, below...

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photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Rothbury 2009

"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.

Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.

"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."

For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.

Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]

Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...

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"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2009 - the official & complete lineup"


The name Rothbury confuses me. I immediately think it's a European festival, but in fact, the jam-band heavy music festival that premiered in 2008 takes place in Rothbury, Michigan. This year's lineup was just announced...

The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.

Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others.

Full lineup below...

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photos by Mike Lerner

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids were coming to NYC to play Conan O'Brien so they scheduled a small show at Mercury Lounge for that same day (yesterday, Wenesday, January 28th). I say it was "small" because the band is now headlining the much larger Terminal 5 (and going on a tour with Death Cab who are even crazier bigger). More pictures from last night below...

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Doug Gillard (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Doug Gillard

today in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Annuals @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nightmares on Wax at MHOW
* Cold War Kids @ Mercury Lounge
* Andrew Bird & Dosh @ Carnegie Hall
* Doug Gillard, Mascott & The Octagon @ Pianos
* TK Webb and The Visions @ the Studio @ Webster Hall
* The Depreciation Guild & Black Diamond Bay @ Fontana's
* Kylesa, Tombs, Tournament, Black Anvil & The Brass @ The Charleston

Last chance to catch one of Doug Gillard's residency shows at Pianos tonight.

"Andrew Bird's Noble Beast (Fat Possum) has landed at #12 on the U.S. album chart, selling over 25,000 units in its opening week. The debut is the highest of the week for an independent label release and second only to Mariah Carey's Ballads. It is also the #1 seller of the week in Bird's hometown of Chicago."

Cold War Kids are also on Conan tonight.

Ben Kweller appeared the other night on Letterman. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

Cold War KidsTickets are back on sale for tonight's Cold War Kids show at Mercury Lounge.

Cold War Kids are opening all Death Cab For Cutie dates from April 7th to April 29th. Four days before that begins, CWK headline Terminal 5 (a much larger venue then the one they're headlining tonight).

DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit remix) (MP3)

Ra Ra Riot @ Bowery Ballroom - Jan 22, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ra Ra Riot

Death Cab For Cutie annnounced a whole bunch of tour dates. Openers on various dates of the tour include Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, and Ra Ra Riot. The Ra Ra Riot dates are in addition to Ra Ra's previously announced dates, but still no new NYC date. No Death Cab NYC date either, though I'm sure they all have something secretly planned - maybe for the summer.

Passion Pit is currently out on tour with Cale Parks and remixed the Ra Ra Riot track you can download for free above.

Death Cab cover the Cure on the new Sweetheart comp, out January 30th at Starbucks. Ra Ra Riot will be releasing a CD single of "Can You Tell" via Barsuk Records on March 3rd. Tracklist below.

Death Cab fan club members can order pre-sale tickets at ArtistArena. All dates below...

Continue reading "DEATH CAB For Cutie tour dates, many w/ RA RA RIOT who were remixed by PASSION PIT (MP3, dates, presale)"

Besides some shows in Australia in February, Cold War Kids have at least two shows coming up. There's the one at the massive Terminal 5 on April 3rd, and the one at the much smaller... Mercury Lounge on January 28th. Tickets appear to be on sale (despite Ticketmaster saying a presale doesn't even start until Tuesday). All dates below...

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Apes & Androids are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 30th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Cold War Kids are playing Terminal 5 on April 3rd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

White Rabbits are playing two shows at Mercury Lounge in February. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Mystery Jets are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 24th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both Blitzen Trapper / Plants & Animals shows happening in NYC.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Throwing Muses show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Presets show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for a February 13th Deer Tick show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are also still on sale for the Deer Tick show happening on New Years Eve.

Tickets are on sale for the Meshuggah show at Irving Plaza.

Some Morrissey dates have started going on sale, but not Bowery Ballroom or Webster Hall.

Beirut tickets also went on sale today (@ noon).

Black KidsGhostland Observatory

KTXT (88.1 FM) out of Texas posted their list of the 10 most disappointing albums of 2008 on their blog The Couch. This is what they came up with...

10. Weezer - The Red Album
9. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
8. Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
7. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
6. CSS - Donkey
5. Ghostland Observatory - Robotique Majestique
4. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
3. Beck - Modern Guilt
2. Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty
1. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Cardinology
What does your list look like? Where does Chinese Democracy rank on it?

What are your favorites?

CSS play Webster Hall on December 17th & 18th. Tickets are still on sale. Ghostland Obersvatory are playing Terminal 5 in NYC on December 12th. Tickets are still on sale. Black Kids are playing a private party at Bowery Ballroom on December 9th (no tickets). If you weren't too disappointed, the rest of the BK & GO tour dates below...

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This weekly post was really just meant to be an (arguably) interesting news roundup of where (mostly BV-covered) music and musicians are showing up besides in our stereos/computers/headphones/players/etc. Like all news, it might be positive, negative or neither depending on your point of view. Whether or not an artist is "selling out" by licensing their song to a particular product advertisement and/or TV show is always going to be a valid issue/argument/debate, but I removed "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" from the post title because, lighthearted or not, I think it was making this post into something it's not. Most importantly, I didn't want the title to be misconstrued as an official BrooklynVegan position on anything. There will always be (arguably) cringe-worthy examples of licensing (see Of Montreal + Outback Steakhouse) and licensing-related broken (fan's) hearts (see The Moldy Peaches + Atlantis resorts), but a lot of licensing news (as you can see below), is (arguably) pretty neutral. Are there any Modest Mouse fans offended that a Modest Mouse song appears in a snowboarding video game? I doubt it. Does it bother anyone that Stars of the Lid gave a song to the Environmental Defense Fund? Probably only people that are anti-polar bear... That's all I wanted to say.... I won't write intros to these posts after this week (please try to keep the conspiracy theories to a minimum!), so without further ado... it's "This Week in Music Licensing"...

by Ryan Barkan

Battles @ Irving Plaza (more by Bao Nguyen)
Battles @ irving Plaza

42 Below likes to do things because they can, like make Vodka and wear white suits. The New Zealand spirit maker just launched a campaign and website around the brand's mantra, "Because We Can" - living by your own rules and following your dreams. Pretty deep. The web-based campaign consists of five short films and a user-generated video contest.

Each of the five short films have a few things in common - men in all white suits, left-of-center creative, art installations, cool music, and no relation whatsoever to Vodka. Carpet Cupcake uses Battles' 2007 jam "Atlas". Two different Boards Of Canada songs are used in Beach Dolls and Car Wrap. Domino artist Four Tet provides the sonic background to Mountain Rainbow, a spot where the white suit men create a huge arch of colored plastic chairs on top of a snowy mountain. South African electronic artist Felix Laband is used in Crate UFO.

Do you have a "because I can attitude"? Do you also like to make your own videos? Do you want to win some money for doing those things ($4200)? If so, you can head to the campaign's website to find out more about the contest.

Other Notable Licensing News:

Tokyo Police ClubTokyo Police Club think it is "really cool and really awesome" that they made a cameo on Sunday night's (11/16) episode of Desperate Housewives. They entered a "battle of the bands" contest, performed "In A Cave", and had two of their song titles ("Shoulders And Arms" and "Cut Cut Paste") featured on the club walls as faux band posters. Even more, two band members have lines in the dialogue. Stereogum has the video. In semi-related news, TPC's Graham Wright just released a solo EP online as a free and/or pay download.

On the tube, Gossip Girl featured three tracks from the new Kings Of Leon album, Only By The Night; One Tree Hill for the second week in a row used a song by Margot & the Nuclear So-So's and also had a song by Earlimart; 90210 went with Kanye West, and Stereolab; CSI Miami used both Jenny Lewis and Bloc Party; NUMB3RS had Cold War Kids; Privileged used CSS; Grey's Anatomy had The Coral Sea. All this week Letterman is featuring cover bands.

Nissan'snew Canadian commercial "Morning Light" goes singer-songwriter with Alexi Murdoch's "Breathe". Nice song but I think they could have found a similar style track with a better lyrical match. Watch the video here.

Crystal CastlesToshiba's UK agency breaks the broadcast mold a bit with a commercial featuring Matrix-esque cinematography while using the Crystal Castles song "Air War". Watch the video below.

Stars Of The Lid hit NYC's (le) Poisson Rouge on Friday 11/21; I wonder if they will play the serenely spatial "A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaningless Process", a song used by the Environmental Defense Fund to help fight global warming. The web commercial was released at the end of August. The powerful Polar Bear spot can be seen below.

What do 2008 Mercury Prize winning band Elbow and Electronic Arts have to do with each other? Elbow's song "Grounds For Divorce" is the soundtrack to the commercial announcing EA's new first person shooter, Left 4 Dead; the game hits shelves this upcoming week. Video is below.

Ubisoft Montreal just released Shaun White Snowboarding in North America. The game's soundtrack is a good mix of classic (Bob Dylan, Heart, Blue Öyster Cult, Living Colour, Run DMC, Harry Nilsson) and modern (Modest Mouse, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) bands. Check out the full soundtrack at Wikipedia. Bob Dylan plays NYC this Friday night (11/21).

Interesting downloadable content (DLC) was made available this week via Xbox Live and Playstation Network for both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2: GH got both a Jimi Hendrix and Smashing Pumpkins three song pack and RB2 fans can now play the entire Foo Fighters album The Colour and the Shape.

Videos below...

Continue reading "This Week in Music Licensing (Crystal Castles, Stars of the Lid, Elbow, Battles, Tokyo Police Club, and more) "

Photos by Zach Stern

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids played the first of their two NYC shows last night was at Webster Hall (10/15). Tonight (10/16) it's at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Mr. AA Bondy opened last night and does so again tonight and will be back soon to play some more soon. More pictures from last night, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "AA Bondy, Cold War Kids @ Webster Hall, NYC - pics, setlist"

Pwrfl Power @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Pwrfl People

today in NYC
* Tobacco @ Purchase
* Hot Chip @ Terminal 5
* Madonna @ the Izod Center
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium Jazz Club
* A-Trak, Boys Noize @ Webster Hall
* Mary J Blige @ Radio City Music Hall
* Voter Registration party @ Sound Fix
* a Showpaper benefit with "Secret '579' Guest"
* Dark Meat, Vivian Girls @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* The Kills, Magic Wands @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lucinda Williams, Buick 6 @ Madison Square Garden
* Vaz, Skull Defekts, Talk Normal, Lary 7 @ Death By Audio
* Stereolab, Antipop Consortium, Hospitality @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
* Tyvek, Blues Control, Thomas Function, Liquor Store @ Cake Shop

Talib Kweli was born on this day in 1975.

The Showpaper benefit at Alpha(Beta) (170 Greenpoint Ave) lists Fiasco side project Runtime Error on the bill, though Runtime Error says that it is actually a Runtime Error side project playing the show, so maybe Fiasco is playing it and maybe they are who the "Secret '579' Guest" is or maybe there are two secret guests or who knows (do you?)...

I posted a preview of What's Going on Saturday too.

The gang from Sulimays reviewed The Walkmen and Cold War Kids. Watch the video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

AA Bondy

AA Bondy will kick off a tour with Cold War Kids on October 10th. That means he plays Webster Hall on October 15th and Music Hall of Williamsburg one day later (tix). He'll also be back in NYC on November 19th to play Mercury Lounge (tix), and to play a show at Union Hall the day after that (tix).

This past Sunday AA played a set at ACL. More pictures from that and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "AA Bondy - 2008 Tour Dates, pics from Austin City Limits"

Cold War Kids @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids, Sam Champion and Elvis Perkins are playing a free show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Friday night (June 27, 2008). Then Cold War Kids come back to NYC on a tour in October that includes a show at Webster Hall and one at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those go on sale Saturday. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "Cold War Kids - 2008 Tour Dates (3 NYc shows, 1 free) "

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

"The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park on August 22 - 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Tickets for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com."

Beck, Manu Chao, Sharon Jones, Nellie McKay, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are a few of the other artists playing. All of them below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands Music Festival lineup - now w/ more artists"

photos by Chris Graham



OK, let's get this 2008 Sasquatch Festival coverage over with. You've seen R.E.M., The National and Modest Mouse and other pictures from day one. On day three there was Flaming Lips and naked ladies, The Mars Volta and everything else. The festival offered comedy and even more comedy. And then there was day two which included The Cure, Death Cab & Rogue Wave, and (almost*) everything you see below....

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2008 - day 2 in pictures (Sunday May 25)"

Elvis Perkins, NYC, 2006 (more)
Elvis Perkins

Friday, June 27, 7:00 P.M.
Cold War Kids / Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Sam Champion
WaMu Concert Series @ the Prospect Park Bandshell
I didn't put Cold War Kids in the post title because I already mentioned that part of the free show.

Ghostalnd Observatory is also playing a free show.

Feist is playing one that costs money. Tickets for that, as well as Spoon and Gilberto Gil, are on sale.

Sam Champion also happens to be playing a show at Mercury Lounge tonight (April 23, 2008).

Elvis Perkins can be heard in the video below....

Continue reading "Elvis Perkins & Sam Champion playing Prospect Park "


Add Cold War Kids, Crooklyn Dodgers, Brazilian Girls, Matt Muisteri, and Deerhoof to the list of artists playing concerts in Prospect Park this summer. Details below.....

Continue reading "'Celebrate Brooklyn' w/ Deerhoof, Cold War Kids, Crooklyn Dodgers, Beth Orton & more...."

I'm personally not a Kooks fan, but Bao Nguyen is. His photos and review of last night's show (Feb 12, 2008) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, are below....

Kooks @ Music Hall

Two young girls from Japan waited outside in the falling snow and freezing temperatures, hoping to get a ticket to the last night's sold out Kooks show. They were not alone as a small line formed outside, most of them hoping that the miserable weather would open up some room inside the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Unfortunately for them weather was a non-factor, and the Kooks played to a packed house. A mother and her daughter drove over 4 hours in the snow from Philadelphia to catch one of the handful of dates that the band was playing in the States. The mother told me the last time she'd seen them was when they were opening up for the Rolling Stones in England. Well that seemed like a very appropriate bill. Lead singer Luke Pritchard pranced around onstage like a young Mick Jagger (or perhaps even modern day Mick). The Arctic Monkeys comparison are less apparent when they first came into the spotlight, as Pritchard is proving that he is much more of a showman compared to the Monkeys' lead singer Alex Turner. The band played mostly songs from their debut album Inside In/Inside Out, with a few songs from their forthcoming album, Konk, due out on April 15th. The crowd was energetic throughout, dancing and jumping to irresistibly catchy songs like "She Moves in Her Own Way", forgetting the bitter cold that awaited them outside. At the end of the night, I asked the mother preparing to drive back to Philadelphia if it was worth the trip. She smiled at me and simply said, "Yes, it was". -Bao
Luke Pritchard from the Kooks is playing an acoustic set at Sound Fix in Brooklyn tonight (Feb 13) after or part of this:
Sound Fix and Write Bloody Books present a "What it Is" book release soiree featuring a reading by author Paul G. Maziar, images by Maust of Cold War Kids and live tunes by Chase Pagan and Matty Charles, plus a special premiere of T"he Last American Valentine" by poets Derrick Brown and Friends.
It starts at 8:00. Luke goes on around 11:30. The Kooks play Conan O'Brien tomorrow (Feb 14), and will be back in the States for a proper tour in May. More of Bao's photos from last night below....

Continue reading "The Kooks played Music Hall, Sound Fix tonight, Conan"

DOWNLOAD: Delta Spirit - Streetwalker (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Delta Spirit - Gimme Some Motivation (MP3) (via)

Dr. Dog
Dr Dog

Dr. Dog are playing some NYC-area shows this week - Thursday the 8th they're at Maxwell's in Hoboken, and one night later they headline Bowery Ballroom.

Delta Spirit are opening. They're a California band that remind me (and others) of Cold War Kids (another California band).

* KEXP:Song of the Day: Delta Spirit - Gimme Some Motivation
* Daytrotter: Free Songs: Delta Spirit
* Rock Insider: Delta Spirit - I Think I've Found It
* IGIF: Delta Spirit Return with Ode To Sunshine LP
Neither of the above MP3s are from Ode To Sunshine (Delta Spirit's new album).

Emily Lacy is also opening. Hopefully that means Emily is finally getting paid. Just two months ago she wrote,

I'll do anything for $ right now! play at your grandma's house! play while you make out with your brother in the bathroom! play in suit made of cucumbers while you film it! or theatrical work, (just did a lot of work for 365 july fest at the public theater in NYC, and in june wrote music for susan simpson's puppet play in LA ) --- I can do anything with my banjo for your money. I'll even busk in your living room right when you wake up in the morning! just like having your own personal slave!! i'll write you a wake up song!
A bunch of Dr. Dog videos, and all tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Dr. Dog & Delta Spirit - 2007 Tour Dates + some videos"

someone holding up a rooster during CWK @ Lollapalooza 2007 (CRED)
Rooster @ Lollapalooza

Cold War Kids are playing a bunch of headlining shows in November and December after they get done with all the opening they've been doing for Muse & the White Stripes. Two of the dastes are November 30th & December 1st at Webster Hall in NYC. I wonder why not Terminal 5 - everyone else seems to be doing it. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "Cold War Kids - 2007 Tour Dates"

Muse @ Madison Square Garden, NYC - Aug 6, 2007 (CRED)
Muse @ MSG