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Animal Collective

Last week, Animal Collective streamed their new album in Baltimore's BWI Airport, and when we Shazammed it, artwork with today's (11/30) date and the text "Tired of the waa waa? Visit the everywhere place! Dip yourself in Floridada" popped up. Avey Tare later confirmed on an instagram post that "FloriDada" was the name of a song, and it turns out it's the first single and it's out today. Stream it below.

The album is called Painting With, and it's due out February 19 via Domino. Like Merriweather Post Pavillion, it was recorded with the trio of Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist (no Deakin). John Cale and Colin Stetson both contributed to it.

The LP has three different record sleeves, all painted by Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, and that's the "Avey Tare" cover above. Check out the other two and the tracklist below. More info and pre-orders here.

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photo: Red Baraat at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Red Baraat

The annual Winter Jazzfest returns to various NYC venues in 2016 from January 13-17. Since we last spoke, the lineup added a bunch of other artists, including Naytronix, Red Baraat, Sun Ra Arkestra, SK Kakraba (Awesome Tapes from Africa), No BS!, Nublu Orchestra, Forro in the Dark plays Zorn, Pedrito Martinez and many more.

They join previously announced names Bill Laswell, Brandon Seabrook Powerplant, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson, Dawn of Midi, Jose James, Kaki King, Kamasi Washington, Matana Roberts, Sarah Neufeld, The Ex and more. The full schedule is still TBA, but tickets for the whole festival and select individual shows are available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazzfest NYC expands 2016 lineup"

photo: Kamasi Washington at LPR on 10/16 (more by PSquared)
Kamasi Washington

NYC's annual Winter Jazzfest will return in 2016 from January 13 - 17 at various venues. The initial lineup includes Bill Laswell, Brandon Seabrook Powerplant, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson, Dawn of Midi, Jose James, Kaki King, Kamasi Washington, Matana Roberts, Sarah Neufeld, The Ex and more.

The Kamasi Washington show is the previously-announced Webster Hall show (1/14) (tickets) and The Ex, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson and Happy Apple all play together at LPR on 1/13 (tickets). Full schedule is still TBA. Festival passes are on sale now.

Kaki King also plays NYC tonight (10/26).

Check out the full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazzfest 2016 lineup (Kamasi Washington, The Ex, Kaki King, Bill Laswell, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson & more)"

Superhuman Happiness

Brooklyn polyrhythmic pop collective Superhuman Happiness will release their new album Escape Velocity on September 18 via Royal Potato Family (pre-order). The new album features contributions from Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, who band leader Stuart Bogie has worked with when playing with Arcade Fire, and Grateful Dead family associate Joe Russo. The album includes seven songs, four of which you can stream now: "Middle Ground," "Super 8," "Catch A Break," and the brand new "Drawing Lines," which premieres in this post.

The band also has upcoming shows, including a release party in their hometown on September 19 at Knitting Factory with People's Champs, Teeel and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Superhuman Happiness celebrating 'Escape Velocity' w/ NYC release show & other dates (stream four tracks)"


The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.

The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.

Last year's singer was throat singer Tanya Tagaq. You can catch longlisters Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld at Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/16).

Continue reading "Polaris 2015 Long List revealed (Drake, New Pornographers, DFA1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, more)"

Baby Dee

Baby Dee, who's collaborated with Antony, toured with Swans, and done a lot of other cool stuff, released the followup to her Andrew WK-produced 2011 album, Regifted Light, this week. It's called I Am A Stick, and has more cool collaborators including Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver) on sax, Bonnie "Prince Billy" collaborator Alex Neilson on drums, Josephine Foster collaborator and husband Victor Herrero on guitar, cellist Laura Moody (who's also on the new Hot Chip album), and more. You can listen to the whole album below.

Baby Dee will celebrate the new album in NYC TONIGHT (6/3) at Joe's Pub with Dorit Chrysler. Tickets are available. No other dates announced at the moment.

Speaking of Colin Stetson, he's about to begin a tour with Sarah Neufeld in support of their new collaborative album.

Stream I Am A Stick below...

Continue reading "Baby Dee released a new album (ft. Colin Stetson & others), celebrating in NYC tonight"


Saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld have played together previously -- both with The Arcade Fire and as an instrumental duo -- and are now putting their collaborations to tape on their new album Never were the way she was. It's due out on April 28 via Constellation. The songs were performed live with no overdubs and you can stream opening cut "The sun roars into view" below.

Stetson and Neufeld will be touring in June, including a stop at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 6/16. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/11) at noon. All tour dates, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires festival, are listed below...

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photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)

Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.

The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.

Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Eaux Claires Music Fest full lineup (Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Tallest Man, Polica, Sylvan Esso, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Tallest Man

The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.

Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.

S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...

Continue reading "The Tallest Man on Earth announces new LP, playing Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival (initial lineup)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center - 8/24/14
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire completed the three-night Barclays Center run of their current tour last night (8/24). Like the first two, Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns opened, but this one was extra special because it also included an opening set from New York's legendary Television.

The Unicorns kicked things off early at 7:15 PM, and unfortunately the soon-to-be-filled venue was mostly empty for them, but this rare set (one of six dates they're playing this year) was a treat for those in attendance. They mostly stuck to material from their classic Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, and despite Nick Diamonds and Alden Penner's more "serious" recent projects, they retained all the quirk from their Unicorns days for this show. Alden and Nick both ran around on stage, cracked jokes ("Some people have told us now that they've finally seen us they can die happy ... that is very accurate"), and seemed to be having a genuinely good time on stage playing those old songs. We certainly had a good time hearing them.

Television followed with an excellent set that included half of the classic Marquee Moon ("See No Evil," "Prove It," "Torn Curtain" and it's sprawling title track), but was more of a jammy psychedelic trip than a rehashing of old favorites. The band, whose lineup is 3/4 of the one that recorded Marquee Moon (Jimmy Rip in place of Richard Lloyd), are now almost 40 years past the release of that album and they don't perform all that frequently, but they were dead on last night. The interlocking guitar solos went on endlessly without dragging, and the rhythm section was locked in for all those jams. As improvisational as some of it sounded, parts like the ending of the instrumental break on "Marquee Moon" were exactly like the album. It was as powerful blasting from the stage at Barclays Center as it was the first time you heard it on record.

Immediately after Television's set, Dan Deacon got started on the small stage on the opposite end of the floor, hosting a huge dance competition on Barclays Center's ground floor which ended with the whole floor dancing. A second dance competition was then framed as a battle between Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio and NYC print-only show listings publication Showpaper. This was the second recent show we've attended that a now-big act playing to a lot of people in NYC gave props to Death by Audio from the stage (the last was Future Islands). Also spotted dancing in the crowd to Dan Deacon was fellow bald, bearded indie music maker Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav (Dan thanked him at the end). Dan's set was both a fun/funny activity for the crowd and an entertaining precursor to what was to follow.

Arcade Fire then took the stage at 9:30 for a 2-hour set (encore included) which was all thrills. At least in the world of music blogs and music twitter, Arcade Fire have gotten more than a little criticism for the last year or so of their career, which has included an elongated album rollout, lots of costumes, cover songs, and other gimmicks. But last night's show was such a truly good time, you'd have to be bitterly cynical to have been there and felt otherwise. Yes, it is a huge spectacle built for the huge venues they now typically play (this was their third arena show of the weekend in Brooklyn, and all three were full), but they do it without falling into bombast.

One of Arcade Fire's first NYC shows was ten years ago at the tiny Mercury Lounge (October 2004 to be exact). Core members Win Butler, RĂ©gine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Sarah Neufeld were all on stage that night, and impressively they're all still there ten years later. This time around they're joined by multiple other musicians (including sax genius Colin Stetson who you can catch in a more intimate environment at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (8/25)), a few people in paper mache bobblehead masks, dancers, confetti, and an elaborate light show, but they make it all unmistakably their own. The Arcade Fire of 2004 may not have written the dance-heavy "Reflektor" or "Sprawl II," but when the Arcade Fire of 2014 plays them right next to "Rebellion (Lies)" and "No Cars Go," nothing sounds out of place. The setlist was heaviest on Reflektor and lightest on Neon Bible, but it mostly felt like a very well curated collection of the many sounds Arcade Fire have made over the years, each song flowing perfectly into the next.

You know by now that Arcade Fire have been doing location-specific covers on this whole tour, and with NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them for a cover of "Hot Hot Hot" on Friday, followed by Marky Ramone joining for two Ramones songs on Saturday, and Television opening last night's show (not to mention Deborah Harry joining them at Coachella), it seemed like a pretty good bet that they'd keep the CBGB theme going for this final show. And they did. But Television, though their opening set fit the theme, did not end up being the guest. Win Butler, like Dan Deacon before him, did point out how amazing it was to play with Television though. In fact, Win said last night's show was the best lineup of bands they ever played with at one show.

Arcade Fire & David Byrne
Arcade Fire

The CBGB-themed cover ended up being Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream," after a fake-out of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" playing through the PA as The Reflektors mimed the song from the smaller stage at the back of the floor. Nobody from Suicide joined them for this one, but they brought out Talking Head David Byrne (who was also on stage with Arcade Fire almost ten years ago) to sing guest vocals, complete with white face makeup on. It seemed like a good bet that David would be joining them when we heard he was spotted in the building, and we're pretty sure he was even out dancing in a mask to Dan Deacon. (There was a rumor they'd be covering Bruce Springsteen after someone got a hold of the setlist early, uploaded it to setlist.fm, and must have mistakenly not realized Bruce's recording of that song is in fact a Suicide cover.)

"Dream Baby Dream" segued into "Here Comes the Night Time," followed by "Normal Person" (which included Win singing "New York I love you, but you're bringing me down" over the intro, further teasing those of us who were hoping for a James Murphy cameo), and then the show ended with the longest-ever version of "Wake Up." Even after the song's huge ending and the crowd's applause, Win started singing the "whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh" part again as he and the band walked off stage, then the horn players joined back in, and the whole band proceeded to leave the stage in marching band fashion (the same way they had entered the venue 2 hours earlier) playing the song even once the PA was turned off until they fully exited the room.

Pictures of the third and final night are in this post (though unfortunately none of the openers this time). Saturday pictures HERE. Friday pictures HERE. More from Sunday, with a video of the Suicide cover and AF's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire complete Barclays Center run w/ David Byrne covering Suicide & Television opening (pics, video, setlist)"

Oso Blanco

Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson does a lot of collaborating, in addition to his own records and playing on other peoples. One of his many projects is Oso Blanco, an avant garde quartet that also features trumpeter Nate Wooley, violinist C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core) & drummer Ryan Sawyer. You can check out video of Oso Blanco playing live at Union Pool back in 2011 below, and you can see them live in person Monday (8/25) at Baby's All Right. Also on the bill are Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Chelsea Light Moving) playing solo, and James Hoff. Tickets are on sale.

The Baby's All Right show is the day after Arcade Fire's three-night run at Barclays Center. Colin Played on Reflektor and has played live with them before... maybe he'll make an appearance at these shows? We shall see. The only other date on Colin's schedule is playing the Rewire Festival in the Netherlands in November.

Live video of Oso Blanco below..

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More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.

The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.

Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...

Continue reading "Arthur Russell tribute LP details revealed (ft. Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Sufjan Stevens & more) (tracklist, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Amen Dunes at Glasslands in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amen Dunes

Brooklyn psychedelic band Amen Dunes have announced they'll follow 2011's Through Donkey Jaw LP (and 2013's Spoiler which collected unreleased material from 2009-2011) with a new album, Love, on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of that band play on several songs on the record. Sax great Colin Stetson is on it too, and Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt sings on two tracks. It's a bigger, cleaner sounding record than Through Donkey Jaw, and while still definitely psychedelic, actual hooks have replaced TDJ's shield of distortion/reverb. You can stream two of its tracks, along with the tracklist and somewhat NSFW cover art, below.

Amen Dunes also have many international tour dates coming up, including three scheduled NYC appearances at the moment. The first is when his tour supporting Mac DeMarco hits Webster Hall (4/9) for a sold out show there, and the next is as part of Rough Trade NYC's Record Store Day (4/19) extravaganza with Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and more. That one is free.

The following month, Amen Dunes will headline a record release show in Brooklyn just after the album's release on May 15 at Baby's All Right with support from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Iceage and Ben Greenberg, Ben's new band Uniform (with Michael from Drunkdriver, Believer/Law, etc) open for Iceage on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on 5/24 at Glasslands (tix) and 5/25 at Home Sweet Home.

All Amen Dunes dates are listed, with the streams, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Amen Dunes releasing a new LP, 'Love,' touring, playing 3 NYC shows including LP release w/ Hubble & Helm (dates, streams)"

photos by David Andrako

Colin & Brooklyn Youth Chorus / Greg Fox
Ecstatic Music Fest
Ecstatic Music Fest

The Ecstatic Music Festival continued this past Saturday (3/22) at Merkin Concert Hall with sax great Colin Stetson (collaborator of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and many others), joined by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. After their set together, Colin did a second set with an ensemble that included his sister Megan, Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Nefueld, and ex-Liturgy skins master Greg Fox, who also collaborated with Colin in NYC last month. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ecstatic Music Festival wraps up this week with two shows: So Percussion with Buke & Gase on Wednesday (3/26), and Man Forever (fronted by Kid Millions of Oneida) with William Basinski on Saturday (3/29). You can still get tickets to both.

More pictures and the setlist from the Colin Stetson show below...

Continue reading "Colin Stetson played Ecstatic Music Festival w/ Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sarah Neufeld, Greg Fox & more (pics/setlist)"

Sarah Neufeld

Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (also of Bell Orchestre and The Luyas) just released a three-song EP, Black Ground, which doubles as bonus material for her 2013 LP, Hero Brother. The whole EP was co-produced by Nils Frahm and features arrangements from Owen Pallett on "Breathing Black Ground (Orchestral Version)." You can stream it in full below.

As mentioned, Sarah has a few solo shows coming up, including one in NYC this Friday (2/14) at The Kitchen. At Friday's show, she'll be joined by saxophonist Colin Stetson. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Colin Stetson next plays NYC without Sarah as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival on 3/22 at Merkin Concert Hall (tickets). In more related news, Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hits NYC this May, and Arcade Fire's tour hits NYC in August for three Barclays Center shows.

Meanwhile, speaking of Nils Frahm, his previously announced tour hits NYC on March 26 at Glasslands, and since we last spoke, he added a late show happening the same night. Both shows are with Douglas Dare, and you can get tickets to both. Updated dates are listed below.

Stream Sarah's new EP, with all lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sarah Neufeld streaming new EP, playing The Kitchen w/ Colin Stetson this Friday; Nils Frahm adds 2nd NYC show (dates)"

Jonny Greenwood w/ Radiohead @ Prudential Center 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival goes down March 28 - 30, mixing modern composers and adventurous rock acts. The fest has expanded its programming since we last posted. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, already slated to perform Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" on March 30, will now also play the day before (3/29), performing selections from his scores to There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Norwegian Wood, accompanied by Wordless Music Orchestra.

So Percussion will perform all three days of the festival: collaborating with Buke & Gase and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on 3/28; performing Steve Reich's "Drumming" with guests on 3/29; and on 3/30 will perform Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings" with Dessner as part.

The other new addition is pianist/composer Rachel Grimes who will perform with her ensemble on 3/30. These are in addition to previously announced acts John Cale, Body/Head, Television, Colin Stetson, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dean Wareham, Low, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, not to mention composer Steve Reich who is "Artist-in-Residence" for the fest, and many more. Single day tickets to Big Ears go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon EST and the daily line-ups have been released and are listed below.

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival expands lineup again: Jonny Greenwood, So Percussion, Rachel Grimes & more "


One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

By Doug Moore

Colin Stetson

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Dave Lombardo will be playing some dates together this spring. As unusual as that collaboration is, here's another that might be even weirder: saxophonist Colin Stetson, who's worked with Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Bon Iver and others, will play a set with bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Tomahawk) and drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy) at Brooklyn's Grand Victory on February 9. IV, Daniel King, & Jeremiah Cymerman will provide support; tickets are available. Stetson has evidently worked with Dunn before, but it's still anyone's guess as to what this'll actually sound like. It's also an unusual opportunity to catch Stetson in close quarters; the bands he tours with most often rarely play in such cozy venues.

Speaking of touring, Stetson has some other live appearances in the offing. He's in Australia as we speak and will be back in North America for shows, including the aforementioned Ecstatic Music Festival on March 22 and the Big Ears Fest in Knoxville, TN. Check out all of Stetson's upcoming dates (and a few tunes) listed below.

Stetson's Constellation Records labelmate and sometimes collaborator, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Belle Orchestre) will be in NYC for a show at The Kitchen on February 14. Tickets for this Valentine's Day show are on sale now. Neufeld, whose Hello Brother, came out last summer, has an Austin show coming up at Lambert's too. Datesare listed with everything else below.

Guardian Alien's most recent show was the final night at 285 Kent.

Continue reading "Colin Stetson playing shows, including 1 in NYC collaborating w/ Trevor Dunn & Greg Fox; Sarah Neufeld playing shows too"

Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)

As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.

Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Fest expands lineup (Low, Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Hailu Mergia, Jenny Hval & more added)"

Young Jean Lee

"We're Gonna Die" was inspired by an insight she traces to this incident, the idea that sadness brings isolation. We are most alone, most cut off from the possibility of comfort, when we are most in need of it. "It's not even like you can like rip off the mask and let it all hang out when you're in private around people who care about you," she confides, "because there's only so long you can keep dumping your pain on other people before eventually they start to get fed up. Which makes being in pain an incredibly lonely experience."

Also a universal one of course. The charm of "We're Gonna Die" is in how effectively (and humorously) Ms. Lee converts the exaltation that pop music can spread into a kind of collective consolation for life's unavoidable woes. Employing the same basic tools of songcraft -- catchy choruses, relatable lyrics, uplifting melodies -- she applies them not to the eternal subject of swooning romance but to darker if no less common experiences (more common experiences, probably): loneliness, unhappiness, the gut-churning 4 a.m. fears about the pointless mystery of life that all sensible souls are prey to. There is comfort, Ms. Lee suggests, in public celebration of the private misery we keep locked away for fear it will leave us too exposed. [NY Times]

Earlier this year, playwright Young Jean Lee adapted her cabaret We're Gonna Die, that she debuted in NYC at Joe's Pub in 2011 (the show the above review is from), into an album -- the debut release by her band Future Wife. The album has an impressive list of guests either performing or reading monologues, including David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock, Matmos, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld. It was produced by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas and Leverage Models. Lou Reed was a fan too, and called her "one of the most accomplished, articulate, versatile and hilarious playwrights, musicians, artists that we in America have to offer."

She's now made a video for one of the album's tracks, "I'm Gonna Die," which makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it, along with the album's tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Young Jean Lee made a video from her LP w/ David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock & more (watch)"

Big Ears

Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.

Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.

The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.

by Andrew Sacher


It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.

Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.

Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...

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Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)

The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.

You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.

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Polaris Prize

The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on September 23. Who do you think it will be? Check out the full short list below.

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