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by Andrew Sacher

Savages at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared Photography)

London post-punk four-piece Savages, who have proved to be a major force on stage, finally channeled that power into a debut album, Silence Yourself, which came out today (5/7) via Matador. It captures their live energy well, and the record's reminiscent of the Interpol-led post-punk revival of the early '00s in that it really shines new light on '80s post-punk without blindly aping it, and it's sure to be a gateway to that era for many young new fans. You can stream it HERE and pick it up at the Matador webstore.

Savages are on a European tour this month, and they'll continue to support the new album with more North American dates in July surrounding their appearance at Pitchfork Festival. Those dates include a NYC show happening on July 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/8) at noon. Savages return to North America in the fall for ACL. All tour dates are listed below.

Savages are also taking part in a Creators Project show on Thursday (5/9) which will stream live on the Creators Project YouTube channel. The show also features sets by Johnny Hostile (who is one half of John and Jehn with Savages singer Jehnny Beth), Changeover and Curfew. It airs at 4:15 PM EDT and Savages are on at 5:00 PM EDT.

All dates are listed, along with the video for "Shut Up," below...

Continue reading "Savages announce summer tour (Webster Hall included), performing on Creators Project webcast (dates)"

still from "Yet Again" video
Yet Again still

Grizzly Bear, who just played Manhattan's tony Radio City Music Hall on Monday (9/24), have just released the video for "Yet Again" from their much-praised album, Shields. The clip was directed by Emily Kai Bock who put Grimes in a locker for "Oblivion" and for the Brooklyn band has fashioned a narrative about a figure skater who falls through the ice and into another, dreamlike world. You can watch it below.

While the video, produced in partnership with The Creators Project, doesn't actually feature the band, they will be enterering their own dreamlike world soon. Well, Europe at least, when Grizzly Bear head across the Atlantic to tour with Villagers after a short West Coast stint with Lower Dens.

Video is below.

Continue reading "new Grizzly Bear video - "Yet Again" (watch)"

Animal Collective

Animal Collective revealed the first and super distorted lead single for their new album, Centipede Hz. It's called "Today's Supernatural" and you can stream it below. The track was premiered last night on Animal Collective Radio, a new weekly online radio show, which airs every Sunday at 9PM EST, presented by Domino and Creators Project. Each show is hosted by a different member of Animal Collective. Last night it was hosted by Panda Bear, and in addition to the premiere of the new single, his show featured guest DJ sets by Black Dice, Sublime Frequenices, and Haunted Graffiti. If you missed last night's show, it will be streaming on loop for the 24 hours following its airing.

As mentioned, Animal Collective will support the new album on a tour with Micachu & the Shapes which hits NYC on October 5 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream "Today's Supernatural" below...

Continue reading "listen to the new Animal Collective single (stream)"


Not only is Bjork playing those four shows at Roseland, but they are in the round, and she's also playing six more at The New York Hall of Science in Queens in February. That's 10 NYC shows total! More details and exact dates below...

Continue reading "Bjork playing 10 NYC shows! Six at the New York Hall of Science! (four at Roseland) (in the round!)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

ASAP Rocky
Creator's Project

One, two, and now three. It continues below...

Continue reading "one last set of pics from the 2011 NYC Creators Project"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, Justice shots by Bryan Derballa

Creators Project

As we were saying, the Creators Project takeover of DUMBO went down this past weekend. Here is a second set of pictures from Saturday, now with Justice, Florence & the Machine, and more. They continue below...

Continue reading "Creators Project in DUMBO in pics -- part 2 (Justice, Florence & the Machine, Queen Sea Big Shark & more)"

words & photos by BBG

Creators Project

Hopefully, there weren't masses that headed to DUMBO on Saturday (10/15) expecting a few Mozz-a-repa stands, a sausage & pepper cart, and a dealer selling his collection of "tobacco" pipes while looking for the live music. The Creators Project had much more to offer. It celebrated the different facets of creativity within art, music, and theater while showcasing live music alongside interactive sculpture to create a wholly different "festival" environment.

The musical portion was limited to two live stages and a third "DJ" stage which also housed a few exhibits. One live stage was located under an archway beneath the Manhattan Bridge. The other was in the "Tobacco Warehouse", a brick structure that has also hosted the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The shows were free, though you needed to RSVP (and even then you needed a confirmation that you were accepted).

I kicked off my afternoon at the Tobacco Warehouse stage with Teen Daze whose laptop knob-twiddling didn't make for much of a live event. After a few songs I moved on to my first band of the day, Brooklyn's Chairlift. Caroline Polachek is the clear focus of the band's sound, with her vocals pushed to the front and the electronic-pop complementing her lilting voice. Their sunny and simple compositions were sugar-y, well executed and a good way to ease into the day, but not particularly memorable. The next performance would bring about an abrupt change.

John Maus
Creators Project

No one outcrazys John Maus. After the crew cleared the stage of seemingly every piece of gear, the very unassuming Maus came on to plug his Roland SP-404 sampler into the DI and his microphone into an echo pedal. With the hit of his sampler, Maus kicked off his set by bouncing left and right and jumping around. Veins bulged in his neck and face as he began to scream, sing, whimper and all but cry into his microphone during his vocal parts. Even if I had no interest in his recorded material (which I do, and tons of it), I would, as I'm sure any passerby would, still find the maniacal John Maus live (almost freak) show absolutely enthralling. Catch him again this week at 285 Kent.

After 3+ songs from Clams Casino on the laptop which was about as exciting as it sounds (dramatic key-stroke!), A$AP Rocky opened his set by explaining that people are saying he is the "biggest thing to hip hop since the Wu-Tang Clan". I'd like to meet these people. Regardless of how over/correctly hyped A$AP is, he and his crew (which included an appearance from Spaceghostpurrp) were particularly high energy - stage-diving, inciting mosh-pits, and hopping around on stage. The crowd didn't move with the same enthusiasm though. Despite calls for more participation, the crew didn't ignite similar energy in the crowd.

After a visit to see Four Tet (another knob-twiddling set), I cruised over to see Bradford Cox do a one-man Atlas Sound. I prefer Atlas Sound in full band mode to Bradford solo, but his set was fresh change to the mostly electronic vibe of the day. Cox's voice coupled with the Bridge backdrop and the Manhattan skyline was particularly impressive.

Company Flow
Creators Project

Up next was Company Flow, my main motivation for being there since I missed their recent reunion shows at ATP and Santos Party House.

It had been around 14 years since I saw Company Flow on tour with Organized Konfusion, the former celebrating their seminal Funcrusher Plus and the latter promoting what may be their final effort, The Equinox. That summer in 1997, Co-Flow sounded so alien to everything else in the era; primitive, noisy beats made with crude synths and harsh scratches were complemented by abstract and double-time rhymes. Lead by a white redhead-ed MC (a rarity in the era), Company Flow was truly unique in their time.

Company Flow were massive to me in that certain, early-backpacker Rawkus era, the blast-off point for El-P's noisy and dystopian blueprint at Definitive Jux. So it pains me to say that the primitive Company Flow sound hasn't aged so well live; El-P still has a good stage presence as always, but unfortunately the rawness of the tracks just now come across as simplistic in comparison to his sleeker production. It was good to see the crew though, and with Pharoahe Monch in tow, much like that night in DC in 1997.

After Co-Flow, I caught a bit of Florence & The Machine before calling it an evening meaning I also missed the abbreviated Justice DJ set. Though cops shut down Jusice early and a vocal minority of DUMBO residents complained about the takeover of their neighborhood streets, the complaints were minor leagues compared to the impressive spectacle that descended on art galleries, parks, storefronts, and even an archway underneath the Manhattan Bridge.

We're splitting this into multiple parts, so stay tuned for the rest. Meanwhile, more pictures of everything I saw, below...

Continue reading "Creators Project in DUMBO in pics & review -- part 1 (Company Flow, John Maus, A$AP Rocky, Chairlift & more)"

John Maus @ Creators Project - 10/15/2011 (by ribbonmusic)

As you can see in the above picture, John Maus has hit the Creators Project stage in DUMBO. I think that means nobody will get mad if I reveal now that John Maus is one of the unannounced acts playing the Domino CMJ showcase at 285 Kent on Wednesday. One more act TBA (it's not the Domino-signed Arctic Monkeys who play Music Hall of Williamsburg the same night).

"Karen O's "Stop the Virgens" psycho opera blew my mind last night!Seriously the best piece of musical art that I've seen in ages.I LOVED it!" - Santigold

Karen O & friends @ St. Ann's (photo by joshmorrissey)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"The costume, hair and makeup tell the story just as much as the music and choreography do," Karen O explained days before tonight's opening of her much-anticipated psycho-opera, "Stop the Virgens." "The symbolic evolution of what happens to the characters is witnessed through their physical transformations."

To help bring her vision to life, Karen enlisted what she calls her "glam squad": the costume designer Christiane Hultquist (a k a Christian Joy) and the makeup artist Mike Potter. "Mike is a phenomenon. I envy his impeccable taste as a lover of beauty off the beaten path," Karen said. "Christiane is an artist before a designer. She's a visionary, and her costumes look amazing onstage." The trio's longstanding relationship -- they've spent more than a decade taking creative risks together, onstage and off -- is rooted in tacit understanding and concrete trust. "The way I work with Christiane and Mike is to mostly let them do what they want. It works best that way." -[New York Times]

Karen O's Stop the Virgens debuted on Wednesday night at St. Ann's Warehouse and continues tonight until October 22. Tickets are still available. Trailer below.

Saturday's performance is also part of The Creators Project, which will also feature performances from Justice, Florence & The Machine, Company Flow, the newly-signed A$AP Rocky with Clams Casino, Four Tet, and many many others in addition to art installations at multiple locations in DUMBO. Unfortunately, the RSVP is closed and some people have been getting emails that dis-invite them.... oof.

If you do have a ticket or plan on sneaking in, check out the set times and more event details and event videos, below...

Continue reading "Karen O's 'Stop the Virgens' continues @ St. Ann's (trailer), Creators Project this weekend (set times)"

ASAP Rocky

A press release reads:

The much buzzed about rapper A$AP Rocky has signed with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records, it was announced today by Bryan Leach, President of Polo Grounds Music, Inc. and Peter Edge, Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group.

"I feel great about the new deal; I believe it was destined and with a label like Polo Grounds & RCA behind me I don't see anything stopping us," says A$AP Rocky. "I wanted go with the right partner that can help get a bigger platform to get me and my A$AP crew's music and movement out. I expect to be in the same league as today's most relevant artists, and there are just some things you can't do on your own. The plan is to not only release great music, culture, and style for myself and A$AP worldwide, but to also be the next major artist/exec in the business and make great business men out of my brothers."...

...A$AP Rocky will perform at Vice magazine's Creators Project on Saturday, October 15 and the Fader Fort showcase during the CMJ Festival on Saturday, October 22. A$AP Rocky has also been tapped to join Drake's "Club Paradise" tour this fall.

Check out the video for "Purple Swag" below...

Continue reading "ASAP Rocky gets a big record contract, playing Creators Project & Fader Fort, touring w/ Drake"

Creators Project


The Creators Project will return to New York from October 15 - October 16 by transforming the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn into a colossal two-day arts and technology festival.

After spending the year traveling the world, VICE and Intel's The Creators Project lands back in New York with a marquee lineup of live performances and original Studio works by groundbreaking artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers.

This year's festival will take to the streets of DUMBO, Brooklyn, erecting 30-foot sculptures, showcasing works from over thirty leading international artists, and featuring dozens of live music performances. The event will also include the world premiere of Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens, along with film screenings and panels.

Original artworks include Life on Mars Revisited, an immersive short film of David Bowie's classic space-rock anthem from legendary music photographer Mick Rock and filmmaker Barney Clay; 'A Physical Manifestation of Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space,' a cathedral-like physical manifestation of the song created by Spiritualized's J. Spaceman and acclaimed film director Jonathan Glazer; and Origin, a striking thirty by thirty foot audiovisual installation by UVA and composer Scanner, which will be the largest responsive work ever created by the UK based artists.

The festival runs:
Saturday 12-10pm
Sunday 12-8pm
Except for Karen O at St Ann's, it's all free with RSVP.

Lineup, venue list, etc, below...

Continue reading "Creators Project announces 2 day DUMBO fest (Florence & the Machine, Atlas Sound, Company Flow, Four Tet, John Maus, more)"

Karen O

As you know, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has an opera coming to St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. Kicking off in conjunction with VICE's "Creator's Project" (more details TBA), the show will actually run on eight nights from October 12-22...

An assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs.

Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor

Tickets for those shows and the rest of St. Ann's 2011-2012 season including another run of Daniel Kitson shows, and The Tiger Lillies (starring Justin Bond), are on sale now!

Karen O

The Creators Project (the Vice Intel creative projects thing) is returning to NYC. You may remember them from their presence at Coachella and from when they were in NYC in June 2010 when they featured performances by Gang Gang Dance, Neon Indian, Interpol, and others and artwork by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, and others.

The Creators Project are returning to NYC in October to present a piece by Nick Zinner's fellow Yeah Yeah Yeah Karen O.

Following last year's launch in New York, The Creators Project's return will feature a Karen O psycho-opera, an assault on the tragic joys of youth. Directed by Adam Rapp, the work will be produced by The Studio, a multimillion-dollar global studio launched this year by The Creators Project that produces and distributes works from artists representing a cross-section of creative disciplines. The premiere will take place at the critically acclaimed, St. Ann's Warehouse.
The "psycho-opera" is set to happen four days before CMJ starts (CMJ runs from October 18-22). Check the Creator's Project blog and event page for updates.

the inside of the ball (via Paul Tao, thx Hiro!)
Arcade Fire


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.

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"

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...

Continue reading "inside the Creators Project Arcade Fire Coachella beach balls & the continuation of the experience online..."

"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
Arcade fire

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...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire headlined Coachella, it was awesome, there were light up balloons! (pics, video, setlist)"

Interpol @ Radio City in Feb. (more)

Interpol, who recently announced a partnership with the Creators Project to bring "a new visual experience to match (the band's) live set," has announced more tour dates including May 6th at Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ and May 8th at Terminal 5 in NYC. It's unclear who's opening the NJ show, but Blonde Redhead are definitely also playing the NY one which goes on "Sickday" presale this Wednesday. Tickets for the "Sickday Fuzzy Sock Hop" go on general sale Friday, and tickets for the NJ show are available at the Pajo-less band's site now.

All tour dates and a Creators Project video below...

Continue reading "Interpol announce more dates - Asbury Park, Terminal 5 w/ Blonde Redhead & more"

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

MNDR & Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson

As previously mentioned, Mark Ronson will kick off two days of NYC shows starting tonight, Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The second night happens on Tuesday, 10/12, at the larger Webster Hall. Both shows, and the two California ones that were since added (dates below) are in support of Ronson's new album Record Collection which is out now.

And: "While in New York, Mark Ronson, along with Q-tip and MNDR, will perform the hit track 'Bang Bang Bang' on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, October 11th." MNDR is also confirmed as being a member of Ronson's band (The Business Intl) at all shows. Whether Q-Tip will show up at MHOW or Webster Hall is still a mystery.

Tickets to the Music Hall show are gone, but tickets are still available to the one at Webster Hall. Both shows will be opened by Francis & The Lights. Tickets are also still available for a third NYC appearance, also taking place Tuesday but in the afternoon, at WNYC's Greene Space. It will probably be a short show, but as a bonus, Nellie McKay is playing it too.

For a longer Nellie McKay show, catch her when she returns to Highline Ballroom on December 11th. Tickets are on sale now.

Mark Ronson and MNDR appeared at the Creators Project event that took place at Milk Studios in June. An unposted set of pictures from that event (where Ronson was only DJing), along with all dates, continue below...

Continue reading "Mark Ronson playing Letterman w/ Q-Tip, LA & Greene Space w/ Nellie McKay (who added a show too) -- dates & new pics "

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

"This M.I.A. album is unforgivable. Y'all put her on the cover of your magazines before actually hearing this thing, right?" - Chris Weingarten

"every1 who came 2nite to PS1 TO REP the LP Release party THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU! !!!!!! i dint get to say it coz the cop turn my sound off!.." - _M_I_A_

M.I.A. @ The Creators Project in June

"The record is a shambling mess, devoid of the bangers that characterized Arular and Kala, two of the stronger pop albums of the past decade. It aims to capture a technological and cultural zeitgeist in its over-stimulated, digitally degraded sound, but the songs are too flimsy to carry her bold conceit. Without compelling tunes, the obnoxious public antics, dubious political messages, and thin voice that had grated on her naysayers have become impossible for even dedicated fans to ignore. It's as if everything that was great about M.I.A. has been stripped from this music, leaving behind only the most alienating aspects of her art and public persona." [Pitchfork (Matthew Perpetua) gave / \ / \ / \ Y / \ a 4.4]
M.I.A.'s new album is streaming on MySpace.

M.I.A.'s next NYC show is on Governors Island.

M.I.A.'s last NYC show was at PS1 last night, Sunday, July 11th, sort of. As previously mentioned, she was only scheduled to play a very short set, and as you can see by her tweet above, that set was cut even shorter (by actors pretending to be cops. just kidding! well, you never know).

M.I.A.'s last show that was longer than 5 minutes was her semi-surprise appearance at the June 26th Creators Project event. A full set of pictures from that show (pot leaf glasses and all), below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork trashes new M.I.A. album, cops break up release party @ PS1 +++ here are those Creators Project pics"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Ryan Barkan

Mark Ronson & MNDR @ Milk Studios
Creators Project

The show spaces were predictably cozy and cramped, and USA lost their World Cup match again Ghana, but besides those qualms, not many bad things can be said about the Vice/Intel Creators Project event on Saturday (6/26). Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, and M.I.A., the night's secret guest, put on a singularly ridiculous, entertaining show, albeit in the crowded, low-ceilinged second floor space. Even the un-affiliated soccer game screened amicably on a huge projector before the music started. If there was one caveat, it was that not that many people, relatively, got in to enjoy the art and music presented. Then again, that's one reason the labyrinthine network of art installations and stages was so surprisingly bearable and easy to navigate.

The same second floor stage that filled up for M.I.A. was also packed to capacity for Sleigh Bells. How much you enjoyed either's set depended a great deal on where you stood (and how early you got there). Cramped in the back, Sleigh Bells sounded pitchy and uneven - but jostled up in the front, the spectacle and body-shaking bass of Die Antwoord were entirely enjoyable. It also depended on your affinity for personal space, which was in short supply anywhere with a decent view of the stage.

And a view was pretty essential to enjoying the antics of the Antwoord crew and M.I.A.'s coterie of stage guests. Mia opened with caustic punk song "Born Free" (video below) a loud if not exactly melodious entrance choice. The stage-show continued the flashy political baiting of the "Born Free" video, which played behind the song. M.I.A. donned pot leaf goggles, rainbow hair and a hooded camo jacket, with a band who alternately wore glow-stick lined clothes and MIA-logoed burkas. Others on stage included a pair of dancers (one ginger-haired), Sleigh Bell's Alexis and Derek, and Ninjasonik. More new songs came, as did "World Town" and crowd-pleasing closer "Paper Planes."

Three of the night's other bands - The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance and Interpol - set up on the first floor studio's back loading dock, which was open to 14th street and the adjacent High Line Park. Gang Gang Dance sounded dependably sturdy in the cavernous garage. Interpol played an 11-song set with four new songs (including the slow-building "Lights") - tight and together, and ready for bigger arenas. The stage was open on three sides, so even without a spot in the front of the stage you didn't get locked out.

I didn't see much on the first floor lounge - Salem took a while to set up and I skipped them to catch Interpol. Neon Indian played the downstairs too, where DJs spun throughout the day. The eighth floor of the building was also part of the show (as was the penthouse/roof VIP-area above it). On eight, there was a screening room where Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a surrealist robot drama, played among other things, as well as installations like Nick Zinner's gothy, minimal photo and ambient-score room.

After M.I.A. I went to downstairs to find Mark Ronson DJing in the first floor gallery. MNDR was on stage with him singing her song "Fade to Black". She also reportedly performed Ronson's new single "Bang Bang Bang" before I got there. NME also says...

"Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald [sang] the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead's 'Just' while executing an impressive crowd-surf.

Ex-[Pipettes] singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new 'Record Collection' tracks, 'Hey Boy' and 'You Gave Me Nothing' - the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of 'Somebody To Love Me', which features vocals from Boy George.

The rest of Ronson's set that I saw, before the end, was mostly soul and early '00s hip-hop (Pharell, Snoop, Stevie, Jay-Z). Upstairs, MIA was still on the stereo, with NASA mixing the verses of "Bombs over Baghdad" over her song "Boyz." Much of the remaining audience was on stage partying with two arthropod-looking creatures. Back downstairs, some diehards were still dancing - the bar was still stocked, and Mark Ronson behind the decks didn't give much reason to leave.

Ryan's Die Antwoord pictures were already posted (as were Ben's of Interpol). The rest of Ryan's pictures, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "a take on the Creators Project event @ Milk Studios - pics & video of Mark Ronson, MIA, MNDR, Rapture & more included"

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky


Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, at the Vice/Intel Creators Project event at Milk Studios on Saturday (6/26) (at the same time as Die Antwoord who were playing upstairs). Pictures and the setlist from that show are in this post.

Interpol's next NYC show happens in November at United Palace in Washington Heights. Tickets for that one are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Thursday at 10am.

Interpol's new Matador album now has a cover and a tracklist. That's below with the Intel pictures too...

Continue reading "Interpol Creators Project pics & setlist, United Palace presale, new album art & tracklist "

photos by Ryan Barkan

Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord played their first NYC show, and one of their first U.S. shows ever (they played Coachella), as part of the Creators Project event at Milk Studios on Saturday (June 26th). Lots of other stuff happened at the event too (like M.I.A.) and we have a full review and lots more pictures coming, but in the meantime...

Continue reading "Die Antwoord played the Creators Project in NYC (pics, video) "


Saturday's event will be streaming online. That includes the performances by Sleigh Bells, Die Antwoord and the secret guest, who, if you didn't figure it out already, is M.I.A.. UPDATE: the event will be streaming, but not the performances, just the exhibits.

Tickets are also on sale for MIA/Sleigh Bells/Die Antwoord at Governors Island.

Neon Indian also plays Creators Project, also has a show coming up at Governors Island, and is today's "creator".

DOWNLOAD: Salem - King Night (MP3)

Vice Creators Project Announcement party (more by Erez Avissar)
Vice Creators

Between the whole Northside Festival, the BrooklynVegan showcase @ MHOW, two BV-BBG heavy showcases, the Afro-Punk Fest, the final Voxtrot shows, Apples in Stereo at the Seaport and the ton of others shows, there's a lot of quality music this weekend, not the least of which is the Creators Project show at Milk Studios on Saturday, June 26th. That show will be the NY debut of Interpol's new lineup (and their first show in the city in quite some time). It'll also bring Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, SALEM, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and a special guest to perform sets (in addition to visual art and whatever else they'll have).

Most if not all of those musicians who are performing have new albums on the way. SALEM's debut, King Night, is due September 28th on IAMSOUND. The fierce, ghostly (wordless) title track is posted above. Another of those artists with a new record on the way is Mark Ronson, whose newest, Record Collection, due in September. As usual there's a long list of guests, including Q-Tip and MNDR, who sing/rap on the super catchy track "Bang Bang Bang," the retro-styled video for which is below.

All the bands that are playing the event are considered "creators", as are all the artists they have listed on their site. Not all the "creators" are performing, and not all the people playing are listed as "creators" on their site. Those that are listed have videos being made about them. A new one debuts each day. For instance, today is Fool's Gold (the label). Past featured creators include Diplo, CSS, Peaches and Mark Ronson.

The Saturday event was previously open for RSVPs, but the list is now closed. The only way to get in now is to win tickets which we have two pairs of to give away. Details and the videos below...

Continue reading "win tickets to the Creators Project party, get the new Salem MP3, check out Mark Ronson's new video w/ Q-Tip & MNDR"

photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano

Alan Palomo

In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."

It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.

For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.

For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).

Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...

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