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DIIV's new double album, Is the Is Are, is out next week. You may have already heard a few of the songs, but now the whole thing is available to listen to, via The Guardian. Listen below.

The band's upcoming three-night run at Market Hotel in March is sold out, and DIIV have shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco next February. They're currently on their way to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand to play the multi-city Laneway Festival. All dates are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Japanese Breakfast

We just mentioned that Philly indie-punks Little Big League would be playing their first show since 2014 in Philly on 2/20 opening for The Loved Ones and Cayetana (sold out). It will in fact be their second show since 2014, as they've now announced a NYC show happening a day earlier at Shea Stadium (2/19). They'll be co-headlining with Ovlov, who have also been on a hiatus, and Painted Zeroes and Real Life Buildings are opening. Tickets are on sale now.

Little Big League singer Michelle Zauner's new band Dog Island (who haven't released music yet) also open for DIIV at Market Hotel on March 3, and since we last spoke Yvette were added to that bill. Tickets are still available.

Michelle's solo project Japanese Breakfast also announced that her debut album Psychopomp would be out on April 1 via Yellow K Records. It features the lead single "In Heaven," which is more ethereal dream pop than Little Big League. It's a real nice-sounding song and you can hear it below. That's the album artwork above.

Continue reading "Little Big League playing shows, including NYC with Ovlov; Japanese Breakfast streaming track off debut album"

photo: Amber Coffman in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Amber Coffman

Dirty Projectors member Amber Coffman took to Twitter last night to describe a situation where she was sexually assaulted by publicist Heathcliff Berru, who founded Life or Death PR. After she made her story public, other women musicians and industry folk came forward with similar stories, including Best Coast, Tearist, publicist Beth Martinez, and still a handful of others. Motormouth Media owner Judy Silverman wrote "I've known ambers story for 3 years. It was not mine to tell publicly. But people knew" and "he worked for me, he did not harass me physically. i am not a young hottie. mental abuse was real tho" and she has been tweeting stories all day. Wavves, who Heathcliff had been doing PR for, publicly fired him.

UPDATE: DIIV just left Life or Death too.

UPDATE 2: Heathcliff stepped down. Read Life or Death's statement below.

UPDATE 3: Heathcliff gave his own statement to LA Weekly. Read it below.

UPDATE 4: In a series of tweets, Killer Mike wrote:

"My Publicist Lost his wife, biz & Rep. My friend Got an ear full from me about how fucked up he behaved. Amber deserves all our support. And she and those other women have mine. My day to day publicist is Dunkin and he will continue to be. Cliff is still my friend and i will support him in being a better human being. Life or death is no more and cliff will be dealing with his drug and alcohol issues. My real desire is to see These women Whole healthy and rocking out like great artist and members or the culture. I'm glad The employees (former) of life or death had a plan ready for clients and we chug along without Cliff but with hope that he grows. Into the best version of himself we all know is there. My best wishes again to Amber and all the women involved. Your bravery is Admirable.
UPDATE 5: The rest of the Life or Death staff resigned and they're planning to form a new company. LOD's Nick Dierl said to The FADER:
In light of recent events, the remainder of the Life or Death staff is leaving the company today.
We are saddened by the circumstances under which we are departing but are grateful for the opportunity we had together.
There will be a new venture imminently that bears no ties to Heathcliff Berru or the Life or Death name.
More soon from Bradley, Linda, Duncan, Emily and Nick.
Here are some of the stories:

As a few people have implied on Twitter, these may only be a few of Heathcliff's known assault stories. He has yet to comment.

Disclosure: BrooklynVegan is in regular communication with Life or Death PR about coverage of and booking some of the artists they represent.

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Best Coast & more accuse publicist Heathcliff Berru of sexual assault (he stepped down)"

Dog Island

Dog Island is a new NYC band with Little Big League / Japanese Breakfast singer/guitarist Michelle Zauner, Moon singer and A Place to Bury Strangers collaborator Alanna Nuala Higgins, and drummer Kat Casale. They haven't released any recordings yet, but they do have some shows coming up.

One is the first of DIIV's three shows at the soon-to-be open Market Hotel (3/3). Tickets for that one are on sale now. Before that, they play Silent Barn on Thursday (1/14) with Fern Mayo, T-Rexstasy and Cutters. Tickets for that one are on sale too.

Little Big League, who haven't played live since 2014, will return to the stage in Philly this February with The Loved Ones and Cayetana.

Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel in December 2015 (more by PSquared)
Sleater Kinney at Market Hotel

Bushwick DIY venue Market Hotel, gave us a preview of its renovated space back in December with Sleater-Kinney, and has just announced its first slate of official shows. Things kick off with official re-opening parties next weekend: January 22 it's Via App, Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher and "very special guests tba" and then January 23 it's Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Pill and "special guests tba." For both of those shows, tickets will be available at the door only (price TBA).

The initial slate of shows includes three nights of DIIV, Krautrock icons Faust, Show Me the Body, The Soft Moon, Girlpool, Mykkyi Blanco and more. Highlights:

Feb 5 - Show Me the Body, Moor Mother Goddess, Blackie
Feb 13 - The Soft Moon, UNIFORM
Mar 3 - DIIV, Dog Island
Mar 5 - DIIV (opener tba)
Mar 25 - Girlpool
Mar 30 - Faust
May 5 - Mykki Blanco
Tickets for all of the above shows are on sale now. There are also Bunker parties and other shows. Full initial schedule is below.

Look for more shows to be announced soon. Welcome back officially, Market Hotel.

Continue reading "Market Hotel announces initial schedule: DIIV, Faust, Girlpool, Show Me the Body, Soft Moon, Mykki Blanco & more"

photo: Tamaryn @ LPR in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tamaryn at LPR

If you're still weighing your NYC New Year's Eve options, DIIV just announced they'll play Bowery Ballroom on NYE with Tamaryn and a "special surprise guest." Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon.

Earlier this week, DIIV shared "Under the Sun," the most promising song yet from their forthcoming Is the Is Are LP and if you haven't checked that out, you can stream it below. Tamaryn, meanwhile, released her very good new album Cranekiss, back in August. You can stream that below, too.

It's Tamaryn's only upcoming show at the moment, but DIIV will be heading to Australia in early 2016. Updated dates are listed below.

Continue reading "DIIV & Tamaryn playing New Year's Eve at Bowery Ballroom"

by Bill Pearis

photo: DIIV @ Irving Plaza 9/21/2015 (more by Greg Cristman)

DIIV have shared another track from their forthcoming new album Is the Is Are. "Under the Sun" is perhaps the closest they've come to sparkling guitar pop, falling somewhere between late-'80s Echo & the Bunnymen and DIIV's recent tourmates Ride. You can stream it below.

Is the Is Are will be out February 5 via Captured Tracks. DIIV will be in Australia that month for a short tour. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "DIIV share new single, "Under the Sun" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


DIIV have announced details on their new album Is the Is Are. It's out February 5, 2016 via Captured Tracks -- that's the cover art above and the 17-song tracklist is below. One song, "Blue Boredom," features Sky Ferreira. They've also shared a new song, "Bent (Roi's Song)," which is a little more midtempo than we usually hear from DIIV, and a little groovier too, with plentiful wash of tremolo'd glide guitar slid throughout. Stream it via Spotify below.

DIIV are on tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean now, and that hits NYC on Sunday (11/8) at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "DIIV announce details of new album 'Is the Is Are,' share "Bent (Roi's Song),""

photos by Debi Del Grande

Julian Casablancas / Die Antwoord / Coathangers / FIDLAR / Growlers
Beach Goth 4
Beach Goth 4
Beach Goth 4
Beach Goth 4
Beach Goth 4
Beach Goth 4

Highlights from the main stage, appropriately named Beach Goth, included FIDLAR, a party punk band that sings mostly about drinking beer and not doing homework. While the lyrics are silly and quit meaningless, it was fun to let go and dance around to high-energy power chords. Also, props to the band for being the only ones to start a circle mosh pit in the beer garden.

Julian Casablancas and the Voidz was another highlight from the main stage. While hardcore Casablancas fans lost it, it was a little difficult to connect with some of the avant-garde music and warped vocals due to some sound issues.

Casablancas did return to the main stage, however, during the Growlers hour-long set, joining the band for a version of the Doors' "People are Strange." Deep vocals from Casablancas balanced Brooks Nielsen's trademark rasp nicely. The Growlers, who played a completely different set on Sunday, then finished out the night by taking requests from the audience. - [OC Register]

Day 2 of The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth fest featured sets from Julian Casablancas + Voidz, The Coathangers, DIIV, Die Antwoord, FIDLAR (who came dressed as Lumbergh from Office Space), a surprise appearances from Pauly Shore and Warren G and more.

Pictures from Day 1 of Beach Goth 4 are HERE. Lots more from Day 2, below....

Continue reading "2015 Beach Goth fest day 2 pics: Julian Casablancas, FIDLAR, Die Antwoord, The Growlers, DIIV & more"

photos by Greg Cristman

Ride / DIIV @ Irving Plaza 9/21/2015

"A lot of people have been commenting about the vocals," Gardener says. "We love the Byrds; we love the Beach Boys, the bands that did that well. It's lovely, given all that I've been through with Andy, going from school onward, that we can stand and sing together like that in harmony now." He adds this: "And also our lifestyle's a bit better than it was back then." Father of a seventeen-month-old daughter, Gardener avers that these days his only poison, if you can call it that, is vaping pot.

In an interview last fall with Drowned in Sound about the Ride reunion, Gardener predicted 2015 would be a "mad year." Three-quarters of the way through it, he confirms as much: "It's definitely been fucking mad, yeah. I think the plan is not to have plans and go one show at a time. I sort of sound like a footballer or whatever: 'One game at a time.' " - [Village Voice]

Ride's "mad year" and reunion tour rolled through NYC for its second time, playing two nights at Irving Plaza: Monday (9/21) with DIIV and Tuesday with Montreal's Besnard Lakes. Did you go to one or both? More pictures from Monday's show with DIIV, plus setlists from both shows, are below.

Ride and Besnard Lakes head to Asbury Park's Stone Pony tonight (9/23)  and tickets are still available.

In other news, Hurricane #1, the Oasis-ish band Andy Bell formed after Ride broke up in the '90s, have a new album on the way. Mind you Bell's not on it --  singer/guitarist Alex Lowe reformed the band with a new lineup (including Teenage Fanclub drummer Paul Quinn) and will release Find What You Love and Let It Kill You in November. You can hear snippets of three songs from the album below.

Continue reading "Ride played 2 nights at Irving Plaza (setlists + pics from night 1 w/ DIIV); Hurricane #1 reform w/o Andy Bell, ready new LP"

by Bill Pearis

photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)

If you're wondering what the new DIIV album, Is the Is Are, will be like, the Brooklyn band have just given us the first taste. "Dopamine" is a little more produced, with vocals more forward in the mix, but otherwise is in DIIV's signature hazy style. Stream it below.

DIIV will play NYC's Irving Plaza on Monday (9/21) opening for Ride, and then they'll be back to headline  Webster Hall on November 8 on their tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean -- tickets to both shows are sill available.

Continue reading "DIIV share "Dopamine" from forthcoming LP (listen)"

photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)

Before they start their tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean, DIIV will play a few slots opening for reunited shoegazers Ride on their fall tour. Those dates include the first of two shows at NYC's Irving Plaza (9/21). Tickets for that, as well as Ride's 9/22 Irving Plaza show with Besnard Lakes, are still available. There is also a discounted two-day Irving Plaza pass, plus VIP options. Ride and Besnard Lakes also play Asbury Park's Stone Pony Summerstage on 9/23 and tickets are still available.

DIIV's new album Is the Is Are is due out before the end of the year via Captured Tracks. All DIIV and Ride tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "DIIV opening for Ride on select East Coast tour dates, including first of two NYC shows"

photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)
DIIV at Levitation Fest 2015

DIIV have yet to share a song from their upcoming new album, Is the Is Are, but they've just announced an extensive fall tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean joining them on most dates. The tour wraps up in NYC at Webster Hall on November 8 with both No Joy and Sunflower Bean on the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "DIIV announce fall tour with No Joy & Sunflower Bean (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Capitol Hill Block Party

Seattle's annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns in 2015 from July 24-26. This year's lineup includes Ratatat, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, The Julie Ruin, Shabazz Palaces, Flatbush Zombies, Deafheaven, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lower Dens, Girlpool, Protomartyr and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

SSDD (photo by Invisible Hour)

As always, the lineup includes a few cool local Seattle bands, and it's a good way to check out some of those bands if you're coming to the fest from out of town. One is SSDD (aka "Steal Shit Do Drugs"). They include former members of The Intelligence, The Dutchess & the Duke and more, and they just put out a new EP First Comes Money on Help Yourself Records this week. They make garage punk that's pretty catchy and clear-sounding as far as garage punk goes, but still driving and full of attitude. Stream their new EP below.

So Pitted

Another cool Seattle punk band that isn't is playing Capitol Hill Block Party, and have a hometown show with Happy Diving and Never Young a few days beforehand, is So Pitted. Their latest release is this year's 1 EP, which is a little murkier and freakier than SSDD. They've had their praises sung by other Seattle bands, like Chastity Belt. They also recently played a Sub Pop-curated show with White Lung, and ended up on one of the Sub Pop staffers' year-end lists in 2014. You can stream their newest EP below and download it (name your price) here.

Continue reading "Capitol Hill Block Party includes Ratatat, TVOTR, Father John Misty, SSDD & more ++ get to Seattle early and see So Pitted"

Beach Goth

The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth Festival happens October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The Growlers play both days, and the lineup also includes Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, FIDLAR, Camera Obscura, Ghost, Juicy J, Warpaint, DIIV, Touche Amore, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Mix-A-Lot (seriously), Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Allah-Las, Del the Funky Homosapien, Subhumans, Wanda Jackson, The Adicts, together PANGEA, Moving Units, My Life With A Thrill Kill Kult, The's and more. Plus, one of the headliners is still TBA.

Tom Green is hosting it, and Pauly Shore is hosting a rap battle with Riff Raff. There's also Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, roller skating, a time machine, and more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Beach Goth 2015 lineup (Grimes, Ghost, Julian Casablancas, Wanda Jackson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Camera Obscura, DIIV, more)"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Ride / Patti Smith / Gaz Coombes / Savages @ Field Day 6/7/2015
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London

The polarities of Sunday's rock-friendly bill are represented by Mac DeMarco and Savages. DeMarco is a nonchalant goofball whose slacker self-deprecation ("We got nothing else to do") and wayward frazzle-rock suits the genial tempo of a blazingly hot afternoon. By contrast, Savages are all discipline and attack. Their spiky punk noir is like a glass shard to the ribs and Jehnny Beth, who dedicates Fuckers to anyone dismayed by the general election result, is an increasingly formidable frontwoman.

And so to the veterans. Patti Smith's 40-year-old album Horses was a jukebox of influences - garage-rock, soul, reggae - reconfigured with a poetic downtown sensibility. She performs it in full with urgency, pathos (dedicating Elegie to "anyone you wish to remember") and wry humour. After slightly botching Break It Up she says, "I never do nothing perfect. I only fuck up perfect." Reunited 90s indie heroes Ride have a slim catalogue for headliners, but they make a glorious noise, intense yet comforting: frontman Mark Gardener dedicates the effects-pedal firestorm on Drive Blind to obvious influences My Bloody Valentine. They are clearly delighted to be back. Early in the set, the propulsive Seagull goes down so well that Gardener says, "Good night! Only joking." - [The Guardian]

London's Field Day Festival took place last weekend (June 6 & 7) in Victoria Park, with a very impressive lineup. Day 2 featured Patti Smith, Ride, Savages, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Viet Cong, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Matthew E. White, Ducktails, Allah-Las and more. Pictures from that day are in this post. Day 1 featured Run the Jewels, Caribou, FKA twigs, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Stealing Sheep, QT and more.

Viet Cong will be in NYC this week for Northside Fest, playing two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Girl Band, plus American Wrestlers on Saturday (6/13), and Sannhet on Sunday (6/14). Advance tickets for both are sold out, but they will be taking limited Northside badges, so if you have one of those, arrive early. More pictures from Day 2 of London's Field Day festival, below....

Continue reading "London's Field Day fest pics: Ride, Patti Smith, Gaz Coombes, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, DIIV, Eagulls & more"

DIIV at Governors Ball 6/5/2015(photo by @glanzman_ben)

DIIV played the first day of the 2015 Governors Ball and while there for it, frontman Cole Smith talked briefly with Billboard about their forthcoming second album, Is the Is Are, which he calls "really personal." You can watch that video below.

In other news, DIIV will "reenact your dreams" as part of an immersive NYC theater project called Houseworld. To have this happen you'll need to donate $10,000 towards Houseworld's Kickstarter. There are three DIIV dream spots available which will be part of this fall's performances of Houseworld. What is Houseworld? Creator Andrew Hoepfner described it to MTV like this:

In Houseworld, you walk into a giant mansion by yourself and step into a dreamworld. You start walking through these rooms and meeting the strange people that live in them. Often these interactions are one on one. You have conversations with the characters. You play games against them. You try to solve the puzzles of the house. Sometimes the characters yell at you or sing to you. You give objects to them, and do things that influence the behavior of these characters and can drastically change the outcome of the performance.For two-and-a-half hours, the audience is seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching an alternate reality. Houseworld is kind of like going inside of that old adventure game Maniac Mansion.
Making its debut with four sold-out shows earlier this year, Houseworld is looking to do 33 more performances starting in September. You can watch a trailer for Houseworld below.

Continue reading "DIIV played Governors Ball, talked to Billboard about new LP (video), will reenact your dreams for new theater project"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1

When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.

Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)

The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.

Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...

Continue reading "Austin's Levitation Fest day 1 pics: Tame Impala, DIIV, METZ, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, White Fence & more"

photo: DIIV @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

DIIV, who tweeted that their new album is titled Is the Is Are and it'll be out this fall on Captured Tracks (sounds kinda jokey and un-Googlable though), are gearing up for their season of festivals which include Desert Daze, Levitation, Primavera Sound and Governors Ball. Before that, the band will play a warm-up gig here in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on Tuesday (4/28) with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "DIIV say their new LP is titled 'Is the Is Are,' playing Baby's All Right with Sunflower Bean before Levitation & other festivals (dates)"

photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.

The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...

Continue reading "Warpaint releasing new singles in 2015 (listen to the first), touring Europe, headlining 2015 Desert Daze fest (line-up)"


The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2015 lineup announced"


Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2015 lineup (Bjork, Drake, Ratatat, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, Decemberists, War on Drugs, LDR, more)"

by Bill Pearis

Sky / DIIV @ Glasslands' final show

New Year's Eve was the last-ever show for Glasslands on Kent Ave in Williamsburg. The night's secret lineup turned out to be DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns, and openers Beverly. Right before midnight, Glasslands/Popgun owners Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal took the stage to thank everyone, bring a few other staffmembers up and ring in 2015, right after which Sky and her band came out, kicking of their set with "Everything's Embarrassing."

Beverly's opening set finished with a cover of The Smiths' "I Know It's Over," which they worked up especially for the night. For the Smith Westerns, who flew in from Chicago just for this show, it was not only their last show at Glasslands, it was their final show ever. (The band decided to break up when guitarist Max Kakacek quit; frontman Cullen Omori is going solo.) DIIV played a handful of new songs alongside favorites like "How Long Have You Known" and "Sometime." Once the live music ended, the danceparty with DJs Discovery began and continued to late into the night.

With that, the once busy block has now gone quiet, musically, as Vice moves into the spaces that once were Glasslands, Death by Audio, Indiescreen, etc. RIP Kent / S. 2nd. Glasslands have said, it's "not forever," so maybe we'll see a new location (or a new club from the same folks)?

A few more cameraphone/instagrams from Glasslands' final night, below...

Continue reading "Glasslands, RIP (DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns & Beverly were the last bands to play)"

Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2014 adds a ton of more artists"

DIIV @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

DIIV will be playing a few shows around the country in October while they still work on their second album. Those include a CMJ show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on October 21. The rest of the line-up for that Tuesday show is still TBA. BK Bazaar shows are usually free, but this one's a paid show and tickets go on sale today (9/5) at noon.

Other dates include The Growlers' third-annual Beach Goth Festival in Santa Ana, CA with Joyce Manor, La Femme, GZA and loads more (and hosted by Pauly Shore!) and others. All DIIV dates are listed below.

Continue reading "DIIV playing shows in October, including CMJ at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (dates)"