Entries tagged with: DIIV
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.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Julian Casablancas / Die Antwoord / Coathangers / FIDLAR / Growlers
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.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.
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]
Pictures from Day 1 of Beach Goth 4 are HERE. Lots more from Day 2, below....
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.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.
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 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.
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.
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.
photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)
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.
by Andrew Sacher
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.
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.
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 18.104.22.168.'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...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Ride / Patti Smith / Gaz Coombes / Savages @ Field Day 6/7/2015
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.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.
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]
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....
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.
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
France's La Femme have an addictive sound pulling from psychedelic pop, surf rock, ye-ye and more, and as good as their recorded music is, their live shows are crazy on another level. So lucky for us, they've announced that they'll be returning to the US this fall where they have three shows announced so far -- NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 16, LA's Echoplex on October 23, and San Francisco's Beach Goth Party on 10/25 with The Growlers, The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Chelsea Wolfe, The Spits, Atlas Sound and more. CMJ is right in the middle of that gap, so it doesn't seem impossible that they'll play some shows during that as well. Tickets for LPR go on sale today (8/15) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...
By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP
Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG
DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM
Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG
Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP
After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP
Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP
Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM
One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP
Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP
I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG
After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."
Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG
Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP
photos by Chris La Putt
Sky Ferreira / DIIV @ MHOW - 7/9/14
NYC pop singer Sky Ferreira played a hometown benefit for the David Lynch Foundation at last night (7/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is an intimate location for her at this point, and needless to say, sold out. Sky played most of her 2013 debut album, Night Time, My Time, as well as a few favorites from the Ghost EP like the Dev Hynes/Ariel Rechtshaid collab, "Everything Is Embarrassing." Sky's boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith's band DIIV was added as a last-minute opener, and they played some new stuff (presumably from their upcoming sophomore album) as well as a psychedelic cover of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." There were a few DJs there for the night too, including Vito Roccoforte of The Rapture. Pictures of the show are in this post.
DIIV also have two sold out headlining shows at MHOW happening tonight (7/10) and Friday (7/11). Both are with LODRO and Regal Degal.
More pictures from last night, plus Sky's setlist, below...
DIIV @ Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, DIIV will be testing out new material on tour next month with LODRO and Regal Degal along for the ride. That trek was to kick off in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 but as that show has now sold out, they've added a second MHOW show happening the day before (7/10) with the same openers. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/4) at noon.
Updated tour dates are listed below.
DIIV @ Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It's been two years since DIIV released their debut album, Oshin. With eyes on its follow-up, Cole and the rest of the band will be testing out new material on a July tour of the East Coast and Midwest. That tour kicks off in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 with Lodro and Regal Deagal. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Thursday (5/22) at noon, with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/21) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Raveonettes / Blonde Redhead / DIIV @ Desert Daze 4/26/2014
Speaking of Deap Vally, the female rock duo had a wonderful set filled with dancing, child fans and Moon Block Party members on stage to dance and back them up on vocals. These ladies seemed comfortable in the desert air probably due to the fact that their first show ever was at the desert venue of Pappy and Harriet's. The only real hiccup for Deap Vally was that right as they were getting ready to play, guitarist Lindsey Troy had to use the Porta-Potti and couldn't find her setlist. Otherwise, most band's had smooth sailing, though Autolux started a half hour late due to technical difficulties with its keyboard, resulting in Autolux guitarist Greg Edwards cutting into his wife Raveonettes singer/bassist Sharin Foo's set. - [CMJ]The Desert Daze festival began in 2012 as an alternative to Coachella but has come into its own since, mixing international acts and California local artists. This was the second year in a row for it to be at Sunset Ranch in Oasis, California and the one-day event (4/26) featured Blonde Redhead, DIIV, The Raveonettes, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deap Vally, Autolux, Cosmonauts, and many more. Pictures from Desert Daze 2014 are in this post.
Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closed for good. As the venue was hosting its final shows, Pitchfork filmed a documentary about the venue called "RIP 285 Kent." The description reads:
The film features interviews with the personalities that pushed 285 forward, including founder Todd P., booker/manager Ric Leichtung, and managers Kaitlin Browne and Siobhan McDonald, among others. It also includes discussion with local bookers Edan Wilber, John Jacobson, John Barclay, and Pitchfork photographer Erez Avissar, plus interview and performance footage from Deafheaven, Fucked Up, DIIV, Dan Deacon, Pictureplane, Lodro, Wolf Eyes, DUST, and more.Check it out below...