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Dan Deacon (right) and MC Schmidt takes notes in Adult Swim's latest "informercial"
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Adult Swim has released another oddity into its 4 AM "Infomercial" slot that unleashed "Too Many Cooks" and "In Search of Miracle Man." Titled "Unedited Footage of a Bear," it starts off just as that but quickly transitions into commercial for fake allergy medication "Claridryl," the kind where the warnings go on longer than the selling of the product. We'll stop there, but writer/directors Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien pretty much echew any attempts at humor, happy just to be weird, unsettling and, actually, pretty scary. Dan Deacon, who has a new LP on the way and worked with the filmmakers on another Adult Swim short, did the music and cameos (along with Matmos' MC Schmidt) as a police detective. Watch it below.

For those watching it online, note that clicking the familiar "Skip Ad" button it takes you to a fake Claridryl website. If you're looking for something that's unsettling, weird and funny, you might want to try The Heart, She Holler.

Continue reading "Dan Deacon scores (and appears in) Adult Swim's latest "infomerical," 'Unedited Footage of a Bear' (watch)"

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Dan Deacon said his new album would be out in February and he's now announced all the details. It's called Gliss Riffer and will be released February 24 via Domino. He produced the album himself and you can check out the video for first single, "Feel the Lightning," below. It's a little less hyperactive than you may be used to from Dan, but the video, directed by Andrew Jeffrey Wright, definitely keeps things weird -- part Adult Swim, part Willy Wonka, and part New Order's "True Faith" video. Watch it below.

Pre-orders of the LP get colored vinyl and an inflatable Gliss Riffer hand much like the one on the LP's cover art which you can check out, with the tracklist, below. As mentioned Dan will celebrate the release of Gliss Riffer in NYC at Rough Trade on February 25 with openers Eaters. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (12/11). He's announced a few more dates since we last posted and all those are listed below.

Continue reading "Dan Deacon announces new LP 'Gliss Riffer,' shares wacky video for first single; tickets for his Rough Trade show on sale"

Dan Deacon @ DbA, 11/13/2014 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon will release his new album in February via Domino. No exact date or title given yet, but you can hear a little bit of the music from it via an album trailer. Watch that below.

Dan was last in NYC to play one of Death by Audio's final week shows. He'll be back in town to play Rough Trade on February 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (12/11) at noon. The only other dates on Dan's schedule are both in San Francisco. He plays The Exploratorium this week (12/11) and will play The Chapel the same week as the NYC show. All dates are listed, along with footage from Dan's final DbA show, below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon releasing new album in February (album trailer), playing Rough Trade and other dates"

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There are only TEN NIGHTS LEFT at Death By Audio, the DIY Williamsburg venue closing to make way for Vice to move in. Eight of those ten nights were explicitly advertising secret guests (until a minute ago). You can browse the full schedule below.

Big names who have already come in to help the venue shut down in style include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, and venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers. It is of course possible that any one of them could play again in the next ten days (especially the residents), but it is more likely that Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Future Islands and other bands who have a history with the space will pop in, such as.... DAN DEACON who is now 100% confirmed for tonight's show (11/13). Check out the poster above.

Dan, who recently led a dance contest with "team Death By Audio" while opening for Arcade Fire at Barclays Center, will make people dance after a "special interactive dance performance by Prince Rama who have revealed their set involves an exorcism. Before that is the great Cloud Becomes Your Hand who are known to work in some interpretive dance of their own, and the night opens with performance artist Mr. Transylvania.

Final schedule below...

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Song One

Set against "the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene" comes wistful indie romance, Song One, which stars Anne Hathaway and real life UK indie folk singer Johnny Flynn. (Weirdly, Zach Braff is not involved.) Here's the full synopsis:

After Franny's musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield, Boardwalk Empire) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester (Johnny Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom even under the most adverse circumstances.
The songs in the film were written by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, and features cameos by the likes of Sharon Van Etten, The Felice Brothers, and Dan Deacon. Bowery Ballroom, Pete's Candy Store and other venues make cameos too. The film, written and directed by Brooklynite Kate Barker-Froyland (and produced by Jonathan Demme), is out January 23.

You can watch the trailer below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

photos by Mimi Hong

Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon's dance circle / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center - 8/23/14
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The three-night run at Barclays Center of Arcade Fire's current tour, continued last night (8/23), with Marky Ramone joining the band for two Ramones covers, following NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them on night 1. Diffuser.fm writes:

Arcade Fire tried to trick the audience into thinking they'd be covering Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer' (which would have been awesome). It didn't take long for the real band to walk on-stage, invite Ramone to sit behind the kit and rip into an encore no concertgoer will forget.

We think it's safe to say Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler won't soon forget it either. Near the finale of the show, he told the crowd, "Thanks to Marky Ramone. That was a dream come true."

You already got a chance to browse the setlist from last night, and now you can check out a video of the Ramones covers and pictures of the whole show in this post.

Like the previous night, the show began with a special set from the reunited Unicorns, and then Dan Deacon did his thing, dance circles and all. The 3-night run wraps up tonight (8/24), and in addition to those two openers will include a set from CBGB vets Television. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Starts at 7:30.

More night 2 pictures and the Ramones covers video, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire continued their 3-night run at Barclays Center w/ Unicorns & Dan Deacon, wrap up tonight (night 2 pics, video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center 8/22/2014
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Arcade Fire kicked off their three-night stand at Brooklyn's sprawling Barclays Center last night (8/22). As mentioned, after the bobblehead version of the band appeared on a second platform to mime New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis," Arcade Fire brought out David Johansen in Buster Poindexter mode to perform his 1987 hit "Hot Hot Hot," complete with a conga line of more bobbleheads and carnival-goers that all ended up on the stage and stayed up there for the equally joyous "Here Comes the Night Time." The band's two-hour set hit on all four albums and in addition to "Hot Hot Hot" they worked in a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" with "Keep the Car Running." Pictures, video and setlist are in this post.

Dan Deacon kept the crowd entertained and engaged during his opening set, including one of his signature dance circle / danceoffs. The Unicorns, who reunited to open this tour, started off the evening by playing almost the entirety of 2003's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, which was just reissued. After the show, Win Butler invited everyone to stick around Barclays for a post-show dance party DJ'd by Pulp's Steve Mackey.

Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon and The Unicorns do it again at Barclays Center tonight (8/23) and on Sunday (8/24) NYC rock legends Television are added to the bill as well. Tickets to both are still available. More pics from Night 1, including people in costume, are below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire kicked off three-night stand at Barclays Center with Dan Deacon and The Unicorns (pics, video)"

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The Unicorns are reissuing their seminal 2003 album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, next week (8/26) and they've just shared one of its previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Let Me Sleep." Check it out below.

The band's few reunion dates include three Barclays Center shows with Arcade Fire and Dan Deacon (one of which is also with Television) in NYC this weekend. You can win tickets to the one with Television. Details below...

Continue reading "The Unicorns share bonus track from 'Who Will Cut Our Hair' reissue; NYC shows w/ Arcade Fire are this week (win tix)"

Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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The Polaris Prize-nominated Arcade Fire already have some incredible openers lined up for their tour including a Unicorns reunion at all three Barclays Center shows (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) in Brooklyn, as well as two California shows. Dan Deacon are on those Barclays shows too and it's now been announced that the third date will also feature NYC punk legends Television!

In case you weren't keeping up, let me repeat: You can see Arcade Fire, the reunited Unicorns, and Television on the same damn show. Tickets for all three Barclays Center dates are still on sale.

New York doesn't get all the fun though, another legendary band from that same era, Devo (who they covered) have been added to Arcade Fire's two Chicago shows and their Mountain View, CA show. Steve Mackey of Pulp (DJ set) and Antibalas were also added to select dates.

Updated Arcade FIre dates, including other shows with Spoon, tUnE-yArDs, the reunited Constantines, and more, are listed below...

Continue reading "Television added to Arcade Fire's third Barclays Center show w/ Unicorns; Devo added to Chicago & CA (updated dates)"

Alden Penner & Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns in 2014 (via Unicorns Twitter)
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photo by Laura Crapo

The Unicorns have been talking about a reunion but still nothing solidified as the bands' members continued to tour with their other projects. Now the reunion is official, as it was just announced they will open select dates on Arcade Fire's tour!! Those dates include all three shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) and two at Inglewood, CA's The Forum. Dan Deacon opens all those shows and other Arcade Fire dates as well. Tickets for the Barclays Center shows are still available. All dates are listed below.

In January 2004 we caught the very-hyped Unicorns at a super packed Southpaw on 5th Ave in Park Slope. Fellow Canadians Arcade Fire weren't even on anyone's radar yet, but would soon take the indie rock world by storm. In November of that year, Arcade Fire and the Unicorns headlined Bowery Ballroom two days apart, but the Unicorns soon went the way of the unicorn. Eventually Southpaw went away too. Arcade Fire kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and then appeared a giant basketball arena called the Barclays Center just a few blocks away from where Southpaw once stood, co-owned by Jay-Z. Arcade Fire, who love basketball and attend secret Illuminati events with Jay-Z and the president, announced a few shows there. Then suddenly, like the Illuminati, Unicorns became real again.

Post-Unicorns project Islands are touring after that as well.

Continue reading "The Unicorns officially reuniting, opening for Arcade Fire! (including all 3 Barclays Center shows with Dan Deacon too)"

Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
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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...

Continue reading "VIDEO: Pitchfork made a documentary on 285 Kent (watch)"

photos by P Squared Photography

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Kid Koala

Arcade Fire are currently on their massive world tour in support of last year's Reflektor, and though we'll have to wait until August for their three Barclays Center shows (tix), they were pretty close to NYC this past Tuesday (3/18) when they played Brideport, CT's Webster Bank Arena.

Playing off the "two stage trick" they pulled in Brooklyn this past October, Arcade Fire had openers Kid Koala (of Deltron 3030 and others) and Dan Deacon play on a small stage in the back of the arena. This actually especially worked to Dan Deacon's benefit, allowing him to pull his own usual stunts with the crowd in a more intimate environment.

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Then, like in Brooklyn, "The Reflektors" in their giant masks took the small stage for a song, before Arcade Fire dropped the curtain on the main stage and began their actual set. This time though, Win, Owen and Jeremy actually used the small stage during a song ("Supersymmetry") and sang back and forth with the singers who remained on the main stage. Like they've been doing at many of their recent shows, they covered Prince's "Controversy" during the encore. Otherwise their set was fairly evenly split between their albums, though only one Neon Bible song. After their set, Kid Koala came back out for an after show DJ set. Pictures of the show are in this post.

More, with a video and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire played CT's Webster Bank Arena w/ Dan Deacon and Kid Koala (pics, video, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

MIA at T5, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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We just posted that Pet Shop Boys would be touring around Coachella and one of these dates they've added is at Moogfest which goes down April 23 - 27 in Asheville, NC. Moogfest has added a few other headliners as well: M.I.A., Flying Lotus and Dillon Francis will join previously announced Kraftwerk and CHIC.

Moogfest has also added a few daytime speakers: Nick Zinner, Dan Deacon, Bradford Cox, and Futurama co-creator, David X. Cohen. Previously-announced daytime presenters include Laurie Anderson, Giorgio Moroder, Keith Emmerson, and many more.

Tickets to Moogfest are still available. Updated line-ups -- both nighttime performers and day presenters -- are listed below.

Continue reading "Moogfest 2014 adds MIA, Flying Lotus, Pet Shop Boys, Dan Deacon, Bradford Cox, Nick Zinner and more to line-up"

Polica at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As discussed, the Treefort Music Festival is returning to various Downtown Boise, ID venues from March 20-23, and since we last spoke, more acts have been added. Additions include Polica, Dan Deacon, Perfect Pussy, Chastity Belt (whose related band Childbirth, we just wrote about), This Will Destroy You, The Dwarves, RJD2, Blockhead, Cody ChesnuTT, Disco Doom, Iamsu, Naomi Punk, Special Explosion and many more. They join previously announced names like Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Warm Soda, and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Treefort Music Fest expands lineup (Polica, Dan Deacon, RJD2, Perfect Pussy, The Dwarves, Cody ChesnuTT & more added)"

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The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.

Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.

There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...

Continue reading "Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Max Tundra, YACHT, Rustie and more contribute to 'Everything is New' charity project (streams)"

285 Kent

As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.

Full lineups for each show below...

Continue reading "285 Kent's final shows announced (Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Autre Ne Veut, Laurel Halo, Dan Deacon & more)"

Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.

Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.

Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...

Continue reading "Moogfest 2014 announces initial artist list (Kraftwerk, Chic, Giorgio Moroder, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks & more) "

Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
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Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...

Continue reading "David Andrako's favorite Live Music Photos (that he took) and favorite songs of 2013"

Kanye West at Governors ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar @ Barclays Center
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. Plus he's got one of the best current younger rappers opening tonight's show.

Cut Copy @ Le Poisson Rouge
Australian synth pop band Cut Copy returned with their new album Free Your Mind this year, and tonight they play their first NYC show since its release. It's a free, intimate, NPR/KCRW taping, and though it's "sold" out, if you didn't get tickets you can stream it online.

Metric @ Bowery Ballroom
Speaking of bigger bands in intimate venues, Metric, who just opened for Paramore at MSG and last headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC, returns for this small show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Sold out of course.

Mavis Staples @ City Winery
Soul legend Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers) is still very active, touring consistently and continuing to release new music (including this year's Jeff Tweedy of Wilco-produced One True Vine). Tonight she returns to NYC for her second time this year for a three-night run at City Winery.

Been Trill, L-Vis 1990, Total Freedom, Purity Ring (DJ Set), MXM / Sang Bleu London @ Output
This whole bill should keep you dancing all night, but it will be especially exciting to see what Purity Ring's got in store. Their DJ set at CMJ featured some guest appearances and we heard it got pretty crazy.

Lena Dunham, David Sedaris @ Carnegie Hall
Before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up tonight with Girls creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage.

Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Ken Rebel, DJ Two Three, Dice The God, Cannibal Ox @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Underground hip hop vets Cannibal Ox have been playing shows again lately, and though they don't headline this one, it's another chance to see the duo back in action.

Dan Deacon (DJ), Paz @ Cedar Lake
To quote Dan, he's "DJing a free weird event tomorrow during a video game tournament." You do need to RSVP.

Jack White, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Daphne A. Brooks, and Greil Marcus @ New York Public Library
This is a discussion about Third Man Records new, massive The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932 box set. Sold out.

Tree, Illmind @ Glasslands
Tree's been doing pretty well in his local Chicago hip hop scene, and tonight we'll get a chance to see him do it in NYC.

Midnight Eye, Blackout, Surgeon, Throaat @ Acheron
Epic shred commence: DC's Midnight Eye team up with BK's own Blackout (who have the best band pic ever) and Philly's Surgeon for a night of trad-leaning, capital-letters Heavy Metal. Extra local support from local black/thrashers Throaat.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Jamie Lidell at Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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Still on the heels of his funky, maximalist R&B new self titled album, Jamie Lidell will be returning to NYC for his second time this year, this week. His tour has him arriving at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/1), his first of three shows in the area. Tonight's show is being opened by indie folk/hip hop mixer Emily Wells and DJ Shiftee. Tickets are still available.

Tonight will be his most intimate one, but if intimacy is less important to you than saving money, on Friday (8/2) at Prospect Park he plays a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show that also includes Baltimore weirdo Dan Deacon and Stones Throw-signed soul trio The Stepkids. Doors open at 6:30 PM and show starts at 7:30.

Then, a little farther out from NYC, Jamie plays one more free show on Saturday (8/3) at The Surf Lodge in the Hamptons. Doors open at 5 PM for this one.

These are his last three North American dates before two European festivals he plays later this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of "What A Shame" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Jamie Lidell is here, playing three NYC-area shows this week (two are free!)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jherek Bischoff & Kronos Quartet @ LC Out of Doors Fest 7/27/2013
Kronos Quartet @ Lincoln Center - 7/27/2013

The rain kept crowds away, but the band played on for Sunday's finale (7/28) of the five-day "Kronos at 40" celebration as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. It was the final night and undoubtedly the most indie rock friendly event of Kronos Quartet's run, as it featured a tribute to Pixies' Surfer Rosa (which turned 25 this year) with help from the Asphalt Orchestra; plus collaborations with Dan Deacon, Jherek Bischoff, "atheist gospel trombone choir" The Heavens, and more. In addition to Surfer Rosa, they performed works by Bryce Dessner, Amon Toubin and Clint Mansell, and encored with one of their first forays into the pop world -- their tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Pictures from the whole show are in this post.

Pictures from the first night of Kronos at 40 are here. More from last night below.

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Jherek Bischoff w/ Amanda Palmer at T5 on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jherek Bischoff

Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff released a guest-filled solo album, Composed, back in 2012, and one of its tracks, "Eyes," which features David Byrne was recently given video treatment. You can check out the new clip for the song below.

As previously discussed, Jherek will be taking part in this summer's Lincoln Center Out of Doors season, during which he and Dan Deacon will join the Kronos Quartet on July 28 for a performance at Damrosch Park Bandshell. Jherek and Dan will both be making world premieres of new pieces, and Kronos Quartet will also be performing works by Amon Tobin, Bryce Dessner, and more. Also at that show, the Asphalt Orchestra will make the world premiere of their performance of The Pixies' Surfer Rosa. That show is totally free and begins at 6:30 PM.

A few days later, he'll play his own NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 31 with Jen Goma (of People Get Ready) and Contemporaneous Ensemble. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

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Savages at MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Savages

Artist Doug Aitken just announced a new project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a traveling train tour that will take place over the course of three weeks in September. A press release reads:

At each stop, Station to Station will curate leading figures from the art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will act as a cultural studio- globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train.
Each stop will feature a variety of different artists. Musicians taking part in the project include Savages, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon, No Age, Twin Shadow, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nite Jewel and Connan Mockasin.

There will also be other artists Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner; writers Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, and Rick Moody; and chefs Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Plus, even more participants TBA.

Station to Station stops in ten different cities this September, including NYC on September 6. More details on the specific "happenings" and ticket information are forthcoming. The project "will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at seven partner museums around the country."

Savages' tour schedule makes it seem unlikely that they'll be on the NYC stop, but their tour does bring them here for shows on Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out) and September 12 at Terminal 5 (tickets).

All Station to Station stops are listed below...

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Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly
firefly

It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.

This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:

On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.

On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.

And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?

UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.

And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.

firefly
firefly

There's also the Coffee House Stage with other smaller acts including The Spinto Band, Jenny Owen Young, Pearl & the Beard, Hey Marseilles, Selah Sue, Trails & Ways, and many more.

Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.

Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!

Meanwhile, check out the full main stages Firefly lineup and schedule at Firefly's website where you'll also find much more info if you're attending, like the festival map which is also below...

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