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David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Williamsburg Park, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
David Byrne

As mentioned, David Byrne and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) are continuing to tour for last year's Love This Giant album. With those dates -- including one (no longer two) at Wellmont Theatre on June 12 (tickets) and one at Capitol Theatre on June 29 (tickets) -- coming up, David shares some news:

I did a record with St. Vincent (Annie Clark) last year and then we did a tour of North America and Australia that was like nothing I've ever done before--drums, keys and Annie and I supported by 8 choreographed brass players. We did the new material, but also a lot of recognizable songs, arranged for that group. The sound is incredible, and it's a bit of a visual spectacle as well. We were pretty excited at how it turned out. The critical and audience response was great too! Touring a group that size with a fairly complex show is a big financial gulp, so it has taken us a while to collect enough offers in North America and Europa, but now they are in and we kick off in a few weeks.

One of our business folks had the idea that we might offer a taste of what we're up to--to those who might have missed the tour or the record or maybe thought it was some weird arty collaborative project. So we put together a downloadable EP to give folks that taste. The EP has one song that didn't make it on the record (a waltz featuring some lovely glass harmonica), a couple of energized remixes of some of the album tunes and two live tracks of the sort of more familiar material we do in the set.

That new EP is free to download via an email widget below.

Meanwhile David's musical Here Lies Love has extended its run through July 28 and there are still tickets available.

Love This Giant dates are listed, along with the widget for the free EP, below.

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DB & SV (more by Tim Griffin)
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OH NO:

"DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT, THE JUNE 11th DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT SHOW AT THE WELLMONT THEATRE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. REFUNDS AVAILABLE AT POINT OF PURCHASE. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR JUNE 12th."
Meanwhile "Here Lies Love" at the Public Theater has been extended and is going strong. More DB/SV tour dates, including the Capitol Theater, are HERE.

David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Williamsburg Park, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Byrne & St. Vincent

St. Vincent and I did a North American tour last fall--with 8 brass players and choreography by Annie B Parson. We had a great time. The response was pretty good too--you can see reviews here. NPR even shot some video, which you can see here. We do songs from our record, Love this Giant, but also some fairly well-known stuff from our respective catalogues. It's an expensive show for us to mount, but I have to say there is nothing else out there like it.

We will be going back out in North America in June and July. We're making some tickets available to purchase a few days early at LoveThisGiant.com ahead of the general public--starting tomorrow 2/26 at 10AM through Thursday 2/28 at 5PM. Hopefully this will save you a few dollars on all the extra charges we live music fans are often saddled with. There will always be fees, but we're trying.

David Byrne & St. Vincent's 2013 tour kicks off with two shows at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on June 11 and 12. They'll also play The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on June 29. As David mentioned, presale tickets will be available on Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/1) at noon.

A list of all tour dates, plus the NPR video mentioned above, below...

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here lies love

As mentioned a while back, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's musical, Here Lies Love, about onetime Phillipines First Lady and notorious shoe-lover Imelda Marcos, is part of The Public Theatre's 2013 season, playing April 2 - May 5, 2013. To get tickets, you have to have a Joe's Pub account (it's free to sign up) and some shows are sold out (and they don't make it easy to tell which ones are, you have to click around) but there are still tickets available. You can also just call the box office at  212-967-7555.

A video of Byrne talking about Here Lies Love below...

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Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
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With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

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David Byrne and Questlove

On February 26, David Byrne of Talking Heads will be teaming up with Questlove of The Roots (who's currently teaching a course on classic albums at NYU) for a one-on-one conversation at NYU Skirball Center where "they will discuss what we're taught -- and how we learn -- about music, and the way that our ideas shape the songs we create and consume," as part of The Public Forum Series. You may remember that Byrne wrote a book on how music works. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

The Public Forum Series also includes another NYC event two days later at Joe's Pub (2/28) between jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and playwright/screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As discussed, The Roots have plenty going on too with two upcoming Prince tributes, including one at Carnegie Hall with Elvis Costello, Talib Kweli, D'Angelo and more; and their annual Roots Picnic, which features Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Hit-Boy, and more this year.

Questlove, who DJs most Thursdays at Brooklyn Bowl for his Bowl Train party (he did a Valentine's Day set last night), will continue this Thursday (2/21) (tickets), but before that, he'll appear at Littlefield on Monday (2/18) for Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show. This week's show also includes Josh Gondelman, Desiree Burch, Matt Koff, and Jena Friedman.

David Byrne appeared with collaborator St. VIncent on Letterman last month to perform "I Should Watch TV." The video of that performance is below.

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Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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BBC Music has announced their Top 25 records of 2012. Like lists from MOJO, Q, and Uncut, it's got familiar names like Frank Ocean, Baroness, Swans and Grizzly Bear... but if you're expecting a UK indie act to top their list, you might be surprised at the Beeb's #1 choice. Check out the entire list below.

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Gifts

Welcome to the first in a series of holiday gift guides here on BrooklynVegan. For this one we've partnered with American Express as part of their Points For Presents program. That means I'll run through a whole bunch of my own gift ideas, like I would normally, but then I'll show how you can pay with Membership Rewards points which you might be earning if you happen to have an eligible American Express card. Let's get right into it...

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Hurricane Sandy

1) Hurricane Sandy Relief

Don't forget about those affected by Hurricane Sandy this holiday season. There are lots of avenues to help. I told my parents not to buy me any clothes this year, but that if they insist on shopping, to buy stuff for hurricane victims instead.

Another way to donate is with Membership Rewards points.

Gift Guide continued below....

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M83 @ Central Park Summerstage, 8/8/2012
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Photographer Amanda Hatfield has taken a lot of pictures for BrooklynVegan in 2012, and though we realize the year isn't over yet, we asked her if she would list her favorite shots from the past year. This list may need to be updated in January, but meanwhile check out the rest of what she chose (with links to the full sets above each picture), below...

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UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage in June (more by Chris La Putt)
Alabama Shakes

One of the biggest success stories of 2012 was blues rockers Alabama Shakes, who quickly escalated from selling out relatively small shows to much larger ones in a matter of months. They're already showing up on multiple year-end lists, and are sure to end up on more, but we reached out to them to see what their year-end list is.

Alabama Shakes' Best LPs of 2012 list includes some associates like Fly Golden Eagle, who they took on tour with them, and Jack White, who took the Shakes on tour with him. It also includes another supporter of theirs, Patterson Hood, who also took them on tour, and Deer Tick/Los Lobos side project Diamond Rugs, who they played with at Central Park.

Some other great albums are on there too. You can check out the whole list and a performance and interview video of the band filmed in Chicago. below...

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check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
Amanda Palmer

The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).

Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...

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Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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NME

Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.

As mentioned before, Tame Impala just announced a 2013 tour, and will play Terminal 5 in NYC on February 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at noon.

NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.

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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

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David Byrne and St. Vincent appeared last night on The Colbert Report, performing "Who" from their collaborative album which they've been touring this fall. They also talked with Colbert, revealing that neither of their NYC apartments have power or hot water. (Colbert offered to let them use his office shower. "Maybe we can all go in there, we're all show business types.") You can watch both below, along with a web-only performance of "Weekend in the Dust."

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words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray

David Byrne
David Byrne

Kelly Pratt of Bright Moments and many other musical projects has been on tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent, and chronicling it on BrooklynVegan. If you're just joining us, also check out part 1, part 2 , Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 6 begins here...

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San Diego through Vancouver and beyond

After the Dallas show we all pile on the bus for the long trek to San Diego. Fortunately we don't have to tackle it all in one drive so we stop in El Paso for the day off. Jon N and I end up taking a long bike ride, including a shady trek through an arroyo, to go see Looper. The film turns out to be quite entertaining, despite its numerous violations of the grandfather paradox.

The following morning we wake up in San Diego at Humphrey's Half Moon, a fancy resort on Shelter Island. We have the day off again, so most of us bike to Mission Beach to enjoy the food and drink on the boardwalk. We meet up at a bar with two friends of John A and while everyone else heads to the beach, I stay behind to hear about the profession of one of them: horseshoe crab blood salesperson. She explains that the blood is vital to the pharmaceutical industry as a testing agent to ensure their products are free of bacterial infection. The crabs "donate" their blood, then are placed back in the ocean where their blood volume returns to normal within a week. With the price tag of $15,000 per quart the blood is quite valuable, and some of us make a silent pledge to change careers at the end of the tour.

The following night's show takes place in the outdoor courtyard of the hotel. Susanne, the lighting designer, sets up her rig directly on the balcony of my room. We are situated right next to the marina and during the show several dozen people pilot their boats into a little recess where they can hear (but not really see) what is coming from the stage. During our set David addresses them as "the boat refugees" and thanks them for coming.

The next few shows are a bit of a blur, primarily because we are playing every night. While there may not be as many opportunities for extra-curricular activities it feels nice to get into a bit of a groove. If anyone knows what tour momentum is about, it would have to be The Melvins. On the road at the same time as us, they are currently attempting to break a world record of "51 shows in 51 states in 51 days". They have a fascinating (and funny) account of it here. Reading of Trevor Dunn's encounter with a rowdy fan during an improvised bass solo reminds me of a recurring joke from our tour. Early on Brian Wolfe told us of his theory of free jazz. According to him you can boil almost the entirety of the history of the music down into two factions: "scratch 'n sniff" and "pet store on fire". Both types can be present within a single composition, or even simultaneously, but one must be present at all times. It is a joke of course, but close enough to the truth.

At 5700, the Greek Theatre is the largest venue of our tour and one we have been looking forward to since the beginning of rehearsals. It is a stunning amphitheater and has housed many legendary concerts including Neil Diamond's "Hot August Nights". Everyone is a bit nervous, but nerves quickly dissipate as concentration is vital to this show. Afterwards we have our largest group of guests yet, including Jason D's parents. One lovely thing about this coast to coast tour is that many members' parents are able to see the show, including mine. We also get to meet our second O'Hara of the tour, Catherine (Mary Margaret came in Toronto).

Somehow I've managed to visit a different dim sum establishment nearly every time I've come to San Francisco. So upon arrival I decide to bike on my own to Hong Kong Lounge, one that comes highly recommended. The food is delicious, but I'm reminded of why no one goes to a dim sum restaurant by themselves. Cycling the hills of San Francisco with a belly full of dumplings isn't exactly easy, and I barely make it back for soundcheck. The first few weeks of the tour we picked up a ritual we have been performing every night, and it follows us here. The last song we play every night is The Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere". The choreography is a loose follow the leader with the horns ending in a straight horizontal line behind David and Annie. As we leave the stage for the final time the line breaks in two and we depart on opposite sides, playing an improvised reprise of sorts. Once we are firmly backstage we continue playing, but the song morphs into a television theme song, typically one that takes place in the city we are currently in. Some previous numbers have included Dallas, Mr. Belvedere, and Laverne and Shirley. Tonight's version, of course, is Full House.

After a week in California we take off for the Pacific Northwest, and the home stretch of this leg of the tour. On most of the days off DB has been giving talks to support his new book "How Music Works", and we all attend one of these the evening after the Portland show. For this particular talk David is joined by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia.

David Byrne

The format consists of David flashing an image onto a movie screen, followed by the two of them talking about what that image means to them. As a result the majority of the talk is concentrated around the importance of the visual side of a musical performance, be it fashion, lights, or movement. It is quite fascinating and something most musicians should spend more time thinking about. After Vancouver some of us take the bus back to Portland, while the rest of us head back to NY for a few days rest. Next up Colbert, and Australia in the New Year!

'Til next time,
Kelly

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Watch Kelly, the rest of the band and David Byrne & St. Vincent on Colbert tonight (11/1).

UPDATE: Colbert happened. Watch the videos.

They were also supposed to play Letterman the other night, but that was cancelled due to Sandy. Speaking of, read a Sandy-related letter David Byrne sent out to his mailing list, with more pictures from their tour, below...

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PGR

On Friday, my last day at CMJ, I hit the jackpot and walked away with something I'll remember for years to come. The band was People Get Ready, but honestly this was more than a band -- this was the best mix of performance art and music I've seen in decades. Watching this show, called Specific Ocean, felt like seeing a a group create a live music video for each song. The buoyant, celebratory work took place at a large, black box theater space at New York Live Arts, and was full of the kind of surprises I want out of music and theater. - [NPR's Bob Boilen]
NYC pop band/performance art ensemble People Get Ready is Steven Reker, former Yeasayer drummer Luke Fasano, James Rickman (ex-Lizzie Truile, ex-Slow Gherkin), and Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow). Reker used to be in David Byrne's band and the onetime Talking Head recently plugged them in an email:
A few years ago, I toured with some wonderful musicians and dancers. Among them was Steven Reker, whose group, People Get Ready, just released their debut, full-length digital record on Brassland Records. Good group, good songs, but there's more...

I saw an earlier iteration of the group at the Kitchen here in NY. They integrate dance, movement, performance, music and singing in a way I haven't seen before, and it's very promising. It is something I've been trying to do in recent years as well, and People Get Ready are taking it to places I haven't seen before.

People Get Ready played three nights at NY Live Arts during CMJ week which was also when the band's self-titled was released (10/16). You can stream the whole thing below. If you missed those shows (like we did) you can go see them at Glasslands on Saturday (10/27) for their official record release party. As it's a tiny stage there, you're just getting the band version of PGR but you're more than welcome to dance yourself. The show also has Future of What on the line-up and tickets are still available. Flyer for the record release party and the album stream are below.

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Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.

Black Sabbath (sans Bill Ward) are finally going to do that album with producer Rick Rubin.

Gothamist wonders aloud if Barclays Center might have a racist metal detector policy (via an article in the NY Post).

I swear the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party lineups are coming very soon, though we've already revealed that we've got METZ, Deap Vally and Murals.

The 2012 edition of Austin City Limits, which is switching to two weeks next year, went down over the weekend (sans The Weeknd). Check out our photos from Day Two and Day One. Day Three on the way.

Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.

Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.

The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).

Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.

The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.

Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.

And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.

Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.

Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.

Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Michael Bolton's sitcom; Adele tops new chart; ACL, Black Sabbath, PS 22 does Tame Impala, Madonna stripped ++ more"

words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray

If you're just joining us, also check out part 1part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4. Part 5 begins here...

David, St. Vincent and the gang on stage in Houston
David Byrne

Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas

Arriving in Nashville, a few of us head straight to the local "meat and 3." Three sides of vegetables should not be taken as a sign that this is a diet-conscious tour. In the South, vegetables function as napkins for grease rather than repositories for vitamins.

After a long night of honky-tonking with the crew, we file in to play the historic Ryman Auditorium, which for over thirty years housed the Grand Ole Opry. Our show is great, but the horn section isn't quite ready to pack up their cases. One of the best things about touring is bumping into friends who are also on the road. By happy accident, Antibalas is also in Nashville, performing at a venue nearby our own. Several Antibalas band members played on "Love This Giant," and a few of them are in bands with other people in our party. At the end of their set, all eight of our horns join them for Fela's "Open and Close":

Antibalas
Antibalas

Next up is Austin. Jon has a biologist friend teaching at UT so we ride our bikes over to campus to hear her give a lecture on sexual selection. We learn some truly fascinating facts about animal courtship behavior, such as the seduction technique of the Australian bowerbird. In an attempt to find a mate, the male bowerbird builds a highly complex and elaborately decorated hut, which he then presents to his sweetheart as a nuptial gift. But sex isn't all romance. As if we needed further proof that bedbugs are the most disgusting animal on the planet, we learn their reproductive habits. Apparently when ready to mate, the male bedbug grows an intermittent organ that he then uses to randomly stab the female through her exoskeleton.

Learning about sexual suicide can build up quite an appetite. After the lecture, we get in a cab and head to the best restaurant of tour yet: Uchiko. Executive chef Paul Qui won season 9 of Top Chef and the food does not disappoint. The jar jar duck is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, Star Wars: Episode One reference notwithstanding.

supine playing
David Byrne

In my experience, Austin audiences are usually very receptive and this time is no exception. Several people speak of the St. Vincent song "Cheerleader" as one of the show highlights, in part because of its choreography. The movements for this song are quite simple: lie supine on the floor and play. But as anyone who has ever played a brass instrument knows, it is really hard to play while lying down. Breathing is more labored, as is forcing air through a horn. Also, water tends to build up and flow back down into the mouthpiece. But the visual effect is stunning

In Dallas, I get some time by myself and take long bike ride to the Dallas Museum of Art. This museum holds quite a few works by contemporary masters, many of which I have never seen before. Of particular note are a series of early post-impressionistic Piet Mondrian landscapes juxtaposed with some of his later Neo-Plasticist works. The stylistic differences between the two are striking and provide a perfect example of an artist completely abandoning one style for another.

David, Tony, Mary-Anne
David Byrne, Tony, Mary-Anne

The Dallas show turns out to be the 100th David Byrne show Tony and Mary-Anne, a couple who we have seen at several stops along this tour. They have seen every incarnation of David's bands since 1978. They met when David, from the stage, spotted Tony with a homemade Talking Heads t-shirt. David invited him backstage because he liked the shirt, and Tony subsequently went on to design some t-shirts for DB. After the Dallas show we all cheers Tony and Mary-Anne and jump on the bus for San Diego.

Stay Classy,
Kelly

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David Byrne and St. Vincent play Santa Barbara, CA tonight (10/11) at the Arlington Theatre. The rest of their tour dates are here. More photos from Brian Murray are below.

Continue reading "On the Road with David Byrne & St. Vincent (part 5)"

words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray

If you're just joining us, also check out part 1, part 2 and Part 3. Part 4 begins here...

David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Beacon Theater 9/25/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

NY, Philly, Bethesda, on to Nashville

Most of the band live in NY so it's great to come back and spend nearly a week on home turf. The Beacon Theatre is an ideal place for the show, partially because of the large number of balcony seats. The audience in the balcony is able to see the choreography more fully than one would in the first few rows. One song in which this is particularly rewarding is The Forest Awakes. The idea is to move freely, lining yourself up with someone or something on the stage. Therefore the movements in this piece are improvised in a completely different way every night. Another unique aspect of the show is the massive amount of samples, programmed primarily by Daniel Mintseris and triggered and played by him and drummer Brian Wolfe. The brass provide the backbone of the band, but the samples give the songs an electronic edge that take the sound firmly out of "brass band" territory.

Williamsburg Park, 2/29/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brian Wolf

Williamsburg Park is our biggest show of the tour, and turns out to be our best response yet. In my experience NY crowds are among the iciest around, but this one brings the energy. Maybe it's that everyone is standing the whole time or maybe it's the cheaper ticket price bringing out more youngsters. Regardless we all have a great time, and depart NYC with a little sadness.

Our next show is in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of DC, at a large arts center. We arrive early so I make a few phone calls outside, where there are four large black SUVs in a row. I tend to pace around nervously while on the phone, and I can tell that some of the drivers of the caravan are paying attention to me. A few moments later the front door opens and a little girl walks out surrounded by two buff dudes with earpieces. It's one of the Obama daughters. The secret service escort her into the backseat of one of the vehicles and the caravan peels out. It seems like a lot of trouble for a ten-year old's ballet class. A little later we have the best laugh of the tour yet when Bryan tells us his workout routine. Having attempted running outdoors ("I tried running around Prospect Park, but that sucked!"), he now heads down to his basement and runs in place while watching The West Wing for 45 minutes. Whatever works...

Nashville next. See you soon,
Kelly

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David Byrne and St. Vincent play Atlanta, GA tonight (10/3) at the Cobb Energy Center. The rest of their tour dates are here.

The photos you see above are from other recent BrooklynVegan posts. An original set that accompanies this post, by Bryan Murray, can be seen below

Continue reading "On the Road with David Byrne & St. Vincent (part 4)"

by Bill Pearis

Robert Mitchum in 'Night of the Hunter'
Night of the Hunter

Newly-crowned Polaris Music Prize winner Feist will be in NYC next week to discuss Charles Laughton's classic 1955 film Night of the Hunter which will be part of The Modern School of Film's Film:Acoustic series. The screening and discussion, hosted by Robert Milazzo, happens Wednesday, October 10 at the Mark Miller Gallery (92 Orchard) and tickets are on sale now.

Feist will not be performing, just talking about one of the greatest (and most gorgeous-looking) thrillers in American cinema, and any chance to see it -- Laughton's only film as a writer/director -- on the big screen should be taken advantage of. For those who can't make it, it's also available on a great-looking Criterion Blu-Ray and DVD. Trailer for the film is below.

Also upcoming in MSF's Film:Acoustic series will be a screening of the Jonathan Demme-directed Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense at City Winery on October 17 with a post-show discussion with the band's rhythm section, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (aka the Tom Tom Club, who are also in the film). David Byrne (who we can't get enough of lately), no real surprise, is not involved with this event (among other reasons, he's still on tour). Tickets are still available and the trailer is below.

Tom Tom Club, meanwhile, have a new EP and play Brooklyn Bowl on November 1 to which tickets are still available.

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Public Theater

The Public Theater's multi-million dollar renovation is almost complete. On October 4 the unveiling/rededication of the new Manhattan space happens and there will be a free block party and open house on Saturday, October 13, 12pm - 5pm. During that time, Lafayette Street in Manhattan will be closed from Astor Place to E4th St, and will welcome food trucks and live musical performances from a bevy of "popular Joe's Pub artists" and upcoming musical theater performances. Look for an early previews of Giant by Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa, Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, and last year's favorite The Total Bent by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, in addition to musical performances from Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess, Sasha Allen, banjo player Tony Trischka and M.A.K.U. SoundSystem. More info is here.

While we're at it, Joe's Pub will host its share of interesting events in the coming weeks. Tickets are still available for the previously discussed Jason Collett appearance (here) and all of Henry Rollins' appearances (here). Singles and the attached alike can look forward to Never Sleep Alone (10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, tickets) a mock "sex therapy session" (read the NY Times review). 

Other shows: Anne Hathaway "and friends" will perform songs from Cabaret on October 24 (tickets); Willie Nile, who played the final show at Kenny's Castaways, plays the space on October 26 (tickets); and DeLeon, not to be confused with Sri-Lankan MC DeLon, plays the space on November 16 (tickets).

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Williamsburg Park
David Byrne and St. Vincent

David Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) played their third of three NYC shows on their tour together in support of their collaborative album, Love This Giant, at Williamsburg Park last night (9/29). The setlist didn't change much from the Beacon Theatre shows (or the rest of the tour), kicking off with Love This Giant singles, "Who" and "Weekend in The Dust;" and including Talking Heads favorites like "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)," "Burning Down The House," and "Road To Nowhere;" St. Vincent favorites like "Cheerleader," "Cruel," "The Party," and others; plus some David Byrne solo cuts and more off of Love This Giant.

The two pop wizards were in their own distinct characters throughout the show, as they were backed by a choreographed eight-piece horn section. (Who, not to mention, added great layers to the newly-worked out versions of Talking Heads/David Byrne/St Vincent songs.) David and Annie were both in admiration of each other during the songs from their respective projects, and though it was David who had the hits and got the crowd going most wild, Annie brought her own flare as well with physical guitar freakouts worked into all of her songs. They also had a shared moment as they "fought" with their hands over a theremin.

Have you been keeping up with Kelly Pratt's (aka main member of Bright Moments and co-musical director/member of David Byrne & St. Vincent's horn section) tour diary of his time on the road with David and Annie?

More pictures, videos, and the setlist from last night's show are below...

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We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:

ST VINCENT

Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

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