Entries tagged with: Death from Above 1979

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photo::: METZ @ Portland's Howard Theatre, 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)
METZ

When METZ were in NYC for Death by Audio's second-to-last show, they mentioned a new album was on the way. Now we have a little more info on that. The album, which may be simply called METZ - II, will be out Spring 2015 via Sub Pop. The Toronto punks teased the new record via a video, a montage compiled by Scott Cudmore and Alex Edkins, that hurls a snippet of skull-crushing METZ noise right near the end. You can watch that below.

Meanwhile, METZ are on tour with Death from Above 1979 and play Winnipeg tonight (1/27). They'll be in London and Paris for a couple shows in March, too. Those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "METZ releasing second album this spring (watch a video), touring Canada with DFA1979 and other dates"

Primavera

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

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

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2015 lineup announced"

Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2015 lineup (Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, DFA 1979, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football & more)"

GovBall

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

Full lineup below...

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

photos by Greg Cristman

Death From Above 1979
Death From Above 1979

Beer and water erupted from the drinks of head-banging audience members. A circling mosh pit consumed most of the floor. Directly in the middle of the spinning mass a long haired, heavily bearded man raised two coiled fists. He threw his shirt off and shoved his entire body weight into a wall of bodies around him as Death From Above's signature logo -- an outline of the two musicians faces with elephant trunks replacing their noses-- pulsated with multi-colored lights in the background. As crowd surfers were ripped from the audience and escorted away, fans punched the air in defiance filled with rebellious energy from DFA's deafening mix of electro-punk. [Hey Reverb]
Death From Above 1979 returned this year with The Physical World, the long-awaited followup to their 2004 debut that sounds like no time has passed since. They brought their tour with heavy psych rippers Biblical to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on Friday (11/28) which included all of the new album and about half of their debut.

More pictures from the show, the setlist, and a video of DFA1979 playing crowd favorite "Romantic Rights" below...

Continue reading "Death From Above 1979 rocked Terminal 5 with Biblical (pics, video, setlist)"

NME

It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

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Nas
BMX

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

photos Kenneth Bachor; words by Bill Pearis

DFA1979 @ Rough Trade 9/8/2014
Death from Above 1979

Did somebody set the clock back 10 years? It kinda feels like it this week, with both Interpol and Death from Above 1979 releasing new albums. While the former gave us the back-to-basics El Pintor, DFA1979 hit with their first album since their 2004 and it finds them picking up right where they left off. Dancepunk isn't in fashion the way it was when Dubya was president, but you wouldn't have known from last night's record release show at Rough Trade. People were psyched for this very intimate evening, stomping for the band to come back for the encore and keeping a pretty healthy, if gentle, pit going for most of the show.

Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were in good spirits, with Grainger cracking jokes in between songs. They played every song from new LP The Physical World, plus about two thirds of the debut. No surprise: the craziest moment of the night was during the encore of "Romantic Rights." Setlist and pictures -- including ones of openers Low Fat Getting High (who have a new LP too) -- are in this post.

DFA1979 will play The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (9/10) return to NYC this fall when their tour hits Terminal 5 on November 28 with Biblical. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair.

More pics and DFA1979 setlist from Rough Trade, below...

Continue reading "Death from Above 1979 played a record release show at Rough Trade with Low Fat Getting High (pics, setlist)"

DFA1979 in LA in August (more by Debi Del Grande)
DFA1979

Death From Above 1979 are in NYC for their intimate Rough Trade show tonight (9/8) ahead of their fall tour with Biblical. Though tonight's show is sold out, we've got a few pairs to give away. Details on how to enter to win, below. Their new album, The Physical World, comes out Tuesday (9/9) and can be streamed on iTunes.

Opening tonight's show is local punk band Low Fat Getting High. Low Fat's self-titled debut album will be out on November 11 via Money Fire Records/Dead Broke Rekerds and you can stream its brand new single, "Don't Believe You Anymore," below. They've got another hometown show this week happening Thursday (9/11) at Shea Stadium with a special guest headliner, Sleepies and Nine of Swords. That one's $8 at the door. Tonight's show is also their first with their new drummer Ian Burns.

Stream LFGH's new single, with the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Low Fat Getting High releasing debut LP, opening for Death From Above 1979 tonight (win tix!), playing Shea w/ guest"

DFA1979 in LA in August (more by Debi Del Grande)
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Death from Above 1979's long-awaited new album, The Physical World, is out next week (9/9) but the Canadian duo have offered up an early listen of the whole thing via iTunes. Next week, DFA1979 will be in NYC to play The Late Show with David Letterman on September 10 and while here will also play a special release show at Rough Trade on Monday, September 8. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon. The band will then be back in NYC as part of their fall tour with Biblical, hitting Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

If you're in Toronto this week, there will be a DFA1979 The Physical World: Pop Up Shop & Tattoo Parlour on September 3 & 4, ahead of this weekend's Riot Fest appearance. In addition to being able to pick the album -- and get some free ink -- the guys are promising surprise events. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "DFA 1979 streaming new album, playing Rough Trade and 'Letterman' next week (updated dates)"

Biblical
Biblical

Toronto heavy psych outfit Biblical have been added as support to the previously discussed Death From Above 1979 tour. Biblical are still backing their 2014 album Monsoon Season. As mentioned, the tour will be stopping in NYC at Terminal 5 on November 28 (tickets) and several other US cities. We've got a pair of tickets to giveaway to both the NYC show and the Chicago show, happening on November 25 at the Riviera.

Contest details, with the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Biblical opening Death From Above 1979 tour (win tix to NYC or Chicago!)"

DFA1979 in LA earlier this month (more by Debi Del Grande)
DFA1979

At Death From Above 1979's recent LA show (pics/video), they previewed a handful of songs from their long-awaited second album, The Physical World (due 9/9 via Last Gang), and also handed out free CDs with a track from the upcoming LP. That track, "Government Trash," has now surfaced online and can be streamed below...

Continue reading "Death From Above 1979 share another track from LP (listen)"

photos by Debi Del Grande

"Death from Above 1979 tonight. I've been waiting for this since high school" - Kevin

DFA 1979
DFA 1979

Death From Above 1979, reunited and gearing up for a huge tour, played an intimate one-off show in LA at The Troubadour on August 14 with Big Black Delta. We've got pics of that show in this post. It was something of a warmup for the upcoming world tour in support of their long-awaited second album, The Physical World, which is coming out ten years after their first (9/9 via Last Gang). They debuted some stuff from that record at the show too. A video of "Right On, Frankenstein" had surfaced but is now deleted, but you can watch a video of them playing the album's single, "Trainwreck 1979," below.

As we mentioned, DFA 1979's tour will be hit NYC's Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from the show (including one of the setlist), and that video, below...

Continue reading "Death From Above 1979 played LA's Troubadour w/ Big Black Delta, debuted new songs (pics, video, setlist)"

DFA 1979

As you may know, Death From Above 1979, who reunited back in 2011, are finally releasing the long awaited followup to their 2004 debut, The Physical World, on September 9 via Last Gang. They've now revealed the first track from the new record, "Trainwreck 1979," and after a ten year wait it's just the kind of bass-heavy dance-punk that we want from DFA 1979. Listen below, along with the tracklist. That's the artwork above.

DFA 1979 have also announced a tour which brings them to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon and come with a download of the new album. All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Death From Above 1979 release new song "Trainwreck 1979" from upcoming album, announce tour (dates, stream)"

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Death from Above 1979 have been semi-active again for a few years now, playing occasional shows. This year they've got the Riot Fest Toronto (September 6 - 7) and Fun Fun Fun Fest (November 7 - 9) on their 2014 schedule. When those dates come around, though, the band will have a new album out, The Physical World, their first in 10 years and only the second one they ever made (due out September 9 via Last Gang). Stay tuned for more details.

No new music to be heard yet, but flash back to 2004 with the video for "Romantic Rights" below...

Continue reading "DFA 1979 finally releasing a second album in September, playing Riot Fest Toronto and Fun Fun Fun Fest"

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Death from Above 1979 have been semi-active again for a few years now, playing occasional shows. This year they've got the Riot Fest Toronto (September 6 - 7) and Fun Fun Fun Fest (November 7 - 9) on their 2014 schedule. When those dates come around, though, the band will have a new album out, The Physical World, their first in 10 years and only the second one they ever made (due out September 9 via Last Gang). Stay tuned for more details.

No new music to be heard yet, but flash back to 2004 with the video for "Romantic Rights" below...

Continue reading "DFA 1979 finally releasing a second album in September, playing Riot Fest Toronto and Fun Fun Fun Fest"

lineup

The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 lineup! (Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab, Neutralk Milk Hotel, King Diamond, Failure & much more)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2014 lineup (The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, DFA1979, Afghan Whigs, Buzzcocks, more)"

QOTSA

Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.

As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.

QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.

All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...

Continue reading "Queens of the Stone Age on tour, have holiday sweaters (DFA 1979, Metallica & more, too); Brody Dalle details new solo LP"

DFA1979 Foals

The picture above (via Governors Ball's Twitter) pretty much says it all. Death From Above 1979 have cancelled their appearance at this year's Governors Ball, which is especially unfortunate considering they were one of the ten bands we're excited to see. Apparently they're in the throes of finishing their new album and can't make it.

DFA1979 were also supposed to play Governors Ball afterparty with Fucked Up on Friday, June 7 at Irving Plaza, and that has been cancelled too. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Taking their place at the actual festival is Foals, who just brought their tour to Terminal 5 last Friday (5/3) for a fairly insane, hyper-energetic shows. The crowd was pretty much going bananas the whole time (as was singer Yannis Philippakis who spent as much time in the crowd as onstage) so this seems like a good addition to Governors Ball, even though DFA1979 will be missed.

Regular Governors Ball tickets are totally sold out, but you can still get VIP Passes for Friday or all three days.

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball

As mentioned, NYC music festival Governors Ball keeps growing and its returning this year for it's largest and most exciting festival yet on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Early bird 3-day passes go on sale today (1/25) at noon at $190, and once they sell out, they become $205 and then $220. According to the festival's website, single day tickets may or may not become available so if you'd like to go, they advise you purchase a 3-day pass.

The lineup has tons of great names this year and if you're going, we're sure you've got a bunch of stuff lined up to see already, and while you're making your wish list, here's our list of ten bands that we're excited to see at the festival, that you might not want to miss.

Kanye West is one of the headliners, and any chance to catch him in the NYC area is one to take advantage of. It's pretty amazing how far he's come and with seven albums under his belt (including Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer), he's got more than enough material for a hits-filled set, which he tends to do. And there's no telling what else he might do, like break out some snow monster masks or something.

A newer, but no less exciting rapper, Kendrick Lamar, will be there too. He turned the rap world on its head with last year's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and us New Yorkers only got our chance to see him before its release. So now that we know all the words to his record, we pretty much can't wait to see him perform songs off of it at Governors Ball.

The term "supergroup" doesn't always mean the group is "super," just that the members are all known for other projects. But in the case of Divine Fits, featuring the songwriting talents of Spoon's Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, it was two great tastes that taste great together. And as a band, Divine Fits were pretty much amazing live right out of the gate, and their danceable vibe is festival-ready.

Deerhunter have been promising a new album for 2013 and while they haven't revealed any formal plans for it, we're hoping to hear some of the new material at Governors Ball. Plus, though we've seen side projects like Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, and Moon Diagrams in NYC recently, we haven't gotten an actual Deerhunter show since 2011.

Death from Above 1979 have played NYC a couple of times since reuniting in 2011, and whether you've caught them or not, it's a treat that they have another one on the horizon.

UK art rockers Alt-J became infinitely bigger since first coming to the US last May, and they've got the kind of songs that would sound great on a big outdoor stage. The band have been on tour constantly and we've seen their onstage confidence grow leaps over the visits they've already had here. They should be primed and ready for big crowds by the summer.

Japandroids have already come to NYC a few times in the past year (and those liars said it'd be a while before they came back!) and anyone who has seen them knows every Japandroids show is destined to be a wild time. The band is always nuts on stage and so is the crowd, so it's the kind of thing that will be a killer time at an outdoor festival.

Another band, like Alt-J, that have also had a pretty significant and quick rise since first catching our attention, is Polica, who will be at this year's Governors Ball. Their mix of indie pop and R&B is endlessly catchy and the dueling drummers are a thrill to watch live. Whether you're already a fan or not, they'd be a great band to catch.

Unlike many of the bands on the Governors Ball line-up, it's been a couple years since Australia's Cut Copy have played North America and absence makes the heart grow fonder. CC seem to write their songs with giant crowds in mind and show no shame in working the crowd into a frenzy.

Most of the artists on this list are artists we've been fans of for a while, but festivals are also always good places to discover new artists, and one new group we're excited to see at Governors Ball is Vancouver's Bear Mountain. Last year, they released their debut album, XO, which combined club-ready dance tracks, arena sized atmospherics, and an indie pop sensibility in the songwriting. It's a pretty great mix and sounds like it will be totally fun live. You can stream the album in its entirety below.

Continue reading "Ten Bands We're Excited to See at Governors Ball 2013 (which goes on sale today)"

photos by Autumn Andel

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Aloe Blacc

The Treasure Island Music Festival went down over two days on a small island in the San Francisco Bay, juggling two stages and acts that ranged from Death From Above 1979 to Cut Copy to St Vincent. The bands and sets were staggered so that changeovers allowed for the audience to see all of each band which, on day 1, included appearances from Death From Above 1979, Geographer, Aloe Blacc, The Naked & The Famous, Shabazz Palaces, YACHT (who play NYC in December), Battles, Dizzee Rascal, Chromeo, Buraka Som Sistema, Flying Lotus, Cut Copy, and Empire of The Sun...

"Sometimes a performance impresses you simply because of its natural and flawless flow. This was Chromeo on Saturday [10/15 at Treasure Island Music Festival]. The Montreal duo known for creating modern 80s-inspired electro-synth pop got one of the largest crowds of the day moving immediately as they opened with "Fancy Footwork." The hits kept coming with classics like "Don't Turn the Lights Off," "Bonafied Lovin," "Tenderoni" and set closer "Night by Night." Chromeo over the years has cemented themselves as one of the more fun and original acts in electronic music, Saturday was no disappointment whatsoever."
-[SF Station on the highlights at TIMF]
Chromeo, who since played Moogfest, play their first of two shows at Terminal 5 tonight (11/4).

Belated pictures from day 1 of the Treasure Island Music Festival (which happened on 10/15) continue, more YACHT and Chromeo included, below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 -- day 1 in pics (Chromeo, DFA1979, Shabazz Palaces, YACHT, Cut Copy & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire / The Walkmen
Arcade Fire
The Walkmen

The 10th annual Austin City Limits festival came to a close on Sunday with a headlining set by Arcade Fire (who also taped an edition of Austin City Limits the TV show one day earlier). It was a rough year for some attendees. I'm talking about smokers. Austin Statesman posted the following before the weekend:

We welcome all the people and music artists attending this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. It's a special year for the music festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The talent this year is incredible, with headliners Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Arcade Fire, as well as local favorites such as Asleep at the Wheel.

Before we get this party started, we must advise attendees that the Austin Parks Department has banned smoking at all Austin parks, greenbelts, trails and golf courses. That includes Zilker Park, site of the festival.

We realize that a smoking ban might be an inconvenience for some. But it is necessary to keep everyone safe. So please have fun at the events, which run today through Sunday, but leave the cigarettes, cigars, pipes -- or whatever else one might be smoking -- behind. (The ban also prohibits wood or charcoal grilling in Zilker and other parks.)

Smoking was allowed at previous ACL festivals, but this year is different. This year, Central Texas is dealing with wildfires that have killed two people, destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned tens of thousands of acres in Bastrop County, Steiner Ranch, Pflugerville and other Central Texas communities. In Austin, city firefighters responded to 469 brush fires from January through July. Cigarettes caused about a fourth of those fires, officials said. [Austin Statesman]

I don't know how many people obeyed that, but it's safe to say that ACL was fire free. In fact, much to the delight of many, it actually rained a bit on Friday and Saturday. Pictures from Sunday continue, with Arcade Fire's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2011 -- Day 3 in pics (Arcade Fire, Walkmen, DFA1979, Manu Chao & more)"

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Frisicano

Rick Ross / DFA1979
Rick Ross
DFA 1979

One Hanson Place, the cavernous ground-floor space of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, served as the venue for a free-if-you-could-get-in Vice-sponsored concert on Thursday. As expected, the Weeknd didn't appear (he canceled the week before). Instead, the main attractions were Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, a half dozen other bands, free beer and liquor and the Art Deco interior itself. A second stage in the basement--located inside a room-sized vault, with giant metallic doors at its entrance--featured acts like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Anamanaguchi, Hanni El Khatib, Total Slacker and the Men. A-Trak was supposed to play, but cancelled after the sudden passing of his friend DJ Mehdi.

Tanlines kicked off the upstairs with songs that were aided by the high-vaulted ceilings and the reverb-heavy acoustics. Death from Above 1979 didn't fare as well; their songs already sound blown out and distorted on record, and the live show sacrifices any remaining fidelity for raw power. That said, both Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler--one in white, one in black--put on spirited performances, thrashing around, with Sebastien at one point crawling along the bank teller windows into the crowd.

Rick Ross took the stage around 1am, after a brief intro set from Maybach Music Group rapper Stalley. The boss's set of about 35 minutes sped through songs that included "John," "9 Piece," "Hustin", "BMF", "MC Hammer," DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" and "I'm On One," Waka's "O Let's Do It," and "Tupac Back" and "Ima Boss" (both Meek Mill's songs I think technically), at least for a chorus or two. Directly in front of the stage, where Ross' verses and exhortations were crystal clear, you could really get a sense of his imposing presence (DJ seemed genuinely afraid after starting one song too soon) and his ability to queue up any tune and make it totally his.

The amount of people upstairs was comfortable and not-overpacked; the downstairs, then, could be described as sadly under-attended. Unknown Mortal Orchestra had the benefit of playing before the main-stage acts started and sounded great. Hanni El Khatib, who played as a two-piece, shuffled out grungy, Americana-influenced rock, but to an audience of only about 50. One of the most pleasant surprise for me was Anamanaguchi, who I haven't seen in a few years. The quartet has molded themselves into an impressive instrumental outfit--with their NES as a less-dominant member--as they navigated their songs' post-rock-inspired swoops and climaxes with skill.

The Men closed the night with a post-2am set for the stragglers that hadn't yet succumbed to the hazards of the open bar. On my way downstairs I passed a handful of people doubled over, getting carried out by the EMTs. Downstairs wasn't much safer: at one point, a mic stand went flying into the crowd landing squarely on someone's head (hope you're alright dude).

More pictures from most of the night below...

Continue reading "pics from the Vice party in a bank (Death From Above 1979, Rick Ross, Anamanaguchi, Tanlines & more)"

DFA1979 fans @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Party

The Weeknd was playing and then not playing and now it's this:

Following years of hard work, arm wrestling over domain names, and a little bit of high-tech stuff that we can't even begin to understand, we're proud to announce that VICE.COM is here. We've combined VBS.TV and Viceland.com to create super content one-stop-shop for all the videos and words you've come to expect from VICE.

Being that we're VICE, we decided to throw a party to celebrate our new URL with our best friends, like you and Rick Ross. RSVP is now open, details and flier below. Space will be limited.

Full Frontal VICE | The Official Launch of VICE.COM | Presented by boinc

Thursday, September 15th | 9:00PM - 3:00AM
Skylight One Hanson | One Hanson Place, Brooklyn

Performances by:
Rick Ross | A Trak | Death From Above 1979

And More Bands
Tanlines
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The Men
Hanni El Khatib
Anamanaguchi
Total Slacker

And DJs
Nick Zinner
Black Lips
The New York Night Train
Lemonade
True Panther
Greenie

Complimentary Svedka and Grolsch | Invitation is non-transferable. 21+ and Photo ID required

RSVP is open.

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