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Crystal Castles

The gray skies grew darker Sunday in Chicago when a man allegedly punched a horse as the Lollapalooza music festival drew to a close.

Pablo Fernandez, a 21-year-old Mexican national, is accused of approaching a Chicago police horse at around 9 p.m as the three-day festival was winding down, and when he was told by the mounted officer that he could not pet the working animal, Fernandez became angered and allegedly punched the equine.

The assault caused the horse to rear back in a panic while in the middle of the concert-goers, police spokeswoman Gabrielle Lesniak told the Chicago Tribune. Fernandez was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Police News Affairs Officer Kevin Kilmer told the Chicago Sun-Times that he couldn't confirm that the violence was Lolla-related, but it did take place as the festival was wrapping up and police were trying to get crowds to disperse from Grant Park. Approximately 75,000 people a day attended the festival, which was headlined by acts like Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Kilmer had no word on the status of the horse. [LA Times]

Lollapalooza took place in Chicago last weekend (Aug 7-9).

Depeche Mode were one of the headliners on the first day (Friday). Since then they had to cancel a few shows. Crystal Castles also played that day. From there that band went on to just barely played at HARD Fest in LA. Thievery Corporation were also one of the many bands on that day's bill. They have since announced a Halloween show in NYC at Terminal 5. Tickets for that are on sale.

More pictures from the first day of Lollapalooza, below...

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Depeche Mode @ MSG (more by Tim Griffin)
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"Depeche Mode has been forced to cancel their appearance Friday, August 14th at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in San Diego due to doctor's orders that lead singer Dave Gahan continue on complete vocal rest. Because of their busy schedule, a new San Diego date will not be rescheduled this year. "We are incredibly disappointed to not be able to perform for our fans tonight in San Diego," said Dave Gahan. "We hope to be back soon to play for all our fans in the area." Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase. The tour will resume on Sunday with the band's sold out two night stand at the Hollywood Bowl."
The cancellation of Friday's San Diego show came soon after the cancellation of their Wednesday San Francisco show. As of now, tonight at the Hollywood Bowl is still on.

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan @ MSG (more by Tim Griffin)
Dave Gahan

(August 11, 2009) Depeche Mode has been forced to cancel their scheduled appearance on Wednesday, August 12th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California due to doctor's orders that lead singer Dave Gahan be on complete vocal rest for 48 hours. Because of their busy schedule, a new Bay Area date will not be rescheduled this year. "San Francisco is one of the most important cities to the band and we are devastated that we have been forced to cancel this date," said Dave Gahan. "We hope to be back soon to play for all of our fans in the area." Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.
Depeche Mode successfully completed a 2-night run in NYC earlier this month, and have otherwise been doing OK since Dave Gahan was forced to take some time off in May.

Peter Bjorn and John, who just added a NYC show at Terminal 5, were scheduled to open that cancelled California show.

Video from MSG below...

Continue reading "Depeche Mode cancel San Francisco show "

photos by Tim Griffin

Peter, Bjorn, and John
Depeche Mode

"I was suffering from panic attacks, I was always irritable and grumpy, and when I added up all the units of alcohol I'd been consuming, the total was truly horrifying," [Martin Gore] says. It was even scarier to realize "that I'd never been onstage sober in my life before. So this is the first tour I've ever done, alcohol-free, and I prepared for it like a professional boxer."

Was there a final-straw moment when Gore knew he had a problem? He laughs.

"There were loads of those moments, but they never hit home," he says. "I mean, I had seizures one day on a boat in a Louisiana swamp, and fell forward, just by chance. And if I'd have fallen backward, I would've landed in a swamp full of alligators -- no joke. But even that didn't stop me." [San Francisco Examiner]

A more sober Depeche Mode and a completely wasted Peter Bjorn & John (kidding) played two shows at Madison Square Garden in NYC this week. We already posted pictures from NIGHT ONE and from NIGHT TWO. Both were taken at the beginning of the show from very closeup. Here's another set of pictures from the second show, but from far away and for more of the show....

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photos by Zach Dilgard

Depeche Mode
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"I thought I had great seats for the first night of Depeche Mode's 2-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but tonight my seats were ridiculous! I was in section 1 on the floor of the arena and it was another dream come true.

The setlist (which you can see after the jump) was pretty much the same, but last night [8/3], Martin Gore performed "Little Soul" and "Home" and tonight he did "Jezebel" and "A Question of Lust" [8/4]. Also, last night, they played "Come Back" and tonight they played "Miles Away/The Truth is." Both nights were fantastic! The crowd was every bit as into it as they were last night as Depeche Mode rocked the Garden again." [According to G]

For opener Peter Bjorn and John, last night's MSG show was their third NYC show in two days. Their fourth was also last night - at Rockwood Music Hall (at 1am). Pictures from MSG Night One HERE. More pictures from MSG Night Two, and the setlist, and a video, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

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"Of all the bright-eyed groups from the bushy-tailed class of 1982 British New Wavers, few would have picked Depeche Mode as the one still selling out multiple nights at Madison Square Garden 27 years down the road....

...And then there's Gahan. Though he's been forced to cancel some shows due to a bout with gastroenteritis and tearing a calf muscle onstage in Spain [...and cancer], he sashayed and posed and spun across the stage without a care in the world. His stage performance has been tweaked, just like Depeche Mode's music, all for the better.
Instead of picking up the mic stand and whirling like a dervish, Gahan now spins in moderation and he occasionally tangos with the stand or makes broad ballroom moves like he was training for "Dancing With the Stars." His vocals are different as well, giving a sweeter twist to "Wrong" and a broader snarl to "I Feel You," which opened as a blues number. He even threw some Michael Jackson-esque "hee-hee hees" into "Strangelove."
Yes, you read that right. Who knows what Depeche Mode will think of next?" [Newsday]

Peter Bjorn and John opened the show and then played a gig at Cake Shop after midnight. They do it again at MSG tonight (8/4). More pictures from last night (8/3), and the DM setlist, below....

Continue reading "Depeche Mode @ Madison Square Garden, NYC - pics, setlist"

John (more by Tim Griffin)
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Peter Bjorn & John have been no stranger to NYC this new-album year. In March there was the show in a hotel, and in April it was Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's now the third day of August and they are back for two more shows, each at the enormous Madison Square Garden; they're opening for Depeche Mode (weird match, I know). In November they (PB&J) might be back again. AND, last but not least, they are playing a list-only show at Cake Shop tonight (8/3) ("after midnight") ("Peter, Bjorn and John will be playing a stripped down set in this intimate setting for friends and fans").

The Stereogum-presented, intimate show was available to Stereogum contest winners (who have already been contacted), and I have some pairs to give out as well. Details on entering the contest below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John playing semi-private show @ Cake Shop after they open for Depeche Mode @ MSG tonight "

Dave Gahan

"Depeche Mode are pleased to announce they will restart their interrupted Tour Of The Universe in Leipzig, Germany on June 8th. On May 12th, lead singer Dave Gahan suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis, leading to his hospitalization and the cancellation of the Athens concert. While in hospital, further medical tests revealed a low-grade malignant tumour in Dave's bladder, which has since been successfully removed. At doctors' orders Dave Gahan must take a break until June 8th, to ensure that he makes a full recovery. The Leipzig show on June 8th will be the first concert following Dave's recovery.

Dave Gahan sincerely thanks his fans for their support, understanding and patience. Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused."

I'm glad he's doing okay, and I can't believe he can even start playing shows again so soon after something like that. All affected dates below...

Continue reading "Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan recovering from cancer surgery"

Depeche Mode

05.20.2009

Depeche Mode regret to announce that they are forced to cancel a further three shows on their "Tour of the Universe". Doctors have advised that more time is needed to allow singer, Dave Gahan, to fully recover from his recent illness and ensure that the tour can resume shortly.

Depeche Mode apologise to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery.

The following additional shows have been cancelled:

MAY
Sat 23 - Warsaw, Poland, Gwardia Stadium
Mon 25 - Riga, Latvia, Skonto Stadium
Wed 27 - Vilnius, Lithuania, Zalgiris Stadium

Ticket holders for the above shows are advised to hold onto their tickets, as an announcement will follow soon with regard to either new rescheduled concert dates, or their final cancellation.

All dates HERE.

Good point: "WTF. BV still hasn't posted anything about Dave Gahan being hospitalized and DM cancelling concerts." [Anonymous]

Depeche Mode

WEDNESDAY:

Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel two shows on their 'Sounds of the Universe' tour, yesterday's show in Athens (May 12) and tomorrow's show in Istanbul (May 14), due to the illness of singer Dave Gahan.

Dave fell ill with a severe bout of gastroenteritis shortly before he was due onstage in Athens which resulted in his immediate hospitalization. At this stage, Dave's primary concern is to return to full health and resume the tour as soon as possible.

Fans in Athens and Istanbul have been advised to hold onto their tickets as an announcement will be made shortly with regard to rescheduled dates or cancellation.

THURSDAY:
Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel an additional four shows on their Sounds of the Universe tour due to further complications from singer Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis. Dave is currently
undergoing further tests.

Depeche Mode apologizes to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery. Further information will be released in due course.

The following shows have been cancelled:

May 16th Bucharest, Romania, Izvor Park
May 18th Sofia, Bulgaria, Vasil Levski Stadium
May 20th Belgrade, Serbia, USCE Park
May 21st Zagreb, Croatia, Arena

Ticket holders for the above shows are advised to hold on to their tickets as an announcement will be made shortly in regard to rescheduled dates or final cancellation.

Get well soon Dave. Depeche Mode are scheduled to play two shows in NYC in August. All dates below....

Continue reading "Depeche Mode cancels shows while Dave Gahan gets better - canceled & all 2009 Tour Dates "

Depeche Mode - Hollywood & Vine - April 23, 2009 (charlie.salazar)
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Depeche Mode's new album Sounds of the Universe dropped on April 21st.

On Thursday, April 23rd (late last night on the East Coast), the band played a big outdoor show in LA for Jimmy Kimmel Live...

[The band] drew more than 12,000 people to Los Angeles' famed corner of Hollywood and Vine, the largest crowd gathered there since the show first launched in 2003 with a performance by Coldplay. The band played seven songs in just under 45 minutes, including "Wrong," the first single off their latest album, Sounds Of The Universe, along with fan favorites "Personal Jesus," "Enjoy The Silence" and the set's closing number "Never Let Me Down Again," during which singer Dave Gahan led a sea of Depeche devotees to reach for the sky before humbly bro-hugging his right-hand man of nearly 30 years, Martin Gore. [Rolling Stone]
Depeche Mode have a North American tour with Peter Bjorn and John scheduled for this summer. That includes a pair of Madison Square Garden shows on August 3rd and 4th. The band is also headlining Lollapalooza in August.

Videos, official and unofficial, from the LA show, below...

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Nouvelle Vague in Dublin 2008 (voss)
Nouvelle Vague

French cover band Nouvelle Vague will be playing a show at NYC's Irving Plaza on Wednesday, June 17th. It's the group's only US date on its list of upcoming shows so far. Tickets are on sale.

The band's last LP was 2006's Bande à Part, which, "like their eponymous first album, is a collection of Bossa Nova cover versions of 1980s New Wave tracks." [Wikipedia]

Though there's no 100% official word on a new record from the band, info is scattered about regarding a new album called NV3 which may be coming out on June 3rd which is not long before the Irving Plaza show. Apparently...

Nouvelle Vague reaches the point where a song, although already perfectly rendered in its original version, can still become a completely different one, to the extent that sometimes the public doubts whether it is a "cover" or not.

Nouvelle Vague's approach is so unusual that some of the original authors accepted to participate in the recording of the "NV3" cover of their own songs.

This is the statement of this 3rd album.

We never hear of any artists singing on covers which dissemble so much from the song their originally wrote nearly 30 years ago, or even covering their own song.

There are a variety of musical tones proposed by Nouvelle Vague on this third album such as Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, Pop...

And the loop is looped when we hear on a "Nouvelle Vague" cover the voice of Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Ian McCullough (Echo and The Bunnymen), Barry Adamson (Magazine), Terry Hall (The Specials), Samy Birnbach (Minimal Comact) or Chris Bailey (The Saints)...

More about Nouvelle Vague and all tour dates below...

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Art BrutThe Frank Black-produced Art Brut vs. Satan is Art Brut's third album, and the highlight of the new releases this week for me.

Depeche Mode's Sounds Of The Universe comes out this week as well, as does the 4-disc Jane's Addiction: Cabinet of Curiosities box set

The legendary Booker T. returns with Potato Hole, this time with the Drive-By Truckers as his backing band.

Other discs I have heard and can recommend include Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi, Camera Obscura's My Maudlin Career, Cryptacize's Mythomania, and Okkervil River's Pop Lie single.

Capitol's reissues of 13 Radiohead EPs and singles are at the top of my shopping list (at least the ones I don't already have).

What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

Lollapalooza

"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2009 - the official & complete lineup"

Beastie Boys

"Three-day passes for the 2009 edition of Lollapalooza go on-sale Tuesday, March 31 at 10am (CDT). A limited allotment of three-day passes will be available at the lowest Early Bird price of $175 each, inclusive of service fees, and are expected to disappear quickly. VIP Lolla Lounge passes will also be on-sale at lollapalooza.com.

Lollapalooza happens August 7-9 in Chicago's Grant Park, and will welcome 130 acts over the three days. Rumors abound over the acts on this year's bill, but fans will have to wait until April 21 for the official lineup release."

Rumored bands to be playing Lollapalooza are Kings of Leon, The Killers, Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode, the Decemberists, Lou Reed, The Beastie Boys and Tool.

All Points West runs from July 31-August 2 in NJ and the lineup was announced today. Tool and Beastie Boys are both on that bill too. APW Tickets go on pre-sale April 2nd at noon (password = WRXP).

"Pre-orders go live today at www.beastieboys.com for the deluxe reissue of the band's third album, Check Your Head. Check Your Head follows Paul's Boutique in receiving the remastered expanded reissue treatment by Beastie Boys and Capitol/EMI, with multiple configurations ranging from a high quality DRM-free digital download of the album (including its numerous and classic B-sides and bonus tracks) to an ultra-deluxe 4 LP 180HQ vinyl version packaged in a fabric-wrapped hardcover coffee table book case and limited to 2000 copies. The retail release date of all physical editions other than the 4xLP version will be April 7, with the ultra deluxe following close behind."

Continue reading "Check Your Head - All Points West presale (4/2), Lollapalooza (lineup and) ticket sale (3/31) info"

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The August 3rd show is either sold out or close to it. August 4th was just added, and Tickets are on sale now.

Peter Bjorn and John are opening both shows and the whole tour.

Peter Bjorn and John

"Swedish indie pop stars Peter Bjorn and John ("Young Folks") will perform at the W New York as part of W Hotels' WonderLust Live Concert Series. The performance marks the band's first performance in the U.S. this year in anticipation of the official release of their new album, Living Thing, which will hit stores on March 31st via Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International.

The performance is closed to the public but a special W Wonderlust Live Package is available for both local music fans and out-of-towners looking to book the ultimate concert experience. Available in limited quantities, the package, which must be booked with a MasterCard card, includes 2 tickets to the performance, a meet-and-greet with the band, an exclusive W Hotels/Sony Music All Access VIP Gift Bag, 2 cool cocktails, a 3 PM late checkout, and a Fantastic Suite."

The W Hotel show is this Tuesday, March 17th at 8pm. The package for two tickets, the room, etc... will cost you just $549, OR it will cost you nothing to see the show (and meet the band and get a signed CD) if you win the contest we're running. Details on how to win below.

After the W show, Peter Bjorn and John head to Austin to play a bunch of shows at SXSW before returing to Europe until April when they kick of a North American tour with Chairlift at Coachella. That is the tour that brings them back to NYC at the end of April for shows at both Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg (tix). That tour ends May 2nd in Washington DC, and they are scheduled to be at Sasquatch in Washington at the end of that same month.

Fast forward to July 24th. PB & J will return to North America for yet another tour, but this time as opener on the Depeche Mode stadium tour. That includes the August 3rd show at Madison Square Garden that goes on regular sale today at 10AM

All dates & contest info below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John - W Hotel in NYC Tuesday (win tix), touring w/ Depeche Mode (tix on sale @ 10), other dates"

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Tickets are on Internet Presale for the Depeche Mode show happening at Madison Square Garden in August. (PASSWORD = WRONG) (thx Bao)

Beastie Boys @ Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Beastie Boys @ Bonnaroo

Thanks to Anon for pointing out that The Chicago Tribune has revealed Depeche Mode and the Beastie Boys as headliners at this year's Lollapalooza Festival. That would be IN ADDITION TO Jane's Addiction (who the Chicago paper also confirms) and Tool.

The Lollapalooza date fits nicely in to the gap between Depeche Mode's scheduled NYC & Seattle shows.

Beastie Boys are also playing Bonnaroo.

Depeche Mode

"EMI Music today the debut of the first iTunes Pass with groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode. With iTunes Pass, music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they're available.

The first iTunes Pass [debuted February 24th] in conjunction with Depeche Mode's forthcoming 12th studio album, "Sounds of the Universe," to be released on April 21 in the US. Fans who sign up starting [that day] get the alternative/dance pioneers' new single, "Wrong," as well as the Black Light Odyssey Dub Remix of the new track "Oh Well." They will also receive the new album on its street date plus great music and video exclusives before and after the album's release over the next fifteen weeks. The Depeche Mode iTunes Pass can be purchased starting [that day] for $18.99.

"As we work to better understand music consumers and help create stronger connections between fans and artists, we are pleased to work with Apple and Depeche Mode to kick off iTunes Pass," said Ronn Werre, president, Music Services for EMI Music. "We think it's a great new platform that will change the way artists engage with their audiences and also a powerful new way for us to build value for our artists' music. And with iTunes Pass, Depeche Mode are once again demonstrating that they are true trailblazers and innovators when it comes to creating amazing music and connecting with their fans."

Depeche Mode initially announced their upcoming tour with no venues listed. That is no longer the case. The August 1st NJ show will take place at the Borgata in Atlantic City, and the show happening on August 3rd is in fact at Madison Square Garden. All dates and their new video, below...

Continue reading "Depeche Mode - 2009 tour dates WITH VENUES, new video & the iTunes Pass debut"

Depeche Mode @ Bowery Ballroom in 2005 (more)
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Groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode have announced North American cities and dates for their upcoming "Tour Of The Universe," which will mark the group's most extensive outing in the region in several years. Kicking off in Toronto on July 24th, the band's 22-city North American tour will cover both the US and Canada and hit most major markets across the continent (see dates below). Tickets for select markets are set to go on sale on March 13th.

Depeche Mode's "Tour of the Universe" is happening in conjunction with the release of the group's twelfth studio album, Sounds Of the Universe (Mute/Capitol/Virgin), which will be released on April 21st. Alongside a standard CD format, Depeche Mode has announced that Sounds Of The Universe will also be released as a Special Edition CD/DVD and a Deluxe Box Set that will include a host of exclusive material.

Box set contents, album track list, and all 2009 tour dates (but no venues), below...

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Yazoo

Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) was a short-lived but highly successful English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex that had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s.

Heavily influenced by earlier bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo expanded upon the synthpop formula by juxtaposing Alison Moyet's vocals with Vince Clarke's electronic hooks. Its sound referenced disco but added a more disaffected attitude that disco lacked. Their second album saw greater songwriting input from Moyet, adding a rather more mature and soulful flavour, particularly on the hit single "Nobody's Diary."

Another way to put it: Yazoo was Vince Clarke's band after he left Depeche Mode and before he started Erasure with Andy Bell. Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, you probably know at least one song.....

Continue reading "Yazoo (Yaz) - reunited, reissues, 2008 Tour Dates (USA, NYC)"

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Dave Gahan @ the Apple Store

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan played a short solo set at the SoHo Apple store in NYC on Tuesday (Oct 23). Not surprisingly, it was being recorded for an iTunes exclusive digital release. People started lining up Monday night to get in, and about 85 of them did. My expectations were low - I mean it's an Apple store, but when Gahan and his band finally came out, it was flooring. Gahan's solo record Hourglass was released the same day (stream it at AOL), and all the material he played was pulled from that. The sound was great, and Gahan put just as much energy into it as any arena show - it even looked like he was having fun despite the semi-awkward lighting.

I love the new record, and it comes across great live - with "Saw Something", the Superpitcher- esque "Endless", and the screaming "Deeper + Deeper" being personal highlights. Fingers crossed for a real tour.

More pics, and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Dave Gahan played the Apple Store, stream his album"

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Alan Alda@ The Apple Store in SOHO, NYC (info)
Oct 12 - Alan Alda
Oct 16 - Stephen Colbert
Oct 17 - Thurston Moore
Oct 18 - Q-Tip
Oct 19 - Simian Mobile Disco
Oct 23 - Dave Gahan