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Escape 2 NY

When we last spoke, The Psychedelic Furs had two dates scheduled with Tom Tom Club including a NYC show on October 3 at Irving Plaza (tickets). The band have since announced a full tour with Tom Tom Club happening in September and October. The tour includes two more NYC-area dates happening on October 6 at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT and October 8 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Ridgefield show are on sale now and the tickets for the Wellmont show go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon.

The tour also coincides with Devo's short run of three North American dates this September at Redhook Brewery in Washington on September 17. Unfortunately, that run does not include any NYC dates.

All dates and more pictures from the show Psychedelic Furs played as part of the Escape 2 NY Festival on Saturday, August 6th (Friday pics HERE), below...

Continue reading "Psychedelic Furs played E2NY (belated pics), announce full tour w/ Tom Tom Club (updated dates, NJ & CT included)"

Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Lemonheads playing shows, NXNE expands lineup (includes Descendents, Stars, Devo, OFF!, Juliana Hatfield, more)"

the Octopus Project in Austin in 2010 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Octopus Project

The Octopus Project are currently on the road, and later this month hook up with Devo for a string of dates followed by a bunch of shows with Explosions in the Sky in April. It's the latter that brings them to NYC on April 6th, but since Low and Eluvium are opening for EITS at Radio City Music Hall that night (tickets still on sale), the Octopus Project have scheduled their own headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon on Wed (3/2) and regular sale on Friday. All dates below....

Continue reading "The Octopus Project touring w/ Devo & EITS, playing MHOW"

photos by Tim Griffin

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest getting the Descendents as a last minute headliner fill-in for Devo was a big deal, and the size of the crowd that showed up Sunday night to watch the reunited California punk band proved it. It was almost definitely the biggest crowd at any one stage the whole weekend. They played on the Orange, aka the "indie" stage, that MGMT headlined the night before, and you could see that they pulled something like double the crowd, and there were a lot less people watching Mastodon one stage over Sunday night too, partially because the Descendents stole some of their crowd.

""It really was the equivalent of a punk-rock half-court shot at the buzzer," James Moody, co-owner of music booking agency Transmission Entertainment, said backstage on Sunday. "Our backs were against the wall. We're not a big organization. When you've got 10 days to book a monster headliner that you really respect it's hard. We were sweating it."

Transmission's players needn't have worried -- playing its first show in many years and its only scheduled United States date, the Descendents drew throngs of true believers, with frontman Milo Aukerman sounding as enthused as ever on frenetic classics like "I Don't Want to Grow Up." Not bad for a guy who's pushing 50." [Austin Statesman]

That said, I ran over to Mastodon at the Black Stage for a minute, and their crowd wasn't too shabby either. A-Trak was playing at the same time to a large crowd on the Blue stage too. The Austin festival manages to pull in enough punk and metal fans to actually make Mastodon vs. Descendents (which was supposed to be Mastodon vs Devo) work just fine, from a crowd control point of view anyway. Oh, and the Descendents didn't forget who they were replacing. Like Snapcase (who dedicated the appropriately titled "Energy Dome" to Devo) and Weird Al Yankovic before them, the Descendents paid tribute to Devo. Their way of doing it was by covering "Uncontrollable Urge" during the encore which ended with "Bikeage".

The show did not dissapoint. Video of the encore, and other videos and more pictures including one of their setlist, below...

Continue reading "the reunited Descendents played Fun Fun Fun Fest (instead of Devo) --- pics, video & setlist"

by BBG
Devo, Crocodiles, and Dum Dum Girls have all cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest in the past few days. Sucks, yes. But the evil geniuses at the Austin, Texas Festival (November 5-7, 2010) have already drummed up some replacements. New bands include Cults, and Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos (who were originally on the fest, but had to drop off a few weeks ago and were replaced by The Antlers, and now are back but on a different day). Washed Out also recently replaced Cold Cave, and the Nortec Collective was a recent addition too. Oh, and to replace Devo: new headliner Descendents!

"I really can't believe it. The Descendents were one of those bands on my dream list that I thought I would never get to book" Says Graham Williams, FFF Founder. "A week ago, we had no idea what we were going to do, and now we couldn't be more happy".
The show is The Descendents' lone US scheduled appearance, and only appearance before the re-reunited band heads down under in December for some dates in Australia. Get your Fun Fun Fun Fest tickets at their site.

Speaking of Cults, they recently played a gang of shows during CMJ, and their only other show at the moment is with The Morning Benders and Twin Sister at Webster Hall in NYC on 11/18 instead of Oberhofer (tickets).

I'm preparing to head down to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend as well, and along with all of the incredible heavy music that's already going on at the festival (Mastodon, Floor, Snapcase, High on Fire, Kylesa, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatred Surge, Ringworm... the list is endless) we'll be hosting an event of our own. On Sunday, November 7th BrooklynVegan will host a killer after-party at Red 7 (doors at 9) with incredible secret guests, along with Landmine Marathon, Mammoth Grinder, and Ratking (mems MOoB, Gorilla Biscuits). The show will be FREE to Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband holders and a measly $5 at the door for those of you without.

Not into metal or need something to do on the other nights of that weekend in Austin? Not to worry. Like the lineup of the festival itself, the selection of bands playing other afterparties on each night of the fest is diverse. There are plenty of options including a November 5th Gorilla Vs Bear shindig (also with secret guest), and many more.

BrooklynVegan show flyer, some video of those bands in action, info on the fest's 2010 Circus Stage, and more, below...

Continue reading "the Descendents, Antlers, Cults & a BrooklynVegan afterparty added to Fun Fun Fun Fest!"


Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of Purchase
According to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.

Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.


After a couple of shows in Texas, The Drums (who recently lost a member) ("we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated") will kick off their tour with Surfer Blood on September 27th in Phoenix, AZ. That's the same tour that makes its way to Webster Hall in NYC on October 20th (a show that is also part of CMJ, and which will feature an opening set by The Dewars). That tour ends two days later, October 22nd, in Philly.

Eight days after that, on mischief night, the Drums will share a bill with Devo and Neon Trees at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The "second annual RXP Halloween Concert" is on sale now (for the low low price of $55-with-fees a ticket).

For Devo, it's one of just three shows they have coming up at the moment. The other two are Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

And speaking of Surfer Blood,

"According to a Brightest Young Things interview with Surfer Blood lead singer JP Pitts, the indie rock upstarts recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. The group plan to release an EP on current label Kanine next year before making a jump to the majors with an as-yet-unscheduled LP to be released by Warners and Kanine." [Pitchfork]
The Drums' debut, self-titled album was recently released by Downtown.

All dates below...

Continue reading "The Drums playing a NYC show w/ Devo after their tour w/ the Warner Brothers-signed Surfer Blood (dates) "


Devo's new album, Something for Everybody, is out today (6/15) and streaming online in the form of a Cat Listening Party, which runs till 8pm PST (11pm EST). According to the band, "It is 88%-guaranteed to meet with your audio approval." The album streams, without cats, at Colbert Report until Thursday (it's a little out of way on the right side of the page). They'll be on the Colbert Report Wednesday night, Letterman Tuesday night, and Regis & Kelly on Friday.

Tour dates are here. The closest they come to NYC currently is Clifton Park, NY's Northern Lights on Saturday, July 31st - tickets are on sale. They play Osheaga in Montreal on Sunday, August 1st and Lollapalooza on August 6th.

A video promo and album tracklist are below...

Continue reading "Devo streaming their new album with cats, playing Colbert, Regis & Kelly and Clifton Park, NY"

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks' new EP The Last Place You'll Look came out in March on Fat Cat. That's the cover above.

In addition to playing the June 30th Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club/Suckers show at Governors Island (they're opening), We Were Promised Jetpacks has added a Tuesday, June 29th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bear Hands open. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, May 28th at noon.

The Brooklyn show is one of at least seven shows that WWPJ and Bear Hands will play together this summer. Those dates include Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival which has updated its July lineup since we last spoke. That updated lineup and day-by-day schedule, and all dates below...

Continue reading "We Were Promised Jetpacks & Bear Hands add more dates (MHOW), Forecastle Festival updates its lineup "

Morning Benders @ Emo's in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Morning Benders

tonight in NYC
* Real Estate @ PS1
* Narrows @ Cake Shop
* Earth Day @ Grand Central
* Mike Doughty @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Kings Go Forth @ Southpaw
* Jason Collett, Zeus, Bahamas @ Union Hall
* Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Frances, Rafter, Necking (late) @ Glasslands
* Shark?, This Is Versailles (BBQ) @ Party Expo
* Camila Meza, Meta and the Cornerstones @ Zebulon
* Dam-Funk on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* International Noise Conference 0'10 @ Silent Barn
* Titus Andronicus, Harlem, Spider Bags @ Maxwell's
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Dough Rollers @ The Bell House
* Adam Green, Savoir Adore, The Dead Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Weird Owl, Imaginary Weapons, Von Haze (early) @ Glasslands
* Of Montreal, Wiz Khalifa, Ghostface Killah @ Columbia University
* Envy On The Coast, The Fall of Troy, Twin Atlantic @ Irving Plaza
* Gordon Voidwell, Boy Crisis, Das Racist, Iron Solomon @ 92YTribeca
* Tobacco, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Blast Off! @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Morning Benders, Holiday Shores, The Luyas @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* HEALTH, Cold Cave, North Highlands, Oberhofer, Andrew W.K. (DJ) @ Solar One
* Holiday Shores, Micachu & the Shapes, Beach Fossils, Moonmen on the Moon Man @ Bruar Falls
* Screaming Females, The Measure, Barrakuda McMurder, Byrds of Paradise, Modern Hut @ Mercury Lounge
* Tahiti Boy and The Palmtree Family, Single Parents, Other Crimes, Drunk Tigers, Blues in Space @ Pianos

This Week in Indie

Short Wave Warfare

Bruar Falls' one year anniversary is tonight.

BrooklynVegan presents Morning Benders, Holiday Shores & The Luyas at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

BrooklynVegan presents Narrows, I Hate Our Freedom and Psychic Limb at Cake Shop.

Silversun Pickups/Against Me! Williamsburg Waterfront tickets are on sale at noon.

MGMT is on Saturday Night Live tonight.

There's a tribute to Alex Chilton at the Living Room on Sunday night.

Devo performed on Jimmy Fallon this past week. Videos below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Saturday?"

photos by Rachel Carr

Coachella 2010 Outtakes

"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.

The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.

Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]

The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...

Continue reading "more photos from Coachella, more confirmation that All Points West is not happening"

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar

"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn

Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Coachella 2010 - Day 2
Coachella 2010 - Day 2

Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.

Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.

John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
Beth Ditto and John Waters

The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.

The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.

It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.

Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.

Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.

Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day Two in pics, video & review (Die Antwoord shots & Faith No More's setlist included)"


"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.

It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.

Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza actually announces 2010 lineup "

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky, words by Andrew Frisicano


Devo will be performing at the Olympic medal ceremony tonight (2/22) in Whistler, BC, at 10:30pm. They aren't the only band to play the daily ceremonies - Feist and Stars and Wilco already performed and there is still a full schedule of performances through Feb. 27th (The Roots and Burton Cummings both play on February 25).

The Akron band will be putting new song "Fresh" up on its website as a free download after their performance. The site is currently hosting a "color study," which is a survey that asks you to match colors with various scenarios ("What color is this neglected step-child's hair?" is one). It's part of a larger market/faux marketing campaign by the band that's connected to their forthcoming album. They'll also be unveiling new costumes and songs at the Olympic performance.

After conferring with Warner Bros. Records and Mother LA we have decided to permit Devo to debut some new songs and a new look at their Olympics concert. We couldn't have wished for a better testing ground from such a fantastically diverse crowd.

Shortly there after Devo will have the opportunity to adjust their set and songs driven by the Olympics crowd input so they can present a truly "kick ass" show (pardon me) as they say, at Coachella. Their desert show will also coincide with the pre-release of new, focus group approved songs from their forthcoming 12 song CD.

There's one problem however. Right now, Devo is committed to more songs than the new release allows. Word from on high is that songs must be removed from the new CD. 12 is the target number. Help DEVO Inc. and its corporate partners to determine the outcome of the album by participating in the proven system of focus-group testing at the Devolution tent. Your involvement is essential and will grant you a free Energy Dome for your efforts.

A video from Devo Inc.'s COO is below.

Devo played two shows at Irving Plaza on November 20th and 21st. The second night they performed Freedom of Choice in full, photographed here. The first night was Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! , which is pictured in this post. More pictures, videos and dates are below...

Continue reading "Devo posting free song after they play the Olympics (tonight), playing Coachella & running surveys, + new album info, Irving Plaza pics & more "


Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

Devendra Banhart @ Town Hall on Nov. 22nd 2009 (via)
Devendra Barnhart

Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs played last night (11/22) at Town Hall - their first stop on their tour's two date NYC run. Tonight (11/23) they'll be at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Little Joy open both - with the roles from Little Joy's headlining show at Webster Hall on October 2nd switched.

Barnhart is supporting his new record, What Will We Be, which came out October 27th on Warner Brothers. He appeared as one of the special guests at Yo Gabba Gabba's three-performance day at Beacon Theatre on November 21st.

In addition to running through Gabba song classics like "Don't Be Afraid," "Get the Sillies Out," and "Party In My Tummy (So Yummy)," the 11 a.m. show also featured a live performance by Devendra Banhart, who's sweet, acoustic "Little Yellow Spider" brought smiles to moms and dads' faces, even if it was a bit slow for the hyped-up kiddie mob, as well as a Dancey Dance from Brooklyn hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who showed us how to do the Peanut Butter Squish. But the real treat was Biz Markie, who brought the show's beatboxing "Biz's Beat of the Day" seg to the Beacon, passing the mic to youngsters in the crowd so they could rock funky beats for the enthusiastic audience.[EW.com]
He wasn't the only guest at the program's three live shows. The second show's music guest was Dinosaur Jr. who played Terminal 5 with Sonic Youth later that night. The third's was The Roots who, like some of the other guests, appear on the new soundtrack for the show. Darryl "DMC" from Run DMC also appeared as the dance guest. Devo, who were in town that night didn't show up (though Mark Mothersbaugh does frequent music for the show).

The Roots played guest again one day later at Bowery Ballroom with the Dirty Projectors.

Yo Gabba Gabba Beacon videos with Devendra's Town Hall encore from Nov. 22nd, a picture of the setlist for an earlier date on the tour, and two videos of "Little Yellow Spider" (including one of him playing it for kids in Seattle in 2004) below...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba played NYC - guests included Dinosaur Jr (video), Roots & Devendra Banhart (who played Town Hall) "

photos by Tim Griffin


Devo performed two nights in a row at Irving Plaza in NYC over the weekend. And like they did on their whole current tour, they played a diffferent full album each night. Not coincdentally, those two albums were both just reissued as deluxe editions and just in time for the holidays...

Devo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and Freedom of Choice Deluxe Editions
Depending on who you ask, art-rock godfathers Devo are either one of the greatest and most innovative bands of all time, or just one of New Wave's most memorable one-hit wonders. Both camps will be satisfied with the band's reissues of the two records that best of exemplify both aspects of their legacy--their quirky 1978 debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and 1980's classic Freedom of Choice. The cherry on top: a "Mongoloid"/"Jocko Homo" 7-inch that accompanies the limited edition color vinyl version of ...Are We Not Men?. [Nashville Scene]
Friday night was the Are We Not Men show. Saturday was Freedom of Choice. Full review from both days, and pictures from the first night, coming shortly. More pictures from the second night (they changed outfits to match the album), below...

Continue reading "Devo played 'Freedom of Choice' @ Irving Plaza in NYC - pics"

Jay Reatard @ the Wired Store (more by Tim Griffin)
Jay Reatard

As I was saying (and Bill will say even more about later), Jay Reatard and his Shattered Records crew (Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders & Useless Eaters) are on their way from Pop Montreal to NYC for a late show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (10/1). Tickets are still on sale.

Yesterday, with some help, I rushed together some questions for an email interview with Jay (not the ideal format). Jay in turn rushed some answers back this afternoon, presumably from the road and after playing a late show last night. With that in mind, you can find that interview, which attempts to set the record straight on Jay's recent hate for Brooklyn, and what time Hamburghini practice starts, with all dates and tonight's set times, below....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Jay Reatard (whose Shattered Records tour hits Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tonight) "

Devo @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)

Devo will play back-to-back nights in select cities, performing Are We Not Men? live the first night, and Freedom of Choice the second night...both albums in their entirety!

As a thank you to their fans, everyone who purchases DEVO tickets online will receive three demos recently uncovered in the DEVO vaults. The previously unreleased versions of "Whip It," "Red Shark" (later re-titled "It's Not Right" and recorded with different lyrics), and "Turn Around," were recorded in 1979 on a four-track in the band's rehearsal space at Modern Music in Hollywood, CA.

Within 3-5 days of purchase, all ticket buyers will receive a unique code allowing them to download the music at a special redemption site.

Tickets just went on general sale for the NYC shows which are happening November 20th and 21st at Irving Plaza. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Toronto dates are on Ticketmaster. Seattle tickets are available here.

Meanwhile, Devo's new album is still on its way. All dates below...

Continue reading "Devo performing full albums - 2009 Tour Dates & tickets "

by Andrew Frisicano

Devo @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)

"The fall of 2009 will bring a new DEVO studio album, their first one since 1990's Smooth Noodle Maps. It'll mark their first new music since the strong fan reaction that greeted the 2007 single "Watch Us Work It," their first new song in 18 years and one that was produced by Sweden's TeddyBears (Robyn). They're now in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album (title TBA)".
Devo will be playing SXSW this year, with Tricky making an appearance. In addition, the band is speaking at the festival, and playing a pre-SXSW show in Dallas, TX on March 18th.

Overseas, Devo is set to perform the entirety of 1977's Brian Eno-produced Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! on May 6th (hosted by All Tomorrow's Parties), and play a regular set headlining the first night of the ATP UK weekend on May 8th - an evening that includes way too many notable acts to name (Beiruit, Marnie Stern, Health, The Jesus Lizard, M83, Sleep, way more), some of which will also be playing ATP NY on Sept 11-13, 2009. More UK (and hopefully US) dates are still on the way.

Tricky is now in the middle of his US tour which will eventually take him back to NYC after SXSW.

All tour dates and video for "Watch Us Work It" (both regular and Dell Computer advert versions), below...

Continue reading "Devo announce a new album & some more dates"

Tricky @ Irving Plaza last time (more by Chris La Putt)

After a September US club tour that ushered his triumphant return to the stage, Tricky announces his most extensive US tour to date. Kicking off in March, the five week coast to coast trek includes a special performance with Devo at SXSW and a featured performance at the Langerado Music Festival. Select dates are on sale now.

To coincide with the tour, a digital "Puppy Toy" single with unreleased b-sides, remixes and videos for "Puppy Toy" and "Council Estate" is set for a March 3rd release.

Tricky will be performing songs from his entire catalog, as well as tracks from the new album. Produced by Tricky, Knowle West Boy is named after the urban ghetto where Tricky was raised. The album finds Tricky reaching into the post-punk, Two-Tone, reggae, hip hop and pure pop he grew up adoring and twisting it all into surreal songscapes, creating the most varied and accessible set of his career. It's no wonder Rolling Stone proclaims the record "his best since 1995 debut Maxinquaye" [PR]

As previously mentioned, tickets are on sale for the March 3rd NYC show at Irving Plaza. Strangely the tour kicks off just one day earlier... at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, NY. All dates below...

Continue reading "Tricky - 2009 Tour Dates (Farmingdale & w/ Devo @ SXSW!)"

Devo @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)

On Friday, March 20, performing right society BMI will partner with SXSW to present new wave progenitors Devo at Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St). The show marks the climax of BMI's focused presence at SXSW 2009: Throughout the week, the organization will also stage indie rock showcases, orchestrate film and songwriter panels, and host its annual invitation-only mixers, the details of which will be announced soon.
Devo's only other scheduled 2009 show is at ATP UK's The Fans Strike Back festival in Minehead which runs from May 8th-10th. That's the same festival that Sleep is reuniting to play.

SXSW also announced a ton of other bands playing SXSW this year. On that list, is....Sleep, BUT after a false alarm that included a minor Black Bubblegum freakout, we confirmed that in fact the band playing SXSW is a different Sleep. Oh well.

A few other bands playing SXSW this year: The Wrens, Peter Bjorn and John, Primal Scream, and Explosions in the Sky.

photos by Zach Dilgard

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

It was announced on Friday that Dan Deacon would play Citysol on Saturday. The last-minute announcement had to wait until after the Thursday night Devo show at McCarren Pool that Dan opened (June 26, 2008). I would have assumed that the reason Dan could play Citysol so easily was partly because he was already in town. Just the opposite. Dan actually flew to Atlanta for a Friday night show after the Thursday night McCarren show, only to have to come right back to NYC to play the free solar-powered festival the very next day. That's where something went wrong....

The idea of putting on an outdoor concert in New York City powered exclusively by solar panels is a clever and necessary one for these energy-troubled times. One could excuse the organizers of the 3rd annual Citysol music festival if their activism overshadowed the music on hand; on the contrary, they presented a diverse bill of performances that ranged from exotic (Burkina Electric, featuring percssionist/composer Lukas Ligeti) to mind-blowing (MC Blitz the Ambassador, with electronics, bass and a full brass section). Headliner Dan Deacon was a no-show thanks to some airline screwup that sent his equipment to Cincinnati; after such a full plate, I can't imagine anyone was all that disappointed. [Feast of Music]
Were you disappointed?

You saw Zach's pics of Devo. The rest of the ones he took during Dan's set are below....

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photos by Zach Dilgard

Devo @ McCarren Pool

Devo @ McCarren Pool

Great, quick, expensive show Thursday night (June 26, 2008), but that is old news. More of Zach's pictures below...

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