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Mary J. Blige

Like South by Southwest, CMJ can start the campaign for a new pop product. On an album due in December, the R&B singer Mary J. Blige has been reinventing her music in sessions with London producers of electronic dance music like Disclosure. In an unannounced miniset at the Fader Fort Presented by Converse, singing to recorded tracks, Ms. Blige proved her voice could be just as forthright over a club-music beat as with an R&B band. (She remarked that she hadn't performed without instruments since 1992.) [NY Times]
FADER Fort at CMJ was full of surprises like Dev Hynes on Thursday and Mary J. Blige on Saturday (10/25). A video of her debuting "My Loving" from her upcoming album, The London Sessions, is below. Pictures of her set are in this post.

The London Sessions, due November 24 in the UK and December 2 in the US via Capitol Records, has the veteran R&B singer going in a more electronic direction and it features production and co-writing from Disclosure, Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and others. The Disclosure contribution follows Mary teaming up with the duo for a new version of their song "F For You" which they've performed live together more than once. "Right Now," which was produced by Disclosure and co-written by them and Sam Smith, recently got the video treatment and that can be watched below.

More pictures from FADER Fort, and both videos, below...

Continue reading "Mary J. Blige surprised FADER Fort, debuted a new song (pics), made a video for her Disclosure/Sam Smith collab"

Disclosure in Chicago in August (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Disclosure

Disclosure have announced another of their WILD LIFE shows, this one happening New Year's Eve at NYC's Pier 94 (indoors). They'll be DJing, and there will also be sets from Claude Vonstroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall and Isaac Tichauer. Tickets for this danceable way to ring in the new year go on sale Friday (10/1) at noon. Show flyer, and Disclosure's full list of upcoming dates, below.

Other New Year's shows in NYC include Diplo & Skrillex, Holy Ghost!, Deer Tick, Gogol Bordello, The Dictators, Patti Smith and more.

Continue reading "Disclosure playing shows, including 'WILD LIFE' in NYC on New Year's Eve (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest

The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

Continue reading "2014 Fuji Rocks Fest in pics (Arcade Fire, Outkast, Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Damon Albarn, SBTRKT, Slowdive & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sam Smith at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Amber North)
Sam Smith

While soccer fans watched the World Cup play out on a jumbotron at the Kalliope stage, [Sam Smith] attracted Bonnaroo's youngest, hippest, style-conscious attendees at The Other Tent.

Smith's debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," entered the U.K. charts at No. 1 last month, and it looks to make a big splash when it hits U.S. stores on Tuesday. Like few other acts on this year's bill, he's very much a star of the moment. A suave, British soul singer, laying smooth falsetto melodies over '80s-tinged funk and R&B - just a few short years ago, it would have been considered the opposite of hip. The tide has obviously turned. [The Tennessean]

Bonnaroo went down over the weekend and among other things featured one of the biggest US crowds British pop singer Sam Smith had yet to play to. The Disclosure collaborator played the stripped version of their collaboration "Latch" (which appears in that form on his new album), his own hits ("Stay With Me," "Leave Your Lover"), and covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?," a song that band opened their set at the same festival with two days later. (MS MR also covered it during their Bonnaroo set.) Sam also joined Disclosure during their 'Roo set just hours later and performed "Latch" once again. You can watch a video of Sam's Arctic Monkeys cover, with his setlist from the festival, below.

Sam's tour hits NYC for a sold-out show at The Apollo tonight (6/17) and returns to NYC in September for shows at United Palace (tickets) and Hammerstein (sold out).

Sam will be sticking around NYC this week, doing a record signing at Rough Trade on Thursday (6/19). You just need to buy his record that day to get a wristband for the 6 PM event.

Another Disclosure collaborator Jessie Ware announced that her new album would be out at some point this year via PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope and told Pitchfork it features collaborations with Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon, James Ford and Nineteen85. Its first single "Tough Love" is out now, and it's a more laid back single as far as Jessie Ware songs go with an almost James Blake-like quality to the chorus. This one was produced by BenZel, aka Two Inch Punch (who produced Sam Smith's "Money On My Mind") and Benny Blanco (who's written/produced huge songs like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger").

Listen to that, with the Sam Smith stuff, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith played solo and with Disclosure, covered Arctic Monkeys at Bonnaroo; Jessie Ware released a new song"

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Spoon / Jack White / crowd
Governors Ball 2014
Governors Ball 2014
Governors Ball 2014

NYC's 2014 Governors Ball music festival continued on Randall's Island yesterday (6/7) after kicking off on Friday. Saturday included sets from Jack White, Skrillex, Spoon, The Strokes (including Comedown Machine material for their second time and an encore of "New York City Cops"), Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Lucius, Deafheaven, Tanlines, RJD2, Diarrhea Planet and more. A set of day 2 pictures are in this post (plus more coming soon). Strokes pictures are HERE.

Governors Ball wraps up today with Vampire Weekend, Interpol, James Blake, The Kills, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Day 1 pics here. Strokes HERE. More of day 2 below...

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Disclosure in Austin in January (More by Tim Griffin)
Disclosure

It's probably no surprise that Williamsburg dance club Output is the place to be to get the party started early with all the big breakout UK electronic musicians playing NYC festival Governors Ball. James Blake already announced a DJ night at the venue for June 6 (tickets) and now Disclosure have announced they'll DJ the venue a day earlier (6/5) with Kaytranada and Jubilee, plus Bodhi in the Panther Room. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Disclosure play GovBall on Saturday, June 7. Tickets for the fest are still available and we're also giving away a pair of VIP tickets.

While Disclosure are in the US this June they also play Bonnaroo and one of their WILD LIFE shows in Chicago.

Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith also plays Bonnaroo and just announced an Apollo Theater show for after that.

Another Disclosure collaborator AlunaGeorge also play GovBall and recently announced an Irving Plaza show to happen right beforehand.

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.

Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.

Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.

Full late night lineup below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 update: late night lineup, comedy lineup"

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces daily lineups, individual day tickets on sale this week"

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

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Disclosure @ Stubb's - 1/31/14
Disclosure @ Stubb's - 1/31/2014

UK dance duo Disclosure recently brought their North American tour to NYC for a 3-night run at Terminal 5, and since then they played Fallon, released a song with Bishop Nehru, made a video for their version of "F For You" with Mary J. Blige (below), and continued on tour, hitting other cities like Austin this past Friday (1/31) at Stubb's. That show, like the rest of the tour, was opened by Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and LA producer Samo Sound Boy, and pictures of all three artists are in this post.

As discussed, later this month Vic Mensa heads to Europe with Danny Brown, but not before headlining a NYC show on February 18 at SOB's with Nitty Scott (tickets).

Disclosure also recently announced "WILD LIFE" shows for select US cities, which each include eclectic support coming from Joey Bada$$, Kaytranada, Claude Vonstroke, Bishop Nehru, and others. Other WILD LIFE shows TBA, but for now check out the details for Chicago and Berkley, CA. Their next NYC show is Governors Ball.

Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Austin and the Mary J Blige video, below...

Continue reading "Disclosure on tour, played Austin w/ Vic Mensa & Samo Sound Boy, announce WILD LIFE shows (pics, video, updated dates)"

Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

Bishop Nehru

Young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru just opened for Disclosure at one of their three Terminal 5 shows, and now the two have teamed up for a new song, "You Stressin'," which you can stream below...

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Disclosure

After wrapping up three nights at Terminal 5 (pics, video), Disclosure and collaborator Sam Smith hung around NYC to perform "Latch" on 'Fallon' last night. Check out the video of that performance below...

Continue reading "Disclosure & Sam Smith played "Latch" on 'Fallon' (watch)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Leo Maymind

Disclosure w/ Sam Smith @ T5 1/17/2013
Disclosure
Disclosure

The UK brotherly duo Disclosure completed a sold-out, three night run at Terminal 5 this weekend, proving that, despite the fact that their critically-acclaimed debut album Settle clearly mines very British influences, their potential to grow here seems unlimited. Pictures from night 1 (Friday, 1/17) are in this post.

I attended Saturday night's show (1/18). Two young hip-hop artists, Bishop Nehru and Vic Mensa (along with Samo Sound Boy), opened the show, each utilizing just a DJ and their own energy to work the crowd. Nehru in particular was delightfully charismatic, reaching across the venue's security pit to touch the hands of fans throughout his set. While many of his songs relied on fairly generic, mid-tempo beats that could easily slide into a range of commercial playlists, his drawl-heavy lyrics were often entrancing and quick-witted. Mensa's set began shortly after Nehru finished, and he brought out a few hype-men who seemed both thrilled and anxious to be on stage in front of 3,000 people. Despite mentioning his hometown of Chicago several times, Mensa gave lots of endearing shout-outs to New York before ending his set rather abruptly and hightailing it off the stage.

Disclosure's dual tables full of gear and elaborate light setup came to life with a bright screen flashing their now-iconic face logo as the brothers unassumingly took the stage following a short break. The set began with a deep, ambient swell before launching into "F For You," which found Howard adding his own voice under a submerged and pitch-shifted vocal line. Both Howard and Guy sporadically supplemented their booming tracks with live keyboard playing and minimal yet tasteful percussion accents, but it's hard to overstate the importance of the band's elaborate, strobe-heavy light show. Despite the fact that Disclosure is now playing to festival-size crowds, neither brother seemed to be terribly confident on stage, and more, um, un-Settle-ing was the lack of interaction between Howard and Guy, as they rarely spoke or looked at each other.

While many of the songs didn't differ greatly from the recorded versions, Guy did trigger many of their signature vocal samples in new rhythms and arrangements. The set relied on a few tight, seamless transitions, making especially nice use of noise swells from a Korg Monotribe. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" got hands in the air, as did "You and Me." Despite lacking in spontaneity and interaction, much of the crowd was simply thrilled at the opportunity to witness Disclosure's undeniably well-written songs being pumped through Terminal 5's massive, bass-heavy sound system and it was clear that the duo's popularity is still on the rise.

All three nights, Sam Smith joined the band for the encore to sing on single "Latch" and they'll do it again tonight (1/20) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sam will be back in NYC when his solo tour hits March 24 at Webster Hall and tickets for that show are still available.

More special guests: at Sunday's show (1/19) Mary J. Blige came out to provide vocals on "F for You" and video of that is below. Surprisingly, though Disclosure collaborators London Grammar were in town for their own shows right beforehand, they didn't perform with them.

In other news, Pitchfork reports that the Lawrence brothers spent some time in the studio with Q-Tip while here, so keep an eye out for that collaboration. Meanwhile, check out more pictures from Disclosure's first Terminal 5 show below...

Continue reading "Disclosure played 3 nights at T5 w/ Sam Smith, Mary J Blige, playing 'Fallon' tonight, working w/ Q-Tip (pics, video)"

Disclosure at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Disclosure

UK duo Disclosure, whose debut 2013 LP Settle was one of the best dance records of that year, are still going strong off of it with a tour that brings them to NYC for three sold-out Terminal 5 shows (1/17-19) this weekend, plus some afterparties. They just made a video for the J-Dilla sampling "Grab Her" off that LP, directed by Emile Sornin, which you can watch (via THUMP) below.

Disclosure collaborators London Grammar are also in NYC this week, and we just caught them at last night's (1/15) Baby's All Right show.

Disclosure will also be back in NYC for Governors Ball.

Video below...

Continue reading "Disclosure made a video for "Grab Her"; T5 run is this week"

by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

Continue reading "Village Voice publishes Pazz & Jop poll: Kanye and "Get Lucky" top the lists"

Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TVOTR, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Grimes, many more)"

London Grammar

UK synthpop trio London Grammar made their US network television debut on Fallon last night (1/13), where they performed "Strong" and "Wasting My Young Years" (the latter as a web exclusive), both from their debut album, If You Wait, which is out now. You can watch videos of both performances below.

Their Fallon performance was ahead of their two NYC shows this week which happen at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (1/15) and The Box on Thursday (1/16), both sold out. They also go on a full North American tour in March/April which brings them back to NYC for a sold out BV-presented show at Irving Plaza on 4/9 (UPDATE: 30 more tickets were put on sale 1/14 at noon).

As you may know, London Grammar also contributed to "Help Me Lose My Mind" from Disclosure's great Settle album. Disclosure also bring their tour to NYC this week for three sold out Terminal shows (1/17-1/19), and it doesn't seem unlikely that London Grammar could appear at those shows.

Videos below...

Continue reading "London Grammar are here, played 'Fallon' (videos); Disclosure begin their 3-night T5 run this weekend"

by Andrew Sacher

Sam Smith

Congratulations on being the Sound of 2014! How does it feel?

It feels incredible. I'm so involved in the charts, I love pop music and I love female pop artists. With this award, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Adele have all been on it, which is incredible. Even to be a part of it is amazing.

What was the first song you learned the words to?

It was Aretha Franklin's Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Diaz sings it, really badly, in My Best Friend's Wedding. Great film. I love Julia Roberts.

There's a diva quality to your voice - is that sort of music the inspiration?

It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices. [BBC]

Congratulations to Sam Smith for topping the BBC's Sound of 2014 list! The 2-5 spots went to Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha, and George Ezra, respectively, and Sam also beat out Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Chloe Howl and others. Sam first gained widespread attention when he contributed his vocals to Disclosure's "Latch" and he's since begun releasing some impressive solo material which will culminate in his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due out on May 26 via Capitol Records.

As discussed, Sam is going on a North American tour soon which hits NYC on March 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, another group of Disclosure collaborators, London Grammar, will be in NYC much sooner for two sold-out shows next week at Baby's All Right (1/15) and The Box (1/16). They've also since announced that they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13.

London Grammar's shows wrap up the day before Disclosure begin their sold-out three-night Terminal 5 (1/17-1/19) run (DJ afterparties at various venues included). Considering Sam Smith and Jessie Ware made unannounced appearances at Disclosure's last NYC show, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that London Grammar are here the same week.

All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with some streams, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith tops BBC's 'Sound of 2014' list; London Grammar playing 'Fallon' before Disclosure's T5 shows"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums of 2013"

John GrantDisclosure

British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...

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