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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Janes Addiction / Peaches / Babes in Toyland / Django Django
[Ozzy] Osbourne started out his [headlining] set with "I Don't Know," "Mr. Crowley," and "Bark at the Moon." He sprayed the crowd with a fire hose throughout the night, dumped a bucket of water on his head twice and repeatedly asked the audience if they were having fun. "I can't f---ing hear you," he kept saying, smiling when the crowd responded with cheers. This was the 66-year-old's first solo performance in several years.The rain hit hard in New Orleans on Halloween, which made for a very soggy Day 2 of the 2015 Voodoo Fest, but spirits didn't seem to be too dampened as people enjoyed sets from Ozzy Ozbourne (with Geezer Butler, Slash and Tom Morello), Jane's Addiction, Babes in Toyland, Django Django, Peaches, Santigold, Public Image Limited, The Growlers and more. Pictures from Saturday are in this post, though unfortunately none of Ozzy's supergroup, but you can check out his setlist below.
"Iron Man" was a crowd favorite, with Morello, Slash and Butler joining Osbourne on the stage. Morello's guitar had a sign reading "Ozzy Rules"on the back with "Arm the Homeless" on the front.
Two Smurfs made out in the Loa VIP section, blue falling down their faces with the rain as Butler performed an impressive bass solo during "N.I.B." [BILLBOARD]
Over in the comparatively dry tent that was the Toyota Music Den (which was co-curated by us) there were performances and Q&As featuring Django Django, Babes in Toyland, and more..
The final day of Voodoo Fest (11/1) was canceled due to worsening weather (and tornado warnings), but there ended up being an all-star jam at New Orleans spot 30/90 on Sunday night featuring Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, Lettuce, Ludlow Thieves and other Voodoo acts.
Pics from day 1 are HERE. More from Voodoo Fest's rainy Halloween and the Ozzy setlist, below...
Babes in Toyland / Django Django
For two (instead of three) days this past Halloween weekend, various artists playing Voodoo Fest stopped by the Toyota Music Den to play a second set, DJ or give a live interview. Like at past fests, BrooklynVegan helped curate the festivities, and this year that included sets by Babes in Toyland, The Joy Formidable, Wax Motif, Gerard Way and more. I DJ'd between sets. Yassir Lester was our on stage host.
The Joy Formidable put on a memorable acoustic show that drew in passers by to the tent; playing new material and promising that their forthcoming album will finally see the light of day in the coming year. Wax Motif closed out the tent on Friday with a high level of energy - mixing current dance and rap tracks seamlessly to his crowd jumping around just below. Many then rushed to catch the Jack U set that started just after the tent closed down for the night and stayed around for the headliner, Florence & The Machine, to wind down the night in the perfect (Halloween) fashion.
As the rain picked up on Saturday, things were getting sloppier on the grounds but most went unfazed - it was Halloween after all. Django Django brought their brand of slick electronic indie cool into the tent for a strong set of jams, followed by the one and only Babes In Toyland. A strong crowd of long time fans gathered early with anticipation, as this was Babes first appearance in New Orleans in 15 years. They were back to form and a packed tent rocked along with them as the rain continued to pick up just outside. Ozzy Osbourne closed the night out on the main stage in pouring rain to the diehards on a Halloween night that proved to be brutally spooky. Ozzy would be the last act of the festival to play, as the entire day and night were cancelled on Sunday due to flooding that created unsafe conditions for artists and festival goers alike.
Pictures of the whole fest are HERE. More from inside the Music Den, below...
photos: Voodoo Fest (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The 2015 The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience aka Voodoo Fest is about to kick off in New Orleans. Running from October 30-November 1, the annual Halloween weekend fest features Florence + The Machine, Modest Mouse, Jane's Addiction, Jason Isbell, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Public Image LTD, Metric, Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$, Babes in Toyland, Peaches, Title Fight and Ozzy Osbourne with a new supergroup that involves Tom Morello, Geezer Butler and Slash, among many other acts. Tickets are still on sale. Check out the full schedule.
If you can't make it, Yahoo will be streaming select performances live (streaming schedule below).
BrooklynVegan will be back at the fest this year taking pictures, and helping out in the Toyota Music Den which we helped curate along with SPIN and Stereogum. Stop by the tent to catch some of the fest's artists play a 2nd set in a much more intimate environment. Friday's Music Den schedule includes Wax Motif, Gerard Way, Frank Turner and The Joy Formidable. Saturday has Django Django and Babes in Toyland. Sunday includes Fishbone and July Talk. Check out the full schedule below.
by Bill Pearis
photo: Django Django @ End of the Road Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Django Django will be on tour starting later this month, including a stop in NYC as part of the 2015 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. Their set happens at Verboten on November 7. Though Verboten doesn't do a lot of more traditional band shows, this is a regular Django Django show if you were wondering. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The band are releasing "Pause Repeat" as the next single from this year's Born Under Saturn, complete with some remixes, including "A JD Twitch Optimo Mix" which makes its premiere in this post. Where the original version has an almost early-'90s Madchester vibe to it, here it goes all rubbery in the knees. You can listen it it, and the Debruit remix, below...
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival would be returns various Williamsburg venues (Output, Verboten, Good Room and Music Hall of Williamsburg included) from November 5-7. We already knew it'd include an 11-piece version of Floating Points on 11/7 at MHOW, and now the rest of the initial lineup is here. It includes Django Django, MK, George FitzGerald, Matrixxmann, Obey City, Voices from the Lake (live), Daniel Avery, Armand Van Helden, Masters at Work, Laidback Luke b2b Gina Turner, Snakehips, Oneman, Soulclap, Luke Jess, Dcotr Jeep, Julia Govor, Mike Simonetti, Patrick Russell, Virginia and Volte-Face.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.
Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:
The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.
Hot Chip DJing the tent
With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).
More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...
The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.
The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...
photo: Big Freedia in last year's Toyota Tent @ OSL (more by Wilson Lee)
Outside Lands is taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend with headliners Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala and more.
BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Stereogum are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located in the Polo Field near the Lands End Stage. The tent is called "Sound Central" on the festival map.
Like previous years, and like at Lollapalooza last weekend, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Hurray for the Riff Raff play the Sutro stage at 12:20 on Saturday. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 5pm the same day).
BrooklynVegan's OSL representative this year will be Jamie Granato, also known as DJ Rezound and the man behind Group Tightener. Watch Jamie interview Dan Deacon and METZ on Sunday. Come see bonus performances by Natlie Prass, Speedy Ortiz, The Drums, Django Django, Shakey Graves, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and more. Check out the full weekend schedule below....
Django Django will be in North America next week, including NYC's Webster Hall on July 28 with Beat Connection opening. Tickets are still available. It's part of a short summer trip but the band will be back this fall for a more proper tour that doesn't include another NYC show, but all dates are listed below.
On Friday (7/24), Django Django will release the Reflections EP featuring a few remixes of that Born Under Saturn track. You can stream the Leith Waterworld Instrumental Remix and the Happa remix, below.
New Orleans music festival Voodoo Music Experience returns this year Halloween weekend from October 30 - November 1. The lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne ft. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello & Slash, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Florence + the Machine, Babes In Toyland, Jack U (aka Diplo & Skrillex), Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$ & the Soul Rebels, Clutch, The Cult, Fishbone, Title Fight, Duke Dumont, Santigold, Frank Turner, Girl Talk, Hundred Waters, Deadmau5, Third Eye Blind and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
As mentioned, Django Django will be in NYC and LA this summer, including Webster Hall on July 28 with Beat Connection. (Tickets are still available.) Folks in the rest of North American wondering when they're going to announce more dates will be happy to hear that they've added dates while here. Not a lot more, but you can check out all dates which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Django Django's sophomore album, Born Under Saturn, is out next week via Domino/Because and is a nice, natural progression from their 2012 debut. It's got more of a band feel, but they've retained that anything-goes spirit and a way with a big hook. You can stream the whole thing right now via iTunes Radio. They've also just released a video for breezy single "Reflections." Director Natalia Stuyk and animator Eva Papamargeriti used Motion Capture and Face Shift technologies to transform the band into kinetic objects for this very surreal performance video. Watch it below.
photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.
3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...
by Bill Pearis
Django Django's new album, Born Under Saturn, will be out May 5 via Ribbon Music and the band have just shared the second single from it. "Reflections" could almost be a house (or Madchester-style) track if it wanted to be but the Djangos' multi-part harmonies pull it in weirder directions. There's also a really cool sax breakdown courtesy James Mainwaring of Roller Trio. You can stream it, and a couple of new remixes of first single "First Light," below.
Meanwhile, Django Django main man Dave Maclean made a very cool mix for Vinyl Factory features selections from his deep vinyl collection of soundtracks, exotica, and other rare grooves, and you can stream that below as well.
As mentioned, Django Django will be here this summer for shows in NYC and LA, playing Webster Hall on July 28. Tickets officially go on sale on Friday, but you can get them early as BrooklynVegan has a presale starting at 10 AM today. Password is firstlight.
By the time of the shows, you should be well acquainted with the band's new album, Born Under Saturn, which is out May 5. Stream the single below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
When Django Django released new single "First Light" it seemed likely a new album would be announced soon and here we are: Born Under Saturn, the Scottish band's second album, will be out May 5 via Ribbon Music. Pre-orders are available now. Album art, tracklist and "First Light" stream are below.
While a North American tour hasn't been announced yet, Django Django will be playing NYC and LA this summer. NYC's show is July 28 at Webster Hall and tickets will be on sale Friday (2/20) at 10 AM.
UPDATE: There's also a BrooklynVegan presale Thursday (2/19) at 10 AM. PASSWORD HERE.
The LA show is August 6 at Mayan Theatre. There has been a UK tour announced as well. All Django Django tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
It's been nearly three years since Django Django released their debut album, which is far too long to go without new music. They're back with a new album later this year -- details still forthcoming -- but they just dropped a new single, "First Light." With fat synth bass driving things, it's a welcome return. Stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
Django Django @ MHOW 2013 (more by David Andrako)
It's been two years since Django Django released their terrifically inventive debut album. The band are busy working on its follow-up but have dropped a cover of The Monkees' "The Porpoise Song" for their turn at the popular Late Night Tales mix series. The organ-drenched original, which was written by Carol King, is from the Head soundtrack, and is used in the film's opening scene where they all jump off a bridge, committing literal career suicide. If you've never seen Head, it remains a deeply weird, uncommercial film and required viewing. Django Django's version hews close to the original for the first half of the song, before pulling it fully into their own rhythmic territory in the latter half. You can stream it below.
In addition to its inclusion on Late Night Tales (out May 11), DD's "The Porpoise Song" will be released as a 7" for Record Store Day, which is Saturday (4/19) if you didn't realize. The b-side is a spoken word piece by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (!). Full tracklist for Django Django's edition of Late Night Tales, plus "The Porpoise Song" cover and streams of The Monkees original and Carol King's demo, below...
Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...
Dave Hill & Billy Jones hosting BrooklynVegan Radio @ Firefly Fest Friday (6/21)
We had an amazing first day of Firefly Music Fest in Dover on Friday. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and especially to Django Django and Dr. Dog for coming to play and talk with our BrooklynVegan Firefly Blog Radio hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones. Stay tuned for a full set of pictures and audio from our sessions coming soon.
Meanwhile we do it again on Saturday/today and Sunday, but with an even more action packed schedule of special guests including the just added Jim James! Please stop by Soundwave tent, not far from the Porch stage, from 1-3 pm for the following:
BrooklynVegan on the SoundWave Stage @ Firefly 2013Don't forget that all of these artists are also playing longer regular normal sets on the main stages as part of the festival. Check the full schedule to figure out where else they'll be and take another look at our Firefly Guide before you go. See you in Dover!
hosted by Billy Jones & Dave Hill
1-3pm each day
1:00 pm: CHVRCHES (live interview and audience Q&A)
1:30 pm: Jim James (live interview)
1:45 pm: Heliotropes (live performance and interview)
2:30 pm: Lord Huron (live interview and audience Q&A)
1:00 pm: Trails & Ways (live performance and interview)
2:00 pm: Amanda Palmer (live performance + audience Q&A)