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METZ / Octopus Project
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

The first of three free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and the only one that had no rain, happened Thursday (3/19) from noon to 6pm with 15 bands across the venue's two stages.

The inside show began with recent Run for Cover signees Elvis Depressedly who played a set of scrappy indie rock with singer Matthew Lee Cothran's animated stage moves intact. Then Emmy the Great brought things down with a set she played mostly as a duo but with a few solo songs too. Next up was the alt-R&B of three-piece Basecamp, followed by the danceable, super fun pop of New Zealand's Yumi Zouma. Veteran Canadian band Frog Eyes came next with Carey Mercer & co's eccentric indie rock in excellent form (story about being accused of doing meth in the BrooklynVegan comments included), and then it was their neighbors from up north, Cancer Bats, whose blend of hardcore and stoner rock riffage was the heaviest set of the day. Oklahoma rockers Broncho followed, playing to one of the most packed in crowds of the day and totally sounding built to do so. Finally it was one more Canadian band to wrap up the day, METZ, who were as loud, fast and full of energy as ever.

Broncho / Speedy Ortiz
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside the show began with the UK's Ultimate Painting, the band with members of Veronica Falls and Mazes whose Dead-like guitar jams and close harmonies were super tight and pretty perfect outdoors on a sunny afternoon. They were followed by Girlpool, who previewed some material from their upcoming debut LP and included some favorites from last year's EP that had a chunk of the crowd singing along. Then came the shouty noise rock of Ireland's Girl Band (who unlike Girlpool who played before them, don't have girls in the band), and then the smart/sarcastic indie rock of Chastity Belt ("this next song is about mansplaining"). After them it was Mitski who was more impressive than before at this show and had a lot of the crowd screaming in approval. She was followed by Speedy Ortiz, who seem to get tighter each time and whose new songs came off great live ("Raising the Skate" was especially a highlight of the set). And to end the day it was hometown heroes The Octopus Project with a highly enjoyable set of their experimental rock to a full backyard of people.

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlists on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

More pictures from the whole day at BV Austin, and below...

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Mew
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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HERE'S THE DAY ONE LINEUP
BV SXSW

We already announced the lineup for Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7. Saturday (day 3) will be announced very soon. Here's Thursday (day 1):

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 @ Red 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Elvis Depressedly
12:45 Emmy The Great
01:30 Basecamp
02:15 Yumi Zouma
03:00 Frog Eyes
03:45 Cancer Bats
04:30 Broncho
05:15 METZ

OUTSIDE
12:30 Ultimate Painting (mem Mazes & Veronica Falls)
01:25 Girlpool
02:10 Girl Band
02:50 Chastity Belt
03:35 Mitski
04:20 Speedy Ortiz
05:15 Octopus Project

Like the other two days, we'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm. Again, it's totally free, and RSVP for all three days is open.

The Thursday inside show kicks off with recent Run for Cover signee Elvis Depressedly, followed by folk-turned-pop musician Emmy the Great. Then it's the alt-R&B of Basecamp, the shiny pop of Yumi Zouma, indie veterans Frog Eyes, Canadian riff rockers Cancer Bats, power poppers Broncho, and finally Sub Pop sludge punks METZ.

Outside, the day starts with the VU/Dead stylings of Ultimate Painting (members of Mazes and Veronica Falls), into the young, smart and quickly rising duo Girlpool. They're followed by intense Irish noisemakers Girl Band, then jangly Seattle post-punks Chastity Belt, arty/folky indie rocker Mitski, discordant indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and wrapping up the day is Austin experimental rockers The Octopus Project.

Speedy Ortiz
photo: Speedy Ortiz @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)

METZ
photo: Metz @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

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This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Thursday Day Party lineup (METZ, Octopus Project, Speedy Ortiz, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski & much more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Emmy the Great @ Baby's All Right, 2/16/2014
Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great released her new pop-oriented EP, S, earlier this year and began her short US tour in support of it in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right last night (2/16). Unfortunately, technical difficulties caused them to have a late start (they went on after 11:30) and they were forced to cut the set short too. Emmy wrote on Twitter:

I'm so sorry for the lateness people in brooklyn. The venue had a horrible sound experience and had to delay everything, then we found out the equipment we rented was broken, so the poor tech who replaced the venue guy had to fashion us new equipment with wire. And that last bit happened as we walked on stage. If you had to leave I'm sorry :( :( We're all so sad to have let people down.
She then later tweeted, "We had to do a super short set. Sorry again." Hopefully things go over better when her tour returns to NYC on Thursday (2/19) at Mercury Lounge (tix).

Last night's show was opened by Aimee deBeer and Stranger Cat, the electronic pop project of Cat Martino, who included a cover of Sia's "Chandelier" in her set. More pictures of all three artists from last night, below...

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photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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photo: Emmy the Great at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great releases her S EP this month, and as discussed, she'll bring her tour to NYC on February 19 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available, and Emmy's now added a second NYC show happening February 16 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

Updated dates are listed, with the video for "Swimming Pool" from her EP, below...

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Emmy the Great

As discussed, UK singer/songwriter Emmy the Great is releasing the S EP on January 26 via new label home Bella Union, and she's already released the single "Swimming Pool" which features Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. Now Emmy has added a NYC show to her tour schedule, happening February 19 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All currently announced dates are listed, with the "Swimming Pool" video, below...

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Emmy the Great

It's been a little while since hearing from UK singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. She spent some time traveling around the world and has now signed with Bella Union who will release her new EP, simply titled S. Says Emmy:

My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music.
The lead track on the new EP is "Swimming Pool" which features vocals from Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. It's a little different than you may remember Emmy sounding, and you can stream and watch the video for that below.

In other news, Emmy has reviewed Iggy Azalea's Reclassified for The Talkhouse.

My relationship with Iggy Azalea begins on a freeway in 2013. Driving myself to a show in a car that has been known to smoke from the engine if put in reverse. Terrified of the consequences of a crash (car disintegrates, head falls off, etc.), I obey the law of not touching my phone while driving, and end up listening to a playlist of her music on loop for two hours.

During this period, I get to know Iggy's legend, best heard in the lyrics of the song "Work," pretty well. Every time "Work" comes around, dancefloor synths pulsing sadly as she speaks her opening lines -- "Walk a mile in these Loubotins/They don't wear these shoes where I'm from" -- I imagine the video with Iggy walking down a dusty red dirt road, alone. After a while, the first minor chord in that opening sequence is enough to make me feel teary. She did it ALL ALONE, I think, FOR A DREAM.

Read the whole thing at The Talkhouse. "Swimming Pool" video and track stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Grace Banks - "I Think I Caught A Glimpse Of God" (MP3)

Grace Banks

London folk singer and Emmy the Great tourmate Grace Banks, who was in NYC for shows at The National Underground and Shrine Harlem back in June, will return for two shows here on September 25 at Pianos and September 26 at The Sidewalk Cafe. All of her upcoming dates are listed below.

Grace released the Prologue EP about a year ago and is planning to release a new one soon. She just put out one of those new songs called "I Think I Caught A Glimpse Of God" which recalls the airiness of Song to a Seagull-era Joni Mitchell and is haunted by a bare bones recording and the empty space backing Grace and her guitar. You can download that song above, or stream it below along with five other newer tracks.

A list of all dates and streams are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Emmy the Great - "God of Loneliness" (Dems Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Emmy the Great - "Paper Forest" (Dan le Sac Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Emmy the Great - "Exit Night" (Banjo or Freakout Remix) (MP3)

Emmy the Great at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Emmy the Great

On May 7, Emmy the Great released a new single for the track "God of Loneliness," which was originally written for her 2011 Virtue LP but did not appear on the album and was since reworked. The single came out on Close Harbour in the UK and is backed by a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." You can stream "God of Loneliness" below and also check out videos of performances of both songs at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall from this past March. She nails Hope Sandoval's breathy vocals in "Fade Into You" pretty well. (Hope Sandoval herself performed "Fade Into You" recently at 6 California shows).

In addition to the single, Emmy is planning to release an accompanying short film and remixes of "God of Loneliness" and a few Virtue cuts by Dan Le Sac, Dems, Banjo or Freakout, and CSS. There's also a series comic strips for "God of Loneliness" created by Paul Shinn, which feature the remixers as characters. Check out the strips with Banjo or Freakout and Dan Le Sac below. You can download the Banjo or Freakout, Dan Le Sac, and Dems remixes above, or stream those below.

"God of Loneliness" is available as an iTunes download but the Mazzy Star cover isn't included. The single will be included with the deluxe edition of Virtue, which is due out in the US on May 22. The deluxe edition also includes bonus tracks from the Virtue sessions, "Paper Forest (Birds)" and "Emily."

All videos, comic strips, and streams are below...

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words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt

Emmy the Great @ Public Assembly
Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great played an excellent set at the Friday BV day party (10/21) at Public Assembly as a two-piece (Emma-Lee Moss and Euan Hinshelwood). They opened their set, one of just three at CMJ, with the lighthearted in title but not in subject manner "Dinosaur Sex," the first track off the recently released Virtue. From there, they continued to play a number of great cuts off both full lengths. Emma put her guitar down for the last song of the set, taking solely to the mic, and about halfway through the song she ventured off stage until she was encircled by the entire crowd in the middle of Public Assembly's back room. After the show Emmy recorded some songs for us outside on the sidewalk - hopefully we'll get those videos posted soon. Meanwhile more pictures from the show, below.

Another standout track from the show was "Paper Forest (In The Afterglow of Rapture)," which she recently made a video for. The video was directed by Lucy Needs, who has also directed videos for Slow Club. You can watch that video below.

Emmy the Great is also making an album with Tim Wheeler of Ash. The album is titled This is Christmas and will be released on November 21 via Infectious Music. The album features drums by Matt Tong of Bloc Party, string arrangements by Ilan Eskeri, and guitar contributions from Emmy the Great's Euan Hinshelwood. According to Emmy's site, the album features nine self-penned songs and a Phil Sepctor cover. You can download the first track, "Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)," for free at Emmy and Tim's facebook page. The album's artwork is below.

More pictures from Emmy's set at the BV day party, video, and album artwork below...

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CMJ

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
01:30 Widowspeak
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
04:15 Hospitality
05:15 Gauntlet Hair

Stay tuned for the missing set times and full lineup, but you can see most of the bands on the flyer above! Also stay tuned for the linuep of our Saturday party happening in the same venue at the same times.

In addition to free music, here are some more reason to stop by Friday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.

We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).

As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.

Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.

See you Friday! And meanwhile to see A Place to Bury Strangers at Union Pool tonight, and see you Thursday afternoon at Knitting Factory too.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great visited the US for a couple of shows earlier this month. Her band wasn't able to make it over for the shows but Emmy enlisted the help of Brooklyn band SpaceCamp to back her. After touching down in the US she played a show in Philly on August 17 and then came to NYC's Studio at Webster Hall the next night (8/18). She played a set mainly of material off her recently released LP Virtue, saving time for a few older cuts as well. She ended the show by bringing out Devonte Hynes (aka Blood Orange) to join her for a cover of Weezer's "Island in the Sun."

Joywave opened the NYC show. More pictures and a video are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADThe Limiñanas - Down Underground (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gytters - Divebombers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wrong Words - Summer's Gone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Figurines "New Colors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The War On Drugs - "Baby Missiles" (MP3)

The Limiñanas
Liminanas

Band of the week is most certainly The Limiñanas (mainly because they haven't played here before) who are from France and play Death By Audio tonight (8/17) and Cake Shop tomorrow (8/18).  I'll quote myself (from my Favorite Francophone Albums of 2011 list) again:

Evoking swinging Parisian scene of the mid-'60s (Gainsbourg, Dutronc, Ye-Ye, et al), The Limiñanas dance their way through 12 hits of groovy garage: fuzz leads, killer basslines, combo organ, smoky vocals. Perfect for your next Love-In.
The band, signed to great Chicago label Trouble in Mind, are normally a trio but are joining forces on this trip with fellow Frenchies Gaz Gaz (who also play their own set) to make a seven-piece motorik garage superpower. Friends who saw them in Chicago last week were knocked out. (There's video from that show at the bottom of this post.) I implore you to make it out to one of these shows.

Both shows have their benefits. The Death by Audio also has The Gytters, a newish group fronted by Scott Rosenthal who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has spent time as one of The Beets ever-rotating list of drummers (he also produced their records). The duo make a slightly twangy brand of indie -- check out "Divebombers" at the top of this post. I was impressed when I saw them at Bruar Falls a few weeks ago. Also on the bill are great locals Diehard who are putting the finishing touches on their debut album.

Wrong Words
Wrong Words

The Cake Shop show on Thursday, meanwhile, features yet another Trouble in Mind band, San Francisco's The Wrong Words, who have more of a crunchy, late-'70s powerpop vibe to them. (And maybe just a little Thin Lizzy in there too.) Their self-titled debut is a boppin' good time -- you can download a track from it at the top of this post. If you can't make this one, The Wrong Words also play Bruar Fall on Saturday (8/20). Locals The Judy Blooms open the show.

The Wave Pictures
Wave Pictures

The Wave Pictures are visiting from the UK, their first time here since playing Sunday night of the 2010 Northside Festival. Dates have changed a bit since wefirst announced them. The band are now playing three shows in NYC: tonight (8/17) at Mercury Lounge, tomorrow (8/18) at Public Assembly and then next Thursday (8/25) at The Rock Shop. We at BrooklynVegan are big Wave Pictures fans, which I think most people who see them become. Here's what I wrote when they played our Pre-SXSW show in 2010:

Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.
The band have a new album out, Beer in the Breakers, and is another fine example of Tattersal's tongue-twisting prose and snaky solos. But I still don't think any record has quite captured the experience of seeing them live. So I do hope you do so. You won't be sorry.

Emmy the Great
Emmy the Great

Speaking of artists that pretty much the entire BV staff loves, Emmy the Great is also here, playing the Studio @ Webster Hall on Thursday  (8/18). She's an extremely charming songwriter and performer (and person in general) who can find humor in even the bleakest of situations without cheapening the emotions. Case in point her new album Virtue which deals with some major heartbreak. (She can also be just straight-up funny too.) And like The Wave Pictures, she's much better experienced in person than on record (though the new record is quite good).

I'm not sure if she's here solo or with her band or maybe just collaborator Euan Hinshelwood who has accompanied her before. He's got his own band, Younghusband, whose new single on Too Pure is teriffic (and nothing like Emmy's music).

Figurines
Figurines

Now we move to Denmark. Figurines were supposed to be here in June but the dates got pushed back to this week. They play tonight (8/17) at Knitting Factory and then an early show tomorrow (8/18) at Mercury Lounge.

The band's fourth album, which came out in Denmark last year, just got a belated but welcome American release. For those who found 2007's The Deer Wore Blue a bit wilfully obscure, the new self-titled album marks a return to the hook-filled indie rock of their 2005's Skeleton. You can download "New Colors" at the top of this post.

I haven't seen Figurines play since CMJ 2006 when they opened for Girl Talk. I thought they were fantastic then, I mix of various '90s influences (Built to Spill, The 3D's, Unrest) but processed through that eccentric Denmark filter than makes everything just a little off kilter. The one thing I really remember about that show was how tight they were. Figurines can really play.

The New Lines
New Lines

And finally I'd like to highlight a local band I like a lot, The New Lines who play this Thursday (8/18) at Bar4 in Park Slope. Steeped in late '60s/early '70s baroque psychedelia and soundtrack music, it's all groovy rhythms and basslines, icy harmonies, analogue keyboards and vibrato. The band just released a split 7" with Still Corners which is a perfect match. You can download a couple songs for free via a Bandcamp widget at the bottom of this post.

I just love this kind of stuff  -- I made a whole mix of it last week over at Sound Bites -- and The New Lines do it very, very well. No idea what they're like live, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

This is a really good week for music. Do go see some. In addition to the above highlights, there are even more shows I recommend which are listed below on a day-by-day basis.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

While I'm seeing The Limiñanas, I think the rest of the BV staff will be going to Chelsea Wolfe, Cult of Youth, and Planning For Burial at St. Vitus Bar. I am the black sheep.

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Emmy the Great at BV CMJ in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great, who played a single US show in May, is returning to the US for a couple more dates before playing a full tour in the UK. The US dates are August 17 at Trocadero Balcony in Philadelphia and August 18 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All tour dates below...

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"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn

"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders

Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.

Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.

Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:

James Blake at Glastonbury
James Blake

Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.

This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.

It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.

Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.

Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.

Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.

British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.

SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT

SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.

Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."

Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.

Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:

For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.
Video of that and their whole setlist is below.

UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.

On a more negative note,

A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.

Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.

His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.

A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".

Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.

His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]

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Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...

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Emmy the Great

One couple flew up from Florida just to see Emmy the Great perform a sole U.S. show at Pianos on May 4th. That same couple requested Emmy play "Two Steps Forward," but Emmy didn't get to it on stage, so she played it out front on Ludlow Street after the show. Watch from two angles, in the videos below...

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Emmy the Great

As posted in "What's Going on Wednesday?," Emmy the Great is playing Pianos in NYC TONIGHT (5/4). It's a rare, one-off appearance for the British folkie who has a new album coming out in the UK in June called "Virtue".

Emmy goes on before Anni Rossi who goes on before Ghostwise who go on before The Naked and the Famous who are opening for Foals and Freelance Whales at Terminal 5 tonight.

Maybe you remember Emmy from her opening set at the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at MHOW in 2008.

alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
Jeff Lewis

[In the UK, Jeffrey Lewis] will sell out venues that hold up to 800 fans. Back in America, though, a headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom is the highest-profile gig he'll play behind his new Rough Trade album 'Em Are I, and even that seems a bit excessive to him. "If we were hitting, like, 150 or 200 people everywhere around the States, that would be totally fine," he says. "Once it starts getting above, like, 400, it just takes it into a different context." [Village Voice]
That Jeffrey Lewis Bowery Ballroom show happened on Wednesday, May 20th. It was the CD release show for his latest record, 'Em Are I, out now on Rough Trade. Were you there?

Jeffrey's previous record, 2007's 12 Crass Songs, was exactly that - an LP of Crass covers. About.com asked him about that...

Lots of aging punks got mad at the Dirty Projectors with their Black Flag album [Rise Above]. Did you find similar resentment?

"Mine was a very different record to the Dirty Projectors'. Black Flag songs are not so big on the content removed from the context, so putting them into this modern, art-rock, hipster context takes away whatever it is that makes those songs meaningful. With the Crass stuff, it wasn't a case of obscuring the message, but focusing it, by giving their lyrics a straight-forward presentation. In that way, it was like the opposite to the Dirty Projectors' project, so there was total irony in the fact that those records came out around the same time, and were always compared to each other. I do get some flack from the most devoted of Crass fans, but Crass themselves were really nice about it. I was talking to Dave [Longstreth] of the Dirty Projectors and he was saying that they just never heard any word from Black Flag at all. They tried getting in contact and met with no response. So it was pretty cool that Crass were so welcoming and supportive of me."

From Lewis' popularity overseas, it's not suprising that the songwriter calls the UK's Rough Trade Records home. After his current tour of the Northeast, which includes some dates with Au Revoir Simone, Lewis will meet with the Brits in Art Brut to perform as the "special guest" on the last night of that band's 5-day Mercury Lounge run (no We Are Scientists this time around).

Lewis recently said goodbye to his NY Times Measure for Measure blog with a final post. Coming up, look for the singer to update his 2008 Daytrotter session with a visit to the Rock Island studio in June.

Video from Lewis's May 20th Bowery show, and one of Jeff playing with Emmy the Great, plus all tour dates, below...

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Brighton Port Authority

The Brighton Port Authority (Fatboy Slim)'s album "I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" won't be released until February, except on Amazon.com where you can get it now. Guest contributors to the album include Iggy Pop, Jack Penate, Dizzee Rascal, Emmy the Great, Jamie T, Martha Wainwright, and David Byrne. David's song (the one with the racy video) is "Toe Jam". That's also the song they're giving away the parts for if you want to make your own remix (though the contest part of it is over).

Tickets for David Byrne's 2nd NYC show at Radio City Music Hall go on regular-sale today/Monday at 10AM. The few-day-old presale is now over. All of David's tour dates are listed HERE.

Emmy the Great recently visited America for NYC's CMJ Music Marathon. "America" is the topic in The BPA's 2nd single "Seattle" that she sings on. Grab the MP3 above. Watch the video for that, and the one David & Dizzee sing in, below...

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words by Black Bubblegum, show photos by Faith-Ann Young

Lightspeed Champion

Rival Schools closed down the main stage at the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on Oct 25th, and if you stayed with us, and weren't feeling rather grim, chances are you were down in the Old Office enjoying (hopefully), the late addition to our party, Lightspeed Champion tear through a set that included two new songs and a bunch of covers by bands like Nirvana, Heart, and Pixies. Dev kept it light and fun, sometimes included members of the audience, and tried his best to hold it together after a late start due to the band/drummer (Jackson!) not bringing their own cymbals. Friend and partner in crime Emmy The Great (who also played the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall Of Williamsburg earlier in the week) joined in on the festivities.

To make this post slightly more timely, the picture up there on the top is Lightspeed on Halloween (yesterday). Pictures from last week's show, below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

the sammies
The Sammies

Thanks all for a great night. I'm really sorry if anyone was disappointed at all, especially in the "singing DJ" Jens Lekman. I do admit that during Jens' set I thought, "why won't he sing more!?", but then that was neutralized by watching the entire Music Hall room, still full at 12:30am, dancing to his fairly well-mixed picks that included Mariah Carey's "Fantasy". Jens opened by singing a song, DJ'd and danced around, and then made up for the lack of singing by closing with a few of his hits (that he sang). All in all I loved it considering he was just one of the seven, very diverse bands on the bill... and it was Jens!

Thanks, for Emmy the Great, to everyone who showed up early to see her. She played a great set, with full band, to a decent-sized crowd for the beginning of a 6 hour show at 7pm. Happy hour was in effect (sorry if anybody was told otherwise by some security who didn't realize it due to the strange CMJ schedule). CMJ was already off to a good start. Emmy has six more NYC shows while she's here from the UK.

The Sammies came up next and they were the most WTF choice on the bill (at least that's what I gathered from the look people gave me whenever I brought them up). I wish they were playing more than one show while they were here, but they literally drove up from North Carolina to Brooklyn yesterday and were driving right back this morning. To quote Bill (who hasn't listened to their new album) (like I have many times), "they were fun and unpretentious and offered a constant stream of photo-ops".

More pictures below...

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