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Bonnaroo

After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.

Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...

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Bonnaroo

Last night, the Bonnaroo 2016 lineup briefly leaked on the Bonnaroo app (part of it at least), and it was quickly taken down but not before someone could grab it put it on Reddit. A commenter suggests it's just the first wave, and the artists listed as headliners -- (Grateful) Dead & Co., LCD Soundsystem and Pearl Jam -- are just speculated headliners. (The poster also has misspellings like "Fidler.") The rest is listed in alphabetical order, and includes Big Grams, Blood Orange, Bully, Clutch, Death Cab for Cutie, Dungen, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washingotn, Kurt Vile, Lamb of God, Leon Bridges, M83, Mavis Staples, Miguel, Purity Ring, Shamir, Tame Impala, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Ween and more.

The lineup will officially be announced on Tuesday, January 19 on an episode of Conan, airing at 11 PM EST on TBS. The fest happens June 9-12 this year in its usual home of Manchester, TN. It's the festival's 15th anniversary, and in honor of that they're introducing some new improvements:

For the first time, Great State Park, home of Bonnaroo, will now feature its own permanent water line, allowing for the installation of more than 400 permanent toilets (38% of the total toilets onsite will be flushable), hundreds of permanent shower stalls (35% of the total shower stalls onsite), and a large number of water filling stations newly installed throughout the site.
More improvements for the 2017 festival are being planned too.

Tickets go on sale January 22 at noon EST.

Pazz + Jop 2015

The Village Voice's annual Pazz+Jop issue has just been published. Polling nearly 500 music critics, you may not be too surprised, at this point, to learn that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped their 2015 albums list. (It was our #1 too.) Here's the Top 10:

1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
2 Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3 Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
4 Grimes, Art Angels
5 Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
6 Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
7 Vince Staples, Summertime '06
8 Kamasi Washington, The Epic
9 Jamie xx, In Colour
10 Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
On the singles side, Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" was the critics' #1 consensus and here's the Top 10 (well Top 9, there was a tie):
1 Drake, Hotline Bling
2 Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta
3 The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face
4 Kendrick Lamar, Alright
5 Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
6 Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams), WTF (Where They From)
7 Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
8 Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk
9 (tie) Adele, Hello
9 (tie) Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan), I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
The Pazz & Jop lists go all the way to albums and tracks with single votes, and you can look at individual critics ballots too, plus read a bunch of year-summarizing essays.

Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.

That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).

Tickets are on sale now.

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photo: Father John Misty at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Father John Misty

Father John Misty will continue to support 2015's much-loved I Love You, Honeybear on tour in 2016. The tour doesn't hit NYC, but there are other Northeast dates in late April, including Boston, Philly and DC. All dates are listed below. He also appears on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on January 14.

In other news, FJM uploaded seven "rejected Pandora promos" to his Soundcloud, which are all pretty hilarious. Listen to those below.

UPDATE: And actually, there's a Pandora presale for the whole tour starting Monday (1/11) at noon local time. FJM also made a Pandora mixtape with 8 acoustic tracks recorded Live From London, and those "rejected promos." I guess they weren't rejected after all?

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photo: The Wonder Years at Webster Hall in October (more by Mimi Hong)
The Wonder Years

We recently named The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven one of our favorite albums of the year. Then we asked the band's frontman, Dan Campbell (aka Soupy), to tell us about his. He gave us a top 10 with commentary on each, including cool up-and-comers like Petal (who play NYC tonight, 1/4), big-name rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Drake, quality returns from vets like Desaparecidos, Lucero and The Mountain Goats, and more. Check out the full list below.

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Fantasma

Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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AV Club

AV Club have published their list of The 15 Best Albums of 2015. Besides two forward-thinking California rappers (guess which ones?) and Grimes, this list leans the most heavily on guitar rock of all the ones we've seen this year, whether it's the hushed sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker or the harder-edged Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett. You can check out the full list below, and see the writers' individual ballots here.

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Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

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Adele

Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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SPIN

Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.

They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.

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Uncut

The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.

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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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Q

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...

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Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015

Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.

As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...

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Ansari & Eric Wareheim in 'Master of None'
Aziz Ansari Master of None

Aziz Ansari has a new sitcom on Netflix, titled Master of None, and its entire debut season will be available to stream on Friday (11/6). He co-created and wrote all 10 episodes with Parks and Rec alum Alan Yang and stars as Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York. It's been getting great reviews, with TV critic Alan Sepinwall calling it "instantly not only one of Netflix's best series, but one of the best shows on TV." They filmed the show here in NYC, having shot at Brooklyn locations like Baby's All Right (a scene supposedly featuring Father John Misty) and The Commodore. H. John Benjamin, onetime SNL player Noël Wells and Eric Wareheim (who directed many of the episodes) and are part of the cast, as are Ansari's real life parents who play his mom and dad. There was an advance screening of the pilot on Monday night (11/2) at 92Y with Q&A moderated by John Hamm. Anyone go to that?

You can check out the trailer for the show (featuring Iggy Pop's "Nightclubbing" and Joy Division's "Isolation"), and a few episode clips, below.

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photo: La Sera at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Sera

Former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman announced the release of her fourth La Sera LP, Music for Listening to Music To, which will be out next March via Polyvinyl. The album was produced by Ryan Adams.

He says his goal while producing the LP was to explore Katy's range as a singer and bring out a side of La Sera that is different from the previous albums. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he explains, "Records that I love vocally, there's an aspect where you get a feeling the singer is unaware of themselves and maybe in another place. I felt like she was making great records, but I wasn't sure she was getting all the way there, and she was really game for it."

The article says the album doesn't abandon La Sera's '60s girl group influences or their reverb-heavy sound, but it adds in a "distinctly Eighties vibe, with cleanly picked, arpeggiated guitar lines and moments of country twang." Katy and Ryan said The Smiths are a big influence here too. This album also marks the first time that guitarist Todd Wisenbaker--who recently married Katy Goodman--is considered a "full collaborator" and vocalist for a La Sera album. (He did previously play guitar on the album Hour of the Dawn though.)

Another thing that the Rolling Stone article points out is that Ryan Adams' cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album actually came into fruition during the La Sera sessions. Ryan and Todd were jamming one night after the record was done, and during that jam is when they came up with the idea to cover the album. "We did three songs that first night, just loosely jamming, and [Ryan] tweeted about it, and it went berserko," Todd said. "The next day we're like, 'Oh, God, we actually have to do this.' Not that we wouldn't have done it well before, but actually, people are going to hear this."

Ryan also mentions in the interview that, "...if it wasn't for [the La Sera] record, the 1989 record would have never happened, and then all of these new friends that I've made that are a huge part of my life wouldn't have happened."

In an interview with The Guardian , Ryan said that his interest in Taylor Swift's music began after listening to her song "White Horse" and likened Taylor to Shakespeare:

He compares the exercise of working through 1989's songs to "being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare". As in, his material is the goofy franchise, hers is the oeuvre of the greatest writer that ever lived.
La Sera's past tourmate Father John Misty has yet to weigh in on this one.

In related news, the now-defunct Vivian Girls played a one-off reunion at Katy and Todd's wedding last week. Watch a video of them playing "Tell The World" at the wedding, with the trailer for La Sera's upcoming album, below...

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TVOTR / A$AP Rocky / Father John Misty / Drake & Future (via)
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 2 - 10/3/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 2 - 10/3/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 2 - 10/3/2015
Drake and Future

Is Drake the new Kanye?

Explosive pyrotechnics. Mad energy. The "6 God" backdrop and the whole field on his team. Drake hit the stage like he owned the world. When the backdrop flashed "If You're Reading This We Made It" I felt it in my body the way I do when I see 'Ye live. I seriously thought, "Wow, Drake has done it." Kanye is tabloid fodder and bad fashion and Drake is totally running the game. Drake's the new Kanye. And in that moment I really wanted it for him. That feeling stuck for a good portion of the set. Weirdly, the thing that undid it was when he brought out Future. We knew it was going to happen next week but tonight was a surprise. With the new collab album out it was an obvious choice and the crowd went wild and I actually liked the tracks they did. But Yeezy would never have done that and, more importantly, he'd never have to. He'd keep his 90 minutes all to himself and be completely riveting the whole time. [Deborah Sengupta Stith for Austin 360]

The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off on Friday and continued on Saturday (10/3) with Drake, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, Vince Staples and plenty more. Pictures of the second day of ACL are in this post.

As the above review points out, Drake brought out Future during his set to play three songs off DS2 including the Drake collab "Where Ya At," and then the duo made the live debut of "Jumpman" and "Big Rings" off their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. Videos below. Drake also released another Beyonce collab over the weekend, "Can I." He debuted on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, and you can listen below.

ACL fest's first weekend wraps up Sunday (10/4) and if you're not there you can stream it live (via Red Bull TV) below. ACL does it again this coming weekend (10/9 - 10/11) too. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pics are up.

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photos and words by Rachel Juarez-Carr & Christopher Jesse Juarez

Sexwitch / Songhoy Blues / St. Vincent / SFA / GOAT @ Green Man 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015

The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the last two days.

Most anticipated set: Sexwitch - the act billed only as "Special Guest" turned out to be the debut performance of a new project from Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and Dan Carey - dark, droney and insistent.

Best set by someone we hadn't heard of before: Hannah Lou Clark and her band, equal parts angsty and dreamy.

Best place to hide out to during the sudden three-hour heatwave on Saturday: The Cinedrome tent with Gulp, because angel-voiced dream pop makes everything better, even when you're simultaneously horribly sweaty and covered in mud (somehow singer Lindsey Leven was immaculate in head-to-toe white, which reinforces our theory that Gulp are slightly magic.)

Most fun to shoot portraits of: Girl Ray, three London ladies who were finalists in the Green Man Rising competition and are very fun to hide between tents with.

Song we still have stuck in our heads: "Moons in My Mirror" by H Hawkline, whose pleasingly intriguing songs and deadpan demeanour were so appealing that the tentful of watchers were quite happy to comply with his request that they whistle the theme from the Great Escape while he tune his guitars, twice.

Most talked-about performance we failed to see: Northumbrian balladeer Richard Dawson [and not the late Family Feud host - Ed] in the Walled Garden, who we are assured was brilliant and unusual.

Youth enterprise award: The three children at the festival entrance with an acoustic guitar busking Super Furry Animals songs: Charlotte, Amelia and James. "Fire in My Heart" was a delight:

Green Man Festival 2015

Most packed tent: Songhoy Blues from Mali, because they manage to combine deeply cool rock-star stage presence with an overwhelming sense of glee. Plus singer Aliou Touré does really good dancing, and everything they played was brilliant.

Most unfortunate scheduling: Stealing Sheep, who are great but played at the same time as (and right next to) Songhoy Blues.

Most committed crowd: Super Furry Animals. Fans stood ankle-deep in mud and didn't seem to mind the torrential rain, and in return received a predictably first-class set. There can't be any better setting to hear "Mountain People" than the Mountain Stage at Green Man. (Extra points to the gentleman who crowd-surfed all the way to the front sitting in an eight-foot inflatable dinghy.)

Best between-songs chat: Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, who at one point delightedly exclaimed, "I've had cancer for three years, you know, and I've had 150 hours of radiotherapy on my throat - they said 'I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to talk after that, let alone sing!' but you've got to sing, don't you?! Because it makes people happy!"

Most appropriate name: Towel, who played just after the 21-hour rain storm (complete with 6am wake-everybody-up thunder) stopped.

Best impromptu special guests: Deep Throat Choir who, 24 hours after Matthew E White apparently asked them to join him, appeared en masse at the end of his set and started making up dance routines while singing the outrageously catchy backing vocals to "Rock & Roll is Cold."

Most rapt audience: Father John Misty, who was throwing himself on the floor by the first chorus of the first song and had row after row of grown adults grinning with glee like kids on Christmas morning.

Most apt headliner: Goat, whose vaguely pagan masked glory closed the final night of the Far Out stage and were followed by the ceremonial burning of the giant Green Man. Plus, "Run to Your Mama" might've been the best performance of the entire festival.

Pictures from the first two days of Green Man 2015 are HERE. Lots more pics from the final two days, below...

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photo: Father John Misty / Angel Olsen @ Central Park SummerStage 8/5/2015
Father John Misty
Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen

Josh Tillman's alter-ego Father John Misty has an oversized persona that's made for big shows and Wednesday night he took it to Central Park for a sold-out SummerStage show. FJM seemed in good spirits, and worked every inch of the stage's real estate. For the encore (an "unprecedented move" he cheekily claimed) he did "I Went To the Store One Day" solo acoustic and ended with "Everyman Needs a Companion." Setlist is below.

Angel Olsen also played, delivering another bewitching set and opening the evening was Summer Moon, which features members of The Strokes, Au Revoir Simone and The Like.  Pictures from the whole evening continue below...

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Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Capitol Hill Block Party

Seattle's annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns in 2015 from July 24-26. This year's lineup includes Ratatat, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, The Julie Ruin, Shabazz Palaces, Flatbush Zombies, Deafheaven, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lower Dens, Girlpool, Protomartyr and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

SSDD (photo by Invisible Hour)
SSDD

As always, the lineup includes a few cool local Seattle bands, and it's a good way to check out some of those bands if you're coming to the fest from out of town. One is SSDD (aka "Steal Shit Do Drugs"). They include former members of The Intelligence, The Dutchess & the Duke and more, and they just put out a new EP First Comes Money on Help Yourself Records this week. They make garage punk that's pretty catchy and clear-sounding as far as garage punk goes, but still driving and full of attitude. Stream their new EP below.

So Pitted

Another cool Seattle punk band that isn't is playing Capitol Hill Block Party, and have a hometown show with Happy Diving and Never Young a few days beforehand, is So Pitted. Their latest release is this year's 1 EP, which is a little murkier and freakier than SSDD. They've had their praises sung by other Seattle bands, like Chastity Belt. They also recently played a Sub Pop-curated show with White Lung, and ended up on one of the Sub Pop staffers' year-end lists in 2014. You can stream their newest EP below and download it (name your price) here.

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Father John Misty I Love You Honeybear video

Father John Misty has made a video for the title track to this year's acclaimed I Love You Honeybear. Josh Tillman, who co-directed the video with Grant James, says, "It's a portrayal of an average night in the lives of two EMTs," who are played by comedians Brett Gelman and Susan Traylor. You can watch it below.

FJM's continuing 2015 tour swings through NYC in August for a sold-out show at Central Park Summerstage. Updated dates are listed below...

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