Entries tagged with: Feist
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew already revealed "Good Sex" and "Mexican Aftershow Party" from his new solo LP, Darlings, and he's now made the entire album available to stream ahead of its March 24 release date. Listen over at NPR or below via The Line of Best Fit (which may now blocked in the US).
As discussed, Kevin will play an album release show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 3. For that show, he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene).
Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the release show will be opened by Andy Kim, aka the Montreal songwriter who co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies in 1968, and has also released his own singles, like "Rock Me Gently," which was a #1 hit in 1974. Tickets for the show are still available.
All of Kevin's dates are listed, with a stream of his new LP and a couple Andy Kim videos, below...
a very not-solo Feist at Radio City in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Feist was last in NYC with her band this past summer when they tried to play Governors Ball but were cut off after one song due to weather. Still no word on when exactly she'll be back, but she'll be very close by when she plays Tarrytown Music Hall on April 10. It's one of four intimate solo shows that Feist is doing in the US and Canada this April, and should be a pretty special show. Tickets for the Tarrytown show go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.
No word on a new album yet, but this tour plays off the title of her 2011 album Metals (it's called "The Mettle Tour") so maybe it's one last run of Metals shows before we get new material? Let's hope. Watch a video from Metals along with the list of tour dates below...
still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.
In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Dinosaur Jr. / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / muddy people
Thanks to the storm that hit us on Friday (6/7), day 1 of Governors Ball got off to a pretty messy start. It wasn't so bad at first, and early sets from Polica and Dinosaur Jr. (who had a bunch of fans there in J.Mascis-style grey wigs) were still enjoyable despite the weather, but later in the day, the rain severely picked up and Feist's set was shut down after one song. Other artists, like Beach House, were cut off early too, and some, like Pretty Lights and Kings of Leon (who ended up playing Saturday instead), had to cancel completely. Still, before then there was much to enjoy, and the Skyy Vodka Tent made for a great place to take shelter and dry off. Plus huge afternoon dance parties from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Crystal Castles didn't hurt either.
Stay tuned for our continued coverage of Governors Ball, and follow BrooklynVegan on twitter and instagram for live updates (as much as cell phone service permits at least, it gets pretty rough around mid-day). More pictures of day 1 below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Fiest in the rain / casualty of storm / making the best of it @ Governors Ball on Friday
Yesterday's unrelenting rain made for a cold, soggy start to Governors Ball. Feist gave up after one song, saying "I think they think we're going to get electrocuted." Festival organizers then pulled the plug on the night:
Due to the high winds and unsafe stage conditions, Governors Ball has been suspended Friday night. The Current wind speeds have made it a safety issue to operate the stages. While Governors Ball and the acts would like for nothing more than the show to go on, the safety of our patrons, performers, and staff must always come first. Governors Ball will continue as scheduled Saturday morning. We anticipate gates to open on schedule. We are looking forward to great music and good times for the rest of the weekend.Good news for fans of Friday night headliners King of Leon, the band will play the main stage today at 6:45 PM. Obviously this will affect some of the other band's set times and you can see the revised schedule for details.The weather's a whole lot nicer today, but those mudpits probably won't be going anywhere. Look for a full recap and pictures of waterlogged Friday
In other news, Kings of Leon just announced their new album, Mechanical Bull, will be out September 24.
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Broken Social Scene at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene will be coming to NYC this week to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (6/6), and they'll be performing with collaborator/sometimes BSS member Feist. They'll be playing the song "Almost Crimes" from You Forgot It In People, which Feist sings on.
After that, Feist will hang around NYC to play Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island 6/7-9) this weekend (she plays on the Friday at 6:45 PM). Single day tickets for Governors Ball are still available.
Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene will be heading back to Toronto (and after Governors Ball, Feist will too) for FIeld Trip Music & Arts Festival, which happens on Saturday (6/8), and is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, the label BSS is signed to and which was co-founded by BSS member Kevin Drew. In addition to being the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, it's also the tenth anniversary of Broken Social Scene's breakthrough record, You Forgot It In People and it's been announced that the band will be performing the album in full at Field Trip. A short note from Kevin Drew about playing the album was posted to Field Trip's site. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Gold & Youth
Vancouver electropop band Gold & Youth, who also play Field Trip, will kick off a North American tour after the festival. That tour brings Gold & Youth to NYC for a show on June 22 at Cameo with Superhumanoids and Gossamer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Gold & Youth released their hook-filled debut album, Beyond Wilderness, this past May. It was produced by Colin Stewart (New Pornographers, Pretty girls Make Graves) and should appeal to fans of fellow Canadians Austra, Diamond Rings and TRUST. You can stream the album in its entirety, album with the video for its single, "Jewel," below.
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.
The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.
In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."
The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.
The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.
But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Sloan @ MHOW, 10/5/2012
Sloan with Feist (cameraphone shot by Bill)
"Who here likes surprise guests?" asked Sloan bassist Chris Murphy during his band's second encore at Music Hall of Williamsburg last week (10/15). "We've got one for ya. She's known for singing, but what she really likes to do is rock out on guitar... ladies and gentlemen, Feist!" Roaring applause. Leslie Feist came out and ripped it up with Sloan for a let-it-all-hang-loose version of "She Says What She Means," the Thin Lizzy-esque opening track to 1998's Navy Blues that the band rarely plays anymore because, says Murphy, "it rips up my voice."
It was a highlight to what was a super fun night and easily the most epic-length Sloan show I've ever seen. (Two hours plus.) The focus of the show was their 1994 album Twice Removed, which they played in full. Many of the songs from this album are setlist mainstays, but it was neat to hear rarely-played tracks like Patrick Pentland's "Loosens" and Andrew Scott's "Before I Do." I have been to a few of these album-in-full shows and while it's fun in general, especially with a record you love, but the spontinaiety of not knowing what's coming next maybe brought the energy level down a bit.
What followed after Twice Removed did not suffer this problem, and I think the crowd and band both had more fun during this second part of the evening. Opening with One Chord to Another's "G Turns to D," the band tore through a 20-song, fan-friendly set that hit most of the band's big singles (though no "Underwhelmed"), including "The Other Man" and "Fading Into Obscurity" which have been out of rotation the last few NYC go-rounds.
Full setlist and more pictures from the show are below.
by Bill Pearis
Robert Mitchum in 'Night of the Hunter'
Newly-crowned Polaris Music Prize winner Feist will be in NYC next week to discuss Charles Laughton's classic 1955 film Night of the Hunter which will be part of The Modern School of Film's Film:Acoustic series. The screening and discussion, hosted by Robert Milazzo, happens Wednesday, October 10 at the Mark Miller Gallery (92 Orchard) and tickets are on sale now.
Feist will not be performing, just talking about one of the greatest (and most gorgeous-looking) thrillers in American cinema, and any chance to see it -- Laughton's only film as a writer/director -- on the big screen should be taken advantage of. For those who can't make it, it's also available on a great-looking Criterion Blu-Ray and DVD. Trailer for the film is below.
Also upcoming in MSF's Film:Acoustic series will be a screening of the Jonathan Demme-directed Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense at City Winery on October 17 with a post-show discussion with the band's rhythm section, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (aka the Tom Tom Club, who are also in the film). David Byrne (who we can't get enough of lately), no real surprise, is not involved with this event (among other reasons, he's still on tour). Tickets are still available and the trailer is below.
Grimes / Feist and check / Fucked Up at 2012 Polaris Gala
As you may have heard, Feist took home the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on Monday at Toronto's Masonic Temple. The Calgary native won the $30,000 prize for last year's Arts & Crafts release, Metals, beating out an incredibly strong shortlist which included Grimes, Drake (who was in Toronto but did not attend the gala), Handsome Furs, and 2009 winners, Fucked Up.
The three-hour gala featured performances by seven of the 10 shortlist nominees as the jury deliberated elsewhere in the building trying to decide on a winner.
Upon hearing her name announced by Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of last year's winners, Arcade Fire, the camera-shy Feist initially crawled under her table. "This is my worst nightmare," she told gala host Graham Lawrence, referencing her dislike of public speaking. "You'd think from a lifetime of terrible speeches I would remember at one point to write something down, but I never do because it seems presumptuous to prepare."
The performances were all top notch, with Grimes the most head-turning, opting for a male pole dancer instead of her usual two female dancers. Kathleen Edwards brought in a children's choir for her performance and then delivered a very heartfelt speech afterward where she thanked Polaris founder Steve Jordan for "creating a vehicle for those of us who don't want to march in the shit parade."
The last performance of the evening went to Feist and she was joined by Snowblink, Aurora as well as Broken Social Scene alum Andrew Whiteman and Charles Spearin, who's been handling mutli-instrumentalist duties on her current tour. Cold Specks (who will be here in November), Cadence Weapon and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan also performed. More pictures from the Gala are below.
Feist accepts Polaris Prize money (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo headed straight from Pop Montreal to Toronto today to witness the 2012 Polaris Prize gala where Feist was just announced as this year's big Canadian winner (for her album "Metals"). She beat Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, many of whom performed at the awards show tonight. Stay tuned for more pictures from that (and for the rest of our Pop Montreal coverage coming soon too).
Update: a much closer-up picture of the above scene, members of Arcade Fire included, below...
DOWNLOAD: Feist - "Graveyard" (Trust Remix) (MP3)
The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Omaha/Saddle Creek scene dance-punkers The Faint will reissue their 2001 LP, Danse Macabre, the work they're best known for, on October 30 via Saddle Creek. The remastered album comes with six bonus tracks, a DVD, and a 60-page booklet. The six bonus tracks include a Sonic Youth cover, a Bright Eyes cover, the song "Dust," which features Bright Eyes, a Thin White Duke remix, and Out Hud remix, and the song "Take Me To The Hospital," which you can download in exchange for your email address below. The cover art and tracklist are also below.
The band will be going on tour performing Danse Macabre in full, and will hit NYC for a show on December 7 at Terminal 5 with support from Trust and Icky Blossoms. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon.
Speaking of Trust, they recently remixed fellow Canadian/Arts & Crafts labelmate Feist's track "Graveyard," off of her 2011 LP, Metals. You can download that remix above or stream it below.
A list of all dates, album info, and song streams are below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Garbage/Feist/JAMC at Osheaga - 8/4/12
Nineties alt-rock heroes Garbage returned this year with a new album, a refreshed attitude and a Shirley Manson who looked like she hasn't aged a day in her life. What's more impressive, though, was the fact that their repertoire of classic cuts didn't sound outdated at all. Instead, we're reminded that synth-laden rockers "Push It" and "Stupid Girl" were, in fact, much more ahead of their time and as a result sound brand new nowadays. Garbage was a cool blast from the past that festivalgoers who were unaware of their age would've mistaken them for a bright and exciting up-and-comer. - [National Post]While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago, Montreal was holding the Osheaga Festival. It kicked off on Friday, August 3 and continued that Saturday (8/4) with sets from Feist, Garbage, Yeasayer, A$AP Rocky, The Raveonettes, The Black Lips, and more.
Actress Jessica Paré (aka Don's wife and "Zou Bisou Bisou" singer on Mad Men) joined The Jesus and Marcy Chain for "Just Like Honey" (which Scarlett Johansson sang on at Coachella '07) and "Sometimes Always" and video of that is below.
Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Day 3 is coming soon. More from day 2 are below...
Sigur Ros at Skyline Stage (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Brazzaville @ Joe's Pub
* Harold O'Neal @ Barbes
* Greg Diamond @ Joe's Pub
* Raya Brass Band @ Barbes
* The Do @ Knitting Factory
* EUSH, Tmmrw, Dolores Boys @ Cameo
* All Boy/All Girl, Dewisant @ Cake Shop
* Ollabelle, Cynthia Sayer @ City Winery
* Sigur Ros, Perfume Genius @ Prospect Park
* Our Lady Peace, Mean Creek @ Irving Plaza
* Jason Crigler, David Mansfield @ City Winery
* Jana Herzen with Charnett Moffett @ The Stone
* Keith Murray, Beatnuts @ Tappen Park Summerstage
* Big Sam's Funky Nation, EMEFE @ Highline Ballroom
* Dead Kennedys, Cerebral Ballzy @ Santos Party House
* Tombstalker, Skelptarsis, Consecration @ The Acheron
* Brandi Carlile, The Barr Brothers @ Wellmont Theatre
* Oneman, DJ Soulja Man, Jim-e Stack, J-Cush @ 285 Kent
* Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jonathan Kingham @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Deep Dark Woods, Luluc, Wailin' Storms @ Mercury Lounge
* Eye Ra Haze, Generation Kill, Gunfire-N-Sodomy @ Saint Vitus
* War Cries, Degollado, Chat Logs, METH @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* With Knives, Your Skull My Closet, Nightmare Air, Cycles @ Union Hall
* Normal Love, Sightings, Weasel Walter Trio, MV Carbon @ Death By Audio
* The Death Set, Anamanaguchi, Hussle Club, Ninjasonik, Figo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Justin Miller @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pool Party Babylon w/ 'Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders of Mars' screening @ The Thompson Hotel
* Talibam!, Diamond Terrifier, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, GADDFJXR, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' screening w/ post-screening Q&A with Rahshida Jones, Will McCormack and Lee Toland Krieger @ 92Y Tribeca
* Al Madrigal, Steve Rannazzisi, Christian Finnegan, Kurt Metzger, Brendon Walsh, and Ari Shaffir @ Gotham Comedy Club
* Horny & the Dance Machine, Noble Laureate, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Big Butter & The Egg Man @ Glasslands
* Zoo Animal, Little Bombs, Indian Rebound, Elliot & the Ghost, Darrin Bradbury @ The Studio at Webster Hall
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The Feist/Mastodon Record Store Day 7" gets an interesting twist with a version that merges the two with a crossfader. Check it out here.
The latest episode of Nardwuar features the human serviette taking on funnyman Hannibal Buress. That's below too.
Last month the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which awards a Canadian album of recorded music each year, revealed their long list and this week the short list was revealed. Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are the 10 artists vying for this year's Prize, which will be announced at a gala on September 24. Who's gonna win?
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.
More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...
photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt
Thurston Moore/Shadowy Men.../Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Sled Island, 6/22/2012
We started Friday (6/22) of Calgary's Sled Island Music & Arts festival at Broken City, where we caught the Toronto instrumental legends Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, the secret headliners of an all ages Mammoth Recording Company show. Shadowy Men's first show in 18 years took place a couple nights before (6/20) at No. 1 Legion. Don Pyle played his hollowbody electric guitar with a twangy country edge, using the whammy bar heavily to provide the surf sound the band is known for. Bassist Dallas Good's bright tone had a slight distorted edge to it, helping to provide the sense of adrenaline in their performance, exemplified by "Having an Average Weekend" (aka the Kids in the Hall Theme, video below).
After a couple hours off, we saw Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Grand Theatre Junction. The Montreal band's set was similar to their performance at Schubas in Chicago, where I saw them kick off their first North American tour, though it was much more polished. Near the end of the set the whole band broke into a hypnotic chant over rolling drums, with the occasional counter-chant from drummer Alaska. After "Hoshi Neko," they broke into the punishing and noisy "A Star Over Pureland". Yamantaka//Sonic Titan also played Saturday at the same venue after How To Dress Well."
Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving walked on stage, and Moore said, "We're the Cowboy Junkies," referencing the beloved, mega-selling Canadian folk-rockers. As a black and white video ran in the background, they began with the dissonant and crunchy "Pretty Bad" from Moore's 1995 album Psychic Hearts which ended, like a lot of Moore's work, with feedback and droning. Moore furiously vibrated his whammy bar and Samara Lubelski quickly bowed her violin. In the middle of "Ono Soul", Moore left his guitar feedback on his stage monitor to locate something as the rest of the band improvised noise. He casually wandered around the stage until he found a pair of sticks, which he used to scrape his strings before they fell back into the song. They then played their new song "Burroughs." One of the last songs I caught before heading to Feist was another new one, which I believe was called "Groove and Linda." Moore remarked that "all songs will be free this year until some record company makes product out of it, which may happen," and by "may happen," he means it will definitely happen courtesy of Matador Records. Videos of two songs are below.
I caught the last few songs of Calgary native Feist, who performed backed by female trio Mountain Man, as well as a drummer, keyboardist, and a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. That said, most of the members were playing tambourine during the first song I heard. The show happened at Olympic Plaza, the outdoor main stage of Sled Island, which was a giant puddle after the rain that occurred earlier in the evening. Video from her set is below.
We headed back to Broken City for Dirty Ghosts, who also played at the venue earlier in the day before Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. Guitarist and singer Allyson Baker played a lot of distorted off-beat chords over live bassist Erin McDermott's melodic lines, providing a positive feel to their punk sound. The Strange Boys closed the night with their country-tinged garage rock.
More photos from Day 3, plus a few videos, are below.