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Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival

Foo Fighters set the bar high Friday night with its impromptu five-song set of covers, but they weren't the only ones tapping into the deep well of other artists' hits.

Arctic Monkeys played a bit of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, Sleigh Bells teased the crowd with the intro to Extreme's More Than Words and Imagine Dragons paid homage to Rush with a powerful rendition of Tom Sawyer. And that's not even taking into account the collaborations, including Cage the Elephant jumping on stage with Imagine Dragons to play the latter's hit Radioactive.

The talker of the festival, though, was Beck's funkified version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean -- including moves fit for the King of Pop -- during his Saturday night set on the lawn stage. - [USA Today]

Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its third year, drawing about 80,000 attendees over three days. We already posts sets of pictures from Weezer, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Outkast's sets at Firefly, and here's the rest of what we shot, including Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine and lots more.

Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.

Continue reading "Firefly Fest 2014 in pics (Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Chance the Rapper & more); dates announced for Firefly 2015"

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Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
2014 Firefly Festival

We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.

Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.

Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...

Continue reading "Outkast played Firefly (duh), playing Las Vegas fest 'Life is Beautiful' (duh)"

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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Courtney Barnett & San Fermin @ Firefly Fest 2014
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival

Australia's charming and talented Courtney Barnett is currently in North America, touring around a string of festival dates. You may have caught her during Northside (or the Bowery Ballroom show right after), and she just played last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE with San Fermin and many more. Pictures from Courtney and San Fermin's Firefly sets are in this post.

With her debut album in the can and due out this fall, Courtney will be back to play more North American shows leading up to her appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. That includes a co-headlining run with San Fermin that hits NYC for a show at Webster Hall on October 22 with Mikhael Paskalev. All dates are listed below.

The NYC show happens during CMJ (Oct 21 - 25), though it's still unclear if it's part of that fest or not. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM. You can get tickets before that though with our BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (6/26) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

San Fermin meanwhile open for St. Vincent in Prospect Park in August, play some shows with the Head and the Heart, and more. Their dates are also listed below.

You may not recognize the female vocalist pictured here with San Fermin. Lucius sang on the album and Rae Cassidy was the singer at our SXSW show. According to Wikipedia, "Rae Cassidy has left the band in April 2014 in order to focus on her solo projects. She has been replaced by Charlene Kaye."

Dates and pictures, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett and San Fermin played Firefly (pics), touring together this fall, including Webster Hall (dates, BV presale)"

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Weezer @ Firefly 2014
2014 Firefly Festival

This past weekend (6/19-22) in Dover, Delaware, tons of bands played the annual Firefly Music Festival, including Weezer who offered a set of four Blue Album songs, plenty of their 2000s hits and a cover of Blur's "Song 2." Pictures, the setlist, and a video from their set are in this post.

It didn't include any new material off their upcoming album though, like other recent shows have (you can watch a video of them playing a new song, "Back To The Shack," below). We knew the album was being produced by Ric Ocasek (of The Cars, and who produced Blue and Green), and more details on it have emerged since we last spoke. It's called Everything Will Be Alright, and will have the band back on a major label (Republic), following 2010's Epitaph-released Hurley. No release date or singles out yet, but you can watch some teaser videos with song clips, below.

Weezer's upcoming dates include more festivals such as LA's Made In America and Chicago and Denver's Riot Fests where they will be playing the Blue Album in full.

In other news, a video's been making the internet rounds of a band of middle schoolers covering Weezer's "Undone" and having it go horribly wrong in about 30 seconds. You can watch that below. Another video's been making the internet rounds of Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson catching a frisbee while drumming and not missing a beat (of "Beverly Hills"). You can watch that below too.

In more related news, You Blew It! just released their cover of "Surf Wax America" from their upcoming You Blue It EP (due 8/12 via Topshelf) which pays tribute to Weezer's Blue Album. Take a listen to the song (via Stereogum below. You can catch the band on tour with Say Anything, The Front Bottoms and The So So Glos.

Meanwhile, though Weezer are back on a major, former bassist Matt Sharp is now on Polyvinyl, reunited with his band The Rentals who have a new album coming in August.

More pictures and the setlist from Firefly, with all those videos, below...

Continue reading "Weezer played Firefly (pics), detail new LP; You Blew It! cover them on new EP + Pat catching frisbee & kids cover fail videos"

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As mentioned, Beck's first new album in six years, Morning Phase, will be out February 25. That's the cover art above. You can get a taste of album track "Blue Moon" -- and watch the LP's vinyl getting cut -- in a video below. That track will also be on the upcoming Girls soundtrack (out a couple weeks earlier, 2/11).

Beck will be playing Coachella this year and he's just been added to another festival -- look for him at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival which goes down June 19 - 22 in Dover Delaware.

Beck video below...

Continue reading "Beck previews new song "Blue Moon," added to Firefly line-up"

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

As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses & more)"

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

The annual Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware in 2014 and the festival has been expanded from a three-day festival to a four-day festival, going down from June 19-22. Early bird campers will also be allowed in the Wednesday before (6/18), meaning the site will be open for five consecutive nights. Via Delaware Online:

"What drove this decision was the heartburn that a lot of people had last year with the traffic," says Michael Tatoian, chief operating officer of Dover Motorsports, Inc., which leases its grounds for the festival. "If we are able to extend the load-in period by a couple of more days, it will reduce the congestion.

"It won't eliminate it, but it will reduce it."

4-day passes go on sale Cyber Monday (12/2). Lineup TBA in early 2014.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Passion Pit / Vampire Weekend / Amanda Palmer / devoted fan
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3

Firefly Music Festival went down 6/21-23 in Dover, Delaware. You already saw our pictures of day 1 and day 2, and here we finally are with pictures of day 3.

The final day of the fest gave us sets by a number of artists including Haim, Toro y Moi, Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, and Passion Pit, whose set was cut short. Reports Fuse...

On Sunday Passion Pit also had problems with their vocals, but in this case the culprit wasn't technical... it was allergies.

Clearly the Firefly fates have it in for Passion Pit. Last year the band had to cancel their performance at the fest so that frontman Michael Angelakos could undergo treatment for his bipolar disorder. This year they at least got to take the stage, but only for an abbreviated set.

Diving right in with "I'll Be Alright," "The Reeling" and "Carried Away," the band - and in particular drummer Nate Donmoyer and bassist Jeff Apruzzese - displayed a powerful musicianship that explodes in a live setting much more so than on record. Only after slowing things down for "To Kingdom Come" did Angelakos confess to the crowd that he needed help singing, because allergies had caused him to lose his voice. He also referenced last year's cancellation by saying he "can't catch a f-cking break with this festival."

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Just seven songs in, Angelakos raised the white flag, admitting "I don't know how long I can go." At that point the band threw out their setlist and chose to "wrap this up with songs people know."

We missed Toro y Moi and The Walkmen in part due to the rain that showed up that day too, but everything we did see is pictured in this post.

We at BrooklynVegan also took over a stage in the Soundwave tent with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones each day from 1-3pm. On the Sunday of the festival we had Trails and Ways and Amanda Palmer stop by for live performances and interviews. They were both great, but naturally Amanda left us with the most to talk about, not just from the day but from the whole weekend. A loyal crowd showed up to see her at 2pm and she proceeded to take requests, play 'Happy Birthday' and the "best song she ever wrote" which ended up being 'The Truth'. She invited one lucky fan to play ukulele and that fan ended up being Sabrina who killed it with a Gotye cover. She ended her set with a group singalong to 'Creep' which started in our tent and ended in the middle of the field.

More pictures from our last day in Dover, Delaware this year, below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 3 pics (Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Amanda Palmer, Matt & Kim, Haim, Trails & Ways and more)"

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Tom Petty, Jim James, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013
Firefly 2013, Day 2
Firefly 2013, Day 2
Firefly 2013, Day 2
Firefly 2013, Day 2

"I really just play off the crowd. I've good chemistry with my DJ, and there's little things that we do where he knows what song to go to, how much energy to swindle into the next song," Kendrick Lamar explained. "I really just feed off the crowd and what side is rocking the most."

The MC had Firefly bouncing to cuts from his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, including "Backseat Freestyle," "Money Trees" and "Poetic Justice."

Lamar went back to 2011's Section.80 for "A.D.H.D." and threw in his guest verses on A$AP Rocky's wildly popular "F---in' Problems" and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P. (Remix)."

"Since the sun is out, I wanna take y'all back to California," he said, presenting his L.A. "Recipe" of "women, weed and weather."

"I go in with a set mind, but sometimes it doesn't go as planned," he told us after the show. "It might get a little too crazy, and I might switch it up -- just to keep it that roller coaster ride. Rather than everybody just moshpitting every song, then they'd be tired out toward the end."

Lamar got the crowd riled up, encouraging them before "m.A.A.d City," "I don't care that it's hot ... when this beat drops, I wanna see you do whatever you have to do to get down." [MTV]

People got down to Kendrick Lamar (who just announced a big Brooklyn show), Tom Petty, MGMT, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Alabama Shakes and more on Saturday aka Day 2 of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. We were upset to miss Azealia Banks but trust her outfit was as funky as it was at Governors Ball (it was). We also missed Japandroids' early set. Pictures of what we did see on Saturday are in this post.

Like on Day 1 (and Day 3), BrooklynVegan was representing for two hours on the Soundwave stage with our hosts Billy Jones and Dave Hill. Heliotropes, after playing an earlier set on Red Bull's campground stage, came and played an acoustic set for us where we had just talked to CHVURCHES. Jim James was supposed to stop by and talk to us but his golf cart driver took him to the wrong tent and then it was too late because he had a 3pm set to play on the main stage which, though heartbroken, we did still rush to see.

Check out more pictures from the full day and Tom Petty's setlist below...

Continue reading "Firefly Fest 2013 Day 2 pics (Tom Petty, Kendrick Lamar, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Jim James, YYYeahs & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

MGMT at Firefly Music Festival 2013
Firefly 2013, Day 2

MGMT have been talking about a new album for a while, and after releasing the Record Store Day single "Alien Days" back in April, they've now finally officially announced the album. It's self titled and will be out on September 17 via Columbia. It includes "Alien Days," the previously discussed cover of "Introspection" by '60s band Faine Jade, and some other new songs they've been recently playing live. The album was produced by Dave Fridmann, who also recorded Oracular Spectacular and has worked for years with the Flaming Lips.

The band plan to release visual elements to accompany the new music. Meanwhile, check out the album tracklist and a stream of "Alien Days" below.

MGMT just brought their tour through the NYC-area for a Wellmont Theatre show (6/20) last week, and then played Delaware's Firefly Music Festival over the weekend. They played day 2 of the fest, and pictures from their set and a video of them playing "Alien Days" are in this post. Pictures of day 1 are here and more festival coverage is on its way.

More pictures of MGMT at Firefly, the album tracklist, and the band's updated tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "MGMT played Firefly Music Festival, announce new album (pics, video & updated dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Public Enemy / Foxygen / Django Django / Dave Hill & Billy Jones at Firefly Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1
Firefly 2013, Day 1

When hyperactive Foxygen singer Sam France appeared on stage, he came running and screaming.

He also had an admission as his first words: "I have mental problems, they told me."

A few minutes later as he climbed about 10 feet up the side rigging of the Porch Stage, jumping off and landing hard, it was hard not to think, "Was he telling the truth and should someone be up there babysitting him?"

The band's raucous and wild reputation preceded them thanks to spastic shows and France's meltdown at South By Southwest in March when he yelled at a fan and cut a set short. Foxygen's European tour was then cancelled.

But the band has bounced back and has been putting together solid shows reveling in the band's '60s rock pastiche, which makes their songs a hide-and-seek of nods to songs from an earlier era. - [Delaware.com]

The Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its second year, with three days of music in the woods of Dover, Delaware. Friday (6/21) kicked things off with sets from Django Django, Dr. Dog, Calvin Harris, Foxygen (a wild set as usual), Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Though we missed him, Schoolboy Q played a set instead of Earl Sweatshirt who cancelled. Dan Deacon was there Friday too, but we didn't stick around for his late night set. Pictures from what we did catch on Friday are in this post.

Like most festivals, Firefly featured multiple tents and stages and one of them was the Soundwave Tent where comedian/musician Dave Hill and BV contributor/musician/all-around swell guy Billy Jones hosted two hours of live BrooklynVegan Blog Radio each day from 1 - 3 PM. On Friday, Django Django and Dr. Dog stopped by for live interviews, with Toby from Dr. Dog also performing acoustically for the crowd. Meanwhile, many coveted Django Django bassist Jimmy Dixon's Screamadelica shirt.

Pictures from Saturday and Sunday of Firefly 2013 are coming soon. More from Friday below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 1 in pics (RCHP, Public Enemy, Django Django, Foxygen, Dr. Dog, BV Stage fun & more"

Dave Hill & Billy Jones hosting BrooklynVegan Radio @ Firefly Fest Friday (6/21)
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We had an amazing first day of Firefly Music Fest in Dover on Friday. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and especially to Django Django and Dr. Dog for coming to play and talk with our BrooklynVegan Firefly Blog Radio hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones. Stay tuned for a full set of pictures and audio from our sessions coming soon.

Meanwhile we do it again on Saturday/today and Sunday, but with an even more action packed schedule of special guests including the just added Jim James! Please stop by Soundwave tent, not far from the Porch stage, from 1-3 pm for the following:

BrooklynVegan on the SoundWave Stage @ Firefly 2013
hosted by Billy Jones & Dave Hill
1-3pm each day

SATURDAY (6/22)
1:00 pm: CHVRCHES (live interview and audience Q&A)
1:30 pm: Jim James (live interview)
1:45 pm: Heliotropes (live performance and interview)
2:30 pm: Lord Huron (live interview and audience Q&A)

SUNDAY (6/23)
1:00 pm: Trails & Ways (live performance and interview)
2:00 pm: Amanda Palmer (live performance + audience Q&A)

Don't forget that all of these artists are also playing longer regular normal sets on the main stages as part of the festival. Check the full schedule to figure out where else they'll be and take another look at our Firefly Guide before you go. See you in Dover!

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HAIM -- aka the "Sound of 2013" according to the BBC -- were just at Governors Ball and Bonnaroo, and are one of the many acts playing the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE this weekend (they play on Sunday, 6/23). They aren't playing the BV Stage (they play on another stage at the same time), but we don't hold that against them and you should check out who is. They're also cover stars of the new issue of FADER so look out for that on newsstands and such.

The sisters have announced a few late summer dates, including one in NYC at Webster Hall on September 1. Tickets to that show go on sale today (6/21) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with their video for "Falling," below.

Continue reading "HAIM on the cover of 'FADER,' play Firefly this weekend, announce more dates (Webster Hall included)"

Firefly

Firefly Fest 2013 starts today, Friday (6/21) in Dover, Delaware and runs through Sunday. As mentioned in our Firefly Guide, it's less than a three hour drive from NYC and even closer to Philadelphia, so if you're looking for last minute music festival plans... single day tickets are still available. Japandroids, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty, Earl Sweatshirt (update: Earl & Lumineers have cancelled. Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper play instead), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Passion Pit and many more are part of the three-day lineup.

We'll be down there, not only watching bands and taking pictures, but also hosting two hours of live BrooklynVegan Blog Radio each day on the stage in the Soundwave tent (next to St. Jude and close to the Porch Stage). Dave Hill and Billy Jones will host the daily live show from 1-3pm each day with a mix of live band performances, interviews, audience q&A, DJing and some jokes. Various artists that are playing the festival will come by to talk to and play for us. Stop by to rest, listen, dance, say hi, and to see the following:

BrooklynVegan on the SoundWave Stage @ Firefly 2013
hosted by Billy Jones & Dave Hill
1-3pm each day

FRIDAY (6/21)
1:00 pm - Django Django (live interview and audience Q&A)
2:45 pm - Dr. Dog (live performance and interview)

SATURDAY (6/22)
1:00 pm: CHVRCHES (live interview and audience Q&A)
1:30pm: Jim James (live interview) <---- JUST ADDED
1:45 pm: Heliotropes (live performance and interview)
2:30 pm: Lord Huron (live interview and audience Q&A)

SUNDAY (6/23)
1:00 pm: Trails & Ways (live performance and interview)
2:00 pm: Amanda Palmer (live performance + audience Q&A)

Don't forget that all of these artists are also playing longer regular normal sets on the main stages as part of the festival. Check the full schedule to figure out where else they'll be and take another look at our guide before you go. See you in Dover?

Check out a video from last year below...

Continue reading "Firefly begins in Dover ------ BrooklynVegan stage schedule"

photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis

CHVRCHES / Still Corners @ Webster Hall, 6/17/2013
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Still Corners

Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES just blew through town for two sold-out shows, playing Webster Hall on Monday (6/17) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (6/18), both of which were with tourmates Still Corners. The band did a 12-song set -- likely the bulk of their fortcoming debut LP, due in September -- plus their standard encore cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U." Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post.

After their two shows, CHVRCHES stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform their hit "The Mother We Share" and you can watch video of that below. Also last night, Still Corners played a terrific headlining set at Mercury Lounge with openers Imperial Topaz.

CHVRCHES will be at Firefly Music Festival in Delaware on Saturday, and while they're there, you can also watch us interview them live at 1PM on the Soundwave Stage where they'll return to DJ later that day before playing their festival set. To be more specific, their day looks like this:

CHVURCHES @ Firefly Fest 2013
1:00 - live interview with BrooklynVegan @ Soundwave Stage
4:00 - Hype Machine DJ set @ Soundwave Stage
5:45 - live set on The BackYard Stage
CHVRCHES also just announced a fall tour. Probably no surprise that their NYC date on it is at Terminal 5, happening on September 22, which is two days before their album comes out. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale June 26 at noon with the general on-sale starting June 28 at noon.

All CHVRCHES tour dates are listed, along with Fallon performance video and more pictures from Webster Hall, below.

Continue reading "CHVRCHES played Fallon & NYC shows w/ Still Corners, announce tour (Terminal 5 included) -- dates, pics & video"

JC Brooks at BV Chicago SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Pieper)
JC Brooks

Chicago's self-described "post-punk soul" band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound released their third full-length, Howl, last month via Bloodshot Records. The LP was tracked at Montreal's famed Hotel2Tango Studios by producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Godspeed You! Black Emperor). You can stream the whole album via Spotify or Rdio. The band, who played BV Chicago's SXSW 2013 day party, also just made a video for "Rouse Yourself" that stars Jake Johnson (The New Girl) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) which you can watch over at Entertainment Weekly.

This weekend, JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound will be on the East Coast for the Firefly Music Festival, and will then hit NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (6/22) with The Bottom Dollars. Tickets for that show are still available. All upcoming dates are listed below...

Continue reading "JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound released 'Howl,' made a video starring Aubrey Plaza, playing NYC after Firefly fest (dates)"

Action Bronson

Action Bronson -- the Queens-based rapper/gourmet chef known for handing out weed and steak dinners during live performances -- fit the Bonnaroo vibe like an extra large glove. He passed blunts to the soundboard operator, asked the audience to toss drugs onstage (they obliged), and routinely ventured not only into the crowd but outside of the performance tent itself. With just an announcement of "the show's out here now," Bronson left most of the crowd dumbstruck as he disappeared from view, circled the stage, and finally returned to a hero's welcome. Once his hour-long, freestyle-heavy set ended (after a performance of his debauchery-heavy "Hookers at the Point"), the crowd was left chanting his name, understandably thirsty for even more. [Billboard]
Queens rapper Action Bronson played Bonnaroo this past weekend, and this coming weekend (6/21), he'll play Delaware's Firefly Music Festival. After that, he'll return home to NYC to play a show at Santos Party House on June 25 with Harry Fraud, who produced Bronson's new EP, SAAAB Stories, which is out now and can be streamed via Spotify (where it premiered) below. Bronson also said in an interview with Whoo Kid (via HipHopDX) that it's going to be his last one-producer project, which he has many of, including Rare Chandeliers with The Alchemist, Blue Chips with Party Supplies, and more.

Tickets for the Santos show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with the SAAAB Stories stream, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played Bonnaroo, playing Santos w/ Harry Fraud (who produced his new EP) after Firefly (dates, stream)"

Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.

This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:

On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.

On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.

And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?

UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.

And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.

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firefly

There's also the Coffee House Stage with other smaller acts including The Spinto Band, Jenny Owen Young, Pearl & the Beard, Hey Marseilles, Selah Sue, Trails & Ways, and many more.

Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.

Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!

Meanwhile, check out the full main stages Firefly lineup and schedule at Firefly's website where you'll also find much more info if you're attending, like the festival map which is also below...

Continue reading "Firefly Fest is in Delaware this weekend (schedule, map, BrooklynVegan Soundwave, other side stages & more)"

Lord Huron at BVCMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lord Huron

Lord Huron, who just played two sold-out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, have squeezed in another NYC show between appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly music festivals. The show happens at Webster Hall on June 21 and tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (3/6) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/8) at noon.

Updated tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lord Huron playing NYC between Bonnaroo and Firefly fests (updated dates)"

Firefly Music Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly Music Festival

Dover, DE festival Firefly Music Festival had a great first year in July of 2012, and afterwards immediately announced it'd return in 2013. The 2013 festival happens from June 21 - 23 at the Dover International Speedway, and the lineup was just announced. It includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, The Walkmen, Django Django, Public Enemy, CHVRCHES, Amanda Palmer, Foxygen, Alabama Shakes, Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon, Action Bronson, The Avett Brothers, and more; and the headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster the People. The full lineup is below and you can watch the announcement video at their website. TIckets go on general sale Thursday (2/21).

Firefly happens a couple weeks after NYC festival Governors Ball, which has some lineup similarities (Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Avett Brothers, etc). That one goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and tickets are still available.

Firefly lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival announces 2013 lineup (Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Tom Petty, RHCP & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Black Keys / good question, Firefly Music Fest 7/22/2012
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 3
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 3

The Firefly Music Festival wrapped its successful first year on Sunday (7/22) with performances by The Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, The Head & the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more. As mentioned before, tickets on 3-day passes for the 2013 Firefly are now on presale.

Pictures from Sunday are below and you can also check out previously-posted pics from Friday (7/20) and Saturday (7/21).

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Modest Mouse / Lupe Fiasco
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 2
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 2

The Firefly Music Festival continued in Dover, DE on Saturday (7/21) with sets from Modest Mouse, Polica, Cults, Charles Bradley, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, The Killers, and more. Passion Pit were scheduled to play that day, but unfortunately the Delware festival was one of the dates that the band had to cancel. They were replaced by Yeasayer at the last minute, who played at the same time as Lupe Fiasco (and we unfortunately missed).

The festival has already announced they'll be back next year. Pre-sale for 2013 general admission tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/25) at noon.

Pics of day 1 are HERE, pics of Death Cab for Cutie's set from day 3 are HERE (the rest from day 3 coming soon) and more of day 2 are below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Death Cab for Cutie at Firefly Music Festival - 7/22/12
Death Cab

As mentioned, Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard will release his solo debut LP, Former Lives, on October 16 via Barsuk. Around the same time, he'll support the album with a tour which hits NYC for a show at Town Hall on November 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/27) at 11 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon. A Death Cab fan club presale also begins on Wednesday (7/25) at noon and an artist presale will be available to the general public on Thursday (7/26) at 10 AM. The tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but more dates will be revealed soon.

Ben still hasn't released any of the material from Former Lives, but he did just put out a new song called "Ichiro's Theme" in honor of Ichiro Suzuki, who used to play for the Mariners in Seattle where Ben is from, and is now a New York Yankee (who Ben hates). You can listen to that song below.

Meanwhile, Death Cab have been continuing to make their way around the US and just hit Delaware's Firefly Music Festival and Montclair, NJ for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Surfer Blood. More pictures and the setlist from their set at Firefly are below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jack White / Bassnectar fans
Firefly Festival Day 1
Firefly Festival Day 1

Mallory Bolyard, 25, of Townsend, was planning to go to Firefly Music Festival whether her friends were going or not. And although she has some friends here, a lot of them are only interested in concerts with big names that they like. They're not as interested in discovering new music. Her mom is, though, so the two hit the three-day festival together. Mallory was excited to see the festival come to her home state. "It's the first major concert in Delaware besides the State Fair, which is basically country," she said. [DelawareOnline.com]
The Firefly Music Festival is going on this weekend in Dover, DE, a city and state not used to such musical excitement. Day one, Friday, 7/20, gave us sets from Jack White, Silversun Pickups, The Wallflowers, John Legend, Bassnectar, OK Go, Blind Pilot, and more. The rain was on and off all day and by Jack White's headlining set, it turned into a downpour.

Here are some pictures from that day (with Saturday and Sunday on the way soon). More below..

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by Andrew Sacher

Passion Pit at Governors Ball in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Passion Pit

Some good news and some bad news. The bad first: Passion Pit recently expanded their tour to include a NYC show scheduled to happen on July 23 at Apollo Theater (which sold out immediately) three days after they were scheduled to play Firefly Music Fest in Delaware. Unfortunately, both of those dates, and many others have been cancelled. Frontman Michael Angelakos posted this message to the band's website:

Hello all,

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I'd like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

The tour page on our website currently reflects all upcoming tour dates.

With love,
Michael

Everything in July is affected, but the August and September dates, which include Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Made in America in Philly, are still on. No word yet on ticket refunds for the Apollo show but check ticketmaster for updates. Bummer, but feel better soon Michael.

On the bright side, the band are streaming their sophomore LP, Gossamer, on NPR. If you've had any doubts about this album, whether it be a distaste for their mainstream attention (and thus, tween fanbase) a feeling of "people still listen to Passion Pit?" or "who cares? Passion Pit sucks! (but I secretly have 50+ plays for Manners on my iTunes)," then let it be known that Passion Pit have more than succeeded in following up their debut and Gossamer is definitely worth a listen. Check it out for yourself.

Updated dates are listed below...

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