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Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Firefly Festival
Firefly Festival
Run the Jewels
Firefly Festival

Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.

I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.

Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.

Manchester Orchestra
Firefly Festival

Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.

Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).

Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.

The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.

Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.

The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)

More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2015 pics & review: Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Run the Jewels, Snoop Dogg, Zola Jesus & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Paul McCartney @ Philly's Wells Fargo Arena - 6/21/2015
Paul McCartney

I've said it before, but even at over 70 years old, Paul McCartney remains an unparalleled live act. From his endless energy, to his ace backing band, and to the fact that you're seeing Beatles songs performed flawlessly by the guy who wrote them, there really isn't anything else on this level. He turned 73 this past Thursday (6/18), and the next day he headlined the Friday of Dover, Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, opening his set with a little celebration for himself: Beatles song "Birthday." When you're Paul McCartney, you can get away with that kind of thing.

As he usually does, he loaded his set with Beatles favorites from all over their career, and sprinkled in highlights from Wings and his solo career too. He roared through "Got to Get You Into My Life," inspired cheery singalongs for "I've Just Seen a Face" and "We Can Work It Out," grabbed the acoustic guitar to strip things down for a solo performance of "Blackbird," and got serious for a moment when he dedicated "The Long and Winding Road" to the victims of the Charleston shooting. Beyond that moment though, Paul was in great spirits. He cracked jokes to the crowd between songs, and seemed like he was genuinely grateful for the massive festival crowd that came out for him.

There wasn't a dull moment in the set, but of course it was the show's lengthy finale that was jam-packed with the especially epic moments. After rocking out to "Back in the USSR" and telling his story of meeting the members of the Russian government after playing a show in Moscow (his imitation of their accents is A+), Paul went into one of the all-time great piano ballads, "Let It Be." A less legendary figure could walk off the stage right after that, but not Paul. He still has to set off fireworks during "Live and Let Die" and then lead Firefly in what had to be the biggest crowd singalong of the weekend: the second half of "Hey Jude." Only then could he leave, but not without returning for an encore that gave us (among other things) the "Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End" medley from side 2 of Abbey Road.

They weren't allowing photos of Paul at Firefly, but we did get pics of him at the Philly show he played two days later. That one was at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday (6/21). More pics from that, with his Firefly setlist, below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney played Firefly Festival & Philly (pics, setlist)"

Firefly

As mentioned, the 2015 Firefly Music Festival happens June 18 - 21 at The Woodlands in Dover, DE with such performers as Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Snoop Dogg, Run the Jewels, Kings of Leon, The Killers and more. Firefly just released its schedule which, like most fests there are some tough choices (Modest Mouse vs Run the Jewels on Friday), but each night's headliner plays basically unopposed. Check out the full 2015 Firefly schedule here.

photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Macca

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

Continue reading "Paul McCartney confirmed for Firefly Music Fest 2015 lineup"

Firefly Music Festival

Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.

Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.

Check out Firefly's full lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2015 lineup (Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run the Jewels & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin and Vladislav Grach

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"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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.

photos by Vladislav Grach

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)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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"

beck

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)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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)
BrooklynVegan

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...

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photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis

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

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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...

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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...

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Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly
firefly

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.

firefly
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...

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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.

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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...

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