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Florence & The Machine at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
Florence & The Machine

Enough to put Aretha six feet under.
Note to Christina... SUBTLETY! And just because you're in the public eye that doesn't mean anybody wants to pay to see you. What planet are you living on? AND LOSE THE HAND!
As to why Florence and Martina were there...can you say DEMOGRAPHICS?
At least Jennifer Hudson can sing, even if she does look like a completely different person."
[Bob Lefsetz]
It's finally warmer out, so what a perfect time to be thinking about Central Park Summerstage. Fresh off the Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine have announced a show happening at Central Park Summerstage on June 24th (if you count The Script, that's two announced 2011 Rumsey Playfield shows in total so far). Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon and general sale Friday.

The NYC show comes during a run of summer shows that include other headlining performances and some gigs with U2 as part of their 360 Tour. All dates are listed below.

In the meantime, you can catch Florence Welch on the Oscars in a couple of weeks. She'll perform "If I Rise" from the 127 Hours soundtrack with composer AR Rahman . Video of last night's Grammys performance is below.

Speaking of U2 (who's Spiderman Broadway musical is getting hammered right now), tickets are still available for their show at the Meadowlands on Jul 20th with Interpol who also open a bunch other dates on the rescheduled tour.

Interpol are now on tour with School of Seven Bells and will play their headlining show at Radio City Music Hall this week (on 2/17). Tickets are still available. In March they head to Europe with Matthew Dear before returning to tour even more leading up to their run with U2. All dates for everyone and a video from the Grammys below...

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Florence & the Machine @ Voodoo (more by Alysse Gafkjen)
Florence and the Machine

Florence & the Machine will keep busy on their trip to NYC this month. In addition to the previously announced 12/14 RXP Irving Plaza show, they'll play a (private?) SPIN party at Don Hill's with Surfer Blood on 12/15, and a "Live on Letterman" webcast at Ed Sullvan Theater on 12/16 (8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT). The "Live on Letterman" show will take place right after Florence tapes a regular appearance on Letterman which will broadcast that night. You'll be able to watch it online, OR....

Want to go to the Live On Letterman show to watch it in person? I have 25 pairs of tickets to give away to the show. Details on how to win are below.

In Florence release news, you can now buy her "Live From SoHo" session recorded at the SoHo Apple Store, and the vinyl of a session she recorded in 2009 for KCRW.

Contest details below...

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most photos by Alysse Gafkjen, Gulf Restoration Network photos courtesy of Gulf Restoration Network

Voodoo 2010

The Gulf Restoration Network celebrates four years as the official non-profit partner of the Voodoo Experience, one of New Orleans best music festivals. We constructed demonstration barrier islands, marshes and cypress swamps to educate music worshippers about the importance of our natural storm defenses, the threat of the BP drilling disaster, and the need for a national commitment to the recovery and restoration of the Gulf. We also held a press conference with featured musicians speaking out for the Gulf, and welcomed the Acting Outlaws to NOLA. The Acting Outlaws are Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff, actresses who share a line on their resumes (lead roles in Battlestar Galactica), a love of motorcycles, and a belief that everyone can do something to make the world better. The two rode BMW motorcycles cross country for Gulf awareness, supporting the Gulf Future campaign, and the work of GRN and the Gulf Coast Fund.
Pictures of the Gulf Restoration Network's site at the festival, and the rest of our pictures from the New Orleans music fest (the rest here are HERE, HERE and HERE), below...

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Broken Bells at Terminal 5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Bells

101.9 RXP has announced their 2010 "Yule Rock Holiday Concert Series" - four NYC concerts at 2 different Live Nation venues over the course of 2 weeks. Tickets are currently on presale for all shows in various incarnations:

  • Broken Bells/Karen Elson at Irving Plaza on 12/1 (presale password = "1019RXP", AMEX presale now & regular sale at 10AM on 11/5 via LiveNation)
  • My Chemical Romance/The Gaslight Anthem at Roseland Ballroom on 12/3 (RXP presale sold out, AMEX presale now & regular sale at 10AM on 11/5 via TM)
  • Cake ("an evening with") at Irving Plaza on 12/7 (Presale password = "1019RXP", AMEX presale now & regular sale at 10AM on 11/5 via LiveNation)
  • Florence + The Machine/Civil Twilight will play Irving Plaza on 12/14 (RXP presale sold out, AMEX presale at 8AM on 11/4 & regular sale at 10AM on 11/5 via LiveNation)
Almost all of these bands have had recent go-arounds in NYC. Broken Bells played Terminal 5 last month. Cake played Central Park in a hurricane. Florence + The Machine played Terminal 5 this week. Gaslight Anthem played Radio City Music Hall in September.

Speaking of holiday radio shindigs, WFUV will host their sixth annual "Holiday Cheer" on 12/6 at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Amos Lee, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, and Citizen Cope are all on board in this go around and tickets will range you $500 - $45 depending on your choice to VIP pre-party or not.

photos by Chris La Putt

Florence Welch
Florence and the Machine

Artist Direct: Which records shaped you?

Florence Welch: When I was a teenager, I spent all of my time going to live gigs. Like I mentioned, my first boyfriend was in a band. There was a really strong South London punk art collective scene because there's a big art college. I spent all of my time going to see art college bands. My boyfriend was in one, and they were on the up-and-up. It was this intense rockabilly pirate punk blues stuff. For ages, the only music I listened to was live, really. I also listened to a lot of northern soul like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Etta James, Tom Waits and The Talking Heads. The kids in my school were listening to The Libertines and stuff, but I was more into The Talking Heads. I really loved The White Stripes actually. I was a huge fan. The one that record that really shook me up was Arcade Fire's Funeral and maybe Beirut's Gulag Orkestar. I love Beirut! They're so incredible live. His voice is unbelievable. Brass sections are really busy. Whenever we have classical musicians on tour with us, they're always the hardest partying guys. We don't have a brass section, but I wish we did. They're the rock 'n' rollest of the bunch. It's always the cellists and violinists who are hitting it the hardest in the hotel bar [Laughs]. Beirut and his brass section are great. They look so relaxed, having a good time. They're playing the fucking trumpet and singing [Laughs].

Maybe Beirut members were in the crowd last night, 11/2, when Florence and the Machine headlined their 2nd night in row at Terminal 5 in NYC with The Smith Westerns and Hanni El Khatib. Florence also played a set at the SoHo Apple Store earlier the same day, and is now on tour and will be on SNL later this month.

Smith Westerns pics HERE. The rest from the T5 show, below...

Continue reading "Florence & the Machine & Hanni El Khatib @ Terminal 5 (pics) "

photos by Chris La Putt

"smith westerns opening for florence + the machine - literally. worst. opening. band. ever. EVER EVER EVER. run away from them. please." - alexander q. smith

The Smith Westerns

The Smith Westerns just came through town as part of their tour with Florence and the Machine (maybe not the best match). Maybe you also maybe caught them over the weekend at the Halloween party they played. Last night, 11/2, was their 2nd of two shows with Florence at Terminal 5. The pictures in this post are from that event. And there are more of them, along with a stream of a brand new song (from their sophmore LP, Dye It Blonde, due on Fat Possum on Jan. 18), and all of their upcoming tour dates, below...

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Florence on Halloween in Boston (Dianna Quagenti)
Florence Skull

After playing the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans over the weekend, Florence & the Machine kicked off a proper, but short, tour at House of Blues in Boston on Halloween. As you can see in the above picture, and in the video below, Florence and her band did not wimp out on celebrating the holiday.

Last night (11/1), that tour continued into NYC where Florence and the Machine played their first of two sold out shows at the massive Terminal 5. Both shows (last night and tonight) have The Smith Westerns and Hanni El Khatib opening.

Couldn't score or afford a ticket? You still have one more chance to see the UK band when they play a free show at the SoHo Apple Store this afternoon:

Live from SoHo: Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine embody creative courage. Pick up a wristband at the Apple Store to guarantee admission to tonight's live performance. November 2, 4:00 p.m.
Florence's U.S. tour ends November 8th in LA, but maybe she'll stick around for a little bit longer so she doesn't have to fly back and forth for their November 20th appearance on Saturday Night Live. All dates, that Halloween video, a video from Terminal 5, and a Hanni El Khatib video, below...

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Florence & the Machine @ Terminal 5 in April (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Florence & the Machine

Spinner: What was it like touring with Florence and the Machine?

The Drums: It was a cool experience for us. I mean, we're a very new band. It's almost exactly a year since we played our first show, which was at this place called The Cake Shop on the Lower East Side in New York -- it's essentially a hallway and there were 40 people there. Twelve months later we're supporting Florence and the Machine at the Hammersmith Apollo for three sold-out shows.

In April when London's Florence & the Machine were in town they played a show at Terminal 5 and one at the much-smaller (Le) Poisson Rouge. This time they'll be playing both at T5. Those shows happen November 1st and 2nd. As mentioned, Tickets are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday at noon.

Other bands with multiple nights booked at Terminal 5 at the moment are Empire of the Sun and My Morning Jacket.

Other US Florence dates around the T5 shows aren't out yet, but the band will be playing quite a few shows in Europe and Australia. Those dates are below...

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Tickets are on AmEx presale at 11am for the Panda Bear show at Governors Island.

Tickets are on AmEx presale at 11am for the Eels show at Governors Island.

Tickets are on AmEx presale at 11am for the Drive-by Truckers show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on AmEx presale at 11am for two new Florence & the Machine shows at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Arcade Fire show at MSG (which Spoon is playing too).

photos by Bao Nguyen

"Agh. Free Black Keys concert tonight at the Classic Car Club but lines were CRAZY!" - quiet soliloquy

Black Keys

"Fans have overwhelmingly expressed, in 354+ comments on The Black Keys Facebook page, that the band has "sold out" following an announcement that a new song, "Chop And Change", will be a part of the soundtrack for the third installment of extremely popular vampire movie franchise "Twilight".

The Black Keys' have sold out? Yeah, sure. If anything, they've finally just sold in on their own terms.

In most cases, the term "sold out" would be fantastic news to artists in regards to shows, books, CDs, etc. It simply claims that the artist/event is doing so well that they have run out of space or items and that it is pretty much exclusive and rare - a privilege, really. It's heartbreaking to the people who did not get a chance to be a part of it, but it does hint at success, which can obviously be rendered in many different ways. For people who appreciate "underground" or lesser-known works or talents, however, "selling out" is the worst possible brand that you can get from a fan - it pretty much means that you are now not good enough to be appreciated anymore, and that you are now "mainstream" or "too trendy."" [The Black Keys Fan Lounge]

The Black Keys, who are opening or Pearl Jam at MSG this week (and playing a benefit at Housing Works that will also be a temporary Black Keys pop up shop), and whose sole SXSW show this year was a T-Mobile-sponsored Mog show, played a Microsoft/Verizon Kin show in NYC last night (5/15). The show took place at the Classic Car Club in Tribeca, just like the Passion Pit one did one night earlier. A free Kin Ting Tings show also happened last night at a different venue.

No more Kin shows in NYC, but Chicago has one by The Dead Weather coming up. The Dead Weather (who also opened a pop up shop in NYC when their last record came out), along with Metric (who play NYC tonight/Sunday), Muse (who are taking Metric on tour), Band of Horses (who also open for Pearl Jam at MSG this week), Vampire Weekend and others, also appear on the new Twilight soundtrack. The full tracklisting and more pictures from the Kin show below...

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photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Gorillaz Clash

The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.

Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.

King Khan Gabba Gabba

Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.

All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.

The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.

Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...

"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.

No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.

This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]

Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...

Radiohead Peppers For Peace

Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."


Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day Three in pics, video & review (the Thom Yorke & Pavement setlists included) "

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Florence and the Machine

"...I saw Florence + The Machine for the second time on Friday, and I was absolutely blown away yet again. Flo never ceases to amaze me with how easily her incredible voice just seems to come our of her... she is ridiculously talented and has such a stage presence that, I must say, has improved a lot since October. She has become much more dynamic with her audience and seems to absolutely hold nothing back when she performs; that, and the combination of the incredible stage aesthetics (lighting, floral decor, and her signature wallpaperesque backdrop) and her amazing outfit made for one unbelievable experience. I am so lucky that I get to see her again next week at Coachella, she is easily in my top 5 favorite musicians of all time and, in my opinion, endlessly inspiring..." [Take Off Your Headphones]
Florence and the Machine, who will probably be on the next Twilight soundtrack, played two NYC shows last week. On Thursday, April 8th, they played an intimate one at Le Poisson Rouge which was followed by a much larger one at Terminal 5 one night later. Pictures from the latter below...

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Florence & the Machine @ Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Paul Birman)
Florence & the Machine

Florence and the Machine have admitted taking a section of single 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)' from another band, and agreed to pay royalties. US group Gang Gang Dance claimed Florence's 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)' is partially built on a sample of their single 'House Jam', and pursued them for royalties.

Singer Florence Welch has since admitted it was mistake that the group were given no credit for her track in the first place and said she was happy to split the royalties.

She said: "Yeah that's true, it's no secret. I've spoken about it in interviews before. I'm a massive fan of Gang Gang Dance and it was in homage to them."

With Florence and the Machine's profile rising daily - with their debut album 'Lungs' recently seeing a sales jump of 1,550% after winning a BRIT award for Best British Album last week - the payoff could be lucrative for the small electronic band - however, although the infringement has been acknowledged, there has been no legal confirmation as to whether royalties will be paid to Gang Gang Dance or not. [Ireland On-line]

The UK's Florence and the Machine April tour has gotten bigger. Tickets are already sold out for their Friday, April 9th NYC show at Terminal 5, so they added a show the night before (4/8) at the much smaller (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale to LPR members now; general sale starts Wednesday, March 3rd at 9am. Both shows are with opener Holy Hail who is also playing their own show March 7th at the Armory.

All Holy Hail dates, updated Florence dates, and the two songs in question (mentioned above), below...

Continue reading "Florence & the Machine admitted using a Gang Gang Dance sample, added more dates w/ Holy Hail, another NYC show"

Florence & The Machine @ Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Paul Birman)
Florence & The Machine

Florence and The Machine's debut album "Lungs" (Universal Island) finally claimed the No. 1 spot it was denied in an opening five-week run at No. 2 last summer, as the new U.K. sales charts were announced.

"Lungs" spent its first five weeks on the U.K. chart at No. 2 last July and August, denied top spot by "The Essential Michael Jackson" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). It finally reaches the summit in its 28th chart week last night (Jan. 17), as total U.K. sales rise to 611,000, according to the Official Charts Company. [Billboard UK, Jan 18, 2010]

The UK band visited NYC last October around CMJ for a FADER party, a show at Bowery Ballroom and a short acoustic set at Soho House.

They're currently on tour in Australia, then they go to Japan and Europe. With a Coachella performance on April 18th, the band does a short North American run leading up to that. The tour includes a show at NYC's Terminal 5 on Friday, April 9th. NYC's Holy Hail open. Tickets, as previously noted, are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Friday, January 29th at noon.

They return to the UK in May. All tour dates and videos of the band are below...

Continue reading "Florence & The Machine #1 in the UK, touring, NY, Coachella"


Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

David Byrne w/ Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom
David Byrne

I have, after many years, finished the Here Lies Love CD project - at least this iteration of it. It will come out [February 23rd] on Nonesuch. It's a collaboration with Fatboy Slim, an upbeat series of songs sung each one by a different singer. The songs are about Imelda Marcos and Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her. The package includes 2 CDs (22 songs), a DVD with videos of 6 of those songs, and a 100-page book that explains it all. Singers include Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine), Sia, Santigold, Nellie McKay, Sharon Jones, St. Vincent, Róisín Murphy and many more (even me on 1 and 1/2)... I am pretty excited about this, but who knows, it might just make people crazy.

We'll see. There will be more concrete news, with links and music, in early January.

In the meantime, I have decided to rebrand myself, inspired by Philip Morris changing their name to Altria, Blackwater to Xe, and the train I'm riding on right now that calls itself Acela - none of which mean anything, but they are cleverly evocative. When I decide on the magic word, you'll be the first to know.

-David Byrne

What should David Bryne's new name be? The full tracklist for the new record, which also features vocal turns by Steve Earle and Allison Moorer (who both just played NYC on Friday), Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Martha Wainwright, is below.

Here Lies Love premiered in March 2006 Australia, and Byrne brought the song cycle to Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's Perspectives Series in February 2007. As a stage show, the songs fit into a four act narrative, laid out in detail on Byrne's website. Those at either performance got a first look at the then-in-progress work...

Here Lies Love takes the form of a series of fairly traditional pop songs (verse-chorus-verse) played in a variety of styles (disco, rock, funk, latin, ballad) by Byrne and a small group of colleagues. Augmenting the core of guitar, bass and drums, is a percussionist and a keyboard player. The vocals are shared by Dana Diaz-Tutaan (Imelda), Ganda Suthivarakom (Estrella), and Byrne, who represents the 'voice' of other key players in Imelda's life. The stage itself is unadorned, although behind the band a small screen plays news clips and home movies of Imelda's life.

As already mentioned, the songs themselves are simple pop tunes, leaning heavily on the disco and dance genres, and could fit neatly onto any number of Byrne's solo albums. They are tuneful enough, and skillfully played, but I wonder about the connection of the music to Imelda's life. Would it have been possible to blend some traditional Filipino sounds and flavours into the music of Here Lies Love (although, admittedly, Imelda was a fan of Western dance music)? [Tidy Boy]

David Byrne will appear at a free, unticketed (first come, first served) event at the Bell House on Monday, January 11th. He presents "a short video/audio lecture called 'Creation in Reverse,' speaking to the ways that venue and context shape artistic creation, followed by a Q&A."

More Here Lies Love info and a video on the performance are below...

Continue reading "David Byrne rebranding, releasing an album w/ Fatboy Slim & lots of guests, giving a free lecture in Brooklyn "

Lightspeed Champion @ MHOW in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lightspeed Champion

Lightspeed Champion's second LP, Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You, is coming out in the US on February 16th (Feb. 1 for UK) on Domino Records. Behind the controls for the album is producer Ben Allen, whose past work includes Gnarls Barkley and his label-mates Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Before the record is out, you can catch Dev Hynes & band at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Thursday, January 21st. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

He put out a video for the album's first single "Marlene," which will be released on a 10" paired with covers of Serge Gainsbourg's "69 Année Érotique (feat. Valentine Fillol-Cordier)" and '50s singing trio the Fleetwoods' "(He's) The Great Imposter." The video and single info are below.

Despite having recorded Life Is Sweet! in early 2009, Hynes has a had a busy year, both home recording (which he's been sharing online) and performing unique shows, like covering Cat Stevens's soundtrack to Harold & Maude live with the film.

A full detailing of what he's been up to (including working with Solange Knowles (who isn't?), Basement Jaxx and Van Dyke Parks), the new video and new album info are below...

Continue reading "Lightspeed Champion releasing 2nd album + a NYC show, collaborations w/ Solange, Florence, Van Dyke Parks & more"


Trend You Wish Would Go Away

  1. 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
  2. Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
  3. Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
  4. Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
  5. Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
  6. Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
  7. Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
  8. Prim, buttoned-up indie (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent)
  9. Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
Vote for that & more in Pitchfork's 2009 Reader's Poll. Image via Hipster Runoff.


The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

Continue reading "Q Magazine's Top Albums of 2009 "

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Florence and the Machine

Florence & the Machine headlined Bowery Ballroom last night (10/27). One night earlier Florence played a stripped down, acoustic, 30 minute set as part of a private show at Soho House in Manhattan. Kyle was there and took some pictures....

Continue reading "Florence & The Machine @ Soho House in NYC - pics "

photos by Paul Birman

Holly Miranda & Matthew Caws / Florence & the Machine
Holly Miranda
Florence and the Machine

"Dressed in flowing white, Florence spilled to the stage with her black-clad band, The Machine. Opening with "Two Lungs," Welch exploded into to chorus. She didn't need all of the considerable orchestra, including the harp, to vibrate the floor of a completely packed Bowery Ballroom. With the Island Records crew stuffed into the balcony, Welch flitted around the stage, pushing her elbows back and popping her chest out like some mechanical and delicate bird. She repeatedly pointed at us, directly, to emphasize elements of her story, only to cover a smile with her hand. She is emphatic and wilting, if these two things are possible at once." [32Ft/Second]
Florence & the Machine headlined Bowery Ballroom and appeared on Letterman last night (10/27). Video from the latter below. It was all part of a short trip for the band who also played the Fader party at Ace Hotel on Saturday and a private show at Soho House on Monday.

Opening the show, coming off a couple of more public CMJ appearances and a recent XL Records signing announcement, was Holly Miranda who was backed by none other than Nada Surf. Nada Surf plays an acoustic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28).

More pictures, including a show of Florcence's setlist, and the above-mentioned video, below...

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Holly Miranda in a car w/ AA Bondy
Holly Miranda and AA Bondy

At Le Poisson Rouge on Friday evening, Holly Miranda played with a guitarist, Tim Mislock, though she'd do just as well alone. She's got a furious voice that she largely keeps in check, on her dry, spooky, inward-turned rock songs. After a small Internet firestorm early this year, she's signed with XL Records, though she's no more polished for it. During this show, her fangs were intact.

At other recent shows, Ms. Miranda has played with a fuller band (say, a violinist, a bass player and a drummer). That configuration gave her even more punch. Here, joined only by Mr. Mislock, it wasn't quite enough of a boost, though at the end of the set, when Mr. Mislock put down his guitar and fell into a lovely vocal harmony with Ms. Miranda, they seemed like a strong team. [NY Times]

Holly Miranda's only other CMJ show was the BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday at Pianos. Her next NYC show is tonight (10/27) at Bowery Ballroom, and speaking of her playing with a fuller band, she'll be backed at the show by Nada Surf. She goes on at 9, before show headliner Florence and the Machine. It is sold out.

A video of Holly performing recently in Brussels below...

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Eyehategod on a boat Saturday night (more by Chloe Rice)

tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ Whiplash
* La Roux, Body Language @ Highline Ballroom
* Precious Metal w/ Empyreon, Gwynbleidd, Hung @ Lit Lounge
* Dum Dum Girls, Reading Rainbow, Girls At Dawn @ Bruar Falls
* Railcars, Surf City, Heavy Winged, Antn Hrkwk @ Market Hotel
* Har Mar Superstar, Bang Bang Eche @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Far, Last Days Of Empire, The Campbell Apartment @ Mercury Lounge
* Eyehategod, Unearthly Trance, Tombs, Howl, Strong Intention @ Europa
* Vic Chesnutt Band, Clare & the Reasons, Liz Durrett @ Bowery Ballroom
* Parts and Labor, Surfer Blood, Small Black, The Sundelles @ Death By Audio

Surfer Blood was all over CMJ but if you missed them, they play tonight with Parts and Labor, Small Black and The Sundelles at Death By Audio. Small Black also had a lot of CMJ buzz and were chosen by Pitchfork to play the Saturday night show at Market Hlte.

Bruar Falls hosts a free show tonight with Sub Pop's Dum Dum Girls (opening for the King Khan & BBQ Show on Friday & Saturday), Reading Rainbow and Girls At Dawn.

Har Mar Superstar's Dark Touches is out now - he plays two nights in NYC starting with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Bang Bang Eche. Tomorrow is the much smaller Mercury Lounge.

Vic Chesnutt has an all-star band on tour with him that includes Guy Picciotto of Fugazi and members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion/Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Witchies. They play tonight at Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow at MHOW with Clare And The Reasons and Liz Durrett opening.

UK electropop artist La Roux play a sold-out show at Highline Ballroom. They're back next year and will play Webster Hall.

Far plays tonight (this time without Thursday) at Mercury Lounge with Last Days Of Empire and The Campbell Apartment. Last night it was at Bowery Ballroom.

Eyehategod go from a boat to Europa for a show with Unearthly Trance, Tombs, Howl and Strong Intention.

The Yankees made it to the World Series, which starts Wednesday, last night.

Florence and the Machine, who played a set at a Fader party at the Ace Hotel on Saturday, play some kind of private show at Soho House tonight. They're at Bowery tomorrow.

A video of Local Natives at our Friday night loft show is posted below.

Vivian Girls were in Puerto Rico during CMJ. A video of them playing acoustic on the island last Saturday is below. As for NYC, they play on Halloween at 171 Lombardy, sing backup for Fucked Up on Nov. 5, and perform with Grass Widow at Market Hotel on Nov. 6th.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: The xx - Basic Space (Micachu Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Florence and the Machine - You've Got the Love (The xx Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguse (Alt Mix) (MP3)

The xx @ South Street Seaport in August (more by Chris La Putt)
The xx

UK's the xx will have already played a large amount of shows in New York City by the end of 2009, and there are more to announce. The xx have augmented their CMJ schedule with a performance at the Apple store in Soho on Thursday, October 22nd. Before that, they play at Mercury Lounge on Oct. 21st with Javelin and Lia Ices (tickets and CMJ badges at the door). Then the xx play an Oct. 23rd show with School of Seven Bells and First Aid Kit. That gig was supposed to be at Webster Hall, but it has now been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still on sale.

School of Seven Bells has a deluxe release of 2008's Alpinisms that's coming out digitally on October 13th. The first song on that, an alternate version of "Iamundernodisguise," is posted above.

The xx's November 11th show at Bowery Ballroom also changed venues - it was originally scheduled for at Mercury Lounge. It's now sold out. Finally, they play December 5th at Webster Hall with Friendly Fires. To recap:

The xx back in NYC
Oct 21 @ Mercury Lounge New York (CMJ)
Oct 22 @ iTunes Instore (Apple Store, SoHo)
Oct 23 @ MHOW w/ School of Seven Bells (CMJ)
Nov 11 @ Bowery Ballroom
Dec 05 @ Webster Hall New York w/ Friendly Fires
More TBA? I think so.

Speaking of the Apple Soho store, Phoenix was just there last week (9/24) and Ladyhawke played the store the week before that (9/15). That same day (September 15th), Sonic Youth was to release an iTunes-only four-song EP of their June performance at the store. The record never came out, and seems to be delayed for an unknown period of time. Sonic Youth play NYC's Terminal 5 on November 21st with Cold Cave and Dinosaur Jr. It's sold out, but the Feelies show happening the same night at Maxwell's isn't yet.

The xx recently remixed Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love." That is posted above. Florence will come from the UK to play an October 27th show at the Bowery Ballroom. It's sold out, but I wouldn't be surprised if they add another show too.

The xx's debut self-titled record comes out October 6th on Young Turks/XL Recordings. All tour dates for the xx (and Florence) and videos for the xx's two singles are posted below...

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Johnny Puleo

Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at the Guggenheim.

Joe Pernice is performing "Music and Stories from It Feels So Good When I Stop" at Mercury Lounge on November 6th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Har Mar Superstar shows at Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Athlete is playing Bowery Ballroom on November 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Florence & The Machine are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 27th. Tickets are on sale.

Three Pavement shows are on sale and/or sold out.

Do Make Say Think, Art Brut, Girls, and Land of Talk tickets went on sale today.

Wolfmother, The Cult & Type O Negative tickets are on sale.

New Yorker Festival tickets went on sale at noon.

Breakfast at Sulimays reviews DJ Tiesto (featuring Tegan & Choir) and Volcano Choir (Bon Iver) in the video below...

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