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Foxygen @ MHOW 10/8/2014
Foxygen

of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, The Dodos, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, and Jacco Gardner are a few of the artists who'll be contributing to Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2. For it they mailed an artist an old Tascam 4-track recorder to record two songs to tape. When they finished, the mailed the machine to the next artist, and so on and so on. Subscribers to the series will receive a limited edition, two-song 7" each month in 2015, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Subscriptions are available now and the full roster of 2015 participating artists is below.

Speaking of Foxygen, they were in NYC not too long ago for two shows promoting their new album, ...And Star Power. We posted pictures from Webster Hall already, but now we've got a belated set from Music Hall of Williamsbug, including openers Jungle Green. More pictures below.

Continue reading "Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, Jonathan Rado & more part of Polyvinyl 4-Track Singles Series 2 ++ Foxygen MHOW pics"

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"Young men other than the band are ripping their shirts off at Webster Hall for @foxygentheband" - @aplombtomato

Foxygen @ Webster Hall 10/9/2014
Foxygen
Foxygen
Foxygen

Foxygen celebrated the impending release of their new double album, ...And Star Power, with two NYC shows this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/8) and Thursday (10/9) at Webster Hall. Despite problems with overdoing it while touring the last album, Sam France and Jonathan Rado have not toned down this time out: Sam was striking poses, leaping in the air and falling all over the place the whole, and the crowds ate it up. Also adding to fun was a trio of backup singers/dancers. Though the new album clocks in at 24 tracks in 80 minutes, sets have not been quite as epic, usually around a dozen songs or so. Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post, and we'll have MHOW pics soon as well. Meanwhile, Foxygen's tour rolls on, hitting Philadelphia tonight (10/10).

Before Foxygen at the Webster show was Juan Waters who brought out Mac DeMarco on drums (and Tall Juan on guitar). The Lemon Twigs opened the night. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Foxygen played two NYC shows -- pics from Webster Hall with Juan Wauters (Mac DeMarco on drums) & The Lemon Twigs"

by Andrew Sacher

Weezer

Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.

Aussie/UK's Allo Darlin make more of their charming indie pop on We Come From the Same Place, due out via Slumberland. You can listen to that one at Pitchfork. Their tour hits Glasslands in October.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.

Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.

Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.

Justin Vernon associate Field Report brings in new synthy layers to his folk songs on Marigolden, due via Partisan. That can be streamed at Pitchfork.

Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.

The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.

Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.

Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.

SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.

The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.

Steve Gunn's kinda-psychedelic folk and excellent guitar playing are intact for his newest LP, Way Out Weather, due via Paradise of Bachelors. Listen at NPR.

Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.

Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.

Wampire's new album, Bazaar, due via Polyvinyl, is genuinely weird but also genuinely rocking. Check it out for yourself, below. They'll be touring with TOPS and also playing CMJ.

Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.

And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.

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FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
Vivian Girls

As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.

Check out the full initial list below...

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foxygen

As mentioned, Foxygen have a new album coming out in October and will be touring then as well, with shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8  and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). There is a BrooklynVegan ticket presale for the Webster Hall show that starts today at 10 AM. Password is STARPOWERRADIO.

All Foxygen tour dates here.

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Foxygen will be back with a new album this fall, Foxygen...And Star Power, which will be out October 14 via Jagjaguar. It's a whopper -- 24 tracks! -- and you can check out the ELO-ish (by way of Nick Lowe) "How Can You Really" via its video, below.

The band will also be on tour this fall, with two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8 with tourmates Dub Thompson and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). Tickets to both shows are currently on AmEx presale and will be on sale to the general public on Friday (8/1), Webster Hall at 10 AM and MHOW at noon.. You can also get tickets to the Webster Hall show via a BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.

West Coast dates are with Steve Gunn opening, and others are with Gary Wilson. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Foxygen announce new LP & fall tour, including 2 NYC shows (BV presale for Webster, dates, new song/video) "

Diane Coffee

Brian Wilson, the mastermind behind The Beach Boys, turns 72 today (happy birthday Brian!), so it's good timing for a Beach Boys cover, which we've gotten from Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming's Diane Coffee project. One might argue there there are about 300 better options, but he has taken on "Kokomo," the 1988 hit that Brian actually had no part of (but certainly sounded like it was trying to recreate his style). Shaun said of picking this song, "Kokomo has always been one of my favorite summer songs. For as long as I can remember I've played it in my head as a slightly darker tropical tune."

You can listen to his darker (and sax-less) take on the song in this post, below...

Continue reading "Foxygen side project Diane Coffee covered The Beach Boys' "Kokomo" (happy birthday Brian Wilson?) (listen)"

Pickathon

Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

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The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 lineup! (Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab, Neutralk Milk Hotel, King Diamond, Failure & much more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2

Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.

...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.

Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.

One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.

Day 1 pics here. Day 3 pics here. More day 2 pictures, Blake Anderson of Workaholics moshing to Ty Segall included, and videos below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 2 pics & videos (Pharrell w/ huge guests, Nas w/ Jay Z, Solange w/ Beyonce, Pixies, QOTSA, Ty Segall, Pet Shop Boys, Future Islands & more)"

Woodsist

We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.

Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.

Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...

Continue reading "Woodsist Fest returns to Big Sur, CA for 2014 edition w/ Angel Olsen, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards, Real Estate, more"

Flaming Lips in San Francisco in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

Big Beatles fans The Flaming Lips will be taking their love for that band even further when they release a full cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Future Heart points out. It follows the band's full-album covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and The Stone Roses, and includes some big name guests including Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch and others. No release date, but stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne of Steven Drozd of the Lips joined Miley at her Tulsa show this past week (like they did in LA last month) to perform "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1)." You can watch a video of that below...

Continue reading "Flaming Lips releasing a 'Sgt. Peppers' cover album w/ MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen & Miley (who they joined on stage)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Paste Magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2013 (Phosphorescent is #1)"

Tavito Nanao

Tavito Nanao is a singer-songwriter that represents the new flow of music in Japan. He has led the Japanese music scene since his debut with many controversial works including the 3-disc "911FANTASIA," in which he depicted the world since Apollo 11's landing on the moon to 2051, many years after the Iraq War. He also continues to surprise audiences with his one and only live performances. Overground, he is known as a gifted melody-maker, while underground, he organizes one of the largest improvisation events in Japan. The Hyakunin-kumite ("karate kata with 100 people") event, in which Nanao goes one-on-one in improvisation with all performers of the night, is a very popular event that attracts audiences by the thousand each time.
What do Dirty Projectors, Foxygen, and Guardian Alien all have in common? Well, current or former members of each band are sharing a stage with Japanese singer/songwriter Tavito Nanao for his first two NYC shows next week. Diane Coffee (the project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, who was also a voice actor on "Kim Possible" as a child), and Deradoorian (former Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian) will be playing with Nanao for his NYC debut at Pianos on October 29.

Then Eartheater (aka Alexandra Drewchin of Greg Fox's band, Guardian Alien, who have an A/V show coming up), will be joining him for his second-ever NYC show at Cake Shop on October 30 with Greg Barris and The Forgiveness and Bodega Bay. Tickets to the Pianos show are on sale now, but no advance tickets for the Cake Shop show. Check out the flyer for both below.

For Diane Coffee, the Pianos show is the first date on their tour which runs through late November. All dates on that tour are listed below. It's also the day (10/29) that their debut album, My Friend Fish, is being released via Western Vinyl. You can stream that album's single, "Hymn," which is a similar type of psychedelia to Foxygen, below.

Meanwhile, Foxygen play their second of two NYC shows tonight (10/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are sold out.

In other related news, Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth plays a previously discussed show at The Met on November 1. Tickets to that show are still available.

All Diane Coffee tour dates are listed, along with videos and more, below...

Continue reading "Japanese artist Tavito Nanao playing first-ever NYC shows w/ Diane Coffee (mem. Foxygen), Deradoorian & more (dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography

White Fence, Jonathan Rado @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence, Jonathan Rado, Dead Stars @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence, Jonathan Rado, Dead Stars @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013

White Fence continues to churn out kinetic proto-psych with confidence and abundant energy. Tim Presley's supporting band seems to be the same group that he had at SXSW '12, and at Glasslands they were tight and in perfect sync -- certainly necessary to keep up with the quick chord and tempo changes in the music. For instance, we're streaming "Baxter Corner", a song that is two minutes on record but live is stretched out to almost seven -- a lengthy high-tempo jam that features the talents of each member of the quartet. The setlist contained quite a number of older songs, but also featured a heavy dose of the newest White Fence album Cyclops Reap (Castle Face Records). After this outstanding show, we hope it won't be another eighteen months before we see White Fence again. - [NYC Taper]
White Fence headlined a garage/psych oriented Converse Rubber Tracks show at Glasslands last week (9/18) with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and an opening set from '90s-style indie rock trio Dead Stars. Pictures from that free show, including ones of White Fence and Rado's setlists, are in this post.

NYC Taper was on hand to record White Fence's set and you can stream a song from that below and download the whole thing over his way.

As we just mentioned, Dead Stars will be Nirvana for Halloween at 285 Kent on 10/30.

More pictures from Glasslands below...

Continue reading "White Fence, Jonathan Rado & Dead Stars @ Glasslands (pics, streams & setlists)"

NINChelsea Wolfe

Nine Inch Nails, who will be in the NYC-area for a few shows with Godspeed You! Black Emperor soon, are streaming their new album, Hesitation Marks, on iTunes.

Chelsea Wolfe, whose tour with True Widow hits NYC in September, is streaming her new album, Pain Is Beauty, at Pitchfork.

Okkervil River, who play Terminal 5 soon, are streaming their new album, The Silver Gymnasium, at NPR.

Neko Case, who plays Radio City in September, is streaming her new album, The Worse Things Get..., at NPR.

New England black metal band Vattnet Viskar are streaming their debut album, Sky Swallower, at Pitchfork.

Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado is streaming his solo album, Law and Order, at Pitchfork.

Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.

We also recently posted album streams from The Julie Ruin, Maps For Travelers, Dog Party, and more.

Foxygen @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Foxygen

Foxygen, who were just in NYC for a free River Rocks show (and will be back this fall, see below), have had a few PR stumbles this year but now have suffered a literal one. Frontman Sam France, who has been prone to climbing things onstage of late, fell off a stage monitor during the band's first song at Minneapolis' First Avenue last night (7/29), toppled into the crowd, injuring his leg. From a firsthand report to Citypages:

It was a short set. The band had only just started the first song, "On Blue Mountain," when outrageous Sam France started his aggressive set that turned out poorly, too quick. While engaging with the audience, seemingly overtaken by performance, France leaned on the front monitor, which seemed to tip forward. He fell toward the crowd was apparently injured as a result of hitting the front barricade railings.

At first it wasn't clear if he was hurt or where he was because an audience member that resembled him grabbed the microphone. The band continued to play for a few moments and then security became present. Jonathan Rado regretfully informed the crowd, "If we have to cancel, we'll come back and make it up to you, okay? We love you. Sorry."

France was carried out on a stretcher and the show was indeed canceled. He's having surgery today, which has canceled the band's upcoming shows in Vancouver (8/1) and Seattle (8/2). From the band's Twitter:
Still a chance that @pickathon shows will happen, though they might be subdued performances. It all depends on healing & travel time. On the bright side, Sam will probably have a cool cane or something.
Foxygen were on tour with Chicago's Twin Peaks, who will be in NYC in October.

Meanwhile, Foxygen have just announced two NYC shows in the fall: Bowery Ballroom on October 21 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 22. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon with an AmEx presale Wednesday (7/31) at noon.

Feel better, Sam, and we wish you a speedy recovery. Foxygen tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Foxygen singer falls from stage in Minneapolis, injures leg; band cancel some upcoming dates (but add 2 in NYC)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Foxygen @ Pier 84, 7/25/2013
Foxygen @ Pier 84 - 7/26/2013

As Foxygen said goodnight to the Pier 84 crowd on Thursday (7/25), Jonathan Rado said, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet." In a year for the band that has had more than a few ups and downs, it was still probably a very weird day for Foxygen as, the day before, former touring member Elizabeth Frey (who is dating singer Sam France) had written a lengthy Tumblr post about her time in the band, alleging tensions and turmoil between Rado and France. She also says she and France are forming their own band:

Well we are going to start our own band (not saying it is replacing Foxygen). It sickens to me to see how Sam has been walked all over. He isn't the type of person to plot out things or think about business, he is just a real musician who is an amazing songwriter. I don't think he was ready for all the craziness that being a popular band gives you. It's been hard for us as a couple facing al these trials and tribulations but ultimately it has made us stronger.
The band aren't breaking up, but the River Rocks show was subdued compared to other recent shows. Maybe in part as France's predilection for scaling stage scaffolding was squashed by security who put up blocking tape around anything climbable. Pictures from their set are in this post, and we'll post a separate set for openers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and The Aves soon.

While it's probably too early for details on the new project from Fey and France, Jonathan Rado has a solo album, Law and Order, which will be out September 9 via Woodsist. Like with Foxygen, Rado mines the past for inspiration. It's weird and wooley (and definitely screams "solo album") but it's not without big hooks. "Faces," the first single, is pretty catchy and you can stream it below.

More pics from Foxygen at River Rocks are below.

Continue reading "Foxygen played Pier 84 (pics); former touring member alleges band turmoil in Tumblr post; Jonathan Rado readies solo LP"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013

After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...

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"Climbin'" Sam France of Foxygen, Firefly Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Foxygen

Foxygen's Sam France is a wildcard frontman, prone to funny anecdotes, nonsequeitors and the occasional outburst, fully diving into his performance. And sometimes the crowd. He's also fond of climbing, as seen in the above picture from their performance at last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (which he did without incident). A similar excursion up the scaffolds the next day at Wilco's Solid Sound Fest wasn't tolerated as much by security there. Loyal BV reader Joe wrote in with this report:

The only bullshit that went on was when Sam from Foxygen started climbing a stage truss (mind you it was the smallest stage at SS). A security guard ran over and ripped him down (see video below)...The video doesn't show it - but they exchanged words after Sam got back up to his feet...

...Given the SXSW incident - I honestly thought Sam was going to storm off. But no - he handled it like a pro and even made light of it.

Video of the incident is below.

Foxygen's next NYC show is a free one on July 25 at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 as part of the River Rocks 2013 with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down opening. The band have announced some fall tour dates as well -- no additional NYC show, at least not yet -- and all are listed below.

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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...

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