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Phillip Glass & Frank Ocean
Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton
Frank Ocean

The first ATP NY festival within New York City limits, also known as "I'll Be Your Mirror USA", kicked off Friday night (9/21) at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The opening night featured a typically eclectic mix of acts: comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo, and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ (filling in for Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer, who canceled for "unresolvable technical issues"), Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton (they played together), and Frank Ocean. Glass (piano) and Braxton (guitar, then synth) kept their set on the short side, performing Glass's "Étude No. 1" followed by No. 2 and No. 10 (which elicited cheers from the audience when announced). Quite a few people no doubt came just for the Glass performance, perhaps as a companion to his Einstein on the Beach opera currently running at BAM, but those same people seemed open to the following set by Frank Ocean (who had plenty of his own devotees in the house). Ocean, backed by a rich-sounding four-piece, played his way through a mostly Channel Orange set, with some Nostalgia/ultra songs thrown in and new opening track "Summer Remains." His songs, crisp on record, lend themselves to a live-band staging and the musicians dug into the grooves adding some supremely funky moments to the already hooky tracks. You can see his full setlist below.

The organizers did their best to give Pier 36, an expo space on the East River, a cozy feel for the festival. The two-stage set up features one platform outside, facing away from the FDR highway and surrounded by food trucks and porta potties. Inside, the massive hall was outfitted with a layer of carpet and couches and chairs along the walls for those needing a rest (this weekend's schedule runs 12 hours each day). Along the water, the Queen of Hearts (with a movie screen on board) was docked next to another outdoor area out back. Movies run all day, and there are beanbags in there, but you might want to stay away if you get seasick easily.

One girl we talked to in the crowd was in town from the UK and bought tickets just to see Frank Ocean for the first time. But she got there in time to see Lightning Bolt who, like the rest of the music before Frank on the bill, she ended up despising. Kudos to ATP for even getting her in front of a noise rock band though.

ATP day two, which fest co-curator Greg Dulli's band the Afghan Whigs is co-headlining along with The Roots, is already underway. Check out the slightly-outdated schedule HERE, and a picture of the current schedule (which you can print) below. Schedules are also available at the door, AS ARE TICKETS.

More pictures from day one, and Frank's full setlist, below...

Continue reading "ATP NYC -- day 1 pics, review & setlists (Frank Ocean, Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Lightning Bolt & more)"

ATP

The first-ever ATP NY happened back in 2008, but up in the Catskills. That lasted three glorious years before moving to Asbury Park last year. Asbury Park was also great, but wasn't in the cards for 2012 so ATP moved the festival to NYC where it happens THIS WEEKEND at Pier 36 (you can see the location in the map above). Today's schedule looks like this:

Friday 21st September
Festival opens - 6.00pm

Stage 1:
Lightning Bolt - 8.30pm-9.00pm
Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer Edan The Dee Jay - 9.15pm-10.15pm
Philip Glass And Tyondai Braxton - 10.45pm-11.15pm
Frank Ocean - 11.45pm-1.00am

Stage 2:
Kurt Braunholer - 7.05pm-7.25pm
Hannibal Buress - 7.30pm-7.55pm
Janeane Garofalo - 8.00pm-8.30pm

Films On Queen Of Hearts:
Koyaanisqatsi - 8.00pm
Quadrophenia - 10.00pm (featuring the brand new surround mix made by the Who)
+ Edan The Dee Jay

Poor Kurt B. And hopefully that 30 minute break between Glass and Ocean is enough time for the awkward changeover to happen. I mean, I love Frank and Philip, but I'm afraid that A LOT of Frank fans will be showing up just for his set, and many of them will have very little interest in the rest of the lineup, especially music you need to be very quiet during. Check out the full, three-day SCHEDULE. Get your TICKETS (THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR).

UPDATE: Lee Ranaldo has been replaced by Edan (a DJ who is also DJing later in the film room). We also recently found out Chavez was replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood on Saturday.

Listen to some music below...

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ATPNY

The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).

Tickets are still available to all three days which can be gotten online or at Other Music. Peruse the full schedule below, perhaps while listening to the ATP mixtape that Greg Dulli made for us.

Continue reading "ATP NY 2012: full schedule"

Afghan Whigs at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Afghan Whigs

ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror with Frank Ocean (who played SNL this weekend) and the Afghan Whigs kicks off on Friday (9/21) and runs through the weekend at Pier 36 in Manhattan. Tickets are still available for you procrastinating types.

For those of you who still need convincing, Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (who co-curated ATP NY) made us a mixtape of artists for your aural pleasure that features his band (naturally) as well as Frank Ocean, plus The Dirtbombs, Chavez, The Antlers and other bands you can catch this weekend. Stream it and check out the tracklist below.

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Frank Ocean, Seth MacFarlane & Fred Armisen (who is no longer Obama) @ SNL
Frank Ocean

We actually already posted this in WGO Sunday, but in case you missed the awesomeness:

Frank Ocean appeared on Saturday Night Live last night (9/16) to perform "Thinking About You" and "Pyramids," and was joined by John Mayer on guitar. He also just revealed the music video for "Pyramids," which also features an appearance from John Mayer.
Frank Ocean plays live at ATP NY on Friday night. Watch the videos of his SNL performance and the "Pyramids" music video below.

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Mount Eerie at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Mount Eerie

today in NYC
* The Prisoner @ Barbes
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Brian Posehn @ Caroline's
* Et cetera @ Public Assembly
* Chris Thile @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Silos, Heap @ Mercury Lounge
* Touch Ensemble @ Issue Project Room
* Lee Burridge, Matthew Dekay @ The Well
* Beach Day, Blonds, Fete @ Cameo Gallery
* Hairy Sands, Source of Yellow @ Zebulon
* Alex McMurray / Cristina Black @ Joe's Pub
* Comedy Night @ The Knit w/ Hannibal Buress
* Nungan, Veronika Jokel @ The Mercury Lounge
* Mount Eerie, Loren Connors @ (le) poisson rouge
* Devotchka, Clare & the Reasons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cool Serbia, Apache Dropout, King Prom, Bad Boys @ Death By Audio
* Germany Germany, Brother Tiger, Night Shining, Catamaran @ Glasslands
* Vital Remains, Mutant Supremacy, Irony of Chaos, Leech @ Saint Vitus
* Joshua Light Show, Debo Band, Forro in the Dark @ NYU Skirball Center
* Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Michelle Shocked, Lee Ranaldo, Kool A.D., My Brightest Diamond & more @ Foley Square

Public Assembly is not calling it a festival but their week-long Et Cetera begins today with three events: an afternoon (3 PM), all-ages draw-a-thon; then later tonight Xeno & Oaklander discussing "Analog as the New Folk" with demos of their vintage synths; and a series of mini-lectures called "Presentation Party Night." All of it is free.

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Frank Ocean appeared on Saturday Night Live last night (9/16) to perform "Thinking About You" and "Pyramids," and was joined by John Mayer on guitar. He also just revealed the music video for "Pyramids," which also features an appearance from John Mayer. Watch the videos of his SNL performance and the "Pyramids" music video below.

Grizzly Bear, whose incredible new album, Shields, comes out this week, performed the album's opening track, "Sleeping Ute," on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this past Friday (9/14). Watch the video of that performance below.

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The Vaccines at Webster Hall in April (more by Joe McCabe)
The Vaccines
screening

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chica Libre @ Barbes
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Wild Belle @ Le Baron
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Strawberry Fields @ BB King's
* 13P's ImPlosion Party @ Joe's Pub
* Daniel Higgs, Mike Bones @ Zebulon
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Lemonade, Vacationer @ Stone Rose Lounge
* Jozef Van Wissem, Noveller @ Le Poisson Rouge
* We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Ollie's Point (Amityville)
* Primordial, While Heaven Wept, Cormorant @ Saint Vitus
* Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Neutron Drivers @ Maxwell's
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost @ Living Room
* MNDR, Wildkat, Eli Makes Beats, Mysto & Pizzi @ Webster Hall CANCELLED
* Luke Rathborne, manicanparty, De Lion, Kenny Tudrick @ Pianos
* Jaill, Fergus & Geronimo, Home Blitz, Swearin' @ Mercury Lounge
* The Vaccines, Ryan Jarman's Exclamation Pony @ Bowery Ballroom
* Kristeen Young, Blind Benny, Nonstop to Cairo @ The Bowery Electric
* Anna Lunoe, Zak Matic, Florent, surprise guest @ Home Sweet Home
* Hugh Laurie with The Copper Bottom Band @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
* Lakutis, Pegasus Warning, Safe, Quinn Walker, Carrie Wilds, Peaceful Solutions, Cult Days @ Glasslands

BrooklynVegan is hosting another FREE movie screening of at Knitting Factory tonight. This time it's "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best". Check out the trailer below.

Sonic Youth is announcing some "news" at noon.

The Vaccines play their first of two sold out NYC shows tonight. Tonight's show is at Bowery Ballroom and support comes from The Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman's new outfit, Ryan Jarman's Exclamation Pony. Ryan played his first-ever solo show at Cameo last month with a slew of guests, including Jen from Here We Go Magic, Jeffrey Lewis, Devin, and Penn Badgely from Gossip Girl. Wonder what he's got in store this time.

Grace Jones tickets are now on pre-sale.

Paul McCartney, who just announced four random North American dates, performed with Damon Albarn's Africa Express (and John Paul Jones and more) in London over the weekend. Watch a video below.

Eddie Vedder & Tom Morello joined Bruce Springssteen on stage in Chicago on Friday and Saturday.

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Flying Lotus posted an unfinished Frank Ocean remix that you can listen to below.

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Bob Mould
Bob Mould

today in NYC
* Sherta @ Barbes
* Sarah Alden @ Barbes
* Kinda Green @ The Stone
* Kelly Joe Phelps @ Joe's Pub
* Elysian Fields @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Shy Hunters, Aaron Roche @ Zebulon
* Brown Rice Family @ The Greene Space
* Perkis, Park, & Eisenstadt @ The Stone
* DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival @ Joe's Pub
* Starkey, Chrissy Murderbot @ Glasslands
* The Roots, Bob Weir @ The Capitol Theatre
* Sick of It All, CIV, Stigma @ Webster Hall
* Wreckless Eric, Amy Rigby @ Bowery Electric
* Devin, The Psyched, The Wilsen @ Glasslands
* Rustie, Flosstradamus, Brenmar @ Webster Hall
* Rafiq Bhatia, Pepepiano, Icewater @ Cameo Gallery
* Kreator, Accept, Swallow the Sun @ Best Buy Theatre
* Bright Moments, Leverage Models @ Knitting Factory
* Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Williamsburg Park
* Psychobuildings, Steel Phantoms @ The Grand Victory
* The Shakes, Bad Doctors, Frank Hurricane @ Big Snow
* Rooftop Vigilantes, Big Tits, Cuss Words @ Cake Shop
* Har Mar Superstar, Computer Magic @ Knitting Factory
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (invite only) @ John Varvatos
* The Giraffes, Moon Hooch, Slothrust @ Mercury Lounge
* Patrick Watson, Great Lake Swimmers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Colleen Green, Total Slacker, Plateaus @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Xeno & Oaklander, Ike Yard, Led Er Est @ 285 Kent Avenue
* The Rapture, TV Baby And Gabe @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Runny, Bugs in the Dark, Lakookala, Seasick Mama @ The Gutter
* The Rapture (DJ Set), Midnight Magic (DJ Set) @ Public Assembly
* Omar Souleyman, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, DJ Hutz @ The Well
* Cult of Youth, Pharmakon, Pink Reason, Zatsuon @ Public Assembly
* Xenia Rubinos, Railbird, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ The Rock Shop
* BLOWOFF (the DJ Sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel) @ Highline Ballroom
* Life Eaters, The Everymen, TV Sound, Tijuana Bibles @ Maxwell's
* Lightning Love, Miracles of Modern Science, Jamaican Queens @ Spike Hill
* Gemini Club, Nolita Kings, Love of Everything, Earthquake Party! @ Pianos
* Shark?, The Hairs, What Next?, The Weather Balloons, Hippy @ Shea Stadium
* Ava Luna, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Lost Boy?, Indian Rebound @ Living Bread
* Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche) @ Mercury Lounge

Indie rock legend Bob Mould (of Husker Du/Sugar) plays a free show at Williamsburg Park tonight where he'll play Sugar's 1992 debut Copper Blue in its entirety, plus a set of songs from throughout his long career. Doors are at 5:30 PM, Cymbals Eat Guitars are on at 6:30 PM. If you haven't heard Bob's new album, The Silver Age, it's very much in the Sugar vein and his best in a long while. Check out the video for his single "The Descent" below as well as video of him performing it on Letterman.

If you want even more Bob, he'll be at Highline Ballroom later as one-half of DJ duo Blowoff. Doors at 11:30

If you're going to see The Rapture tonight at their last show of a three-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the afterparty happens right next door at Public Assembly with DJ sets by The Rapture and Midnight Magic. It's free.

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Joey Bada$$ just released his new mixtape, Rejex. Download it for free HERE.

Swans, who play here next month, made a video for their song "No Words No Thoughts" -- a 10 minute edit of one of the half-hour tracks at least -- from their live album We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head which you can watch below.

The VMA's were last night and while Frank Ocean didn't pick up a Moon Man, his performance of "Thinkin' Bout You" was a highlight of the evening. You can watch it below.

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Stevie Wonder and Paul MCCartney

As the NY Times says:

During a recent interview with The Guardian, Stevie Wonder was asked if he was surprised over the uproar caused by Mr. Ocean's revelations, since no other mainstream R&B artist had so openly embraced their homosexuality. Mr. Wonder responded: "I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond.''

Over the weekend, however, Mr. Wonder issued a statement to MTV News: "I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood," he said. "No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."

Frank Ocean's upcoming gigs include Saturday Night Live and ATP NY.

Frank Ocean at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Frank Ocean

As mentioned, Frank Ocean who now has a much emptier September schedule after canceling a bunch of European dates will be in NYC to play the Afghan Whigs-curated ATP NY, which goes down on Pier 36 from September 21-23. Frank plays on the Friday (9/21). Tickets for ATP NY are still available.

He'll be heading to NYC a bit sooner than though, because as Entertainment Weekly points out, Frank Ocean will be the musical guest on the 38th seaosn premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 15. That episode will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, who will be plugging new seasons of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, along the DVD release of his new movie, Ted.

Frank Ocean will also perform at the MTV VMAs, which airs on September 6. He's going up against Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., One Direction, and The Wanted for Best New Artist and his song "Swim Good" is nominated for Best Male Video against videos by Chris Brown, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Usher. It was also nominated for Best Direction.

The "Swim Good" video is below.

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Frank Ocean at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean, who The Afghan Whigs covered recently, has just been added to ATP NY, which the Afghan Whigs curated. The festival goes down on Pier 36 from September 21-23. Tickets are still available. Surely a live collaboration is not out of the question.

Frank Ocean also recently cancelled a number of European festival appearances and his dates over there opening for Coldplay. According to a note from Frank on the Way Out West Facebook page:

Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot of the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I'll be back if you'll have me.
One of those dates was the Coldplay show in Hanover, DE which falls right in the middle of ATP NY. A list of all affected dates, along with and updated ATP NY flier (Frank Ocean's name included) and an MP3 of the Afghan Whigs' cover of Frank Ocean's "Lovecrimes" are below.

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photos by James Richards IV

Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 2
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 2
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 2

Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.

If you aren't at the fest, have you been streaming it online? Today's stream begins at 1:30 CST.

Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 day 2 in pics (Frank Ocean, RHCP, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, tUnE-yArDs, Neon Indian & more)"

photos by Mighty Beardo

Frank Ocean & friends @ 285 Kent
Trash Talk
Trash Talk

After Frank Ocean played Terminal 5 and Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt played Best Buy Theater, Frank, Tyler, Earl, and most of the rest of the Odd Future crew that was in town (no Mike G or Syd The Kid), made their way over to 285 Kent where the free Brooklynvegan-presented afterparty was happening with an advertised set by Trash Talk (who record for Odd Future Records) and DJ Leftbrain (of Odd Future). Doors were scheduled to open at midnight, By then there were already more than capacity on line to get in. Naturally, everyone did not get in, and some actually stayed on line outside, still hoping while listening through the door until the end of the show.

As advertised/hinted, there were special guests who turned out to be all of Odd Future (even Frank Ocean). The show started with about an hour-long DJ set where the members of Odd Future were on stage dancing around, singing along to whatever songs were playing and hyping the crowd who started to get crazy, but not as crazy as when Trash Talk actually took the stage. It was a trip to watch Frank Ocean having fun on the 285 Kent stage with his friends, after just having seen him command a sold out crowd at Terminal 5. Not to mention Tyler and Earl goofing around, after also just having played a headlining show at the sold out Best Buy Theater. Tyler, Earl and others then stayed on stage for Trash Talk as the band played a signature set that includes lots of pit action and people jumping off speakers. Odd Future didn't technically perform a live set at 285 Kent, but Tyler, as he has done in the past, took over vocals for "Radicals," which you can watch a video of below. Said video also includes footage of Trash Talk playing their song, "Awake."

sweaty Trash Talk
Trash Talk

For Trash Talk's last song, they asked every single person in the room to run out of the venue on to the street to join with the people who couldn't get in. That didn't work out so well though, as the security at the door was already overwhelmed and chaos and a fight quickly ensued outside as Todd P and the rest of the 285 Kent crew tried to calm the masses.

Among those in the crowd were Odd Future associate Lucas, members of Real Estate (who Trash Talk shouted out), Neon Indian, and Cults. Vampire Weekend and John Legend were spotted earlier in the night at Frank Ocean (where Odd Future and Trash Talk also was), and I saw Action Bronson, Despot, and Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney all hanging out outside the Odd Future Best Buy Theater show. All in all, an eventful night for the NYC music scene thanks to the Odd Future crew coming to town.

We have even more pictures coming, but here's one set. More of them, with the video of Tyler joining Trash Talk, below...

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Frank Ocean

No openers or special guests at Terminal 5 last night (7/26), but Frank Ocean, backed by a full band, was pure sex. From start (with a Sade cover at 9pm) to finish (10:15), the entire three-tiered room was going nuts and sang along while Frank effortlessly played songs off Channel Orange, arguably the best album of the year. Banter included acknowledgement of all the "trouble" he's been causing as he fearlessly and honestly introduced "Bad Religion" which, preceded by "Lost" and followed by "Pyramids", had the energy level in the Hell's Kitchen venue at record levels. Trash Talk and Odd Future buddies like Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt (who sang at the LA show but not in NY) and Left Brain, cheered Frank on from the balcony stage right. He closed the show with a one-song encore of "I Miss You", leaving everyone (missing him and) wanting more. For that he was just on stage alone sitting at a keyboard.

Check out the setlist and some videos below...

Continue reading "Frank Ocean conquered Terminal 5 (setlist & videos)"

Frank Ocean at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Frank Ocean
Tyler, the Creator at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Tyler the Creator
Trash Talk at BV-SXSW 2012 (More by Greg Cristman)
Trash Talk

today in NYC
* Mallu @ MoMA
* Kotorino @ Barbes
* Oren Bloedow @ Barbes
* Frank Ocean @ Terminal 5
* Kassa Overall @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Dave Hill Explosion @ UCB
* The Universal Thump @ Barbes
* Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees @ Joe's Pub
* Bomba Estereo, Il Abanico @ Webster Hall
* Milagres, Indians, Zulu Pearls @ Glasslands
* Slowdance (DJ set) @ Ace Hotel New York
* Tom Shillue's Funny Story @ Brooklyn Brewery
* Eternal Summers, Ex Cops @ Mercury Lounge
* Pedrito Martinez Group @ MetroTech Commons
* Soul Asylum, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dust Rays, Smoota, SORNE @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Poolside (DJ Set), Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace
* Persephone's Bees, Bizi Gara, Psychic @ Zebulon
* Oberhofer, The Soft Pack, Royal Bangs @ Pier 84 CANCELLED
* Marshall Crenshaw, Bottle Rockets @ City Winery
* Milo Greene, Family Of The Year @ Mercury Lounge
* Skaters, Liquor Store, Neon Windbreaker @ Swat Bar
* Beach Day, Chalk & Numbers, Island Twins @ Cake Shop
* Prawn, Calculator, Caravela, Tawny Peaks @ Maxwell's
* Agalloch, Taurus, Musk Ox @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Alien Whale, Ms. America, Dead Stars @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Rebecca Pronsky, Zachary Cale, Woodsy Pride @ Union Hall
* Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, Geko Jones @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jeffrey Gaines, Jennings, E. Clayton West @ Highline Ballroom
* Trash Talk, DJ Leftbrain (OFWGKTA), "special guests" @ 285 Kent
* Murals, Indian Rebound, Treppenverter, The Split @ Cameo Gallery
* Zomby, Rusty Lazer (DJ set), Lemonade (DJ set), LE1F @ The Hester
* King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen @ House of Vans
* Kings County Ramblers, Andi Rae Healy, Whale Belly @ The Rock Shop
Night Panther, Ghost Beach, Nicos Gun, N/A, Silya, The Blakes @ Pianos
* Uncle Monsterface, The Planes, Little, Big, Attack.wav @ The Grand Victory
* Jack Quartet, C. Spencer Yeh, Patrick Higgins, Jantar @ Secret Project Robot
* Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Asher Roth @ Best Buy Theater
* Little Howlin' Wolf, Wes Buckley and Allie Klein, Hurricanes of Love @ Union Pool
* Oscar DeLeon, Luis Enrique, N'Klabe @ Seaside Summer Concerts in Coney Island
* Law & Order, Porches, No One and The Somebodies, Frankie Cosmos, Cave Cricket @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Our Mountain, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, The Amp, Bones Howell, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards @ 929 XPO
* Le Rug, EULA, Rainbow Party, Michael Jordan & The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band @ Shea Stadium

Trash Talk, who are on Odd Future records, play a FREE BV-presented show at 285 Kent tonight with DJ Leftbrain (of Odd Future) and "special guests." Odd Future's Frank Ocean plays a sold out show at Terminal 5 tonight and OF's Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt play with Raekwon tonight at Best Buy Theater. The flier for tonight's Trash Talk show is below.

"Goldfinger" screens for free tonight in Tompkins Square Park.

"Clueless" screens for free tonight in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Speaking of free screenings, did you RSVP for our screening of "Celeste and Jesse Forever"?

Officially unelected Coney Island major Dick Zigun is giving his annual overview of the current state of Coney Island at the Coney Island Museum tonight.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn's 'The Greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories' is returning for a second installment tonight at Housing Works. Here's what they say about it and the full list of people who will be there:

For the first time ever, Vol. 1 is revisiting a Greatest 3-Minute story topic for a second time around. On July 26th we're presenting The Greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories 2.
Since we had such a fun time the first time around, we figured why not invited a bunch of people to get up on the Housing Works stage and tell stories that might or might not be about bad tattoos, bad hair dye jobs, bad tours, selling out, selling in, and/or having an emo phase in the mid to late 1990s. The event starts at 7 pm, is free and includes the following folks.

Ari Spool (Impose)
Michael Fusco (M+E Design)
Mishka Shubaly (Freshkills)
Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav/Frenchkiss Records/author of Who Farted Wrong?)
Maura Johnston (Village Voice)
Russ Marshalek (Silent Drape Runners/Flavorpill)
Alina Simone (Author, You Must Go and Win)
The Beets
Evan Smith Rakoff (Poets & Writers)
Jeanne Fury (Writer)
Matt Elkin (The So So Glos)
Ami Greko (Book Camp: NYC)
Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork)
Molly Neuman (Bratmobile)
Maria Sherman (Writer, WNYU DJ)
Alexis Fleisig (Obits)

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Murals play their first of 4 NYC shows tonight.

Bat For Lashes have a video for "Laura," the single off of their upcoming album, which you can watch below.

Wilco was on Fallon last night (7/25) after playing their third of three NYC shows. They performed "Art of Almost" and then "Laminated Cat" as a web exclusive. Videos of both performances are below.

Balam Acab remixed N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" (yes!). You can stream/download that below.

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Off Future's Tyler the Creator with Trash Talk
Trash Talk and Odd Future

As mentioned on BV Chicago earlier this week, Odd Future announced some news and a tour that happens after the previously announced The Internet and Tyler the Creator/Earl Sweatshirt shows.

Odd Future will head out on the "Camp Flog Gnaw" tour in September, tagging The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 9/4 and Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on 9/8, along the way. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale at 10am today (7/20). All dates, which include Jay-Z's Made in America fest, are listed below.

Meanwhile, OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean is on tour, hit Austin last night, and will be in NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on 7/26, THE SAME NIGHT Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt play NYC's Best Buy Theater with Raekwon and Asher Roth. Earl joined Frank on stage for "Super Rich Kids" in LA. Hopefully NY will get some of the same action. Listen to Frank's album Channel Orange at Spotify. All remaining tour dates are listed below.

And speaking of on-stage collaboration, Trash Talk are currently on a west coast tour with SpaceGhostPurrp and were joined by Tyler the Creator at their Anaheim show last night (7/19). Trash Talk will release their new record in the fall on Odd Future Records which also has new albums coming from Odd Future members Mellowhype, Domo Genesis, Mike G, and Tyler the Creator.

Domo Genesis' album, No Idols, is the first upcoming release. It's due out on August 1, and you can listen to/download the lead single "Elimination Chamber," featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Vince Staples, and The Alchemist, at the bottom of this post. MellowHype's Numbers is due out on October 2. Take a listen to a new track for the album, called "La Bonita," below. Trash Talk release their new record, 119, on October 9, and Tyler, the Creator's Wolf is due out sometime in November.

Stay tuned for for another big NYC, related announcement coming shortly.

Songs and all tour dates below...

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The Afghan Whigs at Bowery Ballroom, May 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

The newly-reformed Afghan Whigs have been covering Frank Ocean's "Lovecrimes" at recent live shows (like at Bowery Ballroom back in May, video below) and have just released a studio version of the track which is a free download from their website. You can also stream it below. This is the second new recording the 'Whigs have released this year, the other being a cover of Marie "Queenie" Lyons' "See and Don't See."

The Whigs, who are curating and headlining this year's ATP NY ("I'll Be Your Mirror") which recently relocated from Asbury Park to Pier 36 in NYC, have recently added dates to their fall tour and that updated list is below.

While on the subject, tangentially, of Frank Ocean's Best New Music'd Channel Orange, it just got the "slowdown remix" treatment by DJ Slim K which you can stream below or download here.

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DOWNLOAD: Frank Ocean - "Sweet Life" (MP3)

Channel Orange

We mentioned it in today's What's Going On?, but in case you missed it, Frank Ocean is streaming his new album, Channel Orange, in full on his tumblr. The album was set for a July 17 release date, but Frank put it up on iTunes last night/this morning at midnight, a week ahead of its physical release. You've already heard the ten-minute album track, "Pyramids," and he recently revealed another track, "Sweet Life," which you can download for free above.

It's been a pretty big week or so for Frank Ocean, who in addition to unveiling this great new collection of songs, came out about his sexuality, and made his television debut last night (7/9) on Fallon, performing the track, "Bad Religion." You can watch that performance below.

Frank's tour in support of the new album kicks off this Friday (7/13) and comes to NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on July 26.

Video below...

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Lee Fields at MHoW in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Lee Fields

Today in NYC
* SWEET July @ Ella
* Robbie Fulks @ Barbes
* Naked Dance! @ The Stone
* Simon Amstell @ Theatre 80
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Gold Sparkle Band @ The Stone
* DOSVEC, Krunk Pony @ Knitting Factory
* Cherub, Manicanparty @ Highline Ballroom
* Carla Morrison, La Santa Cecilia @ Littlefield
* Caramelo, Dientes de Caramelo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Neon Trees, Penguin Prison, Jjamz @ Webster Hall
* Marco Benevento @ City Winery outside (free)
* Chubb Rock, Kurtis Blow, DJ Bent Roc @ Crotona Park
* MV & EE featuring Mick Flower, Spectre Folk, Images @ Death By Audio
* Lee Fields & the Expressions, Janka Nabay @ Fort Greene Park
* Emanuel & The Fear, Sprinkles, Shenandoah and the Night @ Cameo
* Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak, Purity Ring @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Diamond Terrifier, Excepter, Hagfish & Poet Lounge, Hubble @ Zebulon
* Cult War, Through Thorn and Brier, Wolfmouth, Desensitized @ Saint Vitus
* Don Gator & The Kings of Spyrock, Makeup Monsters, Love Life, Blue Bird @ Pianos
* Cosmetics, Plastic Flowers, Psychobuildings, Heavenly Beat (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Swimming, Spook Houses, The N'ere Dowells, The Chimneys @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival continues, with daily events ranging from shows to seminars to a film festival. No shows tonight, but there is a symposium and a screening of the great Wild Style. Head to the site for more details.

Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series continues through July 14.

The Spy Music Festival is still ongoing.

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Dirty Projectors headline Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight (with Wye Oak and Purity Ring). Last night it was a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which you can now watch in full.

Fela! is back on Broadway.

Tom Waits talked to and played Letterman last night, performing "Chicago" from 2011's Bad As Me. Check out video of that appearance below. Look for Waits to do it again tonight on Fallon.

Frank Ocean, whose new album is streaming on Tumblr, made his television debut on Fallon last night. Video below.

Happy birthday goes out to the late great Ronnie James Dio (you are missed), Arlo Guthrie (who is honoring his father's legacy on the road), Sandy West of The Runaways, and possibly the most important of them all, Jessica Simpson (not really).

Holograms have proudly released their debut LP via Captured Tracks and are streaming it in full. Check it out below. Fans of The Cure, Iceage, and gothic-tinged punk rock everywhere, rejoice and look for them in September.

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Frank Ocean at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Frank Ocean

Odd Future affiliated R&B singer Frank Ocean posted a note to his tumblr titled "thank you's," which was "intended to fill the thank you's section in [his] album credits, but with all the rumors going round.. [he] figured it'd be good to clarify." The rumors he was referring to were regarding his sexuality and were based on the inclusion of male pronouns on his upcoming album, Channel Orange (due out 7/17 via Def Jam). In the tumblr note, Frank Ocean describes how his first love was with a man that he spent entire summers with when both Frank and the other man had girlfriends. You can read his entire note below.

Though he doesn't explicitly identity as gay or bisexual in the note, Frank's coming out was a bit of a risky move in the hip hop and R&B community, and especially for a member of Odd Future, who have long been criticized for homophobic lyrics (though member Syd tha Kyd, whose project The Internet recently announced a tour, is openly a lesbian). However, Frank has gotten huge support all around. Fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator tweeted, "My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet." Def Jam boss Russell Simmons wrote a letter titled, "The Courage Of Frank Ocean Just Changed The Game!", in which he writes:

Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.

His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his.

Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.

Frank Ocean will be touring this month in support of his new album. That tour brings him to NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on July 26.

Read Frank's full note below...

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Pukkelpop
Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

Coldplay at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Coldplay

Swedish duo Icona Pop will be heading to North America this month, where they'll play Glasslands on June 22 (tickets). Before they play that show, they'll DJ a VIbrations party one day earlier, 6/21 at Hudson Terrace Roof Deck with DJ sets by Cassian, Sean Glass, and guests. The party is free til midnight with RSVP.

In related news, Charli XCX (who wrote Icona Pop's song "I Love It") has a new EP out today called You're the One. You've already heard "Nuclear Seasons" and the Balam Acab remix of that song. Now you can listen to the EP's title track as well, which is streaming below. The EP also includes a Blood Orange remix of that song.

Charli is one of the many artists opening for Coldplay (who will never work with Justin Bieber) on their upcoming tour, including the Chicago date with Marina and the Diamonds. Other openers on the tour include Robyn (who opens their Texas shows), Frank Ocean (who recently announced his own tour), Wolf Gang (who has nothing to do with any group Frank Ocean is part of), Temper Trap, The Pierces, and Emeli Sande.

Emeli was in NYC last week to play Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Selah Sue (if you went, how were those shows?) and she'll be opening the East Rutherford, NJ shows at Izod Center on August 3 and 4 with Marina and the Diamonds. Tickets for those shows are available. If you're going to the Coldplay shows, be careful with the "Xylobands" that are being given out at the concerts. Fans are reporting that these bands, "which create a dramatic effect at Coldplay gigs," have been randomly reactivating after the shows and causing traumas such as waking fans up in the middle of the night. "It is believed the only way to stop the glowing is to jam a pencil clip into the band." Maybe they should call them jam bands.

As mentioned, Marina and the Diamonds will return to the NYC area after that for two headling shows at Webster Hall (8/16 & 8/18) with MS MR. The 8/16 show is sold out but tickets for the 8/18 show are still available. MS MR will play NYC even sooner than that at Santos Party House on June 27.

Speaking of Coldplay openers, Rita Ora just recently opened a few dates for the band and she's in NYC tonight for a free show at Gramercy Theater. RSVP is closed but you maybe don't wanna go anyway? Beyonce and Jay-Z on the other hand, might already have plans to be there. They went to support her at Coldplay's show in Manchester on Sunday (6/10) and were then spotted headbanging during Coldplay's set. A video of said headbanging is below.

That video, the Charli XCX stream, and a list of all Coldplay dates below...

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King Tuff on stage with Witch at Santos (more by Sarah Coulter)
King Tuff

* Gwar @ Irving Plaza
* Phedre, Rioux @ Mercury Lounge
* Gary Jules, Vin Fischer @ Maxwell's
* DeLeon, Yiddish Princess @ Union Hall
* Thieving Irons, Peasant @ Mercury Lounge
* James Levy, Tubetops, Noa Furrier @ Cameo
* Dave Clarke, Sleepy & Boo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Caravan of Thieves, Brian Dolzani @ 92YTribeca
* Leather, Shoxx, Raw Meat, Dippers @ The Acheron
* Shellshag, Hilly Eye, Necking, Queening @ Cake Shop
* O'Death, Pop. 1280, Colin L. Orchestra @ Glasslands
* Howie Day, Matt from My Silent Bravery @ City Winery
* Vilipend, Hivesmasher, Ramlord, Deadbeat @ ABC No Rio
* 2:54, Widowspeak, Spanish Prisoners @ Knitting Factory
* IAmDynamite, Viva Mayday, The Yes Way, Careful @ Pianos
* How To Dress Well, Babe Rainbow, Rimar @ Public Assembly
* The Bouncing Souls, Cheap Girls, Static Radio @ Webster Hall
* Hollerado, Indian Rebound, Rah Rah, Sea Monsters @ Shea Stadium
* JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd @ Maxwell's
* Lazurite, Opal Onyx, Alan Watts, Seabat @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* GDFX, Sto Len, Isfet, Maria Chavez, Jessie Gold @ Public Assembly
* United Battle Drum and Bass USA VS UK @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Esque, Brack Frag, Spencey Dude & The Doodles, Dreamdate @ Dead Herring
* King Charles The Martyr, Alec Gross, Portmanteaux, TIRES @ The Rock Shop
* King Tuff, Habibi, K Holes, A. Rex & J. Rex, Electric People @ 285 Kent Ave
* Cool Serbia, Weird Rivers, Magic Ian, Island Twins, The Hairs @ Death By Audio
* Rain Machine, Eric Copeland, Thurston Moore/Nate Wooley/Ryan Sawyer Trio @ Union Pool
* The Pimps of Joytime, DJ Nickodemus, Navegante, Yula & The Extended Family @ Bowery Ballroom
* Death Threat, Pale Horse, Suburban Scum, Agitator, Great American Ghost, Living Lazer @ The Morgan
* Phobia, Black Anvil, Strong Intention, Ramming Speed, Full Of Hell, Skullshitter @ Saint Vitus
* Southern Culture On The Skids, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard @ Madison Square Park
* The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Ghostlight Chorus (Darmstadt 2012: John Cage Centennial Concert) @ Issue Project Room
* Antibalas, Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew, Prince Paul, Superhuman Happiness, Billy Martin's Fang Percussion, DJ Monk-One, EMEFE, Little Shalimar @ Brooklyn Bowlty Hard) @ Brooklyn Bowl

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Yesterday, Frank Ocean announced a new album and tour, and since we last spoke he revealed the first track from that album. It's almost ten minutes long and it's called "Pyramids." Check it out below.

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Frank Ocean at Coachella (more by David Andrako)
Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean posted a teaser video today for something called Channel Orange, which is his new album out July 17 via Def Jam. Soon after, he announced a tour which includes a NYC show happening on July 26 at Terminal 5 and in typical Frank Ocean fashion, tickets immediately went on sale.

A list of all dates and the teaser video below...

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