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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...

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words by Deepak Mantena (Junk Culture), photos & video by Autumn Andel

Future Islands
Future Islands

The first time I met Future Islands was at the now defunct Baltimore DIY space Jesus Camp in 2010. I was playing a show with Adventure and Moss of Aura, the solo project of Gerrit Welmers from Future Islands. I still vividly remember the audience's unplanned yet naturally synchronized sway when Deem, from Moss of Aura's "Still Parade", started playing. Frontman Samuel Herring was in attendance on crutches, recovering (as he reminded me last week) from an injury sustained in the middle of performing as part of a live Dan Deacon show in Europe. Herring still finished the show.

The first time I actually saw Future Islands perform was a few months later. I played a show with them when they came through my hometown on tour with Lower Dens. Ask any fan or friend of Future Islands about them and you'll consistently hear the same two words: honest and hardworking. The hardworking part isn't supernatural — they were already four-year road warriors by that point. It's the confident honesty that's so special. Everyone in the audience felt like Herring was sharing a piece of time with just them, even if it was just for a moment. Sweat dripping, eyes locked. Each live song was a real performance without feeling calculated. To be so genuinely engaging in a live setting is hard work. I've been a fan ever since.

Jump forward 4 years to their (very) sold-out show at Doug Fir in Portland, OR on 4/5. The night was a Baltimore lovefest, with the bubbly-ambient drones of Jason Urick kicking it off and the frenetic Ed Schrader's Music Beat playing next. Which reminds me: go see Ed Schrader's Music Beat immediately — total surprise of the night.

Denny Bowen (formerly of Double Dagger, currently of Roomrunner) is on live drums for Future Islands this tour. The stoic precision of Bowen, Welmers, and bassist William Cashion provided excellent contrast to the tirelessly raw and off-the-wall Herring. The set was an equal mix of old and new, hitting on the inevitable "Seasons (Waiting On You)" and "Tin Man" but also bringing some tenderness to more restrained tracks like "Little Dreamer" and "A Song For Our Grandfathers." During their encore, a cadre of fans rushed the stage mid-song to dance along.

Future Islands "Vireo's Eye", live in Portland

After witnessing their live set, it should be obvious to even the freshest Letterman fan that their success is anything but a flash in the pan. If you get a chance to see them live, don't hesitate - they are on top of their shit and it's a thrill to watch.

At Coachella this weekend and next, their tour hits a sold out Webster Hall in NYC on April 30. They played Bowery Ballroom earlier in the trek. The band also just announced they'll appear on TV again, this time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat continues touring with Future Islands, but also plays Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on June 13. They also just released a brand new track from their new album Party Jail which comes out via Infinity Cat on May 20. You can listen to "Televan" below.

All dates are also listed with more pictures and video from the Portland show, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Letterman w/ Future Islands
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It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):

The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'

I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.

We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.

By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.

For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.

Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.

You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...

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by Bill Pearis

SVPER @ SXSW 2014 (via @BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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Mix the breathy vocals of late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan with the hyperactive analogue synthpop of "Electricity"-era OMD and that gets you pretty close to the sound of Spanish duo SVPER who last year released their debut album (when they were known as PEGASVS). You can stream the album below.

SVPER were one of our 50 Artists We're Excited to See at SXSW and I did manage to catch them on Thursday (3/13). Sergio Pérez (who's worked on El Guincho records) and singer Luciana Della Villa face each other across a table stacked with vintage analog keyboards and other gear and play loud as all get-out. I dug it.

NYC can catch SVPER next week, as they'll be here for three shows: Wednesday (3/26) at Cameo with Noia; Thursday (3/27) at Silent Barn with Palehound, Arm Candy and Blizzard Babies; and March 28 at NYU's King Juan Carlos Center as part of the Spain Fresh Fest (more info).

If you happen to be going to Barcelona for Primavera Sound 2014, you can catch SVPER there too (and new additions Future Islands, FKA twigs, and Girl Band). And if you need more Barcelona sounds, Univers are in NYC this weekend. Stream SVPER's album (and some remixes), below...

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photos by Alex Broadwell

Future Islands @ Bowery Ballroom 2/6/2014
Future Islands

Samuel Herring has an incredible voice. It's belting, cathartic, and registers as almost inhuman. The combination of this powerful tone and lyrics that center around anger and heartbreak can be a bit overwhelming. It rides the line between confessional and personal. I wonder how much confession is too much? Though the band is mesmerizing, the crowd may not always be able to enter this inviolate space.

The energy level of the band is out of this world. Herring is constantly dancing, twisting, and contorting himself around the microphone, making it nearly impossible to look away from him. Other band members are so still and expressionless that there's somehow a balanced atmosphere. The keyboard builds a great sense of atmosphere and the beat is subtler than most dance music, but still manages to work its way into the body. Usually crowds are split between dancers and the too serious or too shy. But everyone seemed to brought together in the spirit of letting loose at the sound of Herring's voice. - [Audiofemme]

With their 4AD debut imminent, Baltimore's Future Islands played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (2/6) with former Wham City cohorts Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Guardian Alien (a last-minute sub for Lonnie Walker). Pictures from that show are in this post.

If you couldn't make it to that show, Future Islands will be back in NYC when their spring tour hits Webster Hall on April 30Tickets are still available. More pics from Bowery Ballroom below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Kristian

Kristian Harting is a Danish-born musician set to release a haunting debut solo album, Float, on March 4 via Exile on Mainstream. The first track released from the album back in December, "Feathered Ghosts," is a chillingly beautiful nighttime ride, a mood-setting song that puts Harting's arresting voice front and center above gentle guitars and, according to Harting, circuit-bending and various dream-inducing effects. It's a songwriting formula as soothing as it is catchy, anchored by those great vocals.

Harting started out as a teenager playing a genre a world away--thrash--before moving into noisy pop and eventually forming DreamJockey, an alt pop band that did well in Denmark. With his solo work, which he began in 2004, Harting says he draws from "sufi-music, mali-blues, Western low-fi pop and avant-garde"--these inspirations are more evident on "Queen of the Highway," another beauty that has Harting sounding a bit like a chilled-out Wovenhand. It makes its premiere in this post and you can listen to it below.

Harting will be touring Europe with Future Islands and Ed Schrader's Music Beat in May. More dates TBA, but all currently known ones are listed, along with streams of "Queen of the Highway" and "Feathered Ghosts" and the LP artwork, below...

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Future Islands @ Mohawk, Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Future Islands

Future Islands, now on 4AD and contiuing to blow up with a tour that hits Coachella, SXSW, Bowery Ballroom AND Webster Hall, just released a new video for new song "Seasons (Waiting On You)" from their new album Singles' (out March 25 on 4AD). The band writes:

The video is an honest and intimate look at the American heartland filmed in the Great Plains documenting a real life love story, the modern cowboy way of life, and capturing the landscapes that personify America. It follows a string of videos Buim has shot for the band ("Tin Man," "Balance," and "Grease") that convey the same sense of honesty, beauty and earnestness that are the cornerstones of Future Islands' music.

"For us, sometimes, it's quite spellbinding how Jay can translate our sound into an image" explains vocalist Samuel T. Herring, "Seasons (Waiting On You)", is a song about love, letting go, learning from your mistakes and always feeling that pull--yearning for a certain love, as time goes by and seasons change. It is simply a song about the human experience."
Watch below...

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Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
Kylesa

As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.

Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...

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Baltimore Future Islands have signed to 4AD who will put out their new album, Singles, in March. No released music from that yet, but that's the LP art above. You can, however, watch a recent performance on NPR's "Tiny Desk" series below.

As mentioned, the band have a couple US shows next month, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on February 6 which is sold out. But they've just announced a proper North American tour this spring, which will bring them back here for a show at Webster Hall on April 30. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today (1/8) at noon and they'll be available to the general public starting Friday (1/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...

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Tickets to see Arcade Fire at their third Barclays Center show go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets to their other two shows at the venue are still available.

Tickets to see Touche Amore, mewithoutYou, Caravels and Seahaven at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Cibo Matto at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see 2 Chainz and Pusha T at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see St. Vincent at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Blood Orange at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Rhye at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Hold Steady at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Defeater, Citizen and Real Friends at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the NYC stop of the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour with Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the BV-presented Metronomy show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Dum Dum Girls and Blouse shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Hospitality at MHOW go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their show at The Greene Space are on sale now.

Tickets to see Warpaint at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Future Islands are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 6. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Gardens & Villa are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 25. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Nick Waterhouse at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Sondre Lerche shows at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see CHVRCHES at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the London Grammar show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their BV-presented Irving Plaza show are still available.

Tickets to see Public Service Broadcasting at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Sylvan Esso are playing Rough Trade on January 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Lost In The Trees and All Tiny Creatures at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Eagulls shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Typhoon at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Tokyo Police Club at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the San Fermin and Son Lux show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Black Lips

SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...

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It probably goes without saying that long-running Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio gets a lot of good shows. Many of those are recorded  -- you may have noticed a microphone sticking out of the drop-ceiling tiles. DbA has cherry-picked a dozen of the best moments from last year for a book of flexis simply titled Live at Death by Audio 2012 that is being released by Famous Class at the end of July. That's the cover art above.

Bands featured include JEFF the Brotherhood, METZ, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and A Place to Bury Strangers. It also features art by Brian Chippendale, Dave Singley, Perry Lubin, Matt Leins, Ron Rege Jr, Jon Vermilyea, and Brendan Nakahara.

Pre-orders are available now and comes with not only a digital version of the flexis but also a recording of the full Oh Sees / Ty Segall show. Full track list below.

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Ed Schrader's Music Beat - "Radio Eyes" (MP3)

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Baltimore floor tom/bass guitar duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat released the impressive Jazz Mind LP last year, and as mentioned, this year they contributed a track to the excellent Sub Pop 1000 compilation. Their track is the post-punk ripper "Radio Eyes," which shifts back and forth between razor-sharp bass lines and shouted vocals to softly-sung melancholic passages. The duo made a video for the track, which you can watch below, and you can also download a free MP3 of the song above (via Gimme Tinnitus).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat seem to love coming to Brooklyn to play Death by Audio, and you'll have two chances to see them do that this month. First, they play the Brooklyn venue this Tuesday (5/14) with Hemlock Ernst (aka Sam Herring of Future Islands, who Ed Schrader released a split with), Human Pippi Armstrong, and Adventure. Then, ESMB will return to DBA on May 25 for a show with Guerilla Toss, Skimask, and Bugs & Rats. Admission for both shows is $7 at the door. Those are the only two shows for the band that we're currently aware of.

Video below...

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Hopscotch

One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

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Gardens & Villa at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gardens & Villa

Santa Barbara indie pop crew Gardens & Villa haven't given us an album since their 2011 self titled debut on Secretly Canadian, but they did treat us to some music this year with a cover of "Gypsy" for the the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and a remix of their tourmates Polica's "The Maker" for Polica's remix EP.

We asked the band for a list of their top 10 songs of 2012, and like their own sound, most of the artists they chose lean on the indie pop side of things like Beach House, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights, Pure Bathing Culture, and others. You can check out their full list below.

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Future Islands at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Future Islands

As mentioned, Future Islands are playing a few of the Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows this year, including the one at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer. Tickets for that show are still available.

After that tour, the band will head out on a tour with Brooklyn no wave revivalists Talk Normal and Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body. That tour culminates with a NYC show on November 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.

Meanwhile, Talk Normal, who are releasing their new album, Sunshine, on October 23, will play NYC even sooner than that at 285 Kent on September 29 with Pop. 1280 (who also play NYC with The Soft Moon) and Guardian Alien. Then Talk Normal will play a release party for Sunshine at Secret Project Robot on October 26.

Future Islands just released their new single, "Tomorrow," on Monday (9/3) via Upset the Rhythm. You can stream that song and check out a list of all dates below.

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures

...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.

We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]

The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.

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Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

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The Virgin Mobile FreeFest returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on October 6 with a lineup that includes Jack White, Skrillex, M83, Nas, ZZ Top, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, The Dismemberment Plan, Allen Stone, Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, Das Racist, Future Islands and Justin Jones. There is also a "Dance Forest" that will feature Above & Beyond, Porter & Zedd (Back to Back), Thomas Gold, Nervo, Alvin Risk and Penguin Prison, with others to be announced.

As the name of the show implies tickets to the FreeFest are free and will be available via ticketfly.com on Friday, August 24 at noon. A presale on August 23 will be announced via their Twitter. There are also some not-free "freemium" packages to buy that include early admission to the festival grounds, a donation to charity and other incentives. Details on that are here.

Speaking of The Dismemberment Plan, the indie rock vets began playing shows again in 2011 and at their Baltimore show on Friday (8/10), they played multiple new songs! Hopefully this means we'll be getting a new D-Plan album (it'd be the first since 2001's Change). Check out videos of the new songs played at the Baltimore show below.

Continue reading "Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup announced - includes M83, Nas, ZZ Top, Jack White, Skrillex, Das Racist, Future Islands, Dismemberment Plan (who recently played new songs live)"

Matmos
Matmos

Yesterday, we mentioned that Thrill Jockey Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of it are hosting a show at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy. and D. Charles Speer. That show is actually just one in a series of 20th anniversary shows the label are putting on around the country, including a much smaller one in NYC at Death by Audio on September 14 with White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever (who also plays DbA on Friday, 7/20), Dan Friel, and Rhyton. Tickets for the Death by Audio show and the Webster Hall show are on sale now.

In addition to the shows, the label will also celebrate their anniversary with newly commissioned silk screened posters, like this one and this one, and 2-minute video shorts, like the one by Ashby Lee Collinson that you can watch below. They've also asked a number of comedians, including Fred Armisen, to write two jokes (one clean and one dirty) and Thrill Jockey will be recording reactions to the jokes and pressing them on limited edition vinyl.

In related news, experimental duo Matmos (aka M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel), who are playing some of the anniversary shows including the Webster Hall one, have just recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and they'll put out their first release for the label, the Ganzfeld EP, on October 15.

All currently known Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows (more TBA) are listed below with lineups...

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Tortoise at ATP NY 2010 more by BBG)
Tortoise

Chicago label Thrill Jockey Records, who focus most heavily on experimental music and indie rock, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in NYC on September 15 at Webster Hall with a stacked lineup of Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer & the Helix. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (7/19) at noon.

Meanwhile, Liturgy will play NYC even sooner with an also very solid, but very different lineup of Sepalcure, Machinedrum, White Ring, and MikeQ on Saturday (7/21) at 171 Lombardy in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As discussed, Liturgy also plays the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson, NY (Aug 11-12) with Mick Barr, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, and more.

Lists of all Tortoise, Future Islands, Liturgy, and Machinedrum dates, and videos from all the bands are below...

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Future Islands at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Sarahana)

today in NYC
* America @ BB King's
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Marika Hughes @ Barbes
* Cody Chesnutt @ SOB's
* Man Forever @ The Stone
* Arthur Doyle @ The Stone
* NRBQ @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Slaughterhouse @ BB King's
* Jonathan Batiste @ Joe's Pub
* Ace Frehley @ Best Buy Theater
* Bob Odenkirk & UCB Pals @ UCB
* Chez Deep @ Santos Party House
* Foxes, Seasick Mama @ Pianos
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Nellie McKay @ Madison Square Park
* New York Philharmonic @ Prospect Park
* Femminielli @ WIERD at Home Sweet Home
* Los Lobos, Livingston Leo @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rakel, Pamela Rodriguez @ Knitting Factory
* Kayo Dot, Mossenek, MV Carbon @ Saint Vitus
* Def Leppard, Poison, Lita Ford @ Prudential Center
* Happy Ending Music & Reading Series @ Joe's Pub
* Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, Big Tits @ Cake Shop
* Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, John Mayall @ World Financial Center
* Cloud, Cloud, SeaPost, Ari Why (DJ set) @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Click Clack Boom, Motive, Dead Stars, Indyns @ Public Assembly
* Wolf In a Spacesuit, BZARYN, Spooky Cheddar, Big Girl @ Glasslands
* Summerscreen w/ Colin L. Orchestra, Indian Jewelry @ McCarren Park
* Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Darlings @ Death By Audio
* Morning Musuko Brass Band, Benninghove's Hangmen @ The Paper Box
* Nice & Smooth, Ed O.G. and The Awesome 2 @ Summerstage - Crotona Park
* Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, Skeletons Big Band (free) @ Pace Schimmel Theatre
* U Say USA, The N'ere Dowells, I'm Turning Into, Swimming @ Shea Stadium
* The Byzan-Tones, Stathos Karavani Orchestra, Jeremiah Lockwood @ Zebulon
* Woodyfest w/ Steve Earle, John Hammond, Tim Robbins, Diana Jones @ City Winery
* Communion w/Lucius,Seasick Mama, Faces On Film,David Doobinin,Howth @ UnionHall
* Alexander Hacke, Danielle de Picciotto, Algis Kizys, Pharmakon, Chaos Majik, Pharmakon @ XPO 929
* Rebirth Brass Band w/ Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Beekman Beer Garden
* La Santa Cecilia, Monica Lionheart, Xenia Rubinos, Alex Anwandter, Martin Buscaglia, Gepe, ArtOfficial @ Mercury Lounge
* Mala Rodríguez, Ximena Sariñana, Profetas and The Sconek-T @ Central Park Summerstage
* Celestial Shore, Les Bon Hommes, Young Unknowns, Emerald Lakes @ Delinquency BLVD

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Montreal's electronic artist Femminielli makes his U.S. debut at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home. Italodisco fans will want to check out the video for his single "Atlandia" below.

Ace Frehley at Best Buy Theater... Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford @ Prudential Center? What's a hair metal fan to do?

Breaking Bad's final season starts Sunday, but meanwhile you can catch Saul at UCB tonight.

The Spy Music Festival continues with a performance by Man Forever at the Stone tonight.

The Todd P-curated music portion of Summerscreen starts tonight in McCarren Park.

Advance tickets to Future Islands at Death By Audio tonight are sold out.

Rebirth Brass Band with Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra play Beekman Beer Garden by the South Street Seaport tonight, where the 4Knots Festival and afterparty happen on Saturday.

The All Stars Project "is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. The ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities."

OFF! Has a new video for "Borrow and Bomb" / "I Got News For You" featuring Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley and you can watch that below.

Bloc Party have a new video for "Octopus" from their forthcoming album Four and you can watch that below as well.

What else?

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MFNW 2012

The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.

In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2012 lineup expands (The Hives, Flying Lotus, Quasi, DIIV, Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Beirut, Swans & many more)"

Future Islands at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Sarahana)
Future Islands

As we posted already, Future Islands are playing Death by Audio on July 11 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Darlings. DbA rarely sells advance tickets but they are doing so for this one and they're on sale now. Future Islands will head out on tour later this summer with Passion Pit.

The DbA show is a record release show for the second single in Famous Class Records' LAMC 7" series that is dedicated to Ariel Panero's Less Artists More Condos shows. (Ariel died in December 2010.) The LAMC 7" features Future Islands on one side, and Ed Schrader's Music Beat on the flip and is available for pre-order. All digital proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music. Flyer for the show is below.

You can also catch William of Future Islands other band, Believers with Gerrit from Future Islands' other band, Moss of Aura, at Death by Audio on June 23.

Future Islands are also part of the just announced FYF Fest lineup. All of their dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Future Islands releasing 7" w/ Ed Schrader's Music Beat; tix on sale for their DbA show w/ Darlings"

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