Entries tagged with: Gary Clark Jr
The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.
This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.
Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).
Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).
Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...
Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.
I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.
Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.
Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.
Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.
Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).
Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.
The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.
Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.
The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)
More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.
photos by P Squared Photography
D'Angelo and The Vanguard @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 6/21/2015
Due to a rain delay during Gary Clark Jr.'s opening set and the fact that all shows at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium must be over by 10 p.m., D'Angelo had to cut the entire second set of his show on this tour from this gig. And while it breaks my heart a bit that he had to skip "Another Life" and "Back to the Future," two of my favorite songs he's ever done, this show was so generous it hardly mattered. Maybe not generous in terms of song quantity - there were only 9 proper songs in a 100 minute performance - but certainly in terms of extended grooves and D'Angelo's considerable showmanship. - [Fluxblog]Sunday's brief thunderstorm cut D'Angelo and The Vanguard's set short at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, but the steam rising off the stage was all his. Pictures (including ones of openers Meg Mac and Gary Clark Jr.) as well as his setlist (both planned and actual) are in this post.
Tuesday (6/23), D'Angelo's tour hits Philadelphia. More pics from Forrest Hills below...
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
Neo-soul great D'Angelo still hasn't gone on a North American tour in support of his very well-received Black Messiah album, but luckily we keep getting chances to see him in NYC. He played The Apollo in February, Best Buy Theater in March, and now he announced yet another show here.
A week after his late night Bonnaroo set with Slayer, Tycho and more, D'Angelo will team up with blues rocker Gary Clark Jr to play Forest Hills Stadium on June 21. Tickets for that show go on sale April 24 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.
All known dates are listed below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.
General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.
McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.
Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and
a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.
Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.
Check out Firefly's full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
Edward Sharpe at The Surf Lodge this past weekend (via Thatcher Shultz)
Like in past years, the Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting a free concert series. The series kicked off this past weekend with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and others, and there's several weekend shows through the summer including Yeasayer (6/1), TEEN (6/7), Courtney Barnett (6/15), Poolside (6/21), Real Estate (6/22), San Fermin (7/12), Gary Clark Jr. (7/13), Ryan Hemsworth (7/26), Temples (8/9), Delorean (8/17), Sky Ferreira (8/24), and more.
Again, all shows are free and they make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for the weekend. See what else The Surf Lodge has to offer. Full 2014 concert schedule below...
Gary Clark Jr. @ T5, 11/16/2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Gary Clark Jr. just won a Grammy -- Best Traditional R&B Performance -- for his song "Please Come Home," from his debut album, Blak & Blu. You can watch a Do-512 session version of that song below, and stream his whole album via Rdio.
Gary is doing the festival circuit this summer and will play NYC at Central Park Summerstage's Rumsey Playfield on September 8. Tickets to that show go on sale today (3/21) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
If it sounds like a collaboration between Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. and blues rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. would be odd or sound out of place, it's actually quite the opposite. The two both contributed to Talib Kweli's "Demonology" in late December, and now KRIT appears on the "Black and Blu" remix from Gary's upcoming mixtape, D. Nice Presents Blak and Blu: The Mixtape. (The track was originally on Gary's 2012 LP of the same name.) KRIT's no stranger to working with blues guitarists either, having already successfully collaborated with blues legend B.B. King. The two sound great together on the new remix, and make a pretty good argument that we could use more blues/rap collaborations if they're done like this. Check it out below.
Gary Clark Jr hits the road in February supporting Kings of Leon.
photos by Ryan Muir
Gary Clark Jr. @ Terminal 5 - 11/16/13
Classic-style blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. continues to move up in the world, having just brought his tour to NYC for sold-out shows at the legendary Apollo Theater last Thursday (11/14) and the big Terminal 5 on Saturday (11/16). At the T5 show, in addition to playing almost all of his his 2012 LP, Blak and Blu, he also covered a few of the legendary bluesmen who inspired him, including BB King, Albert Collins, Albert King, Robert Petway, and Leroy Carr. Pictures of that show, including openers Max Frost and Wild Feathers, are in this post.
There's a few dates left on Gary's current tour, and in 2014 he'll return to the road to support another band who likes blues, Kings of Leon. As discussed, KoL's tour hits NYC on February 14 at MSG.Tickets for that show are still available (but "not many left").
Updated dates are listed, along with more pics, a video and the setlist from T5, below...
Girl Unit, EPROM and Grenier are playing Glasslands on December 12. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Paige K. Parsons
Phoenix / YYYs / the scene @ Outside Lands, 8/10/2013
As things got dark, so did the music: Phoenix lit up the Twin Peaks Stage with their chartbusting electro-pop that was inescapable from 2009-2010. On the main stage, Trent Reznor came out all shrouded in chiaroscuro for a tense set of industrial metal that has somehow remained ageless since the mid-90s. Flashes of bright white bounced off set pieces and Reznor was looking more ripped and angry than ever in a sleeveless pocket hoodie, ready to devour the microphone whole. But unlike McCartney's set on Friday night, from which we were unable to pull ourselves away, the smart kids knew to hit the buses early and make a breezy exit back towards downtown or BART or Divisadero bars - [SFist]The sixth annual Outside Lands Music Festival happened last weekend at San Francisco's gorgeous Golden Gate Park. The second day (Saturday, 8/10) featured anticipated headlining sets from Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix, both making their way around the festival circuit this summer. Saturday's performers also included Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurrasic 5, The Head & the Heart, The Growlers, Gary Clark Jr. and more. Pictures from those artists and more are in this post.
\Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.
Pictures from Outside Lands Day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are on the way. More from Day 2 below...
Gary Clark Jr at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. recently announced a tour that will bring him to NYC on November 16 at Terminal 5. That huge show is now totally sold out, but if you missed out on getting tickets, you'll have another chance to catch Gary in NYC two days earlier when he headlines the legendary Apollo Theater (11/14). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with Citi Cardmember/Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Tuesday (7/9) at 10 AM.
He also plays an Atlantic City show at The Borgata (10/19) in October. Updated dates are listed below...
Gary Clark Jr. at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has been busy continuing to support his 2012 album, Blak and Blu, and making some appearances with The Rolling Stones, and now he's announced another leg of North American dates to go down this fall. Those dates include a NYC-area shows happening on October 19 at the Borgata in Atlantic City and November 16 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (6/28). The Atlantic City on-sale starts at 10 AM and T5 starts at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Twin Shadow / Grizzly Bear / crowd
Governors Ball wrapped up on Sunday (6/9) after a very soggy start. Despite the rain on Friday and the treks through the mud that followed for the next two days, it was still a weekend filled with tons of great music, and day 3 was no exception. We already talked a bit about the epic Kanye West set, and just posted pictures of The xx, who also played that day. More pictures of day 3, including sets of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, The Avett Brothers, and more, are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. Day 3 pictures (more of which are on the way) continue below...
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
Phoenix at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
First, Phoenix announced that their long awaited followup to 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix would be out this April, then they revealed that it's called Bankrupt! and made their first North American show announcement of 2013: New Orleans Jazz Festival. They've since been revealed as a Coachella headliner and now they've got even more North American dates scheduled, including one that's not too far from NYC: Columbia, MD's Sweetlife Festival, which goes down at Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 11 (about a 3 and a half hour drive from NYC). Their schedule currently has a week or so free on either side of of the Sweetlife fest...hmm.
And the rest of Sweetlife lineup ain't too shabby either. Joining Phoenix will be Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Solange, Youth Lagoon, Holy Ghost!, Gary Clark Jr, MS MR, and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (2/8) at 10 AM with a presale beginning on Wednesday (2/6).
The full lineup and announcement video for Sweetlife, and a list of all Phoenix dates below...
The Roots are putting on their 6th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 1 at Penns Landing with a pretty great lineup of Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Hit-Boy, Araabmuzik, DJ Premier, Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots), Robert Glasper, Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife, and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Tracy Allison)
Still depressed that those Phish and Disco Biscuits New Year's runs are over? Fear not jam band fans, it's only a matter of months before Mountain Jam returns to Hunter Mountain in upstate NY, June 6 - 9, to be specific. This year's lineup features the first ever Mountain Jam appearance from Deer Tick, along with Phil Lesh and Friends, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr, David Wax Museum, Widespread Panic, and of course, Gov't Mule (whose Warren Haynes is one of the festival producers), and others. Pre-sale tickets for the festival are sold out, but early bird tickets go back on sale Saturday (1/19) at 10 AM.
Initial Mountain Jam lineup below...