Entries tagged with: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Godspeed

As previously discussed, Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring this year, including a NYC show at Terminal 5. If you want to see them somewhere a little more up close and personal, you're in luck, because the band added another NYC show for October 1 at Warsaw. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.

Since we last spoke, Amen Dunes were added to the Terminal 5 (9/29) show, which is still on sale. No opener announced for Warsaw yet. Updated dates are listed below...

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photo: Godspeed in Austin in 2012 (more)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor recently announced a tour, and they've now tacked on another date onto that. It happens September 8 at Basilica Hudson, which is a few days before the Basilica Soundscape venue takes over that venue. Opening the GY!BE show is Xylouris White. Tickets are on sale now.

Godspeed's tour hits NYC on 9/29 at Terminal 5 with a TBA opener. Tickets are still available. Xylouris White, aka George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White, also play a NYC show before the Hudson show on 9/3 at Union Pool (tickets).

All dates are listed below...

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor have been on a creative hot streak since reuniting, most recently putting out this year's very good Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. The band now announced a North American tour in support of it, which kicks off in DC, hits Hopscotch Festival, and ends in NYC.

The NYC show happens at the big Terminal 5 on September 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a stream of an excerpt from the new album, below...

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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 6/25/15
Mogwai

Last night, Mogwai played the Roundhouse for the second time in as many nights so we could celebrate their 20th year with them.

Mogwai live is a genuinely physical experience. They're one of those bands that, on seeing them live, you'll never listen to the records in the same way ever again. A career-spanning, 90 minute set followed the band's quiet/loud/quiet/loud/LOUD song structure giving the entire experience the same ebb and flow of one of their career-defining songs. Calm moments in 'Stanley Kubrick' and 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' are played against full-out assaults of 'Batcat', 'Christmas Steps' and 20 minute encore closer 'My Father My King'. [The 405]

Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and part of that celebration includes the band curating a series of ATP shows at London's Roundhouse. The first two were headlined by Mogwai themselves last week, and we've got pictures of night 2 (6/25). That one had Forest Swords and Sacred Paws on the bill too, but we missed the openers unfortunately. Remaining shows include Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Tuesday (6/30) and The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Psychocandy on July 5.

Also in celebration of the anniversary, they're releasing the career-spanning compilation, Central Belters. The band writes:

Today, we announce the release of Central Belters, a set of career highlights and rarities, available to buy in a limited edition 3xCD or 6xLP box set via Rock Action Records from 9 October. Tracks on the collection span our 20 year career taking in highlights from our debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) all the way through to last year's Rave Tapes.
You can check out the tracklist, the new video for "Helicon 1" (via Noisey), and more pictures from the London show, below...

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Hopscotch

Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.

Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.

Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

White Hills

NYC psych rockers White Hills released their newest album, Walks for Motorists, this week on Thrill Jockey, and they've now got a video for the song "No Will" premiering in this post. The video was directed by the band's own Ego Sensation, and the song is filled with all the '70s-style riffage we've come to expect from White Hills. Check it out below.

White Hills played a hometown show with Nude Beach last week, and they're now touring Europe. THat includes a run with Mudhoney around Primavera Sound, and the Iceland date has White Hills, Mudhoney and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. All dates are listed below.

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Godspeed

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's fifth album and followup to their 2012 comeback album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, will be out next week on Constellation, but the band is now streaming it in full ahead of its release. Listen, via The Guardian, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Godspeed

Canadian post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor came back in a huge way with 2012's Allejuah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, which was their first record since 2002 and easily ranked amongst their best work. So it's pretty exciting that they're keeping this reunion going and aren't making us wait another ten years for its followup. Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, their sixth album, will be out March 31 via Constellation (pre-order) and an 8-minute clip of opening track "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" is out now. So far this thing sounds like a trip through early prog and Middle Eastern-tinged psych rock, and it's keeping us pretty excited for where they'll go next.

Listen, and check out the LP tracklist and the band's tour dates (none in North America) below...

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Though its festivals in the UK and the US are no longer, ATP Iceland is still going and returns in 2015 from July 2 - 4 at Ásbrú in Keflavík. Headlining the festival is Iggy Pop who, according to the festival, will be playing his first solo shows (as opposed to Iggy & the Stooges) in a decade. Drive Like Jehu (who are playing Coachella), Belle and Sebastian (ditto), and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the other main headliners, and the rest of the lineup includes Run The Jewels, Mudhoney, Deafheaven, Iceage, Loop and more. Weekend tickets for ATP Iceland are on sale and check out the whole initial lineup, listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Amen Dunes at Glasslands in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amen Dunes

Brooklyn psychedelic band Amen Dunes have announced they'll follow 2011's Through Donkey Jaw LP (and 2013's Spoiler which collected unreleased material from 2009-2011) with a new album, Love, on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of that band play on several songs on the record. Sax great Colin Stetson is on it too, and Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt sings on two tracks. It's a bigger, cleaner sounding record than Through Donkey Jaw, and while still definitely psychedelic, actual hooks have replaced TDJ's shield of distortion/reverb. You can stream two of its tracks, along with the tracklist and somewhat NSFW cover art, below.

Amen Dunes also have many international tour dates coming up, including three scheduled NYC appearances at the moment. The first is when his tour supporting Mac DeMarco hits Webster Hall (4/9) for a sold out show there, and the next is as part of Rough Trade NYC's Record Store Day (4/19) extravaganza with Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and more. That one is free.

The following month, Amen Dunes will headline a record release show in Brooklyn just after the album's release on May 15 at Baby's All Right with support from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Iceage and Ben Greenberg, Ben's new band Uniform (with Michael from Drunkdriver, Believer/Law, etc) open for Iceage on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on 5/24 at Glasslands (tix) and 5/25 at Home Sweet Home.

All Amen Dunes dates are listed, with the streams, artwork and tracklist, below...

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Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

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by Andrew Sacher

Silver Mt Zion

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (who go by other similar names and feature members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor) put off their amazingly-titled seventh album, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, last week (1/20) via Constellation Records. Despite the Godspeed relation, post-rock is only a minor element here, and vocals take a forefront, but it's still epic, gripping music. Stream two of its tracks below.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion also have an extensive international tour lined up, which brings them to NYC for three shows. First, they'll play Bowery Ballroom on April 7 and then they the hit the smaller Union Pool for two nights (4/8 & 4/9). Tickets for Bowery Ballroom go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/29) at noon, and tickets for night 1 and night 2 of Union Pool go on sale Friday at noon too (no presale though).

All dates are listed, along with the streams, below...

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by Doug Moore

Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center - 10/14/13 (via Peg Samuel)
NIN

Last night (10/14)'s Nine Inch Nails/Godspeed You! Black Emperor show was the first time I've ever been to the Barclays Center. For a show-goer who's mostly used to bars and shitty clubs, walking into the Center is a bizarre experience. The combination of its size, its quasi-organic design, and its many flashing lights & screens make you feel like you're boarding a spaceship. Fitting, I suppose, for the lineup in question.

As weird as the Barclays Center itself is, seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor there was even weirder. It's not always immediately apparent from listening to their music, but GY!BE are a deeply political band whose main sources of inspiration are social injustices and the eventual collapse of industrialized civilization. (You may remember their harsh response to winning a Polaris Prize a few weeks back.) Watching any band play a huge arena is surreal, but watching these guys bang out their epic jams in one, despite their loud antagonism towards the establishment, was even odder.

Barclays was still about half empty when GY!BE played, which wasn't really their fault -- the venue publicized an 8pm start time for the show, but had the band begin their set at 7:30. Dick move, especially given how great they sounded. GY!BE always sound big, but in the giant reverb echo chamber that is the Barclays interior, they were truly massive.

NIN's set had no such timing miscues. In fact, aside from a few tiny live sound glitches, it really had no miscues whatsoever. Trent Reznor and the backup musicians he recruits have always leaned towards the slick and polished side of things, but seeing them crank through a full two-hour set in full arena rock mode, complete with an extensive light show, virtually without stopping was quite the big-money spectacle. The set leaned fairly heavily towards NIN's new effort Hesitation Marks, but Reznor threw enough golden-era material (including epic set- and encore-ending renditions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt") to please the mostly late-20s/early-30s crowd.

Reznor's only talking break to speak of came during the encore, when he took a moment to express his gratitude (and disbelief) that his project has continued to do so well for so long. The point was well-taken. Most people never fill a single arena; Reznor's been doing so on and off for 20 years. Talk about living the dream.

The NIN/GY!BE tour continues in NJ tonight (10/15) at Prudential Center (tickets). Some videos from the Barclays Center show, the setlist, and the list of remaining dates below...

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Godspeed

Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the 2013 Polaris Prize for their album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! last night (9/23). And while they weren't there to accept the award (Ian Ilavsky of their label Constellation Records accepted it and said they'd be donating the $30,000 to benefit music education in Quebec prisons), they've now issued a statement on the win. Read it below...

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The gala for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, took place tonight and the winner is post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor for their comeback album, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!. Godspeed were up against Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more.

Ian Ilavsky of their label Constellation Records, who accepted the prize, said the band will use their $30,000 prize to benefit music education in Quebec prisons.

Godspeed will be in NYC when their tour with Nine Inch Nails hits Barclays Center on October 14. Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream their award winning album below...

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Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Metric

The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.

You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.

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Polaris Prize

The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on September 23. Who do you think it will be? Check out the full short list below.

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Prince Avalanche

Explosions in the Sky have released an album trailer for the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche, viewable below. The ideal for scoring the David Gordon Green film (Pinapple Express, Undertow, George Washington) starring Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch came from a night watching a little pigskin:

While watching the Super Bowl together, EITS drummer Chris Hrasky casually suggested that Green use the scorched landscape of Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, TX as the backdrop for a film. Green took the suggestion and ran with it, remaking the Icelandic indie comedy Either Way into an understated dramatic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. In keeping with the low-key, under-the-Hollywood-radar nature of the film, Green tapped Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo to score the film. In the spirit of the filmmaking process, the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche is a casual affair, an earnest collaboration amongst friends recorded entirely in the living rooms of its composers
Check out that video below, order your copy at the TRL presale (80 left as of this writing!).

EITS have a few dates lined up before their tour with Nine Inch Nails and Godspeed You Black Emperor. While those dates don't hit NYC, they'll play Syracuse's Wescott Theater on August 6 (tickets on sale 6/26), and Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on August 8 (ticket info TBA). All dates are listed below.

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Trent Reznor w/ Htda_ at The Apollo in April (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Trent Reznor

As mentioned, Nine Inch Nails are releasing a new album, Hesitation Marks (due out 9/3), this year and going on a tour with Godspeed You! Black Emperor to support it. That tour hits the NYC-area on October 14 at Barclays Center and October 15 at Prudential Center.

Presale tickets (Facebook, Live Nation, and Internet) for those shows began today. Use the password "HAUNTED" for the Facebook presales. General on-sale for both shows starts Friday (6/14) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with the single from the new album, below...

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Trent Reznor w/ Htda_ at The Apollo in April (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor has been keeping pretty busy this year with his How to destroy angels_ project and his contributions to the new Queens of the Stone Age album, but he's also been promising a new Nine Inch Nails album. That album has now officially been announced. It will be called Hesitation Marks and is due out on September 3 via Columbia. They've also just revealed the first single, "Came Back Haunted," which you can listen to in all its thick, synthy darkness below.

Nine Inch Nails have also been promising a tour and that's been announced now too. The tour hits the NYC-area on October 14 at Barclays Center and October 15 at Prudential Center. And the band's taking along some pretty amazing support. Both NYC-area dates and many others will be supported by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and other shows on the tour are being opened by Explosions in the Sky. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates.

As discussed, NIN's lineup for this tour will be Trent Reznor, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and Robin Finck (who replaced Eric Avery). Adrian Belew played on Hesitation Marks, but won't be joining the band on the tour. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

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'Anna Nicole' kicks off BAM's 2013 Next Wave Fest...
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BAM has announced the 2013 Next Wave Festival which runs from September 17 - December 22. The line-up features a diverse range of programming including opera, theater, music and dance. This year's fest kicks off with the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole which has performances at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from September 17 - 28:

The 2013 Next Wave Festival launches with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and New York City Opera co-production of Anna Nicole, an opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas based on the flamboyant life and tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith.
Other highlights include... the New York premiere of Jem Cohen's "We Have an Anchor" at BAM Harvey Theater from September 26 - 28:
DIY auteur and consummate independent filmmaker Jem Cohen (Museum Hours, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke) collaborates with a supergroup of acclaimed musicians-- Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), plus guest vocalist Mira Billotte (White Magic)--in this cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton.
And there's "21c Liederabend, op. 3" featuring compositions by compositions by new-music's finest: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.

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There's also Questlove with "Electronium: The Future Was Then," which happens at Howard Gilman Opera House on October 25 & 26:

Following the success of Shuffle Culture (2012 Spring Season), BAM welcomes back Questlove with Electronium: The Future Was Then, a freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979. Questlove will be joined on stage by artists including Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and others to be announced. In Electronium, seminal electronic and archival recordings will be paired with modern riffs on classic electronic music models such as Busoni's New Esthetic in Music and Pierre Schaffer's Cinq Etudes--in addition to music from technological innovators such as Bob Moog, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones will have the New York premiere of his colaborative work, A Rite at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from October 3 - 5:
Coinciding with the centenary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, director Anne Bogart and choreographer Bill T. Jones present the collaborative work A Rite. A true dance-theater piece, A Rite examines the revolutionary score through the lens of our present cultural moment, incorporating the writings of physicist Brian Greene, musicologist Severine Neff, and Jonah Lehrer's bestselling book Proust was a Neuroscientist. The cast of dancers and actors blend seamlessly--from a discourse on the piece and its controversial reception to large group dances that reflect Nijinsky's famous steps--all set to a deconstruction of the score that ranges from a modern recording to an old crackling one to a section sung by the cast.
Then there's Gary Lucas - "The Edge of Heaven" at October 4 & 5 at BAM Fisher:
Acclaimed American guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas returns to BAM with a live performance of his album The Edge of Heaven (2010), a series of Chinese pop tunes from the 1930s, arranged and performed with a blues inflection. Those songs were made famous by two of the biggest music and film stars--Bai Kwong and Chow Hsuan--in an era when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East. The Edge of Heaven album reached number one on the World Music charts in Canada and was chosen as one of the Best Discs of the Year by the French newspaper Libération. Featuring Lucas, his band Gods and Monsters, and two female vocalists--Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin-- from Shanghai, the cabaret-style performance received standing ovations in 2011 at both the 64th Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the 28th Nijmegen Music Meeting.
And also post-classical string quartet ETHEL who are premiering their new work Documerica on October 2 at BAM Harvey Theater.

Season tickets to BAM Next Wave go on sale June 10 to Friends of BAM and June 17 to the general public. Tickets to individual performances of Anna Nicole, The Blue Dragon, and We Have An Anchor go on sale August 5 to Friends of BAM and August 12 to the general public. Everything else goes on sale August 26 to Friends of BAM and September 3 to the general public.

There's lots more than this happening at BAM Next Wave and the rundown of all this season's programming is below.

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As mentioned, Moogfest is taking 2013 off and will return in Spring 2014 in Asheville, NC. There will be, however, another festival in Asheville filling its old fall time period this year: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit which will happen from October 25 - 27. (It's also run by AC Entertainment who were, until recently, the producers of Moogfest.) The initial inaugural line-up has just been announced and it's pretty impressive: Nine Inch Nails AND How to destroy angels_, the newly-reformed Neutral Milk Hotel (their first show back, and an evening that includes opening sets from Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Bosnian Rainbows, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell, Tricky, Jacques Greene, and The Bug.

Weekend passes to the fest go on sale Thursday, May 2 at noon EDT. Flyer below...

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