Entries tagged with: Gossip
Lindsay Lohan in practical desert wear at Coachella 2012
During the last minute plea talks between Lindsay Lohan's attorney, Mark Heller, and prosecutors handling her lying to cops case, the wayward actress told him to keep her out of rehab until AFTER the Coachella music festival so she could attend...The online site is hinting that it may be related to a budding romance that LiLo has with an "NYC musician and club promoter," but that is just supposition. Or maybe she's just trying to fit in one last desert party before the rehab gets its hooks in her. #priorities
"Lindsay was adamant that she not be forced to go to rehab until after the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the Palm Springs area on successive weekends in April. Lindsay LOVES going to the musical festival, and she's determined to go this year. She didn't want a little thing like rehab to get in her way of attending. Linds refused to sign off on any deal that would have prevented her from going to Coachella, period. Yes, it's that important to her, for some strange reason," -[RadarOnline]
Gossip singer Beth Ditto was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Friday night (March 15).We last caught Beth, in a much better mood, when she visited Brooklyn in September.
The singer was reportedly arrested at 1:42am after being denied service in the Bungalo Bar in Portland for being too drunk, you can see her police mug shot above. A source told Willamette Week that after being thrown out of the bar, Ditto "walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed 'Obama! Obama!'" which alerted police who subsequently arrested her.
Additionally, a Reddit user who was drinking in the same bar as Ditto on the night posted his account of what happened prior to the arrest. The user states that "By 1:30 Beth was completely blackout drunk challenging people to fights. My friends and I headed over to the Bungalow from the Alibi only to be met with Beth's belligerent asshole posse. We got our drinks and went out to the back, only to hear her and her friends breaking shit." Adding: "Fifteen minutes later she was arrested for being a complete fucking cunt. The bartender called the police because she kicked him in balls." [NME, via]
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Gossip at Brooklyn Bowl, 9/27/2012
Gossip have been touring like crazy in support of their recent, Xenomania-produced album, A Joyful Noise, and hit Brooklyn Bowl last night and made good use of the venue's giant disco ball. The band's fans are enthusiastic to say the least, including one superfan who kept an 8x10 glossy and a Sharpie in front of him the whole show hoping for an autograph. (Hope you got it!) Ditto came out and sang with opener Bonnie Montgomery for a song, too (photos of that below), and Corin Tucker's favorite new band Magic Mouth rounded out the bill.
Gossip's tour rolls on, playing Toronto tonight. Tour dates are listed below, along with more photos from last night's Gossip show, including one of the setlist.
Gossip at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
The Gossip are continuing to tour in support of their 2012 album, A Joyful Noise. The band came to NYC back in May for a Terminal 5 show and now they've announced that they'll return in the fall as part of a North American tour that includes a show at the much smaller Brooklyn Bowl on September 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/9) at noon. The list of all dates and a video below...
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
by Tim Griffin
Eddie Vedder & Beth Ditto @ Rock Werchter 2012 - 6/29/2012
"Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival). The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 85,000 guests daily, of which 67,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 139,000 different attendees." [Wikipedia]You saw pictures from day one. Here we go with day two..
Day two of Belgium festival Rock Werchter kicked off for me with the still-reunited, classic California punk band X playing on the main stage. I stayed for their entire, great set which means I missed Belgium band School is Cool who were playing on the other side of the park. Judging by the bubbles seen on several attendees leaving that stage though, it looked like missed a fun time. Other bands on the second day, of this festival that featured so many big names, included Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Deadmau5, The Gossip, Beirut and many others
I couldn't make it to every band on all three stages each day, obviously, but I at least have a good excuse for missing Mastodon: I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fest (many thanks to FIAF and Rock Werchter for the hospitality - and WAFFLES!). They took me behind the fences and gateways, to get a glimpse all that goes on to keep things moving. The scale and logistics were pretty mind-expanding. Some bullets:
- Rock Werchter goes for 4 days at the end on June, but initial setup begins in early May.
- More than 8000 are directly employed by the festival, with thousands more as subcontractors.
- More than 25% of the staff are directly engaged in security and safety of the venue and audience.
- Most staff are sourced locally to ensure direct local benefits from the festival.
- Rock Werchter is practically a small town, with everything but a school system on site (medical services, residences, offices, supply depots, repair stations, food services (including storage and preparation), and even on site garbage sorting and recycling.
- Thousands of large steel road plates are used throughout the facilities to protect the ground from vehicle traffic, and thousands of square meters of field and audience areas are also similarly protected using plastic and wood flooring.
No pictures from backstage, but more from who was playing on the stages, along with Pearl Jam's setlist, below...
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.
photos by Joe McCabe
The Gossip played Terminal 5 on Tuesday (May 22), supporting their new, disco-ized album A Joyful Noise which came out the same day. Given the success of the Soulwax remix of "Standing in the Way of Control," it's a logical progression, and Beth Ditto has taken on the new role with the command you'd expect. Maybe you watched the show from your couch, as it streamed live from Bowery Presents's YouTube channel. There are video clips from that stream below if you missed in on Tuesday.
The band jet off to Europe soon for a tour and those dates are listed below. Check out more pictures of The Gossip's T5 set below, as well as openers Ssion and Creep (who got a little help from School of Seven Bells' Alejandra Deheza).
today in NYC
* Sweet Fleet
* Santigold @ MoMA
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Gossip, SSION, Creep @ Terminal 5
* Del Sol String Quartet @ The Stone
* Garbage, Apollo Riego @ Webster Hall
* Charlie Hunter, Scott Amendola @ The Stone
* Ketamines, The Numerators @ Mercury Lounge
* Wallpaper, Gordon Voidwell @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jack White, Alabama Shakes @ Roseland Ballroom
* Wet Ink Ensemble, Jacob Garchik Trio @ Littlefield
* Heliotropes, Mitten, Dead Stars @ Knitting Factory
* Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers @ Village Vanguard
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Landlady, Bright Moments, Jinja Safari @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Tub Panorama, Depths, Big Ups @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Smiths & Morrissey tribute w/ The Sons & Heirs @ Union Hall
* Hot Water Music, The Menzingers, Luther @ Gramercy Theatre
* Kommandant, Demonical, Dominium, Mutant Supremacy @ Saint Vitus
* Herman Dune (Yaya), The Fishermen Three, Turner Cody @ Union Pool
* Slash, Myles Kennedy, The Conspirators, Tab the Band @ Irving Plaza
* The Dreebs, California Bleeding, Iconchasm, The Reacharounds @ Death By Audio
* HPMYN, Weasel Walter, Peter Evans, Matt Nelson, Tom Blancarte, Katie Eastburn, Swarms (Nina Mehta of Rings), DJ Dutch E Germ, The Oracle DJs @ Zebulon
In honor of Morrissey, who turns 53 today, there will be a Smiths & Morrissey tribute at Union Hall. Happy birthday Morrissey!
Hospitality took on Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" for the AV Club's "Undercover" series. Watch the live video below.
Gossip, who play Terminal 5 tonight (and are streaming the show live), made a video for "Move in the Right Direction," off their new album, Joyful Noise, which also came out today. Check it out below.
The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Gossip's headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (5/22), that SSION & Creep are opening, not only still has tickets available, but will be streaming online at the Bowery Presents YouTube channel at 9:45 PM. And tonight's show isn't the only thing Gossip is streaming. Listen to their new album, Joyful Noise (which is out today via Columbia), in its entirety over at Exclaim.
And finally, since we're talking about Terminal 5, we were offered a pair of tickets to give away for the Wednesday (5/23) Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated show, so let's do it. Contest details below...
Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the two Wilco shows in Prospect Park. They go on general sale on Friday at noon which is also when the My Morning Jacket show at Williamsburg Park goes on sale. My Morning Jacket dates meanwhile goes on presale at noon but access requires signing up for their fan club or something (promo code MMJ2012).
Williamsburg Park now has five shows total announced and will be part of the Northside Festival in June too.
UPDATE: The Beach House show that was announced yesterday also had an AmEx presale at noon (that went instantly) .
Santigold @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Tickets are on sale at noon for Santigold's show at Bowery Ballroom which is part of a just-announced tour.
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Scissor Sisters show at Bowery Ballroom which comes with the announcement of a new album.
Tickets are on sale at noon for Mark Kozelek's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Red House Painter also has more detes scheduled and a new Sun Kil Moon album on the way.
Check out the band's brand new video for "Perfect World", below...
Beth Ditto @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
It feels like we haven't heard about the Gossip in a little while. Their tour page shows they'll be playing some shows in Australia before the end of the year, but NYC will have the opportunity to experience the one and only Beth Ditto much sooner. Like James Murphy and and Bethany Cosentino, Beth is appearing in NYC this Thursday (9/8) in honor of Fashion's Night Out. Beth's TWO SONG SET will happen at Mac Cosmetics, and online. According to their Facebook...
"Get ready for the wildest night of the year... this Thursday is Fashion's Night Out! Gossip glamour girl Beth Ditto will be performing an exclusive two-song set at M·A·C Soho to celebrate Fashion's Night Out. Not in NYC? No problem! You can watch the event live on our Facebook page, beginning Thursday 9/8 at 8pm. See you there!Beth's two songs happen at 8pm at 8 PM at M·A·C Cosmetics SoHo, 109 Spring St. @ Mercer Street. Hardly worth going over for, but if it's not too hard to get into (wishful thinking), you could easily hop around to/from James and Best Coast which are both on Mercer too.
Land of Talk @ Masonic Temple in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Jello Biafra on a boat
* Michale Graves @ Europa
* Grant Hart, The Octagon @ 92YTribeca
* Peter Wolf, Kenny White @ The Bell House
* Holy Fuck, Nice Nice @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Rooftop Films w/ Braids @ Open Road Rooftop
* Ken Mode, My America, Engineer, Rosetta @ Union Pool
* The Needy Visions, Mmoss, Andy & Zeus @ Party Expo
* Curren$y, Vado, Rich Hil, Sean Price @ Public Assembly
* Twin Sister, Lost Boy, Data Dog @ Glasslands
* Fitz & The Tantrums, Cheap Seats @ Mercury Lounge
* Beige, Translations, Rewards, Picture Picture @ The Cameo
* The Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk, Holopaw @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chrome Cranks, K-Holes, Electroputas, Hollerado @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Miss Derringer @ Highline Ballroom
* The So So Glos, Grooms, Yvette, Fiasco, Ava Luna @ Monster Island Basement
* Junk Science, Tone Tank & Scott Thorough, Das Racist, Cavalier @ Knitting Factory
* Ninjasonik, Liquor Store, Unstoppable Death Machines, Fuck School, Ghost Mall @ Don Pedro
* Streetlab, Will Tendy, Free Blood, Psychobuildings, Warm Ghost @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Tony Castles, Darlings, Boogie Boarder, Snakes Say Hiss, Tough Knuckles @ Death By Audio
* Blissed Out, Prince Rama, Quiet Hooves, Total Slacker, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Perfect Bitch @ Silent Barn
The Whitney is open till midnight.
Check out This Week in Indie
The Primavera Sound Festival is happening in Spain.
Maryland Death Fest kicks off in Maryland.
the Bushwick Rooftop Festival kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.
Sodom isn't play tonight since they canceled their US tour.
The Gossip played "Heavy Cross" on some show at Cannes. Video below...
The Juan MacLean's video for "Feel So Good" is below.
New Vampire Weekend video for "Holiday" below...
Yim Yames perormed with John Prine on Letterman on 5/26. Video below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"I woke up the morning after the Gossip concert and could not get Beth Ditto's breasts out of my head. They were unleashed Friday night at Terminal 5 for one of the hottest concerts I've been to in some time. The energy and fervor lured out of the crowd by the insane vocals of front woman Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie is unmatched. I envy the confidence and drive of Ditto, with her severe bob and bangs, mad makeup, spirit, humor and plus-size fabulousness. I sort of want live in her world. I'm also enthralled with the androgynous Blilie, who also graces the cover of Gossip's latest album cover, Music for Men." [CenterOrch]Gossip (again), Rye Rye (who has since been added to the M.I.A./Die Antwoord show) & the Phenomenal Handclap Band (who have since added a headlining show at MHOW) shared a bill at Terminal 5 in NYC Friday night (5/2). The show was part of a tour that started at Coachella. More pictures from it, with the headliner's setlist, below...
photos by Rachel Carr
"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...
The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.
Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.
"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar
"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn
Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.
Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.
John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.
The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.
It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.
Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.
Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.
Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...
Gossip have announced a Coachella-to-NYC April tour that includes an April 30th show at Terminal 5 (the same venue they played last time they were here) with Rye Rye and The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Tickets go to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday at 11am. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Still no word on Lilith Fair dates which they are also supposedly a part of. All April dates below...
Lilith Fair, which has been dormant since 1999, will reform this year for a North American tour this summer. Exact dates and venues are forthcoming, but the ongoing list of confirmed acts is impressive (though they won't all play every city). The lineup currently includes Beth Orton, Cat Power, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, the Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Indigo Girls, Janelle Monae, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Loretta Lynn, Mary J. Blige, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Rosie Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara.
New York City is one of the tour's confirmed stops. The rest of those and the fest's so-far lineup are below...
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
Neko Case @ All Points West in August (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Suzanne Fiol Day
* Holden @ Sycamore
* Talibam!, Chris Peck, Living Things @ Zebulon
* Metallica, Lamb of God @ Madison Square Garden
* Shrinebuilder, Rwake, Liturgy @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Neko Case, Joey & John of Calexico @ Wellmont Theatre
* Art Brut, Jeffrey Lewis, Murder Mystery @ Bowery Ballroom
* De Cylinders, Gentleman Jesse, Girls At Dawn @ Bruar Falls
* Awesome Color, Glass Rock, Scotty Karate, Bird Law @ Glasslands
* dubknowdub, Necking, Love or Perish, Noisy Pig @ Death By Audio
* Band Of Skulls, Surefire, Violent Soho @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Afrika Bambaataa 35th Anniversary show w/ Naughty By Nature & more @ SOB's
35th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop Culture/36th Anniversary Of The Universal Zulu NationThat's tonight at SOB's. Then on Monday the same venue is hosting a Roc Raida HipHop Tribute Benefit. More upcoming hip hop shows recently listed HERE.
SUNDAY NOV 15 DOORS 7PM SHOW 8PM
ADMISSION $25 in adv/$30 day of
$10.00 off with Zulu Nation or Moorish Nationality Card)
Naughty By: Nature -Headliner
Grand Master Melle Mel
Chill Rob G
DJ DP One/DJ Chuck Chillout
It's hard to believe that SHRINEBUILDER is finally here (tonight @ LPR). Listen to "Pyramid of the Moon" below...
Neko Case hits Wellmont Theater tonight. Monday she's at Beacon Theater. Amazon thinks she put out the best album of 2009. Video of her on Letterman, below...
Art Brut plays their second NYC show of the weekend tonight. It's at Bowery Ballroom. Friday night it was at Brooklyn Bowl.
We lost Jerry Fuchsa week ago last night.
Nardwuar talked to Gossip (including Beth Ditto). Video below...
photos by Eric Townsend
"Beth Ditto started singing from somewhere in the ether, and when she finally set foot on stage, the crowd went berserk...but quickly reigned themselves in so as not to miss a single second of Bethtastic vocal goodness. The band's universally loved frontwoman sported a new shorter 'do in Kool-Aid red or Sunkist orange (depending on the lighting), She wore form-fitting black, knee-length dress covered in silvery glitter sparkles that shimmered as she shimmied around the stage to the beat, giving the impression that Beth Ditto is not the centre of the universe, but the universe itself...and we mere mortals are all just playing at her game." [I Was at the Show]Apache Beat and MEN (JD Samson of Le Tigre) opened the show. More pictures and a video below...
Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom on Monday (more by Vincent Cornelli)
tonight in NYC
* Larkin Grimm @ Joe's Pub
* Boy Crisis, Tearist @ Pianos
* The Roots & Common @ Terminal 5
* An Evening Without Monty Python @ Town Hall
* Manic Street Preachers, Bear Hands @ Webster Hall
* Sufjan Stevens, Cryptacize @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Kurt Vile, Birds of Maya, Coconuts, Still Life Still @ Mercury Lounge
* Rural Alberta Advantage, Kittens Ablaze, Lovely Feathers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fear & Trembling, Golden City, pow wow!, The Twees, Lyrycyst @ Public Assembly
* It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City, Rana, Chris Harford & Band of Changes, American Babies, A Big Yes And A Small No, Matt Trowbridge @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sufjan Stevens and Cryptacize play their fourth of four NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Sufjan is also appearing to say hello at least some of the NYC stops of the Osso Quartet/BQE tour.
This is your final week to see Dan Graham: Beyond at the Whitney before it closes on October 11.
Manic Street Preachers are on their first US tour in ten years. They play at Webster Hall tonight with Bear Hands.
Os Mutantes play Webster Hall tomorrow.
Bad Lieutenant play Webster Hall in November.
Basia Bulat couldn't get a visa and isn't playing the Bell House tonight.
Happy Ending Music and Reading Series featuring Stephen Elliott, Tanguy Viel with musical guest Larkin Grimm is at Joe's Pub tonight.
John Wesley Harding and his band, The English UK, host the monthly Cabinet of Wonders show at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight. Guests include Tanya Donelly (Belly, The Breeders, Throwing Muses), Rosie Thomas (folksinger extraordinaire), Martha Plimpton (doyen of the stage and screen), Eugene Mirman, (wit), Rick Moody (writer) and Michael Zegarski (singing the work of Daniel Felsenfeld).
John Wesley Harding recently showed up to assist the Decemberists at Terminal 5.
Kurt Vile, Birds of Maya, Coconuts and Still Life Still perform at Mercury Lounge. Still Life Still open at the venue again tomorrow and will be back during CMJ.
Kurt will also be at UCB/on WFMU between 6-7.
Noah & the Whale have announced three shows at Mercury Lounge.
Gossip play Terminal 5 Friday. They just played Kimmel. Video below...
Grizzly Bear playing "Foreground" and "I Live With You" on Pitchfork's Cemetery Gates is below.
It feels like a while since we've heard from the Gossip. The Beth Ditto-led band are releasing their fourth studio album, Music For Men, on June 22, 2009 in the U.K. and digitally on June 23, 2009 in the U.S. via Columbia Records (in stores here October 6). You can stream the whole Rick Rubin-produced LP, right now, at AOL.
[Gossip guitarist] Brace admits that the band's experience cutting Music For Men at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu marked "the first time we ever had access to a studio like that. I can see if you let a musician loose in this big studio to just ride all this stuff, I can see why somebody would just come up with this huge thing. Having restraint was so important. I hate the over-production sound."The band will spend the summer touring Europe to promote the release there. They return here for shows around the time the physical CD is released, and that includes an October 9th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presle at 11am today (general sale starts Friday).
"We wrote a lot of this album in the studio," Brace continues, again referring to Shangri-La. "The Band built it in 1976 and Bob Dylan's old tour bus was in the back. It was empty so I turned it into my own little studio with my computer with GarageBand and my guitars and stuff. I loaded up all my gear into Bob Dylan's 70s tour bus and that's where I wrote. Beth would come in and I would play her demos. All the vocal lines are hers, the lyrics are hers. I do the sounds and she sings over it. She'd come in the Bob Dylan bus and we did a lot of demoing on our own during the day because it was more comfortable. She'd come in and sing into GarageBand. I'd write some things to her vocals. 'Dimestore Diamond' was actually her humming the song and I started playing bass to it."
The rest of the North American dates haven't been announed yet. European dates, new album tracklist, and their new video for "Heavy Cross", below...