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photo: All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin & Chris La Putt)
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AEG Live, the concert promoters behind Coachella, Firefly, Bumbershoot, Hangout Fest and more, are looking to put on a new festival in Queens, NY Daily News reports. It wouldn't be AEG's first NYC-area festival; they used to put on All Points West in Jersey City.

According to the Daily News, the fest is tentatively called Panorama and it would go down in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The article points out that it would be one of the biggest events in Queens since the 1964 World's Fair. It would also be in direct competition with NYC music festival Governors Ball, whose organizer Tom Russell tells the NY Daily News:

The timing of this corporate-run festival would threaten our ability as a small business to continue putting on the kind of event that has showcased the best artists, created hundreds of local jobs and put millions of dollars back into the city's economy.
GovBall happens June 3-5 on Randall's Island in 2016, and Panorama is hoping to do their fest two weeks later. If there actually is room for two music festivals in NYC, that's even more artists exclusively playing festivals instead of clubs for a certain amount of months each year.

photo: Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Now that Governors Ball 2015 is behind us -- check out our pictures of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- there's already info on next year. GovBall 2016 happens June 3-5 on Randall's Island, and 3-day passes are on pre-sale now.

Watch a video recap of GovBall 2015 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2016 dates announced, tickets on presale"

photos by Gretchen Robinette and P Squared Photography

Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
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Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]
Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.

Pictures from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More from the final day, below....

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 pics: Weird Al, Hot Chip, War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Black Keys, FlyLo, Noel Gallagher & more"

photos by Gretchen Robinette and PSquared

Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
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Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]
She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!

Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.

The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.

Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.

Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.

Pics from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE.

More from day two below...

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GovBall photos by Gretchen Robinette

photo: Ryan Adams & Natalie Prass at Sasquatch (more by Debi Del Grande)
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Ryan Adams co-headlined the Saturday Governors Ball, a couple hours after Bjork, going simultaneously with EDM giant Deadmau5. Deadmau5's bass bled over into Ryan's set, and perhaps you've heard that he responded by saying this over the mic: "Try to make this song on your fucking iPhone. This song is not going to match the robot music over there... It's like we're living in a fucking Terminator nightmare!"

Deadmau5 responded later that night via Twitter, saying, "I guess Ryan Adams wasn't feeling it. No biggie. Sorry for bass? Whatever. Nice seeing you again too. *shrug* back to my iPod." But Ryan has since clarified he was lol jk, tweeting, "Hey @deadmau5 No disrespect meant. My humor is 100% sarcasm (as you know). Peace & Love. Build that dream machine!"

Maybe there's still hope for the Ryan Adams / Deadmau5 collaboration after all. Pictures, videos and setlist of Ryan's GovBall set are below.

A couple weekends earlier, Ryan was at a different festival, Sasquatch, performing with Natalie Prass (who he's rumored to be dating) during her set. The two had been on tour together not long before that and had been collaborating. That's them at Sasquatch together pictured above. Natalie has many more tour dates coming up including two NYC shows. There's her rescheduled Bowery Ballroom show for July 13 with Wilder Maker, and a new a show added for November 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for MHOW go AmEx presale today (6/10) at noon, and on sale to the general public Friday (6/12) at noon. Tickets for Bowery (same link) are still available.

Updated Natalie Prass dates are listed, with pics of Ryan Adams at GovBall, below...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams made a rockist diss at Deadmau5 at Governors Ball but then said he was kidding; Natalie Prass expands tour"

photos by Santiago Felipe

Bjork @ Governors Ball 6/6/2015

Bjork co-headlined Governors Ball on Saturday (6/6), but she didn't play in the dark. Her set ended up being slightly earlier in the day, before SBTRKT and Flume who played before Deadmau5 and Ryan Adams, who simultaneously closed out the Saturday of the NYC fest on Randall's Island.

The sun didn't stop Bjork's video screens from displaying crystal clear visuals though. It wasn't a problem at all to see the wildlife imagery, or the actual Bjork videos that played, or the eventual video close up of Bjork live on stage. The latter was especially appreciated since it was hard to tell exactly what she was wearing from so far away. Was she a moth? A butterfly? I think her outfit, which included a dress by Nikoline Liv Andersen and an embroidered lace and pearl mask by James Merry, was actually a little winged moth (with is fitting since Little Dragon played on the same stage right before her), but it's hard to say for sure.

The show was similar to the NYC shows she played earlier in the year, but this one wasn't as heavy on the sad new album. She was again backed by a string ensemble and percussionist Manu Delago, but this time she also had Vulnicura collaborator Haxan Cloak instead of Arca. This last fact wasn't too surprising thought -- it was actually her third recent live appearance with Haxan Cloak in NY, though the others (one and two) were DJ sets.

Her set this time also gave a few concessions to the festival atmosphere, including hits like "Army of Me," "Bachelorette" and closer "Hyperballad", not to mention "Wanderlust" from Volta Those more popular songs, especially when there were dance-able beats, worked the best for the outdoor, standing-in-a-field, Deadmau5-fan-filled crowd, many of whom were probably seeing Bjork for the first time (and many who didn't stick around to see how her performance ended). She ended with some pyrotechnics and fireworks, much to the delight of everyone who was still there and who were trying to not get too depressed from what Bjork was emoting on stage (though it is hard to be depressed every time you hear Bjork say "thank you" in her cute Icelandic accent between songs).

Check out the full setlist, and some videos and more pictures from her set below.

In other news, Bjork just put some more music and video out into the world. First is the video for Vulnicura's "Black Lake" which was the centerpiece of her MoMA retrospective which just closed on Sunday (6/7). While not quite the experience of seeing the installation at MoMA, the video is still intense and dazzling on a laptop screen and you can also watch it below.

Second, she released a bunch of Vulnicura remixes, part one of the Vulnicura remix project. Remixers include Lotic, Mica Levi, Katie Gately and Kramphaft, and they each wrote a story about their remix. Listen to those below too...

Continue reading "Bjork played Governors Ball (pics/video/setlist), shares Vulnicura remixes, 10-minute "Black Lake" video"

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung @ Governors Ball 2015
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White Lung were just in NYC over the weekend for three shows. The first was a late Governors Ball aftershow at Knitting Factory on Friday (6/5) with their tourmates (and Mish Way's husband's band) Obliterations. I caught that one, which had them going on at 1 AM and sounding as intense as ever. I've talked plenty of times about how great White Lung's live show is, but it really does continue to amaze me each time. Friday night's show did also have a new element to it though. It was my first time seeing them with Deap Vally singer Lindsey Troy on bass/backup vocals, in place of previous touring member Hether Fortune (of Wax Idols). Lindsey fit right in with the band, and her and Mish's voices blended especially well.

Then about 12 hours later, they played an early set Governors Ball, which our photographer caught. And Saturday night, they were the secret guest at the late Merchandise / Cloakroom show at Baby's All Right in place of Nothing, as we mentioned they would be, right after Merchandise's early show at Palisades. I didn't catch that one, but did catch Merchandise and Cloakroom at the Palisades show which had Merch reaching back and giving the crowd a couple old ones off their pre-breakthrough record, (Strange Songs) In the Dark.

More pictures of White Lung's Governors Ball set, and a short video clip from Baby's, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

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Florence and the Machine were the first act to put on a show worthy of a headliner. Drenched in warm golden light, Florence hopped around on one leg as she led the crowd in sing-alongs of hits such as What the Water Gave Me and Shake It Out. Her performance felt quite reserved compared to that of St Vincent, who brought out a pink Aztex-style pyramid and two backing dancers in chrome jumpsuits before putting on the performance of the day. Tracks like Marrow felt hugely aided by her band's saturated, chunky and almost shoddy-sounding synths, while St Vincent danced in sync with her troupe, who tottered around like Daryl Hannah's dying replicant in Blade Runner. The crowd were addressed as "citizens of New York city" and she stopped proceedings for a Thomas Pynchon-esque short story about an imagined storm in New York in which you grab an Arthur Russell record and Susan Sontag's diaries and hide out in a cupboard. [The Guardian]
Annual NYC music festival Governors Ball went down this past weekend on Randall's Island. Day 1, Friday (6/5), had Drake's hits-filled set, Ezra Koenig's guest appearance during Chromeo's set, an unfortunate Rae Sremmurd injury, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, Odesza, Rudimental and more.

Day 3 pictures HERE. Day 2 HERE. More day 1 pictures below...

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Governors Ball got off to a slippery start on Friday when Slim Jimmy, half of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, fell off stage and seriously injured his leg minutes into the group's afternoon performance. The group since posted a VERY DISGUSTING closeup of his leg. Click HERE to look if you think you can stomach it, and then continue below to watch the actual fall happen, along with a message from Jimmy himself...

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Governors Ball 2015 began yesterday, including Drake, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket and more. During Chromeo's set, they brought their old pal, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig, to play VW's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" into Chromeo's "Bonafide Lovin'" with the duo. Dave 1 began by saying "there's this guitar riff I like to play sometimes" and then played the "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" riff a couple of times. Finally Ezra walked on stage and said "Hey man... Dave I showed you the riff, man. It's really not that hard." Then Chromeo & Ezra went into the song.

Watch video of the whole thing going down, below...

Continue reading "watch Ezra Koenig join Chromeo for Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" at Governors Ball"

photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)

"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.

Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]

Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.

Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.

Governors Ball continues today (Saturday) with sets from Bjork, Little Dragon, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, Kate Tempest, White Lung, Kiesza, Sharon Van Etten, a new stage show by Deadmau5 and more.

Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.

Continue reading "Drake headlined night 1 of Governors Ball (setlist); Ryan Adams, Bjork, Sharon Van Etten & more today"

photo: Governors ball 2015 attendee (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

A new music festival! This sounds exciting. The Onion reports
Declaring the event a rousing success so far, organizers confirmed more than 45,000 people turned out Wednesday for the first annual Cavalcade Folk and Roots Festival, a four-day gathering that consists solely of a big empty field to do drugs in.

Held on a farm in the foothills of eastern Kentucky, the festival, which continues through Friday and features no live performances of any kind, reportedly offers "something for every type of music lover," specifically a fenced-off, 300-acre pasture in which to consume a broad array of mind-altering substances.

"We thought it'd be awesome to host a festival that would attract people from all over the country who just want to kick back and ingest narcotics for 96 hours straight," festival organizer Randy Felder said of the event that takes place on a barren expanse of land with no stages, sound equipment, lighting, art, or vendors. "Cavalcade is all about creating a venue where live music fans can come together, hang out, and do what they love most. Whether you want to toke up, huff, or take a few hits of E, we've got you covered."

Read more of this breaking story over at The Onion. Meanwhile, Governors Ball is underway in NYC as we speak, as you can see from the embedded Tweet and Instagram at the top of this post.

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photo: Rae Sremmurd on stage @ Governors Ball Friday (by Travel.Work.Play)

The first of three days of Governors Ball is just getting started, and though the little rain during their set was hardly a big deal, what happened to Rae Sremmurd on stage definitely was. As Billboard reports...

Slim Jimmy, one-half of the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, fell offstage and seriously injured his leg minutes into the group's afternoon performance at the Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday (June 5).

Ten minutes into a set that began at 1:30, Rae Sremmurd performed their song "Unlock The Swag" when Slim Jimmy tumbled off a speaker in front of the crowd. The rapper was carried back onstage with the help of two security guards and placed behind the DJ booth.

His Rae Sremmurd partner, Swae Lee, cut off "Unlock The Swag" after a few bars to examine the situation. He then told the crowd, "This shit is pretty crazy. ... This n---a's leg is like, split open, I'm serious."

Slim Jimmy was later seen leaving the grounds in an ambulance, which may be where he is laying all bandaged up in this Instagram Rae Sremmurd posted:

@jxmmis is doing ok thanks to all the fans #GovernorsBallNYC2015

A photo posted by Rae Sremmurd (@raesremmurd) on

Glad to hear is doing ok! Check out an overhead video, showing Rae Sremmurd's impressive (and umbrella filled) early crowd, and some other pics, below.

Governors Ball continues today with sets by The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Ratatat, DFA 1979, Chromeo, My Morning Jacket, Drake and more. Some of it will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

Continue reading "Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy injured at Governors Ball"

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Little Dragon @ Concord Music Hall - 5/29/15
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Little Dragon are in NYC for Governors Ball, playing their festival set at Randall's Island on Saturday before Bjork, and meanwhile playing Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg tonight (6/5). It's sold out, but you can also get a ticket at the door. Brooklyn Bowl writes:

Advanced tickets to this event are SOLD OUT! We will have a limited number of admissions available to purchase at the box office on the night of the show starting at 11:00 PM. All admissions at the door will be first come first serve, one ticket per customer, with no re entry. $30 at the door, cash only.
Good luck!

We caught then at Concord Music Hall in Chicago earlier on this tour, a week after they played Sasquatch. Pictures from Chicago are in this post.

Meanwhile, if you see vocalist Yukimi Nagano listening to headphones on Bedford today, here's what she might be listening to:

Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works is nice on a beautiful day in New York. Especially if you just wanna dream away and let the city rush and hurry by while you're in another bubble chilling. And D'Angelo's Voodoo album is pretty nice to listen to while walking in the Swedish forest. - Yukimi Nagano to The Stranger
Check out more pictures and the setlist from Chicago below...

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a misty GovBall entrance today (photo via @xxdylandark0)

The 2015 Governors Ball just got underway at NYC's Randall's Island and if you can't make it, performances from throughout the three-day festival will be broadcast on on SiriusXM via Alt Nation channel 36 now through Sunday, June 7. Select performances will also air on The Spectrum, channel 28; Jam On, channel 29; Electric Area, channel 52 and SiriusXMU, channel 35. So if you're a subscriber, tune in.

Confirmed performances to be broadcast by SiriusXM include My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Big Gigantic, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Angus & Julia Stone, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Florence + The Machine, A-Trak, Vance Joy, Royal Blood, The Districts, Death From Above 1979 and Moon Taxi. More details about channels and broadcast times are here.

photo: Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

NYC music festival Governors Ball returns June 5-7, and today the schedule was revealed.

There's a few tough conflicts in there. On Friday, fans of both Drake and My Morning Jacket have a decision to make, as do fans of both The Decemberists and Florence + the Machine. And earlier that day, Twin Shadow is up against Charli XCX.

On Saturday, two big electronic producers go against each other, Flume and SBTRKT, and you'll have to decide between Bjork and Conor Oberst. Anyone into both Sharon Van Etten and Kiesza also has some deciding to do.

And on Sunday, The Black Keys are up against Lana Del Rey, and Hot Chip are up against Flying Lotus. Weird Al plays at the same time as The War On Drugs. We hope he writes and performs a Mark Kozelek parody for the occasion.

Check out the full schedule HERE.

UPDATE: Future and Black Pistol Fire have been added to the Governors Ball Friday lineup

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3-Day GA tickets to NYC music festival Governors Ball are now sold out. You can still buy 3-day GA tickets though, as well as various VIP options. You can also still enter to win a pair of Saturday GA from BrooklynVegan.

Meanwhile Gov Ball wristbands are in the mail. The festival issued this warning:

Hey friends - wristbands are starting to ship, so keep an eye on your mailbox. Woohoo! When you receive it, register it HERE immediately. We know you're excited, but do not put it on yet (unless you want to wear it for 4 weeks of course). Put it in a safe place until you're ready to put it on and keep it on.
If you're going to the fest, plan ahead by not just researching want bands you want to see, but by knowing what other activities to look out for, as well as the many food options. Also figure out how you're getting there, and how you're getting to the aftershows.

Little Dragon tour

Little Dragon's most recently announced show, a Governors Ball aftershow at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl (not to be confused with Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas which they're also playing), sold out quickly. It's not on the poster above, but it happens the night before they end their North American tour at Governors Ball. Their festival set, on Saturday, June 6th, happens the same day as Bjork, SBTRKT, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere, and more. Tickets to that are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest, and listen to stream of the band's recently-released Chet Faker remix of "Pretty Girls", below...

Continue reading "Little Dragon remixed by Chet Faker, touring from Las Vegas to NY (win tix to Governors Ball!)"

photos by David Andrako

Bjork @ City Center - 4/01/15

NY got SEVEN chances to see Bjork already this year, at Brooklyn's new King's Theatre, at Carnegie Hall, and at Manhattan's City Center where the last show took place on April 1st. Exclusive pictures from that one are in this post, along with the setlist which you can see below.

Bjork's next gig is also in NY, this time as co-headliner of the 2nd day of Governors Ball 2015 at Randall's Island. My personal favorite day this year, Saturday (June 6th) pairs Bjork with SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere and more. Tickets are still available for that day, and for all three days (though individual tickets for Friday are now sold out). WE ALSO HAVE A PAIR OF SATURDAY TICKETS YOU CAN WIN. Details on how to enter, with more pictures of Bjork, below...

Continue reading "Bjork played 7 NY gigs (pics); WIN GOVERNORS BALL tix (with Bjork, Future Islands, SBTRKT, Little Dragon, more)"

photos by Samantha Saturday

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Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos premiered the video for the rocking
"City On The Hill" (which features Tim Kasher) today. The song is from their upcoming album, Payola, due June 23 via Epitaph, which is their first since their 2002 debut on Saddle Creek. Watch the video below.

Desaparecidos are over the West Coast, having just played Coachella weekend 1, and are gearing up to play weekend 2. Pictures from their weekend 1 set are in this post. Before they play the fest again this weekend, they have two sideshows, one with Brand New and Built to Spill, and one with Joyce Manor and Touche Amore. All of their dates, including a few other festivals, are listed below.

Conor Oberst is also playing a solo show in NYC: one of the just-announced Governors Ball aftershows. That happens June 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon.

All of Conor's solo dates, the Desaparecidos dates, the Desaparecidos video, and more Desaparecidos Coachella pics, below...

Continue reading "Desaparecidos made a video, played Coachella (pics); Conor Oberst expands tour, including GovBall aftershow at MHOW"


Governors Ball is approaching, and now the aftershows happening at various NYC venues have been announced. Tickets for all aftershows go on Citibank presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17). You can also enter to win tickets at doNYC.

This year's schedule includes shows from Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, Hot Chip (DJ), Flying Lotus (DJ), SBTRKT (DJ), and more. Full schedule below...

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photo: Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

The first weekend of Coachella is just two weeks away and ushers in 2015 Festival Season. Amongst the "prohibited items" listed for both Coachella and Lollapalooza are selfie sticks. Lollapalooza's FAQ says no "GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods." Coachella's FAQ says no "Selfie sticks / Narcisists." (Good luck on enforcing the latter part of that, Coachella.) If you're going to these fests, you're just going to have to use your arm to take selfies the old fashioned way.

However: neither Governors Ball or Bonarooo's list selfie sticks in their respective prohibited items, though really, you should really not bring them here either.


Daily lineups for the 2015 Governors Ball have been announced: Drake, Florence + Machine, and My Morning Jacket headline on Friday (7/5); DeadMau5, Björk and Ryan Adams headline on Saturday (7/6); and The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds top Sunday's lineup (7/7). Full lineups are listed below.

Meanwhile, single day tickets go on Citi cardmember presale today (2/17) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (2/20) at noon. Three-day passes are still available.

Governors Ball 2015 daily lineups below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces 2015 daily lineups, individual day tickets on sale this week"

by Bill Pearis


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will release their second album, Chasing Yesterday, on March 2. The new single from the LP is "Ballad of the Mighty I" which features longtime friend Johnny Marr on guitar. Noel told The Guardian about the collaboration:

I tried to get him to play on the last album but it never happened. So when I put this track together and knew he would be perfect for it I called him and asked if I could send him the rough mix. He said: 'No, I don't want to hear it. I'm just going to react to it on the day.' He didn't even want any pointers. Well, that was brave of him. He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals. And I have to say, he's unbelievable. He's way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make Mighty I one of the best songs I've ever written.
The song is a nice bit of string-laden disco rock, and you can watch the video for the song which plays off Gallagher's noted disdain for the artform. (Watch edited highlight's of Noel's commentary from the Oasis DVD below.) The director appearing in the video calls him "Liam" and, when Noel proves uncooperative, lets him know "Chris Martin did 12 takes!" There are also possible nods to Verve and Radiohead videos, but Johnny Marr does not make an appearance. Watch it below.

As mentioned, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will play the 2015 Governors Ball. That will finish off a spring North American tour for the band. All dates are listed below.

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photo: Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Two major US music festivals were announced this week, NYC's Governors Ball and Indio, CA's two-weekend Coachella. Both have some lineup crossover (Drake, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Ratatat, etc), and each have their own gems (Coachella has Drive Like Jehu reunion, GovBall has Bjork). Coachella went on sale today, sold out in 40 minutes, and LA Weekly points out that passes are already reselling for over $1,000. Meanwhile, Governors Ball tickets are still on sale. Anyone get Coachella tickets before they sold out?