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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....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
Animal Collective

So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]
Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.

Pitchfork also listed their Top 100 Tracks of 2009, and the Top Albums of the Decade.

Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.

DOWNLOAD: Big Boi f. Gucci Mane, "Shine Blockas" (MP3)

Top 100 Tracks of 2009

In theory, she was an artist you want to root for-- all these ideas about art and celebrity and a flair for the dramatic. But the first few singles made the Lady Gaga project feel so presumptuous, her artsy entitlement overwhelming her songs' occasional strengths. "Bad Romance" was the moment where the music didn't just live up to the (self-inflated) hype, but surpassed it. The track is epic in construction-- by the time she gets to the bridge, more than three minutes in, the realization that there are hooks yet to come is thrilling. It helps that RedOne's production matches the songwriting's torrential drama; the churning, earth-shifting low-frequency synths are a programmatic reflection of the singer's unsteady, perhaps unwise, infatuation. But it's Gaga's performance, the wholly unapologetic fools-rush-in carnal energy, that commitment to emotional bravery in a context of increasingly twee chart pop, that makes "Bad Romance" feel so necessary. --David Drake [39. Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"]
Pitchfork posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2009. Lady Gaga took two spots.

Neon Indian is also on there twice, which is the the same amount of times they're playing Mercury Lounge (Tuesday and Wednesday night).

The video for the 21st best song, below...

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Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective

NPR and Stereogum both posted results of listener/reader polls. At Stereogum the contest is known as the Gummy Awards (an annual event). NPR titles it, "All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2009". Both lists rank "Best Album of 2009". Both ended up with Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective in the top two spots, but AC took #1 at Stereogum while GB triumphed at NPR. Both lists below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear vs Animal Collective, NPR (Best Albums of 2009) vs Stereogum (results of the 2009 Gummy Awards)"


Trend You Wish Would Go Away

  1. 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
  2. Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
  3. Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
  4. Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
  5. Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
  6. Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
  7. Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
  8. Prim, buttoned-up indie (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent)
  9. Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
Vote for that & more in Pitchfork's 2009 Reader's Poll. Image via Hipster Runoff.

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Middle East - Blood (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Middle East - The Darkest Side (MP3)

The Middle East

Australian band The Middle East first put out their debut release, The Recordings of The Middle East, in early 2008. That EP, now in a reworked and abbreviated package, was finally released in the US on October 27th by Spunk (according to Wikipedia, in the in-between period the band broke up and reformed). Two tracks from the EP are posted above, including the stellar "Blood," a song that has the same kind of haunted, economical sound that Grizzly Bear works so well, with a more pop-focused foundation. The band's songs are varied and stretch to cover a lot of popular indie sounds. Fans of Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake and Bon Iver take note.

They'll be opening dates for Grizzly Bear and Cat Power in Australia, with their own dates in the country as well (including its Big Day Out, Woodford Folk and Laneway festivals). Their first US appearance is scheduled for March at SXSW in Austin.

The EP is streaming in full below with the video for "Blood" and all tour dates....

Continue reading "The Middle East - MP3s, a streaming EP & upcoming dates"


The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

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Panda Bear

He actually published this list in August, but in case you missed it...

Continue reading "Gorilla Vs Bear's favorite 'songs of the decade'"

Wilco + Feist + Grizzly Bear in Brooklyn (more by Eric Townsend)

"Driving overnight after the show in Munich Thursday night, the bus and trailer were hit and rendered immovable. The trailer was wrecked and the bus engine split. Everyone involved is fine and spent a day in Austria pulling things together. However, a replacement bus and trailer was supposed to arrive earlier today to pick everyone up in time to make the show in Milan tonight as special guests to Wilco, but it did not show up for hours and thusly we will miss tonight's performance. Rest of tour continues as scheduled. Italy, we will make it up to you." [Grizzly Bear]
The Wilco show in Italy was a one-off show on Grizzly Bear's current tour with St. Vincent (Annie is the opener. She plays solo.). Last week GB released a cool new claymation video for the song "Ready, Able". That video and all dates below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear bus mishap causes them not to open for Wilco in Italy ++ "Ready, Able" VIDEO"

Heavy Trash @ Mercury Lounge in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Heavy Trash

tonight in NYC
* Iggy Pop @ Barnes & Noble
* The Raveonettes @ Maxwell's
* Nick Lowe, Bill Kirchen @ City Winery
* Digable Planets members @ Southpaw
* Kylie Minogue @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Former Ghost, Silk Flowers @ Monkey Town
* Lucky Dragons, Rose Lowder @ Light Industry
* Heavy Trash, Bad Girlfriend @ Bowery Electric
* Indian Jewelry, Led Er Est, Living Days @ Glasslands
* The Dodos, The Ruby Suns @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Om, Six Organs of Admittance, Lichens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Built to Spill, Disco Doom, Violent Soho @ Webster Hall
* Ladybug Transistor, The Parson Red Heads, Hymns @ Union Hall
* Ravens & Chimes, Hollands, Wires In the Walls, The Royalties @ Pianos
* Youth Group, The Static Jacks, Terminal Reynaldo, Don Lennon @ Maxwell's
* Clem Snide, Yourself & The Air, The Republic Tigers, Eleanor Whitmore with Chris Masterson @ Mercury Lounge

Two-thirds of Digable Planets reunite for a gig at Southpaw.

Iggy Pop talks with author Robert Matheu at Barnes & Noble Tribeca.

Kylie Minogue wraps up her Hammerstein Ballroom run.

Neon Indian is coming for CMJ. Indian Jewelry plays Glasslands tonight.

The Raveonettes' tour starts at Maxwell's tonight, Webster Hall tomorrow and MHOW Sunday.

Om, Six Organs of Admittance and Lichens played Europa on Sunday. Tonight they're at Bowery Ballroom.

West Coast indie-pop band The Dodos have a new-ish record out and are on tour with The Ruby Suns. They both play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and Bowery tomorrow.

Lucky Dragons recently opened some shows for Thom Yorke. Tonight they're in Brooklyn.

Built to Spill, Disco Doom and Violent Soho have three more NYC shows to play counting tonight at Webster Hall.

Former Ghost, at Monkey Town with Silk Flowers tonight, is Freddy Ruppert from This Song Is a Mess but So Am I, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, and Nika Roza of Zola Jesus.

Heavy Trash play a record release show for Midnight Soul Serenade, out now, at Bowery Electric.

The Roots aren't playing Highline Ballroom tonight.

Nick Lowe and Bill Kirchen play City Winery tonight and tomorrow.

Grizzly Bear and Sonic Youth both made (very different) appearances on TV last night. Those clips are below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom on Monday (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Sufjan Stevens

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

Rana makes a rare appearance tonight at Brooklyn Bowl, and it's free.

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.

The Rural Alberta Advantage are opening for Passion Pit at T5 in January (tickets are now on AmEx presale). Tonight they headline Bowery Ballroom with Kittens Ablaze and The Lovely Feathers.

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.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

The EraserThe Eraser

"Thom Yorke and Flea's new supergroup will play a Radiohead song at their upcoming debut gigs in Los Angeles., it's been revealed.

The as-yet-unnamed band's drummer Mauro Refosco told Brazilian website Abril.com they will play Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser' album in its entirety, four new songs and one Radiohead track at the shows on Sunday and Monday (October 4 & 5).

It's rumoured the band will air Thom Yorke's song he wrote for the Twilight New Moon soundtrack, 'Hearing Damage', as one of the "new" songs." [gigwise]

LA Weekly is also reporting that their might be a secret Thom Yorke show at the Echoplex this Friday night, October 2.

The new Twilight soundtrack, as you may have heard, also includes tracks by many familiar names including Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, Sea Wolf, Grizzly Bear & Beach House's Victoria Legrand, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Editors...

Speaking exclusively to Gigwise, Editors frontman Tom Smith said: "The films aren't aimed at people our age but I look at the bands that we're next to on that soundtrack and it's just a good thing.

"It's not selling out, it's not putting your song on an advert or selling a product.

"It's just being part of something that, to me, as collective seems like a pretty attractive thing."

New Moon is the second instalment of the vampire franchise, which stars British actor Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Cover art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Thom Yorke's LA setlist, a secret show?, Twilight soundtrack"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Grizzly Bear

Last time we heard from Grizzly Bear was their August 30th free 'Pool Party' show at the Williamsburg Waterfront. We had a second set of pictures from that sitting in the reserves, so here they are along with the trippy new video for 'While You Wait for the Others' (directed by Sean Peknold), below...

Continue reading "New Grizzly Bear VIDEO for 'While You Wait for the Others' ++ more pics from the Pool Party"

photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Andrew Frisicano

Grizzly Bear

It would be hard to describe the final Jelly NYC Pool Party, and the entire series this summer, as anything less than a success.

Like the week before with Girl Talk, the park reached capacity, meaning whoever was left in line, which I'm told wound down to Wythe Ave and back, had to listen from the street. Which might not have been so bad - the echoing sound from the show reached as far as McCarren Park, which made sense, because Grizzly Bear was loud and their sound, already loaded with reverb, was made to travel.

Beach House's set, which followed Vega's, seemed similar to Grizzly Bear in some ways - dreamy, washed out vocals and lethargic drums - but with a sound of their own. Grizzly Bear on stage simply sounded great. The band benefits from an echoey space that gives component parts time to fill out propery. The opener "Southern Point" broke into an ocean of sound that set the tone for the rest of the set. Later, Beach House's Victoria Legrand joined the group for her part on "Two Weeks," and throughout, both guitarists played with distortion that pushed the usually restrained GB (at least on record) over the edge. A great concise set, with a bit of jamming toward the end, and no encore (sadly, cause they earned it). With sunset behind them (in a non-blinding way) it was a great way to end the series (but hopefully, not the summer yet).

Grizzly Bear has lots of other tour dates coming up (but none in NYC). (And speaking of collaborations, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) sings lead on the b-side version of the band's "While You Wait for the Others" single - out on 7-inch and iTunes)

More pictures and the GB setlist are below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Vega, Schumer & friends @ the last 2009 JellyNYC Pool Party (Williamsburg) - pics & setlist"

photo by Tim Griffin

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear

The story of the day, Sunday, August 30th, would have been that, after an opening set by Beach House (who played after Vega) followed by a brief introduction by Senator Chuck Schumer, Grizzly Bear closed out the 2009 Pool Party season at the Williamsburg Waterfront with a beautiful 1+ hour set in front of the Manhattan skyline on a perfect Brooklyn day. Instead, Solange Knowles and her sister Beyonce who brought her husband Jay-Z decided to show up and watch Grizzly Bear from the soundboard. And that become the real topic of conversation for twitterers, texters, and the throngs of people walking toward Bedford around 7:30pm when the concert was over.

According to Schumer, he's going to fight to bring free concerts back to the same park next year. The status of that is currently unknown. It's possible JellyNYC may need to look for a new location for the free shows again. Maybe they should bring concerts back to McCarren Pool, or do they really think they're turning that space back into a swimming pool anytime soon?

More pictures and a full review of Sunday is coming soon HERE. In the meantime, check out some videos from the GB/BH/JZ show, and a few more pictures, below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear, Jay-Z & Beyonce @ the Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party - a few pics & videos "

Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear displays his 'favorite band ever' (*Ethel)
Ed Beach House

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever illegally shot and killed what officials say was one of Montana's largest grizzly bears.

The carcass of the big grizzly, called Maximus because he stood 7 1/2 feet tall and weighed about 800 pounds, was found Aug. 12 on a ranch in northern Montana. The bear had been dead about a month.

Special Agent Brian Lakes said Friday that he didn't know what the exact size of the reward would be but it would be "substantial."

"We are following up on some leads at this time," Lakes told the Great Falls Tribune." [AP]

Grizzly Bear play with Ed's 'favorite band ever' (not his wording), Beach House, this Sunday (8/30) at the Williamsburg Waterfront. The show marks the end of the 2009 season of free Pool Parties in Brooklyn ('VIP' tickets are also available).

On Saturday you can catch Grizzly Bear at the Virgin Festival in Ontario. On September 25th, GB & BH hit the road together to play a series of shows that not only includes the Austic City Limits Festival, but an ACL Aftershow at Emo's on October 3rd as well. Updated tour dates below...

Continue reading "final 2009 Pool Party Sunday & other Grizzly Bear tour dates "

'your tax deductible benefit ticket helps fund needed improvements to our park' - OSA

Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Pool Party

"The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) does fund raising for North Brooklyn parks and works with Jelly and the East River State Park in producing the Pool Parties on Sundays. Each week OSA makes available VIP tickets to the Pool Parties. Purchase of VIP Benefit tickets to the free concerts at the East River State Park/Williamsburg Waterfront include entrance through the VIP entrance at North 7th Street without waiting in line [P.S. you must be 21 or older to use the VIP Benefit ticket...]. Access the area next to the stage where the artist & production team hang, enjoying the waterfront view and New York City skyline with a couple hours of complimentary beer and sangria. Have fun while doing good: your tax deductible benefit ticket helps fund needed improvements to our park."
Those tickets are available for the three remaining Pool Parties this summer.
Sunday, Aug 16 - Del the Funky Homosapien & Prince Paul & Gravy Train! & DD/MM/YY & Kenan Bell (VIP tix)
Sunday, Aug 23 - Girl Talk, Max Tundra and Wiz Khalifa (VIP tix)
Sunday, Aug 30 - Grizzly Bear and Beach House (VIP tix)
$50 seems really pricey for this, but I'm not going to knock a charity (and it's tax deductible). Check out a video from OSA and a clip from the Fiery Furnaces' August 9th set below...

Continue reading "Open Space Alliance selling Pool Party VIP tickets..."

Dead Weather @ Home Sweet Home (more by Ryan Muir)
Dead Weather

tonight in NYC
* Cheveu @ Silent Barn
* Paul McCartney @ Citi Field
* Metropolitan Opera @ Crotona Park
* Abe Vigoda, Grooms @ Whitney Museum
* New York Philharmonic @ Central Park
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Cinema 16 w/ Nathan Whipple @ Starr Space
* Superchunk, Versus @ South Street Seaport
* Christina Courtin, Aerial East @ 92YTribeca
* Died Young, Stayed Pretty (film) @ IFC Center
* Grand Duchy, The Bunnies, Demander @ Maxwell's
* Frightened Rabbit, Oxford Collapse @ Maxwell's
* C. Spencer Yeh, John Wiese @ Issue Project Room
* The Dead Weather, Screaming Females @ Terminal 5
* Mannequin Men, Davila 666, The Back CC's @ Southpaw
* Andrew D'Angelo's Gay Disco Trio @ Cornelia St. Cafe
* Freedom Party NYC w/ Little Dragon @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Savoir Adore, Acrylics, Love Like Deloreans @ The Cameo
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center
* Metal Mountains, Son of Earth, Spectre Folk @ Market Hotel
* LA Riots, Wolfgang Gartiner, Nick Catchdubs @ Webster Hall
* The End (film), Midnight Masses @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Abe Vigoda, Talbot Tagora, Dinowalrus, Men & Women @ Cake Shop
* Kurt Vile & the Violators, Blues Control, Coconuts @ Bruar Falls
* JEFF the Brotherhood, and many other bands @ Dead Herring
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Robert Cray, The Sweet Divines @ Prospect Park
* Eyes of Noctum, Malkuth, Shot Heard Around The World @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Died Young, Stayed Pretty after-party w/ BM Linx, Hypernova @ 92YTribeca
* The Spinto Band, Big Band TV, And The Moneynotes, The Swims @ Mercury Lounge
* JEFF the Brotherhood, Narwhalz of Sound, Michael Jordan, others @ Death By Audio
* Cherie Lily, Tatisha Busay, Bad Brilliance, House of Ladosha, DJ Andrew WK @ Santos

Free outdoor music tonight includes a Celebrate Brooklyn show with Robert Cray and The Sweet Divines at Prospect Park, Metropolitan Opera in the Bronx's Crotona Park and Superchunk and Versus at South Street Seaport.

Two bands from Siren Fest, one of several free-music events this weekend, play Maxwell's tonight. Frightened Rabbit and Oxford Collapse (in their second to last show) play an early. Frank Black's Grand Duchy headline the late show.

Paul McCartney is playing another outdoor show tonight, at Citi Field.

Abe Vigoda and Grooms play the Whitney Museum's Dan Graham series tonight. Abe Vigoda are on tour with Talbot Tagora. They'll both appear at Cake Shop later the same night, and Monster Island Market Hotel tomorrow.

The Dead Weather play their second and last night at Terminal 5 with Screaming Females. They are also on Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Kurt Vile & the Violators (who just played Woodsist Fest a couple weeks ago) and Blues Control (who have a new album out) play Bruar Falls with Coconuts.

It's the second night of the Ponderosa Stomp at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. Tonight they host a rockabilly-themed lineup.

Gabriel Kahane, who had a residency at Rockwood last month, returns for a show tonight.

Movies tonight include the NY premiere of rock-poster doc Died Young, Stayed Pretty at IFC Center (with an afterparty at 92YTribeca), a screening of The End at MHOW with a set by Midnight Masses, and Cinema 16, which brings "experimental dixieland piano player" Nathan Whipple to accompany a lineup of silent films at the Starr Space.

The Mannequin Men/Davila 666 tour visits Southpaw with The Back CC's opening.

Freedom Party NYC features Little Dragon at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight. Or catch Little Dragon tomorrow with Q-Tip for free in Central Park.

Grizzly Bear, whose member Ed Droste just guested with Wilco in Coney Island (and rode the Cyclone with Feist), was on Letterman last night performing "Ready, Able." That video, below.

Andrew WK will be DJing at Santos as Cherie Lily headlines a bill of dance-ready acts. Check out Andrew, a frequent guest on Fox News' Red Eye, in a clip from that show, below.

Passion Pit has a new video. Watch it below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

photos by Eric Townsend

Jeff Tweedy & Leslie Feist

"Some of us got to see Wilco play at Coney Island last night. I'm happy to report that they remain one of the best live acts out there, deftly combining jaw-dropping virtuosity, inventive heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting and, yes, genuine showmanship. They connect! The new material came off well, and they kept the noodle-ing to a minimum (Impossible Germany = bad, Spiders = good). Jeff Tweedy seemed to be in particularly good spirits, cracking some great jokes and reminding me of the recent NY Times interview with him" [the mockingbird blog]
So, just to recap, Feist, formerly and recently of BSS, was already BFF with Grizzly Bear, and is now BFF with Wilco. This = a good thing. Feist will appear on Letterman with Wilco tonight (7/14). Last night, in Coney Island, Feist and Ed from Grizzly Bear and Yo La Tengo (who opened the show) appeared on stage with Wilco at Keyspan Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones which is the minor league baseball team named after the roller coaster, which is located in the same section of Brooklyn (Coney Island), and which Ed and Feist also rode while they were there).

Full setlist from the show and much more about it, HERE. The rest of the pictures and some videos, below...

Continue reading "Wilco & Yo La Tengo (and Feist & Ed Droste) @ Keyspan Park in Coney Island - pics & video"


Alt-rock kingpins the Pixies will make their live return to the U.S. this fall!

Frontman Frank Black tells SPIN.com that the Boston-born quartet will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking release, Doolittle, by playing the album in its entirety in Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, New York City, and "maybe Montreal" this fall.

"I believe we're doing the Wang Center in Boston," he says of his hometown gig at the 3,600-capacity venue.

Exact dates have yet to be confirmed. The U.S. tour is expected to follow a run of Doolittle shows in Europe scheduled for October.

The gigs will coincide with the release of the Pixies' ambitious Minotaur box set, which will arrive in October on 4AD Records (order yours now via Artist in Residence).

In the meantime there are plenty of side projects to keep us busy including two NYC-area Grand Duchy shows this week, one of which will take place in Coney Island at 5:00pm on Saturday (7/18).

It was also just announced that the Pixies will play the Ontario Virgin Festival on August 29th. The full lineup of that two day festival also includes Grizzly Bear, Sloan, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Pet Shop Boys, Plants and Animals, and one of Nine Inch Nails' final performances. All European Pixes dates below...

Continue reading "Pixies planning US/NYC Doolittle shows - current dates include Europe & Virgin Festival Ontario (full lineup)"

Leslie Feist & Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on the Cyclone - July 13, 2009
Feist and Ed Droste

Like she will Tuesday on Letterman (tonight, 7/14), Leslie Feist joined Wilco on stage at Keyspan Park in Coney Island on Monday night (7/13) for a few songs. Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear played with them too. Collectively they performed Woody Guthrie's "California Stars". Yo La Tengo opened the show, and then also joined Wilco on stage during the encore. Pictures and more from the show coming soon HERE. Full setlist below.

Earlier in the evening Feist and Ed rode The Cyclone, the famous Coney Island roller coaster (as you can see in the picture above). If you've never been on it, this Saturday during the Siren Festival might be a good time to change that.

For Grizzly Bear and Feist, it was just another example of a growing history of collaborations that includes multiple TV appearances, touring, recorded stuff, and on stage appearances. It's not clear if Ed will be on Letterman tonight too, but we do know that Feist and Wilco will perform the new Wilco song "You and I" on the show. They performed the same song together in Coney Island, and for the first time, in LA on June 25th. Video from that earlier one below.

Two nights before playing in Brooklyn, Feist reunited again with Broken Social Scene on stage at the Harbourfront Centre show in Toronto. For Feist it was at least the second time recently she played with her old band. To make this one even more special though, Emily Haines and Amy Millan were also all up there on stage at the same time - it was a proper BSS reunion. Videos below.

Above mentioned videos, and Wilco's entire Keyspan Park setlist, and video of Ed and Feist singing backup on "You Never Know", below...

Continue reading "Ed Droste, Feist (who just played w/ BSS) & Yo La Tengo played w/ Wilco (& rode the Cylcone) in Coney Island (setlist)"

Grizzly Bear @ MHOW in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear will head out on a month-long North American tour in September and October. Before and after, the group will play a series of overseas/European shows (including one with the London Symphony Orchestra). This summer will also find Grizzly Bear at Pitchfork Music Fest on July 19th, and the final Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party with Beach House on August 30th.

The Late Show with David Letterman will host Grizzly Bear on Thursday, July 16th (two nights after Grizzly Bear's friend Feist plays the show with Wilco). If you remember, the band was scheduled to play the show in May, but got bumped.

Trent Reznor, who's playing a series of final NIN shows at the end of August, commented on his Grizzly Bear love in June.

Newsweek: What music do you listen to that might shock your fans?

Trent Reznor: ...The band Grizzly Bear, I think they're excellent. There's a beauty and a musicality there that I wish would have been in vogue in the late '80s, when I was forming bands. The aesthetic I was tuned into was a more dumbed-down kind of thing. Sometimes listening to stuff like they're doing makes me feel irrelevant. That's a nice, healthy kick in the ass. And it's interesting to see there's room for that in what's considered hip these days.

All GB tour dates below...

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Dont bring these things

"The emails have been piling up and everyone's asking, "dude, what's up with the Pool Parties?" Well DUDE, so sorry to keep you waiting, but here at JELLY we've been working our asses off to bring you one of the greatest free concert series in history. The Pool Parties are going to be extremely crucial this year, "epic" or "amazing" as you people say these days. Seriously, eight weeks of FREE shows on the waterfront of Williamsburg? Does it get any better? You might be thinking "waterfront"? Yeah, in case you didn't hear the McCarren Pool's closed so get over it :) , and yeah we kept the name Pool Parties even though the East River's not at a pool, so what? We've still got DODGEBALL, basketball, DJ's, bands, burgers the works! We love you more than your parents ever could, and if you want to have fun and hang out with us this summer. [Full schedule below]. Bring your friends but please don't bring these things [pictured above]. As you can see below, underage drinking will not be tolerated. . You guys wouldn't do that though, so there's nothing to worry about. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!!" -Jelly
The big news here is that they finally announced! As far as this year's lineup, well, we figured most of that out already. The Black Lips will also play the show with Trail of Dead, HEALTH, and Grupo Fantasma. Jemina Pearl is also on the bill of the first show on July 12th (Mission of Burma). Full lineup poster and a video below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

The Walkmen @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
The Walkmen

It Came From Brooklyn inaugurates a new series of live music concerts in the [Guggenheim] rotunda. The program will showcase ten bands over the course of five Friday evenings commencing mid-August, with each night featuring a music set by two bands, interspersed with a short reading by a Brooklyn-based writer or actor. The series, taking place within the rotunda, will cast a spotlight on Brooklyn's musical renaissance by providing a platform for a new crop of musicians. The line-up includes bands such as The Walkmen and High Places.
In fact, High Places and The Walkmen will play the same It Came From Brooklyn show, its inaugural night on Friday, August 14th. The Gugg website also NO LONGER reports that Grizzly Bear will be one of the series' acts. Stay tuned for more announcements.

UPDATE: We are told Grizzly Bear is not confirmed for this. They have been removed from the museum's website....

Those shows will be the second scheduled NYC gigs for both Grizzly Bear and The Walkmen (and only upcoming U.S. show currently for High Places). The Walkmen play a free show at the Central Park Summerstage with Dinosaur Jr. on Sunday, August 16th. Grizzly Bear will also play a free show, at the Williamsburg Waterfront with Beach House on Sunday, August 30th.

The museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda should add some interesting reverb effects to Grizzly Bear's harmony-heavy tunes. Especially good news if you missed the last three Grizzly Bear NYC shows, when they played May 28th and 29th at Town Hall and May 31st at MHOW.

Grizzly Bear collaborator Nico Muhly, who premiered a "scent opera" at the Gugg on May 31st and Jun 1st, recently defended the band's Town Hall show (at which he played keys) against the not-so-nice Times review...

Times: But wow, these songs are precious, and they occasionally came spangled with extras that made them even more so. The chorus was one of those elements, sorry to say.

Nico: Oh snap! Apology accepted. Now, I have major objections to the word "precious." It tends to be borderline homophobic in its coded usage, first of all, but second of all, it's a derogatory adjective with no alternative. It's reviewspeak. What I mean is: if you say, "that's ugly" somebody else can say, "no, it's beautiful." If you say, "it's over-stuffed" somebody can say, "really, I thought it was pretty thin." So the problem with a word like precious is that the scale of adjectives with "precious" on it belongs solely to the reviewer and is just a way of being mean. Case in point: this whole nonsense about Sufjan Stevens's's BQE Thing. Words like fey, twee, and precious have become these little nuggets of coded disdain, but they are really just useless self-congratulatory gestures on the part of the reviewer. What is the opposite of twee? Muscular? It all reminds me of the insane misogynist critiques of Jane Austen's novels. I guess the place for a word like that would be in a larger piece about the music world -- there was an enormous brouhaha in Iceland about the so-called Krútt scene. Krútt is probably the closest approximation in Icelandic of "precious" -- it refers to Múm, kind of Sigur Rós, and a lot of imitators: it denotes little bells, reversed glockenspiels, fairytale vocals, cutely-outfitted brass bands. Now, all of that is just a description and not derogatory; my iPod overflows with this shit. Anyway, to go to a concert of that kind of music and be like, "it's precious," all you're doing is going to a Chinese restaurant and being like, "wow, they were serving mad chinese food up in there!"

The full nearly-point-by-point analysis is up at his blog. David Byrne also recently took on a NY Times review on his blog.

All Walkmen, High Places and Grizzly Bear tour dates below...

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photos by Chris Graham

Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu

Day 1, Day 2, and the rest of the pictures from this year's festival...

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