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Canadian music festival Sled Island has announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition. With it comes some wider-reaching news: Robert Pollard is reactivating Guided By Voices and they'll headline the festival. There's also going to be a new GBV record, according to the band's Facebook, where Pollard plays all the instruments. The live shows will be with a new lineup of Guided by Voices as well featuring Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Nick Mitchell (guitar), Mark Shue (bass). Pollard last brought the GBV name out of the attic in 2014. (He's got a new solo album too.) Stay tuned.
As for the rest of the initial Sled Island lineup (which is being guest-curated by Peaches), it includes Built to Spill, Deafheaven, Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Psychic TV, The Sonics, Duchess Says (who just played Megaphono in Ottawa) and more. Sled Island happens June 22 - 26 in Calgary, AB and tickets/passes are on sale now.
The 2016 Festival Nrmal takes place March 12 & 13 at Deportivo Lomas Altas in Mexico City. (That's right before SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Slowdive, Deerhunter, Battles, Health, Empress Of, Low, Acid Mothers Temple and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below...
We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.
It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.
Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.
Read our top 50 below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Kendrick Lamar / Flying Lotus / HEALTH / U.S. Girls
To the great relief of ticket holders, festival organizers, music bloggers and the hip-hop gods themselves, Kendrick lived up to the hype. Giving the rapper a giant stage with perfect weather in a city that loves him might have been equivalent to tossing a nice, fat softball to a man holding a flat-bottom shovel, but he still gets credit for knocking it out of the park.After a successful day 1, Houston's inaugural Day For Night Festival wrapped up on Sunday, December 20. The second and final day had sets from Kendrick Lamar, Holly Herndon, HEALTH, Death Grips, Dan Deacon, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar, U.S. Girls, and more. Pictures continue below...
Introduced by a tight vamp from his four-piece band and a massive screen that read "Never trust a n*gga with cornrows," the braided-up Lamar took the stage with a graceful humility, smiling gently and waving to the sea of people before him. His flow was up to speed beginning with his very first song, the jazzy "For Free?" and a lot of people in the crowd were nailing every word, too. This was it. This was the weekend's headlining act. Fans were going nuts for stuff like "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," which featured a maniacal guitar solo in the middle, and "Swimming Pools (Drank)," another one from his breakout album, good kid m.A.A.d city. [Houston Press]
It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.
Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
HEALTH / Pictureplane @ MHOW - 11/21/15
HEALTH brought their tour to NYC over the weekend for two shows in support of this year's great Death Magic. We caught the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Saturday (11/21), and then they hit LPR last night (11/22).
HEALTH's new album is their catchiest thing to date -- more an industrial synthpop album than anything else -- with the noise elements present but taking a huge backseat. Live that was not the case. HEALTH were seriously abrasive, making the new songs sound like a whole lot more confrontational than they do on record. They were heavy, loud, and had a sensory overload light show to top it off. I know they had some samples going, but I still kind of can't believe how full they sounded as a three piece. I recently talked about seeing Tribulation, and how for an aggressive metal band they actually seemed like they could be on the radio. This was the opposite. With the Death Magic songs, HEALTH are one of the heaviest pop bands around.
Opening was their tourmate Pictureplane, whose new album Technomancer is a great fit with the new HEALTH stuff. I've often found Pictureplane to be one of NYC's more underrated musicians, but I haven't seen him in a while. And the last time I did was nothing like Saturday. Like his old pal Grimes had at the same venue three days earlier, he was joined on stage by two dancers (they're called FLUCT). They were decked out in creepy facepaint, topless for most of the set, and sometimes they tangled their bodies together. He also had projections on the screen behind him that switched from news clips to freaky memes to showing phrases in all caps bold text (like "THIS IS ART, BITCH"). Also like on his new album, his voice is bolder and more upfront than ever before.
More pictures below...
The 2016 lineup for the Alabama's Hangout Music Festival has been released. It features The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Haim, Grimes, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Bully and of course many others. The festival takes place in Gulf Shores from May 20-22, and tickets go on sale Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM CST.
Check out the full lineup below.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...
As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]
by Andrew Sacher
HEALTH will hit the road this fall to support their fantastic new album DEATH MAGIC, and now they've announced the tour's opener: Pictureplane. Pictureplane recently signed to Anticon (home of the great new Deradoorian album, Baths and more), and they'll release his new album Technomancer on October 30. Going by the two lead singles, the title track and "Riot Porn," this sounds like some of Pictureplane's boldest sounding stuff yet, and it's not too far removed from the industrial-pop of the new HEALTH album. Check out both below.
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: HEALTH at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
HEALTH's new album Death Magic is out now on Loma Vista. It's the band's first proper studio album since 2009's Get Color and their most accessible one yet. I wouldn't say they "went pop," as the noise elements are still way too prevalent for this to be actual pop, but this thing is packed with could-be hits for an alternate (much weirder) universe. Check out two videos and an audio stream of a third track from the record below.
HEALTH played an intimate NYC show back in the spring, and they'll support it on a proper tour this fall. That tour brings them back to NYC on November 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and November 22 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon, and tickets for LPR go on sale Friday too.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Perfume Genius in London last week (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
The Basilica Soundscape festival returns in 2015 for its fourth year from September 11-13 at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY (about 2 hours from NYC by train). The festival is once again curated by founders/creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, with Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Leg Up Management's Brian DeRan, and the lineup is great as always.
This year has Perfume Genius, Viet Cong, Jenny Hval, HEALTH, Circuit des Yeux, Weyes Blood, Wolf Eyes, The Haxan Cloak, Blanck Mass, Actress, the duo of tablaist Gourisankar & sitarist Indrajit Banerjee, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
photo: HEALTH at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
HEALTH have a few upcoming North American festival dates announced already, including NXNE and FYF, and they've now added a NYC show happening just before the former. They'll hit Baby's All Right on June 11
with openers TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
UPDATE: Ital, Show me the Body and Pictureplane (DJ) are opening the show. Flyer below.
HEALTH's new album, Death Magic, will be out August 7 via Loma Vista. Video for "New Coke" from that album, below. They also recently revealed that they're doing a song with Danny Brown for the HBO pilot of The Gorburger Show.
List of dates, and that video, below...
photo: Gorburger @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gorburger, the giant alien monster who took over a Japanese talk show so he could interview (and sometimes eat) musicians, may be moving to cable. And not some channel you've never heard of, either. Variety reports that HBO has ordered a pilot of the show which ran two seasons on YouTube/Funny or Die. That would make TJ Miller, who voices Gorburger, a busy guy as he also stars as Erlich on HBO's Silicon Valley. Moby, Ed Helms and Johnny Knoxville will be guests on HBO's The Gorburger Show pilot, along with musical guests Danny Brown and HEALTH (who are doing a song together), as well as Eagles of Death Metal.
We last saw Gorburger at one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW parties in 2013. You can watch a 2012 episode of his show featuring HEALTH, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.
Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.
The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.
Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.
Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.
I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.
Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
"I'm summoning all my party powers from above and below to channel them into your soul... Have the PARTIEST HALLOWEEN EVER!" - Andrew WK
Let's just forget (not really) about this hurricane thing for one second, and try to remember that today is also Halloween! What are you going to be? What were you for Hallowmeme? Need instructions on dressing as a Canadian Indie Musician? Are you dressing up your baby? And are you going to one of the limited NYC events still happening? Or will you just save your costume and hopefully wear it to the belated Halloween Parade that might happen next week.
As you can see in the photo above, BV photographer Chris La Putt (not actually him) found his costume and is going to be Instagram for Halloween (actually, he's stranded without phone, internet or power in Jersey City).
One CT resident got a Halloween-themed surprise when Sandy uncovered a human skeleton under a down tree. They think it was put there hundreds of years ago when the area was a burial ground.
Dum Dum Girls dressed up as nuns and brought out the Dum Dum Boys, last night.
LA band Deap Vally who are currently in Europe on tour with the Vaccines, show off their costumes....
Holy scary Those Darlins:
Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor Josh Sundquist, who has one leg, dressed up as the Christmas Story leg lamp.
Here's some dudes as the Beastie Boys:
Patton Oswalt is Doc Oc:
Bored? Learn how to carve jack-o-lanterns of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson.
The appropriately named but not actually that scary Vampire Weekend are going to be on Kimmel tonight (which is being taped at BAM).
Diplo made a Halloween mix for BBC Radio 1, which features tracks by Danny Brown, TNGHT, M.I.A., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Misfits, and more. Stream/download it and check out the full tracklist HERE.
Lil B made a free Halloween mixtape which you can grab.
The Black Lips made a Halloween mixtape too. Stream below.
To quote the YouTube description, "Just in time for Halloween (and Hurricane Sandy, for that matter) "Tears" is a short film by David Altobelli and Jeff Desom, with a score pulled from HEALTH's original soundtrack to 'Max Payne 3' from Rockstar Games." Watch below.
Passion of the Weiss put together a haunted hip hop mix you can go download.
RL Grime released a free Halloween mix too. Listen below.
Heliotropes covered Roky Erickson for Halloween.
Marissa Nadler covered Daniel Johnston's "Devil Town". Listen below.
Kate Nash vamps it up in the just-released, fangtastic video for her song "Fri-end" which you can watch below
John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle and family are dressed "as the 1992 Capcom game Quiz and Dragons."
Jean Grae is slightly mad at Sandy for messing up Halloween. Watch her scary new video for "Kill Screen" and the rest of the stuff mentioned, below.
photos by Wei Shi
Crystal Castles / HEALTH at Hollywood Paladium, 10/21/2012
...it was not until the lights dimmed and the first thrum of new single "Plague" began to hum out of the stage speakers that the crowd came alive with an energy that would not dim until the house lights came up again at the end of the night.Crystal Castles, who hit Roseland a few weeks back, played Hollywood Paladium on Sunday (10/21) on their current tour with HEALTH and are currently making their way up the West Coast, hitting Portland, OR tonight (10/24). Check out pics from both bands below (we missed openers Kontravoid), along with a list of remaining tour dates.
Ethan Kath and Alice Glass took the stage mechanically, and Kath settled behind the stage setup that would remain his post for much of the show.
Glass, the dark-eyed, bright-haired singer whose mysterious appearance, demeanor, and back story has inspired a cultish following, clutched the mic stand and crouched on the stage as if in a trance, until she hoisted herself up and began singing the opening lines of the song.
And from there, the energy level of the show skyrocketed. During songs, Glass would cross over the barrier between the photo pit and the audience and crowd surf, as the band's tour manager and venue staff frantically tried to keep up with her. - [Neon Tommy]
photos by Greg Cristman
Crystal Castles @ Roseland Ballroom - 10/3/12
Crystal Castles and HEALTH brought their tour with HEALTH to NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom on Wednesday (10/3) (but not Capitol Theatre last night [10/4]). The tour is in support of Crystal Castle's new album, III, which is due out digitally on November 5.
More pictures from the Roseland show are below.
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Castles - Wrath of God (MP3)
Crystal Castles 'III' artwork
Crystal Castles' third album finally has a cover, which you can see above, and a title which is...wait for it... III. The album wil be out digitally on November 5 and one day later for physical formats (11/6).The Canadian duo have also released a new track from it titled "Wrath of God" and you can download it above and stream it below. There is also a video for "Plague" and you can watch that below as well.
As posted previously, Crystal Castles launch their North American tour this week and will be in NYC on October 3 at Roseland with Health. Tickets to that show are still avaialable but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away two pairs. Details on how to enter to win are at the bottom of this post.
On the West Coast, Crystal Castles will be touring with Toronto's Kontravoid, who play NYC TONIGHT (11/26, midnight) at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home, which is also their US live debut. You can stream some Konatravoid tracks below.
A few new dates have been added to the Crystal Castles tour, and an updated tour schedule, video and song streams are below...