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Kendrick Lamar / The Postal Service / fans
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

When last seen, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park last year, Kendrick Lamar was still a relative unknown except to hip-hop connoisseurs. His set came off as hazy and introspective, with a curious Lady Gaga hanging on every word from the wings. But now he emerges with newfound swagger -- even without Gaga in the house -- smoke machines at his feet and a full band at his back. His 2012 album, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," puts a new and brilliantly introspective take on West Coast gangsta rap, a look at its tropes and pressures from the inside out. So even as he leads the crowd in some explicit choruses, he throws out questions and lays out his conflicts in the verses. "This will be on the Internet," he announces. Ya think? The audience cheers him like a rock star, even when he stands on stage with arms folded. But he doesn't just bask in the glow. He tries to put it in context, much in the way his rhymes try to make sense of hip-hop and the culture that birthed it. "You can't classify what we got going on," he says to the fans. "This is life." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 continued yesterday (8/3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with nicer weather than day 1, and sets from eight stages worth of artists, including The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Local Natives and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Saturday pics HERE on the way with more artists. But not any of Death Grips.

We at BrooklynVegan are also at the festival, hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent.

The festival wraps up today (8/4) (check out our Sunday preview) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Baroness, Angel Haze, and more. If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live at Lollapalooza.com.

Check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More from day 2, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 2 pics (part 1): The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, UMO, Local Natives & more"

Heartless Bastards @ Stubb's in Austin, Nov. 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards will be spending most of the summer on tour, playing a mix of festival dates (like Lollapalooza) and club shows. One of the first stops will be in NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 10. No opener has been announced yet but tickets go on sale Friday (6/7) at noon.

The band's most recent album was last year's Arrow but the band have scored the upcoming film Winter in the Blood which makes its premiere next week at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

All Heartless Bastards tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards touring this summer (dates)"

Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.

In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.

Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2013 lineup announced (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Postal Service, Cure, New Order, Kendrick Lamar & more)"

photos by Grant MacAllister

DOWNLOAD: Dana Falconberry - "Maple Leaf Red" (MP3)

Heartless Bastards (drum kit) @ Metro in Chicago - 10/22/2012
The Futurebirds

Austin folk singer Dana Falconberry is currently on tour with Heartless Bastards and Futurebirds and that tour hits NYC this Saturday (10/27) at at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter are below.

Earlier this week the tour hit Metro in Chicago (where Grimes and Swans also played this week), and we've got a set of pictures from that 10/22 show in this post.

Meanwhile, Dana Falconberry, who is touring with a full band, made a demo for her new song, "Maple Leaf Red" which makes its premiere in this post. Download above or stream it, along with the contest details and more Chicago pictures, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards on tour w/ Dana Falconberry (who has a new song), played Metro (pics), coming to NYC Saturday (win tix!)"

DOWNLOAD: My Jerusalem - "Born in the Belly" (MP3)

My Jerusalem
My Jerusalem

Austin rockers My Jerusalem put out their new album, Preachers, today (10/9) via The End Records. The album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno and features guest vocals from Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff. The band is led by Jeff Klein, who was previously a member of Greg Dull's post-Afghan Whigs band, The Twilight Singers, and has also recorded with Greg on his Live At Triple Door album and with his project with Mark Lanegan, The Gutter Twins. My Jerusalem are also featured on Summer's Kiss Records' Afghan Whigs tribute.

My Jerusalem's lineup also features other Gutter Twins contributors, including Cully Symington, who has also worked with Okkervil River and Afghan Whigs. You can stream Preachers in its entirety below and download a free MP3 of the track "Born in the Belly" at the top of this post.

In related news, we just posted pics of Afghan Whigs' Music Hall of Williamsburg show.

Dana Falconberry in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
Dana Falconberry

My Jerusalem are on tour now with Dana Falconberry and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (10/9) at Glasslands, for a show which doubles as a record release party for both artists (Dana for her new album, Leelanau). Freshkills are on the bill too. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

UPDATE: My Jerusalem will also play NYC on November 12 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon.

Meanwhile, Dana Falconberry will return to NYC later this month when she teams up with Heartless Bastards and Futurebirds for their tour which hits Irving Plaza on October 27. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all dates and the My Jerusalem album stream are below.

Continue reading "My Jerusalem and Dana Falconberry on tour, celebrating new LPs in NYC (dates, streams & MP3)"

Heartless Bastards at La Zona Rosa in Austin 4/20/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards just announced a wide-reaching fall tour in support of their most recent album Arrow which came out back in February on Partisan Records. The tour will stop in NYC on October 27 at Irving Plaza with openers Futurebirds (who just played Outside Lands). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10 AM, with a Live Nation mobile app presale starting Thursday (8/16) at 10 AM.

You can check out a video for Heartless Bastards' "Only for You" below, along with a list of all upcoming tour dates.

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards announce tour, playing Irving Plaza (dates)"

Firefly

Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.

No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest happens in Delaware --- 2012 dates & lineup (Jack White, Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab & more)"

Bumbershoot

The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.

Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.

Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2012 lineup (Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett & Skrillex are the headliners)"

Bowerbirds at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Laura Leebove)
Bowerbirds

Bowerbirds are currently on a tour that brings them to NYC this week for a Bowery Ballroom show on Friday (3/23) with Dry The River and Mandolin Orange. That show is sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, you'll have another chance to catch them in NYC later this year when they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 23. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (3/23) at noon.

The MHOW show is currently a one-off happening two months after their current tour ends, and over a month before they hit Pickathon 2012 at Pendarvis Farm, OR. The three-day fest will also include sets by Neko Case, Dr. Dog, Heartless Bastards, Handsome Furs, AA Bondy and many more.

Speaking of Dr. Dog, they're in NYC this week too and we're giving away tickets on Facebook.

Bowerbirds released their new album, The Clearing, earlier this month. Spotify users can stream it here. The video for album single, "Tuck the Darkness In," is below.

Updated dates and video below...

Continue reading "Bowerbirds add Brooklyn show happening after current tour, before Pickathon (updated dates)"

UPDATE: Okkervil River added!

DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - Wife Plot (MP3)

pictured: Diamond Rugs, Action Bronson & eXquire
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As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).

We announced Wednesday and Thursday in full. Friday is coming. Now finally here isSaturday at Hotel Vegan (March 17, 2012)

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
3:00 Lucero
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (Just added!)


Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson

Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS

For the 2nd year in a row, we've partnered up with our friends at Partisan Records and KF Records, and now the new Young One Records, to bring you a free Saturday blowout on three stages. This year we have an amazing lineup of 22 artists that includes a full stage of nothing but hip hop too.

In addition to the completely FREE lineup of great music, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, our official wine partner and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner. We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.

And we'll have some awesome giveaways from Partisan and KF Records, as well as cassette compilations from Young One Records (Including the above track "Wife Plot" by Fat Tony).

Listen to a playlist of artists playing this party on Spotify.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, The Original Moonshine, NadaMoo!, Honest Tea, Partisan Records, KF Records & Young One Records!

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This is just one of four full days at Hotel Vegan. Wednesday lineup HERE. Thursday lineup HERE. Friday coming in a second.

We also have THREE official BrooklynVegan showcases (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys, AND a just-announced bridge show.

Continue reading "full Hotel Vegan Saturday lineup (BV/Partisan/KF/Young One present Heartless Bastards, Lucero, Action Bronson & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Heartless Bastards

Two nights after appearing on Letterman, the Heartless Bastards, celebrating their recently released Arrow, headlined their biggest NYC show to date at Webster Hall on Friday (2/24). Joining them was Devin and Hacienda. Pictures from the show and the Letterman video are in this post.

Since we last spoke, HB have also added many more tour dates including SXSW where they'll play playing a TBA BrooklynVegan Day Party at Hotel Vegas. Stay tuned for more info on that.

All tour dates, and the pictures and video, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards played Letterman & Webster Hall w/ Hacienda & Devin (pics, video, more dates)"

Devin @ Public Assembly in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
Devin

The Brooklyn-based Devin, who recently opened for Suckers (also on Frenchkiss Records) at Knitting Factory, and, as mentioned, JEFF The Brotherhood at Maxwells, will be playing a free Valentine's Day show Tuesday at Pianos before heading out on tour with the Heartless Bastards. That tour hits Webster Hall on 2/24. Hacienda are also on the bill. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still on sale.

The Pianos show is part of a 2-floor, free party that also includes downstairs sets by St. Lucia (part of their February residency at the LES venue) and Tiny Victories, and upstairs music by MNDR (DJ set), Make Out & Psychobuildings. Flyer below.

Devin's debut LP, Romancing, is out on April 10th, via Frenckiss who also released his 3-song EP at the end of 2011. The full album tracklist and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Devin announces LP, playing free NYC show w/ DJ MNDR, touring w/ Heartless Bastards (dates)"

Erika Wannerstrom of Heartless Bastards in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Erika Wannerstrom

Heartless Bastards have left their longtime label, Fat Possum Records, and will be putting their next record, Arrow, out on Partisan Records on February 14. The album was produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno and recorded at his Public Hi-Fi home studio in Austin. The band are now a four-piece led by frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom and backed by drummer Dave Colvin, bassist Jesse Ebagh, and guitarist Mark Nathan. You can stream the album's lead track, "Parted Ways," at the bottom of this post.

Heartless Bastards will tour in support of the album this February and March with a NYC show happening on February 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. All dates, song stream, and cover art below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards announce new album & tour (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Passion Pit
Fun Fun Fest 2011 - Day 1

It's now Saturday and Fun Fun Fun Fest's second day is already underway and streaming on Pitchfork.

Yesterday, Friday, while BBG was holding down the black stage (which Danzig eventually played), Tim (who ran into Ryan Gosling more than once), was handling most of the other music the Austin fest had to offer. A quick selection of Tim's pictures from Friday continues below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 1 in pics (part 2) -- Passion Pit, Reggie Watts, Omar Souleyman & more)"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"

Heartless Bastards at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Heartless Bastards

We just mentioned that Oax, who opened for Peter Bjorn & John in Austin, release an EP today (6/7) and open for The Rosebuds in Texas later this month. We since learned via a comment that Oax left, that The Heartless Bastards were also playing as his backing band (and that it was a "Rippin live show!"). A second look at the pictures confirms.

The Heartless Bastards, who headlined Bowery Ballroom recently, will come back to the forefront (and with their front-woman) at Mercury Lounge on July 23 & July 24, though these shows may not be as rippin as the Oax show because these will be special acoustic sets. Tickets went on sale last week and are still available for the 7/23 show (act quick though), and tickets go on sale Friday (6/10) at noon for 7/24.

A few more tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards backed Oax, plan acoustic shows (dates)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

"Heartless Bastards at Bowery. Big Herms says: "righteous!"" - Jonathan Cohen

Heartless Bastards
Heartless Bastards

"I've seen the Heartless Bastards multiple times. Twice in Austin and twice in the New York City area. They are a fine band and always put on a quality performance. I suspect that they might have done the same l[Thursday] evening, but it was hard to tell because I couldn't hear the band over all the meaningless drunken conversations happening while the band was playing. I might be old fashioned, but I am of the opinion that one goes to a rock show to watch and LISTEN to the band. I don't understand the point of paying for the ticket (and Ticketmaster's obnoxiously high service fees) to stand around and have a drunk conversation that you could have with your friend at a bar before and/or after the show. Sure, of course you are going to talk a little bit when you are watching a band because you want to share opinions on the show and/or band or simply say "I LOVE THIS SONG". A show doesn't demand complete silence like a trip to the movie theater does, but chit chatting through an entire show disrupts the people around you and their enjoyment of the show.

The worst part about [that evening at Bowery Ballroom] was the drunk hipster in his trucker hat intentionally bumping into people with (I presume) the hopes of getting into an altercation. After he tried to provoke me three times, I had to go to the downstairs bar and call it quits on the evening. Missed the last eight songs of the set."
[I Had an Awesome Time]

That "review", and the pictures in this post, come from the July 15th Heartless Bastards show at Bowery Ballroom with Peter Wolf Crier and Builders and The Butchers. The NYC gig came one night after the same lineup played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows were part of a tour that continues until the end of the month.

More pictures and the setlist from the Bowery show, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards, Peter Wolf Crier & the Builders and the Butchers played Bowery Ballroom (pics & setlist) "

DOWNLOAD: Peter Wolf Crier - Hard as Nails (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Peter Wolf Crier - Crutch & Cane (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: First Aid Kit - Sailor Song (live) (MP3)

Peter Wolf Crier
Peter Wolf Crier

Female-fronted folk-punk Heartless Bastards and the two-man Peter Wolf Crier are going on tour this summer. That'll include a pair of NYC shows: one at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 14th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and one at Bowery Ballroom on July 15th (tickets on sale Thursday at noon).

Before then, Minneapolis' Peter Wolf Crier have their own shows across North America. Those include three NYC dates: Pianos on June 15th (tickets), Mercury Lounge on June 16th (tickets) and Union Hall on June 18th.

Their Mercury Lounge show intersects with UK band First Aid Kit & Samantha Crain's tour together (tickets), which also stops at the Bell House the night before June 15th (tickets). First Aid Kit, you may remember, were supposed to be here in October but never got never got their visas sorted in time for the trip. They're excited...

"To tour the States has always been our biggest dream - to finally get the chance to come over feels amazing, " they gush. "We are heavily inspired by American music, so to be able to see the places where many of our influences come from and have lived their lives is very exciting. We've also gotten a great online response from American fans and we're looking forward to playing for them". Further mining their excitement they add," Our dear friend Samantha Crain is supporting us. We're sure it is going to be a magical tour."
First Aid Kit's debut album, The Big Black & The Blue, is out May 25th (video below. MP3 above). Peter Wolf Crier's debut album Inter-Be will be released by JagJaguwar on the same day, but you can pre-order it now and you get an instant download. Two free tracks from the album above, a full stream at The Current, and a video with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards touring w/ Peter Wolf Crier, First Aid Kit w/ Samantha Crain - 2010 tour dates & MP3s"

Of Montreal @ Terminal 5 in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Of Montreal

tonight in NYC
* HAIL! @ BB King's
* moe. @ Brooklyn Bowl
* DJ Krush @ Bowery Ballroom
* Oh No Ono @ Sound Fix Records
* .357 Lover @ Knitting Factory
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Darius Jones Quartet @ Roulette
* Daniel Merriweather @ Gramercy Theatre
* Jenny Scheinman & Robbie Fulks @ Barbes
* Pretty & Nice, Drunken Sufis @ The Cameo
* Mirror Mirror, Omega Jarden @ Glasslands
* Beach House, Jana Hunter @ The Bell House
* The London Souls, Turkuaz @ Mercury Lounge
* Ebony Bones, Fire and Reason @ Mercury Lounge
* Of Montreal, James Husband @ Highline Ballroom
* M. Lamar, Justin Bond, Larkin Grimm, Novice Theory @ Galapagos Art Space
* Jump Into The Gospel, Brothers, Hymns, Locksley, Milk and Blood @ Pianos
* James Blackshaw, Max Ochs, Ben Hall, Nick Jonah Davis @ (Le) Poisson Rouge

On No Ono play Sound Fix today before their shows at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday with Bear in Heaven, and Union Hall on Thursday.

Fyfe Dangerfield was supposed to play tonight.

Galapagos Art Space hosts a CD release party for M. Lamar, who The New Yoker dubbed "a performance artist who celebrates and parodies the very idea of the chanteuse: he deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in divalike hauteur." The night also features performances by Justin Bond, Larkin Grimm and Novice Theory.

A selection of recent videos below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Wolfmother

When a musical act does what it does well, it can be hard to ignore. Their music might not be wildly innovative or emotionally challenging or rhetorically complex; but a pretty picture is still a pretty picture, no matter how much one may try to elicit some bogus existential commentary from its depths. Wolfmother might be one the quintessential examples of such an approach in today's rock landscape; you know exactly what to expect, and yet you still end up surprised and exhilarated when a head-on experience with the band is through.

Such was the attractive canvas on view Monday night (11/9) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, where the band played its second of two New York City gigs as part of its 2009 North American tour with The Heartless Bastards (the first was at the much larger Terminal 5 in Manhattan). With as much subtly as a Jeff Koons masterpiece, Wolfmother ripped through a nearly two-hour set of cleverly interpreted 70's arena rock pastiche, replete with all the genre-characterizing theatrics one would come to expect from a band categorically set on suckling from the same breast as their prototypical influences.

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Continue reading "Wolfmother & Heartless Bastards @ MHOW - pics & setlist"

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Wolfmother has added a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 9th, one day after their Terminal 5 show which part of of a fall tour with Heartless Bastards. thenewno2 open both NYC shows (and maybe the tour) as well. Tickets for the MHOW show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (10/28) at noon and general sale Friday at noon. Tickets to Terminal 5 are still available.

Wolfmother's new record Cosmic Egg, their first with a new lineup, is out today on DGC/Interscope/Modular. Coming up, the band tours across North America and Europe, then goes on an Australian tour with AC/DC. Those dates are below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards touring w/ Wolfmother, MHOW show added - updated 2009 Tour Dates "

photos by Tim Griffin and Chris La Putt

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]
Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....

Continue reading "All Points West 2009 - Day One in Pictures"

Jay-Z @ APW in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ - 7/31/09 (photo by Tim Griffin)
Jay z

Brooklyn's own Jay-Z opened up his headlining set at All Points West on Friday night with a cover of the Beastie Boys classic "No Sleep Till Brooklyn". Was it a fitting tribute to the group that he replaced on the lineup (due to MCA's diagnosis of cancer) or was it Jay-Z's way of reminding New Jersey what he plans on doing with the Nets? OK, I'll go with the former, and it was our own great Jay-Z festival moment (at his first-ever US festival appearance). The UK's Glastonbury got the (less sincere) tribute to Oasis in 2008.

Speaking of Glastonbury, All Points West got its mud... which came from the rain that miraculously cleared up before Hova took the stage (at which point he covered "No Sleep" with the "Beastie Boys at the Garden" line in the first verse changed to "Jay-Z at All Points West.", and then...)

Immediately after that, he performed his own "Brooklyn (Go Hard)."

Later, he dedicated his entire set to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. It was Yauch's illness -- he has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland -- that forced the group's cancellation, last week.

In his 80-minute day-closing set, Jay-Z also performed hits like "99 Problems," "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," "Big Pimpin'" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," as well as his recent single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." [NJ.com]

Tons more pictures coming soon. All our APW coverage HERE. Hopefully you didn't throw away your Friday ticket. Saturday's schedule HERE. A few more videos from Friday (including a clip of No Sleep) below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z closes out rainy Day 1 of All Points West (pic, video)"

DOWNLOAD: Heartless Bastards - The Mountain (MP3)

Heartless Bastards @ Bowery Ballroom Oct. 2008 (more by Nathan Miller)
Heartless Bastards

Ohio's Heartless Bastards, led by Erika Wennerstrom, will be opening up the Friday lineup at All Points West this weekend. The only people who go on before them at the Jersey City fest are "College Humor" on the Queen of the Valley, sometimes-comedy stage. Their record The Mountain came out earlier this year on Fat Possum. The title track is above.

You can also catch Erika performing solo tonight (July 30th) at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street New York, NY) with Butterfly Boucher as part of the non-profit's Live from Home series. Tickets are on sale (thx rajohn).

Housing Works recently hosted a variety show benefit which featured an acoustic performance by Fiery Furnaces, and will be holding an event with Dredg and Salman Rushdie on October 1st.

Heartless Bastards are on tour through August. They open a bunch of shows for The Decemberists and then for The Avett Brothers. They'll also be making an appearance at the Austin City Limits Festival in October. It's a Texas fest they also played in 2008. They also taped a set for the TV show with the same name last June.

Clips of Heartless Bastards on ACL and at ACL Fest, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards - 2009 Tour Dates (Erika Wennerstrom solo @ Housing Works tonight, APW Friday, ACL, more)"

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