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Wilco at Prospect Park, 7/23/2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

today in NYC
Mike Pride @ Barbes
Big Terrific @ Cameo
Sarah Siskind @ Joe's Pub
Weimar New York @ Joe's Pub
Wilco, Cibo Matto @ Terminal 5
Melvin Gibbs @ Le Poisson Rouge
Water Scores: Part 2 @ The Stone
The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
The Alternate Routes @ Bryant Park
WIERD with Vaura @ Home Sweet Home
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly @ Jones Beach
Kind of Like Spitting, Dads @ Knitting Factory
Animal Kingdom, Royal Teeth @ Mercury Lounge
Martha Wainwright, Hannah Cohen @ City Winery
The Stationary Set, Modern Rivals @ Mercury Lounge
Wilder Maker, Wilsen, Margaret Glaspy @ Union Pool
Santana, Allman Brothers Band @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Bright Moments, Valley Lodge, Good Field @ Union Hall
Napoleon's, Hard Nips, Visuals @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
Freedy Johnston, Bryan Dunn, Mike Higbee @ The Rock Shop
Shark?, Darlings, Celestial Shore, RElyse @ 285 Kent Ave
Katie's Money, Twitchers, Ugly Purple Sweater @ Cake Shop
Summerscreen w/ Telepathe, Prince Rama, Vaz @ McCarren Park
The Echo-Friendly, Zulu Pearls, Such Hounds @ Bowery Electric
High Space, Will Bernard, Scott Metzger, Wolf @ Brooklyn Bowl
Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Ancient Ocean @ Zebulon
Technicolor Teeth, Acid Glasses, Golden Clouds @ Death By Audio
TED Talks w/ Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, and more @ Littlefield
Allen Stone, Elizabeth and The Catapult, Anthony Hall @ Bowery Ballroom
Deidre & The Dark, Fast Years, The Living Kills, Lorna Dune @ Glasslands
Alberich, Chaos Majik, Swollen Organs, Compactor, Theologian @ Saint Vitus
Water Scores: Part 1 Altered Spades: Fables of a Mutated Harlem @ The Stone
The Babies, Wild Yaks, Beach Day, Daytona, Total Slacker (DJ set) @ Public Assembly
Milk!, Megg Farrell's Whiskey Social, Chamber Band, Kendy Gable, Jack Wilson @ Pianos
Evans Blue, State Your Cause, Jolly, Ascending From Ashes, The Latanza Heist @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Open Mike Eagle, Mega Ran, Billy Woods, PremRock, Willie Green, Adam (Nasa), Brzowski, Mo Niklz @ Cameo Gallery

Tonight's Summerscreen movie in McCarren Park is treacly '80s hit Dirty Dancing with preceding musical acts Telepathe, Vaz and Prince Rama. Maybe one of them will cover "She's Like the Wind"?

You can keep your free Williamsburg evening going by heading to 285 Kent to see Shark?, Darlings, Celestial Shore, and RElyse -- though anything you want to pay at the door will go to funding Showpaper.

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Happy Birthday to Thurston Moore who is 54 today. Watch him explain the "grunge pedal" on a classic 120 Minutes clip below.

King Dude's got a new 7", the first single from his forthcoming album Burning Daylight. You can stream it below.

Hot Chip, who just played two shows in NYC, released a video for "How You Do?" from their latest album In Our Heads which you can watch below.

Nardwuar latest interviewee is El-P and you can watch that below too.

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by Andrew Sacher


UK bass duo Disclosure (aka brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence) released their debut EP, The Face, earlier this year via Greco-Roman. It's four tracks long, two of which have guest lead singers -- Sinhead Harnett on "Boiling" and Ria Ritchie on "Control" -- and should be of interest to fans of last year's guest vocalist-filled SBTRKT album, who Disclosure has joined on stage in Nottingham (video below). SBTRKT also featured them in a a mix he made last year. They've also remixed SBTRKT collaborator Jessie Ware's track "Running," (listen below) off her upcoming debut LP and performed it live with her last month in London at Hackney Weekend (but the video has since been removed).

Though the SBTRKT and Jessie Ware comparisons are good reference points for the duo's sound, it's not totally fair to tie them down to it. There's a really familiar feeling to the EP, perhaps due in part to the fact that it was released about a year after this sound really began taking off, but it's not without its own twist. It's certainly got a bit more hop in its step than the vocal-fronted ambient garage of Jamie Woon or James Blake, but it doesn't totally sound like Disclosure will be headlining Terminal 5 any time soon either (where SBTRKT's just-announced tour will hit in October). And though lead vocals tend to make songs like these more memorable, the most distinctive track is "What's In Your Head," which is lead by a sampled voice repeating the song's title and some looping moans. You can stream the entire EP below, and check out the video for "Control." Disclosure also have a FACT mix and a Mixmag DJ lab mix which you can stream below.

Disclosure will be heading out on a North American tour this October, which kicks off with two NYC shows that happen on October 24 at Glasslands and October 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (7/27) at 7 AM and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon. Before the North American tour, they'll go on a European run supporting Hot Chip, whose member Joe Goddard remixed Disclosure's track, "Control," and co-owns the Greco-Roman label they're on.

A stream of that remix, a list of all dates, the tour flier, and all other streams and videos are below...

Continue reading "check out UK duo Disclosure, friends of SBTRKT & Jessie Ware (dates & stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip at Prospect Park, 7/1/2012 (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
Hot Chip Prospect Park

Hot Chip, who finished up their tour last night (7/22) in MD with Sleigh Bells, played Terminal 5 on Friday night (7/20), their second NYC show of the week following a slightly-damp show at Prospect Park two days before. And while the crowd was tamer than I've seen at previous Hot Chip shows (I think this was my 10th time seeing them?) it was certainly not the fault of the band who have honed the electronic band live experience to a science. With a blinding stroboscoopic light show and two auxiliary members beefing up their sound, they seemed not just ready for the floor but ready for arenas.

One of my favorite things about seeing Hot Chip live is that they are never afraid to mess with their best-loved tracks. "Over and Over" and "And I was a Boy from School" both got massively reworked, the latter now driven by electric piano that gave the song an early-'90s balaeric kick. I could of used a few more oldies, as we got nothing from Coming on Strong and just those two songs from The Warning, plus two each from Made in the Dark ("Hold On," and "Ready for the Floor" which was clearly the crowd's favorite) and three from One Life Stand ("I Feel Better," "Hand Me Down Your Love" and the title track).

We got most of the new album In Our Heads (though not my favorite song "These Chains"), which the crowd didn't seem to know very well. For the encore, Alexis Taylor invited out Lizzie from Gang Gang Dance (who opened for Hot Chip at Prospect Park) to sing on ballad "I Have Always Been Your Love." The show finished with "Let Me Be Him" which veers into M83 territory, what with the "whoah oh oh" chorus and a bombastic finish that was especially arena-ready.

Wed don't have pictures from Terminal 5 but you can look at shots from from Prospect Park and Pitchfork too. Watch their appearance last week on Fallon if you missed it, and catch Hot Chip this December on on one of the Coachella Cruises. Chromatics opened the Terminal 5 show and also played Sunday (7/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg which you can see pics of here.

Setlist for Friday's Terminal 5 show is below.

Continue reading "Hot Chip played Terminal 5 (review & setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Chromatics @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Chromatics

Chromatics were in town this past weekend, opening for Hot Chip on Friday (7/20) and playing a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (7/22). I caught their T5 set -- my first time seeing the group -- and they were more engaging than I thought they were going to be, with a live drummer keeping things banging. I like their new album just fine but to this point, though, Chromatics don't so much make music to dance to as music to melancholically bob your head to. Kill for Love's "Lady" and the Survivor-esque "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" came closest to getting the crowd moving. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.

In related news, Chromatics' "Lady" was the inspiration for a new videogame that's part of the Pitchfork-comissioned Soundplay series and you can play that here.

Chromatics recently played the Pitchfork Festival too (which we have pictures of). More pictures from the MHOW show, a FIXED production (that was originally supposed to happen at Dekalb Market) where the band shared a bill with DJs JDH, Dave P and Paul Raffaele, below.

Continue reading "Chromatics inspired a videogame, opened for Hot Chip at Terminal 5, headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)"

Modest Mouse at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Modest Mouse

today in NYC
* Batz @ Joe's Pub
* Q-Tip @ Irving Plaza
* Ben Sidran @ Barbes
* Josh Rouse @ Joe's Pub
* David Weiss @ The Stone
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Eleni Mandell @ Joe's Pub
* The Detroit Cobras @ Maxwell's
* Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
* Hot Chip, Chromatics @ Terminal 5
* Electric Youth (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Here We Go Magic, Sinkane @ Cameo
* Machel Montano, BélO @ Celebrate Brooklyn
* Deathface, White Ring @ Public Assembly
* Shonen Knife, White Mystery @ Asbury Lanes (NJ)
* ARMS, Brazos, Port St. Willow @ Union Pool
* Deleted Scenes, Yellowdogs @ The Rock Shop
* Neighbors, Way Yes, Friend Roulette @ Glasslands
* Modest Mouse, The Felice Brothers @ Wellmont Theatre
* American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost @ Webster Hall
* Dent May, Caged Animals, Young Buffalo @ Mercury Lounge
* Wake, Exogorth, Totes Brute, The Communion @ Acheron
* Bear Hands, Fort Lean, The Judas Knife @ Knitting Factory
* Squeeze, The Romantics @ Seaside Summer Concert Series
* Dean Wareham (plays Galaxie 500), TEEN @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Supreme Cuts, The-Drum, Sich Mang, Haleek Maul @ Glasslands
* Blondes, Telepathe (DJ set), Andy Petr @ Santos Party House
* College, Anoraak, Electric Youth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Brenmar, Jim-e Stack, J-Cush @ 285 Kent
* Organs, Stolen Girls, Dharma Dogs, Casual Friday @ The Gutter
* Mount Carmel, Endless Boogie, Great War, Dharana @ Cake Shop
* Skoal Kodiak, Myrrh, Alien Whale, Man Forever @ Death By Audio
* Fang Island, People Get Ready, Call Of The Wild @ Bowery Ballroom
* Kingdom, Kastle, Sleepyhead, Dunes, Figgy @ Drom
* Armor Column, Todesbonden, Argus, Twisted Tower Dire @ Saint Vitus
* Raccoon Fighter, I'm Turning Into, The Denzels, Dead Stars @ Big Snow
* Levek, Tropic of Pisces, Chains of Love, Bad Girlfriend, No Kill @ Pianos
* Secret Police, Altered Boys, Loose Ends, Mutant Genes, Ylajali @ Tommy's Tavern
* Psychobuildings, Shy Hunters, Assembly New York Presents: Botanica Negra @ Zebulon
* Mavis Staples, Aloe Blacc, Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Impressions, Binky Griptite, Sinead O'Connor (Curtis Mayfield Tribute) @ Lincoln Center

Fans of the Drive soundtrack have a lot of options tonight. The 'Drive Tour' hits MHOW with College, Anoraak, and Electric Youth. Then afterwards Electric Youth DJs Brooklyn Bowl. Plus, Chromatics open for Hot Chip at Terminal 5 and they also play a sold out show at MHOW on Sunday (7/22).

Shonen Knife and White Mystery are on tour together and will play Asbury Lanes in NJ tonight, but you can also catch them at the Bell House on Saturday (7/21) and again in NJ at Maxwell's on Sunday (7/22).

The free Converse City Carnage show with Sleigh Bells at Hudson River Park is on Saturday (7/21).

Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues on Saturday (7/21) with Matthew Dear (DJ), Sepalcure, Le1f, MikeQ, and JDH & Dave P. Download the Fader/MoMA PS1 Warm Up mix that MikeQ made for this week HERE. Le1f also has a new video for "Wut," which you can watch below.

Hot Chip, who played Prospect Park on Wednesday (7/18) and play Terminal 5 with Chromatics tonight, were on Fallon last night to perform In Our Heads track, "Don't Deny Your Heart" with help from The Roots. Check out a video of that below.

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Hot Chip

Wednesday's wild thunderstorms threw a big, wet wrench into the gears of many outdoor shows last night, causing cancellations/postponements of the MNDR/Javelin/Delicate Steve show on the Intrepid, the Summerstage show with Big Daddy Kane/Marley Marl in Queens, and moved the Refused/Off! show from Williamsburg Park to Greenpoint club Europa. But the rain didn't scare a bunch of geeky dudes from England with a bunch of temperamental electronic gear. Nor did it stop their fans, who packed Prospect Park to the fences and danced their asses off the whole time.

Hot Chip's set time (and doors to the bandshell) were pushed back in hopes the rain would stop, which it did, making for a muggy night but no one seemed to mind. Hot Chip thanked Celebrate Brooklyn for not canceling the show. The band, now augmented with not just long-time live band member Rob Smoughton (aka Grovesnor) but also Holy Ghost! drummer Jim Orso, played the lion's share of their new album, In Our Heads, and peppered the rest of their set with favorites like "Over and Over," "I Was a Boy from School," "I Feel Better," and "Ready for the Floor," the latter of which morphed into a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere" (which they've done before).  At the end of their show, they invited the whole crowd to come party with them at Santos (where JEFF the Brotherhood played earlier that evening).

We missed openers Gang Gang Dance  but they've also got three upcoming headlining Brooklyn gigs, so maybe we'll catch one of those. Hot Chip play with Chromatics at Terminal 5 on Friday (7/20) and tickets are still available. More pictures and the setlist from the Prospect Park show are below.

Continue reading "Hot Chip played Prospect Park (pics, setlist)"

Gang Gang Dance in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Gang Gang Dance

As mentioned several times, Gang Gang Dance will open Hot Chip's sold out Prospect Park show tonight (7/18) (if you're going, wear a poncho!). We also recently mentioned that GGD play a $27 show at Public Assembly on September 21 with Sun Araw, and soon after, mentioned they play another small show at the same price at Cameo Gallery on September 22. We've since discovered the band will play a THIRD Brooklyn show that week. This one's a bit bigger (and thus, a bit cheaper) (UPDATE: all three shows are $20 now) and it happens on September 23 at 285 Kent. $20 tickets for that show are on sale now. Prince Rama were originally set to open the Cameo show, but they will now instead open the 285 Kent show, and New Moods will open the Cameo show. Tickets for the Public Assembly show and the Cameo show are still available. Updated GGD dates are listed below.

Speaking of Hot Chip, after tonight's show, there will be a free afterparty at Santos Party House where they will DJ, along with a DJ set by Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw. The party starts at 11 PM. Maybe you just want to come early and catch JEFF the Brotherhood for free?

Hot Chip also play Terminal 5 on Friday (7/20) with Chromatics. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all Gang Gang Dance tour dates is below...

Continue reading "Gang Gang Dance playing 285 Kent after Public Assembly & Cameo; Hot Chip afterparty at Santos tonight"


Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.

Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.

Holy Ship sails in January too.

Best Coast at Orion Fest, June 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

today in NYC
* Nas @ Rucker Park
* Tori Scott @ Joe's Pub
* Nate Radley @ Barbes
* Spyro Gyra @ Blue Note
* Meat Loaf @ Welmont Theatre
* Seal, Macy Gray @ Beacon Theatre
* Sam Moore and Deva Mahal @ City Winery
* Geri Allen, Laurie Anderson @ The Stone
* Thomas Mapfumo @ World Financial Center
* Black Wing Halo, We Run @ Mercury Lounge
* Jeff LeBlanc, Rhinna LaRocque @ Joe's Pub
* Best Coast, Those Darlins, DIIV @ Terminal 5
* Katie Dill, Selva Oscura, Yung Life @ Cameo Gallery
* Allison Weiss, Mitten, Jack Dolgen @ Mercury Lounge
* Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher @ Le Poisson Rouge
* New York Philharmonic @ Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
* Gym, Deer, Andy Elwell, Pony of Good Tidings @ Cake Shop
* Spirit Animal, The Ludlow Thieves, The Sanctuaries @ Glasslands
* Chi-Lites, Felix Hernandez @ Queensbridge Park Summerstage
* Eye Ra Haze, Gunfire-N-Sodomy, Heroes and Underdogs @ Saint Vitus
* Delta Rae, Aunt Martha, Andy Suzuki & the Method @ Bowery Ballroom
* Upright Citizen's Brigade presents All Stars of Improv @ Central Park Summerstage
* The Moon w/ Gabrielle Bell, Dave Hill, Sean Donnelly, Corn Mo @ Union Pool
* Adrian Belew Power Trio, Stickmen, Consider The Source @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, Kasey Anderson @ Williamsburg Park
* Murder By Death, Corey Chisel and His Wandering Sons, Ha Ha Tonka @ Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Sleng Teng, Tetryl Red, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Onra, Dam-Funk (DJ set), Taylor McFerrin, The Doppelgangaz, DJ Sean Rowlands @ Santos Party House

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Tonight's the first show at Williamsburg Park with a not-so-exciting line-up headlined by Counting Crows. Better shows later this week.

Nardwuar recently interviewed Trash Talk and you can watch the obscure factoids and gifts fly below.

Deer Tick were on AV Club video series 'Undercover' to perform Harvey Danger's '90s hit "Flagpole Sitta" which you can watch below.

No Doubt are back with "Settle Down," their first new single in 11 years. Watch the video below.

Check out new videos from Shearwater and Hot Chip below too.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG & Chase Turner

Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.

If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?

More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 day 2 in pics (Godspeed, Hot Chip, Grimes, Wild Flag, Chromatics, Flying Lotus, Cloud Nothings & more)"

shittychandelier with a pitchfork

If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...

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Hot Chip at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by VIncent Cornelli)
Hot Chip

As mentioned, Hot Chip are currently touring in support of their solid new album, In Our Heads. The North American portion of that tour kicks off in Minneapolis this Friday (7/13) brings the band to NYC for shows at Prospect Park on July 18 with Gang Gang Dance and Terminal 5 on July 20 with Chromatics. The Prospect Park show is sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, you can watch it from the comfort of your own home when it streams live on NPR.

Tickets are still available for the T5 show, and as recently mentioned, we're giving away a pair. Details on that are HERE.

For the North American run, the band will be joined by guest drummer Jim Orso of former DFA labelmates Holy Ghost! (Hot Chip are now on Domino). Updated dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Hot Chip will be joined by Holy Ghost! drummer on North American tour, their Prospect Park show will stream on NPR"

Gang Gang Dance at Austin's Mohawk in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Gang Gang Dance

Gang Gang Dance have a few dates scheduled for this summer including Prospect Park on July 18 opening for Hot Chip. That show has since sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below. Tickets are still available for Hot Chip's Terminal 5 show (7/20) with Chromatics.

UPDATE: The ticket contest is for Hot Chip's Terminal 5 show with Chromatics, not Prospect Park. Details below.

Other currently scheduled GGD dates include Hudson, NY's Basilica Music Festival with Liturgy, Mick Barr, Prince Rama, and more, and POP Montreal. The NYC band have also announced another hometown show which happens on September 21 at Public Assembly with fellow psych weirdos Sun Araw. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Sun Araw, when main man Cameron Stallones isn't off recording records with reggae legends, he's also been working on his own new material. That material will see the light of day sometime this year in the form of The Inner Treaty LP. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Lists of dates and contest details below...

Continue reading "Gang Gang Dance playing NYC w/ Sun Araw (who's releasing an LP); win tix to Hot Chip's T5 show w/ Chromatics"

Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

by Andrew Sacher

Hot Chip at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Hot Chip

As you may be aware, Hot Chip's new album, In Our Heads is out today. If you've yet to hear it you can stream it on NPR or Spotify or buy it in a variety of formats. Album opener, "Motion Sickness" is one of the band's best pop moments so far (up there with "Boy From School" and "I Feel Better"). Other standouts include the galloping beatwork of "These Chains" and the slow romantic sounding "Look At Where We Are," and though it's a bit on the long side, the whole album is really great.

As mentioned, Hot Chip will be touring this summer and coming to NYC for a show at Prospect Park on July 18 with Gang Gang Dance. Tickets for that show are still available, and the band have just added a smaller NYC show to happen two days later at Terminal 5 on July 20 with Chromatics. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/13) at noon.

Chromatics also have another NYC show around that time at Dekalb Market on 7/22.

Two videos from In Our Heads are below, along with a list of updated dates...

Continue reading "Hot Chip's LP is out now, add T5 show w/ Chromatics (dates)"

Micachu & the Shapes at Terminal 5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Micachu & the Shapes

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Kacie Sheik @ Joe's Pub
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Shawn Colvin @ City Winery
* Gabriel Kahane @ Joe's Pub
* Merzbow, Wold @ Saint Vitus
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Quadron, Teletextile @ Cameo
* Future, Pusha T @ Irving Plaza
* Lindsey Buckingham @ BB King's
* Kendrick Lamar @ Santos Party House
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Man Man, Raleigh Moncrief @ Maxwell's
* Emeli Sande, Selah Sue @ Bowery Ballroom
* Micachu & The Shapes, Zambri @ Glasslands
* Omar Souleyman, Dengue Fever @ Webster Hall
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* The CCB Reggae All-Stars @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Ben Von Wildenhaus, Shoddy Prototypes @ Manhattan Inn
* Izia, Dionysos, Rinocerose, Coblism @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sourpatch, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Pretty Wild @ Death By Audio
* Summer Girlfriends, The N'ere Dowells, The Upskirts @ Cake Shop
* Steve Gunn, Gunn/Trucsinski Duo, Georgia, DJ Koen Holtkamp @ Zebulon
* Kopecky Family Band, mynameisjohnmichael, New Beard @ Mercury Lounge
* Menage, Evan P Donohue, Alpenglow, Ramon & Dylan, The Decent Lovers @ Pianos
* The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay), DJ Barry King @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (of The Hold Steady), Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, Tom Hamilton @ Brooklyn Bowl

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Levon Helm, who passed away earlier this year, is being honored tonight with a tribute show at Brooklyn Bowl with members of The Hold Steady, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent and more.

Micachu & the Shapes, who opened for tUnE-yArDs on Friday, headline Glasslands tonight. Tickets are still available.

Hot Chip are streaming their new album, In Our Heads, over at NPR.

The Tallest Man on Earth is also streaming his new album, There's No Leaving Now, at NPR.

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Chromatics at Radio City last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Chromatics who released the much talked about Kill For Love earlier this year, and was in NYC for two shows last month, are continuing to play shows internationally over the next few months. They'll return to NYC for another show on July 22 at Dekalb Market in Brooklyn for a "Fixed x Dog and Pony" show with Blondes. Some of their other US dates, including Boston and Philly, are with Hot Chip, who play Prospect Park with Gang Gang Dance a few days prior (7/18).

Blondes also play Dekalb Market, but on June 3rd (and not with Chromatics as originally posted). Both shows, and one with Maxxi Soundsystem, are on sale.

Chromatics have also released a drumless version of Kill For Love. Here's what Johnny Jewel told Pitchfork about the album:

It's 11 tracks, because some of the tracks don't have drums to begin with. It's all the pop songs without drums... I think people will have a lot of fun with it because everyone keeps remixing 'Birds of Paradise' because there were no drums on it... I also mastered an instrumental version of the entire album. I always master multiple versions in case I want to collage or edit them later. I was really liking the way the vocal mixes sounded with no drums and I think that the drums on the album are so heavy, that it's interesting to hear the record as this almost-empty, almost-a cappella kind of thing.
Download the drumless Kill For Love for free and check out the tracklist and listen to one of those "Birds of Paradise" remixes, with all dates below...

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Tickets for many of the just-announced Hot Chip shows are on pre-sale now including the July 18th Brooklyn show in Prospect Park which Gang Gang Dance is opening. Tickets ($35 advance / $40 day of show) go on general sale Friday at noon.

Gang Gang Dance is also playing the Symbiosis Gathering in Nevada in May, during a solar eclipse, with James Blake, Little Dragon, and many more.

Hot Chip

As predicated, Hot Chip have scheduled a few more U.S. dates around their appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer, and those dates included July 18th in Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The band also posted a new song from their fortchoming album to YouTube. Watch/listen with all dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip

Hot Chip have signed to Domino Records who will put out the band's fifth album, In Our Heads, which will be out June 12 in all the popular formats. It will be the band's first since 2010's One Life Stand.

Hot Chip's only American show scheduled at this point is the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 13, but a NYC show before or after seems likely. No music yet (or album art) at this early juncture, but the tracklisting is at the bottom of this post.

2012 is a busy year for Hot Chip, in and out of the group. Joe Goddard is one half of The 2 Bears whose debut album, Be Strong, came out back in January and is one of the more fun, danceable albums of the year so far. (You can stream it on Spotify.) Felix Martin and Al Doyle are two-thirds of New Build whose debut (very Roxy Music) is out April 3 via the band's own Lunark Recordings. New Build will be at SXSW and play Mercury Lounge March 13 and 14.

Tour dates and audio streams for New Build are below, plus 2 Bears videos and the In Our Heads tracklist...

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The press release say:

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15! Seven years in, this independently run three-day event has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced and rewarding weekends of music around.

A tremendously focused and thoughtfully curated event, the Pitchfork Music Festival has historically introduced emerging bands while also honoring a great number of already beloved and internationally renowned acts. This year continues with that high standard and welcomes Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal! But this is only the beginning! There are more than 30 acts to still be announced.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that the Pitchfork Music Festival will not be raising ticket prices in 2012! Our goal has always been to create an affordable atmosphere with music at its focus, and do so in a way that is sustainable and exciting. So why raise ticket prices if you don't need to, right? Tickets for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 9 at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and a limited number of three-day passes for $110! Based on years past, three-day passes will sell out very quickly. Tickets will be available on the festival website.

In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities for its 50,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries to easily enjoy. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest not only supports local businesses and economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.
The full Chicago festival lineup so far, including Willis Earl Beal who we recently hosted in the same city (where Willis happens to also live), is listed below...

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Hot Chip at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Hot Chip

We just mentioned that Hot Chip/LCD Soundsystem side project New Build added a second Mercury Lounge show (3/14) happening one day after their sold out NYC debut at the same venue (3/13). Tickets are on AmEx presale and go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon. These two shows are now part of a longer tour that the band will be on in March, but they are still the only two North American dates. All dates are listed below.

New Build just announced their second release on their own Lanark Recordings, a limited edition 12" single (they're only pressing 500 copies) called "Do You Not Feel Loved?" with remixes by Dominik Eulberg and Juju & Jordash. You can pre-order the single now and stream it along with its b-sides below.

In related news, as producer Mark Ralph reveals on twitter, he just finished producing the new Hot Chip album which the band said they had one song left to record for about a week earlier. As Fact points out, Hot Chip seem to confirm the news (that the album recording is complete). Hopefully that will see a release date this year.

Updated New Build dates and stream below...

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New Build

New Build, the new project featuring Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle (who was also in LCD Soundsystem) and engineer Tom Hopkins, announced last month/year that they'll be making their NYC debut at Mercury Lounge on March 13. That show has since sold out and they've since added another show happening one day later at the same venue (3/14). Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon.

In related news LCD Soundsystem is releasing a documentary called Shut Up and Play the Hits. Watch the trailer if you haven't already.

Updated New Build dates below...

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