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Pitchfork

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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How to Dress Well at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
HTDW

As discussed, How to Dress Well is playing one of the last-ever Glasslands shows on December 16, and it's since been revealed that he'll be appearing live in NYC the day after that too. On December 17 at Verboten, HTDW will take part in SPIN and Microsoft's The Connect Sessions, which "pairs groundbreaking artists across the worlds of music, digital design, and visual art to build one-of-a-kind, collaborative pieces of content."

The pairings include Ian Williams of Battles/Don Caballero with visual artist Ron Amstutz, How to Dress Well with multi-media artist Melissa Matos (TRUSST), and electronic musician Com Truise with videographer Deborah Johnson (aka CandyStations). The show goes from 8 PM to midnight, and is 21+. To get in, you have to RSVP.

Watch a video from How to Dress Well's 2014 album, below...

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SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

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How to Dress Well at Glasslands in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
HTDW

Brooklyn music venue Glasslands has just over a month left before they close and they keep expanding their schedule of cool final shows. The newest addition is an especially cool one: How to Dress Well on December 16 with a DJ set from Heems and a special guest. HTDW made his live debut at the club in August 2010 and now plays much bigger venues, and says "Glasslands and Popgun have supported me since the beginning of my career and I am honored to be invited to play at one of their final shows, back where it all began for me." Tickets are on sale now.

HTDW also made a second mixtape of 2014 which you can stream below. This one has music by Jacques Greene, twigs, Default Genders, Akron/Family, Majical Cloudz, The Microphones, Dej Loaf, Philip Glass, Sia and more. He also has a few other dates (NZ, Australia and Japan) which are also listed below...

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by Johnny Zachman

P4k

Pitchfork Paris began yesterday (10/30) in the Grande Halle de la Villette, a slaughterhouse-turned-cultural center in the city's 19th arrondissement. The festival featured two stages at opposite ends of the venue, with acts performing in immediate succession on alternate sides of the room.

Montreal's four-piece art-punk band Ought kicked off the night, injecting the already sizable crowd with good energy off the bat. Lead singer Tim Beeler channeled David Byrne, David Bowie, and most especially Jonathan Richman in his performance - which was spoken almost as often as it was sung - and the band's combination of keyboardist Matt May on Nord Electro 3 and the rhythm section's tight, dynamic and often repetitive grooves made for a refreshing take on punk.

How To Dress Well performed next, also as a four-piece. "It's nice to be back in the barn" remarked singer and songwriter Tom Krell, before saying hello to his mentor Beck, who was watching the show via live stream. The band performed many of the highlights from this year's excellent album "What Is This Heart?" while a series of muted, abstract visuals were projected behind them. I was impressed by the band's ability to recreate the album's sounds in a live atmosphere. On stage, Krell performed with two microphones - one dry and the other soaked in full reverb - between which he would modulate throughout the show, sometimes mid-phrase. Krell was backed by a drummer and two multi-instrumentalists covering violin, maracas, guitar, vocals and keys. Krell gave props to Ought for their excellent performance and also expressed his excitement to see The War On Drugs later in the night, who are his current favorite band.

The Notwist brought a packed stage including two xylophone players to the party. Compared with other times I had seen the band, I was impressed by how quickly they moved away from their songs and into heavier psychedelic territory, executing multiple movements of noise-based chaos that each felt earned and not excessive. Markus Acher's relaxed voice contrasted nicely with the more dissonant, anticipatory mood of the music, and the festival's extensive lighting rigs played especially well into The Notwist's swirling experimental soundscapes.

The War on Drugs
P4k

The War On Drugs performed "Burning," "Eyes To The Wind," "An Ocean In Between The Waves," "Under The Pressure," "In Reverse" and "Red Eyes" to the most palpably energetic crowd of the night. The band was as tight as the last time I saw them (in June at Williamsburg Park), and I was happy to see so many young Frenchmen jumping up and down to Adam Granduciel's guitar solos and singing along to the "Woo!"s from the album. Even within the 45 minute format, the band still took their time with the instrumental sections, extending multiple guitar solos well beyond the album's length, including an exceptional version of "Red Eyes" to end the set.

Mogwai's performance began with remarkable force. The Glasgow natives played to the biggest crowd of the night, sending their dynamic waves of emotional post-rock slamming down on the audience's ears. The band played with excellent restraint: quiet instrumental passages were pursued for minutes at a time; louder peaks were continued well past their originally-perceived climax. I was surprised by how much louder Mogwai's set felt than everyone else's - not in amplitude but in thickness. The band had a confidence in them that flowed into their music, setting a dark, almost terrifying mood within the room.

Jon Hopkins carried the mood from dark to hypnotic, delivering his tastefully emotional electronic compositions along with projections whose concepts included an alternating series of solid colors and the "Collider" music video. Hopkins was very active within his setup - which added to the energy of the performance - and a constant stream of red lights flashed around the room to enhance the ambience. The crowd reacted well to Hopkins' cinematic soundscapes, with relatively subtle shifts in the music drawing various cheers.

James Blake closed the night with performances of "Retrograde," "The Wilhem Scream," "Limit To Your Love," and an arresting show-closing rendition of the entirely loop-based "Measurements." Blake's voice was in stellar form, modulating between multiple octaves and singing over his loops with remarkable ease. I'm always impressed by how much Blake adapts his sets to fit the mood of the room, and last night's late show was rightfully less song-based and more reliant on the ambient, with a healthy dose of songs (including one new one) mixed in.

It was an excellent first day for Pitchfork Paris. The sound was spot-on for all of the artists, and I especially enjoy festivals when only one artist performs at a given time so that there is no sound bleed between stages.

Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent and more play today's portion of the festival, and we'll be back with coverage of that too. If you're not at the fest, stream it live HERE. Today's stream begins at 1:30 PM EST with Perfect Pussy.

UPDATE: Day 2 and Day 3 reviews are up.

A few more pictures from yesterday below...

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Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Chicago 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pitchfork

Pitchfork Paris begins this Thursday (10/30) and continues through Saturday (11/1), but if you won't be in Paris for it you can still stream many of its sets from the comfort of your own home. (Buy some croissants and it will be just like you were there!) You can watch sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Four Tet, Future Islands, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, the Notwist, Ought, Son Lux, Perfect Pussy, Jungle, D.D Dumbo, Kwamie Liv and possibly more TBA, in the video player below.

Stay tuned for Thursday, meanwhile check out the fest's schedule and a teaser video below...

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HTDW at 2014 Flow Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
HTDW

As mentioned, How to Dress Well plays Irving Plaza tonight (9/17) with Nite Jewel. Tickets are still available but if you can't be at the show but still want to see it, HTDW's set will be webcast on Yahoo Live tonight at 9:30 PM. And if you won't be near a computer then, you can watch an archived version for the following 24 hours.

In other news, How to Dress Well collaborated with RL Grime on new track "Reminder" from his new album Void, due out in November. The track recently premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio show and a rip of that can be heard below. Also, HTDW recently shared a new remix of "Repeat Pleasure" (from his What is This Heart) by A.G. Cook (of QT) and that can be streamed below as well.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The National / How to Dress Well / the scene
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival

Earlier this month, we sent longtime BrooklynVegan contributor Dominick Mastrangelo to the 2014 Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Here's his report and photos from Day 2...

Flow Festival Day 2 ended up leaning heavily toward American bands. It wasn't planned, but with The Horrors canceling a couple days earlier and some scheduling conflicts, it's just how it played out. And not that it was necessarily a bad thing. There's definitely something cool and pleasantly disjointing about seeing bands you've seen stateside in a time zone seven hours away.

But the day did start out with two really solid Finnish bands back to back: The electro-pop of Shivan Dragn and prog-rock instrumentalists - and Spencer Krug collaborators - Siinai.

With a bit of time to kill I venture to the Main Stage to see Les Ambassadeurs led by Salif Keita. The catchy Afro-pop of the ensemble provided an enjoyable, uplifting respite before a run of bands in quick succession.

I caught a brief bit of How To Dress Well. My first time seeing Tom Krell since Pitchfork in 2011 and I was struck by how intense his live set had become. A much more assured and visceral performance than before -- eschewing the string quartet he had with him at Pitchfork in favor of a more straightforward live performance.

From there it was over to the Blue Tent for Bill Callahan, one of the artists I was truly jazzed about seeing in Helsinki. Callahan always seems to come across as the coolest guy in the room and as great as his set was, I was disappointed that much of the crowd chose to talk during his set. (Apparently, this is not a problem exclusive to concerts and festivals in the States.) But I maneuvered to a spot close up where the attention was more rapt and mesmerized by Callahan's smooth bass-baritone and stayed for the entire set; the first band whose set I stayed from start to finish.


2014 Flow Festival

I managed to catch a few songs of Danish pop-songstress, at the Black Tent. It was a high-energy set and Karen Ørsted was dressed appropriately in boxing trunks and black tank top, bouncing from stage to speakers and whipping the crowd into a frenzy as us photographers in the pit worked hard to keep up with her.

After a bit of a break, I ventured over to the Balloon 360 stage to see Marissa Nadler. The stage-in-the-round setup, where the sound seemingly comes from everywhere, was perfect for Nadler's haunting, airy songs. It was simply beautiful.

The Main Stage was the next stop for The National. I'd mentioned earlier how wonderfully disjointing it was to see bands across the pond and maybe the The National were more so than any of the American-based bands I saw on the weekend. My first National show was seeing them open for John Vanderslice at a tiny rock club in Denton, TX nearly ten years ago. I've seen them at various points since on their upward trajectory so it was only fitting that I see them headline a festival in Europe. From Denton to Helsinki in a decade.

Poliça
2014 Flow Festival

I finished off my night back at the Balloon Stage for Poliça. Drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu faced each other and singer Channy Leaneagh and bassist Chris Bierden took up opposing spots with producer Ryan Olson on the edge of the stage running production. It was hypnotic as the glow of the balloon and hazy LED lights provided dreamy ambiance for rhythmic drum beats and the effects-laden voice of Leaneagh. With Jamie xx performing in the Black Tent and French electronic mastermind Kavinsky in the Blue Tent at the same time as Poliça it was impossible to be everywhere, so I opted to stay outside under the cozy environs of the balloon.

The evening continued at a techno club where we drank cider and beer and danced to generally undanceable songs before spilling out into the brisk Helsinki night and heading to another summer-specific after party out at the water. There young locals were hanging out drinking and chatting in a mashup of languages: Finnish, German, French, English... Some opted for an early morning swim, stripping down and flinging themselves off the dock into the chill. Some drifting way, way out into the dark.

As I rolled up to my hotel in the early morning hours of Sunday, with the sky brightening in the east, I got that feeling you get when you're having an absolute blast somewhere that you don't call home.
I didn't want to leave.

Pics from Flow Fest Day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More from Day 2 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Helsinki has some nice architecture...
Finland

After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...

With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.

Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.

In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.

Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...

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HTDW at Slipper Room in June (more by Chris La Putt)
HTDW

How to Dress Well released his excellent third album, "What Is This Heart?" this past June and he's now released a bonus track from it, "Let U Know." According to press release, "[main member Tom] Krell insisted that this song come out before his next single from "WITH?" because, as he put it, "in singing 'Let U Know,' I discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning -- I needed this song to be heard by people, even though I couldn't find a place for it on the album proper." Listen below.

His tour hits Irving Plaza in September (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

HTDW

How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) releases his next album "What Is This Heart?" next week (6/24 via Weird World), but he's made the entire thing available to stream early on www.whatisthisheart.com.

It's his third full length, following 2010's Love Remains which introduced him as maker of sweet, sultry atmospheres and 2012's Total Loss which brought more of a traditional "songwriter" sense to his work. That songwriting excels even more here, and though many of the R&B sounds he's used in the past are here, it's a deeply personal record in a way rarely associated with R&B. Tom just spoke to Pitchfork about the new record, including the influence his emo upbringing had on it:

That latent emo influence is found on a few "What Is This Heart?" tracks, including the throbbing "A Power", which Krell describes as "extreme philosophical poetry that stemmed from meditating on Taking Back Sunday." Meanwhile, the electric guitar-stung "Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same)" was originally put into motion when Krell revisited a 2002 track by Philadelphia pop-punk band the Starting Line called "Best of Me".

"I thought about what music like that meant to me as a teenager, how I was moved so intensely by this schlocky pop punk like it was fucking fine art," he says, smiling at the memory. "For me, the most important thing about music is immediacy, which is part of the reason why I have such broad listening habits. I'm pretty shameless about it: I was playing the Starting Line in bed the other night, and my girlfriend was like, 'What the fuck?! Turn this off.' But that song still completely thrills me."

TBS and The Starting Line were also both represented on Tom's recent mixtape (along with Beyonce, Lou Reed & Antony, Prince, Whitney Houston and more). Take a listen to "What Is This Heart?" here.

HTDW recently celebrated the album with a pre-release show at NYC's Slipper Room and will bring his full tour back here for a much larger show on September 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

photos by Chris La Putt

HTDW @ The Slipper Room - 6/11/14
How to Dress Well

How to Dress Well has a new album "What Is This Heart?" coming June 24 via Weird World, but last night (6/11) he celebrated it early with an intimate show at NYC's Slipper Room. The new album also is being accompanied by a video trilogy which they initially announced would screen last night but it didn't. HTDW did recently released the second part of the trilogy though, which can be watched below. Pictures of the show are in this post.

HTDW will be back in NYC when his proper tour in support of the album hits the much larger Irving Plaza on September 17. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures, with parts 1 & 2 of the video trilogy, below...

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HTDW

As previously discussed, How to Dress Well is releasing a new album, "What Is This Heart?" (due 6/24 via Weird World) and going on a tour which includes his largest NYC show yet, September 17 at Irving Plaza (tickets).

If you want to see him somewhere smaller than that, you're in luck. He'll play an album release show in NYC at The Slipper Room on June 11. That show is also doubly special, because he'll be screening the "What Is This Heart?" video trilogy which includes the previously-released "Repeat Pleasure" video. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also get a free ticket if you pre-order the deluxe LP from Other Music. Updated tour dates are listed below.

HTDW also recently made a mixtape exploring in the influences of his new album which includes music from Rich Homie Quan, Lou Reed & Antony, Prince, Whitney Houston, remixes of Beyonce and The Starting Line, a Taking Back Sunday cover, previously unreleased HTDW music, and plenty more. You can stream that mix below and check out the full tracklist here.

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photo by Zackery Michael
HtDW

How to Dress Well was at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge not long ago previewing material from his new album, "What Is This Heart?", which comes out June 24 via Weird World. He's now announced a full tour which includes a much larger NYC show happening on September 17 at Irving Plaza, the biggest place he'll have headlined in NYC yet. Tickets for that show, which is all ages, go on sale Friday (5/23) at 10 AM with a Noisey presale starting Tuesday (5/20) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (5/21) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with two streams from the new album, below...

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Hundred Waters at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Hundred Waters

As you may know, Hundred Waters are releasing a new album, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, on May 27 via OWSLA. They've now announced that they'll kick off a tour in support of the album in June which hits NYC on July 5 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (5/5) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The band will also be celebrating their new album with a FREE three-day album release festival from May 24-26 at Acrosanti, which is just outside of Phoenix. They'll be playing, as will How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Alvin Risk, Eskmo, Suno Deko, Julie Byrne and Kodak to Graph. There will also be activities (like hiking, swimming, bronze-bell casting), meals served, night-time activities with DJ sets and an opener bar, and more. The event also serves as the first installment of Hundred Waters' new project FORM, which "brings together artists of all mediums to perform, create, and collaborate at unique and inspiring locations around the globe." More details here. Flyer below.

All dates are listed, with some streams from the new album and that flyer, below...

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Hopscotch

We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.

Full initial lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

How to Dress Well at LPR last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
HtDW

Tom Krell's How to Dress Well project was just on tour (check out pics from LPR) previewing new material from an upcoming album, which he's now just officially announced. His third album, "What Is This Heart?", will be out on June 24 via Weird World. It features previously-released single "Words I Don't Remember" and the just-released single, "Repeat Pleasure." Like on its predecessor, the new single further distances HtDW from the reverbed-out R&B of his debut and continues to make a case for him as an increasingly strong songwriter. Check out both singles and the LP tracklist, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

How to Dress Well / Forest Swords @ Le Poisson Rouge - 3/26/14
How to Dress Well
Forest Swords

How to Dress Well continues to evolve from a maker of chilled-out, reverby R&B to an emotive songwriter, and he's been showing that off on his current tour which sees him playing a bunch of new songs. Joined by a live band, he brought that tour to NYC last Friday (3/21) at Rough Trade NYC for the venue's first night back open, and again at Le Poisson Rouge this past Wednesday (3/26). On stage at LPR, he said that he promised his manager he wouldn't say anything about when a new album comes out, but we're hoping it won't be too long. His tourmate, Forest Swords (also with live accompaniment), opened the show with his psychedelic electronic music which pairs well with HtDW.

The LPR show also included an opening set by drone musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Pictures of all three artists are in this post. They continue, with a stream of HtDW's recent single "Words I Don't Remember," below...

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After four months of being closed for renovations and soundproofing (a mere week after they first opened), Rough Trade's music venue finally has the green light to reopen. Tonight (3/21) there's two shows: Rathborne and Streets of Laredo early (tickets), and How to Dress Well late (sold out). Saturday night (3/22) is Elysian Fields, Melvin Van Peebles Menage A Trois, and The Aspiring Me (tickets); and Sunday has Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in conversation with JG Thirlwell, which is free, followed by a book signing.

Other notable upcoming shows: The Allah-Las (3/27, sold out), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (3/28, sold out), and I Break Horses on 4/18 (tickets). Also upcoming is Ben Watt w/ Bernard Butler to which you can still get tickets (Joe's Pub is sold out), but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.

Full Rough Trade schedule is here. If you're going there, don't forget to check out the big Moog installationGlad to have you back open, guys, and glad to not have to write "Rough Trade cancels/moves more shows" anymore.

Contest details below...

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Flume

Australian beatmaker Flume recently announced some dates surrounding appearances at Coachella and the South American Lollapaloozas, including a NYC show happening on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. That show quickly sold out, but Flume's since expanded his tour and added another big NYC show happening on July 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Flume is also giving the deluxe edition of his 2012 self-titled debut a vinyl release on April 15. The deluxe edition features collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, and Flume's just made a video for "Space Cadet" which features Ghostface and Autre Ne Veut. The animated video was directed by Jay Howell (Bob's Burgers) and Jim Dirschberger, who works with Jay on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig. You can watch that video, with the list of tour dates, below...

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How to Dress Well in a church in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
HTDW

R&B forward-thinker How to Dress Well and dark psychedelic electronic musician Forest Swords have announed that they'll be teaming up for a North American tour together this March. The tour brings them to NYC for shows on March 21 at Rough Trade and March 26 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for the Rough Trade show and the LPR show go on sale Friday (1/24). (Noon for RT, on-sale time TBA for LPR.)

All dates are listed, along with videos from both artists, below...

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Dr. Dog in Central Park in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Dr Dog

NYU are doing their annual Mystery Concert on September 3 at the Skirball Center this year. Clues have led us to believe that the lineup might look like this: Danny Brown, How to Dress Well, and Speedy Ortiz. What do you think? The show is free with your NYU ID, but you must be a student to enter.

For a minute we thought maybe Dr. Dog was playing too due to a "Reservoir Dogs" clue NYU put out mixed with the last minute, random, small Dr. Dog show at Mercury Lounge happening late the same night, but then we realized "Reservoir Dogs" also leads to Danny Brown.

Dr. Dog's new album, B-Room, is out on ANTI- October 1, and they're heading out on the road with The Lumineers in the fall. All of their dates are listed below.

And meanwhile, we know for a fact that you can catch Danny Brown in NYC for free a day earlier at Fool's Gold Day Off in Williamsburg Park (9/2).

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by Andrew Sacher

Jacques Greene

Montreal producer Jacques Greene is releasing a new EP, On Your Side, digitally on June 3 via LuckyMe and physically on July 1. He's just released the title track, for which he lies down a gorgeous UK-garage style beat and How to Dress Well's Tom Krell croons over it with his characteristic R&B approach. It's a great track, and you can check it out below.

It's not the first time this year that How to Dress Well teamed up with a hot producer. HTDW was also just announced as one of the participators in this year's BAM Next Wave Festival.

Song stream below...

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