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Jack White @ ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Jack White

PRESS RELEASE:

Jack White has issued the following statement to correct an excerpt from his upcoming cover story in British Esquire that was taken completely out of context--and actually edited to change its original meaning--in an NME.com news post.

The original quote referred to the state of image-based celebrity in general was twisted by the NME who changed the original quote, tacking the words "Lady Gaga's music" on to the original quote--words Jack never actually said.

White commented in full:

I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the internet and twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises. Peace to lady gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.

Thank you.

Jack White III
Jack White's 2012 album has been named one of the best of the year by NME - and by MOJO, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Q Magazine, The Alabama Shakes and UNCUT

by Andrew Sacher

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More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!

You can read the whole list below...

Continue reading "Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2012"

by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

Continue reading "SPIN names their Top 50 Albums of 2012 (Frank Ocean is #1)"

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

Continue reading "Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2012"

Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage in June (more by Chris La Putt)
Alabama Shakes

One of the biggest success stories of 2012 was blues rockers Alabama Shakes, who quickly escalated from selling out relatively small shows to much larger ones in a matter of months. They're already showing up on multiple year-end lists, and are sure to end up on more, but we reached out to them to see what their year-end list is.

Alabama Shakes' Best LPs of 2012 list includes some associates like Fly Golden Eagle, who they took on tour with them, and Jack White, who took the Shakes on tour with him. It also includes another supporter of theirs, Patterson Hood, who also took them on tour, and Deer Tick/Los Lobos side project Diamond Rugs, who they played with at Central Park.

Some other great albums are on there too. You can check out the whole list and a performance and interview video of the band filmed in Chicago. below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes' Top 10 Albums of 2012"

Q MagQ Mag

Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

Continue reading "Q Magazine's Top 50 Albums of 2012"

NME

Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.

As mentioned before, Tame Impala just announced a 2013 tour, and will play Terminal 5 in NYC on February 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at noon.

NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.

Continue reading "NME Top 50 Albums of 2012; Tame Impala 'Lonerism' gets #1"

Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jack White

In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.

Continue reading "Jack White tops MOJO's Best LPs of 2012 list"

Black Friday

As recently mentioned, Black Friday is also now Record Store Day so music nerds can have fun on the busiest shopping day of the year too. One place you might go, if you're in NYC, is Other Music who write:

For those of you who are spending your holiday in New York City, Other Music will be participating in Record Store Day's second annual Black to Black Friday (Friday, November 23), and this year there will be an even bigger variety of limited RSD-only pressings plus some great advance releases exclusive to independent shops. You can browse a list of all these special titles here on the RSD website, or download a PDF wish list here, and while we can't guarantee that every one of these releases will be available at Other Music, we do have a great assortment of RSD merchandise -- keep in mind, quantities are limited, first come first served, and one per customer, in-store purchases only. We will be closed for Thanksgiving but we'll be back open Friday, regular business hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we hope to see you!
Other Music is also offering free shipping on domestic orders through Monday on regular stuff. Matador Records is offering 15% off stuff with code "BLACKFRIDAY". Saddle Creek has free shipping for orders over $30 and 20% off your entire order using coupon code "blackfriday20".

Some of the RSD exclusives you'll find in record stores on Black Friday are reissues of three different White Stripes singles. One of the record stores guaranteed to be carrying those is Third Man Records in Nashville where they'll also be debuting an expansion...

Third Man Records is inviting you, your family (yes, even those creepy cousins from the kids table) and loved ones to join us the day following Thanksgiving, also known as BLACK FRIDAY, for the Grand Opening of The Third Man Records Novelty Lounge. We've expanded our record shop space and it's now equipped with a dazzling array of coin operated contraptions and attractions guaranteed to pop your peepers and flip your wig. Dig?
More about the Novelty Lounge in the video below...

Continue reading "It's Black Friday aka Record Store Day; Free shipping at Other Music; Third Man Records opening Novelty Lounge "

Swans at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans

today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Trio Hornito @ Barbes
* Jason Collett @ Joe's Pub
* Ben Harper @ Carnegie Hall
* Ches Smith Trio @ The Stone
* Martha Wainwright @ Littlefield
* Secret Chiefs 3: UR @ The Stone
* Alice Cohen, Odo, Lauds @ Zebulon
* Luke Rathborne, Cartright @ Cameo
* Sloan (performing Twice Removed) @ Maxwell's
* Heart, Alejandro Escovedo @ The Paramount
* Swans, A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ The Capitol Theatre
* Heaven, Computer Magic, Rumors @ Mercury Lounge
* Morrissey, Kristeen Young @ Radio City Music Hall
* Grooms, Royal Baths, SISU, Punks On Mars @ Glasslands
* Action Bronson, Jonwayne, Party Supplies @ Public Assembly
* Texas is the Reason, States & Kingdoms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Blind Shake, Xaddax, Cellular Chaos, Radio Shock @ Cake Shop
* Bomb the Music Industry, The Fifth Street Band, No Way @ Death By Audio
* The Shivers, Alana Amram and The Rough Gems, Jesse Anderson Ainslie @ Union Pool
* John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Gordan Gano, Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox @ (le) poisson rouge
* "Special Guest," Gaslamp Killer, Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, The Underachievers @ Villain
* Pusha T, Biz Markie, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Sicky Brett @ Bam Parking Lot (Downtown Brooklyn College Festival)

Activist and author Nick Cooney is on an 11-city "Compassionate Communities Tour" and is hosting a free workshop in Manhattan at 7pm.

Twi The Humble Feather play Manhattan Inn four Wednesdays this month including tonight.

Junip was supposed to play Le Poisson Rouge tonight but that show was cancelled.

Meanwhile, Le Poisson Rouge will host another good show tonight with John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Violent Femmes frontman Gordan Gano, and more.

Minneapolis' The Blind Shake, who were just terrific opening for Duchess Says last month, are back in town, playing Cake Shop tonight. They'll also play Death by Audio tomorrow (10/11).

Action Bronson plays two NYC shows tonight.

Swans plays Bowery Ballroom tonight with A Hawk and a Hacksaw. It's sold out but you can still get tickets to their 2 NYC shows with Devendra Banhart.

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Jack White made a video for "I'm Shakin'." Check it out below.

Sharon Van Etten made a NSFW video for "Magic Chords." Check it out below.

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wet fans watching the Shins (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Shins

The sold out 2012 ACL Festival happens October 12-14 in Austin and on YouTube (where you'll find the stream schedule if you scroll down - Jack White, Delta Spirit, A-Trak, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Metric, Rufus Wainwright, Alt-J, Garcy Clark Jr., Polica, Kimbra, Steve Earle, The Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the The Shins included).

If you actually will be there in person, you can also catch many of the bands at one of the many official late night shows (including the Shins)

And, speaking of the Shins, they played Conan O'Brien last night. Watch both songs below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2012 livestream schedule posted; The Shins played Conan (videos)"

photos by Greg Cristman

bad news for jack white fans tonight - he was just spotted outside the Barclays Center looking for a jay-z ticket. - DFA Records

I don't know who had the rights to Radio City Music Hall but I'm pretty sure Jack White owns it now. #2ndnightsuccess - Carson_Kelly

Jack White played everything at double or triple speed, with a lot of anger, and it was awesome. - BuzzFeed

Jack White's only words about last nights #jackwhitedebacle "Thank You" - Lucien Desar

Jack White

Lucky for Jack White Sunday night ticket-holders, the above tweet by DFA Records was untrue, and the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather/Third Man honcho also played a much longer show than he did on Saturday when he strangely played a super short one.

Here are some pictures from the short Saturday NYC show, and the longer setlist from Sunday at Radio City. It all continues below...

Continue reading "Jack White played a longer show on Sunday at Radio City (night 2 setlist, night 1 pics) #JackWhiteDebacle"

"Excitement turns into disbelief as one of my most influential music heroes plays 45 mediocre minutes and leaves. I'm done with Jack White." - Jeremy Current

"FUCK YOU Jack White you have lost me as a fan forever" - Lisa Piccirillo

""We like Meg better anyway!" - Angry mob member at Jack White concert" - Olga Tchoumak

"Thoroughly disappointed in Jack White. No need to be such a fucking diva. Give the radio city crowd their $90 worth...." - @nowthatsclassy

Jack White @ Radio City (via James Milner)
Jack White

Jack White came to NYC for his first of two Radio City shows last night (9/29), during which he left the stage after about a 40-50 minute set and never returned for an encore...

Jack White is playing a pair of shows at Radio City Music Hall this weekend and last night's sold out concert was short on songs and long on drama. The former White Stripes frontman abruptly left the stage after an hour prompting a crowd of irate fans to take to the streets.

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Mr. White's show began with a rollicking set featuring songs from his recent solo album, Blunderbuss, and tracks from his bands; The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. From our seat in the nosebleeds, it seemed as though Mr. White's music was enthusiastically received by the crowd. However, after about forty-five minutes, Mr. White suddenly left the stage.

Thinking this was the standard concert tease that often occurs prior to an encore, the vast majority of the audience remained, clapping and cheering in an effort to encourage Mr. White to retake the stage. After over twenty minutes, all of the house lights were turned on and ushers began to make their way through the crowd informing them the show was finished.

"The show is over. We don't know why. You'll probably find out on a blog, MediaTakeOut or some other source," one said. [Observer]

No real answer has been given as to why he ended the set so quickly, but audience members have speculated it may have been due to Jack's discontent with the audience and the sound. During the show, Jack criticized the crowd, asking, "Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?" and another person in attendance tweeted, "Mystery solved: Security guy @ Radio City said Jack White "wasn't happy with the sound I don't know why he pulled that" #JackWhiteDebacle." It's also been speculated that it had something to do with Jack being angry at the amount of scalpers who bought tickets. After the show, angry fans gathered in the lobby and outside the venue chanting things like "Fuck Jack White!" and causing security to put up barricades and contain the crowds.

Hopefully things go over better at his second show at the venue tonight (9/30).

UPDATE: Things did go better.

Like last night's show, tonight's is sold out. To see what Jack did play before leaving, his 12-song setlist from last night is below.

Continue reading "Jack White ended his Radio City show after 50 minutes, angering fans (night 1 setlist)"

Bon Iver @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/20/2012 (via @itsvman)
Bon Iver

We are on night three of Bon Iver's four-night stand at Radio City and you can still get tickets. If you're stuck at home (or don't live in the NYC area) but want to watch, tonight's show is part of Free Music Week at Fuse who, in partnership with Bowery Presents, are streaming it live via the Bowery Presents YouTube page. The setlists from Bon Iver's first two nights with Anais Mitchell (9/19 and 9/20) are below. Tonight's show is with Doug Paisley and Saturday's (9/22) is with Polica.

In addition, Fuse will also stream Radio City shows from Metric on Sunday (9/23) and Grizzly Bear on Monday (9/24), both through that same Fuse YouTube page.

Radio City is especially busy this week. In addition to the shows mentioned above, there's Goyte on Tuesday (9/25) (he also plays Williamsburg Park on Thursday [9/27]), AVICII on Wednesday and Thursday (9/26-27) and Jack White next weekend (9/29-30).

In other streaming news, Bowery Presents will be streaming Thursday's Two Door Cinema Club show (9/27) at Music Hall of Williamsburg through their YouTube Page.

Continue reading "Bon Iver's Radio City run continues; stream tonight's show & Metric & Grizzly Bear too"

Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As revealed in a video with Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog, which you can watch below, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will go down in Manchester, TN from June 13-16, 2013. A limited ticket pre-sale will be announced in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Though you'll have to wait until next June for Bonnaroo to actually happen, you can now experience Bonnaroo virtually all year round at their new Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel, which hosts archived videos of backstage performances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, interviews and more. Some Bonnaroo 365 videos, including ones from Jack White, Big Boi, and Tom Morello, can be watched below. Check back this October for Bonnaroo 365 to upload a video of D'Angelo at his comeback show from this past Bonnaroo.

Videos below.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 dates revealed"

photos by Amoreena Lucero

Franz Ferdinand / Jack White / Bloc Party, Outside Lands 8/12/2012
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 3 in Photos

Outside Lands might be the only major festival where 93 percent of the musical acts on the bill could walk the grounds without getting recognized.

The headliners certainly had their fans - particularly the Vermont jam band Phish, which played nearly 3 1/2 hours of droopy guitar licks to twirling dancers on Friday. But the rest of the acts on the three-day bill drew less discriminating crowds.

On Sunday, the kids waiting for the Swedish electro-pop troupe Little Dragon to take the stage in Lindley Meadow sang along to the sounds of John Fogerty floating through the trees from the Polo Field. The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival filled his hour-long set with classic rock staples such as "Bad Moon Rising" and "Up Around the Bend."

But turntables were as prevalent as guitars. One of the biggest draws of the weekend was Girl Talk, the 30-year-old Pittsburgh DJ Greg Gillis, who on Saturday in Speedway Meadow did nothing more than stitch together hundreds of familiar riffs and beats from other peoples' songs in rapid-fire bursts.
If you didn't know where to head at any given time, all you had to do was jump into the nearest stream of young people. It was almost impossible to go wrong with more than 70 acts on the bill, including the Black Keys, Foster the People, Best Coast, the Arctic Monkeys and the Roots. - [SF Gate]

San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival wrapped up another successful year on Sunday (8/12) with performances with performances from Stevie Wonder, Jack White Franz Ferdinand, Regina Spektor, fun., Bloc Party and loads more.

Pictures from Day 1 are here and Day 2 are here. More pictures from Sunday are below.

Continue reading "Outside Lands Festival 2012 Day 3 in pics (Jack White, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Regina Spektor & more)"

The Virgin Mobile FreeFest returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on October 6 with a lineup that includes Jack White, Skrillex, M83, Nas, ZZ Top, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, The Dismemberment Plan, Allen Stone, Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, Das Racist, Future Islands and Justin Jones. There is also a "Dance Forest" that will feature Above & Beyond, Porter & Zedd (Back to Back), Thomas Gold, Nervo, Alvin Risk and Penguin Prison, with others to be announced.

As the name of the show implies tickets to the FreeFest are free and will be available via ticketfly.com on Friday, August 24 at noon. A presale on August 23 will be announced via their Twitter. There are also some not-free "freemium" packages to buy that include early admission to the festival grounds, a donation to charity and other incentives. Details on that are here.

Speaking of The Dismemberment Plan, the indie rock vets began playing shows again in 2011 and at their Baltimore show on Friday (8/10), they played multiple new songs! Hopefully this means we'll be getting a new D-Plan album (it'd be the first since 2001's Change). Check out videos of the new songs played at the Baltimore show below.

Continue reading "Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup announced - includes M83, Nas, ZZ Top, Jack White, Skrillex, Das Racist, Future Islands, Dismemberment Plan (who recently played new songs live)"

photos by James Richards IV

At the Drive-In/Sigur Ros at Lollapalooza - 8/5/12
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 3
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 3

Lollapalooza wrapped up in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday (8/5) after two previous days of music in the park. Luckily the weather was much better than Saturday.

Jack White was one of the headliners on Saturday., We weren't able to get pictures this time (see Firefly instead), but you can check out his Lolla setlist HERE and pictures and video of a surprise in-store that took place at Chicago's Reckless Records earlier in the day HERE. Other bands on Sunday included the reunited At the Drive-In, Sigur Ros, The Walkmen, Justice, Polica, Toro y Moi, The Gaslight Anthem (setlist and a video of their entire set HERE) and many more.

More pictures of day 1 are HERE. More pictures of day 2 are HERE. More from day 3 are below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 day 3 in pics (At the Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Justice, Toro y Moi, Polica, Gary Clark Jr & more)"

Jack White in his Third Man rolling record store in 2011 (more by Ryan Muir)
Jack White

Tickets just went on sale and sold immmediately for Jack White's Radio City show (9/29) and he just added a second show at the venue which will happen the next night (9/30). Tickets for the new show will be live momentarily. Keep an eye on ticketmaster ARE ON SALE.

Jack White at Firefly Music Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Jack White

Tickets to Jack White's September 29 show at Radio City Music Hall just went on sale (8/3 at 10 AM).

UPDATE: SECOND SHOW ADDED

Lollapalooza starts today. If you're in Chicago, where Jack White is playing, look for the The Third Man Records rolling record store.

Jack White at Firefly Music Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Jack White

Jack White just announced he's playing Radio City Music Hall on September 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 3 at 10 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at 10 AM. (Password is "JACK") Additionally, if you're a Third Man Records Vault member, a limited number of presale tickets will be available there (also at 10 AM on 8/1).

Jack will play Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend (Aug 3 - 5) and he's bringing the Third Man Rolling Record Store with him.

Updated Jack White tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Jack White playing Radio City Music Hall (updated dates)"

Jack White

Beach House at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach House

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* The Killers @ Webster Hall
* Dave Hill @ The Half King
* Grouplove @ The Studio @ Webster
* Sepalcure, Francois K @ Deep Space
* Frank Fairfield @ Living Room
* Rain Machine, SORNE @ Mercury Lounge
* Father Figures, Visuals @ Glasslands
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Surfer Blood, Grand Rapids @ Maxwell's
* Matisyahu, Dirty Heads @ The Paramount
* Swaai Boys, Sweet Soubrette @ Cake Shop
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Milk Music, Nude Beach, Zulus @ 285 Kent Ave
* Hugo, Thunder and Lightning @ Mercury Lounge
* Beach House, Lower Dens @ Central Park Summerstage
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers @ The Bell House
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* These Days, Maica Mia, Big Brave, Verses Narrow @ Death By Audio
* Corporal (feat. Michael Shannon), Defibulators, Mesiko @ Fontana's
* Hammers of Misfortune, The Gates of Slumber, Occultation @ Saint Vitus
* King of Calypso The Mighty Sparrow @ MLK Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field
* Icarus, Torrential Downpour, Family, For Sleeping or Jumping @ Lit Lounge
* Male Nurses, Goosebumps, Dopestroke, Savage Sex Boys, Munchausen @ Acheron
* Nekromantix, The Casualties, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats, Flatfoot 56, The Sheds @ Gramercy Theatre

Passion Pit were supposed to play the Apollo tonight, but were forced to cancel that show and a handful of other dates to give frontman Michael Angelakos time to improve his mental health. Read more about that in Pitchfork's excellent feature on Michael from last week.

A beardless Matisyahu plays Long Island's Paramount Theatre tonight before playing Catalpa Fest this weekend. He'll also do an in-store and signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Tuesday (7/24).

Lower Dens, who headlined Bowery Ballroom the other night, open for Beach House at Central Park Summerstage.

Australia's Husky, who are Beach House's Sub Pop labelmate and touring soon, posted an acoustic version of "Tidal Wave" to YouTube which you can watch below...

Speaking of beaches, Nude Beach open for Milk Music at 285 Kent.

Wilco play their first of two shows in Prospect Park tonight, with their first of two Lees.

"The Muppets" screens in Coney Island.

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Jack White, who we caught at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend, recently released a video for "Freedom At 21" which you can watch below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jack White / Bassnectar fans
Firefly Festival Day 1
Firefly Festival Day 1

Mallory Bolyard, 25, of Townsend, was planning to go to Firefly Music Festival whether her friends were going or not. And although she has some friends here, a lot of them are only interested in concerts with big names that they like. They're not as interested in discovering new music. Her mom is, though, so the two hit the three-day festival together. Mallory was excited to see the festival come to her home state. "It's the first major concert in Delaware besides the State Fair, which is basically country," she said. [DelawareOnline.com]
The Firefly Music Festival is going on this weekend in Dover, DE, a city and state not used to such musical excitement. Day one, Friday, 7/20, gave us sets from Jack White, Silversun Pickups, The Wallflowers, John Legend, Bassnectar, OK Go, Blind Pilot, and more. The rain was on and off all day and by Jack White's headlining set, it turned into a downpour.

Here are some pictures from that day (with Saturday and Sunday on the way soon). More below..

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 1 in pics (Jack White, Silversun Pickups, The Wallflowers, Bassnectar, John Legend, OK Go & more)"

by Tim Griffin

Eddie Vedder & Beth Ditto @ Rock Werchter 2012 - 6/29/2012
Rock Wechter Day 2  - 6/29/2012
Rock Wechter Day 2  - 6/29/2012

"Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival). The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 85,000 guests daily, of which 67,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 139,000 different attendees." [Wikipedia]
You saw pictures from day one. Here we go with day two..

Day two of Belgium festival Rock Werchter kicked off for me with the still-reunited, classic California punk band X playing on the main stage. I stayed for their entire, great set which means I missed Belgium band School is Cool who were playing on the other side of the park. Judging by the bubbles seen on several attendees leaving that stage though, it looked like missed a fun time. Other bands on the second day, of this festival that featured so many big names, included Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Deadmau5, The Gossip, Beirut and many others

I couldn't make it to every band on all three stages each day, obviously, but I at least have a good excuse for missing Mastodon: I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fest (many thanks to FIAF and Rock Werchter for the hospitality - and WAFFLES!). They took me behind the fences and gateways, to get a glimpse all that goes on to keep things moving. The scale and logistics were pretty mind-expanding. Some bullets:

  • Rock Werchter goes for 4 days at the end on June, but initial setup begins in early May.
  • More than 8000 are directly employed by the festival, with thousands more as subcontractors.
  • More than 25% of the staff are directly engaged in security and safety of the venue and audience.
  • Most staff are sourced locally to ensure direct local benefits from the festival.
  • Rock Werchter is practically a small town, with everything but a school system on site (medical services, residences, offices, supply depots, repair stations, food services (including storage and preparation), and even on site garbage sorting and recycling.
  • Thousands of large steel road plates are used throughout the facilities to protect the ground from vehicle traffic, and thousands of square meters of field and audience areas are also similarly protected using plastic and wood flooring.
There's a lot more to go on about, but you get the idea. The scale of bringing a large show like this to life is immense... and Rock Werchter seems to do it with ease.

No pictures from backstage, but more from who was playing on the stages, along with Pearl Jam's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Rock Werchter 2012 - day 2 pics (Pearl Jam, Jack White, Gossip, X, Lana Del Rey, Katy B, Kreayshawn, Bat for Lashes, Wiz Khalifa, more)"