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Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival

Foo Fighters set the bar high Friday night with its impromptu five-song set of covers, but they weren't the only ones tapping into the deep well of other artists' hits.

Arctic Monkeys played a bit of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, Sleigh Bells teased the crowd with the intro to Extreme's More Than Words and Imagine Dragons paid homage to Rush with a powerful rendition of Tom Sawyer. And that's not even taking into account the collaborations, including Cage the Elephant jumping on stage with Imagine Dragons to play the latter's hit Radioactive.

The talker of the festival, though, was Beck's funkified version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean -- including moves fit for the King of Pop -- during his Saturday night set on the lawn stage. - [USA Today]

Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its third year, drawing about 80,000 attendees over three days. We already posts sets of pictures from Weezer, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Outkast's sets at Firefly, and here's the rest of what we shot, including Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine and lots more.

Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.

Continue reading "Firefly Fest 2014 in pics (Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Chance the Rapper & more); dates announced for Firefly 2015"

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly

As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
Kim Girls

HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.

Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.

In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.

Continue reading "Kim Gordon was on 'Girls' season premiere (watch it); soundtrack vol. 2 features Jenny Lewis, Lily Allen & more"

AHJ w/ The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
AHJ

As discussed, young British up-and-comer Jake Bugg is touring North America in 2014, and since we last spoke, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. was added to that tour. He'll be opening most dates, including the NYC stop on January 10 at Terminal 5, which also includes openers The Skins. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

After putting his solo project on hold for a couple Strokes albums, Albert returned with a new solo EP, AHJ earlier this year. You can watch the video for that EP's track "St. Justice," along with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes touring with Jake Bugg"

Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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Morrissey and friend...
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It's Thanksgiving time which also means it's time for the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon. Well-known vegetarian, animal activist and PETA stamp star Morrissey, however, feels otherwise. He sent a missive, titled "Thankskilling," to his public conduit True to You:

Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million birds are horrifically abused; dragged through electrified stun baths, and then have their throats slit. And President Obama laughs. Haha, so funny!
As Ingrid Newkirk from PETA points out, turkey 'meat' is one of "our nation's top killers", causing heart-attacks and strokes in humans due to saturated animal fats and cholesterol. And President Obama laughs.

Further, the meat industry is responsible for 51% of human-caused greenhouse-gas emission, therefore the embarrassingly stupid White House 'turkey pardon' is open support for a viciously cruel and environmentally irresponsible industry.

And President Obama laughs.

In other Morrissey news, the singer will appear at a Nobel Peace Prize concert at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on December 11. He'll sing three songs and other performers for the concert include Omar Souleyman, Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, and Jake Bugg.

You can read more about Morrissey's vegetarianism and other things in his new Autobiography which comes out in America December 3.

Jake Bugg at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg, who made his NYC debut at The Slipper Room last December, has announced another tour which brings him back to NYC almost exactly a year after his Bowery Ballroom show (his second NYC date). This time around he'll be headlining a much larger show at Terminal 5 on January 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with some music videos, below...

Continue reading "Jake Bugg announces 2014 North American tour, headlining Terminal 5 (dates)"

One of this year's nominees...
Mercury Prize

The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:

Arctic Monkeys - AM
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
David Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?

Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.

Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beach House / Vampire Weekend / crowdsurfer
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Osheaga Day 1 - 8/2/2013
Osheaga Day 1 - 8/2/2013

"I think it's dark and it looks like rain." One out of two, Bob. If ever an Osheaga headliner would thrive under stormy skies, it's the Cure, but the downpour forecast earlier in the week never arrived. Just as well -- this was Robert Smith at his most crowd-pleasing.

The set list was calibrated for a festival audience: a generous delegation from Disintegration, early appearances by In Between Days and Just Like Heaven, and an overall tone that didn't leave much room for crying jags. The chirpy Mint Car and Doing the Unstuck ("let's get happy") bracketed the beloved-by-some Friday I'm in Love, comically botched by Smith after he said: "Sometimes, very occasionally, we'll play this song. This is the right night." [Montreal Gazette]

While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago over the weekend, Montreal was getting its own three-day festival, Osheaga. The fest had many of the same artists at Lollapalooza, with day 1 giving us sets from The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV and more, in addition to sets from artists who didn't play Lollapalooza, like The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.

Like with Lollapalooza (and other upcoming shows), Death Grips were scheduled to play the fest but cancelled.

Update: Day 2 pics are up now. More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2013 day 1 in pics: The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV & more"

by Bill Pearis

TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
TOY

UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.

The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.

TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.

Continue reading "TOY playing one-off NYC show before Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest (line-up)"

Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the Depeche Mode shows at Barclays Center and Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre with Bat for Lashes go on general sale Saturday (4/6) at 10 AM. Meanwhile, many presales have been going on, incuding the LiveNation mobile and venue presale, which starts today at 10 AM. The password for the Facebook Presale is "DELTA." Other passwords to try for other presales include "SHOWERS" and "MACHINE."

Tickets to see Paul McCartney at Fenway Park go on sale today at 10 AM.

Individual Day Tickets for Governors Ball go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to see Devendra Banhart at Town Hall go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to see Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their Santos Party House show are still available.

Tickets to see The Antlers at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see The Official XXL Freshman Live Concert with Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Ab Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travis Scott, Dizzy Wright, and Angel Haze at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Wire at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Matthew E. White at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Aaron Freeman (fka Gene Ween) at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Yes at The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Still Corners at Mercury Lounge and tickets to see them at Glasslands go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Chvrches at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Subhumans at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Come at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Half Moon Run at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Escort is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Jake Bugg is playing Webster Hall on September 17. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Ani DiFranco is playing Town Hall on November 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Fitz & The Tantrums are playing Irving Plaza on June 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Pokey LaFarge is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 4. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Marques Toliver show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Selah Sue and Bushwalla show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Rachael Yamagata and Sanders Bohlke are playing Maxwell's on July 12 and Bowery Ballroom on July 13. Tickets to the Maxwell's show and tickets for their Bowery Ballroom show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Heavy show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Stumblebum Brass Band and Bad Buka show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the HARD NYC: Hot Natured with Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and Infinity Ink show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Gantry and The Wilderness of Manitoba show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine is playing Bowery Ballroom on July 3. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Bad Veins and Born Cages are playing Mercury Lounge on May 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Anders & Kendall and Chris Mills is playing Mercury Lounge on May 29. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

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

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

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

Full day-by-day lineup below...

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

Osheaga 2013

Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.

3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga Festival 2013 lineup & tickets (The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, New Order and more)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Jake Bugg @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/14/2013
Jake Bugg

Although his self-titled debut album is not out in the USA yet, that didn't stop the sold out crowd from singing along to his European hits "Taste It," "Country Song," and "Lightning Bolt." I'll be posting a video from the show in the coming days so stay tuned. Jake Bugg is so talented and again when you consider how young he is and how great he already sounds, it will blow your mind. As I tend to do when I go to concerts, I had the opportunity to tell Jake Bugg how great his show was and he was extremely cool. - [According to G]
UK charts-topping youngster Jake Bugg played a sold-out show Bowery Ballroom last night (1/14), his first NYC show with his band. (He played solo acoustic at The Slipper Room back in December.) If you've got free time this afternoon, you can see Jake Bugg at The Living Room today (1/15) at 4 PM. The show is free but it would probably be wise to get there early as it is a tiny venue (that won't be around much longer at its current location).

More pics from last night's Jake Bugg show, including ones of opener Valerie June, below...

Continue reading "Jake Bugg played Bowery Ballroom with Valerie June (pics); free show at The Living Room is this afternoon"

Jake Bugg at The Slipper Room, 12/6/12 (more by PSquared Photography)
Jake Bugg

UK sensation Jake Bugg plays Bowery Ballroom tonight (1/14) which is sold out. If you didn't get tickets, he's playing a special acoustic show The Living Room on Tuesday afternoon (1/15) for FREE. It's a taping for the Last.FM Sessions, and starts in the afternoon. Jake's other upcoming dates now also include SXSW.

Meanwhile, The Living Room is closing at the end of this month but are looking for a new location, which will be the third for the Lower East Side club. You can help.

Flyer for the Living Room show is below...

Continue reading "Jake Bugg, in NYC now, playing free show at Living Room"

Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Alt-J

Big day for award nominations. The Oscars announced theirs this morning and the Brit Awards just wrapped up their ceremony for 2013 nominations, with Emeli Sandé grabbing four and Mumford & Sons and Alt-J each getting three. All three of those artists were nominated for British Album of the Year, a list that also included Paloma Faith and Plan B. If you don't know, The Brits are basically the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, though nominees are all British apart from a few "International" awards.

Jessie Ware, Muse, and Adele each got two nominations, and single-digit noms went to Bat for Lashes, The xx, Richard Hawley and The Vaccines.

Mumford & Sons have two nights at Barclays Center in February and Alt-J will swing though town in March.

The entire 2013 Brit Awards nominees list is below.

Continue reading "2013 Brit Award nominees announced (Emeli Sandé, Mumford and Alt-J lead the pack)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Jake Bugg @ The Slipper Room, 12/6/2012
Jake Bugg

While he has toured parts of America already, opening for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 18-year-old UK sensation Jake Bugg just made his NYC live debut, solo acoustic style, last Thursday (December 6) at the Slipper Room where he played a set of songs from his debut album (which went to #1 over there). We've got pictures from this intimate show (including opener Aaron Lee Tasjan) in this post, as well as video of him doing "Trouble Town."

Jake will be back next month, this time with his band, for a show at Bowery Ballroom on January 14 and tickets are still available. More pics from the Slipper Room are below.

Continue reading "Jake Bugg made his NYC debut at The Slipper Room (pics)"

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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.

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Jake Bugg

The story goes that 18-year-old Jake Bugg - born Jacob Kennedy - picked up an acoustic guitar a few years ago and found himself writing songs in the urban-troubadour mould of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, with a touch of skiffle madness to leaven the folk-pop tales of Nottingham housing estates. Instead of heeding a friend's advice to audition for Britain's Got Talent, he plugged away at small gigs until he caught the attention of a label. Before you could say "shades of Lonnie Donegan", he was No 1 in the album chart, and being touted as the antidote to manufactured pop.

The back-story is probably true enough, but there is also the stamp of marketing intervention: the flop-top haircut is too L'Uomo Vogue and the sepia album photography too artful to be self-generated. Moreover, most of his tunes are co-writes with professionals such as Iain Archer. What's not in doubt is his talent. For 50 minutes, Bugg transfixes a horribly humid Koko, and if he's not quite Dylan, nor is he some pretty mannequin. - [The Guardian]

18-year-old singer-songwriter Jake Bugg hails from Nottingham, UK and is one of the biggest success stories of the year over there. Last month his eponymous album debuted at #1 in the UK charts, knocking Mumford & Sons out of the top spot and made it to #9 on NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list.

Jake Bugg just wrapped up a North American tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol (it didn't hit NYC) and has a couple NYC shows coming up. He will play The Slipper room on December 6 (tickets still available) and has just announced a headlining show at happening Bowery Ballroom on January 14. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a regular on-sale on Friday (11/30). No other North American shows at the moment.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Jake Bugg released debut LP (#1 in UK), playing NYC shows"

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"