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Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2

Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.

...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.

Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.

One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.

Day 1 pics here. Day 3 pics here. More day 2 pictures, Blake Anderson of Workaholics moshing to Ty Segall included, and videos below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 2 pics & videos (Pharrell w/ huge guests, Nas w/ Jay Z, Solange w/ Beyonce, Pixies, QOTSA, Ty Segall, Pet Shop Boys, Future Islands & more)"

Coachella

The Coachella 2014 Set Times are now HERE. Notice new surprise additions of Pixies and Julian Casablancas.

Make your schedule while listening to a Coachella 2014 Spotify playlist we put together.

If you run into any celebrities, keep in mind they might be on the clock.

Not going, stream it from home.

Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces daily lineups, individual day tickets on sale this week"

photos by Steven Noreyko, words by Bill Pearis

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz @ Chevrolet Courtyard, SXSW 3/14/2014
JC

After some secret shows on their way to Austin, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas officially debuted new material and a new band -- The Voidz -- at SXSW, playing a 1 AM headlining set on Friday night (3/14) at the The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street. I'm pretty sure every Strokes fanatic in Texas was at the show and they were hyped for a chance to see him in a fairly intimate setting.

I am more of a casual fan but I was there. It came after a long day of music -- which started off with our second day party -- and I had hit the wall by the time Casablancas went on. Julian sang hunched over and often with his back to the crowd, vocals in the red the whole time. He played five new songs plus returned to play "Instant Crush," his contribution to Daft Punk's new album, for a demanded encore. What I remember more than the music was that The Voidz looked like they were plucked from a Jersey Shore pizza place circa 1987 -- extra cheese. (Dig the mullet and 'stache on the guitarist.) The was also an old Apple Computer on stage that was rigged up to display random graphics via the soundboard, which tied the whole thing together.

Casablancas and The Voidz have an album on the way -- release date TBA -- and you can watch a teaser video for that (also very '80s) below. After the Cedar St. Couryard show, the Voidz also played Fader Fort on Saturday (3/15) too. NYC can catch The Voidz (and The Strokes) at Governors Ball. You can check out live video from the Chevrolet Coutyard show, plus a few more pics, below.

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas & The Voidz debuted new songs at Chevrolet Courtyard & Fader Fort during SXSW (pics, video)"

Julian Casablancas

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has started teasing a new solo album and/or band entitled "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz". You can watch a 2 minute YouTube video he released the other day below and "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are billed as playing Fader Fort and the Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street at SXSW this week. Meanwhile JC & The Voidz played a secret show in DC on Saturday, and this is what those sexy fellas looked like:

Voidz

Now comes word that it's happening again tonight (3/10) at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. Good luck getting in there NOLA, though if you can't there's always Connections and Ex Hex at Siberia.

Now we also wait for some sort of NYC announcement, and maybe even more Austin shows will pop up? You can watch that teaser below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas releases new 'Voidz' album teaser, playing secret shows on way to SXSW (New Orleans tonight)"

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

The lineup for NYC music festival Governors Ball was just announced, and included a solo set from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, but it's now just been confirmed that The Strokes themselves will perform too! It will be The Strokes' first hometown show since playing MSG in 2011.

Tickets for the fest go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Check out the full lineup.

Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TVOTR, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Grimes, many more)"

Julian

Daft Punk just made a video for the Random Access Memories track "Instant Crush" which features Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas on lead vocals. He also appears in the video, and as does a replica of himself. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Daft Punk & The Strokes' Julian Casablancas made a video for "Instant Crush" (watch)"

Daft Punk

Daft Punk are making a comeback this year with Random Access Memories (due out 5/21 via Columbia imprint Daft Life Limited), their first album since 2005's Human After All. They haven't revealed any full tracks from it yet, but from those two 15 second clips, we basically already know that we love it. Unfortunately, we New Yorkers never get a chance to see them. All they seem to do these days is pop up at Phoenix shows (but not last Friday's show), and then that secret show at 285 Kent turned out to be an April Fool's joke. Who knew?!

Luckily, we will get a chance to see the eight piece Daft Punk Tribute Band, imported from Toronto, who play NYC on July 3 at Highline Ballroom. What's more, we even know what time they go on (10 PM). Reportledly, these guys "have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada" since 2009. We can't wait to get our faces melted, Canadian style, in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In terms of the real Daft Punk, the rumored tracklist of their new album features appearances by Julian Casablanacas, Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell, DJ Falcon, Todd "The God" Edwards (who sang on Discovery), and Paul Jackson Jr. (who played guitar for Michael Jackson), in addition to previously announced guests, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Panda Bear.

Like Giorgio Moroder just did, Todd Edwards also discussed the new album in a video interview, which you can watch, along with a live video and check out the full rumored collaborators list, below.

Continue reading "Todd Edwards discusses new Daft Punk album; rumored tracklist surfaces; tribute band playing NYC"

photos by Bao Nguyen

"Amazing time at the Garden. Still buzzed. Elvis was an officer and a gentleman. Thank you. Thankyouverymuch." - Julian Casablancas

The Strokes

As sort of hinted and then twitter-revealed right before the show, Elvis Costello (after he got done making a surprise appearance with the Secret Sisters at Irving Plaza), played a surprise opening set between opener Devendra Banhart and headliner the Strokes at Madison Square Garden last night (4/1). He only played three songs (starting with "Pump It Up"), but then he returned later to join the Strokes on stage for "Taken For a Fool" (that's Julian and Elvis together on stage in the picture above).

But this wasn't an Elvis show (he played his own show at Gramercy Theatre later in the night), it was about the Strokes. As Ms. Modern Age writes...

"I'll start with the end -- The very last song, in typical Strokes fashion, was "Take It Or Leave It" -- but this time singer Julian Casablancas took it upon himself to bring the music to the people - well, specifically to the people in the seated section stage left. Climbing up on the stage left speakers, and then grabbing onto the side railing, Julian positioned himself in the midst of the raised seated floor section, where upon everyone started grabbing on to him from behind.

At one point, Julian jumped down to the floor, and the barricade felt as if it were going to tip over -- terrifying me because that's where the handicapped folks were sitting. Luckily, Julian moved back up and further over into the crowd, bringing the rest of the song to the front section of the room, and a bit to stage right at the end, finally finishing on the stage."

Video of that & Elvis, more pictures and the full Strokes setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Strokes played MSG w/ surprise guest Elvis Costello (and opener Devendra Banhart) - pics, videos & setlist"

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Gorillaz Clash
Coachella

The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.

Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.

King Khan Gabba Gabba
Coachella

Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.

All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.

The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.

Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...

"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.

No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.

This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]

Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...

Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Coachella

Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."

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Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day Three in pics, video & review (the Thom Yorke & Pavement setlists included) "

Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Nada Surf

tonight in NYC
* Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom
* Apollo Sunshine @ Southpaw
* Rx Bandits @ Gramercy Theatre
* Dave Hill Explosion @ UCB
* Glass Ghost, Caveman @ Glasslands
* Alice Smith @ Highline Ballroom
* Marissa Nadler & Meg Baird @ Littlefield
* Seabear, Via Tania @ Mercury Lounge (Early Show)
* Howl, Javelina, Sea Of Bones, Flourishing @ Cake Shop
* Headlights, Surf City, The Campbell Apartment @ Maxwell's
* Liquor Store, The Netherlands, Ex-Cop, Fuck Fuck @ Coco 66
* Jello Biafra (and The Guantanamo School of Medicine) @ Europa
* Weasel Walter, Vinny Golia, Adam Lane @ Issue Project Room
* Little Dragon, VV Brown, Oh No Ono @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Nymphets, German Measles, Missionaries, Foster Care @ Death By Audio
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders w/ special guests @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Paul Dempsey, Pets With Pets, The Chevelles, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, Love of Diagrams, Crayon Fields, City Riots, Beaches, BLISS N ESO, Goons Of Doom @ The Bell House (Aussie BBQ)

Nada Surf kicks off a three-night run of full-album shows tonight.

VV Brown plays on a stacked bill with Little Dragon and Oh No Ono (who played Mercury Lounge last night) tonight at MHOW. She'll also be back on April 28th to headline a Bowery Ballroom show of her own which is now on sale.

Tonight's Allman Brothers Band show was cancelled.

Tonight's Jello Biafra show was moved to Europa from Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

BV presents Howl, Javelina, Sea Of Bones & Flourishing @ Cake Shop tonight. Flyer below....

Superchunk played a semi-surprise set at the Merge SXSW showcase last week. Videos from their performance below...

Japandroids played the BV day party @ Emo's last week. A video from their performance below...

Julian Casablancas sang "Hard to Explain" at Irving Plaza last night. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

The Megaphonic Thrift @ by:Larm 2010 (more)
MEgaphonic Thrift

tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* ACME @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Kronos Quartet @ Zankel Hall
* Al Green @ the Wellmont Theatre
* John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
* Stupid Party, Gourmet Scum @ Don Pedro
* WFMU's Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia @ Maxwell's
* Todd, Sewerkraut, Drunkdriver @ (late) Cake Shop
* Marina and The Diamonds, Samuel @ The Bell House
* Lord Jeff, Truman Peyote, Julie Bryne @ Silent Barn
* Talib Kweli (DJ), DJ Jujitsu, DJ Eque @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rufus Wainwright: Blackoutsabbath @ Park Avenue Armory
* Red Hook Ramblers, The Hot Johnsons @ Knitting Factory
* Standard Fare, Little Big, Jack Skuller @ Death By Audio
* Darren Hanlon, A Classic Education, Electricians @ Bruar Falls
* David Daniell & Douglas Mccombs Duo, Alan Licht & Loren Connors @ Union Pool
* Carolina Chocolate Drops, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Casiokids, The Good The Bad, Spleen United, The Megaphonic Thrift @ Littlefield (starts 1pm)
* Sissy Spacek, Gerritt Witmer and Paul Knowles, Sean Meehan, Dim Diamond @ (early) Cake Shop
* Field Mouse, Hailey Wojcik & Her Imaginary Friends, Gregory & The Hawk, Julie Peel @ Glasslands

pre-SXSW Scandanavian week continues at Littlefield this AFTERNOON (which is even earlier-feeling than normal thanks to us losing an hour last night. Did you set back your clocks yet?).

Oh, also MGMT is apparently playing Mercury Lounge tonight (as The Smirking Worm).

"The most-talked about aspect of Lady Gaga's Beyonce co-starring, Jonas Akerlund-directed music video for "Telephone," which premiered Thursday night, was not the singer's flagrant partial nudity, girl-on-girl kissing or mass-murder sequence in a diner featuring Tyrese Gibson. It was the product placement. At least nine different brands make appearances in the nine-minute music video, from Gaga's own Heartbeats headphones to a "Beats Limited Edition" laptop, from HP Envy to "telephone" partner Virgin Mobile, and from Miracle Whip and Wonder Bread to Diet Coke. [Ad Age]"

The Lonely Island is Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone. Last night on SNL they debuted the video for "Boombox" featuring Julian Casablancas. Watch it below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"

Julian Casablancas @ Terminal 5 in January (more by Natasha Ryan)
Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas already has a run of pre-Coachella shows planned that includes a gig at NJ's Starland Ballroom on March 30th (still tickets available). He's added a date in NYC proper for March 24th at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday. The show is also 101.9 WRXP's 2nd anniversary celebration, and there's a presale through the station that runs from Tuesday at 10am to Thursday at 10am.

He's added more shows across the country as well. Updated tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas adds a NYC show & other tour dates"

Starland Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Starland Ballroom

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Julian Casablancas show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. The March 30th show is one of ten new pre-Coachella dates that the Strokes singer just announced. Want to go for free? We also have a pair to give away. Details below.

Other shows coming up at Starland Ballroom include George Clinton, Alkaline Trio, Mastodon, and WASP. The full list is on Ticketmaster. JC contest details below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas Starland tickets (on sale & win a pair) "

Julian Casablancas @ Terminal 5 on January 14th (more by Chris La Putt)
Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas has added new dates to his Phrazes for the Young-supporting tour. One of those will be March 30th at Sayreville, NJ's Starland Ballroom. Ticket info TBA.

The shows lead up to his Coachella appearance on April 18th. With a new Strokes album on the way, they might be the last Julian solo dates for a while...

The Strokes' drummer Fab Moretti has said his band's forthcoming fourth album will be released "hopefully around September" 2010.

Working on the follow-up to 2006's First Impressions Of Earth, the fivesome are currently recording new material back home in New York.

Speaking to Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Morretti said: "We've been recording a bunch - basic tracks are done. Now we're just running around like kids in a candy shop."[BBC]

The Strokes already have UK shows booked for the summer including the Isle of White Festival in June.

All Julian Casablancas tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas announced more tour dates (NJ), The Strokes hoping to release an album this year"

Orbital

Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

photos by Natasha Ryan

Julian Casablancas

Everything in Casablancas's long, hard year as a soloist has carried a steep learning curve, from touring by himself to getting the album into stores. For example, RCA is co-releasing his solo album, yet, he says, "they're not the label I signed with. The people change all the time. They're nice, they're cool, but honestly they don't do shit." So he did most of the work through Cult Records, the label he started for Phrazes and financed himself, and it didn't turn out much better. "You have all these dreams. I still like the plan, but it was executed terribly."

And then there's the Strokes. Theoretically, they are putting out a fourth album. "It's coming!" he says. [NY Mag]

Julian Casablancas, Telepathe & Tanlines played their second show together in a row at Terminal 5 on Friday night (1/15). Pictures from the first night, HERE. Pictures from Friday continue below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas, Tanlines & Telepathe @ Terminal 5 in NYC (night 2) - pics "

photos by Chris La Putt

Julian Casablancas

"Ok, so in talking about the show with some old Strokes fan friends, people have express surprise at the fact that I enjoyed the show so much because...well, it's just not the same without all the other Strokes. To that point I say this: No, it's not The Strokes, but in my opinion, Julian is pretty much one of the best things about the band in the first place, so going to see a Julian Casablancas show is kinda like a Strokes show, but without all the other distractions.

That said, Julian's music is much different than the regular Strokes fare. I like to think his solo work is more pop-based, and a little bit more carefree than Strokes songs. I also think his lyrics are more playful, the song structure more complicated and interesting, and the imagery more vivid. Perhaps that's more of a reflection of his maturation as a songwriter than anything else, but any way you slice it, the solo stuff is great and you should be so lucky to see him perform it live.

The show last night wasn't as elaborate as the ones he did in his LA residency (you know, the one that he felt were a fiasco) which included set pieces, costume changes, and an intermission, but it was polished, smooth, and successful. He truly seemed like he was having fun, and the crowd was enjoying it.

He seemed relaxed and at ease with himself and the songs -- a very different energy than the one I remember when he plays with The Strokes. At Strokes shows, so much of the show is propelled by each of the band member's energy bouncing off and pushing one another forward. At a Julian Casablancas show it seems much more like Julian is puttering along, guiding his backup band, and the pace of the show with the slow and steady push of his own internal performance propeller." [The Modern Age]

As I was saying (and the videos previously proved), Julian Casablancas headlined his first of two nights in a row at Terminal 5 last night (1/14). He, and his two openers (Brooklyn's Tanlines & Telepathe), do it again tonight (1/15). More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas, Telepathe & Tanlines @ Terminal 5 in NYC (night 1) - pics & setlist"

Gang Gang Dance @ Santos in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Gang Gang Dance

tonight in NYC
* FONT Music Fest
* Alice Smith @ Joe's Pub
* The Budos Band @ Maxwell's
* Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe's Pub
* BLACK TAXI, The Art of Shooting + Bocat @ Southpaw
* Joe Pernice, John Cunningham @ Mercury Lounge
* Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Highline Ballroom
* Julian Casablancas, Telepathe, Tanlines @ Terminal 5
* Gang Gang Dance, DJ Rupture @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Brian Fallon (from Gaslight Anthem), Dave Hause @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gary Lucas's Gods & Monsters, Grant Hart @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Real Estate, Beach Fossils, The Beets, Total Slacker @ St. James Church
* Silk Flowers, U.S. Girls, Mazing Vids, Noveller @ Monster Island Basement
* The Binary Marketing Show, Pocket Knife, Noisy Crane, The Prigs @ Glasslands
* Liturgy, White Mice, Little Women, Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos @ Death By Audio
* The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, United Nations, Black Anvil, Mother of Mercy @ Cake Shop
* Drink Up Buttercup, Ravens & Chimes, Miracles of Modern Science, Milagres @ The Bell House
* The Yummy Fur, Bishop Allen, German Measles, McDonalds, The Surprisers @ Market Hotel (not 171 Lombardy anymore)
* Gordon Gano (of The Violent Femmes), World Famous Pontani Sisters, Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House (late)

For more on many of tonight's shows, and for some info on some that are tomorrow, check out This Week in Indie.

Tonight's Yummy Fur show has moved to Market Hotel.

10 more nights to go to Monkeytown.

Tonight is a show in a Manhattan church.

Steep Canyon Rangers play Joe's Pub tonight. You may remember them as also sometimes playing as Steve Martin's band.

Gang Gang Dance plays MHOW tonight, and opens for Hot Chip at the recently-added Terminal 5 show that goes on sale at noon.

There are a few tickets at the door for the BV-presents Hope Conspiracy show at Cake Shop tonight. UPDATE: Black Anvil canceled. Flyer below.

We'll be back presenting another heavy show at Cake Shop on April 24th.

Julian Casablancas plays Terminal 5 for the 2nd tonight tonight. Videos from last night (where he performed Strokes b-side "I'll Try Anything Once") (holy screaming girls) below...

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The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Bowery in Oct (more by Oren Loloi)
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tonight in NYC
* Alice Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Akoya Afrobeat @ Southpaw
* Tyshawn Sorey @ The Stone
* Falu, Red Baraat @ Joe's Pub
* City and Colour @ Webster Hall
* Richie Havens, John Gorka @ Joe's Pub
* Soft Black, Rope, Precinct @ Union Hall
* Hull & Goes Cube @ Production Lounge
* Daebashish Bhattacharya @ WFC Winter Garden
* NYC Winter Jazz Fest @ LPR, Kenny's Castaways, Zinc Bar
* Holy Ghost! (DJ), Classixx, Shuttle @ Webster Hall
* La Otracina, Velcro Lewis, Heavy Hands @ Union Pool
* The Dutchess & The Duke, Medication @ Mercury Lounge
* Ex-Humans, Natural Child, Bosco Delrey, K-Holes @ Don Pedro
* Teengirl Fantasy, Blondes, Light Asylum @ Monster Island Basement
* Animal Collective (DJ), Fischerspooner (DJ), Activaire DJs @ AMNH
* Passion Pit, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Joy Formidable @ Terminal 5
* Violent Soho, Right on Dynamite, The Royal Chains @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Starscream, Anamanaguchi, The Crayons, Radiates @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* My Teenage Stride, Campo Formio, Subtle Turnhips, Electricians @ Silent Barn
* Peg Simone, Wrekmeister Harmonies, MV Carbon & Zach Layton @ Issue Project Room
* GDFX, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, Invisible Circle, Shit Knife, Glam Hammer @ Shea Stadium
* King Django, The Equalibrians, The Forthrights, Royal City Riot, The Hard Times @ Bushwick Music Studios
* McCoy Tyner Trio & Gary Bartz, Francisco Mela's Cuban Safari, Jon Batiste Band, Alfredo Rodriguez @ Highline Ballroom

Midnite Till Death brings Ex-Humans, Natural Child, Bosco Delrey and K-Holes to Don Pedro. Flyer below.

Passion Pit play the first of three shows at Terminal 5 tonight. Rural Alberta Advantage open, then play two sets in one night at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

NYC Winter Jazz Festival runs at five Village venues today and tomorrow. Tonight's music includes "big band" jazz from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and heavy improv from Jamie Saft's Whoopie Pie. Outside of that, there's still jazz royalty McCoy Tyner at Highline Ballroom. And quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing (trumpeter Peter Evans, saxist Jon Irabagon, bassist Moppa Elliot and Talibam's Kevin Shea on drums - is at Zebulon. Jon & Kevin are back at Zeb on Monday as "Jon Irabagon's One-Song Rollins Tribute Trio."

Teengirl Fantasy is at Monster Island. Flyer below. They also play Pianos on January 14th.

Julian Casablancas played "Out Of The Blue" on Letterman Wednesday night. Video below. He plays Terminal 5 on January 14th and 15th.

Au Revoir Simone performed an a cappella rendition of Kylie Minogue's biggest hit at Highline Ballroom with Alexa Wilding and Elizabeth Harper of Class Actress last night. Video below...

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Snowball fight in Times Square - 12/19/09 (Doug Kim)
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tonight in NYC
* Danielson @ The Stone
* Questlove (DJ) @ S.O.B.'s
* Chico Mann @ Knitting Factory
* M6 performs Meredith Monk @ The Stone
* Jadakiss, Melanie Fiona, Clipse @ Highline Ballroom
* Christmas Rap party w/ 1000TimesYes @ Bruar Falls
* My Favorite Things, Neoangin, Sugarlife, Misty Roses @ Zebulon
* Rene Lopez, Brooklyn Girls Sound System, Jason Darling @ Mercury Lounge
* Masta Ace & Edo G, Sadat X, Jean Grae, Doitall, Torae w/ DJ E Holla, Sha Stimuli & secret guest @ Southpaw
* Drink Up Buttercup, True Womanhood, The Art of Shooting, Schocholautte, Total Slacker @ Glasslands

Everyone playing the later show at Mercury Lounge tonight is either in, or collaborates with members of, Brazilian Girls.

"S.O.B.'s Presents: 4th Annual Holiday Party w/ DJ QUESTLOVE (of the World Famous Roots Crew)"

"Celestial Soul Portraits"

"The proposed merger of two live music giants, Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Inc, was given a huge boost on Tuesday when a British regulatory body dropped its objections and approved the deal." [Reuters]

Chris Weingarten tweets his 1000th review of the year at midnight from Bruar Falls. Flyer below...

Listen to Julian Casablancas' "I wish it was Christmas today", with other videos, below...

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Julian Casablancas @ L.A.'s Downtown Palace in Nov. (more by Darren Kim)
Julian Casablancas

Playing the [HMV Forum on December 15th] with his band - which includes The Strokes' guitar "guru" JP Bowersock - [Julian Casablancas] performed 'I Wish It Was Christmas Today', which is released in the UK on December 21 [and a bonus track on the album].

Before the song Casablancas joked to the crowd he is beginning to reconsider his decision to record a festive song, before admitting he had said the same thing on most nights of the UK tour.

"This is the part of the show when I say my little piece. People who come every night will say, 'He says the same shit every night'," he joked, before addressing his Christmas song. "I like the holidays, but they make me play it, yes it's that one. I already regret it." [NME]

He's in Europe now, but Julian will be in NYC this January - now for two shows. In addition to the Jan. 14th show at Terminal 5, he's added another NYC show at the same venue one day later (January 15th). Tickets for the new show go on AmEx presale at 11am. General sale is Friday, December 18th at noon.

Videos and setlist from that London gig (including the Christmas tune) are below...

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Julian Casablancas @ Downtown Palace Theater in L.A. (more by Darren Kim)
Julian Casablancas

CNN: What was your reaction when NME called "Is This It" the album of the decade?

Casablancas: Unbelievable. I hadn't thought about it, but it's really weird. I like it, though.

CNN: What stood out for you in this life-changing decade?

Casablancas: Probably that: having people or magazines say that your album is the best of the decade. That's not something I ever thought in my wildest dreams.

Julian Casablancas played a five-show run at L.A.'s Downtown Palace Theatre in November. Back then it was reported (by Julian in the NY Times) that he'd be doing a "New York residency" in January, but it looks like he changed his mind. It's been announced that he'll play Terminal 5 on Thursday, January 14th. There's a pre-sale for tickets happening now. Tickets go on general sale Friday, December 11th at noon. More shows TBA?

What about the band with NME's album of the decade?

Julian Casablancas, the front man of the Strokes, told Billboard that the group would headline the Isle of Wight festival in Britain on June 12, alongside Jay-Z; the performance will probably be followed by other summer concert appearances in Europe and North America. "When we meet with the band and talk and play music, it's just a different level of ease and comfort," Mr. Casablancas told Billboard. "Everyone's more easygoing and everyone feels more confident and just trusts each other a little bit." [NY Times]
Hopefully Julian doesn't change his mind about that too.

One of the bonus tracks on Julian's Phrazes For The Young is a cover of the SNL song "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" (it's also a limited 7"). Both versions of the track (videos) and all tour dates (he has a string of Europe/UK shows this December) are below...

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photos by Darren Kim

Julian Casablancas

"In his stage show, which [began] Friday at the Downtown Palace Theater in Los Angeles -- a New York residency is planned for January -- this song will be represented by a multimedia landscape of videos and sets depicting the neighborhood, which Mr. Casablancas will stroll through. It is over the top by design -- he compared it to the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" or a Disney show -- so he can charge higher ticket prices, he said, to offset a series of free concerts he hopes to do." [NY Times]
Julian played his first LA residency show on Friday (11/6).
"The relatively short set was broken up with an intermission, which the band used for a costume change, slipping into some '70s-style white suits and unveiling an all-white set makeover that could have been ripped from "American Bandstand." The visuals impressed, more so because the giant sliding screens allowed for the underground water shots, cartoon-ish cityscapes and kaleidoscope-like prisms that mirrored Casablancas' intricately weird arrangements. No wonder such a short performance carries a relatively high admission price, with tickets starting at $35." [LA Times]
More pictures from the show below...

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