Entries tagged with: Karen O
Video of that Brooklyn indie musical Oscar moment below...
Karen O at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O was nominated for an Oscar for "Moon Song," the song she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, which Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett scored (they're nominated too). It's since been announced that Karen will also perform "Moon Song" at the awards ceremony. U2 and Pharrell will perform too. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM on ABC.
In related news, Karen just released another version of "Moon Song" which features a duet with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. You can stream that, along with the original version, below...
The Walkmen at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As discussed, The Walkmen are going on an "extreme hiatus" but the members are keeping busy with solo material. Peter Matthew Bauer already mentioned that he'd release a solo LP, Liberation!, at some point this year, and though we're still awaiting more details on that, he did recently announce a couple solo shows, including one happening in NYC on March 6 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. His other upcoming show is in Philly, and all dates are listed below.
Another Walkman, Walter Martin, just announced that his solo album, We're All Young together, comes out on May 13 via Family Jukebox. The record has some pretty impressive guests, including his Walkmen bandmates Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick, The National frontman Matt Berninger, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs members Nick Zinner and Karen O, the latter of which sings a duet with Walter on the record's new single, "Sing to Me."
You can stream that single, along with an illustration of the song's lyrics by Marcellus Hall, and the list of Peter Bauer dates, below...
Tonight during the Grammys, Sonos will debut a new TV commercial that contains a very special soundtrack. The wireless speaker company got Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs back together with her friend Sam Spiegel, and his production duo N.A.S.A, to collaborate (once again) on a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff". Not the first time Karen and a collaborator took on a classic song. That full song, and the commercial a short clip of it appears in, both make their world premiere in this post.
Listen to the song:
Watch the commercial below:
The 2014 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, with American Hustle and Gravity leading the way with 10 each. On the musical tip, The Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated for the score to Spike Jonze's Her, and Karen O got nominated for "Moon Song" from Her which she co-wrote with Jonze. Also: Pharrell Williams got a nomination for "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 as did U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom (which won the Golden Globe on Sunday).
One movie that might seem missing from the Best Original Song category is the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis but almost all the songs from the film were traditional folk, which is why its novelty song "Hey Mr. Kennedy" got a Golden Globe nomination. The Oscars will be given out Sunday, March 2. Full list of 2014 Oscar Nominations and a stream of Karen O's "Moon Song" below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tom Petty, Jim James, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013
"I really just play off the crowd. I've good chemistry with my DJ, and there's little things that we do where he knows what song to go to, how much energy to swindle into the next song," Kendrick Lamar explained. "I really just feed off the crowd and what side is rocking the most."People got down to Kendrick Lamar (who just announced a big Brooklyn show), Tom Petty, MGMT, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Alabama Shakes and more on Saturday aka Day 2 of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. We were upset to miss Azealia Banks but trust her outfit was as funky as it was at Governors Ball (it was). We also missed Japandroids' early set. Pictures of what we did see on Saturday are in this post.
The MC had Firefly bouncing to cuts from his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, including "Backseat Freestyle," "Money Trees" and "Poetic Justice."
Lamar went back to 2011's Section.80 for "A.D.H.D." and threw in his guest verses on A$AP Rocky's wildly popular "F---in' Problems" and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P. (Remix)."
"Since the sun is out, I wanna take y'all back to California," he said, presenting his L.A. "Recipe" of "women, weed and weather."
"I go in with a set mind, but sometimes it doesn't go as planned," he told us after the show. "It might get a little too crazy, and I might switch it up -- just to keep it that roller coaster ride. Rather than everybody just moshpitting every song, then they'd be tired out toward the end."
Lamar got the crowd riled up, encouraging them before "m.A.A.d City," "I don't care that it's hot ... when this beat drops, I wanna see you do whatever you have to do to get down." [MTV]
Like on Day 1 (and Day 3), BrooklynVegan was representing for two hours on the Soundwave stage with our hosts Billy Jones and Dave Hill. Heliotropes, after playing an earlier set on Red Bull's campground stage, came and played an acoustic set for us where we had just talked to CHVURCHES. Jim James was supposed to stop by and talk to us but his golf cart driver took him to the wrong tent and then it was too late because he had a 3pm set to play on the main stage which, though heartbroken, we did still rush to see.
Check out more pictures from the full day and Tom Petty's setlist below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
YYYs @ GoogaMooga 2013
We've already posted photos from the first two bands (The Darkness and The Flaming Lips) to play the Great GoogaMooga kickoff concert on Friday (5/17). Here are a set from headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs who were the only band to actually get to play after sunset. A few shots of Chairlift, who played two different DJ sets that day and who will perform in the same location of the park this summer, are also in this post.
Did you go on Friday? How was your GoogaMooga experience?
Right after playing GoogaMooga, YYYs hopped down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to play the 2013 Hangout Fest on Sunday (5/19).
"About halfway through the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Hangout Music Festival set, frontwoman Karen O took a moment to make a special announcement before playing the band's 2004 breakout single "Maps." "This is dedicated to Stevie Wonder," she called out to the thousands of fans who showed up to catch the Yeah's set. The iconic R&B star was slated to follow the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Hangout Stage as the weekend's headliner." [MTV]---
Despite not having the most successful event either this year (rain) or last year (lines), a Channel 12 report claims GoogaMooga will be back in 2014. Meanwhile, BV Chicago reports that GoogaMooga might be coming to Chicago in August.
More Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Swans at MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans, who had an extensive career throughout most of the '80s and '90s, reformed in 2010 for a new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky, and tour. As discussed, they'll follow that album with The Seer on August 28 via Michael Gira's Young God Records. The Seer is a massive double album which treks through the noisy, beautiful, scary, uplifting, and it's one of the band's best albums to date. Guest musicians include former Swans member Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family, members of Low, and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) who handles most of the lead vocals on "Song for the Warrior." You can now stream the album a week ahead of its release date at NPR.
As discussed, Swans will be supporting the album with a tour which hits NYC on October 10 at Bowery Ballroom with A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Tickets for that show are still available. An updated list of all Swans dates is below.
In related news, Karen O is one of the artists contributing to the soundtrack for Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie film, along with Passion Pit, Robert Smith, Winona Ryder, Grace Potter with The Flaming Lips, and more. You can stream Karen O's contribution, "Strange Love," over at Pitchfork.
All Swans dates are listed below.
photos by Bao Nguyen
Karen & Santi
Santigold, who is releasing her new album, Master of My Make-Believe, this spring on Downtown/Atlantic, performed material from it at her two sold out MHOW shows which happened last night (1/17) and Monday night (1/16). In a couple of days she leaves on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
At last night's show, Karen O joined her on stage to perform the track "Go," which Karen guests on. It hasn't been confirmed that this song will definitely appear on the new album, but we do know that Karen's Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner will be on it. Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) is on the album too and was also spotted at last night's MHOW show. Other people, like Q-Tip, were at the show too. NY Times commented on the extravagancies of her show, saying:
Everywhere she went during her performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, there they were: a pair of limber, stoical dancers, faces impassive behind sunglasses but with every other body part in constant and impeccable motion. At one point they wore tuxedo dresses; at another, Victorian tops with sharp shoulders paired with ruffled shorts that fluttered beautifully when they shimmied.But also spoke of an inconsistency in the performance:
Her stage show [...] has been inconsistent in the past. On Monday she was more robust if slightly absent compared with her colleagues: the magnificent dancers, worthy of their own hourlong performance, and her band, outfitted in shimmering tops and matching white headpieces. Often the songs took flight not through Santigold's voice or stage presence, but through what was unfolding around her.More pictures from the 1/17 show and some videos of new material from the 1/16 show are below.
The new album also features contributions from Switch (of Major Lazer), Greg Kurstin, and Buraka Som Sistema. She just released the video for the album's single, "Big Mouth," which was produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. You can watch that below and grab the track for free at Santigold's website in exchange for your email address.
More pics, including some of opener Spank Rock, and videos below...
Phantogram WITH guitar @ "Rocked" (more by Chris La Putt)
Two stories, both related to the launch of Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Mick Rock... First, Karen O told US Magazine at that party that she "recently wed longtime love Barnaby Clay"...
"I'm a married woman!" the rocker (real name: Karen Lee Orzolek) told Us at Wednesday's launch bash for Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Mick Rock at the W Hotel Downtown in NYC.In more horrible news, Phantogram, who played the party (where all of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were in attendance), were robbed. Yesterday the band wrote on Facebook: "Some scum bag stole Josh's guitars last night. If anyone has any information, please contact us. Love, phantogram." Bummer. Keep an eye out!
The "Maps" singer, 33, sweetly thanked Clay in the program notes for Stop the Virgens, a rock opera she co-created that was performed earlier this fall at St. Ann's Warehouse in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Clay directed his future wife in the 2009 video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs single "Zero."
photos by Chris La Putt
Phantogram / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It was ugly and rainy outside, but that didn't stop the pretty people from heading to the W NY Downtown hotel last night (12/8) to attend a party in honor of the Mick Rock picture exhibition that will be up at the hotel between now and 12/28. Mick Rock was of course in attendance, and there was a "Symmetry Live Performance" (the name of the hotel's performance series) by Phantogram (live) and Mark Ronson (DJ). DJ Cash also provided some tunes while we were there.
We left before Mark Ronson took over, but you can see more pictures of Phantogram (who played a bunch of songs from their new album), their setlist, Mick Rock, members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zuccotti Park (it's right there), and more, below...
"Karen O's "Stop the Virgens" psycho opera blew my mind last night!Seriously the best piece of musical art that I've seen in ages.I LOVED it!" - Santigold
Karen O & friends @ St. Ann's (photo by joshmorrissey)
"The costume, hair and makeup tell the story just as much as the music and choreography do," Karen O explained days before tonight's opening of her much-anticipated psycho-opera, "Stop the Virgens." "The symbolic evolution of what happens to the characters is witnessed through their physical transformations."Karen O's Stop the Virgens debuted on Wednesday night at St. Ann's Warehouse and continues tonight until October 22. Tickets are still available. Trailer below.
To help bring her vision to life, Karen enlisted what she calls her "glam squad": the costume designer Christiane Hultquist (a k a Christian Joy) and the makeup artist Mike Potter. "Mike is a phenomenon. I envy his impeccable taste as a lover of beauty off the beaten path," Karen said. "Christiane is an artist before a designer. She's a visionary, and her costumes look amazing onstage." The trio's longstanding relationship -- they've spent more than a decade taking creative risks together, onstage and off -- is rooted in tacit understanding and concrete trust. "The way I work with Christiane and Mike is to mostly let them do what they want. It works best that way." -[New York Times]
Saturday's performance is also part of The Creators Project, which will also feature performances from Justice, Florence & The Machine, Company Flow, the newly-signed A$AP Rocky with Clams Casino, Four Tet, and many many others in addition to art installations at multiple locations in DUMBO. Unfortunately, the RSVP is closed and some people have been getting emails that dis-invite them.... oof.
If you do have a ticket or plan on sneaking in, check out the set times and more event details and event videos, below...
The Creators Project will return to New York from October 15 - October 16 by transforming the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn into a colossal two-day arts and technology festival.Except for Karen O at St Ann's, it's all free with RSVP.
After spending the year traveling the world, VICE and Intel's The Creators Project lands back in New York with a marquee lineup of live performances and original Studio works by groundbreaking artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers.
This year's festival will take to the streets of DUMBO, Brooklyn, erecting 30-foot sculptures, showcasing works from over thirty leading international artists, and featuring dozens of live music performances. The event will also include the world premiere of Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens, along with film screenings and panels.
Original artworks include Life on Mars Revisited, an immersive short film of David Bowie's classic space-rock anthem from legendary music photographer Mick Rock and filmmaker Barney Clay; 'A Physical Manifestation of Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space,' a cathedral-like physical manifestation of the song created by Spiritualized's J. Spaceman and acclaimed film director Jonathan Glazer; and Origin, a striking thirty by thirty foot audiovisual installation by UVA and composer Scanner, which will be the largest responsive work ever created by the UK based artists.
The festival runs:
Lineup, venue list, etc, below...
As you know, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has an opera coming to St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. Kicking off in conjunction with VICE's "Creator's Project" (more details TBA), the show will actually run on eight nights from October 12-22...
An assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs.Tickets for those shows and the rest of St. Ann's 2011-2012 season including another run of Daniel Kitson shows, and The Tiger Lillies (starring Justin Bond), are on sale now!
Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor
The Creators Project (the Vice Intel creative projects thing) is returning to NYC. You may remember them from their presence at Coachella and from when they were in NYC in June 2010 when they featured performances by Gang Gang Dance, Neon Indian, Interpol, and others and artwork by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, and others.
The Creators Project are returning to NYC in October to present a piece by Nick Zinner's fellow Yeah Yeah Yeah Karen O.
Following last year's launch in New York, The Creators Project's return will feature a Karen O psycho-opera, an assault on the tragic joys of youth. Directed by Adam Rapp, the work will be produced by The Studio, a multimillion-dollar global studio launched this year by The Creators Project that produces and distributes works from artists representing a cross-section of creative disciplines. The premiere will take place at the critically acclaimed, St. Ann's Warehouse.The "psycho-opera" is set to happen four days before CMJ starts (CMJ runs from October 18-22). Check the Creator's Project blog and event page for updates.
Nick Zinner at MoMA in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The Met is hosting an evening with Cinema 16 on June 3. The event features Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shahin Motia of Oneida, and MV Carbon of Metalux performing an original score for six short experimental films. Admission is free with museum admission. No reserved seats; space is limited.
Poeme Electronique (1958), dir. Edgard Varse and Le CorbusierNick Zinner is also showcasing his photography at Anastasia Photo through June 4.
Screen Test: Salvador Dali (1966), dir. Andy Warhol
The Face (1967), dir. Herbert Kosower
Seeing the World (1937), dir. Rudy Burckhardt
Stone Welcome Mat (2003), dir. Gina Carducci
NY, NY (1957), dir. Francis Thompson
Speaking of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and movies, Karen O recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" with Trent Reznor for the upcoming film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film is the second adaptation of the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson, and the first in English. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is written by Steven Zallian and directed by David Fincher.
Check out Karen O and Trent Reznor's take on "Immigrant Song" in the trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as the preview video for Cinema 16 at The Met below.
Nick Zinner at MoMA last year (more by Chris La Putt)
Not to be confused with events co-organized by the Boredoms, last year 40 drummers got together at the Hudson Hotel's Good Units, and this year the same group is organizing a string party...
We're doing it again and we're doing it big! Last year, 40 Drummers was more epic than we had ever imagined. With original music composed by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Hisham Akira Bharoocha & Ben Vida (Soft Circle) from 40 Drummers, performed by 41+ uber-talented musicians, this year's is no doubt going to be just as awesome as the last. We're talking 41 STRINGS - that's violins, violas, cellos, electric & acoustic guitars, upright bass, electric bass, on top of synth and drums.No word on the personnel at 41 Strings, but we do know that David Pajo will be one of the axe-slingers. The show goes down at 8PM on Wednesday, May 11th (again) at Good Units. RSVP at RSVP@Loomstate.org (yes, this happens in the Hudson Hotel and is somehow related to the Loomstate clothing company). Flyer below.
Super rad lighting works by Yoshi Sodeoka, mixed by E*Rock and produced by Dawn of Man, and also by Ernesto Klar will be candy for your eyes. Kanon Organic Vodka and wine from The Naked Grape will take care of the rest.
In related news, Nick Zinner laid down fretwork for the new Santigold track "Go" which features guest vocals from Karen O and which was produced by Q-Tip AND Switch and which debuted on Jay-Z's blog recently. Listen to the song below.
And in other Nick Zinner news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist is currently showcasing his photographic work at Anastasia Photo through June 4th.
That song stream and the flyer is below.
Friday night in NYC (pic by feralcatpro)
Nylon says that the "Yeah Yeah Yeahs after party at 75 Clarkson = best dance party in months. Spotted: Karen O, Mary Kate, Lissie Trullie, Charlotte Ronson". 75 Clarkson Street is the address of the Mystique Gentleman's Club by the West Side Highway. "Franco V" was the DJ. Liz Feralcat took the above picture at the Friday night after-party which was a continuation of the Brooklyn band's 10th anniversary celebration that started two days earlier at Monster Island. There was a "Happy Birthday" banner on the stage of the private show that happened at Mercury Lounge earlier, before the after party...
camera phone photos by Leia Jospe
"apparently there was a secret Yeah Yeah Yeahs show tonight in Brooklyn.
If you went, I hate you" - Matty Aye
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played about an hour, starting around 10:40pm, on Wednesday night at Monster Island to the select few who were able to land themselves a ticket. It was hot and sweaty (the fans didn't help) and people were going nuts. As advertised, the band stuck to mostly older and more obscure material (though they did play the-always-crowd-pleasing "Maps") in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a band playing shows in NYC.
Leia Jospe was one of those who got a ticket to the Todd P-presented show. She left her camera at home, but managed to get a few snaps on her phone. Those, along with a shot of the setlist sent in by special agent PP, below...
interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Michael Lavine
TV on the Radio guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Andrew Sitek has announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Not surprisingly, the TVOTR / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Liars / Dragons of Zynth / Holly Miranda / Scarlett Johansson producer worked with a host of guest artists on the project, which will see the light of day in the form of a self-titled album on August 24th via DGC/Interscope Records.
"...Then Aku (Dragons of Zynth) called and said he was in town and asked what I was up to and I said, "Making a song that you have to come and fix!" So he came by the studio and he laid the vocals down. We pretty much started Maximum Balloon on that day."Other guest artists on the album will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London and more. David Byrne is rumored. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on "Tiger," the first track to be released off the album. "Tiger" will be available on iTunes and all digital partners on June 15th, but you can also hear it in a video below, or today at www.MaximumBalloon.com. In addition to "Tiger", Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.
Billy Jones of new musical project New Moods, who last conducted an interview for this site in 2006, called up Dave on Friday to discuss the making of Maximum Balloon, barbershop quartets, Cyndi Lauper, the future of TVOTR and more. Their chat starts here....
Billy: Hey Dave, Can you hear me?
Billy: I rigged this to be on the speakerphone of my Blackberry to be recording through GarageBand, a slightly complicated setup...
Dave: Awesome, put me through The Crystalizer...
Billy: I actually have you through Long Panning Ping Pong Delay right now...
Dave: I can't wait for Soundtoys to come out with an iPhone app.
photos by Chris La Putt
"MoMA garden party. Hugh Jackman introducing a fully acoustic set by Karen O." - Jared
"Karen O and Nick Zinner" performed at last night's MoMA Party in the Garden, an annual fundraiser that Estelle, M.I.A. and James Murphy have all played in recent years past. They were rounded out by a full band that included Imaad Wasif on acoustic guitar, Russell Simins filling in on drums, and a string section. They played Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs and "All is Love" by Karen O & The Kids (from Where the Wild Things Are). The full setlist, video of "Maps" and more pictures below...
MoMA's Party in the Garden (more by Ryan Muir)
The Party in the GardenTickets to this year's MoMA Garden Party will set you back anywhere from $100 to $100,000. Last year's musical guest was Estelle. M.I.A. played it the year before that.
Honoring Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Cocktails at seven o'clock
Supper at eight o'clock
After-Party from nine to midnight
Featuring a performance by Karen O and Nick Zinner
of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with special guests
Music by Mister Saturday Night-Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West Fifty-third Street, New York
Set in the beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, this special evening benefits the Museum's general operating fund, supporting our award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of the collection.
photos by Ryan Muir
Huck Magazine: Did the Karen O stage persona exist before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?A set of pictures from last night's show that includes a shot of the setlist, below...
Karen O: I remember when I was in, like, the fifth grade, I was a really shy kid and I went to a school where there were only like sixteen kids in my grade, and there's a variety show type thing and I remember I put on these really dark sunglasses so I couldn't see - they were like the darkest sunglasses I've ever worn, I couldn't see anything, and I did The Beatles, I lip-synched to The Beatles' 'Twist and Shout', exactly. Jaws were dropping, because they couldn't believe that that was the same person. Because I had no inhibitions and I really milked it for what it was worth. It blew the teachers' minds, because I was a really quiet little kid... It's been brewing for a while.
"Surprised and touched that Karen O got so emotional during maps. "Can you believe how far this NY band has come?" She said while crying." - Kim Thai
Radio City Music Hall - Sept 23, 2009 (pic by andymagic)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Radio City Music Hall (pic by hbdinwid)
Karen O @ Radio City Music Hall (pic by Color Noise)
"The key for me is to get really plastered," O says in a recent phone call with Atlantic City Weekly. "I don't have to get drunk when I play, but I admit it makes it easier. It helps me not think about anything onstage. I don't worry about what anyone thinks of me or the band. The best way to do it live is to just let it rip."Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night (9/23). The four-song encore kicked off with two songs played acoustic with strings. One of those songs was "Maps". The video of that, with the full setlist, below...
O is not the only reason that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a live force. Bespectacled powerhouse Brian Chase slams away at his drum kit as guitarist-keyboardist Nick Zinner delivers minimal but melodic lines. O commands attention as she stalks the stage like a famished predator.
"That's just the way we do things," O says. "That comes natural to us."
The band has morphed from a little-known New York City-based indie act to one of the most identifiable acts in Gotham. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who will perform Saturday (Sept. 26) at Borgata's Music Box, headlined Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall. But even though the group is playing one of the most storied venues in Manhattan, which signifies that you made it, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs haven't changed a bit. The trio remains gritty, tenacious and dramatic.
"I don't see why any band becomes something else," O says. "You should remain true to yourself, your band and your music."
[Atlantic City Weekly]
by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
'And for like ten minutes she would just do these fucking amazing animal yelps and screams and growling and all this shit.'
Its a beautiful warm Sunday morning at Kutscher's and Wayne Coyne is waiting for me in a golf cart near the main stage. Clad in his trademark light colored suit, I shake his hand and exchange pleasantries. Then he notices that I'm with photographer Ryan Muir.
"You want to take some pictures? Lets head to the pool."
One problem. The pool is separated by a chain-link fence and there is no way around.
"Let's just jump it" Wayne says, but he's already on the other side.
Wayne is a gracious, charismatic ringmaster/shaman who is up for anything, as long as it leaves a lasting impression, much like the lovable oddballs The Flaming Lips that he fronts.
Starting over 25 years ago as an acid-drenched punk band with a Butthole Surfers obsession, The Flaming Lips have aged gracefully into their current role as quirky pop elder statesmen by keeping their punk rock spirit and freak-out tendencies. 1999's The Soft Bulletin began the band's current trajectory towards poignant and epic melodies, which continues with the release of their new LP Embryonic. It impacts record stores on October 13th, and you can listen to it now courtesy of the Colbert Report.
As you probably heard, The Flaming Lips were invited to headline All Tomorrow's Parties New York (ATP NY) as well as curate the final day of shows at the festival this year. We sat with the Oklahoma native on that sunday (9/13), while a team of men in orange jumpsuits (read: The Lips crew) carted around giant lighting sets, trashcans filled with stuffed animals, and yeti costumes....