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by Tim Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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Sondre Lerche

Just wanted to take a second to also say that our thoughts and condolences are with the people of Norway today.

The above is a selection of tweets from Norwegian musicians that have graced the pages (and stages) of BrooklynVegan in the past. Blabbermouth has a list of reactions from more in the metal community (from Norway and elsewhere), including the above-pictured message from Enslaved who said, "Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to everybody touched by the fathomless tragedy that struck Norway yesterday. This is indeed a day for afterthought."

SoSB @ MHOW - CMJ 2009 (more by Vincent Cornelli)

The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival "has announced its first round of performing artists." The full list, BrooklynVegan showcase semi-included, and more is below.

One of those performing artists is School of Seven Bells who headline the Windish showcase at Santos Party House on Saturday, October 23rd. Tickets are on sale for that (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). SoSB played MHOW during CMJ last year.

Meanwhile School of Seven Bells will kick off a tour with Active Child at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on September 9th. $5.00 tickets are still on sale.

All SoSB dates, the CMJ artist list, Bad Books info and more, below...

Continue reading "CMJ announces initial 2010 lineup (list), School of Seven Bells touring w/ Active Child (dates) ++ "Bad Books" & more"


I caught the Norweigian, David Byrne-approved, all-girl group Katzenjammer while I was in Norway for the by:Larm Festival earlier this year. Naturally, I never posted the pictures, so here they are in honor of the group's current tour which brings them to Mercury Lounge in NYC TONIGHT (7/6). They're a little corny, but super energetic and fun, and Mercury Lounge is a way smaller venue than where I saw them play in Norway to a highly enthusiastic crowd.

Jon Parales referred to them as "a Norwegian version of the B-52's" (and the B-52's just so happen to be playing a NYC show tonight too). More pictures from Norway and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Katzenjammer on tour - 2010 dates & belated by:Larm pics "

Turtle Butterfly

Two final NYC Voxtrot shows are now on sale.

Forgetters are playing The Bell House on May 27th with Holopaw and Callers. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Eli Paperboy Reed show coming to the Bell House.

Tickets are now on sale for the Cake show at Rumsey Playfield.

Tickets are now on sale for the She & Him show at Terminal 5 (which is two days after their free show on Governors Island).

Tickets are on sale for the 2nd Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for the Empire of the Sun show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale for the Delorean show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are also on sale for the Glasslands show happening much sooner.

Tickets are on sale for the Mark Kozelek show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale for the Bob Log III show at Mercury Lounge.

DEADMAU5 are playing the Wellmont Theatre on July 27th. Tickets are on sale.

Katzenjammer are playing Mercury Lounge on July 6th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for two Fiery Furnaces shows happening in NYC in June (one is a Northside show).

Three of the four Northside Festival shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg are on sale (Thao & Mirah, Woodsist Fest, and Islands). The BrooklynVegan show is NOT on sale until Saturday now because it couldn't get into Ticketmaster in time.

Northside Festival badges are also on sale.

DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)

Oh No Ono

Denmark's Oh No Ono played two nights in NYC earlier this year in January. Of the band's new record, Eggs, Bill previously wrote: "It's psychedelic, baroque, glammy, 70's AM, with some synth pop and the occasional church choir thrown in. And very catchy stuff too." The two tracks above definitely showcase that eclecticism.

Since then I saw them this past Thursday (2/18) at by:Larm in snowy Norway. Three things: they were super tight, they are kind of getting huge over there, and my new name nickname for them is MEWGMT. The show took place at a third floor venue called Samfunnsalen which seemed to double as some type of lodge or government-run room. There were paintings and busts of men who could have been politicians since passed on the walls of the room which included a huge stage and plenty of standing space. Or maybe it was a school. That's what it reminded me of as I went up the three flights of tiled steps which included art sculptures on each floor's landing. Pictures from that show continue below.

The band next comes to the U.S. for SXSW which is followed by another visit to NYC for two more shows. They play Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, March 24th. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be opening for Little Dragon and VV Brown at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Thursday, March 25th. Tickets to that are still on sale.

Live videos from their last NYC stint, more pictures from Norway and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Oh No Ono played by:Larm (pics), playing SXSW, NYC (dates) "


Eclectic Norwegian quartet Katzenjammer have a new video our for their song "Tea with Cinnamon," the new single (out March 2nd) for their forthcoming album, Le Pop, which is due June 1st on Nettwerk. We're premiering that video. Watch it below.

They'll be at by:Larm (in Oslo) this weekend (2/18) (like Hanne Hukkelberg and many others), and on the Lilith Fair tour this summer (dates TBA). Last year the band's US shows included the David Byrne-curated stage at Bonnaroo and Mercury Lounge. The video and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "new Katzenjammer video + 2010 dates (Lilith Fair, by:larm)"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer


"They came on like a Norwegian version of the B-52's, pounding a beat and chirping random phrases in unison, but that didn't last. Soon they were bouncing to a polka (complete with trumpet), or singing in pure close harmony that suggested Scandinavian traditional music, or delivering a cherry-pie recipe over a ukulele-strumming tune suggesting 1920's jazz (with close-harmony "diddley-diddley-diddleys), or going near-Goth with a raspy song about "walking in the big black woods," or sharing an a cappella dirge (with a drumbeat) about a dust storm. Accordion, banjo and kazoo came and went; their finale was a bluegrassy bounce. There was no telling what they'd do next, except that it was sure to be deft and charming." [Jon Parales]
Jon Pareles caught Norway's Katzenjammer on the David Byrne-curated stage at Bonnaroo. The band then stopped in NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (6/16). How was that? The pictures in this post are from neither of those performances, but were taken while the girls were rocking out backstage at Bonnaroo. More of those pictures, and some videos from their regular sets at Bonnaroo and in NYC, below...

Continue reading "Katzenjammer @ Mercury Lounge (video) & Bonnaroo (pics) "

DOWNLOAD: Katzenjammer - A Bar in Amsterdam (MP3)

SXSW 2009 surprise discovery - KatzenJammer girls (Travellers Diary)

David Byrne has invited the women who are Katzenjammer to play at the 2009 Bonnaroo. Byrne has assembled a number of performers for the first artist-curated stage at Bonnaroo. On the evening of Friday, June 12 Byrne, who is performing the "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno," will host his recent collaborators Santigold, the Dirty Projectors, and, of course, Katzenjammer.

Turid, Solveig, Marianne and Anne Marit will also make a stop in NY for an special early show on Tuesday June 16th at The Mercury Lounge.

Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. MP3 above. Video and all dates below...

Continue reading "Norway's Katzenjammer playing David Byrne stage @ Bonnaroo, Mercury Lounge in NYC & other dates"