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Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew released his new solo album, Darlings, earlier this year, and has already come to the US to open Feist's solo tour and play a full band release show (with multiple Arts & Crafts musicians) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which happened after being postponed a few weeks in April. Now, he's announced a much longer North American tour which brings him back to NYC on September 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No word yet on what his live lineup will be like this time. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.

No openers announced for the MHOW show yet, but many dates are with J Mascis (who plays his own NYC show and also with Witch this week, 7/23). A few others are with Belle & Sebastian and one is with Thurston Moore. This month into August, Kevin's on a Canadian run with Modest Mouse (who have a few NYC-area dates after). All dates are listed, with a video from the new LP, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew announces tour, including dates w/ J Mascis, Belle & Sebastian and Thurston Moore"

Va Fangul! (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Kevin

Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew will not be making it to the United States as soon as planned. In his own words:

We have been forced to postpone this Thursday's show at the Bowery Ballroom due to visa complications.

Show rescheduled for Monday April 28th. Tickets and details here.

* All tickets from April 3 will be honored on April 28. Refunds are available at point of purchase. *

I'm not sure why this is happening...really, truly. Twelve years of doing visas and coming down to America with hopeful fists and I have never had a problem like this one. I've been told that red tape and bureaucracy are part of the situation, but it does not do any justice to the idea of having to cancel a whole week of radio sessions, TV appearances and a live show love fest. We submitted in time and we did everything that we needed to do.

The US government has not given me my work visa yet so I have to cancel everything. There are more questions of worth entering into the fold. The US government obviously has the right to delay visas for whatever reasons they want BUT it would be such a huge help if they were consistent with their requests, so that people like myself can be a part of the country's business and culture. I would like to warn other artists, agents and labels and make this known so that they can be more prepared and hopefully avoid a situation like this. It is a very complex and unpredictable process which in turn makes it very difficult to keep a career going in the US. It sucks and it's a huge hit in terms of trying to reach the people with my record... but it's also just how it is sometimes. So, all I can do is apologize to the ones who were coming out to the show, the ones who were having us on their shows and hopefully reschedule everything. This is out of our control... but they can't control our hearts. We own our hearts. I look forward to hopefully making them all pound whenever this whole thing gets cleared up. See you soon. xo - Kevin

Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew having visa issues, postpones NY show"

osheaga-2014

Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the complete lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2014 lineup: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Replacements, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown & more"

Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin Drew

Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew already revealed "Good Sex" and "Mexican Aftershow Party" from his new solo LP, Darlings, and he's now made the entire album available to stream ahead of its March 24 release date. Listen over at NPR or below via The Line of Best Fit (which may now blocked in the US).

As discussed, Kevin will play an album release show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 3. For that show, he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene).

Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the release show will be opened by Andy Kim, aka the Montreal songwriter who co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies in 1968, and has also released his own singles, like "Rock Me Gently," which was a #1 hit in 1974. Tickets for the show are still available.

Kevin was also added as an opener to Feist's four-date solo tour, including the NYC-area stop happening on April 10 at Tarrytown Music Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All of Kevin's dates are listed, with a stream of his new LP and a couple Andy Kim videos, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew streaming new LP, opening for Feist; Andy Kim opening his LP release show (dates & stream)"

Kevin Drew

You already heard "Good Sex" (and the Dave Newfeld remix and saw the video) from Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew's upcoming solo album, Darlings, and he's now back with another LP cut, "Mexican Aftershow Party." Check it out below, via Pitchfork. Darlings is out 3/18 via Arts & Crafts.

As discussed, Kevin plays an album release show in NYC April 3 at Bowery Ballroom, where he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene). Tickets are still available.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew shares another new track from 'Darlings' (listen)"

Field Trip

Toronto's Field Trip Festival began last year as a celebration of label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary. It's returning again this year, happening June 7 & 8 at Fort York & Garrison Common with Broken Social Scene headlining once again, but will expand beyond the Arts & Crafts roster. Interpol, The Kills, the reunited Constantines, CHVRCHES, Fucked Up, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Austra are among the other bands playing the 2014 edition. Tickets, in a variety of packages, are on sale now.

Full announced line-up is below.

Continue reading "BSS, Interpol, The Kills , Constantines, Fucked Up playing 2014 Field Trip Fest in Toronto (line-up)"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
Kevin Drew

It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.

Continue reading "v-day video roundup: Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink, La Dispute, GBV, Front Bottoms, Chelsea Wolfe, Blouse & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Kevin Drew

As discussed, the Broken Social Scene co-founders, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, are currently focusing on solo projects. Kevin's new album, Darlings comes out March 18 via Arts & Crafts (pre-order), and we're premiering the "Beatology Remix" of its first single, "Good Sex," in this post. The remix was done by Kevin's longtime collaborator Dave Newfeld (who produced BSS' self-titled and You Forgot It In People), and he speeds up the song a bit, adding a thumping backbeat that makes it more reminiscent of Broken Social Scene's upbeat songs than the original version. You can stream the new remix below.

Kevin will also make his way to NYC soon after the album's release for a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 3, where he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene). Tickets go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/5) at noon.

Stream below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew's (of Broken Social Scene) new "Good Sex" remixed (listen); Album release show at Bowery Ballroom"

Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield
Kevin Drew

Broken Social Scene have been mostly quiet lately, and while co-founder Brendan Canning recently took time to focus on his solo career, the other co-founder Kevin Drew is now doing the same. He's announced that he'll release a new album, Darlings, on March 18 via Arts & Crafts.

Kevin doesn't have a tour announced at the moment, but he will play SXSW.

Stream the new album's single, "Good Sex," along with the tracklist & more info, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew announces 'Darlings' LP (stream "Good Sex")"

Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Black Lips

SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces a ton of more artists"

Holly Miranda at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

Holly MIranda, who has a new solo album and an album with Scarlett Johansson's band on the way, has been added as the opener to Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning's previously discussed tour. That tour hits NYC on October 24 at Mercury Lounge, and tickets for that show are still available.

After the tour ends, Holly will play a headlining NYC show on October 29 at Knitting Factory with Kendra Morris and Domino Kirke. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, the other Broken Social Scene co-founder, Kevin Drew, will be in NYC soon before Brendan, as he is part of the recently announced initial CMJ 2013 lineup. What show(s), he'll be playing is still TBA. CMJ runs from October 15-19.

All Holly Miranda dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda touring w/ Brendan Canning, playing Knit too"

CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

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words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Gretchen Robinette

J. Mascis / Frank Black
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.

Throughout the 90s and the first half of the 2000s, Dinosaur Jr. was one of the last rock groups you would have expected to get the old band back together, go on tour, and record new music--not to mention new music that's every bit as good as anything the original lineup made in the 80s. When J Mascis unceremoniously kicked out Lou Barlow, his high school friend and longtime bandmate, in 1989, it seemed like a mercy killing of the original lineup, which had devolved into a psychodramatic mess, marred by lack of communication and irreconcilable personality difference between Mascis and Barlow. ("It makes me sick that I spent six or seven years putting my heart and soul into that band," Barlow told Cut zine in 1990. "They're sleazebag snob pigs like no one I have met in my entire life. J's always been an asshole.") Mascis and Murph, and then just Mascis, went on to record a string of major-label records throughout the 90s that, though inconsistent, contain some of Dinosaur Jr.'s best and most well-known songs.

When Mascis killed Dinosaur Jr. in 1997, it seemed inconceivable that, a decade later, Mascis, Barlow and Murph would reunite. Time heals all wounds, I guess. It's perhaps less surprising that the band would be able to ably reprise their sprawling, melodic, blitzkrieg guitar-rock sound. Three records in to the latter-day reign of Dinosaur Jr., the band sounds as good as they ever have.

On Saturday at Terminal 5, Dinosaur Jr. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of You're Living All Over Me, their second album and the one that made nonchalance cool, made the extended guitar solo cool (again), and wedded melodic tendencies with noise and feedback in a theretofore unheard of fashion in the indie rock underground. The band opened their set with "Thumb," from 1991's Green Mind, with Suzanne Thorp of Mercury Rev guesting on flute, before Mascis matter-of-factly announced that now they'd be playing You're Living All Over Me in full.

A sleepy-looking Lee Ranaldo came out to share vocals with J on "Little Fury Things." Guests, some announced ahead of time, would be a recurring theme throughout the night, but not until later. Dinosaur Jr. ripped through the songs on their best album as if it were 1987 all over again. "Sludgefeast" was a punishing onslaught of guitar and staccato, gunfire drums, with Mascis's high lonesome whine cutting through the gain and distortion. "Tarpit" set off joyous dancing, propelled by Barlow's chunky bass chords and a deafening roar from Mascis's Jazzmaster that threatened to draw blood from the ears.

Watching Barlow and Mascis play on stage, it's not hard to extrapolate the personality differences that created their rift. Barlow, with his black Rickenbacker slung low, literally bounces from one foot to the other when playing, the joy at doing just this very thing--playing to an audience--so evident. He smiles, he cracks jokes, he acts as if he's living through the music. Mascis, on the other hand, with his laconic, slowhands style and deadpan announcements ("All right. Thanks a lot. That was side one."), plays as if the music lives through him. He's the hermetic savant tuned in to a frequency no one else can hear.

Barlow brought out a ukulele for "Poledo," the "awkward end to the amazing record," in his words. The cavernous space of Terminal 5 made the strident desolation of the song even more acute.

The second half of the show is the stuff legendary bootlegs are made of. A succession of guests filed onstage to help Dinosaur Jr. play their songs, or to transform them into other bands entirely. The first was Frank Black, who sang and played guitar on "Almost Fare," from this year's I Bet On Sky. Next, the band plus Black covered one of Black's songs--"Tame," from The Pixies' Doolittle. Black roared the chorus, tossed a painting into the first rows of the crowd, and exited. Kurt Vile, whose band opened the show, and Al Cisneros from Sleep were next. Cisneros took over bass duties from Barlow for a couple of songs, including the doom metal glazer "Alone" from 1997's Hand It Over. Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence took the drums for that one.

Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and Broken Social Scene guru Kevin Drew emerged to play "The Wagon" with J, Lou and Murph. Then they covered Smiths track "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side," the words to which J was, uh, a little unsure of. Melvins drummer Dale Crover relieved Murph behind the kit for a skin-searing rendition of "Training Ground," a song by Mascis and Barlow's pre-Dinosaur hardcore band, Deep Wound. Don Fleming of Gumball and Dante Ferrando of Iron Cross helped the band cover "Crucified," and Kim Gordon gave a tempestuous performance on "Don't", Barlow's song from Bug that directly addresses the fractured relationship between him and Mascis. Gordon screamed, bellowed and cooed the song's one lyric ("Why don't you like me?") over and over again, dropping to her knees and falling to the stage like she was having an exorcism. It was intense. If Sonic Youth is over, she should start a hardcore band.

The encore began with a cover of the Stooges classic, "T.V. Eye," with Tommy Stinson on bass and Fred Armisen (whose show, Portlandia, will feature an appearance from J Mascis in its upcoming third season) on drums. Dinosaur Jr. closed with two classics: "Start Choppin" and "Freak Scene," the song that invented the slacker generation. It was a poignant, circle-closing moment. "Because when I need a friend," J sang, "it's still you," we all responded. The night was an amazing tribute to a great band, 25 years removed from their (so-far) signature achievement and, improbably, still going strong.

More pictures, some videos, and the setlist from the show (which also counted John Petkovic of Death of Samantha as a guest), below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr. and many guests celebrated 'You're Living All Over Me' at Terminal 5 (pics, videos, setlist)"

The Beauties

"Anyone who considers the Beauties "just a bar band" will be pleasantly surprised by their debut album. While the Dakota favourites could easily have treated the full-length as a recorded document of their rollicking, booze-soaked live shows, they instead crafted an album of legitimately strong, diverse rock songs.

Those familiar with the band's live heroics will get satisfaction from the shout-along blues hooks of Tired Fired Blues and Die Die Die, while Hearts Are Down offers up twangy, catchy pop balladry, and a cover of Holly Golightly's Devil Do pads its populist chorus with heavy riffing and crisp production.

Not everything works, like the six-minute dirge Heaviest Of The World, but the album still proves that the Beauties have outgrown their bar-band roots." [NOW Toronto]

Known for their live show, Toronto's The Beauties are kicking off a four-week residency at nyc bar and music club Pianos in NYC tonight (3/10). The band will then play the LES venue again on the next three Thursdays. On March 31st, the final one, the Six Shooter Records-signed band will be joined by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene who has played with them before, as you can also see in the short video below. Kevin will help them play their songs, and he will play some solo songs from Spirit If during their set as well (no separate solo set though). Chip Taylor is reportedly also confirmed for that night, and there might be more special guests, but the full lineup is still TBA.

All dates and another video is down there too...

Continue reading "Toronto's the Beauties kicking off Pianos residency (Kevin Drew will play with them at the final one)"

Beach House @ Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach House

Kevin Drew's Favorite Albums of 2010 (via)

The National, High Violet (4AD)
Here We Go Magic, Pigeons (SECRETLY CANADIAN)
Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)
Big Boi, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (PURPLE RIBBON/DEF JAM)
Owen Pallett, Heartland (DOMINO)
Brian McBride, The Effective Disconnect (KRANKY)
Bishop Morocco, Bishop Morocco (HAND DRAWN DRACULA)
Four Tet, There Is Love in You (DOMINO)
Matthew Dear, Black City (GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, Like a Ship… (Without a Sail) [reissue] (LIGHT IN THE ATTIC)
Beach House also made Pitchfork's Top 10.

Kevin Drew's band Broken Social Scene is touring soon and playing Terminal 5. Big Boi has a show coming up at Terminal 5 too. Beach House have two shows coming up at Webster Hall as part of a short tour, and they played Conan last night (12/20). Video below...

Continue reading "Kevin Drew likes Beach House who played Conan last night"

by Andrew Frisicano

Pavement in Toronto

As the sun hid its face behind the island's ring of trees, Pavement took to a Toronto stage for the first time in a decade.

The crowd was a little diminished at this point. Presumably, Toronto didn't want to miss out on the other aging rockers, Iggy and the Stooges, who were playing a free gig at Yonge-Dundas Square starting at 9 p.m.

But Pavement, equipped with a dedicated cult following, delivered to the fans. The fans including both Kevin Drew and Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, who joined Pavement for Kennel District. Both were clearly ecstatic by the honour. The epitome of '90s indie rock, the California band blasted their feel-good lo-fi rock. It was all well-received nostalgia with hits like, Fight This Generation, Father to a Sister of Thought and Shady Lane. It was one of those down-memory-lane-we-go moments for sure. [Blog.to]

Pavement followed Broken Social Scene at Saturday's June 19th show on Toronto Island. The hometown BSS set was clearly a tough act to follow, but Pavement seemed up to the task, with opener "Cut Your Hair" setting the tone. The reunion tour is clearly not about coyness, and the set that followed was a satisfying string of hits that marked the band's first Canadian show in more than 10 years.
It goes without saying that people were excited, and the band seemed happy to oblige with 26 songs.

Bob Nastanovich hopped around and traded lyrics with Stephen Malkmus, who was personable if a little awkward (Malkmus called the show "relatively successful," which seemed like a weird thing to point out to a sold-out 10,000+ crowd who traveled to an island for the show).

The island itself was spacious with lots of leafy trees, and room to spread out while still being in earshot of the show. The six-foot stage meant you could see the band clearly even from the back of the crowd (though the location of the perpetual beer line was a bit too far off).

Pavement will be in NYC for five shows in September. More dates HERE. More pictures from the Toronto show, videos and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Pavement @ the Toronto Island Festival - pics, video, setlist"

Olympic Island

"With a horn section behind the already several-member group, Broken Social Scene began with 'World Sick' off their new album Forgiveness Rock Record and then 'Stars And Sons,' the latter with fans clapping repeatedly on cue as six guitarists jammed out the conclusion.

However, from there things got bigger and better, with Metric's James Shaw and Pavement's Scott Kannberg helping out on the danceable 'Texico Bitches.' Then Feist made her way onstage for '7/4 (Shoreline),' dancing around the stage when not sharing vocal duties with Drew.

The only problem perhaps with the set - aside from Drew irked that his guitar pedals weren't working - was how it seemed to peak halfway through. Following the plodding, precious ballad 'Sweetest Kill,' both Feist and Metric's Emily Haines appeared for 'Sentimental X's,' which had the crowd onside from the start." [Toronto Sun]

Sebastien Grainger (DFA1979) and John McEntire (Tortoise/Sea and Cake) also joined BSS on stage on Saturday, June 19th, on Toronto's Olympic Island. The full lineup for the 2010 edition of the annual Toronto Island Concert, which wasn't officially part of NXNE (but which did let in 250 badges) looked like this:
1:15 PM Toronto Revue (The Beauties, Flash Lightnin', Zeus)
2:45PM Timber Timbre
4:00PM Beach House
5:15PM Band of Horses
6:45PM Broken Social Scene
9:00PM Pavement
I left my downtown hotel in a cab at 3pm, and though the ferry station was only a ten minute drive away, I didn't actually get to the stage area until around around 4:45. I heard Beach House as I walked up, but I never actually saw them. I wasn't worried about catching Timber Timbre because I saw them the night before in a club (more on that later), and I knew I wasn't getting there by 1:00 (after being out till 4am at NXNE shows the night before) so I didn't even try.

The weather on Saturday in Toronto was hot and beautiful and Band of Horses (who played Grand Central Station in NYC one night earlier) (and the Williamsburg Waterfront in NYC one night later) sounded great as they played out to the thousands of people who were either watching them... or waiting on line for something. Lines were definitely a problem on the island. You usually had to wait a long time for food, bathrooms and most frustratingly to many, beer.

Then came Broken Social Scene and they were in top form - it was my favorite time ever seeing them. In fact, though I've seen the band more times than I can remember over the past six years, I was never 100% comfortable with their live show before. That changed on the island. Maybe it was because they were in their hometown of Toronto with all their friends (though sadly no Jason Collett or Amy Milan who are both on tour). Feist and Emily Haines together on stage contributed strongly to the specialness (par for the course for Toronto), and Lisa Lobsinger no longer feels like the new girl.

Olympic Island

Full setlist (and lots more pictures and some videos) below.

As painful as it was to leave while BSS was playing their last song (aka I didn't stay for Pavement), I made the decision that I was going to catch The Stooges who played a competing show at Young Dundas Square at 9:30. My trip off the island was much quicker than my trip on. I got a ferry immediately and then a cab immediately and I was 40 minutes early for Iggy. I even caught the last ten minutes of The Raveonettes who played before the Stooges on the outdoor stage which was in the middle of a Times Square-like area of town. It was a complete madhouse (a free show in the middle of town open to anyone... with Iggy Pop), but more on that later.

Andrew Frisicano was with me on the island. He missed Band of Horses but stayed for Pavement. His post on the headliner is coming later. More about BSS and Band of Horses, with a ton of pictures and some videos and both setlists, below...

Continue reading "Broken Social Scene (w/ Feist & Emily Haines) & Band of Horses opened for Pavement @ Toronto's Olympic Island - pics, video, setlists"

by Andrew Frisicano

Fucked Up

Matador announced that Fucked Up's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' charity single "should be available" from iTunes today (December 8th) (still waiting it is). As previously reported, the song is packed with guests, including Yo La Tengo, GZA, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Bob Mould (Husker Du), Tegan & Sara, Andrew W.K., Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), David Cross and Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene). In February, it'll be released as 7" single. The record is for charity, and you can read what Fucked Up singer Pink Eyes has to say about the causes, below. The band is also putting out a rarities compilation, Couple Tracks, in January and touring with Kurt Vile in Feb. (with 2 NYC area shows).

Another benefit record, Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, is out today on Merge (in digital form, CDs come February 23rd). The proceeds go to New Zealand musician Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs, Toy Love) who suffered a stroke last June. The two-disc collection is all covers of Knox's songs done by acts that include Yo La Tengo, Mountain Goats, Will Oldham, Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan and...Jeff Mangum (doing "Sign The Dotted Line" by Tall Dwarfs). You can preview songs at Merge. The full track list below.

Don't forget, Bob Dylan's Christmas album is also for charity, benefiting Feeding America. His new video for "Little Drummer Boy" (animated and less jokey than "Must Be Santa") is below...

Continue reading "Jeff Mangum, Fucked Up, Bob Dylan, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo & others release songs for charity"

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Cold War Kids are headlining Terminal 5 on January 29th. Tickets are now on American Express presale.

Matisyahu does his annual Hanukkah run of shows with various openers (Kevin Devine, Rana, Dub Trio, etc) at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg this year. Tickets for all dates are on sale.

Tickets are now on American Express pre-sale for the third Passion Pit show at Terminal 5

Tickets are on American Express pre-sale (@ noon) for the just-added Wolfmother / Heartless Bastards show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are still available for tonight's Raise the Roof show (10/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Nada Surf, They Might Be Giants & Charles Bissell.

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Hunchback (MP3)

Still Life Still

Canada's Still Life Still (pictured above) just released their debut, Girls Come Too, in August on Arts & Crafts. Behind the controls for the record were Broken Social Scene's Martin Davis Kinack and Kevin Drew, so it's no surprise that the band takes some sonic cues from the influential collective. Still Life Still impart their BSS-style dense arrangements with lyrics and energy that seem rooted in '90s-era pop-punk. Check it out on their MySpace.

They're in town for two stacked shows at Mercury Lounge on October 7th and 8th. On Wednesday, October 7th they play with Kurt Vile & the Violators, Birds of Maya and Coconuts. Then on October 8th they join a bill with Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys (on tour together and playing the next night at the Bell House) and Girls At Dawn. Tickets for both the Oct. 7th and Oct. 8th shows are still on sale.

Still Life Still are also playing a CMJ show October 22nd at Union Pool. It's an Arts & Crafts showcase and they'll be joined by Timbre Timbre, Hollerago, Zues and others.

Kurt Vile
's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, finally comes out October 6th and the Mercury Lounge show is just one of the dates he's playing to support it. Two tracks from that record are posted above ("Hunchback" is especially recommended).

While in town, Thee Oh Sees are also opening for Pierced Arrows at Maxwell's on October 10th (the night before, 10/9, Pierced Arrows play Mercury Lounge). Thee Oh Sees have a new record out (or out soon) called Dog Poison on Captured Tracks (information is somewhat scarce). The new LP takes the band in a slightly more acoustic, less straight-ahead-rock direction (at least compared to their early '09 release Help). Its cover is below.

Still Life Still's album art, tracklist and tour dates are also, below...

Continue reading "Still Life Still on Arts & Crafts - opening for Kurt Vile & Thee Oh Sees (both w/ new records) in NYC this week + CMJ"

DOWNLOAD: Spiral Stairs - Maltese Terrier (MP3)

Spiral Stairs

Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg of Preston School of Industry and Pavement (who are reuniting) is set to release his first album as Spiral Stairs on October 20th. That record, The Real Feel, will be released by Matador in the US and Domino in the UK. The first MP3, "Maltese Terrier" (or "Maltese T" as its listed below in the tracklist), is posted above. There'll also be a single for the song "Stolen Pills," out a week before on October 12th.

The whole album is produced by Jon Auer (of the Posies and Big Star, the latter of which has a show in NYC on Nov. 18th) and guests include Preston School of Industry/Posies guys Matt Harris and Darius Minwall and BSS' Kevin Drew (though he's not listed as a contributor below).

Spiral Stairs will be playing shows in the coming months. Currently, there's the Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco on October 18th, and a handful of West Coast shows around that, where they'll be opening for Bob Mould (who hits NYC in early October with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson opening). No NYC date yet.

Album art and credits for the new disc, and all tour dates are below...

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Leslie Feist & Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on the Cyclone - July 13, 2009
Feist and Ed Droste

Like she will Tuesday on Letterman (tonight, 7/14), Leslie Feist joined Wilco on stage at Keyspan Park in Coney Island on Monday night (7/13) for a few songs. Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear played with them too. Collectively they performed Woody Guthrie's "California Stars". Yo La Tengo opened the show, and then also joined Wilco on stage during the encore. Pictures and more from the show coming soon HERE. Full setlist below.

Earlier in the evening Feist and Ed rode The Cyclone, the famous Coney Island roller coaster (as you can see in the picture above). If you've never been on it, this Saturday during the Siren Festival might be a good time to change that.

For Grizzly Bear and Feist, it was just another example of a growing history of collaborations that includes multiple TV appearances, touring, recorded stuff, and on stage appearances. It's not clear if Ed will be on Letterman tonight too, but we do know that Feist and Wilco will perform the new Wilco song "You and I" on the show. They performed the same song together in Coney Island, and for the first time, in LA on June 25th. Video from that earlier one below.

Two nights before playing in Brooklyn, Feist reunited again with Broken Social Scene on stage at the Harbourfront Centre show in Toronto. For Feist it was at least the second time recently she played with her old band. To make this one even more special though, Emily Haines and Amy Millan were also all up there on stage at the same time - it was a proper BSS reunion. Videos below.

Above mentioned videos, and Wilco's entire Keyspan Park setlist, and video of Ed and Feist singing backup on "You Never Know", below...

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Dark Was the NightDark Was the Night

"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."
More info on the previously mentioned comp below...

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words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Broken Social Scene

Arguably one of the biggest CMJ shows this year was Friday night's Broken Social Scene gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (10/24). Ironically, they probably allowed the least amount of badges in (I heard 45, to be exact). Moreover it was pretty much the only CMJ show to have only two artists on the bill - not your typical 40 minute sets. That's because really it was just the NYC stop on a much larger tour that happened to be in Brooklyn at the time of CMJ. For that I am thankful.

The show was amazing. After a fantastic opening set by Liz Powell and Land of Talk, Kevin Drew & co. took the stage. The band varied between 3 and 11 members, and featured a more retrospective setlist than expected. With the release of two so-so solo-ish albums in the past year and a half, it was good to hear the band head back to their roots. Liz joined the band numerous times (as did Metric's Josh Winstead) as they played nearly all of "You Forgot It In People." The 2 hour, 45 minute set was highlighted by "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)" and the finale of "Lover's Spit." The show did lose momentum from time to time - during Charles Spearin's "Happiness Project," for instance (which was beautiful, by the way) - but overall it built perfectly and really hit the spot.

Throughout the night Kevin kept commenting that this was the last time they'd play these songs in New York for a long time - they've played here numerous times in the past year - though next summer he promised a big 3 hour show where they play all their stuff with special guests. Should be epic.

More pictures and the setlist below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

BSS @ Lollapalooza

We've been following Broken Social Scene all over the place lately. Way back when there was Bonnaroo. Then Sled Island. Then there were the two NYC shows - Mercury Lounge and the Siren Festival. Finally there was this past weekend which included a performance in Montreal at the Osheaga Festival, and a show in Chicago at the Lollapalooza Festival. Stars' Amy Millan joined them on stage in Chicago and Montreal.

Tickets are now on sale for Broken Social Scene's next NYC show. More pictures from Lolla below...

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