Entries tagged with: Kraftwerk
On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.
There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.
For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...
photos: Kraftwerk @ United Palace Theatre in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Kraftwerk are bringing their 3-D concert tour back to North America this fall. No NYC shows this time (they played two nights at United Palace last April), but they will be in Philadelphia on October 2 at Electric Factory. Other cities include Boston, Miami, Detroit, Minneapolis and more. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM and all dates are listed below.
Nine Inch Nails at Jones Beach in August (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced including The Smiths, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill WIthers and Sting (who's also in the Rock Hall with The Police), all being nominated for the first time. Additionally, there's Lou Reed (who's also in the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground), NWA, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvellettes and The Spinners.
To be eligible, your first release has to be at least 25 years old, and this year both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are on their first year of eligibility, for the 1,000 Hours EP and Pretty Hate Machine, respectively.
Last year, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were all inducted.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Dangerous Minds declares "This is perhaps the funniest unfunniest thing you'll see today." Watch below!
photos by P Squared Photography
As fans filtered into the [venue] for a sold-out Kraftwerk concert, they were handed cardboard 3D glasses. Followers of the group - so revered for its ahead-of-its-time music and image - might've expected something a little more high-tech. A space suit, perhaps?Kraftwerk's 3D tour hit NYC last night (4/1) for their first of two shows at Washington Heights' United Palace Theatre. Starting the evening just before 8 PM with "The Robots," the synthpop pioneers played for a little over two hours, hitting most of their well known songs. The main set ended with a medley and balloons dropped over the audience. (They came out for a two-song encore.) Setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.
But in many ways the cheap accessory aptly summarized the German quartet's aesthetic: a merger of futurism and nostalgia, the avant-garde and bubblegum. [Greg Kot, Chicago]
Kraftwerk play United Palace again tonight (4/2). Initially sold out, they released more tickets yesterday and are still available. It's one of the prettiest venues in the city, and sounds good too. More pics from Tuesday's show below...
by Bill Pearis
Es werde Flöten!
Dangerous Minds just brought to our attention this early Kraftwerk performance on German TV show Rockpalast that was just uploaded to YouTube (by Chunklet). Very early -- 1970, the year Kraftwerk formed. This was when they looked like hippies, back before the late Klaus Dinger left to form Neu! and before they turned into the men machine we know and love today. It's weird, experimental stuff -- though they lock into some killer grooves too -- and you can watch the whole thing below.
Rockpalast is still on the air, by the way, and recently showed the current version of Kraftwerk, which you can watch over at their website. Watch that 1970 Rockpalast performance in full below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
As you may know Kraftwerk's 3-D concert tour is coming to NYC at United Palace on April 1. Our BrooklynVegan presale began at 9 AM and sold-out and tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (1/24) at 10 AM.
Due to the overwhelming response for the show on April 1, Kraftwerk is adding a second show at United Palace on April 2. The pre-sale for this 2nd show are on presale now and the password is "COMPUTER." Presale goes from now till Thursday (1/23) at 10 PM. Tickets for both shows go on sale to the public Friday at 10AM.
Kraftwerk is going on a 3D tour that brings them to United Palace Theatre in NYC on April 1. The password for the BrooklynVegan presale which begins today (1/22) at 9am via Ticketmaster is... COMPUTER.
Ever the technological innovators, German electronic music legends Kraftwerk are adding 3-D to their concert experience on their upcoming North American tour. Expect "perfectly synchronized audio-visual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and breathtaking 3-D projections." There are a few pictures in this post to give you an idea of what to expect. The tour hits NYC at the United Palace Theatre on April 1 and is being billed as "An Evening with Kraftwerk: 3-D Concert." Tickets for the NYC show, which is no April Fool's joke, go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/24) at 10 AM but your first chance at getting tickets will be a BrooklynVegan presale which begins Wednesday (1/22) at 9 AM and runs till Thursday (1/23) at 10 PM. The password for our presale is coming Wednesday morning, so look out for that on this site, in this post included.
UPDATE: PASSWORD IS HERE.
Kraftwerk's 3-D tour also includes three shows at Moogfest, and a just-announced Washington DC show on April 4 at the 9:30 Club. All tour dates are listed, along with more photos of Kraftwerk's 3-D concerts, below...
Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.
Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.
Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...
Kaftwerk at MoMA in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Like they did in NYC in 2012 and London earlier in 2013, Kraftwerk will head to LA in March to perform eight of their studio albums at Walt Disney Concert Hall from March 18-21. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (12/3) at 10 AM PST. You may remember how nuts it was when tickets went on sale in NYC and London.
All upcoming Kraftwerk dates are listed below...
Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Astralwerks Records was founded in NYC in 1993 as a primarily electronic arm of Caronline Records. When they hit it big in the late '90s with Chemical Brothers, Air and Fatboy Slim band, Astralwerks became one of the biggest indie labels in the country. They've since been picked up by Universal Music Group and have expanded into other genres but they do maintain a focus on the electronic. To celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, Astralwerks will release a limited edition box set, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20, on Record Store Day (4/20). The compilation features previously unreleased or rare tracks from Hot Chip, Air, Diamond Rings, Kraftwerk, Kings of Convenience, Doves and others plus previously released tracks by The Chemical Brothers, The Beta Band, Fatboy Slim, Cassius, Basement Jaxx, Royksopp, a Four Tet remix of Sia and more. Check out the full tracklist and trailer video for the compilation below.
Hot Chip are on the festival circuit this spring/summer -- including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and others -- and as mentioned, they're stopping in NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (4/9) before Coachella. Tuesday's show is with The Crystal Ark (DJ set) and Tanlines. Tickets for that are still available. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, TONIGHT (4/8) at Le Poisson Rouge, Hot Chip side project The 2 Bears (aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell), who are also playing and touring around Coachella, play a a show with Ladies Night. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Tanlines, who open the Roseland show, are also playing Coachella and have other dates coming up including shows with Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend, but not Passion Pit's NJ show with Phoenix or Vampire Weekend's Roseland show.
All Tanlines, Hot Chip, and 2 Bears dates are listed, along with the Astralwerks album tracklist and trailer, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Photographer Ryan Muir is the latest of our uber-talented contributors to drop off his favorite photos that he took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Guns n Roses, The Hives, Purity Ring and much more.
His set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, and Chris La Putt.
Check out the rest of Ryan's favorite pictures below.
Kraftwerk @ MoMA in April (more by Ryan Muir)
To say Kraftwerk fans were unhappy might be an understatement. "We are livid," said Angela Kennedy, standing at the end of a queue of about 200 people in Tate Modern's chilly Turbine Hall hoping there were still enough tickets. "We got here at the crack of dawn [around 10am] and were turned away - that was after trying on the phone since 7.30am."Same shit, different city.
Kennedy, style director of Woman & Home magazine, was one of thousands caught up in Tate's ticketing fiasco after the online booking service for Kraftwerk's London gigs, in February, crashed almost immediately at 7.30am. The next option was the phone, which for most people, was constantly engaged... [Guardian]
The shows are happening at London's Tate museum, who issued this statement:
Many people had a difficult time trying to buy tickets for Kraftwerk yesterday, and we apologise unreservedly for that. We had anticipated a significant volume of interest but our website was overwhelmed by the phenomenal number of people attempting to access it simultaneously. This meant the majority of tickets had to be sold over the phone and we apologise for the long wait and frustration this has caused. We believed that our system could cope with the volume so did not appoint a third party ticketing site.Like at MoMA in NYC, Kraftwerk will be performing eight albums at the London museum. Dates are listed below...
We expected to sell most of the tickets online before the galleries opened and did not anticipate selling tickets in the gallery. Some customers came to Tate Modern and we made the late decision to sell tickets to them to avoid their disappointment. We are sorry that this was not communicated as an official route to buy tickets and subsequently led to more frustration from other customers trying to buy tickets online and by telephone.
All tickets for Kraftwerk have now sold out. Please do not purchase tickets through a secondary sale as we cannot guarantee their authenticity. Access to the events will only be permitted with the credit/debit card used to make the purchase.
Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.
Kraftwerk at MoMA in April (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2013 nominees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, NWA, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 5, the public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.The Induction Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre in LA on April 18, 2013 and will air on HBO.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Nite Jewel at Le Poisson Rouge 8/23/2012
Nite Jewel and Peanut Butter Wolf teamed up to perform Kraftwerk's 1981 LP, Computer World, in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge Thursday night (8/23). They were joined by special guests Chrome Canyon and DJ Scott Mou. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Nite Jewel's tour continues and hits Montauk's Surf Lodge on Saturday (8/25). More pics from Thursday night's LPR show are below.
Nite Jewel at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Krautrock Classics New York is presenting a show at Le Poisson Rouge on August 23 with Nite Jewel and Stones Throw artist Peanut Butter Wolf performing Kraftwerk's 1981 LP, Computer World, like they did in LA last month. The show will be with special guests Chrome Canyon and DJ Scott Mou. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
For Nite Jewel, the show is one of a few US dates she'll be playing this summer which also includes Montauk's The Surf Lodge on August 25 (where Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, and The Drums recently played shows), FYF Fest and MusicFestNW. She's also part of the recently announced Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup.
Nite Jewel recently made a video for "Clive" off her 2012 LP, One Second of Love. You can watch that video below, along with a list of all dates...
Julia Holter @ Le Poisson Rouge in March (more by by Amanda Hatfield)
Unsound Festival New York, the Poland-based series of avant-leaning, ambient and experimental music, kicks off five nights in NYC with two events tonight (4/18): instrumental Warsaw band Baaba scores animations at BAM, while Julia Holter, Julia Kent and Jenny Hval playing a sold-out show at Issue Project Room.
Check out the festival's full schedule, which includes several free shows such as LXMP and Peaking Lights at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium on Thursday 19th (both have amazing songs on the comp below). Issue Project Room hosts free day sets Saturday and Sunday (though only tickets for Saturday appear to still be available).
If somebody said "an ambient musician" was playing live in town this evening, I wouldn't exactly rush out, you know? I'd rather stay home and read a book. [laughs]Lustmord collaborates with ambient musician Biosphere at an Upper West Side church on Saturday.
[he then goes on to describe how seeing Kraftwerk live changed his mind]
I hadn't seen them live for a long time, and they played in LA--four middle aged guys on laptops, how boring is that? But, fucking hell, it was one of the best gigs I've ever seen. That's when I really thought, yeah, you can stand there with your laptop and do your thing as long as you got the fucking sound.
Inner Tube were set to play Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, but have been replaced by Mark McGuire (solo). And:
a visual program has been added to Bass Mutations on April 21, showing the ways in which visual artists have helped shape the way we imagine bass music. Curated by "Big Up Magazine" Editor-In-Chief Katya Guseva in collaboration with Dave Q from Dub War NYC, it will take place in a movie theatre adjacent to the dancefloor at the venue for the night, IndieScreen. Live audio from Bass Mutations performers such as 2562, Teeth, Sepalcure, Distal, Throwing Snow and Nguzunguzu will provide the soundtrack.Stream an excellent playlist of Unsound artists below...
Ralf, who also showed up as the surprise special guest on Sunday at PS1, hasn't tweeted yet today, but if and when he does, it will probably say "Tonight, Tour de France." And when that's over, so is the entire 8-night MoMA run, but then there's an afterparty. Flyer below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"Just saw Francois K DJ all Kraftwerk set in the MoMAPS1 dome for 90 minutes with 360 degree visuals. Sound by Jim Toth. I love NY." - DFA Records
"Only non-Kraftwerk song that both Juan Atkins and Francois K. played: Yaz's "Situation."" - Sasha Frere-Jones
Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk & Francois K @ PS1
Being that Kraftwerk began their 8-night, 8-album run of performances at MoMA back on April 10, and today is only the 16th, as of this writing there are still two chances to see them perform a full album in 3-D at the modern art museum. However, your chance to participate in "Kraftwerk Fest" at MoMA's PS1 has come and gone and featured two special Kraftwerk sets by DJs Juan Atkins (Saturday) and Francois K (Sunday).
Sunday, which we have pictures from in this post, was made even more special with a guest appearance by uncle Ralf Hutter who stopped by before performing Techno Pop" with his band at MoMA later in the night. Tonight he and his band will do "The Mix", and they finish it off Tuesday with "Tour de France."
The "fest", part of a month-long installation at PS1 (that runs until May 12), was was three hours long each day, with the DJs playing Kraftwerk remixes to a packed crowd. Francois K performs again TONIGHT (4/16) at Cielo with Four Tet (who is also DJing). Check out more pictures from Sunday at PS1, shots of 5Ptz across the street included, below...
by Andrew Sacher
"So, um, yeah that was Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to play one Kraftwerk song. This not happen again." - Joel Mellin
Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde musician/composer John Zorn will team up for a benefit for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church on May 4 with John on reeds and Thurston on electric guitar. The show will begin with an opening set of poetry by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Erica Kaufman & Dana Ward, and will be hosted by John S. Hall. The performance will be in the Sanctuary with drinks served before and after the show in The Parish Hall. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and wine by City Winery. Tickets are on sale now.
In other Sonic Youth-related news, Steve Shelley kicks off a tour as the drummer of Disappears in Chicago tonight in support of their new album, Pre Language, which is the first recorded with Steve. The tour is with Lotus Plaza and hits NYC on Thursday (4/19) at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, the Lee Ranaldo Band will hit the road next month with M. Ward in support of Lee's new album, Between the Time and the Tides. That tour hits NYC on 5/11 at Webster Hall and is sold out. Lee also opens four of the just-announced Wilco shows including two in NY and one in CT. Check out the video for "Off the Wall," which includes live footage from Glasslands, along with the four Wilco dates listed, below.
As for Kim, to coincide with Kraftwerk's MoMA residency, a tribute show for the band went down this past Tuesday (4/10) at Littlefield and featured a performance by an altered lineup of Free Kitten (billed as Free Kitten[esque] with Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz and Pete Nolan of Magick Markers. Check out video footage of that tribute show below and skip to the 1:29 mark for Free Kitten[esque]'s take on Kraftwerk's "Heavy Metal Kids."
In other Sonic Youth news, a 13-year old "fan" wrote them a letter about their unfortunate lack of talent which the band posted to their facebook page and you can read here:
Our fan's writing:Looks like Juno had it right.
"I'm going to be 100% honest with you.
I'm 13. I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black. The bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord. The guitar players are playing out of tune guitars and... well not even playing actually chords. I couldn't sound worse if I tried. It actually sounds like a joke to me. The drummer is okay. But honestly the vocalist is completely out of tune. Oh and The Black keys have two people and are better than you.
From: Me, and pretty much everyone else who has accidentally stumbled upon your terrible music."
Museum of Modern Art - 4/11/2012
There is absolutely no way any photo or video could ever come close to capturing the full effect of the modern day Kraftwerk live spectacle. The extremely intimate venue conspired with the crystal clear surround sound and breathtakingly stunning 3D effects to make this an absolute must see experience (unfortunately tickets happen to be hard to come by). This is live music/visuals taken to an unprecedented new level. The visual effects were so convincing and stunning they actually made you flinch as arms reached out, numbers pulsed, autobahn pavement unfolded, and ohm signs enveloped the line of musicians as it passed around them.
Those words come courtesy of photographer Greg Cristman who witnessed Kraftwerk play close to a two hour set at MoMA last night (4/12). As advertised, the setlist included all of the band's 1975 LP Radio-Activity, but also much more. The show was part of the ongoing Volkswagen-sponsored eight night celebration of the band's catalog which continues tonight with 1977's Trans Europe Express.
Pictures and the setlist from the first night are HERE, More from night two, setlist included, below...