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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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photo: Kurt Vile at Webster Hall in October (more by PSquared)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile's ongoing tour in support of his great new album b'lieve i'm goin down... already hit NYC twice, and it's set to return here in December for the stacked Ground Control 15th anniversary show. Now he's expanded it through 2016. It doesn't have another headlining NYC show at the moment, but there are other Northeast dates in there like New Haven, Burlington, Pittsburgh, Northampton and more. All dates are listed below.

Kurt also just filmed a Take Away Show for La Blogothèque, playing "Lost My Head There" off his new album. Watch that below too...

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Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015

Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.

As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...

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photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.

The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

You can catch Parquet Courts, Hop Along and Torres at other upcoming NYC shows too. Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Titus Andronicus just played.

Webster Hall show flyer below...

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photos by P Squared

Kurt Vile / Waxahatchee / Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall - 10/7/15
Kurt Vile
Luke Roberts

The same night The War on Drugs began a two-night NYC run, their old pal Kurt Vile wrapped up his. We already reviewed his first night at Webster Hall (10/6), and now we've got pictures of the second (10/7).

Both were sold out, and both had the awesome triple bill of Kurt being joined by Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts. His setlist was almost exactly the same as the first night, but this one included the live debut of "I'm An Outlaw" off the new record. Check out the whole setlist, and more pictures from the show, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kurt Vile at Webster Hall - 10/6/15 (via BV Instagram)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile's on the road in support of his new album b'lieve i'm goin down..., and he and the Violators began a sold-out two-night run at NYC's Webster Hall last night (10/6). They mostly stuck to the new album, playing seven of its twelve tracks, and cherry-picked just a few older ones. We got the bookends (and two longest tracks) of Wakin On A Pretty Daze ("Wakin On A Pretty Day" and "Goldtone"), "Jesus Fever" from Smoke Ring For My Halo, and one oldie, "He's Alright." Plus, as many Kurt Vile shows do, the pre-encore set ended with "Freak Train." (The encore was b'lieve closer "Wild Imagination," which was also a great way to end a show.)

Kurt and his band, which now has the bassist and guitarist playing keys at various points (the new album is his most piano-heavy), were great as ever. Even with the new sounds explored on the new album, it still has all the masterful fretwork we've come to expect from Kurt -- he continues to make a case for himself as one of our generation's most inventive rock guitarists -- and watching that come to life is always a treat. Kurt's someone I've seen a lot, but it's been a while since I've seen him indoors (maybe not since opening for Dinosaur Jr in 2010?) and KV's not half bad with a light show. There's nothing like seeing Kurt Vile with a natural breeze, but the little bulbs they had scattered around the stage set the mood for his lightly psychedelic sounds too.

Direct support on this tour is coming from Waxahatchee, which was an awesome pairing. Both bands have roots in folk and punk, but they bring entirely different approaches to the table. And it seemed just as full in there for Waxahatchee's set as for KV's. I've said this before, but Waxahatchee's current five-piece band (with two members of Swearin' and Pinkwash/Bleeding Rainbow drummer Ashley Arnwine) is by far their best live setup yet. Their super full sound is perfect for the big-sounding new record, and sparser old songs like "Brother Bryan" sound tighter and bolder than ever. We also got the Lucinda Williams cover that Waxahatchee has been incorporating into recent sets, which they do really well.

Opening the show was Luke Roberts, whose 2012 album on Thrill Jockey I thought was pretty underrated. I hadn't ever seen him play though, and I thought last night's set was great. He's joined just by a drummer and a a keyboardist, and they make sad, slow country rock not too far removed from On The Beach or I See A Darkness. His set ended with "Unspotted Clothes" off his 2010 album, for which Kurt Vile came out to sing harmonies.

Kurt, Waxahatchee, and Luke do it again at Webster tonight (10/7). Also tonight, Kurt's pals/former collaborators The War On Drugs begin a two-night run in NYC. They're at MHOW tonight (Jukely members only) and Radio City on Thursday (10/8) with Natalie Prass (buy tickets or win them).

KV's setlist from last night is below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

The Strokes / Kurt Vile / The Decemberists
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 3 - 10/4/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 3 - 10/4/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 3 - 10/4/2015

The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (10/4) with The Strokes, The Weeknd, Dwight Yoakam, Alt-J, Chance the Rapper, Kurt Vile, The Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Strand of Oaks, Kehlani, Daughter, Amason, The Suffers, Waxahatchee, Jidenna and more. Pictures are in this post.

If you missed it, check out pictures of Day 1 and Day 2. If you weren't there, did you stream it live?

ACL does it again this weekend (10/9 - 10/11). More pictures of Weekend 1 Day 3 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile

You already heard "Pretty Pimpin" and "Life Like This" off the new Kurt Vile album b'lieve i'm going down..., and now the whole thing is here to stream. I'm not sure the album ever quite reaches the heights of "Pretty Pimpin" (one of the best songs I've heard this year), but the whole thing is definitely another high quality LP from KV. A lot of it, like "Pretty Pimpin," "Dust Bunnies," "That's Life, tho (almost hate to say)" and "Kidding Around" is the Kurt we know and love, packed with the kind of guitar heroics and turns of phrase that made his last few records so great.

There's new ground covered here too though. The banjo-heavy "I'm An Outlaw" is one of Kurt's twangiest songs yet, and as "Life Like This," "Lost My Head there" and "Bad Omens" prove, big clean pianos have a stronger role here than ever. The album comes out this Friday (9/25) via Matador, but it's now streaming via KEXP, WXPN, WFUV and KCMP. Listen in full below.

Kurt's tour with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts (a great bill all around) hits NYC on October 6 & 7 at Webster Hall. Night 1 tickets are on sale now but night 2 is sold out.

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by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile

You already saw the video for "Pretty Pimpin" off Kurt Vile's new album b'lieve i'm goin down... and now he released the video for the piano-led second single "Life Like This." It mixes actual footage of Kurt with psychedelic animation, both courtesy of Adam Avilla. Check it out below.

The album will be out September 25 via Matador (pre-order) and Kurt will be on tour with Waxahatchee after its release.

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Kurt Vile b'lieve i'm goin (deep) down...

Kurt Vile's new album, new album b'lieve i'm goin down... is still a month away and for those who have resisted the temptation of leaks, you can hear some of the new album in a trailer just released by Matador Records. The video shows Kurt and the Violators working on the new album and generally goofing around. You can watch that, and the video first single "Pretty Pimpin" below.

Vile's tour with Waxahatchee hits NYC for two shows at Webster Hall. Tickets for the 10/6 show are still available (10/7 is sold out).

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photo: Kurt Vile at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Kurt Vile

As you may know, Kurt Vile is supporting his anticipated new album b'lieve i'm goin down... (due 9/25 via Matador) on tour this fall with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts. That tour includes a previously-mentioned NYC show on October 7 at Webster Hall which is now sold out, but they added another happening a day earlier (10/6) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.

Waxahatchee also play an Asbury Park show around then. Updated dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile recently announced that he'd be releasing his new album, b'lieve i'm goin down, this fall, and now we have more details on that. It's due September 25 via Matador (pre-order). That's the artwork above, and the tracklist is below. The first single is opening track "Pretty Pimpin," which immediately feels different from his previous records, yet unmistakably KV. Watch its video below.

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon heard the new record, and said:

Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve i'm goin down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history ("valley of ashes") of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.
Kurt's tour with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts hits NYC on October 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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photos by James Richards IV

Sleater-Kinney/Vic Mensa/Kurt Vile/Shamir @ Pitchfork Fest 7/18/2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday

"You're beautiful when you're wet," Kurt Vile tells the crowd, putting a positive spin on a damp situation. The singer/guitarist, who has a highly anticipated new record due in September, starts 35 minutes late due to the rain and evacuation delay. True to form, he stretches out, opening with the ambling "Gold Tones," a 10-minute epic that magnifies his mystical, introspective guitar lines and sun-baked vocals. Vile, who never seems in a hurry no matter the situation, remains content to let the groggy country-rock melody run its course. It's his aw-shucks way of easing people back into the festival setting and brushing off the personal stress of losing substantial set time. -[Chicago Tribune]
At the end of Protomartyr's early afternoon set during Day 2 (7/18) of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival, singer Joe Casey offered the crowd, watching in 90-degree temperatures and unrelenting humidity, a word of advice: "Hydrate." He probably didn't mean the torrential thunderstorm that cracked open an hour later during Ex Hex's set which was cut short as Chicago's Union Park was temporarily evacuated. Folks were let back in less than an hour later, old hat for Chicago festival crowds.

Saturday's rain made things muddy -- and delayed Vince Staples' flight, canceling his set -- but spirits weren't too dampened, as massive crowds enjoyed sets by Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Vic Mensa, The New Pornographers, Parquet Courts, A$AP Ferg, Shamir and more. Sophie didn't play, whether it was weather-related was not made clear, but Towkio filled in. (His pal, PC Music's AG Cook, is scheduled to perform today.) Pictures from the day are in this post.

Pitchfork wraps up today (7/19) with sets from Chance the Rapper, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Run the Jewels, The Julie Ruin, Viet Cong, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and more. You can watch it live from your air conditioned home, too, as it's streaming live. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pictures are up.

Pics from Pitchfork Day 1 are HERE and HERE. Lots more from Day 2, below...

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photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Earlier today, Waxahatchee announced a tour opening for Kurt Vile, and she's got newly-added headlining dates as well.

In addition to the NYC show with Kurt happening 10/7 at Webster Hall (tix on sale 6/19 at 10 AM), and her previously mentioned free NYC show on 7/9 at Pier 84 with Speedy Ortiz and Weyes Blood, Waxahatchee will play a nearby show at Asbury Park's Asbury Lanes on 10/10. That show's also with Weyes Blood, and Try The Pie. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/17) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Under A Rock" from this year's Ivy Tripp on Merge, below...

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Kurt Vile fall tour 2015

Kurt Vile's new "dark" album now has a title, b'lieve i'm goin down, and will be out this fall, date still TBA. He'll be on tour this fall too, playing NYC's Webster Hall on October 7. That show, and much of the tour, is with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM.

Right after NYC, Vile will head to Austin for the ACL Festival. All dates are listed below.

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.

Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.

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photo: Kurt Vile in Philly in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile's followup to 2013's excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze is gonna be all over the place. Literally -- he's calling the album All Over the Place. UPDATE: Apparently the album does not actually have a title yet.

As for its sound, he told Rolling Stone, "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it's on my couch -- not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable." The article says it's looking like it's going to be his darkest record yet. And Kurt adds, "It's definitely got that night vibe. KV's Night Life -- it's my sequel to Donald Fagen's The Nightfly."

He's working once again with Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa and sound artist Farmer Dave Scher (who were both on Wakin On A Pretty Daze), and it's being produced by Rob Schnapf, who's worked with Elliott Smith, Beck, Richard Thompson, The Anniversary and more. No exact release date, but Kurt says he's hoping to get it out this autumn.

A live video of Kurt playing solo, and his list of upcoming festival dates, below...

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Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

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photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP

Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP

Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP

Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP

La Dispute's crowd
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP

One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP

While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM

If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP

Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM

Pics and review of day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

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As a Red Bull Sound Select program curator, BrooklynVegan gets to do cool shows every few months in NYC. Our next one is this Friday night (9/12) at Palisades in Bushwick with White Lung, Power Trip and Sick Feeling (RSVP if you haven't yet). We once did one with Bouncing Souls, who play another one at small New Brunswick bar Court Tavern this week.

RBSS present shows every month in cities all over the country including LA, but in November they'll be doing one every night in LA, each at a different venue. The LA ones aren't all free, but none are more than $15. You need to register with RBSS before you can buy tickets though, but it's a free registration (same as RSVPing). Register and buy tickets HERE. Full LA November schedule below...

Continue reading "RBSS throwing 30 November shows in LA (Kurt Vile, Julie Ruin, DFA1979, Real Estate, Future Islands, Cut Copy & more)"

by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Cave and the band (featuring feral violinist Warren Ellis) play with primal, animalistic fervor, delivering songs of brooding, measured grace that burst out in sustained sections of explosive rage. They're not fooling around up there.

But Cave, at 54, is much more playful with his persona than he once was. (Or who know, maybe I missed the self awareness the first time around.) What's incontestable is that he's a remarkable front man, working the stage like a demon as footlights cast his giant shadow on the walls of the Mann, and as he put the world's longest microphone cord to good use as he spent about 1/4 of the band's galvanic set (which lost a little steam during an encore in which he took requests) moving about in the crowd, a good 10 rows in, while he encouraged reserved seat holders to move down and fill up the aisles around him. [Philly.com]

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' current tour hit the East Coast over the weekend, playing Philadelphia's The Mann Center on Friday (7/25) before descending into NYC on Saturday and Sunday. Cave seems to really be having a good time on this tour, spending a lot of time in the crowd and playing up his larger-than-life persona. Pics and setlist from the Philly show are in this post.

Also on the bill were tourmate Nicole Atkins and Philadelphia's own local-boy-done-good Kurt Vile. Pictures from their sets, along with more of Nick Cave, below...

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Outkast / Damon Albarn / Grimes / Phoenix
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
Governors Ball 2014
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
Governors Ball 2014

NYC music festival Governors Ball kicked off its 2014 edition yesterday (6/6) with sets from the reunited Outkast, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Neko Case, La Roux, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, Washed Out, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + El-P) and still more.

Outkast's much-anticipated set (like many of their other festival sets this year) started with both Big Boi and Andre 3000 on stage for tons of favorites right off the bat including "B.O.B.," "Gasoline Dreams, "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "Ms. Jackson," and more. Then Big Boi did three songs alone, Andre did three alone (including "Hey Ya!" for which Janelle Monae came on stage to dance), and then another Outkast set. The second set ended with "The Whole World," for which they brought out Killer Mike to rap his verse. Pictures of all artists mentioned (and more), plus Outkast's setlist and a video of "Hey Ya!" are in this post.

GovBall continues today (6/7) with Diarrhea Planet taking the stage in about two hours (12:45 PM), and other sets include Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven and more.

More pictures from day 1 below...

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