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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN

It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

Continue reading "SPIN's top 50 albums of 2013"

Title Fight at Holy Mountain (via @britneyirl)
TF

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest starts today (11/8) and runs through Sunday (11/10), but those down in Austin got an early start to the fun fun fun last night (11/7) with the FFF Nites late shows. Last night's Nite shows included one with Kurt Vile, that we posted pictures of at BV Austin, and a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Holy Mountain with Title Fight and Code Orange Kids, plus local openers Boyfrndz and Pushmen. Hopefully everyone who waited in line got in. That's a shot of Title Fight from last night's intimate show above above, and there's one of Code Orange Kids below. Kurt, Title Fight and Code Orange Kids all play the fest proper today, as do Quicksand, Flag, Thee Oh Sees, Big Freedia, RJD2, Snoop Dog (!?), Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Patton Oswalt, and many more.

The festival and the night shows continues through Sunday with sets from Television, Slayer, Descendents, Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Cloud Nothings, White Lung, and more. You can still grab tickets, and if you're going, don't forget to check the schedule.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show on Saturday (11/9) with Black Tusk, Inter Arma, Yakuza and Eagle Claw.

Title Fight don't have any touring plans following FFF Fest, but they did just announce that they'll do their 10-year anniversary show (their first show was opening for Blacklisted on October 17, 2003) on November 30 in Northeast PA. Lineup and more details TBA. Flyer below.

Title Fight's new analog-recorded Spring Songs EP comes out next week (11/12) via Revelation Records. You can stream it in full on Pandora and below.

Continue reading "Title Fight played a Fun Fun Fun Nite show, announces 10th Anniversary gig, streaming new EP; FFF is underway"

Kurt Vile in Austin in August (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile's fall tour starts this Friday (10/25) with a big NYC show at Terminal 5 with openers Lee Ranaldo & the Dust and Beach Fossils. Tickets are still available. As a tour launch, Kurt has released "Feel My Pain," which is one of the tracks on the second disc of his upcoming expanded edition of Walkin' on a Pretty Daze which is called Deluxe Daze (out 11/19). Of the track, Kurt says:

"Feel My Pain" is a particularly meticulous guitar composition that i remember playing over and over back when writing it and then even more so when i had finished it, sort-of possessed.

We added a lot to this later only to strip it back again favoring the raw to the chamber-pop this go 'round. Spectral arrangement and a subtle-ominous delivery (if such a thing is possible)...

You can download "Feel My Pain" above or stream it below.

Continue reading "Kurt Vile shares a 'Deluxe Daze' track; tour starts this week"

Kurt Vile in Austin in August (more by Glen Brown)

Kurt Vile's had a great year, having released the excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze, which we're sure to see on a couple year-end lists in the next few months. But before the year ends, that album will get the deluxe treatment. Like he did for 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo, KV will be releasing a new EP -- titled it's a big world out there (and i am scared) -- and in addition to releasing it on its own, he'll package it as the bonus disc with the deluxe edition of the album. That edition is called Deluxe Daze (Post Haze), and both that album and the EP on its own will be out on November 19 via Matador.

The new EP features two new songs, "Feel My Pain" and "The Ghost of Freddie Roach," in addition to new versions of some of the Pretty Daze tracks. Check out the full tracklist and the album artwork for the EP and the deluxe album (both designed by Steve Powers [ESPO]) below. Also below is a stream of a mixtape Kurt made of songs that influenced the record called "KV Mixtape." A letter he wrote about the tape begins:

here is a "mix-tape" that i had been sort-of-conceiving for some time before i actually made it. i would say i made it mainly to pump myself up. and then my bandmates, extended bandmates, producer, etc... but also to get all my friends that were involved (at least subliminally) on my wave-length when i needed it most...
Read the rest of the letter at his website.

Deluxe Daze isn't the only thing Kurt is getting on shelves before the year comes to a close. He also recently announced that he'd be releasing a collaborative EP with Sore Eros (aka Robert Robinson, who was once in Kurt's band, The Violators). That EP is called Jamaica Plain and it's due out on November 4 via Care in the Community Recordings. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Kurt's been touring for months, and he'll return to NYC to headline a previously discussed show on October 25 at Terminal 5 with post-Sonic Youth band Lee Ranaldo & the Dust (who also have a new album on the way) and Beach Fossils. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Udpdated tour dates are listed, along with the contest details, and info on those new releases, below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile on tour, releasing deluxe edition of 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze' (win tix to the Terminal 5 show w/ Lee Ranaldo!)"

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust at Maxwell's in July (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust (whose lineup includes fellow Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums) are touring in support of their new album this year. That tour was supposed to hit The Bell House on October 25, but has just been moved to January 11. Tickets for the Bell House show are still available.

Meanwhile, Lee Ranaldo & the Dust will still be playing NYC on October 25, as they've been added as an opener to the previously discussed Kurt Vile show at Terminal 5. Beach Fossils are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Perhaps it's Kurt's way of returning the favor after he opened for Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011? Updated Lee Ranaldo & the Dust dates are listed below.

Speaking of, earlier today we posted about a bunch of upcoming Kim Gordon shows.

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust's new album, Last Night on Earth, comes out on October 8 via Matador. Stream the single, "Lecce, Leaving," along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo & the Dust reschedule their Bell House show to open for Kurt Vile at Terminal 5 (updated dates)"

photos by Wei Shi

MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
FYF 2013 - Day 2
FYF 2013 - Day 2
FYF 2013 - Day 2

Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.

Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.

The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]

LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Day 2 in pics (MGMT, Beach House, Solange, Yo La Tengo, Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Baroness & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grateful Dead

One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)

Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:

The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."

"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."

Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra just announced two Best Buy Theater shows (11/29-30). Tickets for those are on sale now.

Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.

And, both Vampire Weekend (tickets) and Kurt Vile (tickets) are each about to play their biggest NYC shows yet this fall.

Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...

Continue reading "The National enlist members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, Walkmen & War on Drugs for Grateful Dead tribute"

by Bill Pearis

TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
TOY

UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.

The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.

TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.

Continue reading "TOY playing one-off NYC show before Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest (line-up)"

Kurt Vile at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile released his excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze this past April and has pretty much been on tour in support of it ever since. He already came to NYC for a relatively intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in May, and more recently he was here for two free outdoor shows: his mesmerizing set at 4Knots and his contributions to the Big Star tribute in Central Park. Now, KV is set to return to NYC in the fall for what will be his largest headlining show here yet, Terminal 5 on October 25. (He's played the venue before, but not as a headliner.)

Support at the T5 show comes from Beach Fossils, who also play the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary in September. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with a few videos, below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile expands tour, headlining Terminal 5 (updated dates)"

Big Star tribute @ Summersage (photo via @brunobocchese)
Summerstage

We didn't get the album in order, although the exact ordering of the album has always been a bit ambiguous anyway. One dissenting voice in the crowd was complaining loudly that no-one was mentioning Alex Chilton, the perfect reply came from the stage via Django Haskins (who among performing was the designated announcer) who said "everything we're doing tonight is about Alex Chilton". In essence, what could have been an event laboured with sentimentality was dealt with love, everyone (performers and audience) knew why we were there, because Chilton's songs have touched us, we got a few nice anecdotes during the evening but the songs speak for themselves.

One highlight of the evening saw one of my favourite singers, Sharon Van Etten (who also lives in my neighbourhood, I keep hoping I'll bump into her one day!) deliver a beautiful duet with Ken Stringfellow on Dream Lover. - [Some Other Sucker's Parade]

Big Star's Third: An Orchestrated Performance happened as part of Central Park Summerstage on Sunday (6/30) with Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, the dB's Chris Stamey, Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, Mitch Easter, Pete Yorn, Ken Stringfellow, as well as only original surviving Big Star member, drummer Jody Stehpens, and more. Did you go to the show? How was it?

If you're looking for more Big Star, the new documentary on the band, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, opens in NYC today (7/3) at the IFC Center. Jody Stephens will be at the 7:45 showing (tickets) for a post-screening Q&A, and will also introduce the film at the 10:10 PM screening (tickets). The filmmakers, who will also be around tonight, will participate in a post-screening Q&A at the 5:15 showing on July 4 (tickets). The film, which is also available on demand, opens Friday (7/5) in Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow. All playdates are below.

The film was one of Veronica Falls singer/guitaris James Hoare's favorite things of 2012, and the NY Times has this to say:

Forty years ago a mob of rock critics gathered for a convention cooked up by a promoter for the Memphis band Big Star, which played a praised set. That image of a cherished, practically mythic concert for an adoring and grateful few helps lay down the mood for "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me." A well-sourced account of a perfect, broken dream, Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's slightly shaggy documentary captures what it's like to discover music so good it seems as if it were made just for you.
You can watch a trailer for the film below.

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile & more played Big Star tribute at Summerstage; Big Star documentary opens today"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
Kurt Vile and The Violators @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
White Lung @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
Fat Tony @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
The Babies @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013

"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.

Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."

On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.

It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...

Continue reading "4Knots Fest 2013 in pics (Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, The Babies, Fat Tony, White Lung & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
4Knots
4Knots

The Seaport Music Festival might be wrapping up today with a show from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but that doesn't mean free shows at The Seaport (Pier 17) are done for the summer. This Saturday (6/29), the outdoor venue will host the Village Voice's annual free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival. The fest kicks off early in the afternoon (1 PM) and it will be over by 8, so you'll probably be able to catch any night shows you wanted to go to on Saturday too. It's the festival's third year and this time around they may have booked their most consistently great lineup.

Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

The festival is being headlined by Kurt Vile, whose 2013 album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is one of the strongest releases of the year. The weather is looking a little iffy earlier in the day (fest is rain or shine by the way), but it looks like a good chance of sun by the time he's on, and there's not really any better way to see Kurt than outdoors on a pretty day.

The rest of the lineup is excellent too, including Memphis garage punks Reigning Sound, Brooklyn's punks-gone-country-rockers The Men, Brooklyn's Pavement-meets-Modern Lovers indie rockers Parquet Courts, Vancouver's seriously intense punk band White Lung, mathy guitar wizard Marnie Stern, YYYs-inspired Hunters, Woods/Vivian Girls-related project The Babies, rapper Fat Tony, and fuzzy indie rockers Heliotropes.

Also, since we last spoke, Steve Gunn, who is also a member of Kurt Vile's live band, was added to the lineup. His new album, Time Off, is out now, and you can stream two tracks from that release below (via FADER).

If this is your first trip to the Seaport, directions are available at Village Voice's website. It's easy to get there by subway, bus, or car, and you can also valet park your bike. Once you're there, this festival map should be of use if you need it. And, leave your coolers and beach chairs at home. There's good food down there, too, with the Smorgasbar vendors on Front St (at Fulton).

All of that fun happens for free between 1 and 8 PM, and then, if you got tickets, you can keep partying at the sold-out afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid.

Steve Gunn song streams and 4Knots flyer below...

Continue reading "free 4Knots Music Festival is this weekend; Steve Gunn added"

Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hunters

This year's 4Knots Music Festival, which goes down on June 29 at at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, is looking like its going to be one of the best free shows in NYC this summer. It runs from 1-8 PM across two stages, and during that time we'll get sets from Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies, Fat Tony, and Heliotropes. And now the lineup's got one more addition: local YYYs-inspired rockers Hunters. The new flyer is below. Show is all ages, and like we said, free.

As mentioned, Lil B is playing the not-free (and now sold out) 4Knots afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) that night. And that lineup's been expanded now too, now including hip hop producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. There are still a lot of second stage acts to be announced. Stay tuned.

White Fence and Paws are also playing a free show at the Seaport this Friday (6/14).

Flyers and some song streams below...

Continue reading "Hunters playing 4Knots fest; Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid added to afterparty"

by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile released his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, this past April. It's a fantastic double album which takes the style he perfected on 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo to new, ambitious heights without ever overdoing it or dragging. If you haven't listened, I couldn't recommend it enough.

Kurt just released a video for the third single from that album, "KV Crimes." The video was directed by WFMU host Tom Scharpling (who has also directed videos for Ben Gibbard, Nude Beach, and Aimee Mann) and features lots of people clapping, singing along, and waving KV flags as Kurt is paraded through his hometown of Philadelphia. Check it out below.

Philly has also given their hometown hero another honor as well. Matablog reports...

By mayoral decree, August 28 will officially be Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia! On that date, Kurt will give a free solo performance in City Hall Courtyard at 5:30pm for the season finale of the City Hall Presents summer concert series. Prior to his performance, the City of Philadelphia will present Kurt with the Liberty Bell Award, the highest honor the City can bestow upon one of its citizens. This award is given only to native Philadelphians, and is presented in recognition of outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity.
Way to go, Kurt.

As mentioned, Kurt Vile will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Music Festival on June 29 which takes place on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. The rest of that lineup is also great, and includes names like The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, and more. Show starts at 1 PM.

The next day (6/30), Kurt will hang around NYC for the previously announced Big Star's Third tribute show on Central Park Summerstage. In addition to KV, that show will also include vocalists Sharon Van Etten, Marhsall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney, Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), and Beck Stark backed by a band that includes Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (The dB's), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), Charles Cleaver, and Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony). That show starts at 7 PM, is open to all ages, and is totally free.

Kurt also recently performed live on KEXP. You can watch a video of that performance, the new music video for "KV Crimes," and the list of updated Kurt Vile dates, below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile has a new Tom Scharpling-directed video, playing Big Star tribute w/ Sharon Van Etten & others after 4Knots (dates)"

Swirlies

Long-running Boston dreampop band Swirlies, who seem to reactivate every couple years, have been tapped by Kurt Vile & the Violators to open on a string of dates in July. Fun fact: Rob Laasko, who plays in the Violators, is also a member of Swirlies. While those dates don't hit NYC, Swirlies will play NYC at the end of that run at Knitting Factory on July 22. Pure Sunray open and tickets are on sale now.

Kurt's tour recently hit NYC and it will be back for his headlining slot at the free 4Knots Festival in June with The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, White Lung, and others.

All Swirlies dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Swirlies opening for Kurt Vile, headlining a NYC show (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kurt Vile & the Violators @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/16/2013
Kurt Vile & The Violators

The set was strong throughout, with certain jaw-dropping standouts. The pulsing "Shame Chamber," arguably the bounciest and most radio-friendly track on Pretty Daze, came to a gripping crescendo of piercing howls, frantic guitar soloing and tireless percussion. It was almost as though Vile was baiting the FM dial only to forcefully back away and maintain his musical independence. "Girl Called Alex," a heady, wafting song that grows increasingly more agitated and electrified as the measures race by, had the crowd applauding before it was even over.-[Williamette Week]
The above review comes from the Portland, OR appearance of Kurt Vile & The Violators, who headlined a sold out Bowery Ballroom last night (5/16), joined by openers Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn. Pictures from Bowery are in this post. In other Vile news, the singer recently sat in for a full acoustic performance at XPN. Stream it in full at their site.

Last night's Bowery shows was one of many on Kurt's tour, that will swing through NYC again next month to headline the 4Knots Fest. Tonight (5/16) Kurt will be on The Late Show with David Letterman. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below.

Continue reading "Kurt Vile & The Violators played Bowery Ballroom with Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn (pics); playing Letterman tonight"

FYF

LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Lineup (My Bloody Valentine included)"

Kurt Vile at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile made a video for "Never Run Away," the second single off of his excellent new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze. Check it out below (via NPR).

Kurt's tour brings him to NYC for a sold out show on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom with Angel Olsen (who plays her own show a few days later) and Steve Gunn (whose new album, Time Off, comes out on June 18 -- stream a new track from it here).

He then returns for the free 4Knots Music Fest on June 29 with The Men (who play Union Pool on Saturday [5/4]), Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies (who just played Glasslands), Fat Tony and Heliotropes (who also play a record release show at Glasslands).

Updated dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "watch Kurt Vile's video for "Never Run Away" + updated dates"

Kurt Vile at Coachella, 4/14/2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kurt Vile

We already knew that The Men would be playing this year's 4 Knots Music Festival, but the Village Voice have just announced a few more acts: Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern. With two stages and seven hours for each, there are lots more bands still be be announced. Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down June 29 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages. Flyer is below.

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts and Marnie Stern added to 4Knots Fest 2013 line-up"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3

As the wind whipped through the final day of Coachella's first weekend, it became clear to those at the front of the stage that the techs getting the stage set up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing headlining set had a choice: take down the video screens that clearly were a part of the Peppers' production, or leave them up, risking them blowing uncontrollably around the stage. So they chose the former, leaving behind grandiose production elements in favor of solid -- but not-quite-revelatory -- musicianship.

It's a sort of metaphor for this year's edition of the festival, which never quite hit the watercooler moment. On the final day of the first weekend (the lineup repeats next week), there were no superstar surprises, no Daft Punk appearance and, during the Chili Peppers' set, not even a new song: just a major band, playing through their major hits, for a major audience.

It's been the story of this Coachella from the start, when the two-weekend blowout nearly sold out before the lineup was even announced, but on the field it became immediately obvious: This festival, at least this year, no longer was about "music fans" but about "Coachella fans" -- that is to say, the tens of thousands of revelers who packed the field had no specific allegiance to a band, a genre or an affiliation. - [Hollywood Reporter]

The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up last night (4/14). with sets from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Staten Island hiphop legends the Wu-Tang Clan who performed much of their classic 1993 album, Enter The 36 Chambers, as well as solo hits from the different members. Earlier Sunday also saw Grimes' energetic set, noisemakers JEFF the Brotherhood and Dinosaur Jr,  the mellow gold of Kurt Vile, Australian psych purveyors Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gaslight Anthem, and Father John Misty. Pictures of those acts' sets are in this post.

Other acts that played Sunday: Cloud Nothings as a three-piece, Ghost BC (who played too early for our photographer to catch), Jessie Ware (who also made an appearance during Disclosure's set) and San Francisco psych-garage kings Thee Oh Sees, who we also missed but were joined on sleigh bells by fellow Bay Area resident Ty Segall.

Pictures from day 1 are HERE and HERE, pictures from day 2 are HERE. More day 3 Coachella pictures below...

Continue reading "Coachella Day 3 Photos (Wu-Tang Clan, Vampire Weekend, Father John Misty, Grimes, Kurt Vile, James Blake ++ more)"

Kurt Vile @ T5, December 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kurt Vile

Hot Chip @ SS Coachella (more by Greg Cristman)
Hot Chip

today in NYC
* Yes @ Beacon Theater
* Serena Jost @ Joe's Pub
* Mika @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Yo La Tengo @ The Kitchen
* Kurt Vile @ Apple Store SoHo
* Jon Madof's Zion 80 @ The Stone
* Nymph, Daniel Carter @ Union Pool
* Tokimonsta @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jamie Lidell, Ludwig Persik @ Glasslands
"Les Yeux," Dinowalrus, Redfoot @ Pianos
* Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lianne La Havas, Jamine N Commons @ Webster Hall
* Rvivr, Dogjaw, Agatha, Tomboy @ NYU Kimmel Center
* Holly Miranda, Jon Shain, Caitlin Canty @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Crinkles, Make Good, Michael Beharie @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Hot Chip, Tanlines, The Crystal Ark (DJ Set) @ Roseland Ballroom
* Andrew McMahon, Kate Earl, Erland Wanberg @ Highline Ballroom
Young Magic, Allah-Las, Reverberation (DJ Set) @ Mercury Lounge
* Slow Country, Oceanographer, Tiger Dare, Sanibel @ Cameo Gallery
* The Beets, Sea Lions, Golden Grrrls, Household, Army Men @ Silent Barn
* Las Supper (Big Daddy Kane, Show Tyme and Lifted Crew) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mystery Lights, Baby Yaga, Mick Lewis and the Fine Print @ The Bowery Electric
* Bam Margera Experience, Fu*k Face Unstoppable, Hunter Moore, Shat, Buckwheat Groats, The Scandals @ The Studio at Webster Hall

In addition to playing what is sure to be a packed Apple Store SoHo tonight, Kurt Vile will play the Pitchfork offices today at 3 PM which will be streamed live.

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Marissa Nadler already offered an a capella version of the Game of Thrones theme, but Scotland's CHVRCHES (who sold out their upcoming Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg shows) put their spin on it recently and you can stream that below.

Young Galaxy remixed Born Ruffians' "Needle," the original of which is on their upcoming Birthmarks LP. Stream it below.

What else?

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Kurt Vile at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham & Rae Graham)
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Kurt Vile, whose tour brings him to NYC for a "Meet The Musician" talk/performance at Apple Store SoHo on April 9 and a sold out Bowery Ballroom show on May 16, has put his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, up for streaming a week ahead of its April 9 release date. The new album takes Kurt's effortless drawl and summer breeze guitar strums of 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo and expands them with extended segues and guitar and solos into an 11-track, hour-plus double album, some of which near or pass the 8-minute mark. It's a great album, and you can listen to the entire thing at NPR.

All dates are listed, along with streams of the album's two singles, below...

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As mentioned, Kurt Vile will release his new double album, Walking on a Pretty Daze, on April 9. His Bowery Ballroom show on May 16 is sold out, but if you'd like to see him sooner and for free, Kurt will be at the Apple Store SoHo on the album's release date as part of their "Meet The Musician" series. He'll talk with Matt Pinfield about the new record and then Kurt Vile & the Violators will perform live. Doors are at 6:30 PM and the program starts at 7 PM.

Kurt's added a few other dates as well, including Toronto's Urban Roots Festival and Louisvile's Forecastle Festival (both in July) and updated dates are below. Kurt also recently played acoustic on University of Minnesota's Radio K and a couple videos from that session are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - "Never Run Away" (MP3)

Kurt Vile at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Kurt Vile

As mentioned, Kurt Vile is releasing his new double album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze on April 9 via Matador. You've already heard the impressive 9+ minute single, "Wakin On A Pretty Day," and now he's revealed the shorter, very catchy second single, "Never Run Away," which premiered on a commercial on Philly's CW network last night (3/20). Download the track above and watch the commercial (which features Kurt's daughter) below (via Matablog).

Kurt's tour in support of the album includes a sold out NYC show on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom with Steve Gunn and Angel Olsen.

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DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - "Wakin On A Pretty Day (MP3)

Wakin On A Pretty Daze

As mentioned, Kurt Vile is releasing his new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, this year and since we last spoke, more details on the release have arisen. It's a 69-minute double album and will be out on April 9 via Matador. Like 2011's Smoke Ring for My Halo, it was produced by John Agnello (who also works with Kurt's forefathers, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr). You can download the 9+ minute sort-of-title track, "Wakin On A Pretty Day," at the top of this post or stream it below. It follows in the path of Kurt's cleaned-up sound that he explored on Smoke Ring for My Halo and the subsequent So Outta Reach EP, and if you liked those albums, this new track should be getting you excited for the new album. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. You can pre-order the album physically or digitally now.

As mentioned, Kurt will be playing a NYC show this month with Owen at NYU on February 23, and after taking about two months off, he'll head out on a full tour with his backing band, The Violators, which kicks off at Coachella and brings Kurt back to NYC on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom. That show, and many others on the tour, is with Angel Olsen (who we just caught in Chicago) and Steve Gunn. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/15) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Though you'll have to wait until April to get the album in your hands (or you know, on your hard drive), if you're in NYC you can hear it much sooner because BrooklynVegan is presenting a listening party this Tuesday (2/12) at Electric Lady Studios. If you'd like to go, enter via the contest details we've laid out below.

Contest details, song stream, and all dates, below...

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