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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.

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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.

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Kurt Vile at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham & Rae Graham)
Kurt Vile

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.

Continue reading "Kurt Vile expands tour, playing free record release show at NYC's Apple Store SoHo (updated dates)"

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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by Andrew Sacher

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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Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile, who has a show coming up at NYU, is set to follow 2011's great Smoke Ring for My Halo this year with a new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze. No release date has been announced yet, but Kurt just teased the album art by posting a video of him and graffiti artist Stephen Powers (aka ESPO) creating the artwork. Check out the video below...

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Kurt Vile at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kurt Vile

Two artists on different sides of the folk spectrum will be teaming up this month for a show at NYU. The psychedelic heartland folk of Kurt Vile and the noodly emo-folk of Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) will grace the fourth floor of the university's Kimmel Center on February 23 with support from NYU band The Young Women. Admission is $5 for students and non-students alike, and tickets can be picked up at NYU Ticket Central (566 Laguardia Place), which is attached to the Kimmel Center.

The NYU show is exactly a month before Owen plays Maxwell's (3/23) (tickets), which is one of his few other upcoming dates. As for Kurt Vile, his only other announced dates at the moment are festival appearances, including Coachella and Primavera Sound.

All lists of dates and a few videos below...

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words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Gretchen Robinette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dinosaur Jr at FYFest, August 2012 (more by Debi del Grande)
Dinosaur Jr.

The initial announcement of Dinosaur Jr's performance of You're Living All Over Me at Terminal 5 on December 1 teased "Very Special Friends Sitting In". One of those is now announced. Johnny Marr is set to appear at Terminal 5, where he'll appear for "a song or two" along with opener (and likely guest) Kurt Vile. Tickets are still available. All Dinosaur Jr. dates are listed below.

Marr

Just like Dinosaur, Johnny Marr has a new LP as well though his isn't available until the new year. Marr's solo debut, titled The Messenger will be released on 2/26 via Sire/ADA, and will feature twelve new tracks by The Smiths/Modest Mouse/Cribs guitarist recorded in the UK and mastered at Abbey Road with Frank Artwright.

All tour dates and some video is below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Jr. - I Want You to Know (MP3)

You're LIving All Over Me

Can Dinosaur Jr's You're Living All Over Me really be 25 years old? The record that made it ok for indie rock to have guitar solos (and started concertgoers on a path towards tinnitus) was indeed released in 1987 and still sounds great (if a little tinny) a quarter of a century later. Why yes, you can listen to it on Spotify. Turn it up, dude.

J. Mascis, Murph and Lou Barlow will celebrate the album's milestone by playing the album in full at a concert in NYC at Terminal 5 on December 1 with "Very Special Friends Sitting In and Special Guest Kurt Vile." Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon. All tour dates are listed below, though none of the others are currently marked as full-album shows.

Meanwhile, Dinosaur Jr.'s new album, I Bet on Sky, is out next week on Jagjaguar which is their third album since getting the original lineup back together in the '00s. You download one track at the top of this post and stream the whole shebang right now over at NPR. The band will be on tour for most of the fall and all Dino Jr. tour dates are below along with the video for You're Living All Over Me's opener "Little Furry Things."

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photos by Ryan Barkan, words by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile at Central Park - 6/16/12
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile has been on a tour which recently hit Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and then came to the NYC area for two shows this past weekend, Kurt's last scheduled North American dates before he heads to Europe this week. He first stopped in Hoboken, NJ for an intimate, sold out early show at Maxwell's on Friday (6/15). The next day (6/16), Kurt came to Central Park Summerstage for a free show with Dawes.

I caught Kurt at Summerstage, where he and the Violators played an hour long set to an eager crowd that went from casually lounging on the outdoor venue's artificial turf to packing in right up to the stage the second Kurt and his band walked out. Though Kurt has seen increased success due to 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo, which was one of our favorites of the year, he doesn't ignore his older material, splitting the set pretty evenly between Smoke Ring and 2009's Childish Prodigy.

The natural earthiness that fills Kurt Vile's songs always him a great artist to see outside, and Saturday evening was no exception. Taking the sun-drenched stage around 7 PM, Kurt and his band breezed through songs like "On Tour" and "Jesus Fever" with the same sort of celebrated laziness anyone hanging in Central Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon/evening would ask for. Kurt's effortless drawl traveled through the crowd as he rotated between shiny finger picking and meandering guitar solos. The band did get rougher around the edges at times, with Kurt's periodical screams, crunchy drum machines, and the occasional guitar flailing from Kurt's fellow long-haired comrade.

Towards the end of the set, the band left the stage for Kurt to play two solo acoustic cuts -- "Blackberry Song" and "Peeping Tomboy" -- which he delivered in that mesmerizing folk singer kind of way where the crowd remains as quiet and captivated as the songs command. Then the band returned to close out their set with the largely contrasting "Freak Train," which kicked off with a double time drum machine and ended with all three guitarists on the floor creating layers upon layers of noise with their foot pedals as the drummer thrashed along to that never-ending loop.

More pictures and some videos from Kurt's set at Summerstage are below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile played Summerstage (pics, review) after Maxwell's"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bon Iver/The Shins
Bonnaroo Day 4
Bonnaroo Day 4

Oddly enough, 73-year-old Kenny Rogers--a last-minute Bonnaroo addition several decades past from his peak hit-making days--was among the day's breakout acts. Playing for one of his youngest audiences in recent member, Rogers offered a set of hits that included "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream" and other songs most of the crowd had never seen live. Near the end of his show, Rogers also brought out the weekend's biggest surprise guest, cross-generational pop icon Lionel Richie, to sing on his own "Lady" and "All Night Long" (Richie considers Rogers his mentor and joined the veteran country star at SXSW this past March.) Every year The Mayor of Manchester also awards one Bonnaroo artist the keys to the city, and The Gambler received ths year's honor during an unexpected mid-set ceremony...

Bon Iver, who spent his early years in jam and roots-rock bands but functioned as Sunday's What Stage indie rock headliner, made a point to stretch out his songs a bit more than usual. At one point he called the audience "sunburnt," and he asked them to join him in a call-and-response jam. As more than a few artists pointed out throughout the weekend, hippiedom is still fully engrained in Bonnaroo's DNA. -[Jambands]

Pictures from the final day at Bonnaroo 2012 including Phish, The Shins, Black Lips (who play the 4Knots afterparty), We Are Augustines, The Antlers (who recently played Brooklyn), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile & The Violators (who plays tonight and tomorrow) but not The Beach Boys (which we already posted) are below, alongside video of that surprise Lionel Richie appearance.

If you missed it, make sure and catch up on our coverage of Bonnaroo with pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, day 3 HERE and our Beach Boys coverage on day 4 HERE.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 4 in pics (Bon Iver, The Shins, Kurt Vile, Black Lips, Antlers, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie & more)"

Kurt Vile @ Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Kurt Vile

A weekend of Kurt Vile begins tonight, Friday (6/15), at Maxwell's in Hoboken where Kurt will open and headline a sold out show at the initimate NJ venue. If you're going, especially all the way from NYC, keep in mind that the venue tells us Kurt goes on at 7pm! Don't be late (no opener), or you may find yourself confused and trying to get in to the sold out mewithoutyou show that starts right after Kurt's crowd is cleared from the room. The good news here is that after Kurt you have plenty of time to get from Hoboken to Brooklyn in time to catch Caveman, Frankie Rose and more at the BV show at Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Don't have a ticket to Maxwell's... don't have money even? You're in luck! Kurt's 2nd show of the weekend is a free one at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (6/16), but don't be late to that one either because Kurt opens the show for Dawes, and that one starts at 7pm too! (getting there early will also guarantee you a spot at the free show that is first come, first served.)

For Dawes, Central Park is one of two shows in the area this weekend, as they're also on the bill of the Clearwater Festival which goes down in Croton Point Park in Croton, NY on Saturday and Sunday. Deer Tick, Alejandro Escovedo, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Ani Difranco and many more also play in Croton.

After NYC, Kurt takes a few days off before getting on a plane to begin a summer tour of Europe. All of his dates are listed below...

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photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Jack White/The Roots
Jack White
Jack White

The one galvanizing main-stage performance at the Sasquatch festival this year was Jack White's weapons-grade electric guitar soloing on Saturday. Otherwise, it was by the book in the best possible sense. Thousands of people gathered peacefully and everything was on schedule.

The festival, which ended Monday with a performance by Beck, featured dozens of live rock, rap, electronic music and comedy acts packing five stages for four days over the sunny Memorial Day weekend...

...Oakland's Tune-Yards mesmerized at the Bigfoot Stage Saturday. Leader Merrill Garbus faced the full yellow sun and belted out powerful melodies in her alto voice that seemed beamed in from African radio. She used looping pedals to blend the vocals with drums and modified ukulele, which she also played live. But her bassist and jazz horn players sent the music through the roof, chipping in on junkyard percussion -- dented pieces of metal hit with drum sticks. [Seattle Times]

The Sasquatch Music Festival happened Memorial Day Weekend in Gorge, WA and Day 2 (Saturday, May 26) insanely packed with talent, featuring sets from Jack White, The Roots, tUnE-yArDs, Purity Ring and lots, lots more. It was so overstuffed, we're breaking Saturday's pictures into two parts. See more pics of Jack White and The Roots' Sasquatch set, plus other artists below, with more to come. Check out Day 1 photos HERE.

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2012 in pics - Day 2, Part 1 (Jack White, The Roots, tUnE-yArDs, Purity Ring, Alabama Shakes, Kurt Vile and more)"

Kurt Vile with Hellride East at LPR earlier this month (more by BBG)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile will play one of the many free Summerstage shows this summer when he opens for Dawes at Central Park on June 16. That show is free, but if you'd rather spend a few bucks and see Kurt in a more intimate environment, he'll be playing Maxwell's on June 15, the day before the Summerstage show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Dawes, band members Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith will be in NYC later this month for Dylan Fest at Irving Plaza (5/24-25). Dawes will also play Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY after the Central Park show.

All Kurt Vile dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile playing Maxwell's before Summerstage (& other dates)"

by BBG

Mike Watt, J Mascis & friends
Mike Watt, J Mascis & friends

In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.

Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".

If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.

Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...

Continue reading "Mike Watt played Stooges songs w/ J Mascis & many guests @ LPR (to celebrate his book) -- pics, video, setlist"

Amadou & Mariam
Amadou Mariam

As you may remember from the past couple of years, "Summerstage" now encompasses more than just Central Park, but Central Park Summerstage will still always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the series. Here's the 2012 schedule. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Central Park Summerstage 2012 schedule (Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Gary Clark Jr, Amadou & Mariam & more)"

Sasquatch

"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."
The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:

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I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...

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It's got to be kind of hard to find someone to open for you on Christmas. Maybe that's what led to Dump, the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Sunday, December 25th (Hanukkah, night 6). Maybe Dump's recent show at Spike Hill was scheduled as a warm-up.

Yo La Tengo is keeping a diary. Their friend Kelly Reichardt writes:

Dump is on the stage. I know, I know, this reporter is asking herself the same question. How in the world did Yo La Tengo get Dump to play their Christmas night show? I guess everybody in this business has connections. In any case, it's our good fortune and listening from my perch I forget all about my duties and just let myself get lost in the music (not in any kind of freaky arm-waving way, but just in a quiet-inside way). I'm in my zone. Enjoying myself along with everyone else in the room. It's somewhere in the middle of the Prince cover tune, "Another Lonely Christmas" that the older, more disgruntled looking red-shirt-wearing door guy makes a beeline over to me. He's shouting something I can't make out, but I can clearly read his lips as he keeps repeating YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TONIGHT KELLY! I finally lean closer and take out the earplugs and it turns out what he is actually yelling in my face is YOU CAN'T STAND ON THAT STOOL!
Comedian Kurt Braunhohler, who will return to the Hoboken venue to open for Ted Leo, also opened the Christmas show. Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg were the other special guests that night. Full setlist HERE.

Last night, night 7, Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened. Dave Schramm played guitar with Yo La Tengo, and Peter Stampfel also joined the band. Full setlist HERE.

Tonight, 12/27, is the final night of Hanukkah 2011. Who do you think the openers will be? I bet James McNew (not to mention the rest of Yo La Tengo) would be excited if it were the Feelies.

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We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...

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