Entries tagged with: Little Dragon
Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!
Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.
The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.
Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.
Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.
More from day two below...
photos by Brigid Gallagher
Little Dragon @ Concord Music Hall - 5/29/15
Little Dragon are in NYC for Governors Ball, playing their festival set at Randall's Island on Saturday before Bjork, and meanwhile playing Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg tonight (6/5). It's sold out, but you can also get a ticket at the door. Brooklyn Bowl writes:
Advanced tickets to this event are SOLD OUT! We will have a limited number of admissions available to purchase at the box office on the night of the show starting at 11:00 PM. All admissions at the door will be first come first serve, one ticket per customer, with no re entry. $30 at the door, cash only.Good luck!
Meanwhile, if you see vocalist Yukimi Nagano listening to headphones on Bedford today, here's what she might be listening to:
Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works is nice on a beautiful day in New York. Especially if you just wanna dream away and let the city rush and hurry by while you're in another bubble chilling. And D'Angelo's Voodoo album is pretty nice to listen to while walking in the Swedish forest. - Yukimi Nagano to The StrangerCheck out more pictures and the setlist from Chicago below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Sleater-Kinney / Action Bronson / New Pornos / Angel Olsen @ Sasquatch 5/22/2015
Rain fell in distant hills on either side of the venue as rapper Action Bronson kicked off the late evening sets at the Bigfoot Stage, puppeteering the crowd with bristling confidence and a rap game to back it up. He called for middle fingers in the air - thousands complied.The 2015 Sasquatch Festival happened over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22 - 25) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. The first day (5/22) featured sets from Sleater-Kinney, Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Angel Olsen, The New Pornographers, Thunderpussy (featuring members of Deerhunter, La Luz and more) and more. Pictures from Day 1 are in this post.
The wind picked up at the Yeti Stage as Angel Olsen and her band did their sound check. Two guitars onstage toppled over with a sudden gust, their respective musicians rushing to pick them up, each laughing nervously as backstage tarps began to flap chaotically. - [The Oregonean]
Stay tuned for pics from the rest of Saquatch 2015. Meanwhile, more of day 1 below...
Little Dragon's most recently announced show, a Governors Ball aftershow at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl (not to be confused with Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas which they're also playing), sold out quickly. It's not on the poster above, but it happens the night before they end their North American tour at Governors Ball. Their festival set, on Saturday, June 6th, happens the same day as Bjork, SBTRKT, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere, and more. Tickets to that are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest, and listen to stream of the band's recently-released Chet Faker remix of "Pretty Girls", below...
Tickets to see Blonde Redhead at Warsaw go on sale today at 10 AM; tickets for their
Former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen (whose new solo LP is out next week) will play Mercury Lounge on May 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Slayer and King Diamond shows at PNC Bank Arts Center and Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre go on sale today.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Governors Ball is approaching, and now the aftershows happening at various NYC venues have been announced. Tickets for all aftershows go on Citibank presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17). You can also enter to win tickets at doNYC.
This year's schedule includes shows from Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, Hot Chip (DJ), Flying Lotus (DJ), SBTRKT (DJ), and more. Full schedule below...
TV on the Radio have released a video for their song "Trouble," from last year's very good Seeds LP. It was directed by frontman Tunde Adebimpe who filmed people on the street in Los Angeles (where he lives now). He told Time, "We got some people together, some of whom we ran into on the street while we were shooting, and did that. We asked if they could quietly (or not) go to brighter or darker places inside themselves let us be there with them for a little while. Everyone's sifting through something, right?" You can check out the "Trouble" video below.
Tunde has also recorded a song titled "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" which is a collaboration with Sinkane and Sal P. It's one of many genre-crossing songs recorded for that GTA V "soundtrack," The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos which will be released on April 14. Other artists involved on in include Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike and Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring. You can stream "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" below.
TVOTR will be in the NYC-area next month, playing Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on May 20 with Bo Ningen (tickets), and then the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage with Pixies and John Grant (tickets).
"Thank you all for showing up and playing your part in our success of reaching the goal!! Continue to spread the word!" - De La Soul
photo: De La Soul at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Legendary rap trio De La Soul haven't released a new album since 2004's The Grind Date (not counting the album two members put out as fictional group First Serve in 2012), but they're finally ready to change that. It's called and the Anonymous Nobody, and the group launched a Kickstarter for it yesterday (3/30), and successfully funded the album in under 24 hours. It's set to feature collaborations with Damon Albarn (who they worked with previously in Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, David Byrne and more TBA. Plus, they're allowing anyone who pledges at least $7,500 to appear on the album as well. They also talk a little bit about the recording process...
Sampling is basically copying a piece of sound, from one recording, and reusing it to create a new recording. It is how De La has always made music. The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case "sample," have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the "sample police."Though the album's been successfully funded, you still have 32 days to donate to it and receive exclusive rewards. More details on that here.
Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn't done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we're going to sample ourselves.
Over the last three years, we've hired some of LA's finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. They played everything from banjo to upright bass, sometimes up to a dozen musicians at once; simply allowing sounds to integrate. We did 90% of these recordings in one of LA's most classic studios, Vox. We chose Vox because we wanted our recordings to have that creamy analog warm mixing board sound that the old records our parent's once played had. With over 200 hours of sounds, and vibes, equal to about 250 to 300 full-length vinyl LPs, it's time that we get to the work.
Here's the interesting part. We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous "sample police." What we've done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from.
They also have dates coming up, including Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival in Toronto. Full tour schedule below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Helsinki has some nice architecture...
After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...
With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.
Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.
In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.
Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.
Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...
photos by Luis Ruiz; words by Bill Pearis
Little Dragon @ T5 6/20/2014
The band's sultrier new album, Nabuma Rubberband, was inspired more by, as the band has noted, "Janet Jackson slow jams" than the synth-pop of Ritual Union that became de rigueur on fashion runways and cosmopolitan, 1% afterparties. The question now was how they would blend the two disparate sounds together live; would the more solemn Nabuma afterparty threaten to displace the Ritual party?Sweden's Little Dragon hit NYC's Terminal 5 for a two-night stint over the weekend (June 20 & 21), part of their tour for new album Nabuma Rubberband. The evening ended with a shower of confetti and balloons. Pictures and setlist from the first night (Friday, 6/20) are in this post.
The group opened the 90-minute set with Nabuma opener, "Mirror," a minimalist, scene-setting track that reminded you that this was the same singer who, six years before Little Dragon's debut, provided vocals to the Lynchian noir jazz of Koop's "Bright Lights." When the group followed with animated Ritual Union standout "Please Turn" -- Nagano clenching her fists skyward, jumping aggressively and jerking her body in a way that looked more Ian Curtis than polished sophisticate -- the group relished in their goofier side. - [Rolling Stone]
Opening both shows was theatrical, arty singer/songwriter Lawrence Rothman, who used to front The Living Things (and is married to acclaimed director Floria Sigismondi). On his dates with Little Dragon, Rothman has been supplementing "his musical offerings with an embodiment of a wholly different character each night." I have seen him perform twice -- once with backup singers in cocoons, the other time at SXSW where he seemed to be paying tribute to Rick Astley. He wasn't boring at either. Rothman plays NYC again tonight (6/23) at Brooklyn Bowl as part of the It's a School Night series with Slow Club, which was free if you RSVP'd and is $7 at the door. Pics from his set, and more from Little Dragon, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Manimal is releasing a Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran, on July 15, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more. Moby's cover of "Rio" was released recently (stream below), and now the cover of "Sound of Thunder" by Toronto shoegazers Beliefs can be streamed below as well. They've turned the song into one of their own (reverby vocals, swirling guitars), and it's not the first time they've put their spin on a classic song in the past year.
Check it out, plus the album tracklist, below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
Little Dragon @ Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Little Dragon's new album, Naruma Rubberband, is next week (5/13) and since our last post, a third single was released. You can stream "Let Go" and check out the band doing "Paris" live on The Queen Latifah show, below.
NYC can get the album a few days early AND see Little Dragon play live in a very small room when the band play an in-store at Rough Trade this Sunday afternoon (5/11). You need to buy a copy of Naruma Rubberband at the store on Sunday (it opens at 11 AM) which will get you a wristband to the show which starts at 2:30 PM. (Doors are at 2 PM.)
Kitsuné has been been putting out compilations since 2002 with a wide range of international dancepop artists. Recently they began doing Kitsuné AMERICA comps as well, and the third of those will be out June 3 featuring new cuts from Brenmar, Kelela, Lawrence Rothman, Son Lux, Jerome LOL, Heartsrevolution and more. We've got the premiere of Kitsuné AMERCIA 3's ethereal closing track, "Speak" by Seattle duo NAVVI. You can stream it below.
For those in Los Angeles and at Coachella, Maison Kitsuné has taken over the iconic Roosevelt Hotel with a pop-up store that's open through April 21. Additionaly, Kitsuné has events this weekend at clubs on Hollywood Blvd. Jupiter, Prince Language and Kindness play the Kitsuné Club Night @ Teddy's on Friday (4/18) and then there's a Kitsuné Pool Party @ Tropicana Pool on Sunday afternoon with a DJ set from Kilo Kish, a performance by Eli & Fur and another "Very Special Guest." You can RSVP for those.
Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothman will open for Little Dragon on ten dates of their North American tour, including both shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets for 6/20 are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the 6/21 show. Rothman will be doing something a little different with these shows. From the press release:
In keeping with his haunting psyche and series of thought provoking, Floria Sigismondi-directed videos, Lawrence will supplement his musical offerings with an embodiment of a wholly different character each night.Rothman, by the way, is Sigismondi's husband and used to front The Living Things. I caught one of his SXSW shows and I don't know if he was doing a character that night but the name that crossed my mind was "Rick Astley," a vastly different show than the one I saw at Glasslands last year. (In both cases, he's got a powerful set of pipes and puts a lot of effort into his performance.) So if you're at one of the Little Dragon shows and wondering what the hell is going on with the opener, now you know.
All Lawrence Rothman dates are listed, along with the NAVVI stream and Kitsuné AMERICA 3 tracklist and pop-up store flyer, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.
There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.
Little Dragon at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Little Dragon's new album Nabuma Rubberband comes out May 13 via Loma Vista, and after already they already released its first single Klapp Klapp," Zane Lowe has now premiered its second, "Paris." Check it out below.
As just recently mentioned, the Swedish band have expanded their tour to include another Terminal 5 show (6/21) happening a day after their sold-out one. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at noon.
Little Dragon played one of our SXSW shows this year and graphic artist Brian Butler was there to document it, along with other aspects of the show (more info at the link).
New song below...
Little Dragon at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Swedish electropop band Little Dragon recently announced a tour which brings them to NYC for a show on June 20 at Terminal 5. That show has sold out, but they've added a second Terminal 5 date (6/21) happening a day later. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Klapp Klapp" from their upcoming Nabuma Rubberband album, below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Little Dragon at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Swedish electropop band Little Dragon are set to release their new album, Nabuma Rubberband, on May 13 via Loma Vista, and they've just announced a US tour to go down after its release. That tour culminates in NYC with a show on June 20 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (3/29) at 11 AM.
The new record's single, "Klapp Klapp," was just given remix treatment by Swindle, which you can listen to, along with the video for the original version, and list of tour dates, below...
Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.
Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.
Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.
Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.
Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.
Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).
One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...