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Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin ; words by Andrew Sacher

Metallica / Fucked Up at Orion Music Fest, June 23, 2012
Orion Music & More
Orion Music & More

Metallica's Orion Music & More festival went down in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field this weekend, featuring the band performing Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album on Sunday (6/24), in addition to many other bands across four stages. Bader Field, which was previously used as an airport, was filled with rockers of all kinds -- from the satanist metalheads to the Gaslight Anthem-shirt bearing rock and rollers. In addition to the bands, you could check out Lars Ulrich's curated film screenings, James Hetfield's classic cars, Kirk Hammett's horror memorabilia, rock memorabilia with everything from old Velvet Underground postcards to Melvins posters, and much much more. And all of this went down just across the water from the towering, lit-up excess of Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, Caesars Palace, and the like.

Baroness
Baroness

I showed up to the festival on Saturday about halfway through Baroness' opening set on the main Orion Stage. Though the crowd was still pretty thin (they went on at 1 PM), the band delivered a strong set filled with a great mix of hooks and sludge, winning over most of the people who had showed up early enough to catch them.

Next stop for me was Lucero, also on the Orion Stage. "This song's called 'Women and Work,' it's about whiskey," said singer Ben Nichols of the title track off their most recent LP, making what was only one of many whiskey references during their set. They had a solid mix of the upbeat ones like that, and their sprawling slow-burners. The band sounded best on those slower cuts, as they drifted across the hot, sunny, mid-afternoon Bader Field, though I'm sure the foot-stompers would have taken charge in a smaller, tightly packed venue like their drunken NYE show at Brooklyn Bowl. The band did crank up the distortion on "Sounds of the City," and got great crowd reaction during "All Sewn Up," which he dedicated to the audience: "Plenty of fucking bad tattoos out there, so this one's for all y'all."

Fucked Up

After Lucero's set ended, the Fuel stage saw what might have been the wildest set of the day with Fucked Up. Frontman Damian Abraham began by saying, "Last year we were thinking... who would be the craziest band we could play with, and we were like... METALLICA!" before kicking into "Queen of Hearts" off 2011's epic David Comes to Life. As per ushe, it only took about three seconds into that song for Damian to barge into the crowd (where he spent most of the show) and another few minutes before he took his shirt off. They relied most heavily on material off of David, playing other highlights like "The Other Shoe," "Turn the Season," and more. In the past I've said that Damian's in-the-crowd antics tend to be less successful in larger venues, but at Orion fest he did everything in his power to make his way through the entire crowd. He must have been part of every single mosh pit that broke out, and traveled everywhere from the kids pushing against the barrier to the people standing in the very back.

The Gaslight Anthem followed, taking to the Orion Stage, and came out with an introduction from Lars (as many other bands that day did). After his introduction, the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" began playing through the PA as the band walked out, with frontman Brian Fallon decked out in an "RIP MCA" shirt (written in Run DMC typeset). I didn't notice it during Baroness or Lucero (and maybe Fucked Up's loud mayhem was to blame), but the sound at Orion Stage was significantly lower for all the non-Metallica bands that played, and it became easy to feel removed during The Gaslight Anthem's set. Despite the conditions, the band still sounded on point. They played "45," the single off their upcoming album, which is easily their best song since The '59 Sound, and older favorites as well, like "Old White Lincoln," "The Patient Ferris Wheel," and of course, "The '59 Sound."

Lars Ulrich introducing Hot Snakes
Orion Music & More

I then made my way over to the Frantic tent -- undoubtedly the best stage to watch bands -- for Hot Snakes, who were also introduced by Lars. Lars acknowledged the stage as well ("this is becoming my favorite stage of the day... this is where all the cool kids hang out!") and said tons of flattering things about Hot Snakes. The band thanked him a couple times for his compliments, before asking the crowd if any of us had heard of them, to which they were greeted with massive cheers that they seemed pretty surprised about. After all the intro-ing, the band began playing the buzzsaw guitar riff of "I Hate the Kids," the opening track off 2002's classic Suicide Invoice. They reunited last year after breaking in 2005, and they've definitely still got it. They played a good amount of Suicide Invoice, including "LAX," "Who Died," "Gar Forgets His Insulin," and the punishing title track.

After Hot Snakes' set, Modest Mouse took over the Orion Stage, and like with The Gaslight Anthem, the sound and setting of this stage did them absolutely no justice. We got some great songs -- "Bury Me With It," "Dramamine," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- but they were mostly drowned out by the talking of the uninterested crowd, many of who had begun gathering for Metallica. Not surprisingly, "Float On" was the one song that stopped the crowd from talking and got 'em singing along. Things probably went over better for Modest Mouse at the more indie-centric Governors Ball, which they played on Sunday.

Suicidal Tendencies meanwhile were playing to a giant crowd on the smaller metal-centric Damage Inc. stage, with help from their ex-bandmate, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo who joined them for a bunch of songs.

Suicidal Tendencies/Arctic Monkeys
Suicidal Tendencies
Orion Music & More

Hands down, my highlight of the pre-Metallica portion of the festival was Arctic Monkeys, who played the Fuel stage directly before the headliners took over Orion. It goes without saying that Lars took the time to introduce this band (their first record is his favorite of the '00s) and he said tons of appreciative things about the band, including that he's seen them every time they've played his city. They opened their set with the attack of "Brianstorm," which sent the band into a frenzy that didn't let up once during the set. Though the band's latter two records have been a bit less popular than their first two, they've really shown a maturation in sound on them and especially on a festival with a mass of heavier bands a lot of their newer material fit right in. Songs like "Pretty Visitors" and "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" border on sludge metal and stood out just as much, if not more than older classics like "Teddy Picker," "Fluorescent Adolescent," and "Dancefloor." In keeping spirits with the festival, during "Don't Sit Down," Alex Turner changed the line, "bite the lightning," to "Ride the Lightning," and pointed across the field at the Orion stage where Metallica's stage hands were gearing up for the band to play said album in full.

Alex takes complete control of the crowd and throws in a bit of playful arrogance, like pointing to Matt Helders and saying, "check this shit out," before one of Matt's more technical drum parts. The band pretty much kept their whole set in full throttle mode, eschewing many of their lighter songs, and they delivered with colossal power. Over ruthless drumming, stoner rock guitar solos, and overall ceaseless energy, Alex effortlessly topped it all off with his soaring vocals, almost of all of which were met by singalongs from the crowd.

Metallica
Orion Music & More

Finally, after the rest of the festival had wrapped up, the strings of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Metallica's S&M album began playing through the PA, which meant the band -- who for many, were the sole reason of coming to the festival -- were about to take the stage. They opened with a bunch of live staples, like "Hit the Lights," "Master of Puppets," "Sad But True," and "The Four Horsemen," plus a newer one as well. Then the lights went black and on the stage's screens, popped up a video of clips from Metallica's Ride the Lightning period, which was greeted by huge cheers of the thousands of people that knew the band's performance of the album was on the way. When soundclips of Cliff Burton surfaced on the video, even more applause came, honoring the band's bassist who performed with them on their first three albums before passing away in a tour bus accident in 1986. After the video ended, an animated play on the Lightning album artwork took over the screens and the album's final track, "Call of Ktulu" began playing (they performed the album in reverse). Once "Ktulu" picked up, the lights came back on, revealing the band members on stage playing the song, and yielding more and more applause.

After the instrumental track, live favorite "Creeping Death" came in, sending the band pummeling into a spiraling vector of thrash. The band's theatrics, rock star approach, and tendency to play hits-heavy sets can give off the feeling that they've reached the point where their shows are simply crowd-pleasers, but it's really not the case. The band whole heartedly rock the fuck out on stage, and despite everything else going on, simply watching them play is pretty mind blowing.

According to Lightning's reverse tracklist, after "Creeping Death," came "Escape," which the band have never performed live, mainly because James absolutely hates the track. For anyone who didn't know, he made it abundantly clear at the show and even looked like he was having a bit of trouble getting into it while they played it live for their first time ever, but by the end, the crowd had welcomed its live debut more than excellently. Though James wouldn't hear of it -- "NO!" he yelled when the crowd tried convincing him that they loved it.

Metallica
Orion Music & More

Then came "Trapped Under Ice," followed by "Fade to Black," which was by far the loudest singalong on the album during the acoustic guitar-led verses and, as occurs at Metallica concerts, the melody to Kirk's guitar solo in the intro. After the song's headbanging second half, James, with a smug smile, responded to the fanatic cheers with, "Yeah, I like that one too." The level of noise stayed above 10 for the following song, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," whose chorus saw tons of \m/-raised arms attached to bodies screaming along. Following the album's title track, Metallica wrapped up their performance of the album with much anticipated opening thrasher, "Fight Fire With Fire," for which the screens behind the band showed the masses of audience members singing along to the song's choppy vocals.

Directly after the performance of the album ended, the band stayed on stage and went immediately into more live staples -- "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." They then left the stage before returning for an encore which began in the dark with the acoustic intro of "Battery," and then hitting the lights for the song's slaying mile-a-minute riffing. The encore wrapped up with loud fireworks, black Metallica beach balls thrown int the crowd and two more live staples, "One" and "Seek & Destroy" and after the members of the band continued to thank the crowd for coming and making their festival a success.

More Orion Music Fest coverage to come. Lots more pictures, including Roky Erickson, Red Fang, Suicidal Tendencies, and more are below.

Continue reading "Orion Music Fest day 1 pics & review (Metallica does 'Ride the Lightning' + Fucked Up, Lucero, Hot Snakes, Arctic Monkeys & much more)"

Metallica

As mentioned, Orion Music & More happens this weekend in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field from June 23-24 and is being headlined by Metallica both nights, who play Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album in full on Sunday (6/24). Other bands playing include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and more, plus a heavy stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, Thy Will Be Done and others. The heavy stage (aka "Damage, Inc.") isn't the only place you can catch heavy bands though. The festival also includes Baroness on the Orion stage, The Sword on the Fuel stage, Liturgy on the Frantic stage, and Ghost on the Orion stage. You can check out the full schedule of both days and all four stages HERE.

Orion Music & More is the first NYC-area appearance for Hot Snakes since the reunited band played The Bell House and Maxwell's in December. They'll play another area show (also in NJ) at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in September.

As mentioned, it's the first time in a while that Modest Mouse will be in the NYC area. They play Orion on Saturday (6/23) before heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball, which also happens this weekend.

There's a ton of stuff going on at Orion other than live music too. You can pick up rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium, check out film screenings hand-picked by Lars Ulrich at Hit The Lights Films, skate the Motorbreath Mini Ramp, have a glimpse into Kirk Hammett's creepy personal collection of horror film memorabilia at Kirk's Crypt, surf, nerd out at the ESP Guitar Experience, check out the Metallica Museum, show your support for a variety of charities, or check out the car show.

If you're heading out to Atlantic City for the fest this weekend, head here for directions. If you're driving, there's no on-site parking at the field, but there are a number of parking areas nearby and free shuttles that run from the lots to Bader Field. If you're taking the train, you can get there via the Amtrak or the NJ Transit Rail and there will be a free shuttle from the Atlantic City terminal to the festival. Once you're there, this map should help you get around. We're also told that it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the boardwalk.

Tickets for the festival are still available.

Too Much Horror BusinessToo Much Horror Business

In related news," Kirk's Crypt" isn't the only place Mr. Hammett will be indulging in his love of all things creepy. He'll be publishing a book titled Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection this October via Abrams Image with photographs of his personal collection of horror memorabilia. The book also includes Kirk's own handwritten captions for many of the photographs. He'll be putting out limited edition toys, like the ones he's been collecting his whole life, along with the book this October. You can pre-order the book at Kirk's online toy store. He'll be discussing the book at Kirk's Crypt at 4 PM each day.

Maybe his old friend Glenn Danzig will add it to his book collection...

Continue reading "Metallica's Orion Fest is in Atlantic City this weekend; Kirk Hammett releasing horror memorabilia book"

UPDATE: Okkervil River added!

DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - Wife Plot (MP3)

pictured: Diamond Rugs, Action Bronson & eXquire
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As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).

We announced Wednesday and Thursday in full. Friday is coming. Now finally here isSaturday at Hotel Vegan (March 17, 2012)

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
3:00 Lucero
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (Just added!)


Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson

Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS

For the 2nd year in a row, we've partnered up with our friends at Partisan Records and KF Records, and now the new Young One Records, to bring you a free Saturday blowout on three stages. This year we have an amazing lineup of 22 artists that includes a full stage of nothing but hip hop too.

In addition to the completely FREE lineup of great music, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, our official wine partner and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner. We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.

And we'll have some awesome giveaways from Partisan and KF Records, as well as cassette compilations from Young One Records (Including the above track "Wife Plot" by Fat Tony).

Listen to a playlist of artists playing this party on Spotify.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, The Original Moonshine, NadaMoo!, Honest Tea, Partisan Records, KF Records & Young One Records!

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This is just one of four full days at Hotel Vegan. Wednesday lineup HERE. Thursday lineup HERE. Friday coming in a second.

We also have THREE official BrooklynVegan showcases (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys, AND a just-announced bridge show.

Continue reading "full Hotel Vegan Saturday lineup (BV/Partisan/KF/Young One present Heartless Bastards, Lucero, Action Bronson & more)"

Orion Music

The rumored two-day NJ Metallica festival is true, and it's happening on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. 22+ artists (music and comedy) will play with Metallica headlining both nights with special setlists. Metallica will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights "for the first time ever on US soil", and... Ride The Lighting on the other night! The venue is Bader Field (an abandoned airport).

Other bands are:

Arctic Monkeys • Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse • The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant • Fucked Up • Best Coast
Hot Snakes • Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr. • Lucero • Roky Erickson
The Black Angels • The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers • Liturgy
+ more TBA
There will be a MET Club Ticket Presale on Feb 8 at 10am with a special MET Club presale price of $125 for two days. Public sale begins Feb 11 at 10am. Early bird tickets will be $150 for two days, or $175 if you wait to buy them.

"More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members. More details soon!"

The festival is in partnership with C3 who also does Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

photos by Andrew St. Clair

The mop-bucket must have been filled with suds at the end of the night at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/30. Lucero headlined the venue as part of a quick end-of-year tour with Lionize. Pictures from the pre-New Year's Eve, sold out NYC show are in this post

If you missed Lucero, you can catch them on the Women & Work tour, which kicks off in February and heads back to NYC on 4/20 at Webster Hall with J.Roddy Wallston & The Business . Tickets go on AMEX presale on 1/11 at noon and regular sale 48 hours later.

J Roddy Walston & The Business, who support Lucero on some of their upcoming dates, played Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Eve with Deer Tick. Pictures from that show are coming shortly. Pictures from the Lucero show continue below...

Continue reading "Lucero & Lionize played a drunken show @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

Lucero in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Lucero

As mentioned, Lucero are celebrating New Year's Eve in Boston, but they'll be at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/30 the night before. Limited tickets will be available at the door (and it's possible some are still available on their presale page). Both of those shows and a few others around the same time are with Lionize.

The night after they play the Brooklyn venue, Deer Tick will play Brooklyn Bowl on what is actually New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets are still available and also available is a combo package that allows you entry to see the Deer Tick show and the Lucero show too.

Lucero recently finished up in the studio, where they were recording their next album, which will be the followup to 2009's 1372 Overton Park. Guitarist Brian Venable spoke to AMP about the new album:

It's been two years since 1372. We're continuing... not necessarily a Memphis soul... but we've got the horns on there again, we've got the pedal steel, you know. It's what we wanted to start with 1372, the obvious direction for us. We kind of joke about it being a "country soul" record, kind of like DELANEY AND BONNIE. There's a lot of that like, FACES, BOB SEGER... You hear about those traveling road shows in the '70s where it would be ERIC CLAPTON, DELANEY AND BONNIE, JOHN LEE HOOKER, and KING CURTIS, you know, just complete mash ups. We've got some rockers, we've got a lot of mid-tempo stuff, but I feel like it's a very mature record. We pretty much just wrote this record, there weren't any extra songs really. We took two or three months off in the spring and just wrote a record. We have a practice space with a recording studio upstairs. We would spend a week downstairs working up stuff and then the next week we would move everything up stairs and put it all down on tape. We'd find out what needed to be changed, we'd go downstairs, work stuff out again, and then bring it back upstairs. Going into the actual studio, the record was fairly realized, which was awesome.
They've said that the new record will be called Women & Work because "most of your life is based around women and work." The album is due in March via ATO.

They also recently announced a two-month long tour for 2012 in support of the album which includes dates with Built to Spill, J Roddy Walston & The Business (who opens for Deer Tick on New Year's Eve), William Elliot Whitmore, and others. That tour brings them to NYC on April 20 at Webster Hall with J Roddy Walston & The Business. Tickets for the whole tour are on presale now. Tickets for Webster Hall go on sale via Ticketmaster on January 13 with an AmEx presale starting on January 11.

All dates and a song that Rick and Todd from Lucero wrote and recorded with members of The Aggrolites and Larry & His Flask at Warped Tour below...

Continue reading "Lucero announce new LP, more dates (Webster Hall included)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Lucero

Hello from LUCERO HQ. We've been kind of quiet publicly but quite busy professionally... A new record is currently making its way onto tape here in Memphis. Exciting! Soon those sounds will be mixed and edited together and y'all will begin to hear a little of what's next. Until then it's all studio magic.
Lucero's new material will more than likely peek out at some Southern dates in November and during a newly announced string of dates in December along the East Coast. Those dates include New Year's Eve at Paradise Rock Club in Boston and 12/30 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are currently on fan presale for all dates, and go on regular sale for Brooklyn Bowl at noon on Friday (10/14).

All tour dates, a video, and more pictures that were taken at the Mohawk in Austin as part of their recent 5th Anniversary celebration (that Les Savy Fav also played) below.

Continue reading "Lucero announce end-of-December shows, NYE in Boston, NYEE in Brooklyn (dates & some pics from their recent Austin show)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

"Really digging Lucero right now.
They're my "new to me" Warped Tour band for 2011." - Mandi Loranger

"Also Lucero's little jabs at Warped Tour were pretty hysterical." - Jared Chalfin

Lucero

One of the few bands we love on this year's Vans Warped Tour, Lucero, played a secret show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/23), the same day Warped Tour hit Nassau Coliseum. The Mercury Lounge show had a delayed opening due to cops/fire marshal arriving which was related to some confusion from the large crowds outside and inside the venue as the earlier Heartless Bastards show ended. Once it got started though, it lasted for almost two hours. They played all the hits, two encores and two new songs off an album they'll start recording in September.

We don't have pictures from the Merc show, where they were billed as "Nobody's Darlings," but Andrew St. Clair braved the Warped Tour and brought back these pictures from their set there. More of them, with a video from the Mercury show, below...

Continue reading "Lucero played Mercury Lounge & Warped Tour (pics)"

Nobodys Darlin

Tickets go on sale Thursday for a "Nobody's Darlings" show happening at Mercury Lounge in NYC this Saturday night. In possibly related news, that's the same day the Warped Tour hits Nassau Coliseum.

photos by Tim Griffin

Lucero

Lucero played Emo's in Austin, Texas on Tuesday night (2/22), one night before they appeared on Carson Daly (can't find a video), with an assist from Robert Ellis & The Boys. Lucero's set included a cover of Jawbreaker's "Kiss the bottle" and Bill Withers' "Ain't no Sunshine." Speaking of bottles, the four-song encore was accompanied by special guest (bottle of) Jameson. Pictures from that show show are in this post.

The show is/was part of a few tour dates that the band has before they go out for a stretch of dates as part of Warped Tour 2011. That tour, which Peelander-Z is also a part of, hits Nassau Coliseum on July 23rd and Monmouth Park Raceway in Oceanport, NJ the next day. Tickets go on sale 4/1.

Lucero is also on board for Krazy Fest in Louisville on May 20-22 alongside bands like 7 Seconds, Against Me, Hot Water Music, Coalesce, Title Fight (who are coming to NYC), and many others. Not long before then, Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan is scheduled to play the Bell House with Sharks. Tickets for the May 16th show are on sale.

More pictures and tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Lucero played Emo's (pics), playing Warped Tour (dates) ++++ Chuck Ragan playing Brooklyn & other dates"

photos by Tim Griffin

Austin City Limits

Night fell down on Austin Town and it figured it'd be a busy night. And with The xx and Temper Trap setting the table for LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Monsters of Folk, Deadmau5, Matt & Kim, MIA and Muse, Saturday did indeed set it self up to be remembered as ACL 2010's strongest.

Except for the part where MIA screwed things up during her set...

...M.I.A.'s set saw plenty of anticipation on the west end of the fairgrounds, but little payoff: The first song saw didn't even see Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam on stage, and, though she came out for the second, that first song worked as a fitting metaphor for her entire mumbled performance.

Here's the thing about performing in festivals, especially on a main stage: Very few people actually see the performers; they rely on the accompanying video screens to share the visual side of the performance. But rather than the performer (or any of her five packing dancers or DJ) , M.I.A.'s screen showed illustrations. M.I.A., meanwhile, spent minimal time in her set's early going on stage, instead opting to interact o the grass in front of her closest fans. An admirable offering, perhaps, but it left the rest of her crowd in the dark, straining their necks to see her dancers or maybe just the neon "Maya" sign that served as her backdrop.

Her vocals weren't helping matters, either. They were already mixed too low, and Maya, for the most part, mumbled her way through the proceedings. Audiences thinned out--only to be pulled back in once the video screens finally--mercifully--showed the performer stalking the stage, and performing her biggest hit, "Paper Planes." [Dallas Observer]

Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, and the rest of the Saturday (10/9) pictures continue, with some setlists, below...

Continue reading "ACL 2010 Day 2 in pics (Monsters of Folk, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Broken Bells, deadmau5, Muse & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Austin City Limits

Lucero are currently on the road. Tonight, 10/11, will be their third Texas show in a row. The run started on Saturday at Austin City Limits where they played a 2:30pm set in direct competition with The Gaslight Anthem (which is unfortunate since they definitely share fans). On Thursday Lucero link up with Social Distortion and Frank Turner for that previously mentioned tour that stops at NYC's Roseland Ballroom on November 4th. Tickets are still on sale.

All dates and some more pictures from ACL, below...

Continue reading "Lucero played ACL (pics), kicking off tour w/ Social Distortion & Frank Turner (updated dates) "

photos by Andrew St. Clair

"A trip back in to the mainland to visit the flasks. Best idea of the summer. Lucero! Governors island!" - Travis

Governors Island

Though it barely ended up raining at all during the four hour concert itself, I think the prospect of rain scared people away from Saturday night's free Lucero show on Governors Island. It was the least attended edition of the Converse-presented "Gone to Governors" series so far, but that actually made it extra cool for those who did go since there was tons of space to stretch out and enjoy the non-heatwave weather, chillwave-palm trees, sandy beach and views of the Manhattan skyline .

Jonny Corndawg, accompanied by two band members, kicked the night off right with a fun set of country music and a side of good advice (such as staying healthy through exercise, meditation and eating garlic once in a while). People sang along to the ultra catchy "Shut Up". People paid attention when he dropped the instruments to preach a Capella style.

J Roddy Walston and the Business followed with a high-energy performance of piano-infused Southern rock that warmed people up for Lucero's two-hour headlining set that ended right at midnight.

It was at least the third time I saw Lucero this year and this show was as much of a party as all others (what I remember of it anyway). More pictures and a bunch of videos from the night, below...

Continue reading "Lucero, J-Roddy Walston & the Business and Jonny Corndawg were 'Gone to Governors' (pics & video)"

DOWNLOAD: Dan Sartain - Atheist Funeral (MP3)

Lucero @ BV SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lucero

Lucero, J Roddy Walston and The Business, and the just-added Jonny Corndawg will be playing the Beach at Governors Island on Saturday, July 10th for the next show in the Gone to Governors series. That evening show is free, though you'll want to get there early to make sure you get a ticket...

Governors Island Ferry Information Update for the Saturday July 10th show (Lucero featuring J-Roddy Walston and The Business)

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. The Beach is open at 10am. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 5:30PM, as concert wristbands will be distributed early.

There will be no boats to the concert departing from the Battery Maritime Building after 5:30PM.

Dedicated concert ferries will depart after 5:30PM from Manhattan:
Pier 11, located at the corner of South Street and Wall Street in lower Manhattan.

Show time is 8:00PM.

Wristbands will be distributed at the Beach (prior to 5:30) and at the Pier 11 Manhattan ferry departure point (after 5:30) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you can't be at the show, you can always listen to it live on CoverseRadio.com.

Following that, J Roddy Walston and The Business have a gig coming up at Brooklyn Bowl on July 26th with the Static Jacks. Tickets are on sale for that.

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Lucero, who have more summer shows, have another NYC gig coming up too, but not till the fall, when they'll be on tour with Social Distortion (who have a new disc coming out around the same time) and Frank Turner. All three acts play Roseland Ballroom on November 4th. Tickets, on Citi presale now, go on general sale Friday at 10am. They'll also be playing a few NY-area venues like House of Blues in Atlantic City. All dates for the tour are below.

Before then Social D tour with the Action Design and bluesman Dan Sartain. That tour hits regional stops like The Chance in Poughkeepsie on July 27th, Starland Ballroom on August 1st, and Mulcahy's on Long Island on August 3rd. Tickets for those shows are at ticketmaster.

Dan Sartain, whose Lives LP comes out July 20th One Little Indian, has a NYC show of his own at Mercury Lounge on July 29th (no ticket info is posted anywhere). His song "Atheist Funeral" off that is posted above, with the video below.

All Social D tour dates are below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Cold War (Wallpaper. Winter Remix) (MP3)

Caribou @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Caribou

What is now being considered the full lineup for the ten-show, Converse-sponsored "Gone to Governors" series at Governors Island is almost complete (openers still TBA). There are ten shows total - seven of which are on Saturdays. One is on a Friday. Two are on Sundays (one of which is July 4th). All except Local Natives on August 7th are free.

The lineup's latest additions include co-headliners Caribou & Phantogram with The Chain Gang of 1974 (July 16th), and Josh Ritter with openers Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes (August 8th).

Here's the whole thing:

  1. June 05 - Yeasayer, Keepaway, Delicate Steve
  2. June 19 - The Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & TBA
  3. July 03 - Portugal. The Man & TBA
  4. July 04 (Sunday) - She & Him
  5. July 10 - Lucero & TBA
  6. July 16 (Friday) - Caribou, Phantogram, The Chain Gang of 1974
  7. July 17 - Dr. Dog & TBA
  8. Aug. 07 - Local Natives & TBA ($10 ticket)
  9. Aug. 08 (Sunday) - Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes & the Hounds
  10. Aug. 14 - Neon Indian & TBA
  11. Aug 15 - Dr. Dog
The doors are at 6pm, show at 8pm for all shows (except for the afternoon She & Him show, which has doors at noon, show at 4pm). I originally thought there would be shows every Saturday, but I'm told this is it (for now anyway).
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/06/dr_dog_governor.html
Ferry service to Governors Island for the "Gone to Governors" shows is free. As previously reported the series is being co-produced by Bowery Presents, Highline Ballroom and Mad Dog Presents with Converse and event partner Water Taxi Beach. BrooklynVegan is the media sponsor.

The shows will be held at the Beach at Governors Island, one of three venues on the Island. The others are Colonel Row (where Passion Pit will be playing, for instance) and South Island Field (which'll host M.I.A./HARD NYC). Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ Trombone Shorty kicks off the season of pay-shows at the Island with a Thursday, June 3rd performance there.

The Morning Benders will headline the second show in the series on June 19th, and they just released new song "Go Grab A Stranger," a Big Echo b-side currently available as a limited tour 7", streaming below. A remix of their song "Cold War" by Oakland act Wallpaper is available above.

"Go Grab A Stranger" and more info on the Gov. Island shows are below...

Continue reading "Gone to Governors - full 10 mostly-free show lineup (Caribou, Phantogram, Josh Ritter, She & Him & Local Natives included)"

Lucero @ MHOW in March (more)
Lucero

"For one member of Lucero, Saturday night's show on the Budweiser stage at Riverfest was a homecoming of sorts. Frontman Ben Nichols grew up in Little Rock and told the crowd, "I've been coming to Riverfest for a long time."

This time, instead of standing in front of the stage, Nichols was on it, backed by bandmates with a horn section in tow. A brief rain had cooled things down and the sun setting behind Little Rock's skyline provided a great backdrop for what turned out to be a solid rock show.
It took a while for the sound engineers to get the mix right. What used to be a simple four-piece band has turned into an all-out production, including keys, pedal steel, trumpet and sax. Sound issues aside, the band rolled through an hour and fifteen minutes of fan favorites, starting off with "That Much Further West" and ending with a rollicking version of "All Sewn Up."" [Arkansas Times]

Lucero will play the free "Gone to Governors" show at the Beach at Governors Island in NYC on July 10th (doors 6pm, show 8pm, openers TBA). All Lucero dates below...

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks' new EP The Last Place You'll Look came out in March on Fat Cat. That's the cover above.

In addition to playing the June 30th Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club/Suckers show at Governors Island (they're opening), We Were Promised Jetpacks has added a Tuesday, June 29th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bear Hands open. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, May 28th at noon.

The Brooklyn show is one of at least seven shows that WWPJ and Bear Hands will play together this summer. Those dates include Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival which has updated its July lineup since we last spoke. That updated lineup and day-by-day schedule, and all dates below...

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ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
ACL

October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TX

"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."

Tickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...

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photos by Rachel Carr

Devo
Coachella 2010 Outtakes

"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.

The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.

Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]

The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...

Continue reading "more photos from Coachella, more confirmation that All Points West is not happening"

"Lucero shows now perhaps surpassing Hold Steady shows in drunkenness of crowd. Saw @ least 6 ppl get kicked out last night. On a TUESDAY." - Juliet Ulman

"front row @ lucero tonight was nuts! sweaty rager! may have gotten a black eye but oh well, feeling good." - Courtney Haefner

"Couldnt take more than 15min of JJ! most awkward/uncomfortable show in a while. Washed my ears out with LUCERO" - Adam GD

Lucero

It's amazing for me to think that after enjoying their early albums I wrote Lucero off after not being impressed with their live show at Bowery Ballroom a bunch of years ago. I can't even remember much about it at this point, but I'm really glad I gave them a second (and many more after that) chance because, as the Memphis band proved at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (3/30) (and not long before that down in Austin), they know how to put on a show. And they have more than enough songs to keep it going for over 2 hours.

Complete with horn section, slide guitar, Kylesa t-shirt, and alcohol, the nine-piece band led by Ben Nichols played to a packed and sometimes-rowdy house that was not deterred by the rain, Passover or Lost (ditto, minus the rowdiness, for the packed crowd at Micachu at LPR earlier in the night) (I can't speak for jj at Knitting Factory except that everyone keeps saying she sucks live) (see above).

The setlist mixed old classics (all the hits) with new songs, rare tracks, and even a Bill Withers cover. Nights Like These, Kissed The Bottle, That Much Further West, Sixteen, The Blue and The Gray, Sweet Little Thing, Slow Dancing, Tears Don't Matter Much and the Jawbreaker cover Kiss The Bottle, to name a few.

Glossary, "a band that features Lucero's Todd Beene", opened the show but I only caught about half a song. More pictures from the show, and updated tour dates, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Lucero
Lucero

"...The bands were running late at Club Deville, but I was pleased to hear Centromatic on the stage. They sounded like classic rock and when Steve Miller Band's "Rock'N Me" came on after their set, it was in the same vein, but Centromatic was above and beyond.

Lucero came on next and killed it. Nichols' voice is like sandpaper on gravel and it has a booze-soaked and sorry quality that makes it sound like the hard nights and heartbreaks that he sings about are real experiences. Lucero is one of the few bands that I've seen (Free Energy comes to mind as well) that broke through to fans. Quite a few folks were dancing, jumping, singing and generally rocking out during their set..." [Rock Candy]

...It was a perfectly rowdy ending to the BrooklynVegan/DailyMotion day party at Club DeVille on Friday, March 19th (one of our seven shows this year). The day's eclectic lineup ranged from country to electro to singer-songwriter to comedy. We also made a huge effort to feed people and give away free stuff this year. Those who stopped by the free show got free Ear Piece ear plugs, Magic Hat beer, Firefly Sweet Tea vodka (that lasted the entire 6+ hours), Gundlach Bundschu wine, Raw Rev bars, Nadamoo ice cream, Hail Merry "Grawnola", breakfast tacos and Daily Juice catering. Action For Animals was on hand with baked goods for sale that helped raise $800 for charity. Somebody (and every band and comedian) won some Original Penguin clothes. Members of Passion Pit (aka the Wet Bandits) played the music between bands. KEXP was filming video. All in all an amazing day.

Catch Lucero in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Tuesday, March 30th with Glossary (tickets are still on sale). Centro-matic kicks off a house tour in Houston the same day.

You've already seen some of this Friday party HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Pictures, reviews and videos from it continue below...

Continue reading "Lucero, Centromatic, Nicole Atkins, Holly Miranda, Zola Jesus, more @ Club DeVille (BV/DailyMotion day party) - pics & video"

SXSW flyer

*Friday, March 19, 2010*
BrooklynVegan Free Day Party Presented by DailyMotion
@ Club DeVille - 900 Red River St, Austin, TX (NOON - 6 PM)
*free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary

Main stage:
12:00 Princeton
12:45 Twin Sister
01:30 Nicole Atkins
02:15 Sondre Lerche
03:00 Holly Miranda
03:45 The Antlers
04:30 Centro-matic
05:15 Lucero

DJs: Passion Pit

Inside stage:
12:30 - Active Child
01:15 - Pearly Gate Music
02:00 - Tig Notaro (comedian)
02:15 - Katie Stelmanis
03:00 - Joe Mande (comedian)
03:15 - Zola Jesus
04:00 - Abe Vigoda
04:45 - MNDR
05:30 - The Wave Pictures

FREE DRINKS COURTESY OF: Magic Hat & Firefly Vodka
(while supplies last)
FREE VEGAN BREAKFAST TACOS FROM: Izzoz Austin
(starting @ noon. while supplies last)
VEGAN BAKE SALE FOR CHARITY BY: VegAustin & Action for Animals
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Daily Juice (catering from 2-5)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Raw Revolution Bars
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Hail Merry
FREE EAR PLUGS FROM: Ear Peace
+ more TBA

If you've been following along, both on this site and at our @bvSXSW Twitter account, you probably pieced most this lineup together already. And I'm extremely happy to report that this is the final BrooklynVegan party lineup we have left to announce this year. We'll see you on Wednesday at Emo's and Club DeVille, Thursday at Hoek's and Spider House, Saturday at Red 7 and Galaxy Room and on Friday right here at Club Deville from noon-6pm (on TWO stages) (the second stage is inside).

Thanks to DailyMotion for helping make this all possible. They're not only our presenting partner on this party, but we'll be uploading live footage from SXSW all week long to our account at their site. Some of that footage, including from this party will be shot by our official radio partner, KEXP.

Thanks to also to Original Penguin clothing for providing some clothes to giveaway to a few lucky attendees at the show.

Like at Emo's and Red 7, we'll have 10 kegs worth of Magic Hat beer to give out at this show, not to mention lots of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka to pour. And like at Emo's and Galaxy Room, we'll have free breakfast tacos and then late afternoon free catering by Daily Juice. All of our parties will be stocked with free Raw Revolution bars and Hail Merry Grawnola as well. And as if that's not enough, we're hosting a vegan bake sale for charity, courtesy of the fine folks at VegAustin.com and Action for Animals at this show. All money raised goes to Food for Life, an organization feeding Haitian and Chilean earthquake survivors.

Flyer design by Tammijean Triplett. Videos below...

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Lucero @ Webster Hall in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Lucero

Lucero are currently touring through the South with Glossary, a band that features Lucero's Todd Beene. Earlier in February, Glossary put out their sixth album Feral Fire, which is their first on Lucero's Liberty and Lament label (part of East West Records owned by Warner). That label also released frontman Ben Nichols' The Last Pale Light in the West, a seven-song album inspired by Cormac McCarthy's book Blood Meridian (Feral Fire also comes from a McCarthy line). Lucero's last, 1372 Overton Park, came out on Universal last October.

Lucero's current tour figures into SXSW, where one of the band's shows will be a free BrooklynVegan day party at Club DeVille on Friday March 19th (not to be confused with the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase on the night of March 17th at the same venue). More details on both are forthcoming.

They're also coming to New York for a show on Tuesday, March 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 12th at noon.

Two days after that show, they're in Philly for a two-night stand with Drive-By Truckers and Langhorne Slim. They'll also be at Bonnaroo in June

All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Lucero playing MHOW a BV party @ SXSW & other tour dates"

Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

Continue reading "the complete 2010 Bonnaroo lineup (Stevie Wonder, The Melvins, Kings of Leon, Isis, Local Natives & many more) "