Entries tagged with: Lucius
photos by Greg Cristman
The Decemberists @ the Cap - 9/24/15
The Decemberists are currently hanging around NYC on their ongoing tour with Lucius, having hit Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (9/24). The tour is in support of this year's What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World and the upcoming Florasongs EP, and they did give us some of that, but mostly it was a pretty good split of all their stuff. They did a medley off the proggy Hazards of Love, gave us old favorites like "July, July!" and "The Chimbley Sweep," mid-career highlights like "O Valencia!" and more.
The tour has The Decemberists and Lucius in NYC proper tonight (9/25) at Radio City. There are still some tickets available.
More pictures and the setlist from the Cap, below...
Having released What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World at the start of the year, The Decemberists have another new record on the way, a five-song EP titled Florasongs that will be out via Capitol on October 9. That's the cover art above, pre-order HERE, and you can check out "Why Would I Now?" from it below.
The Decemberists' tour hits the NYC area at the end of the month, playing September 24 at The Capitol Theatre (tickets) and September 25 at Radio City Music Hall (tickets). Both shows are with Lucius. Updated tour dates are listed below.
words and photos by Klaus Kinski
Roger Waters @ Newport Folk Festival 7/24/2015
The 2015 Newport Folk Festival was definitely one for the history books. For example, this year's festival marked the 50th anniversary of when some man named Bob Dylan (in)famously decided to go electric. This move totally flipped the wigs of many of his deadbeat hippie/beat fans and created a deep chasm among his many devotees. As a matter of fact, on Saturday July 25, exactly 50 years to the day that Bob went electric at the Festival, the very Fender Stratocaster that Dylan used back 1965 to go electric made an appearance at the festival. The guitar, which Dylan left on an airplane like a doofus back in 1965, ended up in the hands of the plane's pilot until 2012. In 2013 the pilot's daughter put it up for auction where it fetched almost a million US dollars and ended up in the hands of Indianapolis Colts football team owner Jim Irsay.
Cool story bro. However, for me, the festival was all about the highly anticipated and very surprising headlining set by former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters. The Newport Folk Festival is notorious for selling out before the line-up is even announced. So when the Fest announced that Waters would be headlining opening day of the festival (Friday July 24), a lot of people in possession of Friday tickets were extremely stoked, while millions of Roger Waters/Pink Floyd fans without tickets were extremely bummed out. I was one of the bummed out legion until fate intervened on my behalf and I miraculously found myself in attendance.
When Roger announced on facebook on May 21, 2015 that he would be participating in the 2015 Newport Folk Festival and promised "an intimate appearance specifically crafted for Newport Folk," the ambiguity of his declaration had Floyd-heads reeling at the possibilities. Would he be doing a full scale performance of "Dark Side" or "The Wall"? Or even stripped-down versions? Would he be performing his seminal 1992 album Amused to Death in full? After all, Friday July 24 also happened to be the day "Amused to Death" would see a large-scale, multi-format re-release.
What the Festival audience ended up getting from Waters was better than any of the above, in my opinion. For rather than use his headlining slot as an opportunity to remind us of his immense back catalog, both as a solo artist and as Pink Floyd's primary creative force, Waters took the opportunity to deliver a diverse setlist that not only gave a hearty nod to his work with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, but he used the opportunity to pay homage to the festival's history, the legacy of folk music, and to hit us with the ultimate double-whammy; performing a brand new, never-before-heard song while playing piano in front of a crowd, according to Waters, "for the first time ever."
Waters was preceded by a scorching eight-song set by My Morning Jacket. As the dust settled from their 8th song, MMJ remained on stage as Roger Waters sauntered out with Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins. These folks, combined with My Morning Jacket, banded together and served as Roger's explosive and unbelievable back-up band.
Roger kicked things off by performing that new, powerful, and no doubt provocative, song called "Crystal Clear Brooks," which has its origins as a poem penned by Waters that he brought to light back in 2014. He followed that with the Pink Floyd classic "Mother" which segued into one of my personal favorites from Amused to Death, "The Bravery of Being Out of Range." At this point in the set, he switched gears and performed a really great cover of John Prine's "Hello in There" which is a sad reflection on aging and the fact that life is basically one long casting off. Sort of a cross between "Death of a Salesman" and Hanson Towne's "Around The Corner." Ugh, get me a pistol. Anyhow, from there they moved into Floyd territory and unleashed another song about loss and longing; the classic "Wish You Were Here."
At this point, the rain was REALLY coming down and besides being soaked to the bone and shivering like an orphaned dog, I was also officially coming to terms with how well-crafted and totally unpredictable this set was. He followed "Wish You Were Here" with Buddy Miller's "Wide River to Cross," a song completely foreign to me but played beautifully by the assembled musicians and expressed superbly through Waters' vocals. The next three songs were completely Waters territory; the band tore into the title track from "Amused to Death" with staggering results and then headed into "Dark Side" territory with flawless renditions of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse." They company closed out the set appropriately and paid tribute to The Newport Folk Festival in general and Bob Dylan in particular with a version of Planet Waves' "Forever Young."
At some point towards the tail end of this magnificent set, the rain tapered off, the clouds began to part, and the sun finally began to reappear again. Roger Waters had assembled an amazing crew of musicians and pulled off a truly amazing, unpredictable, and fulfilling performance that lacked ego and pretension.
Unfortunately, Roger doesn't have many live dates coming up in the near future. However, he will be performing at Dar, Constitution Hall, in Washington DC on Friday October 16, 2015. Billed as "Music Heals" the concert will feature Roger Waters, the musicians of MusiCorps, and will feature special guests Bill Corgan, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello. More info:
Music Heals: an exceptional one night only concert where some of the world's biggest recording artists will join forces to raise money for MusiCorps - a charity supporting injured service men and women and their families. The MusiCorps Band is made up of injured service members who have learned, and in some cases relearned, how to play instruments through the charity. MusiCorps is a non-profit charitable organization which helps wounded veterans play music and recover their lives. Praised by the Wall Street Journal as "revolutionary," the conservatory-level program enables the wounded to learn, relearn, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation.Tickets for this show are on sale now.
In honor of the re-release of Roger Waters' 1992 solo album Amused to Death, we are giving away a limited edition 2xLP picture disc to one lucky person. Details on how to win are below.
Pics, videos, and setlist below.
words and photos by Klaus Kinski
My Morning Jacket / Tallest Man on Earth @ Newport Folk Fest 7/24/2015
The 2015 Newport Folk Festival once again took over Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI from Friday July 24 through Sunday July 26 and delivered tens of thousands of concert-goers an ecclectic line-up of acts presented upon four stages scattered across the sprawling 216 year old former US Army complex. Your man Klaus was (inexplicably) handed a coupla tickets and a photopass to the Friday July 24 installment of the fest. So I grabbed my crappy camera (and my comparatively questionable photography skills), packed a backpack, met up with Brother Klaus, drove up to Jamestown, RI, hopped on an early AM ferry, and spent the next 12 hours on Fort Adams taking in what is one of the most famous music festivals in the world.
As a person prone to depression, anxiety, claustrophobia, fear of crowds, an unpredictable temper, a disdain for heat, and a generally erratic mood spectrum that most people find repellant and troubling, any summer festival scenario is a potential perfect storm for lunacy and meltdown for me. But from the second I stepped onto that AM ferry bound for Fort Adams to the second I stepped off the ferry back in Jamestown that evening, I experienced a sustained sense of happiness, contentment, and wonder that I probably haven't felt since some Christmas day way back in my early childhood a million years ago. First off, for almost the entire day, the weather was absolutely stunning. The thermometer barely broke the 78 degree mark and there was zero humidity in the air which made any shady areas feel like springtime and a welcome respite from the direct sunlight. The air was so crisp and dry that the generally cloudless sky was a smurfy blue and everything around me looked high-definition. And being on a sort of peninsula, Fort Adams enjoys sea breezes from three different directions that always seemed to keep the heat at bay. In addition to that, the festival grounds are so sprawling and so rife with attractions that there is plenty of room for everyone and plenty of places off the beaten path to explore. The only bummer weather moment came towards the tail end of My Morning Jacket's set when it started to drizzle. The drizzle turned into a downpour of thick, shotglass sized raindrops that lasted well into Roger Waters' set. However, by the close of Roger's set the storm had broken and sunlight began streaming through the clouds in way that evoked High Renaissance paintings. The sky then morphed into the pinkest/purplest, most beautiful sunset your man Klaus has ever seen.
Although the "Fort Stage" is the main and largest venue of the festival, I tended to spend most of my time wandering around the perimeter of the superbly curated and constantly jam-packed "Quad Stage." The Quad Stage is the second largest performance venue of the festival and is located in the expansive, walled-in grounds in the heart of the fort that I believe were historically regarded as the parade grounds. The Goodbye Girls and Bahamas were the first two bands booked at the Quad Stage, but I spent most of their time slots simply exploring Fort Adams. However, I made sure I was at the Quad Stage in time for the retro-R&B stylings of the great Leon Bridges. Hitting the stage at 1:35 PM on the nose, Leon and company tore through an immaculate 50-minute set of vintage Motown-esque soul numbers that the crowd could not get enough of. If you filmed his set in black and white, added some grain, and told me that I was watching footage from the 60s, I'd believe you. He and his bandmates use instruments and wear clothing reminiscent of the classic R&B era, but they pull it off so expertly that it never feels corny or vaudeville. This is earnest, well executed, vintage R&B, and though it isn't my thing, I thought it was fantastic.
After pouring a few beers and some water down my throat it was back to the Quad Stage to check out Calexico. Calexico is a band I have very mixed feelings about; their recorded material puts me to sleep. People tell me "But you gotta see them live" which is a cop-out that I despise. But there they were, and there I was, and you know what? It was flippin great! This is Newport Folk Festival, and Calexico are definitely folky, but they employ dashes of rock and country so well that, live, it really floated my boat. Maybe it's my younger years as a ska aficionado rearing its ugly head, but I really loved the horn arrangements. Among the tunes they played, "Falling From The Sky", "Fortune Teller", and "He Lays in the Reins" (performed with Iron & Wine) really brought it. If it wasn't for this fest, I probably would have died never seeing Calexico live, but I am really glad I caught them.
After Calexico, I headed out to the main "Fort Stage," where I planned to set up shop for the rest of the evening's performances. At 4 PM sharp, The Tallest Man on Earth took the stage for a fantastic hour-long full-band set. I've only seen The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, once before a few years back and at the time time he was performing solo (like he did at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival). This time around, backed by a full-band, he brought a sound that had no problem filling the expansive main stage area while still maintaining a major sense of intimacy with the space. Matsson is a phenomenal lyricist and guitar player, but he's also an extremely funny and animated performer. NPR has the entire performance and you can stream it below.
There was about a 30-minute intermission between The Tallest Man on Earth and My Morning Jacket, so as Tallest Man was wrapping up I waddled back over to the Quad Stage to have some beverages and to catch up with a friend. At that time, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were in the middle of their set. As my friend and I were talking, I noticed that Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were playing a song called "There's No Way Out of Here" that not only appeared on Unicorn's David Gilmour-produced 1976 album "Too Many Crooks" but which David Gilmour also performed on his 1978 solo effort "David Gilmour" and which basically clammed in Europe but became sort of a radio hit here in the states. Ironic, considering David Gilmour's former bandmate Roger Waters was headlining this very festival.
The 5:30 PM main stage slot remained unannounced by festival organizers, so when My Morning Jacket took the stage at 5:30 PM, the crowd went absolutely batshit (especially ones who don't read this website). People were even more batshit surprised eight MMJ songs later when they remained on stage and were joined Roger Waters, Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins who all served as Roger's back-up band. More on that later though. I honestly haven't seen or paid much attention to My Morning Jacket since I saw them at Webster Hall 10 years ago; a show I left feeling bored and uninspired. But whoa jeez their set at the Newport Folk Fest absolutely crushed. Nobody told me they got good. For me, "Believe (Nobody Knows)," "Compound Fracture," "Tropics," and "In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)" from their album The Waterfall absolutely blazed. Their sound was epic and they elevated the energy level to a fever pitch, just in time for Roger Waters' highly anticipated 2015 Newport Folk Festival debut.
More photos from Tallest Man on Earth and MMJ at Newport Folk Fest day 1, below...
As rumored, Roger Waters used My Morning Jacket as his backing band at a Newport Folk Fest on Friday night (7/24). We'll talk more about that in more detail later, but as you can see in the setlist above and below, My Roger Jacket played Pink Floyd songs, Waters solo songs, and some covers too. MMJ played their own set too. Amy Helm (Levon's daughter), G.E. Smith, Lucius and Sara Watkins also joined for some songs. MMJ, Roger, and G.E. Smith previously teamed up for a Levon Helm related benefit in 2012.
Though it was gorgeous all day, the clouds really started rolling in during MMJ, and the skies opened up during Roger's set. The sun was back out by the end of his set though.
A few Instagrams below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...
The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]
photo: The Decemberists at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
The Decemberists' ongoing tour in support of this year's What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World has already hit NYC for a Beacon Theatre show and Governors Ball, and now it's been extended, including another show here.
That's one of a few other dates with Lucius, which also include a Cooperstown show. They also have dates with Lady Lamb, including a New Haven show. Lucius also just added a headlining show at Woodstock's Bearsville Theater on September 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Make You Better" off the new album, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
When you wait for Billy Idol to sing The Piano Man but it turns out Billy Joel sings it and you kinda cry cus he's trash— nico (@LightskinSuarez) May 31, 2015
@loveandgarbage I always had problems with Billy Idol, Billy Joel and Billy Ocean.— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) May 30, 2015
Billy Idol @ Sweetlife 2015
Billy Idol and his guitarist Steve Stevens are rock gods! On May 29, 2015, they played an outdoor concert on Pier 97 in New York and it rocked so hard! I've seen Billy Idol perform a few times over the years (including earlier in 2015 at the Beacon Theatre - but there is no review because I was on a blog hiatus) and Billy Idol never disappoints.Billy Idol, not to be confused with Billy Joel (or Gene Ween), brought his tour to NYC on Friday (5/29) for a big outdoor show at JBL Life at Pier 97 with openers Cayetana, before heading to Maryland for the Sweetlife Festival. The review above is from the NYC show, which we missed, but we did catch Billy at Sweetlife. Pictures of his set, as well as Lucius' set from that festival, are in this post. Pictures of Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sinkane and more from Sweetlife day 1 are posted here.
...Because Billy Idol's songs were played to death on the radio in the 80s, you sort of forget how great they sound when you have a concert full of people singing along to his songs and how many times, the songs lend themselves perfectly to crowd participation. For example, hearing the whole of Pier 97 shout out "FLESH! FLESH FOR FANTASY!" at every chorus during that song along with Billy gives me chills thinking about it. Or during "Rebel Yell," when the crowd shouts out "More! More! More! Woooooooowwwwww!" or during "White Wedding" when the audience sings "It's a nice day to.... STAAAAAART AGAAAAINNNNN!" is also chill inducing. During "Dancing With Myself," at every chorus, Billy Idol said "If I had a chance, I'd ask NEW YORK to dance," and if people hadn't completely lost their minds by that point in the show, that sure did it. [According 2 G]
Billy Idol and Cayetana meet again at Riot Fest Chicago.
More pictures, and Billy's setlist from the NYC show, below...
photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.
Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...
photos by Carly Hoskins
Lucius @ MHOW 4/27/2015
Brooklyn's Lucius brought their colorful co-fronted pop to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday for a free show with alt-pop outift Field Mouse. Pictures and live video from the show are in this post. The night served as a kickoff for Lucius' tour dates this summer, which include stints with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Luciusl next play NYC on June 13 in Prospect Park with Luke Temple, which is a free show part of Celebrate Brooklyn's just-announced 2015 season.
Check out more pictures from Monday's show, a video of Lucius playing "How Loud Your Heart Gets" on Monday and a tour video from Field Mouse's recent run with Kevin Devine and Dads below...
photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:
Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18
Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25
Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9
Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16
Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.
Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25
Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31
Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8
Ad Rock, Money Mark & Somerville High School Color Guard
David Byrne's high-concept Contemporary Colors shows, which pair pop musicians with high school marching band color guard troupes, are coming up, happening June 22 & 23 in Toronto (tickets) and June 27 & 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tickets).
More details have been announced since we posted, including the composer and team pairings which are as follows:
David Byrne and Les EclipsesFor a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a couple Contemporary Colors videos below. The first, directed by Bill and Turner Ross and edited by Steven Lippman, follows Ad Rock and Money Mark to Somerville High School in NJ for their first meeting. It makes its premiere in this post. The other is more of an overview of the event and a look at what color guard is, featuring Byrne and some of the students. Watch those below.
Nelly Furtado and Ventures
How To Dress Well and Mechanicsburg High School
Devonté Hynes and Black Watch
Kelis and Brigadiers
Lucius and Shenendehowa High School
Money Mark + Ad-Rock and Somerville High School
Nico Muhly + Ira Glass and Alter Ego
St. Vincent and Field of View
tUnE-yArDs and Emanon
The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos: Lucius @ Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Brooklyn's Lucius will soon be on the road, doing stretches with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Before that, they'll play a free hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27, sponsored by Steve Madden. You still need to claim your free tickets via Ticketmaster and they become available on Friday (3/27) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the MHOW show, below...
photo: My Morning Jacket @ CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
My Morning Jacket are back with The Waterfall, their first album in four years, which will be released on May 4. The album was recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, CA, a hillside studio that overlooks the Pacific -- a location that proved inspirational, says frontman Jim James:
For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it. Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you're up in the sky.You can check out first single "Big Decisions" below.
Already scheduled for appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and other festivals, My Morning Jacket have now announced a full North American tour. Support along the way comes from Hiss Golden Messenger, Lizzo (who just opened for Sleater-Kinney), Lucius and others. All dates are listed below.
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, The Decemberists are releasing their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World on January 20 via Capitol, and now they've announced a tour in support of it. The tour brings them to NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (11/21) at 11 AM local time with a fan presale beginning Wednesday (11/19) at 10 AM local time. There's also AmEx and Chase presales for the NYC show starting Thursday (11/20) at noon.
The album's lead single "Make You Better" will also be out on Record Store Day Black Friday. Stream that, with the list of tour dates, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Lucius @ ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 2
Brooklyn's Lucius hit ACL Fest again for day 2 of the festival's just-finished second weekend. Pictures of their set from that day are in this post. If you haven't yet, check out pictures of day 1 and day 2 from weekend 2 and all 3 days of weekend 1. Stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3.
The Lucius ladies last appeared live in NYC at the end of September on The Colbert Report and BAM as part of Tweedy, the new project of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son. They'll be back when Lucius' tour hits Terminal 5 on December 6 for their previously discussed show there. Since we last spoke, Bahamas and Elaphant were added as openers. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, plus their updated list of tour dates (including newly-added shows in Burlington and Albany), below.
Lucius are also releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 debut album, Wildewoman, digitally this week (10/14) and physically on November 25 via Mom + Pop. It includes 8 tracks of bonus material (tracklist below). The band also recently put out a cover of My Morning Jacket's "Wonderful." You can listen to that, with their list of dates, more pics from ACL, T5 contest details and deluxe LP tracklist, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Mac DeMarco / Polica / Major Lazer fans
ACL Fest Weekend 2 continued on Saturday (10/11) after kicking off a day earlier. We caught sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and a few others, and pictures of those are in this post. There was a short rain delay with anything before 12:30 getting cancelled, but otherwise the second Saturday of the fest went off without a hitch.
Eminem / tUnE-yArDs / fans
...but then crowd density reared its ugly head again with the battle of the headliners: EDM master Skrillex and established rapper Eminem. From the midway point of the festival grounds, dozens of teens were spotted running full tilt in the direction of Skrillex from Major Lazer's set, while older generations seemed to migrate toward Eminem. Skrillex kicked off his bass-heavy dubstep right on time, dousing the electric crowd with lasers. In the meantime, Slim Shady got a slower start, getting underway nearly 10 minutes late and with a video intro that was lost on tens of thousands who just weren't close enough to hear. Including this one, who instead threw in the towel and headed for home. [Sound Spike]The first weekend of 2014's Austin City Limits Festival is now over, with the city gearing back up for a second round this weekend. Although the festival's second day was marred by some intermittent showers, killer sets were still plentiful from Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond, The Rosebuds and plenty more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
photos by P Squared Photography
Tweedy @ BAM 9/23/2014
"The first time I said 'New York,' I got a big cheer," remarked a chatty Jeff Tweedy last night (9/23) at BAM's Howard Gillman Opera House. "The second time I did it...you all felt a bit silly, didn't you? Shall we try it again?" A receptive and vocal crowd and game performer made for an enjoyable night as Jeff and son Spencer made their NYC debut as Tweedy who just released their first album. The Tweedy set came first, complete with Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals, and then Jeff stayed out for a long set of songs from throughout his career, plus a lot of funny crowd interactions. For the finale, the Tweedy band came back out for a few covers and ended with "California Stars" from Wilco & Billy Bragg's Mermaid Avenue with Nels Cline coming out to join them. Pictures, setlist and BAM's archived video stream are all in this post.
Opening the night, part of BAM's Next Wave Fest and Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary celebrations, were Brooklyn's Hospitality who were back to a trio, at least for this show. Pics from their set, and more of Tweedy, below...
Tweedy @ ACL TV taping this year (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweedy's debut album, Sukierae, is out this week and Jeff & Spencer and the rest of the band (including the ladies of Lucius) were on The Colbert Report last night for an interview and live performance. Colbert commented on the Tweedys' "monochromatic denimscape" and asked if Jeff ever had to threaten to pull the tour bus over if Spencer didn't behave. They also played "Low Key" from the album, and also did "World Away" as a web exclusive. You can also watch Tweedy perform "High as Hello" in a tunnel over at NPR.
The same version of Tweedy, complete with the Lucius ladies, will be at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House tonight (9/23) as part of the Nonesuch Records anniversary celebration. Jeff will do a solo set in addition to playing with Tweedy. There are still a few tickets left but if you're unable to attend the show yourself, BAM is also streaming it live tonight starting at 9 PM. When that goes live you can watch that below as well.
Courtney Barnett / Woods / Spoon / Flaming Lips / Jenny Lewis
Outside Lands in it's seventh installment has completed it's transformation from a traditional rock and roll festival to a Coachella of Northern California. What used to drive Outside Lands were bands like Pearl Jam, Muse, Furthur, and Radiohead. Today, the headliners can be some of the quietest parts of the night. It's the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that rules almost all festivals nationwide. Trying to get anywhere even close to Flume, Tiesto or Duck Sauce was virtually impossible. Luckily, the stage presence of those shows are next to nothing (besides some creepy visuals of satan that Boys Noize provided) so you can be standing anywhere with your friends and have a great time. This should be no surprise to anyone who's attended a festival in the past few years. The crowds are demanding dance music and I'm often being told that rock shows are just plain "boring". Whether that has to do with the increased intoxication at these festivals or just a shift in the popularity of EDM is for you to decide.Outside Lands closed things out with a bang on Sunday as Danielle Haim played drums with The Killers, Flaming Lips covered the Beatles, Patrick Stewart got drunk, and a whole bunch of other sets happened. Those other day 3 sets included Spoon, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Jenny Lewis and plenty more. Unfortunately, CHVRCHES were a no-show due to border-crossing issues. Pictures of day 3's fun are in this post. Pics from day 1 are here and pics of day 2 are here.
The beauty of the music festival lies in it's diversity in music. It will always be heavily weighed on what's trending, but you'll never go to a major music festival without classic hip hop, vintage rock and roll, EDM, and sometimes a little country. What has really started to impress me is the increasing number of female led rock groups." [Huffington Post]
Like we did at Lollapalooza and on OSL DAY ONE (pics) and OSL DAY TWO (pics), we set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent on the festival grounds. On Sunday the activities there included a live interview with Wayne Coyne and 2nd sets from Hiss Golden Messenger, The Bots and Courtney Barnett. Those pictures are in this post too and continue below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Cut Copy / The Districts / Bomba Estereo / Killer Mike
For the 2nd year in a row, we took over a stage inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at Lollapalooza with live performances and Q&As with our host Billy Jones. This year we were excited to have appearances by CHVRCHES, Into It. Over It., San Fermin (Q&A), So So Glos, Lucius, The Districts, Cut Copy, PAPA, Anna Lunoe, Bobmb Estereo, Killer Mike, and more. A full set of on-stage photos isat our Facebook, and there's a separate set of portraits there too. Pictures from day Soundwave and all of Lolla Day One are HERE. Lolla Day Two HERE. Lolla Day Three HERE. Soundwave Days Two and Three continue below...
photo by Dominick Mastrangelo
Brooklyn's Lucius have been touring nonstop this year, playing festivals this summer, and continuing with a full slate through November. Their last NYC show was Governors Ball but they'll cap off their busy year with a BIG NYC show at Terminal 5 on December 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/6) at noon.
Lucius was just at Lollapalooza over the weekend (check out our pics), and while they were there, we invited them into the Toyota Soundwave tent to pose for our photographer Dominick Mastrangelo. His portrait is above. A bigger version of the same photo and more from his sessions from the entire weekend are over at Facebook.
All Lucius tour dates are listed below.
Lykke Li / Courtney Barnett / Blood Orange / Chewbacca
"Ker-plunk!" The first raindrops of the day splash down, but no matter. Courtney Barnett is in the house and delivers a convincing set. The Australian singer-songwriter headlined Schubas two days ago, and now, in front of an audience at least 15 times bigger, she and her trio play a muscular brand of no-frills indie-rock ornamented by nuanced melodies and sharp lyrics. The singer plays hooky little guitar riffs underneath her deadpan vocals, which brim with wit, discontent and slacker wisdom. "I sleep in late, another day/Oh, what a wonder, oh, what a waste." She is definitely not wasting anyone's time here. - [Chicago Tribune]While day one of Lollapallooza 2014 dealt with some rain, computer problems and Blood Orange's unfortunate, unpleasant run-ins with security, for most it was festival-as-usual, with sets from Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Lykke Li, Lorde, Coutney Barnett, Jagwar Ma, and lots more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.
Billy Jones talking with San Fermin / Rudimental
Meanwhile, BV was hosting interviews and performances over in the Toyota Soundwave Tent. Cohosts James Davis and Billy Jones chatted with CHVRCHES, San Fermin and Vic Mensa and had live performances from Into It Over It and Rudimental. Pictures of that are in this post. If you're going today, stop by to see performances by So So Glos and The Districts, plus Q&As with Cut Copy, Duke Dumont, and PAPA. Schedule is here.
Lollapalooza Day 2 is just getting underway in Grant Park, with performances today by Outkast, Spoon, Jenny Lewis and more. All of those sets can be streamed live if you're not there. More photos from Day 1, below...