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"Just losing it to Lykke Li at Radio City right now" - Kaan Hiini

"Everyone was on their feet @radiocity for this pop goddess (thank you @lykkeli for an amazing night)" - @daniyrselfclean

"more than a little bit in love with @lykkeli last night @radiocity" - @HAPPYH0LLYDAY

Lykke Li

Lykke Li is one of those strange situations that happens now and again these days: someone who's talked about as a pop singer, is sort of presented as such, but in reality is a bit weirder, a bit too idiosyncratic to fully fit that mold. She, of course, has some indelible hooks out there, and who wouldn't want to hear "I Follow Rivers" on a Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall? But it's not exactly a pop show where you're going to go dance your weekend night away. This is especially true now, as Li tours behind her most recent record, I Never Learn, perhaps the best and most thoroughly heartbroken break up album of the year. These are all songs about mistakes made, love lost, and a conflicted take on the past that runs the spectrum from yearning to regret to resolve. I mean, that's how you spend all of your Saturday nights, too, right? [Village Voice]
Lykke Li is currently on tour with Mapei in support of her great new album I Never Learn, and she hit NYC this past Saturday (10/4) for a big show at Radio City Music Hall. She played a good deal of the new album, older favorites like "Little Bit" and "I Follow Rivers," included a couple covers -- Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" and one of "Du Ar Den Ende" by fellow (but much older) Swedish artist Lill Lindfors -- and brought Mapei out with her for the final song of the night, "Heart of Steel."

Pictures of the show are in this post and they continue, along with a couple videos and the full setlist, below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li played Radio City with Mapei (pics, videos, setlist)"

Lykke Li (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li

U2 just surprised the world with a free new album, and now we're even more surprised to find out that Lykke Li is on there. She tweeted, "Pretty surreal to be duetting with Bono. Listen to these voodoo vibes Xx". Download the album for free at iTunes.

Catch Lykke Li on tour with Mapei, and at Radio City Music Hall this fall.

Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Courtney Barnett / Woods / Spoon / Flaming Lips / Jenny Lewis
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3

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.

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]

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.

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.

In related news, Spoon just announced openers for their next NYC show, and we're giving away tickets. You can also read about Spoon's last NYC show, a secret surprise one, HERE.

Continue reading "Outside Lands Day 3 pics (Courtney Barnett, Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Lykke Li, Spoon, Woods & more)"

photos by James Richards IV; Soundwave Tent and Arctic Monkeys photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Lykke Li / Courtney Barnett / Blood Orange / Chewbacca
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1

"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
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1 - Toyota Soundwave Tent
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1 - Toyota Soundwave Tent

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...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 1 in pics (Lykke Li, Blood Orange, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, CHVRCHES, Courtney Barnett & more)"

Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2014 starts today in Chicago's Grant Park and if you aren't there you can still check out a lot of the action though their live webcast. Today's webcast starts at 3:15 PM EST and you can watch Courtney Barnett, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, Jagwar Ma, Broken Bells, Lykke Li, Phantogram and more. There are also apps on AppleTV, Chromecast, Android and other devices. Stay tuned for pics from all three days. Meanwhile, Lollapalooza's full streaming schedule can be found here.

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li

Lykke Li played a couple high profile shows at iconic NYC spots (MoMA, The Apollo) around the release of her new album, I Never Learn. She's now announced a fall tour that includes another NYC institution: Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for the Radio City show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon, but you can get them before with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/11) at 10 AM, a BrooklynVegan presale beginning Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and a Radio City presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 11 AM.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li announces fall tour, playing Radio City Music Hall (dates & BrooklynVegan presale)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Lykke Li @ The Apollo Theatre 5/15/2014
Lykke Li
Lykke Li

The music on Li's first two albums has an inherent danceability, but the Apollo's seats are tight and those who tried to dance in the aisles were asked kindly to stop. Many of the singer's new songs, from her recently released third LP I Never Learn, are modern lighter anthems, the sort of song you enjoy with drowning yourself in a glass of wine rather than spilling a Solo cup of vodka. So the occasional track like "Never Gonna Love Again" (dedicated, fittingly, to "anybody who's had their heart broken"), which has an Eighties-style power-ballad chorus that just begs to be blared on a beach boardwalk, found the crowd merely mouthing along. Eventually, by "I Follow Rivers" the audience found its groove and stood, danced and swayed for the rest of the set. - [Rolling Stone]
After playing the very fancy Party in the Garden at MoMA on Tuesday, Swedish songstress Lykke Li played another NYC cultural landmark -- Harlem's The Apollo Theatre -- last night (5/15/2014), part of a quick promotional visit to both coasts around the release of her decidedly somber third album, I Never Learn. ("I have to admit, my new album is a bit of a bummer," she told the Apollo crowd.) While heavy on the new album, she did pepper her set with some of her upbeat hits, including "Little Bit," "I Follow Rivers" and "Get Some." Setlist and pictures from The Apollo are in this post.

Lykke Li is spending most of the summer on the European festival circuit with no word yet on a proper North American tour. Stay tuned. More pics from her show at The Apollo below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li played The Apollo (pics, setlist)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
Lykke Li
Lykke Li

MoMA held their annual Party in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday night (5/13). One of the big social events of the season, it started with a pricey gala dinner, followed by a not-quite-as-pricey afterparty featuring a live set from Swedish singer Lykke Li and ubiquitous DJ Questlove kept the crowd otherwise entertained. At a fancy, celeb-heavy affair like this, the live music is more of a bonus than the focus. That said, the dressed-up crowd were into her 30-minute set which mixed old favorites with songs from her brand-new album, I Never Learn. Pictures from her set and the MoMA Party in the Garden afterparty are in this post.

Lykke Li plays another tiny NYC venue (relatively speaking) -- the Apollo in Harlem -- on Thursday (5/15) which is sold out and one of a few current live dates for her in North America. More pics from MoMA below...

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Lykke Li at Central Park Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li

Lykke Li, whose new album I Never Learn came out today (5/6) and whose tour hits NYC's Apollo Theatre (5/15) soon (sold out), will also be in NYC two days earlier to perform at MoMA's annual Party in the Garden benefit afterparty on Tuesday, May 13. The Roots' Questlove will also be DJing.

Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit "the Annual Fund of The Museum of Modern Art and the maintenance of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The event also supports the Museum's general operating fund, helping to make possible the Museum's education programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection." They start at $225 (for just the afterparty) and go up to $100,000 (for a table of 10 to the whole shebang). The event will honor Daniel Craig, Steve McQueen, and Maja Oeri in recognition of their continued support of MoMA.

Past performers at the afterparty have included Santigold, Kanye West, M.I.A., James Murphy, Estelle, Karen O & Nick Zinner and more.

Updated Lykke Li dates are listed, with a video of her performing "Gunshot" from her new album, below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li playing MoMA's 'Party in the Garden' afterparty before The Apollo (updated dates)"

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2014 lineup: Kanye, Tom Petty, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Disclosure, Spoon, Death Cab & more"

Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2014 lineup (Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Broken Bells & more)"

osheaga-2014

Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the complete lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2014 lineup: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Replacements, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown & more"

Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li

As mentioned, Lykke Li is releasing a new album and going on a tour this year which brings her to NYC on May 15 at The Apollo Theatre. Tickets for that show go on BrooklynVegan presale today (3/6) at 10 AM. Password: "LYKKEBV."

Tickets for the Titus Andronicus and Eagulls Northside Festival show at Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Captured Tracks Northside showcase at Warsaw (6/13) with Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Axxa/Abraxas, Juan Wauters, Donovan Blanc and a Wild Nothing DJ set go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the early screening of the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li

Lykke Li recently announced that her new album, I Never Learn, will be out on May 6. In support of that, she'll return to North America where she'll grace NYC with a show at the Apollo Theatre on May 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM, and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Password = "LYKKEBV".

She also revealed the album's tracklist and made a video for one of its tracks, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone." Watch that, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li released a new song/video, touring North America, playing The Apollo (dates and BrooklynVegan presale)"

Lykke Li @ Summerstage, 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)

Lykke Li will return with her new album, I Never Learn, on May 5. It's her first in three years and MOJO reports the new album was made in Sweden and Los Angeles with longtime producer/collaborator Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John). She just released a preview video for the album featuring an ethereal new song... watch that below.

Continue reading "Lykke Li releasing 'I Never Learn' in May (stream a new song)"

David Lynch

Influential filmmaker David Lynch will release his sophmore effort, The Big Dream, on July 16 via Sacred Bones. Says Lynch, "Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues."

The album features 10 Lynch originals and one cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown." You can preorder yours at the label now and get a free download of bonus track "I'm Waiting Here," featuring vocals from Lykke Li. There's a new video for that song and you can watch it below.

Continue reading "David Lynch releasing a new album, made a video for song with Lykke Li"

Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.

As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."

Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac reuniting in 2013; stream songs off their tribute LP; Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham on tour (separately)"

Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.

Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.

Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.

The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.

Fleetwood Mac

In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells, The Kills and more are playing free shows in Hudson River Park; new Fleetwood Mac tribute LP on the way"

Miike Snow at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Miike Snow

Miike Snow will release their sophomore LP, Happy to You, on March 27 via Downtown/Universal. You can stream the album track "Black Tin Box," which features fellow Swede Lykke Li HERE, and watch the video for another, "The Devil's Work," below. The artwork and tracklist are also below.

Miike Snow will tour the US and Canada in support of the new album, surrounding their appearances at SXSW, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and Coachella. The tour hits NYC on April 24 and 25 at Terminal 5. The 4/24 show is sold out but tickets just went on sale for the 4/25 show.

All dates, video, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Miike Snow releasing new LP, touring, add 2nd Terminal 5 show (tour dates & a new song featuring Lykke Li)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lykke Li backed by First Aid Kit @ Wellmont
Lykke Li

Though she didn't stop in NYC this time around, Lykke Li headlined NJ's Wellmont Theater on Thursday night (11/17). First Aid Kit, who blessed NYC the night prior and who play Webster Hall soon, opened the show and joined Lykke Li on stage for a performance of "Silent My Song" before Lykke launched into a cover of "Unchained Melody" ("eeeeeee so good!" said one attendee). Listen to a studio version of the cover, watch a video of the three Swedish women singing together at a California show, and check out more pictures of the NJ show, below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li & First Aid Kit played Wellmont Theater, performed together on stage (pics & video)"

First Aid Kit at BV CMJ 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
First Aid Kit

As mentioned, First Aid Kit are currently on a tour with Bright Eyes and will head out with Lykke Li this November for a tour that includes the previously announced November 17 Wellmont Theater show in Montclair, NJ (tickets). The night before the NJ show, First Aid Kit will play their own headlining show in NYC at Mercury Lounge (11/16). Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon.

Updated dates and a video below...

Continue reading "First Aid Kit add NYC show during Lykke Li tour"

words by Zach Pollack, photos by Grant MacAllister

a member of Cee-Lo's band
Lollapalooza

Day two of Lollapalooza 2011 began with a slight drizzle over Grant Park, but it didn't deter the determined early festival-goers from moving about the grounds. After a long Friday, I began Saturday over at the Sony Stage with an extremely tight set from Phantogram. What I assumed was a simple setup from listening to their albums, was actually a complex live rig which kept the trio extremely busy. How many times have you seen an electronic-tinged band who just cue samples all set? Phantogram are not that.

Up next on my schedule were Chicago hometown act Maps & Atlases (which unfortunately meant I missed Friendly Fires). Maps & Atlases drew a very large crowd to the Google+ Stage, which has my favorite area of the whole fest. There's no other stage opposing it, it's a bit smaller than most, and massive trees block out much of the blistering sun. What's not to like?

I then attempted to head back towards Music Unlimited for Fitz and The Tantrums, but that didn't seem to be in the cards due to some unexpected foot traffic. Instead I ate and then headed to the oposite side of the grounds to catch the Black Lips at Playstation. The crowd was enormous for the garage-rockers who usually play to a quarter as many people. A few songs in they pulled out "Family Tree," the opening track to their great Mark Ronson-produced album Arabia Mountain. In typical Black Lips fashion, singer/guitarist Cole Alexander threw up on stage without missing as much as a note, and almost all over the Lollapalooza film crew!

From there things just got more and more massive. I caught Death From Above 1979 for the second time this week, and it was just as thrilling and brutal. Kicking things off with the Y.A.W.I.A.M. staple "Turn It Out," the massive beyond massive crowd went completely insane. Not needing to see the full set, I rushed across the complex to catch a bit of Big Audio Dynamite. The reunited group opened with "Medicine Show," and continued to awe the crowd with "A Party." From there I ran to Google+ to catch the tail end of The Drums.

I walked in just as they were speaking about the release of their forthcoming record Portamento (coming out in the US on Frenchkiss). They then played its single, "Money." The band has definitely matured since I last saw them and they sounded super full live. Just to make my legs die a little bit more, I rushed back over towards Sony and Music Unlimited to catch Local Natives. As mentioned, it was the largest crowd the band had ever played to. Opening with "Camera Talk," as per usual, their live sound even surpassed their great recordings. Towards the end of their set, across the way at Unlimited, things started to fall into place for Cee Lo's set.

His band of attractive studio musicians took the stage sans Green around 6:30PM, and jumped into a short intro track. Complete with matching Gwar-like kinky warrior outfits (strange choice), Cee Lo and his band played to a massive audience, many of whom were camped out to see Eminem on the same stage. I left early, before the booing...

"The soul singer scored a huge crowd, but holding its attention seemed to be another matter. Dressed in shoulder pads topped with huge spikes and a chunky neck chain, Cee-Lo channeled his inner-dungeon master/Billy Idol; he even played an R&B-flavored cover of the 80s star's "Flesh for Fantasy." But the set was anything but smooth: Between tunes, which included Cee-Lo's own "Satisfied," "Bright Lights Bigger City," and Gnarls Barkley's smash "Crazy," he turned the spotlight to his DJ, who inexplicably spun Lenny Kravitz, Nirvana and Depeche Mode - a move that inspired boos from the crowd. "Don't you dare let this wonderful outfit go to waste," he said, palpably annoyed. But the irritation may have worked in his favor (and sent a subliminal message to his fans): On his closer, the Motown-inflected kiss-off "Fuck You," his voice sounded richer than it had all night. " [Rolling Stone]
By then I was over at Google+ for Lykke Li.

Li and her amazingly talented band were a perfect fit for the stage, and drew as many people as would fit in the area. They started things off with the haunting Wounded Rhymes track "Jerome," and continued in that fashion with "I Follow Rivers", "Sadness Is A Blessing" and other songs as My Morning Jacket started to set up for their headlining set over at Bud Light.

Jim James and Co. kicked off a two hour long set at 8PM. It spanned their entire catalog with crowd favorites like "Off the Record," "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream," "One Big Holiday," and much more. Songs were extended with jam sections, brass solos, etc. Their stage setup was absolutely massive, as was the lighting. That said, I snuck away back to the smaller Google+ to check out some of Beirut who was closing out that stage.

Zach Condon and band played mostly older songs in the more intimate setting, and though tight, I was craving some more My Morning Jacket and so headed back to finish off the night with Jim James.

Friday pictures HERE. Sunday on the way. B.A.D. pics HERE. More pictures from Saturday, Dom included, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 -- Day 2 pics & review (My Morning Jacket, Beirut, Cee-Lo, DFA1979, Lykke Li, Maps & Atlases & more)"

Buke & Gass @ Bowery in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Buke and Gass

Araabmuzik @ Best Buy Theater in March (more by Brook Bobbins)
Araabmuzik

today in NYC
* Escape to New York
* Metalux @ The Stone
* The Archive @ Zebulon
* Mike Shiflet @ The Stone
* Schoolly D, Freeway @ Maxwell's
* The Twelves @ Good Units (FIXED)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Nonet @ Jazz Standard
* Prisoners of 2nd Avenue @ BB King's
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Barbes
* VHS or Beta, Megafortress @ Cameo Gallery
* Oak, Convulsions, Grudges @ Stolen Sleeves
* Fountains of Wayne, Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
* God Is An Astronaut, Monogold @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Growlers, Wild Yaks @ Brooklyn Bowl (free)
* Weird Owl, Bad Girlfriend, Heliotropes @ Union Pool
* Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Joe Jonas @ Izod Center
* Vaz, Mick Barr, Lichens, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* Sands, The Field Recordings, Mean Creek @ Union Hall
* Castevet, Communion, Artificial Brain @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Karlsson & Winnberg (Miike Snow DJ Set) @ Webster Hall
* Apollo Run, Ghost Bunny, EULA, Von Shakes @ The Rock Shop
* Kid Lucky feat. Alfonso CID and Isabel Del Dia @ Josie Robertson Plaza
* El Ten Eleven, The Globes, Special Guests @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Marco Cappelli, Chris Dingman, James Hurt, Jim Pugliese @ Blue Note
* Meshell Ndegeocello presents A Night of Gil Scott-Heron Covers @ Blue Note
* Morgan O'Kane, Matt Keating, Leyla McCalla @ Bowery Electric
* Ra Ra Rasputin, Prussia, Motive, Berlusconi's Parties @ Glasslands
* Bassam Saba & The New York Arabic Orchestra @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Blues Control, Steve Summers, Professor Genius @ Shea Stadium
* Rosetta, Braveyoung, Tidal Arms, Don't Give A Fuck @ The Acheron
* My Pet Dragon, Little Embers, Shoot The Freak @ Mercury Lounge
* Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke and Gass @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Stolen Parts, The Dirty Shames, Johnie3, The Vansaders @ The Gutter
* Monuments, The National Rifle, Waking Lights, Lazer Cake @ Bruar Falls
* 1-800-BAND, Lorraine Leckie, Joey Steel & The Attitude Adjusters @ Don Pedro
* Saigon, Big Hodge & Workers Comp, Natural High, Charlie Buko @ Knitting Factory
* Dinner, Balkans, One Man Machine & The Good Vibes Band, Christina Caceres @ Cake Shop
* AraabMUZIK, White Ring, DJ Assault, Laurel Halo, Blissed Out, Mykki Blanco, Beacon @ Santos Party House
* Ben Thornewill (of Jukebox The Ghost), Brandon Reilly (of Nightmare Of You) @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Check out This Week in Indie for more.

AraabMUZIK appears at Santos tonight and is going on tour with SBTRKT in the fall.

Ra Ra Rasputin plays Glasslands tonight. Ra Ra Riot plays Prospect Park.

Ra Ra Rock Yard returns Sunday with The Growlers who play Brooklyn Bowl tonight.

Summer movies on the Intrepid continue tonight with ET.

The Twelves play a FIXED party at Good Units tonight. TIckets are available. Simian Mobile Disco also DJ a FIXED party this Saturday night (8/6) at Public Assembly after they DJ Warm Up earlier that day.

Lykke Li played Leno last night. Video below...

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Newport Folk Festival

You've seen the uplifting YouTube videos of the school children from Staten Island, but to witness their contagious innocent joy in-person is even more of a must. It's almost as if each popular number that they cover, they are canonizing by allowing the listeners to hear the songs through the ears of a child. Their version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was a true goosebump moment. [Metro]
Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, who are known to cover bands like MGMT Ariel Pink, and Freelance Whales (who also played the festival), played day 1 (7/30) of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. . They covered songs by Adele, Lykke Li, John Lennon, Austra and others.

Pictures and videos from their set at Newport below...

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