Entries tagged with: Lykke Li
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Tame Impala / Action Bronson / AC-DC / Azealia Banks / giant catepillar
Scheduled to take the main stage on Friday night immediately before AC/DC, Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala were given a festival opportunity that a lot of other bands would kill for. Kevin Parker and co. didn't waste it: unfurling an hour of knee-buckling rock tunes and trippy visuals, Tame Impala made a lot of other guitar-based bands at Coachella look unpolished by comparison. Lonerism gems like "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" soared, but it was the new eight-minute jam "Let It Happen" that caused the most flower crowns in the audience to bop up and down. From the sound of their newest tunes, Tame Impala keep getting better -- as a studio act and also as a legitimate festival draw. - [Billboard]Weekend one of Coachella 2015 is in the books, and they're getting ready to do it all again this weekend. Friday's kickoff (4/10) featured a wide variety of acts, including rock greats and headliners AC/DC, plus Tame Impala, Action Bronson, The War on Drugs Lykke Li, Azealia Banks, Sylvan Esso, a self-described "slammin'" set from Steely Dan, reformed shogazers Ride, Ohio indie rockers Cloud Nothings, the US live debut of Todd Terje & the Olsens, and much more. Pictures from all of those acts (except Todd, who we missed) and more are in this post.
Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)
Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:
The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.
In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.
photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky told GQ the title of his upcoming album in a new interview. At.Long.Last.A$AP still doesn't have a release date, but we do know that it features Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Juicy J, and Clams Casino, and was executive produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. He also spat a new verse from the album during the photoshoot, and video of that is below. No word if A.L.L.A includes recent singles "Multiply" and "Lord Pretty Flocko Jodye 2", but you can watch the videos for those below too.
Rocky was also announced for Lollapalooza today.
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/14
Longtime contributing BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette shot a bunch of shows for us in 2014, and to wrap up another great year, she's made a list of her favorite photos that she took since January. That's one of GBV above, and you can check out the rest of her favorite pics of 2014 below...
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"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 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...
Lykke Li (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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.
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.
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...
Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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 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...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Lykke Li @ The Apollo Theatre 5/15/2014
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...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
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...
Lykke Li at Central Park Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
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.
Updated Lykke Li dates are listed, with a video of her performing "Gunshot" from her new album, below...
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...
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...
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...
Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
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."
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
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...
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.
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.