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The Firefly Music Festival will return in 2016 from June 16-19. This year's lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Deadmau5, Disclosure, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Earth Wind & Fire, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Guster, Chairlift, Quilt, Laura Stevenson and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 11 AM. Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
One of the most (deservedly) talked-about shows of the summer was drama Mr. Robot which just wrapped up its excellent first season last night. If you haven't seen it, I've described it as Fight Club meets American Psycho, but about computer hackers. (Specifically, one hacker, named Eliot, played with perfect spacey detachment by Rami Malek.) That is very, very reductive (the show is about a lot of things, you come to learn) but that gets you there. The whole season is now available on USA on-demand. Music is treated just as expertly as everything else in this show, including some some familiar songs and cool, more obscure choices. MAJOR spoilers lie below, so read at your own caution.
White Sea (M83's Morgan Kibby) / Twin Peaks / Albert Hammond Jr.
Even if you don't know Kibby (or White Sea) by name, you might recognize her sound. She's the voice behind Big Data's recent single "The Business of Emotion," she sang and played keyboard with M83 since 2008's "Saturdays=Youth" and she co-wrote hits like "Midnight City" for the French electronic music group.Lollapalooza 2015 happened during the final weekend of July in Chicago's Grant Park. We already posted three days worth of photos (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and those posts included a couple shots of BrooklynVegan host and DJ Billy Jones interviewing Albert Hammond Jr on Sunday, but most of the Toyota Tent action was left out. BrooklynVegan co-presented/curated the tent, much like we're doing again this weekend at Outside Lands, and so naturally we also have this final set of pictures from that action.
"I think there are some musicians who figure out very early on who they are," she said. "I was not such a lucky writer and producer. Over the last 10 years, it's been a discovery." [Chicago Tribune]
Our potion of the Toyota Tent's schedule included live sets by by Morgan Kibby of M83's band White Sea, Twin Peaks, rapper Pell, Gogol Bordello, Of Monsters and Men, Lion Babe (who are on the new Disclosure album), and more. Pictures from all of it, some portraits included, continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
Outkast / Foals / Chance the Rapper / crowd
Playing essentially the same set they've begun taking across America, the version with "Hey Ya!" in the middle instead of left for desert, there were no hints of the awkwardness some saw in the hip-hop duo's Coachella performance in April: just urgency. While both men are no doubt happy to collect their headlining cheddar, on Saturday night, their performance was about legacy. They appeared within a cube with black-and-white projections of the American flag, evoking their "Stankonia" cover art, and their banter guided the crowd between songs as the set pivoted from hits to deep cuts, remembering the days they rehearsed rap verses around the kitchen table and crowing over OutKast's eternal coolness before "So Fresh, So Clean." [The Oregonian]Washington state music festival Sasquatch went down this past weekend (its only weekend) for three days packed with loads of bands. We just posted pictures of Yelle from day 1 (5/23), and we've got way more pictures from the first day in this post, including shots of Outkast, Die Antwoord, Rudimental, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Phantogram, Foals, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) and so many more.
White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) also played that day and just announced a NYC show.
More day 1 pictures below...
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of movie scores that are eligible for nomination at the 86th Oscars. Among the 114 are Arcade Fire's score for Spike Jonze's upcoming film Her and M83's score for sci-fli flick Oblivion. Other potential nominees include Faith No More frontman Mike Patton's score for A Place Beyond the Pines, DeVotchKa's Nick Urata for Arthur Newman and Max Richter's score for Wadjda. Most of the eligible scores are by usual suspects like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Hanz Zimmer, and good ole Randy Newman.
Nominees for the 86th Oscars will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 AM PST. The Academy Awards happen on March 2. The full "longlist" of eligible scores is below (via Deadline).
Norwegian art pop singer Susanne Sundfor has released five full length albums since 2007, including her most recent, 2012's The Silicone Veil, which included the single, "White Foxes," which she just released as a single with remixes (including one by M83 tourmates Big Black Delta) today (6/25). You can check out the video for that track and the Big Black Delta remix below.
She's also done some notable collaborations recently, including singing on M83's "Oblivion" which appeared on M83's soundtrack to the film of the same name. She also did a collaborative single with Royksopp, "Running To The Sea," and teamed up with them again to cover Depeche Mode's "Ice Machine," the latter of which appeared on Royksopp's LateNightTales compilation. You can stream all three mentioned collaborations below.
Though Susanne's had a long-running career over in her home country, she's only done a few things in North America, like when she came over for CMJ 2010. She'll be returning this year for NYC shows on September 28 at Glasslands and September 29 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/26) at noon, and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Song streams below...
M83 at Hammerstein Ballroom, Oct 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Tom Cruise sci-fi flick, Oblivion, isn't in theaters till April 19 but you can listen to M83's Anthony Gonzalez and composer Joseph Trapenese's soundtrack to film right now. For those spoiler-phobic out there that don't want to know if the film, say, may or may not contain a canyon battle, you may want to avoid looking at the song titles. The soundtrack is out to purchase on 4/9 but the whole magilla is streaming below.
Now that they've finally stopped touring Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83 have fully committed to their next project -- scoring the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi flick, Obvlivion. The film is the second feature by Joseph Kosinski who clearly has a thing for French electronic music, as his feature debut, TRON Legacy, was scored by Daft Punk. As for the plot, here's the gist:
On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.Rolling Stone premiered "StarWaves," a track from M83's score, and you can stream it below. Like Daft Punk's TRON, it sounds like M83 but is very much a movie score. The soundtrack is out April 19 and the film is out April 26. Listen to "StarWaves (and watch the film's trailer) below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Man Without Country - "King Complex" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Man Without Country - "Ebb & Flow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Man Without Country - "Iceberg" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Man Without Country - "Inflammable Heart" (MP3)
South Wales duo (or trio at their live shows) Man Without Country make the kind of electro-shoegaze of M83, who they've toured with and remixed (listen below), and also pull in influences from 21st century disco and Postal Service-y emotronica. They've been around for a few years, but didn't release anything until 2011's King Complex EP, followed by their debut full length, Foe, in 2012, which included almost every track from the EP. You can stream five tracks from Foe below, and four of them are also available for download above.
Man Without Country will be making their way to the US for a few shows leading up to their appearance at this year's SXSW in March, and they'll stop by NYC twice before they get there: March 7 at Pianos and March 9 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now, and no tickets for the Pianos show yet but you can check ticketweb for updates.
A list of all dates and those song streams below...
Colin Stetson @ SXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
today in NYC
* Hospitality @ Wired Store
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* The Who @ Prudential Center
* Exitmusic @ Knitting Factory
* Q-Tip (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Maybelles @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Jerry Seinfeld @ The St George Theatre
* Mates of State @ The Mercury Lounge
* The Coup, Japanther @ Bowery Ballroom
* Eric Harvey of Spoon @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Elephant Stone, The Yes Way @ Union Pool
* Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Magic, Baby Alpace @ Cameo Gallery
* Hooray For Earth DJ set @ 103 Greene Street
* The Black Lillies, Only Twin @ The Rock Shop
* Marina And The Diamonds, Icona Pop @ Terminal 5
* Lone Wolf, Colin Stetson, Holly Miranda @ Zebulon
* Simian Mobile Disco, JDH & Dave P @ Webster hall
* Wild Yaks, Daytona, Advaeta, How To Be Topp @ The Lab
* XADDAX, Like Nomads, Multicult, BBIGPIGG @ Death By Audio
* Mean Creek, The Pharmacy, Yr Youth, Cool Serbia @ Cake Shop
* Fort Lean, Ludwig Persik, Cruiser, Chairlift DJ set @ Glasslands
* The Immaculates, The Numerators, Habibi, The Neighbors @ Big Snow
* Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael @ The Bell House
* Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire, Lone Wolf, Colin Stetson, Holly Miranda @ Zebulon
* Hard Nips, DRGN KING, Eros and the Eschaton, Butter The Children @ Shea Stadium
* Willy Moon, Icona Pop (DJ set), Black Light Dinner Party, Slam Donahue @ Santos
* Late Guest at the Party, At Sea, Reputante, Careful, Eli T & The Mystery @ Pianos
* Black Moth Super Rainbow, Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jerry Seinfeld's show at St. George Theatre in Staten Island is rescheduled from Hurricane Sandy week.
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M83 released a video for "Wait," the final segment in their alien trilogy, and you can watch that below.
The Grammy Nominations were just announced. At this point it should be no surprise that this year's list contains names like Jack White, The Black Keys, Gotye, Adele, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A. (she got nominated for a video), and "fun" alongside all the major pop stars. And I guess Bjork is a given in the "Alternative Music Album" category any time she comes out with an album (this is like her 12th or 13th nomination).
Mumford and Sons are naturally on there along with fellow rising pop folk band The Lumineers. Indie Grammy pioneers Arcade Fire also snuck in there again for "Best Song Written For Visual Media."
EDM is huger than ever so of course hot EDM artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Diplo, AVICII, Swedish House Mafia, and Steve Aoki are well represented. UPDATE: As is AL WALSER.
Classics and current stadium artists that were busy in 2012 all got their nods too: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc. (though Bieber and Nicki Minaj got snubbed).
Most funny is probably the metal category which is as out of touch as ever with Anthrax competing against Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson (what year is it again?).
Personally, real opinions of the Grammys overall, I'm excited to see Frank Ocean SIX TIMES, Miguel FIVE TIMES, Alabama Shakes THREE TIMES, and I'm glad they didn't forget about Fiona Apple who is up for "Best Alternative Music Album" against Bjork, Gotye (one of three nominations), M83, and Tom Waits (who has won in the past).
The Grammys air February 10, 2013 on CBS. Check out the full list of nominations, which also includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Tenacious D, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara, HERE.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.
But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
Photographer Amanda Hatfield has taken a lot of pictures for BrooklynVegan in 2012, and though we realize the year isn't over yet, we asked her if she would list her favorite shots from the past year. This list may need to be updated in January, but meanwhile check out the rest of what she chose (with links to the full sets above each picture), below...
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
Still from M83's video for "Steve McQueen"
M83 made a video for the latest Hurry Up, We're Dreaming single, "Steve McQueen." The clip features a telekinetic kid (a nice one, not like that tyke in Looper) and some pretty sweet stop-motion animation. We're not sure what's actually going on, but it looks pretty cool.
"Steve McQueen" was recently the subject of a Maps remix which is currently currently streaming at KCRW.
After more than a few trips around North America (most recently in NYC at Hammerstein), M83 are gearing up to hit the EU. All tour dates are listed below, along with that video.
photos by Erik Erikson
M83 @ Hammerstein Ballroom, 10/2/2012
M83's Hurry Up We're Dreaming came out a year ago and its popularity doesn't seem to be waning. Anthony Gonzalez has already brought the M83 live spectacular through the NYC area three times (most recently at Summerstage in August), and last night's show at Hammerstein Ballroom (10/2) was the first of THREE shows in the tri-state area this week with tour mates Sun Airway. Pictures from last night are in this post.
M83 and Sun Airway will play Hammerstein again tonight (10/3) (tickets) and will hit Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on Thursday (10/4) (tickets). After wrapping up North America at the end of the month, M83 head to Europe for more shows, including at stop at 2012 Pitchfork Paris festival which happens November 1 - 3.
Gonzalez isn't done with Hurry Up We're Dreaming yet on record, either, with "Steve McQueen" being released as a single this week with remixes by Maps, BeatauCue, SALM and Laura Escude.
More pics from last night's show and a list of all remaining dates are below...
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
The Virgin Mobile FreeFest returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on October 6 with a lineup that includes Jack White, Skrillex, M83, Nas, ZZ Top, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, The Dismemberment Plan, Allen Stone, Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, Das Racist, Future Islands and Justin Jones. There is also a "Dance Forest" that will feature Above & Beyond, Porter & Zedd (Back to Back), Thomas Gold, Nervo, Alvin Risk and Penguin Prison, with others to be announced.
As the name of the show implies tickets to the FreeFest are free and will be available via ticketfly.com on Friday, August 24 at noon. A presale on August 23 will be announced via their Twitter. There are also some not-free "freemium" packages to buy that include early admission to the festival grounds, a donation to charity and other incentives. Details on that are here.
Speaking of The Dismemberment Plan, the indie rock vets began playing shows again in 2011 and at their Baltimore show on Friday (8/10), they played multiple new songs! Hopefully this means we'll be getting a new D-Plan album (it'd be the first since 2001's Change). Check out videos of the new songs played at the Baltimore show below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
M83 at Central Park Summerstage - 8/8/12
Laser light shows, clouds of fog, thrashing guitars, an orchestra, and club bangers are just a few of the things seen on stage at M83's sold out Central Park Summerstage show last night (8/8). Like Animal Collective, who achieved a similar feat back in 2009, M83 spent about a decade as one of indie rock's most consistent bands, and when the release of 2011's arena-sized Hurry Up, We're Dreaming inevitably put M83 in arena-sized venues, they were more than ready for it. Main member Anthony Gonzalez really knows how to be a frontman, fulfilling the most classic definitions of the word (he does things like yell "NEW YORK!" in between songs). The band's light show is phenomenal, blending a glossy 80s aesthetic with a keen sense of futurism. They've got lasers, floodlights, spotlights, and four light-up panels on stage which shift in color and shape throughout the show. And every member of the band looks like they're having a great time on stage for the whole set. When members switch instruments, they don't simply walk over to their new position, instead they prefer to dance their way over. When a band has that massive a presence, it's hard to ignore them.
That said, I can't promise everyone in attendance felt the same. Unfortunate to admit, but the only song that really got the crowd going wild was "Midnight City," and I definitely felt the density of people lighten after that one ended. Summerstage's sound system wasn't quite loud enough for this one and it helped make it too possible to hear all of the talking going on during songs. The only other downside was that the band's set was way too short (just an over an hour), especially for a band with six studio albums and a 70+ minute double album as their breakthrough. But all road bumps aside, this was a great show and certainly one to remember. The setlist hit all the high points of Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, including "Intro," "Reunion," "Wait," and "Steve McQueen," and dipped into their back catalog as well, reaching as far back as their 2001 debut. At this point the band have both the potential and the right to play a "hits" set, but they continue to throw in instrumental tracks, which add to the flow of the show and promise that M83 might be dipping a foot in mainstream waters, but like all great crossover bands, they're also keeping one on the land where they started.
M83 will be back in NYC when their ongoing tour brings them here for two Hammerstein shows (10/2-3) and a Wellmont show (10/4) in October. All three of those shows are with Sun Airway.
Big Black Delta opened last night's show. More pictures of both bands and M83's setlist are below.
DOWNLOAD: Sun Airway - I Need You Close mixtape (WAV)
M83's sold-out Central Park Summerstage show is tonight (8/8) and sure to be quite the A/V spectacle under the stars. If you didn't get tickets, the band have a number of shows this fall, including the just-announced October 4 show at Wellmont Theatre, and two at Hammerstein (10/2-3) before that.
Opener for tonight's show is Big Black Delta who is Los Angeles resident Jonathan Bates, formerly of Mellowdrone if you remember them from the mid-'00s. You can stream a track below plus his remix of M83's "Midnight City." BBD (not to be confused with BV's own BBG) will play two additional NYC shows at Pianos this month on August 9 and August 17 and tickets are still available to both. They also play Brooklyn Bowl on August 11 with St. Lucia and Capital Cities (tickets). All Big Black Delta tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
While on the subject of M83 openers, Sun Airway will be touring with the band this fall, and will be at all three NYC shows in October. All Sun Airway tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post. The band's new album, Soft Fall, is out October 2 (the same date as the first Hammerstein show) via Dead Oceans. You can stream the album's first single, "Close," below. The band just released a new mixtape featuring Boards of Canada, Bowie, Dirty Projectors, The Chemical Brothers and more. You can check out the track list below and stream it, or download it above (warning: it's a half-gig wav file).
Streams and lists of tour dates are below...