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Still from M83's video for "Steve McQueen"
M83 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.

Continue reading "M83 release new video for "Steve McQueen""

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...

Continue reading "M83 & Sun Airway played Hammerstein Ballroom (night 1 pics)"

NY Mag

Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

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 Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

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...

Continue reading "ALSO: Grizzly Bear on cover of New York; CDs turned 30; Dave Sitek's new label, Trent Reznor, Ryan Adams, Deadmau5, more"

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.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

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.

Continue reading "Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup announced - includes M83, Nas, ZZ Top, Jack White, Skrillex, Das Racist, Future Islands, Dismemberment Plan (who recently played new songs live)"

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.

Continue reading "M83 played Central Park Summerstage (pics, review, setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Sun Airway - I Need You Close mixtape (WAV)

Sun Airway
Sun Airway

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...

Continue reading "Big Black Delta open for M83, playing Pianos; Sun Airway ready new LP, opening for M83 in Oct (dates & streams)"

M83 at Terminal 5, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG) M83

M83, who play a sold-out show at Summerstage on Wednesday (8/3) and two sold-out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom in October (10/2, 10/3), have added another NYC-area show: October 4 at the Wellmont Theatre. Sun Airway will open that show and they've also been added to both other Hammerstein shows (and a few other dates as well). Tickets for the newly added show will go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "M83 add Wellmont Theatre show to tour (updated dates)"

photos by James Richards IV

Black Sabbath / M83 / the crowd, Lollapalooza 8/03/2012
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1

A bell tolls, a bass guitar moans, and Ozzy Osbourne sings. "What is this that stands before me?" the former archnemesis of John Cardinal O'Connor intones with chilling deliberation. Black Sabbath - three-quarters of them, anyway - are back to reprise the doom-ridden, Beelzebub-baiting classics from the '70s. Osbourne sounds in good voice initially, slicing through Tony Iommi's granite-hard guitar riffs and Geezer Butler's nuclear-strength bass. He even lays down some credible blues harp on "Wizard." But, as if to prove he isn't lip-synching, Osbourne struggles to nail some of the high notes in "War Pigs." No matter, Sabbath was never about sex appeal or perfection. They were dead-end working-class kids who had no use for the romanticism of the flower-power era, and instead peered into the abyss that awaits us all. The songs, which just happened to invent an entire genre of music, still sound magnificent, from "N.I.B." to "Iron Man." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza, the mother of indie U.S. festivals, is happening this weekend at Grant Park in Chicago. Friday (8/3) kicked things off with such bands Black Sabbath, Afghan Whigs, Passion Pit, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Metric, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. If you're not in Chicago but would still like to have the Lollapalooza experience, just skip showering, turn off your A/C, crack open a beverage and watch the festival's livestream on YouTube.

More Lollapalooza Friday pics are below.

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012: Day 1 in pics (Black Sabbath, Passion Pit, M83, Afghan Whigs, Metric, SBTRKT, Tame Impala and more)"

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.

The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.

Continue reading "Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 line-up (M83, The xx, Joanna Newsom, SBTRKT, Divine Fits, Public Enemy & more)"

Black Breath @ SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Breath

Roger Waters

Redd Kross in Chicago in May (more by John Yingling)
Redd Kross

today in NYC
* Willie Nile @ Joe's Pub
* MikeQ @ Public Assembly Loft
* Van Hunt @ Knitting Factory
* DJ Jonathan Toubin @ The Box
* Roger Waters @ Yankee Stadium
* Timeless Club Sound @ Zebulon
* Hollis Brown @ The Living Room
* Matthew Shipp Trio @ The Stone
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Carol Lipnik and Spookarama @ Barbes
* D&M, Miko and the Musket @ Joe's Pub
* Scissor Sisters, Rye Rye @ Terminal 5
* Sunny Ali & The Kid, Bangladeafy @ Glasslands
* Scorpions, Queensryche @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Ronnie Spector's 'Beyond the Beehive' @ City Winery
* BELLS>, Trophy Wife, Lozen, Cycles @ Cake Shop
* New Cassettes, The Naturals, Two Lights @ Pianos
* DJ Rashad, Wheez-ie, J-Cush Teklife @ 285 Kent Ave
* Patrick Watson, Loney, Dear @ South Street Seaport
* Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Enabler @ Acheron
* Reggie Watts, Radio 4, The Jigglers @ The Bell House
* Alan Watts, Arc Light, Images, ATM, Very Rare @ Big Snow
* The Virgins, Mykki Blanco, Grand Rapids @ Bowery Electric
* L.A. Guns, Electric Black Horse, Strotakin IV @ Saint Vitus
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Lissy Trullie, Fawn @ Highline Ballroom
* Harmonica Lewinskies, The Dough Rollers, Shoshin @ Cameo Gallery
* JD Samson MEN, PS I Love You, The So So Glos @ Gramercy Theatre
* Swear and Shake, These Animals, Tall Tall Trees @ Mercury Lounge
* Redd Kross, The Men, The Labor Pool @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Yellow Dogs, The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, The Shipwrecks @ Pianos
* Mxpx, I Am The Avalanche, Such Gold, Gasoline Heart @ Best Buy Theater
* Thousand Foot Whale Claw, Woodsman, Troller, Meadowlands @ Shea Stadium
* Colin L. Orchestra, Bird Names, Guardian Alien, K Salvatore @ Death By Audio
* Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, Vision of Disorder, Absolution, Sai Nam @ Webster Hall
* Hank & Cupcakes, Deadbeat Darling, Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun @ Mercury
* Lido Beach, Diagnostics, Minshara, The Astronaut, Science @ The Studio
* Reagan Youth, Dust Angel, Geek Skull, Lords of Death, Empty Vessel @ Grand Victory
* Runny, The 10 Cent F$ck Flicks, The Archive, Man's Gin, Thee Swank Bastards @ Hank's Saloon
* Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Empire Beats, Camille Atkinson, Erin Barra @ Knitting Factory
* Omar-S, Voices From The Lake, Donato Dozzy, Neel, Mike Servito, Eric Cloutier, and Spinoza @ Public Assembly
* Grooms, Hieroglyph Thesaurus, G. Lucas Crane, Nonhorse, Hagfish and Poet Lounge, Black Crown Ceremony, Swaggbrarians @ Muchmore's

Roger Waters plays his first of two Yankee Stadium shows tonight.

CBGB Festival continues today.

BrooklynVegan and Southern Lord are proud to present tonight's show at The Acheron with Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler and Grudges. Tickets are still available.

Saturday are two big free CBGB Festival shows that overlap: Guided by Voices, etc @ Summerstage Vs. CYHSY/The Hold Steady/Superchunk in Times Square.

Redd Kross, who play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with The Men, were originally supposed to play a now-cancelled show at Beekman Beer Garden with Superchunk who play tomorrow in Times Square (early).

The DJ Rashad show at 285 Kent tonight goes like this:

? very special guest
??? Total Freedom
???? Wheez-ie
????? J-Cush
Who is the guest?

Friends play Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. I wonder if it will be a NSFW show.

Warm Up starts at MoMA PS1 on Saturday.

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Watch Nardwuar talk to M83, about Iron Maiden and stuff, below...

What else?

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Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

M83 at Terminal 5 in May (more by BBG)

After selling out MHOW and Webster Hall last year, Terminal 5 last month, and Summerstage which happens this August, it was a little surprising that M83 have yet to sell out their Hammerstein Ballroom show (10/2). Tickets for that show are still available, but they must be running low, because M83 just announced another Hammerstein show which will take place one day after the first, on October 3.

Tickets for the 10/3 show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon. Updated dates and the video for "Reunion" are below.

Continue reading "M83 adds 2nd Hammerstein show to tour (updated dates)"

I Break Horses at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by BBG)
I Break Horses

today in NYC
* YG, Pure @ SOB's
* Adron @ Zebulon
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Dawn of Midi @ Roulette
* David Yazbek @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Amy X Neuburg @ The Stone
* Tinklepotty/D-Bakl @ The Stone
* Selah Sue @ The Bowery Electric
* Ra Ra Riot (DJ set) @ Living Room
* Susan Alcorn @ Issue Project Room
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Since, I'm In You, Desert Stars @ Union Pool
* Al Kooper, Jimmy Vivino @ Highline Ballroom
* Ballou/Robinson/Ilgenfritz/Schuller @ Barbes
* I Break Horses, Field Mouse @ Mercury Lounge
* Kent Odessa, Pegasus Warning @ Cameo Gallery
* Mecca Bodega, Old Monk, Young Gung @ Cake Shop
* Busdriver, Lakutis, Tron and DVD @ Santos Party House
* Parlovr, Mainland, We Run, The Drowners @ Glasslands
* Great Lake Swimmers, Cold Specks @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Orion Experience, Damon Daunno @ Mercury Lounge
* Sweet Georgia Brown: A Tribute to Etta James @ BB King's
* Vintage Trouble, Neal Carlson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Judah Friedlander, They Might Be Giants, David Rees @ UCB
* Midnight Spin, Tingsek, Shane Gamble @ The Bowery Electric
* Foster The People, The Kooks @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* River City Extension, The Drowning Men, Ben Henderson @ Maxwell's
* Magmana, Ram's Head Lady Slipper, Strange Shapes @ The Rock Shop
* The City Streets, The Ballroom Jacks, Galapagos Now @ Knitting Factory
* Henry Cole & Afrobeat Collective, Gilad Hekselman Quartet @ 92YTribeca
* Algernon Cadwallader, Living Room, Spook Houses @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Coathangers, Hunters, The Numerators, Desert Sharks @ Death By Audio
* Galactic, Corey Clover, Corey Henry, The New Orleans Suspects @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Crystal Ark, Avan Lava, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Sean B @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Missing Documents, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Pale Lights, Honey Dos @ Shea Stadium
* These Animals, Coastgaard, The Can't Tells, Baby Teardrops, Fairweather Friends @ Pianos

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Kanye West and Jay-Z have a new video for the Frank Ocean-featuring Watch the Throne opening track, "No Church in the Wild." Check it out below.

You can also check out the new video for M83's "Reunion" which continues the story of the creepy kids from the "Midnight City" video. It's below as well.

And one more: the trippy video for PS I Love You's "Princess Towers" can also be watched below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

photos by Diana Wong

I love you but I've chosen Moog
Moog Factory
Childish Gambino

"he Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems. Company founder Dr. Robert Arthur Moog had begun manufacturing and selling vacuum-tube theremins in kit form while he was a student in the early 1950s and marketed his first transistorized theremin kits in 1961. Moog became interested in the design and construction of complex electronic music systems in the mid 1960s and the burgeoning interest in his designs enabled him to establish a small company (R. A. Moog Co., which became Moog Music and later, Moog Electronics) to manufacture and market the new devices." [Wikipedia]
Thank you Google for not only honoring the great Robert Moog today on what would have been his 78th birthday, but for reminding us that we have this unposted final set of pictures from last year's Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina....

Moogfest capped off three days of fun on 10/30 with sets from M83, James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version), Ford & Lopatin, Passion Pit, The Drums, Baths, Ghostland Observatory, and many more. If you missed it, we previously posted pictures from the first and second days featuring Tangerine Dream, TV On The Radio, Asutra, Chromeo, and others on the first day, and Suicide, Amon Tobin: Isam, Toro Y Moi, Crystal Castles, Cant, and others (but no YACHT who had to cancel) on the second.

More pictures from the final day of Moogest 2011 (which you can check out after you're done playing with the Moog on Google's homepage), below...

Continue reading "Happy Birthday Robert Moog -- here's some belated pics from MoogFest 2011 (Day 3 w/ M83, Brian Eno paintings & more)"


After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Austin City Limits Festival -- 2012 lineup "


We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

Continue reading "Justice, Metric, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros and more playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival in August "

by BBG


Somewhere in the midst of bouncing fans, the glow of raised cellphones, men dressed in monster costumes and the rumors of a Zola Jesus appearance (she was in town and guests on their album), M83 played a show drenched in spectacular neon at Terminal 5 last night (5/11). No Zola Jesus, but plenty of synth bombast. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Dipping into their recent Hurry Up, We're Dreaming and including stops along the way for cuts from Saturdays = Youth, M83's set was one of THREE scheduled in NYC in the next few months, including a stop at a sold-out Summerstage in August and another at Hammerstein Ballroom in October. The band did Chicago and Coachella recently (week 1 and week 2 in pics) and will fill in the holes in between NYC stops with other US dates and festival stops like Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot.

Swedish shoegazers I Break Horses opened the evening with quiet, lilting melodies and if you missed them, they too will return to NYC very soon: hit Mercury Lounge on May 30th.

More pictures and M83's setlist below...

Continue reading "M83 and I Break Horses played Terminal 5 (pics, setlist)"


The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.

Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.

Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2012 lineup (Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett & Skrillex are the headliners)"

photos by David Andrako

Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1

The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...

Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.

Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.

Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.

We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.

ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.

More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE

Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1

This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...

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M83 @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

It was widely reported/tweeted that Katy Perry was among those enjoying M83's set at Coachella. Anthony noticed too, and posted, "I think I saw Katy Perry dancing on midnight city yesterday night. Katy, let me write your next album:)". And to that, I just wanna say.... "No!!!!"

You saw pictures already. Watch M83's full Coachella 2012 (week one) set, along with the setlist, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

M83 / The Black Keys / Refused
Coachella 2012 - Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Day 1

"Coachella's new dueling weekends have unwittingly started a bitter turf war between those at the festival now and those who plan to come next week.

In years past, if you were the socially adept, party-minded type, you could pretty much bank on the fact that all the cool kids in your social satellite system would be somewhere on the Empire Polo Field, in line for Spicy Pie pizza, or wearing next-to-nothing at the Ace pool party.

This year, however, a text bearing the age-old Coachella rallying cry, "Dude! VIP lounge, now. Shots!" has a 50% chance of being met with the reply, "Dude. I'm coming next weekend. Too bad for you cuz it's so cold there right now."" [LA Times]

After sets by Jimmy Cliff, Madness, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Cliff, Arctic Monkeys, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Gary Clark Jr, Death Grips, and many more, night fell and the massive crowds at Coachella's first of two Fridays were treated to sets by Pulp (setlist & video HERE), Mazzy Star (more on their set in a second), Refused (more on their set HERE), The Black Keys (setlist below), M83, Amon Tobin (more about him HERE), and others (that we didn't get pictures of).

Our first set of Coachella Friday pics is HERE. The rest, along with the Black Keys setlist, below...

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M83 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

M83 recently announced that....

"Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control M83 will now not be able to play the shows that were recently announced in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas. We are very sorry about this and hope to be able to visit these cities later in the year."
That recent cancellation definitely sucks for M83 fans in the Southwest, and the band added insult to injury today by announcing ANOTHER NYC date on October 2nd at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets are on fan presale now and will hit Ticketmaster on Wed, 4/18. The show is in addition to the band's already-sold-out appearances at Terminal 5 in May AND Summerstage in August. Sick burn broze.

In other M83 news, the band posted and quickly removed a post on their Facebook wall that was targeted only at French users and stated their outrage at extreme-right political party Le Front National using the band's hit "Midnight City" in a campaign video according to Pitchfork

To my horror, I discovered that the Front National have been using "Midnight City" in one of their campaign videos. They are doing this without my permission, and I am appalled at their lack of artistic respect. At the very least, artists should be asked if they agree, or disagree, with being associated with a certain image or brand. Even the most commerce-minded advertising agencies and brands do so.
In general, the music of M83 is apolitical, and I refuse to be associated with any party, and particularly the Front National...
Show your outrage or solidarity with M83 at one of the shows listed below, which include Coachella (this weekend and next), Lollapalooza, and a gang of festivals in the EU...

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Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

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