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Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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by Bill Pearis

So Pitted

Trio So Pitted have been mainstays in the Seattle scene for a while now, making a name for themselves with a sneery, warped, post-apocalyptic punk sound and wild stage show. (Also some instrument switching: Nathan Rodriguez and Liam Downey sing and play drums / guitar.) The band have just signed to Sub Pop and the label will release their new album, neo, on February 19. You can check out first single "rot in hell" and its dingy video below.

The band will be on the East Coast in January for a few dates opening for METZ and Bully's tour. While So Pitted aren't on the NYC show, they will play Brooklyn's Palisades on 1/8. Ticket info and lineup still TBA. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Seattle punks So Pitted sign to Sub Pop, share "rot in hell" from new LP, playing NYC before dates w/ METZ & Bully"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: METZ in England in September (more by Rachel Jaurez-Carr)

METZ's new album II is just a few months old, but they're already ready to follow it with a new two-song single on January 22 via Three One G/Sub Pop (pre-order). It features the new songs "Pure Auto" and "Eraser," the latter of which is a blaring noise punk ripper that you can stream below.

They've also got loads of international tour dates coming up, including a US run in January with Bully. That's a great double bill for you rockers out there, and it hits NYC on 1/13 at Bowery Ballroom and 1/14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (10/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/14) at noon.

Bully have plenty of other shows without METZ too. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "METZ stream new song, announce tour with Bully (dates)"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015

The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.

Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."

More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...

Continue reading "End of the Road fest in pics: War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Torres, Sleaford Mods, Saint Etienne & more"

FYF Fest

Via press release...

FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.

With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.

photos by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei,

Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Outside Lands 2015
Outside Lands 2015

Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.

Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:

The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.
On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.

Hot Chip DJing the tent
Outside Lands 2015

With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]
METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).

More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...

Continue reading "Hot Chip, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alex Bleeker, Giraffage & more played Outside Lands (pics)"

Outside Lands stream

The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.

The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands this weekend: stream it live (schedule)"

Big Freedia
photo: Big Freedia in last year's Toyota Tent @ OSL (more by Wilson Lee)

Outside Lands is taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend with headliners Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala and more.

BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Stereogum are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located in the Polo Field near the Lands End Stage. The tent is called "Sound Central" on the festival map.


Like previous years, and like at Lollapalooza last weekend, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Hurray for the Riff Raff play the Sutro stage at 12:20 on Saturday. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 5pm the same day).

BrooklynVegan's OSL representative this year will be Jamie Granato, also known as DJ Rezound and the man behind Group Tightener. Watch Jamie interview Dan Deacon and METZ on Sunday. Come see bonus performances by Natlie Prass, Speedy Ortiz, The Drums, Django Django, Shakey Graves, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and more. Check out the full weekend schedule below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2015: find us in the Toyota Tent (with Dan Deacon, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Hot Chip, Alex Bleeker & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by David Waldman
Dilly Dally

Toronto's Dilly Dally quickly became one of the more exciting new indie rock bands of last year with their impressive singles and killer live show. Now they've signed to Partisan Records (Torres, Craig Finn) in the US and Buzz Records (Greys, The Beverleys) in Canada to release their debut album, Sore, on October 9.

The album's first single, "Desire," does just what those early singles did best -- re-imagine '80s/'90s indie rock for the current era. It has bashing grungey guitars, Katie Monks' voice is fiery and distinct, and it sounds fresh but also familiar (probably because it sounds quite a bit like the Pixies' "Gigantic" at times). Listen, and check out the artwork and tracklist, below.

The band also announced a tour with fellow Toronto distortion lovers METZ (no NYC stops though). Those dates are also listed below.

Continue reading "Dilly Dally announce debut album on Partisan & tour w/ METZ (stream the new song "Desire")"


The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.

The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.

Last year's singer was throat singer Tanya Tagaq. You can catch longlisters Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld at Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/16).

Continue reading "Polaris 2015 Long List revealed (Drake, New Pornographers, DFA1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, more)"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1

When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.

Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)

The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.

Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...

Continue reading "Austin's Levitation Fest day 1 pics: Tame Impala, DIIV, METZ, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, White Fence & more"


LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2015 lineup (Morrissey, Jesus & Mary Chain, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Bloc Party, more)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Metz at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

METZ's second album is out next week and the Toronto band have upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. If you're ready for this on a Monday morning (or whatever point in time you're reading this), the whole thing is streaming ahead of its release at NPR.

The band will kick off their 2015 tour with two release shows at Toronto's Lee's Palace, both of which are with Protomartyr. They'll then cross the border for Levitation in Austin, Shaky Knees in Atlanta and then their tour with FIDLAR begins. That tour hits NYC for two sold-out shows. METZ have added more dates since we last posted and all are listed below.

Continue reading "METZ streaming new album (listen ++ updated tour dates)"

by Zack Baker

Metz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

METZ have been gearing up for the release of their sophomore LP, II, for a while now, releasing the pancake-centric "non-video" for lead single "Acetate" back in February. The band is back with another track from the album (complete with a massive guitar solo), and it's no less caustic than the explosive lead single. Stream "Spit You Out" below.

The band already announced dates with Lightning Bolt and FIDLAR as well as a few shows in Europe, and now they've extended the tour to include even more North American stops. Check out all of the band's upcoming tour dates along with "Spit You Out" below...

Continue reading "METZ share another new song, "Spit You Out" (listen)"

photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.

3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.

Continue reading "Outside Lands reveals daily 2015 lineups"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

METZ / Octopus Project
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

The first of three free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and the only one that had no rain, happened Thursday (3/19) from noon to 6pm with 15 bands across the venue's two stages.

The inside show began with recent Run for Cover signees Elvis Depressedly who played a set of scrappy indie rock with singer Matthew Lee Cothran's animated stage moves intact. Then Emmy the Great brought things down with a set she played mostly as a duo but with a few solo songs too. Next up was the alt-R&B of three-piece Basecamp, followed by the danceable, super fun pop of New Zealand's Yumi Zouma. Veteran Canadian band Frog Eyes came next with Carey Mercer & co's eccentric indie rock in excellent form (story about being accused of doing meth in the BrooklynVegan comments included), and then it was their neighbors from up north, Cancer Bats, whose blend of hardcore and stoner rock riffage was the heaviest set of the day. Oklahoma rockers Broncho followed, playing to one of the most packed in crowds of the day and totally sounding built to do so. Finally it was one more Canadian band to wrap up the day, METZ, who were as loud, fast and full of energy as ever.

Broncho / Speedy Ortiz
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside the show began with the UK's Ultimate Painting, the band with members of Veronica Falls and Mazes whose Dead-like guitar jams and close harmonies were super tight and pretty perfect outdoors on a sunny afternoon. They were followed by Girlpool, who previewed some material from their upcoming debut LP and included some favorites from last year's EP that had a chunk of the crowd singing along. Then came the shouty noise rock of Ireland's Girl Band (who unlike Girlpool who played before them, don't have girls in the band), and then the smart/sarcastic indie rock of Chastity Belt ("this next song is about mansplaining"). After them it was Mitski who was more impressive than before at this show and had a lot of the crowd screaming in approval. She was followed by Speedy Ortiz, who seem to get tighter each time and whose new songs came off great live ("Raising the Skate" was especially a highlight of the set). And to end the day it was hometown heroes The Octopus Project with a highly enjoyable set of their experimental rock to a full backyard of people.

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlists on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

More pictures from the whole day at BV Austin, and below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Thursday @ Red 7 in pics --- METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Octopus Project, Broncho, Mitski, Girlpool, Girl Band & more"

Outside Lands

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.
The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2015 lineup"

photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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We already announced the lineup for Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7. Saturday (day 3) will be announced very soon. Here's Thursday (day 1):


12:00 Elvis Depressedly
12:45 Emmy The Great
01:30 Basecamp
02:15 Yumi Zouma
03:00 Frog Eyes
03:45 Cancer Bats
04:30 Broncho
05:15 METZ

12:30 Ultimate Painting (mem Mazes & Veronica Falls)
01:25 Girlpool
02:10 Girl Band
02:50 Chastity Belt
03:35 Mitski
04:20 Speedy Ortiz
05:15 Octopus Project

Like the other two days, we'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm. Again, it's totally free, and RSVP for all three days is open.

The Thursday inside show kicks off with recent Run for Cover signee Elvis Depressedly, followed by folk-turned-pop musician Emmy the Great. Then it's the alt-R&B of Basecamp, the shiny pop of Yumi Zouma, indie veterans Frog Eyes, Canadian riff rockers Cancer Bats, power poppers Broncho, and finally Sub Pop sludge punks METZ.

Outside, the day starts with the VU/Dead stylings of Ultimate Painting (members of Mazes and Veronica Falls), into the young, smart and quickly rising duo Girlpool. They're followed by intense Irish noisemakers Girl Band, then jangly Seattle post-punks Chastity Belt, arty/folky indie rocker Mitski, discordant indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and wrapping up the day is Austin experimental rockers The Octopus Project.

Speedy Ortiz
photo: Speedy Ortiz @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)

photo: Metz @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)


This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Thursday Day Party lineup (METZ, Octopus Project, Speedy Ortiz, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski & much more)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: METZ in Portland, OR July 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)

METZ have announced details of their second album, METZ II, which will be out May 5 via Sub Pop. (Pre-order yours.) They've shared a song from it as well, "Acetate," which you can listen to while you watch the band's friend Travis Millard make graphic-designed pancakes for his dog Rodney. They say it's "not the video" but it's more of one than most songs get these days, and is worth watching. The song's a real ripper too, as you'd expect from METZ. Watch it below.

The band are touring this spring, and dates include two stops in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on May 26 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 27. Both dates, and much of the tour, are with FIDLAR making lower case letters obselete for much of April and May. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon.

In other news, METZ's Alex Edkins has teamed with Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and Constantines' Doug MacGregor for a new Canadian supergroup called LIDS. Their debut 7" is titled "Sarsfest" and will be out March 17 via Toronto label Telephone Explosion. You can stream that below.

All dates are listed, along with the LP art, tracklist and "Acetate" video, below...

Continue reading "METZ share song off new LP, touring w/ FIDLAR, form supergroup w/ Holy Fuck & Constantines (dates, stream)"

photo: Lightning Bolt @ DbA's final show (more by PSquared)
Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt's new album, Fantasy Empire, is out March 24 via Thrill Jockey and the band have just released the first track from it, "The Metal East," which is intense and punishing, as you'd expect from this pair. Stream it below.

This spring, Lightning Bolt will head out on tour that includes a visit to Austin Pysch Fest Levitation, and concludes with two NYC shows: May 15 at The Wick and May 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets to both NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/13) at 10 AM.

No openers have been announced for the NYC shows but METZ and Liturgy are playing other sections of the tour. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt share song from new LP, announce spring tour including two NYC shows (dates, stream)"

photo::: METZ @ Portland's Howard Theatre, 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)

When METZ were in NYC for Death by Audio's second-to-last show, they mentioned a new album was on the way. Now we have a little more info on that. The album, which may be simply called METZ - II, will be out Spring 2015 via Sub Pop. The Toronto punks teased the new record via a video, a montage compiled by Scott Cudmore and Alex Edkins, that hurls a snippet of skull-crushing METZ noise right near the end. You can watch that below.

Meanwhile, METZ are on tour with Death from Above 1979 and play Winnipeg tonight (1/27). They'll be in London and Paris for a couple shows in March, too. Those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "METZ releasing second album this spring (watch a video), touring Canada with DFA1979 and other dates"

Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2015 lineup (Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, DFA 1979, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football & more)"

Festival Nrmal

Festival Nrmal is returning to Mexico from February 28 to March 1 in 2015, and the lineup features Swans, Phantogram, Future Islands, Black Angels, Machinedrum, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, TOPS, Twin Peaks, Peaking Lights, Kirin J Callinan, METZ, Boogarins, DJ Dodger Stadium, HTRK and more. Tickets are on sale.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Festival Nrmal 2015 lineup & tix (Swans, Future Islands, Black Angels, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, METZ & more)"

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"