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osheaga-2014

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

Check out the complete lineup below...

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

Mac DeMarco @ M for Montreal 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco's new album, Salad Days, will be out April 1 via Captured Tracks. You can stream the new single off the record, "Brother," below. If you wanna hear more off the album and live in NYC, Mac will be doing a solo acoustic in-store at Other Music on March 27 at 8 PM. You can also pre-order the album via OM and pick it up early that night.

UPDATE (3/27): You can only attend the in-store if you pre-ordered the album from Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.

A week or so after that (April 9) Mac's tour hits Webster Hall with Amen Dunes, Juan Wauters, and Tonstartssbandht which is sold out. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco shares new single from 'Salad Days,' playing Other Music in-store this month (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

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The Beets' Juan Wauters released his first solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, last week on Captured Tracks. A little mellower than what his does with The Beets, it's a really nice record that sounds especially good on an overcast day like today. The album is available in a special gatefold edition with artwork (and a comic) by longtime visual collaborator Matthew Volz. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio.

Juan plays a record release party this Sunday (2/16) at Baby's All Right (it was originally at Rough Trade) with Household and Las Rosas. Tickets are still available.

He'll then open for the Vivian Girls' sold-out farewell show at Death by Audio on March 1, and then will be opening for Mac DeMarco 's upcoming tour including Webster Hall on April 9 with Amen Dunes and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available as well.

All tour dates, plus song streams and the flyer for the Baby's show, below...

Continue reading "Juan Wauters released solo LP, celebrating at Baby's this week, touring w/ Mac Demarco, playing SXSW & more dates"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

by Bill Pearis

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There are now details on Mac DeMarco's third album, Salad Days, which will be out on Captured Tracks on April 1 which seems about right for Mac. The new album peels off a couple layers of haze from the recording but DeMarco's breezy style is pretty much as you'd expect. That's the cover art above and you can check out a typically weird teaser video and stream the album's synthy first single, "Passing Out Pieces," in this post.

Mac's 2014 tour hits Webster Hall on April 9 and tickets are still available.

Song stream, video, and album tracklist below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco's 'Salad Days' is out on April Fools Day (stream the first single)"

Mac DeMarco @ M for Montreal 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
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As we wrote this morning, Mac DeMarco just played a very loose solo show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar over that weekend where he gave the crowd a taste of his new album, Salad Days, that will be out at some point this spring. Date for the album is still TBA but Mac just announced a North American tour that has him out with his Captured Tracks labelmate Juan Wauters and a few dates also include Amen Dunes. The NYC show will happen at Webster Hall on April 9 with Wauters and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (1/17) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/15) at noon.

You can see Tonstartssbandht twice in NYC this weekend, meanwhile. They play as part of Friday's (1/17) sold-out 285 Kent show headlined by Dan Deacon, and then they play Saturday (1/18) at Death By Audio as part of a bill that includes Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Each Other, Nurse and Soldier, and Baked.

All Mac DeMarco tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco announces 2014 tour, including NYC at Webster Hall (dates)"

by Johnny Zachman

Hunters & Mac DeMarco @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Hunters
Hunters

One of the funniest things about seeing a show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is that most of the attendees have absolutely no idea what time anything is happening. We hit the entrance about 8:15 and fell into line behind one group who was convinced Hunters started at 10 (they started at 8:45) and another who was sure they had already missed Mac DeMarco's set (he went on at 11:45). To be fair, the Night Bazaar's website doesn't provide a whole ton of information about set times, but checking Twitter can be quite revelatory.

Hunters kicked off the night, sounding as tight as ever. They raced through a no-nonsense onslaught of punk-tempo songs with very few pauses in between. I was listening to their full-length after the show and was surprised by how much faster all the songs were performed live. Vocalists Isabel Almeida and Derek Watson bring a ton of energy to the stage, and impressively maintained their sound as they danced in circles, slid down speakers, and egged on the rather impressively-sized mosh pit that formed in front of the stage.

There was a noticeably long break before Delicate Steve, and as the band began, the show area started to get uncomfortably crowded, with a good portion of the attentive audience pushed back into the picnic tables and vendors. Both Mac and Steve had to ask the entire crowd to move back at various points, as the first few rows of fans were crammed somewhat dangerously against the stage barrier.

Steve's set was still very enjoyable, and his unique brand of slide-guitar anthems kept the energy high and offered a refreshing contrast to the moodier textures of Hunters. If Hunters' set was about shaking off the week, Steve's was about starting the weekend, and there was plenty of dancing and crowd surfing to salute the music's celebratory vibe.

Delicate Steve play NYC again on April 2 at Le Poisson Rouge with Javelin (tickets).

Mac took the stage shortly after Steve, armed with an electric guitar and a can of Coors. I had no musical expectations for the set, imagining a Mac DeMarco solo set to be more about Mac as person than Mac as musician. This is the man, after all, who released this single only one day prior. However, the show turned out to be quite musically fulfilling. Mac's voice sounded excellent, and the songs sounded unexpectedly rich in the solo setting. Mac treated the audience to debut solo performances of "Ode To Viceroy" and "My Kind Of Woman" by request, and he also showed off quite a bit of new material, teasing Captured Tracks owner Mike Sniper about not being able to tell the audience when the new record is being released.

Of course, his personality was also on full display. The man was as charming as ever, laughing to himself in the middle of songs, singing his own guitar solos, inviting all of Delicate Steve to help him cover Jonathan Richman's "I'm Just Beginning To Live," and ending the show by crowd-surfing his way off stage. As is to be expected from any solo show by a typically full-band-bearing artist, not everyone in the audience was equally engaged, and around 30% of the crowd left by the fourth song (which actually freed up some much needed room on the floor).

Mac eventually ditched the guitar and began performing karaoke style, which provided the audience a much more informed understanding of how the new record will actually sound. For starters, one of the songs is really synthy: "Steely Dan," "Washed Out," "chillwave," and "was that serious?" were tossed around immediately after it was performed. On the whole, however, the record's basic songwriting style stays very much the same as 2, featuring Mac's laid-back delivery and plenty of grower hooks that are likely to only get better with time. Oh, and every song is still about cigarettes or his girlfriend. Not that we mind.

You can watch videos of Mac playing three of those new songs at the Night Bazaar show, and listen to him perform some others on a CKUA radio show (during which he confirmed the new album's title, Salad Days) below as well. Also below is the "album teaser" which may be a less helpful hint of what the album will sound like than these other videos...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco played songs from his upcoming 'Salad Days' LP at Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Hunters (videos/review)"

Gap Dream @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Gap Dream

We mentioned briefly yesterday that Black Lips would be playing this year's edition of Burger Records' Burgerama fest which happens at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on March 23 & 24. Today, the Burger folks released the initial line-up for Burgerama III which is pretty killer if you're into the rock n' roll lifestyle the store/label has become synonymous with. Among the acts playing this year: Mac DeMarco, Death, FIDLAR, Nobunny, Gap Dream, Kool Keith (!), Allah-Las, The Orwells, The Tyde and loads more. Full lineup below.

Tickets for Burgerama III go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon PST.

Allah-Las also just announced the new date for their cancelled Rough Trade show. It now happens on March 27 and tickets go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon.

Burgerama lineup, poster and a streaming Burger sampler, below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco, FIDLAR, Death, Bleached, Hunx, Allah-Las, Gap Dream and more playing Burgerama III (full line-up)"

Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
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The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.

The So So Glos play this Saturday (12/21) with a stacked lineup of California X, Palehound, and Darlings. It's the night after So So Glos open for Brand New at The Paramount.

Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).

Synth popsters MNDR will be there on January 17 with The Mast and Yeasayer associate Sinkane is there the next day (1/18).

Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.

Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.

And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.

Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Night Bazaar expands schedule (Swearin', Har Mar Superstar, Caspian, So So Glos, Pizza Underground & more)"

NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE

NXNE is returning for its 20th year in 2014 from June 13-22 in Toronto, and the initial music lineup has just been announced. It includes St. VIncent, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Rhye, Mac DeMarco, Run the Jewels, Omar Souleyman, Speedy Ortiz, Mas Ysa, Courtney Barnett and Odonis Odonis. NXNE speakers were also announced, including Paul Rosenberg (Shady Records), Chris Kaskie (Pitchfork), Oliver El-Khatib (Ovo), Chris Taylor (Last Gang Records), and KP Swazy (DatPiff). Badges and wristbands are on sale now.

Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't yet, check out her new song.

Check out the full initial list of 2014 NXNE artists below...

Continue reading "NXNE 2014 initial lineup (St. VIncent, Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, Mac DeMarco, Omar Souleyman, Speedy Ortiz, more)"

photos by Ellie Pritts; words by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco @ Club Soda, MTL 11/23/2013
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Mac DeMarco and his band played the 2013 M for Montreal twice last week. First, as Walter TV, where Mac just plays bass, with Pierce McGarry on vocals and guitar. Then on Saturday night, he headlined (and sold out) the 1000-capacity Club Soda. Both shows were completely bananas, featuring constant stage diving and crowd surfing, male nudity and other shenanigans. (Club Soda also got impromptu covers "Takin' Care of Business," "Message in a Bottle," "Enter Sandman," and "Stairway to Heaven" in addition to Mac-penned favorites.) Pictures from Club Soda are in this post.

After a tour of Asia and Australia, Mac's Walter TV buds are moving to Los Angeles to be a band full-time while Mac is living in Brooklyn for a while. His third album, due out next year on Captured Tracks, is in the can. We might get a taste of LP#3 here in NYC when Mac DeMarco plays a solo set at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 10, with Delicate Steve, Hunters and C/T domo Mike Sniper on DJ duty. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it's free.

That's part of a weekend presented by Panache Booking. The next night (1/11) features Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band, Arp, and Juan Wauters.

More M for Montreal 2013 coverage is HERE and HERE, with more to come. More pics plus a NSFW instagram video from Mac DeMarco's set at M below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco played M for Montreal (pics), playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Delicate Steve, Imperial Teen & more, too)"

by Bill Pearis

Murray Lightburn @ M for Montreal 11/20/2013
M for Montreal

Here I am again at M for Montreal, the now eight annual edition that is part music festival and part industry conference. Right now it is more of the latter, with "international delegates" (of which I am one) in from around the world attending panel discussions, sanctioned schmoozathons and seeing the night's "official selection" of bands. Over the weekend it becomes M Fest and more resembles CMJ or Pop Montreal, with bands playing at a variety of clubs across the city.

Last night six bands played in the "official selection" at Casa Del Popolo and La Sala Rossa which is right across the street. The night started at Casa with Dusted, a new-ish project from Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and drummer Leon Taheny. With Dusted, Borcherdt trades electronics for a more traditional rock format. Though the setup usually means bluesy garage, Dusted are much more atmospheric and emotive. The set started a little rocky, but the duo found their footing and the last couple songs were quite good. You can stream Dusted's debut album, Total Dust, below.

Seoul
M for Montreal

Shuffling over to Sala Rossa, it was very new, very young MTL band Seoul, who I was told had formed just a few months ago and had played less than 10 shows total. Dominick had caught them at Pop Montreal last month and told me they were good and I might like them and I did. "I hear there are a lot of people in from out of town," the keyboardist told the crowd. "Just like a bar mitzvah. Please enjoy our special day." Young they may be, but they really seemed to have it together, making airy, crystaline pop that was funky and soulful in an '80s kind of way. Wild Nothing is an obvious current comparison but my mind drifted to actual Reagan-era Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile. You can stream "Stay With Us," the only song they've offered up the public so far, below.

Back at Casa, it was Black Atlass, aka Montreal based Alex Fleming who is a neo-R&B crooner, a la Sampha, Sam Smith, or The XX. The performance was just Fleming and a guy providing the beats, and I liked the production work in general (it's on the lo-fi side, but never what I'd call murky) but am not a fan of shows like this and it takes someone with supercharisma to pull it off. Black Atlass' video for "Paris" is below.

I don't know if I'd call what Majical Cloudz singer Devon Welsh has "supercharisma" but his performance style is utterly magnetic and had the liquored-up crowd of industry folk hushed for their entire set. Welsh's performance style almost borders on spoken word, punctuating accented sylables with a downward stab of his clenched fist, and sometimes stomping, not so much for percussion as emotion. Intense. Check out photos from Majical Cloudz recent set at Glasslands here.

In between those two, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan played over at La Sala Rossa and, having seen them twice last month during CMJ, I will admit to being checked out a little. But I do like what they do. The evening ended, officially, with a theatrical performance from Murray Lightburn who has fronted The Dears since before Montreal became a "thing." Lightburn's first solo album, MASS:LIGHT, came out earlier this year and while the songs are his typical anthemic style, musically its pretty much a synthpop album.

For the show, his only backing was two singers wearing masks and angel wings, with jingle bells on staff as occasional percussion. Lightburn, meanwhile, was all in black wearing an eyepatch with a light on it. With a carefully lit stage, he was cast in silhouette the whole time. At one point he knelt by the monitors, and someone wearing a pig mask came out and draped a cloak over him. It was at this point I thought "oh boy this is going to get good" hoping things would go full Phantom of the Paradise, but that was as kooky as the night got. If you're going to have something like that happen, personally I feel like you gotta follow-through and gleefully drive the train off the rails. That said, Lightburn does possess that supercharisma gene, and his voice remains a weapon of choice.

Though the night's "official selection" ended there, the evening did not as their was an afterparty at Casa featuring Mac DeMarco's other band Walter TV, whose set we wrote about here.

Thursday's official selection includes Born Ruffians, Odonis Odonis and Solar Year -- and I'll be spending the afternoon watching a bunch of bands I know zilcho about, which can be exciting -- so look forward to a report on that (and more of my signature blurry iPhone pics) to come.

Streams and videos from Dusted, Seoul, Black Atlas and Murray Lightburn, below...

Continue reading "M for Montreal 2013 day 1 review: Murray Lightburn, Majical Cloudz, Seoul, Dusted & more"

by Bill Pearis

Wlalter TV @ M for Montreal - 11/20/13
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The eighth annual M for Montreal is currently underway in Montreal, having begun yesterday (11/20). After the first night's official music showcase ended, there was an afterparty at Casa which featured a completely off-the-rails set by Walter TV which basically is Mac DeMarco and his band in another configuration, with Pierce McGarry on vocals and guitar. This was a party crowd and I'm pretty sure their was no time during their wild set where there wasn't someone crowd surfing or someone about to stage dive. The night ended with a sing-along-cover of Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says." Check out our full review of M for Montreal day 1.

Walter TV are set to release a new album called BLESSED at some point in the near future, which will follow 2012's APPETITE cassette. They just made a video for "Paranormal Witness" off of the upcoming album, which you can watch, along with a stream of APPETITE and a video from that release, below...

Continue reading "Walter TV (Mac DeMarco's other band) played M for Montreal, released a video from upcoming LP (watch)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
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Walkmen
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More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

YT//ST / Foxxtrott @ Arlene's Grocery 10/29/2013
CMJ M for Montreal - Arlene's Grocery
CMJ M for Montreal - Arlene's Grocery

The 2013 M for Montreal happens at various clubs across its namesake city from November 20 - 23. Like last year, in addition to it's industry conference/showcase side earlier in the week, the Friday and Saturday shows are part of M Fest which like a smaller scale CMJ or Pop Montreal with over 75 bands playing over those two days. This year's bands include Mac DeMarco, Born Ruffians, The Dears' Murray Lightburn, Thundercat, Thus:Owls, Laura Mvula, Young Galaxy, Pat Jordache, A Wilhelm Scream, Grand Analog, High Dials, Damien Robitaille, The Damn Truth, Kandle and more.

After partnering with the M folks at CMJ, SXSW and other festivals, BrooklynVegan will be co-presenting (with CMJ) our first show at the actual M for Montreal with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says (who've played M/BV shows at CMJ and SXSW) and Solids (who we've written about) at Cabaret Underworld on November 22. This will be the first time in ages that We Are Wolves and Duchess Says shared a bill together in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, and the poster for that show is below.

You can check out the full M for Montreal line-up below and tickets for some of the other shows are on sale too. We'll be there the whole week so look for coverage then.

Some of the artists playing this year's fest were down for CMJ a couple weeks ago, playing the official M for Montreal showcase which happened at Arlene's Grocery on October 18. Our photographer was there for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who played our party earlier in the day), and A K U A, plus Kandle (who played last year's M) and Foxtrott (who we've written about), both of whom will play M for Montreal. Pictures from their sets are in this post. Later in the night there were sets from Pat Jordache and related soft rock project CAMP, and others.

Full list of M for Montreal 2013 peformers, the flyer for the BV presented show, and more pics from the M4M CMJ showcase, below...

Continue reading "M For Montreal did CMJ (pics), announces 2013 Montreal fest lineup (BV presented show included)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Castevet

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

Continue reading "Are these the 30 best guitarists under 30?"

by Andrew Sacher

the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Vampire Weekend

Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.

Continue reading "listen to kids' songs in the style of Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Pixies, Alt-J, Japandroids & other indie bands"

Danny Brown at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Danny Brown

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Fool's Gold Day Off w/ Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Migos, World's Fair, Party Supplies & more @ Williamsburg Park
Fool's Gold's free annual Labor Day show has its most killer lineup yet this year, and they've moved from the City Winery backyard to the larger Williamsburg Park for it. Free with RSVP (which is now closed), but even if you RSPVed, it's first come, first served. Keep the party going at Brooklyn Bowl for the Fool's Gold Night Off afterparty, hosted by Bodega Bamz.

Weed Hounds, Psychic Blood, Perfect Pussy @ 285 Kent Avenue
Syracuse noise punks Shoppers are no more, but they've now got members in a new band, Perfect Pussy, who are equally loud, fast, and awesome. Tonight they'll play 285 Kent with the back in action Weed Hounds and Western Mass sludge rockers Psychic Blood.

Giuda, Livids, Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe, 45 Adapters @ Cake Shop
If you're worn out from the long weekend and a bellyful of bbq, muster up just a little strength and get yourself to Cake Shop for Italy's Giuda whose music is part glam and part Oi and all fun. Expect a wild crowd and a lot of Fred Perry polos. And get there early for Eric Davidson's (New Bomb Turks) new-ish punk band Livids.

Walter TV, Jerry Paper @ Death By Audio
Mac DeMarco just played two shows in NYC and now he's onto a third with his other band, Walter TV. He's more of a team player here rather than in spotlight mode and you can check out WTV's cassette release, Appetite, below.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Plus, check out our top 10 Labor Day weekend picks.

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Continue reading "What's going on Monday? (Labor Day, Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, Perfect Pussy, Giuda, Walter TV & more)"

Captured Tracks
photo by Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan Instagram

Still underway as I type this, the two-day Captured Tracks Festival happening this Labor Day Weekend at The Well in Bushwick featured a very special set on Sunday by a label supergroup dubbed Shitfather, featuring Cole Smith (Diiv), Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing) and Mac DeMarco. That's them pictured above.

They did two songs by Cleaners from Venus ("Only a Shadow" and "Victoria Grey") whose records have been reissued on CT, brought out a couple of the Craft Spells guys for two of their songs, covered The Wake's "Pale Spectre" (with Cole dressed in drag as Charli from Blouse) and then did two Blank Dogs songs ("Setting Fire to Your House," "Tin Birds").

More about the whole fest later, but you can check out video of "Pale Spectre" and "Tin Birds" from Sunday, plus one of Mac DeMarco playing "Rock and Roll Nightclub" on Saturday at the Well (the first day of the fest), below...

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

still from Arctic Monkeys' Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
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In the course of a given week, we post a lot of new videos on BrooklynVegan. For example, this week we gave you ones from Krill, Love Inks, Big Dick, Restorations and more. But there are lots more we don't get around to and that's where this post comes in. You can check out Mac DeMarco hosting the new episode of Weird Vibes from the 2013 Pitchfork Fest, plus videos from Anika, Just Blaze & Baauer, Youth Lagoon, StarredCamera Obscura, These New Puritans, and a full live performance from Iceage at a festival in France.

All those can be watched below...

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CT5 Prize Patrol: Mac Demarco & Dustin Payseur
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As mentioned, the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary festival (CT5) is coming up in two week at Brooklyn's The Well on August 31 and September 1 featuring DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more. Tickets are still available in various permutations: either as single day (8/31 here; 9/1 here), two-day passes or the ultra-two-day pass that comes with a goodie bag of exclusive stuff. For more on the fest, the label has just released a promo video starring Mac DeMarco and Dustin from Beach Fossils in unbridled form. That's a still from it above, and you can watch it below.

Captured Tracks is also throwing a contest through a few different local record stores where you can win a pair of tickets to the show as well as some special prizes, like "donuts/coffee with Mac DeMarco." List of participating stores (and the prizes) are below.

And don't forget that shoegazers Medicine, whose new album came out this week on Captured Tracks, play their first NYC show in eons tonight (8/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Weekend and Leverage Models. Tickets are still available.

CT5 video and contest store locations below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Bjork / Joanna Newsom / Wire / Mikal Cronin @ Pitchfork Fest 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013

Wearing a shiny silver dress (while choir wore mostly blue) Bjork sang and moved across the stage with a great deal of passion and energy. Behind her, three screens displayed imagery that included an exploding star, the moon, ZX Spectrum-looking polygons, and even a sped up clip of a seal carcass being consumed by starfish and sea slugs underwater (read: slightly unsettling). The latter stood out, for obvious reasons, and close-ups of the starfish seemed to show a synchronized pulse with the music. Another highlight was the giant tesla coil enclosure that descended from the stage rathers during "Thunderbolt," creating huge sparks each time the synthesizer was played. After each song Bjork politely said "Thank you!" in her strong Icelandic accent which had everyone smiling and laughing. In the distance, a storm was approaching but appeared to be another special effect being incorporated in an already elaborate performance. Unfortunately, it was real, and reached the festival before Bjork could fully complete her set. - [BV Chicago]
The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off last night (7/19) in Chicago's Union Park. A more gently paced day than what's in store today (7/20) and Sunday (7/21), Friday featured a headlining set from Bjork (which was cut short due to a storm), plus Wire, Joanna Newsom, Angel Olson,Mikal Cronin, Mac Demarco, Woods, Trash Talk, a newly-blonde Frankie Rose, and Daughn Gibson. Pictures from Friday are in this post.

For more on day one of Pitchfork 2013 (review and another set of pics), visit BV Chicago where you'll also find a preview of day 2 and day 3. More pictures from day 1 are below.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

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Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.

Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.

What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?

I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]

Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.

In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.

Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.

Wild Nothing also play Terminal 5 (7/24) with Father John Misty (tickets) and a sold-out show at Maxwell's (7/26).

Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pitchfork

As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.

3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.

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