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photo: Mac DeMarco at MHOW in 2015 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mac DeMarco

Like last year, Brooklyn venue Music Hall of Williamsburg will host a Planned Parenthood benefit on Valentine's Day (2/14). It's once again a great lineup, this time including Mac DeMarco, Kevin Morby, Kid Congo, Delicate Steve, Cymbals Eat Guitars singer Joseph D'Agostino, Saint Rich, Cassie Ramone, Mutual Benefit, Laura Gibson, Mark Eitzel, Marlon Williams, The Mystery Lights, No Eagles, DJ Jonathan Toubin and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/20) at noon.

It's not the only Planned Parenthood benefit coming up in Brooklyn. Waxahatchee plays one on Friday (1/22).


Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.com
Co-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.

Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...

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Mac DeMarco Reviews

Mac DeMarco, huge Star Wars fan that he is, went to see The Force Awakens twice in the film's first 24 hours of release. He then did a video for Stereogum where he gives his thoughts on J.J. Abrams take on the sci-fi saga. Kind of. There are no real spoilers in the video but it would be a spoiler to say anything more. Watch below.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to an estimated $239.4 million, crushing the previous record held by Jurassic World. Have you seen it yet?

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Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...

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photo: Mac DeMarco @ MHOW in August (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Mac Demarco at Webster Hall

Mac DeMarco's upcoming show at Webster Hall on May 16 sold out, so he's added another show at Webster Hall happening the day before (5/15). Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (12/15) at 10 AM. Updated tour dates are listed below.

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photo: Mac DeMarco @ MHOW in August (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco has had a pretty good year, having released Another One, and touring to sold-out crowds all over the globe (including four NYC shows in August). He'll be on tour again at the start of the year with dates in Australia and New Zealand, and has just anounced a short North American tour for the spring.

Those dates include another NYC show, playing Webster Hall on May 16. Tickets for the Webster show go on sale Friday (12/11) at 11 AM. All dates are listed below.

Mac also guests on "100 Million," a song by Blouse singer Charlie Hilton that's on her forthcoming solo debut. Woods' Jarvis Taveniere produced the track and it's definitely got a bit of Mac's warbly sound in it. Listen below.

In other news, Mac has launched an official fan club that's run, in part, by his mom (she's Fan Club secretary). There's a free option, as well as one with an annual membership fee ($50 in the U.S.) that gets you special gifts like a "fan club ring, newsletter and other perks." Watch a "welcome to the fan club" video, made by Mac and the band, below.

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco announces 2016 tour, launches official fan club, appears on Blouse singer Charlie Hilton's new song"


It's the season for year-end lists, and they just keep rolling in. Now longrunning (and now free) UK weekly NME has joined the party, going with Grimes' Art Angels at #1 on their top 50 albums of 2015 list (she also topped Gorilla vs. Bear' and SPIN's lists). Kendrick Lamar comes in at #2, and those two records are really topping a lot of lists this year. Elsewhere on the list, you can find indie stalwarts like Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, and Sleater-Kinney, pop nods like Future, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, and an emphasis on British acts like Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay, Sleaford Mods, Bill Ryder-Jones, Laura Marling, The Cribs, and of course Blur. For good measure, Ryan Adams comes in at #50 with his Taylor Swift covers album.

Check out the full list below...

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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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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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photos by James Richards IV

Mac DeMarco @ Metro, Chicago 11/7/2015
Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco has stayed busy since the release of his new album, Another One, and the penultimate date on his just-wrapped North American tour happened at Chicago's Metro on Saturday (11/7) with Alex Calder and The Courtneys. Pictures from that show are in this post.

With little time to rest up, Mac starts a South American tour this weekend and will be in Australia and New Zealand for the New Year. All upcoming tour dates are listed, along with more pics from Mac's Chicago show, below.

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Ghost / Warpaint / The Mummies / crowdsurfer @ Beach Goth 4, 10/24/2015
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Beach Goth 4

Over the past four years, Beach Goth has morphed from a handmade, hipster Halloween party to a megafest-on-the-rise. The last couple years have seen a serious overgrowth of frenzied fans pile into the Observatory's inside/outside extravaganza not just to see The Growlers at their own festival, but for a host of marquee acts that could probably sell the place out on their own. Again, this year's Beach Goth was a packed, sweaty beast of weekend that saw Grimes premiere two new songs, as well as legendary sets from weirdo veterans like The Mummies, rising stars like the Allah-Lahs, and even a surprise cameo or two (Warren G popping up on the Beach Goth Stage!). The crowd also got a huge shot of adrenaline from acts like Die Antwoord, Mac Demarco, No Bunny and Sir-Mix-a-Lot, just a handful of the grab bag of entertainment that somehow managed to work well on this year's bill. - (OC Weekly
The 4th annual Beach Goth Fest happened at the Orange County Observatory in Santa Ana on October 24-25. The festival, created by LA garage-rockers The Growlers (who played both days), had a pretty stacked, eclectic lineup. Day 1 was headlined by Grimes who debuted a couple new songs from the forthcoming Art Angels LP and had a strict no-photos policy. Our photographer shot pretty much everyone else, though, including Mac DeMarco, Ghost, Warpaint, Wanda Jackson, together PANGEA, The Drums, The Mummies and lots more. The fest's OC-meets-Halloween theme was prevalent in costumes on stage and off.

Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. Meanwhile, check out more pics from Day 1 of Beach Goth 2015, below....

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Mac DeMarco
photo: Mac DeMarco @ MHOW in August (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

You may remember a while back Fat White Family declared they'd join Isis if Mac DeMarco didn't retire. He didn't and they didn't (not yet at least) but The Guardian asked him about it:

"People ask: 'These are your friends, right? This is a funny thing?'" he says. "I'm like, 'I've never met these guys. I don't know what they sound like.' They asked me to play guitar with them on David Letterman a couple of months ago and I said no. But I guess somewhere in between that time and now they decided that they didn't like me actually and yeah, if they have a problem, then that's fine. Not everyone's going to like my music. That's fine."

Did it hurt his feelings? He shakes his head.

"I don't know anything about them. I don't know anything about their music but it just kind of comes off as misinformed and a little bit disrespectful."

Mac is currently in the UK where he played two sold-out show at London's Roundhouse to about 7000 people total. His popularity is clearly not limited to NYC (where he sold out four big shows last month). Elsewhere in the article, he says that over 400 people have come to his house in the Rockaways since giving out his actual address on his new album, and he also comments on his somewhat deserved wild rep:
I'm essentially an internet meme at this point, so people can think what they want, believe what they want - it doesn't matter to me. The thing is that sometimes I am crazy - like last night. The opener, this band Happyness, I was reaching my hand down their pants and touching their penises. You know, if the mood calls for it, then it's time to rock'n'roll. [But I am also] a human being - that's what people forget sometimes. If I was zany all the time, then I'd be a one-trick pony but I'm a guy, I'm a human. It's a rollercoaster.
DeMarco plays Manchester on Saturday (9/12). He's expanded his tour since we last posted. No new NYC dates (he does play Woodstock in October) but updated dates are listed below.

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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...

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Fat Demarco

Fat White Family apparently aren't fans of fellow indie rocker Mac DeMarco, as they made clear in a short Facebook post yesterday. They cited a video of Mac playing "Still Together" at Pitchfork, saying "jest or not, it is a crime" and then adding:

"not only does this song sound exactly like the lion sleeps tonight but it also contains the lyrical gem " its easy love, fits like a glove, from up above... together" .... he should be contemplating his crimes in a windowless cell in the Hague... god is on our side.
Hopefully Mac doesn't give in to their demands, and hopefully they don't make good on their promise.

Fat White Family and Mac, who both played Austin's Levitation fest earlier this year, will also both play UK fest End of the Road in September. Maybe they can hug it out there. For Mac, that fest is one date on a huge world tour that includes sold out shows at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on October 11 and at the Troc in Philly on October 12. Tickets are still available for his October 10th show with Alex Calder at the Cap though, for those who don't want him to stop making music and who missed him at his four recent NYC shows. All of his dates are listed below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco @ MHOW 8/19/2015
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Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco

"This is our third show in a row which is the first time we've ever done that," Mac DeMarco's bassist Pierce McGarry admitted to the Music Hall of Williamsburg audience on Wednesday. "It's super hard!" McGarry, who was wearing a furry neck pillow that almost seemed like it was part of his hair, provided most of the jokes at the third night of DeMarco's four-night NYC run. "Three days in New York...I don't know how you endure the subtle torture of living here."

DeMarco shows are known for shenanigans, but the whole band are pretty great musicians, and they played it straight (at least till the end of the set) on Wednesday. They played all of his new mini-album, Another One, plus favorites like "Ode to Viceroy," "Cookin' Up Something Good" and "Let Her Go." Like they did at their first two shows in the run, they launched into Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" which they started mid-song at the twin-solo and let it trickle off when the chorus finally kicked back in.

It wasn't till the yodel-y "Still Together" that things got nutty again. Mac spit water on the crowd who literally lapped it up like baby birds. (People really, really, really love Mac DeMarco.) "Remember how I was really sick two days ago," DeMarco asked the front row. "Well, enjoy your weekend." During the song a bunch of folks climbed on stage. The first person stage dove, but the others just seemed to be up there to take selfies, which Mac definitely did not approve of, pushing their phones aside or blocking his face till security pulled them off stage.  There was also the requisite crowd-surfing moment from Mac himself, which you can see above.

Also on the bill on Wednesday were UK band Happyness whose take on Wilco/Pavement-y indie rock sounds pretty good, and Jerry Paper who in a robe and telemarketer headset confused some of the crowd. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

Mac wrapped up his four-night run at Warsaw on Thursday night (8/20) with Delicate Steve. Anybody go to that one? More pics from his MHOW show below...

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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 Wei Shi

Mac DeMarco @ Webster Hall 8/18/2015

Everyone who was in attendance at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday night is probably going to die of some horrible strain of flu, and Mac DeMarco is Patient Zero. At least, that's how it looked from the packed floor of his first of four sold-out New York shows in support of his latest EP, Another One. The scabby, gap-toothed troubadour has been known to instigate a little good-natured debauchery, but this time, he wasn't swallowing NyQuil for fun; DeMarco looked truly and terrifyingly ill, apologizing before the set and swearing that he'd try to rally.

Rally he did, but the show got off to a bit of a rocky start, with guitarist Andy White breaking a string before it even began. Bassist Pierce McGarry did his part to get the crowd amped with an impromptu ditty dedicated to fast-food roast beef retailer Arby's (the only lyric to the song was the word "Yummy," melodically repeated over and over). Even with DeMarco under the weather, McGarry and White kept the banter flowing. - [The Village Voice]

Mac DeMarco is now halfway through his sold-out, four-show NYC run. Things got off to a rocky start on Monday (8/17) at Bowery Ballroom as Mac was battling a cold (the Voice review above is for that show), but he was in better spirits last night (8/18) for his show at Webster Hall with PC Worship and Tall Juan, ending, as he often does, on top of a sea of fans. His Webster set included selections from his own records (like the just released Another One), plus covers of Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" and an encore of Metallica's "Enter Sandman." Pics from the whole evening and Mac's setlist are in this post.

Tonight (8/19) DeMarco plays Music Hall of Williamsburg with Jerry Paper, and UK band Happyness opening. (Again, sold out.) There's a free after-party happening at Baby's All Right featuring a live performance from Stones Throw artist Silk Rhodes, plus members of the band DJing and other TBA shenanigans. Who knows what might happen. The party starts at 10 PM but won't really kick into high gear till midnight or so.

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco's NYC run underway (pics from Webster Hall); continues tonight at MHOW w/ free afterparty at Baby's"

photo: Mac DeMarco at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by Cory Dewald)
Mac DeMarco

photo: Rakim at West 147 in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Mac DeMarco, Jerry Paper, Happyness @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's Mac DeMarco Week in NYC, with the Canadian singer (who lives in Far Rockaway, currently) playing four sold-out shows here. Tonight's #3 with Brooklyn eccentric Jerry Paper, and UK indie rockers Happyness opening.

Strawberry Group, Silk Rhodes, Bobo Eyes @ Baby's All Right
This is the official afterparty for tonight's Mac DeMarco show, with members of the band DJing, plus Stones Throw artist Silk Rhodes and other shenanigans. Who knows what might happen. The fun should start around 10 but won't really kick into high gear till midnight.

Rakim, Mr. Cheeks, Dres @ BB King's
Hip hop as we know it wouldn't exist without the highly influential Rakim. The New York native graces his hometown with another show tonight.

Rivers of Nihil, Meek Is Murder, Cognitive @ Saint Vitus
Pennsylvania death metal band Rivers of Nihil celebrate their new album Monarchy at this show. If you're going, it's especially worth showing up on time for local mathcore band Meek Is Murder too.

And The Kids, Told Slant, PWR BTTM @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Boston-area band And The Kids make what they call "accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music." Find out what that actually sounds like tonight, with NYC bands Told Slant and PWR BTTM on the bill as well.

Dazzletine, Railings, Terrible Terrible, The Rizzos @ Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh glam-punks Dazzletine headline this show that also features Brooklyn dreampop band Terrible Terrible. Check out tracks from both below.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Mac DeMarco on a rowboat

For NPR's new "Field Recordings" video series, they set Mac DeMarco afloat in Far Rockaway (where he lives these days) on his own rowboat to perform "No Other Heart," one of the songs on his new mini-LP, Another One. With only his keyboard and the sound of the waves and seagulls, he turns in a nice rendition, and talks a little about where he got the boat. Watch it below.

Having just played a surprise show at Baby's All Right, Mac's sold-out, four-show NYC run happens next week.

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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...

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Mac @ Baby's All Right 8/4/2015 (photos by @skycaptsteve / @spreadhouse)
Mac DeMarco at Baby's All Right
Mac DeMarco at Baby's All Right

As a surprise to no one who was paying attention, the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" band that were announced to play Baby's All Right last night was, in fact, Mac DeMarco. With his new mini-LP, Another One, out this week, the all-ages Baby's show was a release party for the record and with only a $5 cover, it was as packed as the Williamsburg venue gets. Many of Another One's songs made their live debut last night and Mac finished the night with a cover of Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" and a crowdsurf all the way to the back of the room before "walking on the ceiling" back to the stage (those poor acoustic tiles get abused). Did you go?

Setlist and a few instagram pics and videos below...

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Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right posted an announcement with the above picture that they have a secret show Tuesday (8/4) night. We're not sure who it is, but the first comment on the post is from famed music producer John Agnello, who guessed "Mat Demarco." A little detective work tells us there's a similarly-named musician, Mac DeMarco, who like the wizard above, has a gap in his teeth. The opener is "Another Juan" and the opener for one of Mac's other upcoming NYC shows is Tall Juan. Hmm...

Whether or not Mac DeMarco is on that show, he does have a lot going on at the moment. He releases his new mini-LP, Another One (which sounds similar to "Another Juan," no?), this week, and you can stream it full now, below. He's also the latest guest on Pitchfork 'Over/Under' series. Video of that below too.

In more related news, Art Is Hard Records got a few artists together to write vocal versions of Mac's recent instrumental record, including Shunkan and Nai Harvest. The description reads:

Remember the instrumental album that Mac DeMarco pushed out early July? Written and recorded in his bedroom across just four impressive days, we are merely lo-fi paupers whilst Mac wears the crown.

We thought it'd be great fun to get some AIH friends and family in to have a play and complete the tracks by adding their own vocal & melody ideas. Initially wanting to match the four-day window that Mac achieved the process in, it turned out this was next to impossible ..

HOWEVER! Everyone managed to finish their takes and have done a great, great job. Come roll in the disco fusion of Shunkan vs Mac on Hachiko, the grizzle fuzz of pet cemetery's Fish Terry or Early Ghost's paranoid deprecation on closer Special K.

Mac gave it away for free and so are we. Enjoy!

You can download it here and stream it below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco streaming 'Another One,' reinterpreted by Nai Harvest, Shunkan & more... playing Baby's on Tuesday?"

photos by Cory Dewald

Iceage/Mac DeMarco/Natalie Prass/Steve Gunn @ Pitchfork Fest 7/17/2017
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

DeMarco's goofball demeanor came across endearingly on stage, as he pulled faces and squared off with his bassist on the guitar solo for Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years." At one point DeMarco told the crowd "We have a new album coming out" to which the crowd responded enthusiastically, thinking that he was going to play some. DeMarco then told the crowd "Oh no, no. We're not going to play those songs, we don't really know them. I just wanted to say that it's probably been leaked and you guys should download it. I don't really give a shit." Wrapping things up with "Chamber of Reflection" and a final song, DeMarco flashed his gap toothed grin and left us all wondering where he was headed after the set and if we could pull an invite. - [Gapers Block]
We already posted one set of pictures from 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival's opening day (7/17) but here's a second set, with shots of Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Iceage, Natalie Prass, Jessica Pratt, iLoveMakonnen and more. Check out more, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.

The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More day 1 pictures below...

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Mac grilling up some hot stax o' wax
Mac Demarco BBQ

Mac DeMarco and Shamir recently hung out on a Brooklyn rooftop, playing Jenga, smoking cigarettes and shooting the breeze for a Complex TV video. It's a pretty fun tete-a-tete, and conversation topics include pot smoking, what they would do first if they switched bodies, and pet peeves. You can watch Pt. 1 below with the second installment being promised soon.

Mac's new mini-LP, Another One, is out in about a month with those four NYC shows coming up as well. To promote the NYC run, Mac is going to throw a BBQ on Wednesday (7/8) at 153 Morgan Ave (at Meserole) in Brooklyn at 1 PM. They'll be selling "Ass Passes" that get you into all four shows (including the sold-out Bowery, MHOW and Webster shows), which also come with a specially designed t-shirt and a "surprise item" yet to be revealed. Plus if you bring a food bank item, Mac will grill you a hot dog. He won't be playing live but will be jamming some unreleased music over his car stereo. More details on the flyer below.

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