Entries tagged with: Majical Cloudz
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Majical Cloudz @ MHOW 1/19/2016
It was a double dose of Montreal electronic duos at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (1/19). Majical Cloudz brought the feels -- and songs from last year's acclaimed Are You Alone? plus others -- while She-Devils came with Lynchian, atmospheric pop. Both played in near dark.
She-Devils stuck around Brooklyn for a free show Wednesday night (1/20) at Baby's All Right. Anyone go to that? Lots more pictures from the MHOW show, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Majical Cloudz @ National Sawdust, October 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Majical Cloudz start their tour with She-Devils tonight (1/15) in Toronto and they've also just released an EP, titled Wait & See, of songs left over from the Are You Alone? recording sessions. Say the band:
We put together this "EP" of songs that we recorded when we were working on "Are You Alone?", but which didn't fit on that album for one reason or another. They aren't more recent than the songs on AYA -- they date from different periods of time, one of them is among the earliest songs written for AYA and others are more recent. Despite the fact that it's a collection of songs that didn't make the record, I think there is a feeling that links them all together (which is maybe why they didn't fit on AYA). We hope you enjoy these songs!You can stream the EP via Spotify, below. The Majical Cloudz tour hits NYC on Tuesday (1/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. The duo have also added Australian shows in February and all tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, She-Devils will stick around Brooklyn for an extra day for a free show at Baby's All Right on Wednesday. It's being billed as "She-Devils and Friends" and doors are at 8 PM.
She-Devils also just released their debut EP today, and you can stream the whole thing. If you've heard "Come" and "Where There's No One," you know they work with samples from late-'50s and early-'60s records -- early rock n' roll, exotica, orchestral pop -- and repurpose them into new and modern ways. It's a little red neon David Lynch and quite appealing. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.
Read our top 50 below...
It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.
Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
by Bill Pearis
photo: She-Devils @ National Sawdust, October 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Montreal duo She-Devils have announced that their self-titled debut EP will be out January 15. The first song off of it, "COME," is pretty indicative of their sound, taking samples of '50s/'60s rock n' roll, surf, French pop, exotica and other stuff and reworking it into new music. (Obscure reference: if you remember onetime Primal Scream man Jim Beattie's Adventures in Stereo from the late '90s, it's kinda like that.) The video for "COME" is below.
I was pretty impressed with She-Devils when I saw them open for Empress Of at Pop Montreal in September, and they'll be playing their hometown twice this week for M for Montreal. Then, like they recently did at Brooklyn's National Sawdust, She-Devils will be opening for Majical Cloudz on dates in January, including NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on 1/19. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Majical Cloudz @ National Sawdust 10/22/2015
Montreal's Majical Cloudz played a release show for their new album, Are You Alone?, at new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust on Wednesday night (10/21) which was decorated with a massive pile of flowers around the main monitor. For their more pop oriented shows like this, National Sawdust is a standing-room-only venue where bands play on the floor too. Frontman Devon Welsh suggested the audience sit down so people could see -- only if they wanted to -- but people did. Majical Cloudz have a certain amount of inherent awkwardness in them with Welsh's delivery, which involves unconsciously/gracelessly swinging his free arm not holding the mic and making slightly uncomfortable intense eye contact with people in the front. Sitting, where everyone's a little more crowded than if they were standing, especially in an intimate space like National Sawdust, it almost felt like it was a deliberate extension on those feelings. Setlist came mainly from the new album. During "Silver Car Crash," Welsh sang the whole song while rolling back and forth on the floor.
Opening the show was another Montreal duo, She-Devils, whose sample based music draws heavily from '50s and '60s rock n' roll, twangy surf, and easy listening/exotica, as filtered though an old AM radio. (There's a little Broadcast/Portishead in what they do, too.) Like at Pop Montreal, part of their set was under red light, which fits what they do. The band have yet to release any recordings yet, but keep an eye out. Pictures from their set, and more from Majical Cloudz, below...
photo: Majical Cloudz at 50 Kent in June (more by PSquared)
Majical Cloudz will release their new album Are You Alone? this week (10/16) via Matador, and they've got a new video for the song "Downtown." You can check it out below.
The band have a previously-discussed NYC show at National Sawdust on 10/21, which is sold out, and since we last spoke they added a lot more tour dates. The new dates include a short North American run in January that brings Majical Cloudz back to NYC on 1/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/14) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
National Sawdust, the former Williamsburg sawdust factory on N. 6th St. that has been turned into a multi-use facility containing a chamber hall, a recording studio, and a restaurant (three years and $16 million in the making), will finally open its doors this week. Thursday's opening night (10/1) features two "Discover the Space" show. The early show (7:30 PM) has Nico Muhly performing a new piece with Bryce Dessner and violist Nadia Sirota, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, National Sawdust Executive Director and composer Paola Prestini and more (sold out).
Then the late show (11 PM) has Cibo Matto performing with Nels Cline. They're playing a set from "National Sawdust Curators & Artists" which includes steel pan performer and composer Andy Akiho, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and also a DJ set from James Murphy. tickets are still available and you can save 25% with coupon code: ARTISTLED.
Friday night (10/2) has two shows: Tanya Tagaq (performing a live score to Nanook of the North (tickets); and also pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese who will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).
There's also the start of the Terry Riley festival on Saturday (10/3) with Matmos, John Zorn, Roomful of Teeth, and more (tickets). Zorn gets his own festival starting next week, and other October events include Hess is More and Low City on 10/17 (tickets), and Montreal's Majical Cloudz and She-Devils on 10/21 (tickets). In November there's producer/remixer/video artist Shura on 11/6 (tickets) and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on 11/20 (tickets) and both of those shows are presented by Billy Jones of Baby's All Right and Elvis Guesthouse.
There's lots more coming up at National Sawdust, check out their calendar for details.
the in-process exterior of National Sawdust
Back in May, we posted details on the new non-profit Williamsburg venue National Sawdust, that's set to open on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street on October 1. Now the venue's initial schedule has been announced.
Three of the venue's curators, The National's Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They'll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That's a 7:30 PM show, and there's also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more (tickets).
Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2 (tickets), a multi-day Terry Riley festival (tickets), Chris Thile's band Punch Brothers on 10/8 (tickets), a John Zorn festival (tickets), Majical Cloudz on 10/21 (tickets), and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December. Check out the full schedule.
That 10/21 show is currently the only upcoming tour date for Majical Cloudz, who have a new album on the way.
photo: Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent during Northside 2015 (more by PSquared)
Majical Cloudz return with their second album, titled Are You Alone?, on October 16 via Matador. Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto wrote most of it while on tour and the album features guest appearances from Owen Pallett and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. You can stream the LP's first single, "Silver Car Crash," below.
You may remember that Majical Cloudz were somewhat unlikely openers for part of Lorde's 2014 tour and that experience was captured by filmmaker Neil Corcoran in the documentary short A Lot of Humans which features an original soundtrack by the band. You can watch that below.
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis & Jeremy Nifras
Neko Case / Rhye / Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent
The first of Northside's big concerts at 50 Kent, which were presented by Century 21, happened on Friday (6/12) with songwriter (and New Pornographer) Neko Case, R&B duo Rhye and Montreal's Majical Cloudz. Pictures from the night are in this post.
Majical Cloudz played a few new songs such as the heavily emotional "So Blue," as well as cuts off their debut album Impersonator. Frontman Devon Welsh, who has let his hair grow, admitted being in New York made him feel nervous: "It's not the people, it's just so big." LA's Rhye also brought a heavy emphasis on emotion and rhythm. Singer Milosh's seductive vocals seemed to have a trancelike affect on the audience who were clearly into it.
The audience was clearly into Neko Case as well, who had the audience in stitches with her banter, and rapt with her songs. "I take good care of my body...so why not give myself a yeast infection with these pants?" The stretchy pants in question were neon leopard print and she told the 50 Kent crowd she made them herself. Case and her band played a string of fan favorites such as "Deep Red Bells," and several tracks off her most recent album, 2013's The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You .
Pics from Saturday's Best Coast/Built to Spill/ Alvvays/Bully show at 50 Kent are HERE, and pics from Run the Jewels/Sleigh Bells/Vince Staples show are HERE. More pics from Neko, Rhye and Majical Cloudz, below...
photo: Prurient at Output earlier this month (more by Maria Jose Govea)
Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) recently announced a tour opening for Godflesh for late summer/early fall, but Dominick will be playing shows sooner than that under his Vatican Shadow moniker. Those shows include a Nothing Changes party in NYC on June 14 at Home Sweet Home with Shifted, 400PPM and Dual Action. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Vatican Shadow dates are listed below.
Prurient is also on a few festivals in addition to that Godflesh tour, including Hopscotch and Pop Montreal, and he was recently added to Pitchfork's NXNE show. The rest of that lineup is Vince Staples, Majical Cloudz, Tink, Jessica Pratt, Amen Dunes, Container, Sannhet, Rabit and Hvad.
The tour with Godflesh hits NYC on 9/15 at Warsaw, also with Regis on the bill. Tickets are still available. All Prurient and Vatican Shadow dates, with a stream from Prurient's new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...
Last year, Hundred Waters threw their first-ever FREE three-day FORM Festival in Arizona's experimental town Arcosanti, and this year they're doing it again from May 22-24. They've got a few of the same names, including How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Julie Byrne and Kodak to Graph, as well as new faces such as The Antlers, Holly Herndon, Jacques Greene, Julianna Barwick, Mutual Benefit, Pharmakon, Mitski, Tokimonsta, Machinedrum and more. Here's what Hundred Waters say about the fest:
Festivals are usually fast paced and high stress for artists and attendees. We're lucky to spend a single day on site and even luckier to have a meaningful conversation with an artist we know or wish to know. With FORM, all of the artists and attendees stay on site together for the entire weekend. We eat together, dance together, share the whole experience together, and when it's time to part ways, we leave with a very distinct memory of a very distinct time and place. We let the place and the environment shape that experience. As visitors to this beautiful, highly intentional micro city of Arcosanti, our appreciation for every day things like infrastructure, sustenance and community are heightened without even realizing it. Every human interaction more meaningful. Every cup of coffee or tea more delicious with the underlying thought of what it took to get it into your hands. A more present state of consciousness. A place to cultivate ideas.This year will also have a Moog Sound Lab performance series, "where artists can experiment and explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects on never before seen Moog prototype synths and archival equipment. This will be the first time that the Moog Sound Lab experience has ever traveled outside of the Moog Factory."
If you're interested in coming, we ask that you answer a few simple questions. The more creative your response, the better. After receiving your submissions, we'll send out invites. Capacity is made limited to ensure the space is treated with care. If invited, just arrive and share a little piece of yourself with us as we will with you. See you in the desert :)
Once again, it's totally free, you just have to RSVP to go. Full lineup and a new mini-documentary video about last year's festival, below.
Hundred Waters are also hopping aboard a train with Skrillex, Diplo and friends for this year's Full Flex Express tour.
Speaking of The Antlers, they're releasing a live album, The Antlers in London, on June 15 via Transgressive. You can check out the tracklist and a video from that show, below...
photo: Best Coast @ Burger A-Go-Go, 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
The Northside Festival announced their initial 2015 lineup earlier this week, which included shows with Best Coast, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case and more. Those artists will all be headlining shows at outdoor space 50 Kent and details for those have been announced:
FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Neko Case with Rhye, and Majical Cloudz. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13: Best Coast + Built to Spill (co-headliners), with Alvvays and Bully. Tickets go on sale at noon.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14: Run the Jewels, with Vince Staples + Special Guests. Tickets go on sale at noon.
You can also buy Northside badges which are currently on early bird discount.
(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.
Best Coast also have a new album.
by Andrew Sacher
Jessica Pratt's new bare-bones folk album On Your Own Love Again (out now on Drag City) is one of the best of its kind in a while, and she's finally expanded her tour to include her first NYC show here since its release. After a couple US dates with Panda Bear, she'll hit Brooklyn's Union Pool on May 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/4) at noon.
Check out her recent NPR Wold Cafe Next session, and listen to album highlight "Greycedes," with her full list of dates, below...
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...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
The 2014 Basilica Sound Scape festival is this weekend (September 12 & 13) in Hudson, NY with performances from Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, Julia Holter and more. Eleanor Friedberger was supposed to have played but has since dropped off. Two-day passes and tickets to Saturday (9/13) with Swans, Deafheaven and more are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (9/12) with Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and more. The daily lineups and performances schedules are listed below.
If you'd like to go to both nights for free, we're giving away a pair of two-day passes. Details on that below.
You can also see White Lung in NYC for $3 this Friday (9/12) at MIDNIGHT (so really 9/13) when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades (906 Broadway) with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. RSVP HERE for $3 admission at the door (it's $10 if you don't).
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Majical Cloudz at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The full lineup for Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape (9/12-13) has now been announced. Joining the lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more will be Majical Cloudz, Eleanor Friedberger, British folk veteran Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal) and more. Full lineup and more details, via Pitchfork who were involved in organizing the fest, below.
Additionally, the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days after Basilica will be played in full every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
For Majical Cloudz, this festival happens right before their tour with Lorde hits NYC for three dates.
Tickets for the festival are still available. More details below...
Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...
By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP
Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG
DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM
Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG
Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP
After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP
Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP
Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM
One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP
Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP
I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG
After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."
Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG
Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP
Majical Cloudz at Von in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The New Queen of Alternative/Nirvana singer Lorde is touring this year, and as support she'll be taking out Montreal indie duo Majical Cloudz. You can catch them in NYC on September 14 at JBL Live on Pier 97 and September 15 & 16 at United Palace Theater. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but will be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, if you'd rather catch Majical Cloudz without Lorde in a more intimate location, you can see them at their previously announced Studio at Webster Hall show on Friday (6/6) with Dutch E Germ. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play upstate NY's The Hudson Project. All dates are listed, with a video, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....