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Diplo at Pier 94 - 12/30/12 (via Chris Neil)
Diplo

Diplo, who was just in NYC opening for Afrojack at Pier 94 on December 30 (pictured above, video below), will be doing an interesting run of shows this month. On January 20, the super producer will set out to play four cities in one day. He'll begin at 6 PM in Baltimore's Ottobar, then make it to Philly's Sound Garden Hall at 9:30, Atlantic City's Mixx @ Borgata Resort at 12:30 AM, and finally he'll end in NYC at The Westway at 3:30 AM. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. The flyer for the shows is below.

In related news, Diplo's Major Lazer project will release its new album, Free the Universe, on February 19 via Mad Decent/Downtown. The album features guest spots from Santigold, Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Wyclef Jean, Flux Pavillion, and others. You can check out the cover art, tracklist, and video for the song with Flux Pavillion, "Jah No Partial," below.

Continue reading "Diplo played Pier 94, playing 4 cities in 1 night; Major Lazer releasing a new LP (videos)"

by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2012 (Grimes' "Oblivion" is #1)"

Major Lazer vs The Hype Machine - Best of 2012 Zeitgeist Mix

Major Lazer joins forces with The Hype Machine to help present the Top Tracks of 2012 as part of the year-end Music Blog Zeitgeist. For these exclusive mixes, we invited a few of our favorite artists to take a sneak peek at the Top 50 Tracks list and then put their own spin on it, dropping some favorites of their own into the mix. Enjoy. -Hype Machine
The Hood Internet did the same. Listen below...

Continue reading "Major Lazer & The Hood Internet mixed the Top Songs of 2012"

Alt JAlt J

It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....

Continue reading "WATCH: Artists tell their favorite 2012 albums (Bat for Lashes pick Alt-J who pick Polica, etc)"

NY Mag

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

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

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

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

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

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

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

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

more stuff below...

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

Walter Schreifels of Quicksand at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Redboy)
Walter Schreifels

today in NYC
* Kotorino @ Barbes
* Jay Sean @ Luna Park
* Saadi, Jogyo @ Santos
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Hollow Roots @ Joe's Pub
* Jackie Heyen @ The Stone
* Nas @ iHeartRadio Theater
* Kitty Pryde @ Vibe Lounge
* Drusi is Coming @ Joe's Pub
* Inspectah Deck @ BB King's
* Thollem Sworld @ The Stone
* Peanut Butter Wolf @ Le Bain
* Pedro Giurado Sextet @ Barbes
* Dunes, Household @ New Museum
* Quicksand, Italian Horn @ Bowery Ballroom
* Puro Instinct, Outer Limitz, Splash @ Glasslands
* Batillus, Gnaw, Summoner, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* DJ Pierre, Ron Morelli, Justin Strauss @ 285 Kent
* SFV Acid, Super Ugly, Harshboyz, Peter Fonda @ Big Snow
* The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Brooklyn Bass @ Cameo Gallery
* Variety Lights, Dinowalrus, August Wells @ Public Assembly
* The Dikes of Holland, Dog Bite, Little Seizures @ Cake Shop
* Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, Pepper @ Williamsburg Park
* Eugene Mirman, A.C. Newman, Wyatt Cenac @ The Bell House
* Goldroom, Body Language (DJ Set), AIMES (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* CCB Reggae All-Stars, Junior Toots, Top Shotta Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* X-Ray Eyeballs, Useless Eaters, Nice Guys, King Prom @ Death By Audio
* 2 Skinnee J's, Wau Wau Sisters, Exes of Evil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Apollo Run, Team Genius, Happy People, Alfonso Velez @ The Rock Shop
* Ghost Beach, Tiny Victories, Neighbors, Starlight Girls @ Delinquency BLVD
* Miguel, Ryan Leslie, Marcus Canty, Leah LaBelle, Deon Young @ J&R MusicFest
* Bird with Strings, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daniel Carlton @ Marcus Garvey Park
* James Blood Ulmer Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ City Winery
* Estrogen Highs, Nuclear Santa Claust, Trepanning, Trash Tide @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Glenn Branca, Neptune, Christina Carter, White Suns, Action Beat @ Public Assembly
* Cinema Cinema, Jackpot, Tiger, Hounds Basket, Big Fur, Bambara, Big Ups @ Paper Box
* Alex Winston, Angela McClusky, Bandana Splits, Computer Magic (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
* Audio Fiction, Quiet Loudly, Fast Years, Indian Rebound, Wicked Tomorrow, Swaai Boys @ Pianos
* Fiasco, Dope Body, No One & The Somebodies, Infinity Shred, Butter The Children, Cave Cricket @ Shea Stadium
* Kastle, Distal, Giraffage, DJ Sliink, YEN TECH, Lemonade (DJ), Nite Jewel (DJ), Nadus, Elite Gymnastics (DJ), No Eyes, White Ring, Nadus, Westside Schmucks, Rezzie, Thomass, Rpeg, Mischeif, Lowry @ The Electric Warehouse

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King Prom, featuring members of The Numerators and The Splinters, play their first-ever show tonight at Death by Audio, opening for Xray Eyeballs, Nashville's Useless Eaters and Boston's Nice Guys. Doors at 8 PM, show's at 9.

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Major Lazer made a video for "Get Free" featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. Check it out below.

Lucero made a video for "Women and Work." Check it out below.

Ice Choir made a video for "A Vision of Hell, 1996" and you can check that out below too.

Polica played Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday (8/22). Check out a video of them performing "Dark Star" on the show below.

What else?

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Snoop Dogg / Lion in 'Reincarnated'
Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg, who now goes by Snoop Lion, plans to release his first album under the new moniker later this year via Vice. The album is called Reincarnated, it's reggae based, and was produced by Major Lazer. Reincarnated was influenced by Snoop's trip to Jamaica, regarding which he said:

"I didn't want to be Snoop Dogg on a reggae track...I wanted to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion, but I didn't know that until I went to the temple and received the name Snoop Lion from the Nyabingi priest." "From that moment on, I started to understand why I was there and was able to create something magical in this [Reincarnated] project...something I haven't done before in my career."
A documentary, also titled Reincarnated, about Snoop's time in Jamaica which delves into his time with Rastafarian elders and recording the album with Diplo in a Jamaican studio is also in the works. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which happens on September 6 - 16. Check out the trailer for that documentary and his new Snoop Lion single, "La La La," below.

Snoop recently debuted the song live at Osheaga in Montreal, which went down from August 3-5. If you haven't been keeping up with our Osheaga coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE, pics of day 2 are HERE, and pics of day 3 are HERE. A video of him playing "La La La" at Osheaga is below.

Though he wants to "bury Snoop Dogg," he hasn't forgotten totally about his past. He performed his classic debut LP, Doggystyle, which turns 20 next year, in full at NYC's Catalpa Festival, which went down late last month (pics from that fest are HERE). Some videos of Snoop's Catalpa performance are below. He also mentioned in an interview with Metro, that he's got other 20th anniversary plans for the album too: "I got sumthin on tha back burner but u gotta stay tuned in to see what that is. Be on da lookout for sumthin real special to keep ya knockin for anutha 20, ya dig?!?"

Snoop Dogg/Lion will going on tour this year which hits the NYC area on September 26 at The Paramount in Long Island and September 27 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Paramount show go on sale Friday (8/17) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting today (8/16) at 10 AM. Tickets for the Wellmont show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.

A list of all currently known dates, videos, and song stream are below.

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg (or is it Snoop Lion?) releasing LP & doc, touring, celebrating 20 years of 'Doggystyle' (dates, videos & stream)"

Diplo jumping off MHOW's balcony - 8/5/12 (via Diplo)
Diplo

The Mad Decent Block Party returned to NYC this past Sunday (8/5), happening for the first time in the newly-christened Williamsburg Park instead of South Street Seaport, where it's been in previous years. Unfortunately, due to the storm that hit NYC on Sunday which picked up during Erol Alkan's set, the party was shut down early before headliners Major Lazer (the project of Mad Decent label boss Diplo). Before the party did get shut down, we got sets by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Baauer, and more. You can check out some videos of the performances and the rain below.

After MDBP's cancellation, Diplo tweeted that Major Lazer would do an extra long set at the afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also had sets by Erol Alkan, Lunice, and Jim-E-Stack. The party got pretty crazy, as you can see in the picture above of Diplo jumping off MHOW's balcony, but it didn't appease everyone. One angry MDBP attendee took to his blog to say, "Diplo (Major Lazer) invited the attendees from the free all ages event to a $10/21+ after show......Thanks a ton MAD DECENT." Granted, MHOW is also significantly smaller than Williamsburg Park and the party was announced way before the weather shut down the block party so it would've been hard to get in regardless, but he has a point that it doesn't totally "make up" for the cancellation. Major Lazer will be back in NYC for a much larger (paid) show on October 27 at Terminal 5 too (tickets).

Videos below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Party shut down early due to thunderstorms; Major Lazer took the party to MHOW"

Major Lazer at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Major Lazer

Diplo's Major Lazer project (which Switch is no longer a part of), who is set to play the Mad Decent Block Parties this summer, have just announced their own NYC show, which goes down on October 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon. A full Major Lazer tour has not been announced yet but a few other North American October dates exist, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, we recently mentioned that more details for the summer's free Mad Decent Block Parties have been revealed, and that the NYC party will go down on August 5 at Williamsburg Park with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The party is free and all ages but RSVP is required.

Mad Decent has also just announced that they'll throw a Puma-presented official (21+) after party at Music Hall of Williamsburg that night (8/5). The only performers listed as of this post are Erol Alkan (who plays the party in Williamsburg Park) and "guests." Tickets for the party are on sale now.

A list of all currently known Major Lazer dates below...

Continue reading "Major Lazer touring (dates); Mad Decent Block Party official afterparty happening at MHOW"

Bonde Do Role at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Bonde Do Role

Back in June, we mentioned that the Mad Decent Block Parties were returning this summer and then earlier this month, they revealed a list of artists, but didn't say who was playing each city. Now venues have been revealed for all five parties and the lineups for NYC Philly, and Toronto have been announced as well. The FREE NYC party will happen on August 5 at WIlliamsburg Park (in previous years it was at the South Street Seaport) with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The parties are free and all ages but RSVP is required. All announced lineups are listed below.

Speaking of Lunice, his collaborative project with Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT (pronounced "tonight") released their self titled debut EP this week (7/24) via Warp/Lucky Me. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the entire thing below.

As for Bonde Do Role, the block party will be their first NYC show quite a while. You may remember that their original singer, Marina Ribatski left the band in 2007 and was replaced by two other singers, Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor, who joined the band by winning an audition done with MTV Brasil. Ana has since left the band too and they are now a 3-piece fronted only by Laura Taylor. The new incarnation of the band put out their first album in five years, Tropical/Bacanal, last month via Mad Decent. The album was co-produced by Diplo and Filip Nikolic of Poolside (who have two NYC shows this week). The album features guest appearances from Caetano Veloso, Das Racist, Cecile, Rizzle Kicks, and The Death Set (who also has a NYC show coming up). The video for album track "Kilo" and a stream of another track, "Bang," which features Kool AD of Das Racist, are below.

Updated Mad Decent Block Parties info, the flier for the NYC party, video and streams are below.

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Party lineup revealed (Williamsburg Park is the NYC venue); TNGHT EP; new Bonde Do Role out now"

Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Action Bronson

As mentioned, Mad Decent Block Parties are returning this summer, hitting Toronto, Philly, NYC, Chicago, and LA. When we last spoke, lineups had not yet been announced. They still haven't revealed specific lineups by city, but we've now got the full list of artists who will be playing Mad Decent Block Parties this summer and it includes Major Lazer, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Spaceghostpurrp, Lunice, Jacques Greene, Casey Veggies, BADBADNOTGOOD, Baauer, Jim-E Stack, Bosco Delrey, Flosstradamus, Three Loco (aka Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff), and many more.

As mentioned, the parties are all ages and free, and RSVP is open.

The full lineup is listed below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Parties lineup revealed (Action Bronson, Mr. MFN eXquire, Spaceghostpurrp, BADBADNOTGOOD & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Passion Pit / Kud Cudi at Governors Ball - 6/23/12
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball went down in Randall's Island over the weekend (6/23-6/24) with 26 bands across two stages and no overlapping sets. Day 1 was "headlined" by Passion Pit (though Kid Cudi played after them) and also included Chromeo, Major Lazer, Atmosphere, Santigold, Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden and A-Trak), James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version DJ set), and more. Probably the most anticipated set of the day was Passion Pit's, who were playing their first NYC area show in about a year and a half, and first since announcing their new album and releasing two singles from it (both of which they played). NY Times didn't seem to approve much of their set though, writing:

Saturday played out as a party punctuated by angst; there were many, many calls for putting hands in the air. Party and angst mix in Passion Pit, who work in two main modes: the shimmering anthem and the pulsating dance-pop song, both with more cryptic lyrics than might be expected. Passion Pit stacked the anthems at the beginning of the set-among them a new song, "Take a Walk," about an immigrant who finds himself financially ruined-before revving up the dance tunes. But the stage didn't add much beyond subwoofers to Passion Pit's songs; Michael Angelakos's vocals, mostly falsetto, needs studio help.
They wrote similar criticism of Kid Cudi, mentioning that he also needs the safety net of the studio, but were very positive about Day 1's selection of dance music, including Special Disco Version, Duck Sauce, and Major Lazer. What did you think? Or did you just go on the (much better day) Sunday?

Pictures from Sunday are on the way. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2012 - day 1 pics (Passion Pit, Santigold, Chromeo, Special Disco Version, Kid Cudi, Major Lazer & more)"

Lindstrom

Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.

Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.

Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.

In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.

Continue reading "Lindstrom releasing remixes 12", touring (dates); Movement Fest & Mutek coming soon (lineups); Apparat adds opener (win tix)"

Holy Ship

Though there may be another release of tickets, the 2nd annual electronic music cruise Holy Ship!! sold out before any acts were announced. Or to be more specific:

Everyone who purchased a pre-book for HOLY SHIP!! will receive a token May 22 with a booking time to reserve a cabin. Only one pre-book is valid per cabin. Cabins can be booked by token holders anytime after the token goes live up until June 20. Token holders who do not book by June 20 are no longer guaranteed a cabin. If any cabins remain after this initial booking period, those who are on the wait list will be contacted.
If the rest of the cabins aren't taken by those on the waiting list, then they'll be released to the general public.

Here's who ticket holders will get to see at the event taking place Friday, January 4 through Monday, January 7, 2013. Complete lineup listed below...

Continue reading "Holy Ship!! 2013 lineup"

by BBG

Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control

Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.

Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.

In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.

All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.

Continue reading "Total Control release video from split with Thee Oh Sees; Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party announces lineup"

flyer

Tickets go on sale today.

Governors Ball

As posted last night, Modest Mouse are playing Governors Ball on Randall's Island during the weekend of June 23-24 (same weekend as Orion), but they are just one of many artists that are now announced, and listed, along with more information, below...

Continue reading "NYC fest Governors Ball announces 2012 lineup (Beck, Passion Pit, EITS, Built to Spill, Devendra Banhart, Cults & more)"

Bonnaroo

"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."
Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2012 lineup announced"

SnowBall

"The Snow Ball Music Festival [in 2011] was chill, in more ways than one. Besides the expected below freezing temperatures Avon gets in early March, the atmosphere of the festival and attitude of the attendees were very relaxed. The tents were set up on snow instead of concrete, and so dancing the first night was no small fete as everyone was slipping on the ice. By the end of the weekend, any movement at all was unpleasant as people were standing in puddles of water, beer, and probably some bodily fluids or stuck to the ground in thick mud. The crowd left their clubbing attire at home and sported their neon ski coats instead as they drifted through the clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke. Despite the cold weather and the impossible dance floor, most importantly, the music was good." [cause=time]
The SnowBall Music Festival, for people not afraid to watch bands playing outside in freezing temperatures ("We recommend that you come prepared for snow and winter conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40° range during the day and in the teens at night. Please dress accordingly."), is returning to Vail Valley in Avon, CO from March 2 - 4, 2012. This year's lineup includes Big Boi, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (who just announced a Bowery Ballroom show), Deer Tick, Gauntlet Hair, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Thundercat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others (listed below)

Early bird and holiday special passes are sold out but regular passes and tickets for the festival are on sale now. Don't forget your "Warm Jackets, hats, gloves, and snow boots."

Current lineup below...

Continue reading "Snowball Music Festival is outside in the Winter in Colorado (2012 lineup) "

DOWNLOAD: Major Lazer - "Original Don" (Bert On Beats Don Dada Bootleg) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Major Lazer - "Original Don" (Black Cards Remix) (MP3)

Diplo

Diplo is keeping busy as usual. Check out a photo slideshow and dialog from a recent trip to Brazil at Vanity Fair. Speaking of Brazil, you can download Diplo's 2008 documentary on Brazilian Baile Funk on iTunes.

Diplo's set to release a free EP, titled Express Yourself, soon. The EP features collaborations with Datsik, Sabi, Elephant Man, GTA, Excision, Nicky Da B, Lazer Disk, and Billy the Gent. Listen to a sampler and check out the EP's artwork below.

Major Lazer (which Diplo is 1/2 of) released an "Original Don" EP in November and has since released a video for the song. Watch that below. Listen to the Bert On Beats Don Dada bootleg of "Original Don" and a Black Cards remix of the same track above (MP3) and below (stream) too.

Diplo has a few upcoming shows scheduled for the tail end of 2011 before he heads out on the Holy Ship! Cruise in early January. He plays in Philly tonight (12/29) at Union Transfer and then Dallas and then LA on New Year's Eve. In February he goes on tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy.

All dates, streams, videos (including Diplo's new Blackberry commercial) and artwork below...

Continue reading "Diplo in another Blackberry commercial, releasing new EP (listen to the sampler, Major Lazer & other stuff)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
fun fun

Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]
Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).

Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 2 pics (part 2) -- Spoon, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Tinariwen, Purity Ring & more"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

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MAd Decent

As promised, Mad Decent are presenting free, all ages Block Parties in NYC, Philly, Chicago, and LA this summer. Each party's lineup is different and will have surprise guest appearances, along with food and carnival games. The first party is in NYC on July 30 at South Street Seaport with Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, and PO PO. Artists playing other cities include Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more.

The NYC block party is 9 days after Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom by headlining Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 21 (no opener), and a week after they DJ at Warm Up (7/23).

Full Block Party lineups and dates below...

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Brian Wilson @ Hammerstein Ballroom in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brian Wilson

today in NYC
* Chola @ Barbes
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Lovely Liar @ Zebulon
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Dave Brubeck @ Blue Note
* Brian Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Joseph Arthur @ The Living Room
* Zongo Junction, Turkuaz @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Kinch, Hey Battlefield, Xylofaux @ Bowery Electric
* Golden Animals, Luis Le Hir @ Cameo
* George Wein & The Newport All-Stars @ Blue Note
* Kid Cudi, Aloe Blacc, DJ Irie, Tamara Sky @ Terminal 5
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Natural Child, Liquor Store, Terrible Twos @ Death By Audio
* Carrie Rodriguez, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems @ Maxwell's
* Schwervon!, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Tight Little Ship, Ala Muerte @ Bruar Falls
* Eastern Conference Champions, Archie Powell & The Exports, Fredrik @ Rock Shop
* Colin L. Orchestra (ex-USAISAMONSTER), Opsvik & Jennings, Alan Watts @ Cameo
* Silent Land Time Machine, La Big Vic, Nick Kuepfe, Khora @ Silent Barn
* Slothbear, Spirit People, Foam Lake, Shuyler Jansen, The Sounds That Machines Make @ Pianos
* Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab), Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone), Arturo en el Barco @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, The Lee Morgan Story, The Lee Morgan Story, Mental Notes, Spokinn Movement @ Mercury Lounge
* Stevie Wonder event (with Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, Wyclef Jean) @ Apollo Theater
* Angels In America, Weyes Blood, Lame Drivers, PC Worship, Tickle Polyester @ Cake Shop

Diplo and Switch posted a preview of the new Major Lazer album they're making in Jamaica. Watch below...

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Outside Lands 2011

The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.

This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.

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