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photos by Vladislav Grach & Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Firefly Festival
Firefly Festival
Run the Jewels
Firefly Festival

Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.

I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.

Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.

Manchester Orchestra
Firefly Festival

Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.

Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).

Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.

The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.

Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.

The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)

More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

The Gaslight Anthem / The Front Bottoms / Cloud Nothings
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf

After a successful day 1, the 2015 Skate & Surf Festival held its second and final day at the Asbury Park oceanfront on Sunday (5/17). While most of the exciting stuff on Saturday started later on (for me at least -- maybe Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have fans?), Sunday kicked off in a big way with Modern Baseball taking the opening slot on the main stage (the Gameloud Stage). I had been wondering how a band who's risen as quickly as them could be put so early on the main stage, rather than getting a mid-day or evening slot on a side stage, but once Modern Baseball came on I knew the answer. Their crowd probably wouldn't fit anywhere else. The park was filled with fans who came early to see them, and it wasn't just people there to check out the hype. A majority of the crowd knew every single word.

As great a turnout as Modern Baseball had though, the band who had their crowd going off more than anyone -- even more than headliners The Gaslight Anthem -- hit that same stage a few hours later: The Front Bottoms. They're actually kinda likeminded to Modern Baseball (both bands reminded me of The Weakerthans at first) with their knacks for nasally vocals, super specific lyrics, and music with the drive of punk but cleaner guitars. It's kind of amazing to see stuff like this catch on too. Both bands have pretty indie/DIY approaches, and on a festival which still gets called a "pop punk festival," they're not exactly your typical fare. More importantly though, both bands are a hell of a lot of fun.

Over on the smaller stages, Sunday had a lot of good stuff too. There was Beach Slang, who were on the small East Stage mid-day, but played like they were headlining the festival. Not that it was a surprise. They may only have nine songs out so far, but they've been putting on shows like they're the biggest band in the world since the beginning. We of course got all those usual favorites, as well as "Ride the Wild Haze" (heard earlier this year in Brooklyn) and another new one, both presumably off their upcoming debut LP on Polyvinyl.

Unfortunately, Beach Slang's set was disrupted by a power outage due to a faulty generator which affected the adjacent East and West Stages a few more times throughout the day before they got a new generator hours later. More than one of those times was during the band who immediately followed Beach Slang, Hot Rod Circuit.

Beach Slang and Hot Rod Circuit getting some air
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf

Hot Rod Circuit were back with their Sorry About Tomorrow/If It's Cool With You, It's Cool With Me lineup for this show and their Connecticut show a day earlier (which were their first shows since 2011 and reportedly the only two they're doing), and their set leaned most heavily on that era. They kicked off with the ripping "Radiation Suit," and you really couldn't have asked for a better opener. It's the one where their punk energy and pop hooks come together the strongest, and taking that one right into the fist-pumping "At Nature's Mercy" had the crowd amped enough to sing an entire verse a capella after the power cut out for the first time. The band picked the song back up once the power came back, but it very quickly went out again, at which point Andy Jackson got out his acoustic guitar and played "Camo," the acoustic bonus track on The Underground Is A Dying Breed. It was hard to totally make it out with all the other sounds of the festival -- including Cloud Nothings' set on the World Stage (which I unfortunately missed due to it overlapping with HRC, but we did get pictures of both) -- but a cooler experience than having us just wait around.

Once they came back, we got a few more favorites including "Stateside," "Now Or Never," "Irish Car Bomb" and "The Power of Vitamins." And even though the flow of the set was interrupted, when HRC were on, they were on. Casey Prestwood's lead guitar was flawless, which was even more amazing considering he was either jumping around or rolling on the floor for most of the set. And really the whole band sounded fantastic on every song. It's a bummer they aren't playing more shows.

A couple slots later on that stage was Small Brown Bike, another veteran band who had been silent since 2011, and who played that same CT show with Hot Rod the night earlier. Their 7:05 set was completely delayed until a new generator was brought in, not starting until closer to 8 PM. Delays aside though, when SBB got up there, they sounded great. We got stuff from all four of their albums -- "The Cannons and Tanks"," See You In Hell," "Tragically Ending," "Onward and Overboard" and plenty more. And while you did kinda get the vibe that they would've gone over better in a small venue (I was hoping their set would've looked a little more like it did at Cake Shop in 2010), SBB still gave it their all.

Pianos Become the Teeth
Skate and Surf

Other highlights that day included the grungy, headbanging Manchester Orchestra, reunited post-hardcore band Poison the Well, headlining home state heroes The Gaslight Anthem, singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and his rocking band (Kevin also joined The Front Bottoms on stage for "Twin Size Mattress"), and a highly intense set from Pianos Become the Teeth. One of the best times I've ever seen them.

Day 1 pictures HERE. Day 2 pictures continue below...

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S&S

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.

Tickets for the festival are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
BN

Brand New are more the type to gradually reveal dates than announce a lengthy tour at once, and today their first New York show of 2015 has been announced. They'll return to Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on August 16, the same venue they played last year with Modest Mouse. It's a good bill all around, with support from old friends Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. Additionally, at the show they'll debut the new Brand New/Ommegang beer collaboration, which will be the first-ever Brand New beer. The presale is already sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (5/8) at noon.

Brand New's tour schedule also includes Shaky Knees Festival, Primavera Sound, Bunbury Festival, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Bumbershoot, ACL, and shows with Basement, Desaparecidos and more. They also headline the Friday of Arizona's Summer Ends Music Festival with Jimmy Eat World, Spoon, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. All dates are listed below.

Last month, Brand New released "Mene," their first single in six years, followed by the live debut of another new song, "Sealed to Me." Last week, Jesse Lacey joined Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and Kevin Devine at Andy's NYC show to sing Manchester's "Where Have You Been?" Video of that, the two new BN songs, the list of dates, and the Cooperstown show flyer, below...

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photo: Jesse Lacey & Andy Hull (via @itsthedrew)
Andy Hull

Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull brought his tour with Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) to The Studio at Webster Hall last night (4/28) for their first of two NYC shows. At the show, he played "Where Have You Been?," one of the highlights off Manchester's 2006 album, I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child, and he brought out some old friends to accompany him for it: Brand New singer Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine. Watch a fan-shot (but good quality) video below.

Andy and Dustin do it again at The Bell House on Thursday (4/30), which is sold out. Will any special guests appear at that one too?

Meanwhile, we recently got the first Brand New single in six years, followed by the live debut of another new song, and we're hoping that a new album is imminent.

Kevin Devine is up to stuff too. He's in the midst of his split singles series, and will release the next one -- a split with Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves -- on May 26 via Bad Timing Records.

Watch the "Where Have You Been?" video below...

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by Andrew Sacher

All Get Out

South Carolina's All Get Out have been around for a while now, but haven't released anything since their only full length, 2011's The Season. The Season was the kind of album that was overlooked by most but loved by those who knew it. Like the bands it's most similar to (Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Weatherbox), it's an emotional, cathartic rock album that got erroneously lumped in with the emo scene, probably just for being emotional and cathartic. And that Manchester connection doesn't stop at musical comparisons. The band's label, Favorite Gentlemen, recently signed All Get Out to reissue The Season and put out new music from them in the form of the Movement EP (due 4/14).

Both the new EP and the The Season reissue are split releases with Bad Timing Records. You can pre-order them from BTR here and here, respectively.

Movement's lead single, "Balance," premiered today over at Absolute Punk, and it basically picks up right where The Season left off. For anyone unfamiliar with the band, that also means it sounds like Manchester Orchestra's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child. But considering MO haven't sounded like that in nine years, it's pretty great to get a song like "Balance" in 2015. Listen below.

All Get Out are also opening the spring leg of Mae's The Everglow tenth anniversary tour, which doesn't hit NYC (the tour was here in January without All Get Out). All dates are listed below...

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Bunbury

Cincinnati's Bunbury Music Festival returns this year from June 5-7 at Downtown's Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg are headlining, and the rest of the lineup includes The Decemberists, Brand New, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Temples, The Front Bottoms, Atmosphere, Reverend Horton Heat, Old Crow Medicine Show, Matt & Kim, Manchester Orchestra, Bleachers and more. Still more acts TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

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photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Macca

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

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Skate & Surf

Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.

The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).

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Firefly Music Festival

Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.

Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.

Check out Firefly's full lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Thrice
Thrice

Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.

The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.

Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.

And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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Skate & Surf

As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Shaky Knees

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

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

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Skate & Surf

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival returns in 2015 on May 16 & 17, and the initial lineup was just announced, via Property of Zack. There's some cool names this year, including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys, Dads, The Scandals, The Wonder Years and more (along with some less cool things like Atilla). Still more TBA too, but you can check out the full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 8 PM today (12/18).

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Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
CEG

Cymbals Eat Guitars put out their great third record, LOSE, earlier this year, which is starting to land on year-end lists like Jeff Rosenstock's. The band also gave us their own list of their favorite albums of 2014, which includes Foxing (who joined them on their tour with Brand New), Joyce Manor (who also toured with Brand New this year), Alex G (who's opening CEG's upcoming tour), Beyonce's late 2013 release and more. Check out their whole list, with commentary, below.

That Cymbals Eat Guitars/Alex G tour begins next week, coming to NYC on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

CEG have also reissued their 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains, which was initially self-released, on their current home of Barsuk Records. You can pick that up on vinyl here for the holiday sale price of $12.80, and they'll also have copies on their December tour.

CEG's year-end list and list of dates below...

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Manchester Orchestra at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
MO

Manchester Orchestra put out their grungy new album Cope earlier this year, and they've now followed it with a stripped-down version of all the songs called Hope which is already available on iTunes and will be out physically on November 18 via Loma Vista. They're also going on a stripped-down tour in support of it which brings them to more intimate venues than their last tour, including NYC's The Bell House on December 9, a much smaller place than their Terminal 5 show in May. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Chris Staples opens all dates.

Full list of dates below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
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Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]
Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.

Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.

Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...

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Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Arctic Monkeys

The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup is listed below....

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by Andrew Sacher

Say Anything

How many albums do you know of that feature guest appearances from two pioneers of emo, one of the finest vocalists in modern-day post-hardcore, two members of a certain Welsh indie pop collective, a shapeshifting art rocker, and one of the biggest pop punk frontmen of all time? Still counting? Well you can add the new Say Anything album, Hebrews (due out 6/10 via Equal Vision), to your list. Max Bemis & co.'s new album features the lead singers of The Get Up KIds, Braid, Touche Amore, Los Campesinos!, mewithoutYou and blink-182, not to mention The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Saves the Day, Balance & Composure and still more. Oh, and don't forget Say Anything family members Eisley.

Hebrews is Say Anything's sixth full length album and second on Equal Vision since leaving their major label. And like most of their recent releases, it faces the potential doom of living in the shadow of 2004's ...Is A Real Boy. When that album came out (and even more so when it really broke in 2006 when J reissued it and "Alive with the Glory of Love" was released as a single), it came as a breath of fresh air for the pop punk/emo world which was largely in its unfortunate mallcore phase. To quote The Progress from that same year, it was just similar haircuts with different names. But ...Is A Real Boy, which was only vaguely pop punk or emo, broke from that mold while still being associated with it. The album combined the unconventional with the conventional, let no song by without various bridges and unpredictable changes, and was filled with unstoppable ambition. It makes sense that the veterans of the genre want to be on his new album but trash many other bands that came in their wake.

Anytime a breakthrough is that ambitious and that successful, following it up becomes a treacherous task, and audiences will judge every move you make. Max, always one to be self-aware (see "Admit It!!!"), ahem, admits it on the new album's track "Lost My Touch," which premieres in this post. "Some say I've lost my touch at crafting Say Anything songs," begins Max, before addressing younger musicians on how they can take his place: "Just string together lines of smug self-loathing bile." It sounds tongue-in-cheek but also incredibly earnest, a somber piano ballad version of what made the more aggressive "Admit It!!!" so compelling. And at the end of the song, he brings in Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm to provide a very Touche Amore-like verse, the kind that anyone who's ever connected with TA's own piano ballad, "Condolences," should find rewarding. The great irony by the end of it is you realize Max has crafted a pretty damn good Say Anything song.

As previously mentioned, Say Anything is going on tour with some pretty great openers, The Front Bottoms (who have a new EP coming), The So So Glos and You Blew it!. That tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream and LP tracklist below...

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

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Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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osheaga-2014

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

Check out the complete lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Manchester Orchestra at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Manchester Orchestra

Emo-grunge band Manchester Orchestra are set to release their fourth album, Cope, on April 1 and have just revealed its riff-heavy lead single, "Top Notch," which you can stream below. They've also announced that they'll be heading out on an extensive spring tour of the US and Canada with another band who mixes emo and alt-rock, Balance and Composure, and Kevin Devine (who's in Bad Books with Manchester's Andy Hull). That tour brings all three bands to NYC on May 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/22) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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