Entries tagged with: Mark Ronson
The New Yorker Festival returns this year from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4. As always, "illustrious writers, creative thinkers, and artists from many disciplines will explore the cutting edge of culture, music, science, and technology." We've got a promo code -- NYERFEST20 -- to get 20% off tickets for select events, including the following:
Pop rock band Haim will give a talk with Kelefa Sanneh and an intimate performance on 10/21 at Gramercy Theatre at 7 PM (tickets).
Later that night, Gramercy hosts 'The New R&B,' which features performances from forward-thinking R&B artists including Azekel, Bilal, The 20/20 Experience co-writer James Fauntleroy, and Kelela. They'll also talk with Andrew Marantz. That starts at 10 PM (tickets).
The reunited Sleater-Kinney talk with Dana Goodyear on 10/3 at Directors Guild Theater (110 W 57th St) at 4 PM (tickets).
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts talks with Emma Allen at One World Trade Center on 10/3 at 10 PM (tickets).
Genre-crossing producer Mark Ronson, who's bigger than ever now thanks to his Bruno Mars collaboration "Uptown Funk," talks with John Seabrook, whose book on pop music The Song Machine is out now, on 10/3 at Gramercy at 10 PM. Mark also performs with Jeff Bhasker, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Jay Bratten and Chris Vatalaro (tickets). It's his only live North American performance for the Uptown Special album cycle (his only others have been in TV studios).
At that same time at SIR Stage37 there's a Cuba event with journalist Elaine Diaz Rodriguez, science fiction author/heavy metal musician Yoss, and musician Pedrito Martinez discussing the future of their country with Jon Lee Anderson (tickets).
One last coupon: use the code SOUNDCLOUD35 to get a discount for the Soundcloud Lounge event on 10/2 at One World Trade Center at 8 PM with performances from NYC electronic duo Blondes and Chance the Rapper associate Towkio. John Seabrook is at this one too, talking with Soundcloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung (tickets).
Scottish music festival T in the Park happened over three days earlier this month with a giant lineup of artists that included Sam Smith, The Libertines, Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs, Alt-J, The Prodigy, Hot Chip, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Mark Ronson and many, many others (with EDM especially well represented). We're sure they all played great sets, but they all got beat this year by a festival attendee. Watch Fred Rawicz get his 'Uptown Funk' on, much to the delight of those who happened to be sitting near him in the field, below...
Duran Duran will release their 14th album, Paper Gods, in September. The long-running UK band made the album with a bevy of producers, including old pal Nile Rodgers, modern-day hitmaker Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Kanye collaborator Mr Hudson, and it features a number of guests, including Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, and, why not, Lindsay Lohan. Bassist John Taylor says "It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side." First single "Pressure Off" is set to pop later this week.
In other news, Nile Rodgers is throwing another festival in Riverhead, NY this summer and Duran Duran will be there. Now named FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance), it will happen August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyard. In addition to Duran Duran and Rodgers' group Chic, the two day festival will feature a variety of performers:
AUGUST 4: Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
AUGUST 5: Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
Says the press release, "Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist's distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style." Rodgers will also take advantage of the occasion to do some collaborative recording sessions at his studio. Tickets ($137.00 - $999) are on sale now. FOLD Fest poster is below.
Duran Duran are touring as well, though not much in North America for the time being. All dates are listed below.
photo: Fat White Family at Baby's in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Fat White Family, Sun Club, Roya @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK band Fat White Family are back entertaining/scaring audiences with their dark-hued brand of scuzz-rock. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite the antics (and, according to The NY Post, the smell). If you're up for post-show mischief, head to nearby Passenger Bar for the afterparty.
Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Output
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up to DJ Output together tonight. No opener, so they're going all night long.
Yonatan Gat, Tonstartsbandht, Pill, Sunflower Bean @ Aviv
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun. He headlines this particularly solid bill that also features Montreal noisniks Tonstartsbandht, sax-fueled skrokers Pill, and the ubiquitous Sunflower Bean. If you've been meaning to check out new DIY spot Aviv, this would be a good one to go to.
Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio @ Baby's All Right
Ben Chasny's long-running experimental rock project Six Organs of Admittance remains prolific and released its newest album, Hexadic, earlier this year via Drag City. Making the night a great double bill, support comes from his labelmate and past collaborator Elisa Ambrogio (of noise band Magik Markers), who put out a very not-noisy solo album last year.
The Muscadettes, Raccoon Fighter, Dances, Will Sheff (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein. Free midnight show. In the front room Will Sheff of Okkervil River will be DJing.
Empress Of, Patrick Wimberly (DJ Set), Dev Hynes (DJ Set), Lee Bannon (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight has Dev Hynes on DJ duty so who knows what may happen.
Blockhead, Mono/Poly, Ellie Herring, DJ Ryan Rasheed of Prefuse 73 @ Good Room
In addition to producing a large amount of Aesop Rock's material, Blockhead has had a lengthy solo career putting out instrumental hip hop on Ninja Tune. He's in solo mode tonight.
Dragons of Zynth, Valley Lodge, Danny Fingers and The Thumbs @ Rough Trade
Long-running NYC art-rock band Dragons of Zynth (who were on hiatus for a while) headline tonight. This bill also features Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge whose song "Go" is the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
As Friends Rust, UnWed, Pagan Girls @ Saint Vitus
As Friends Rust came out of the same late '90s Gainesville punk scene as bands like Hot Water Music, and after being gone for a while, tonight they play their first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill is UnWed, who count Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black as a member.
Kool A.D., Lakutis, TECLA, Kassa @ Santos Party House
Heems has been an especially active solo artist lately, but he's not the only Das Racist member keeping at it. Kool AD, who last released Word O.K. last year, plays a hometown solo show tonight with Lakutis and more.
Big Ups, EULA, Painted Zeros, Charly Bliss @ Silent Barn
Local post-hardcore band Big Ups are somewhere between Fugazi and Slint, and having a very animated frontman doesn't hurt them any, either. Right before them it's EULA, who recall the NYC noise rock scene of the 1980s (and worked with producer Martin Bisi from that scene on their newest record).
Lord Huron, Hamilton Leithauser @ Terminal 5
Folk rocker Lord Huron headlines the night, and if you're going to this show we recommend showing up for The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser.
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt @ Capitol Theatre
Get your dose of quality Americana tonight with these two country-folk greats.
Ben Folds, yMusic @ Town Hall
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play this sold-out show.
Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Blu Jemz @ Verboten
He's responsible for the song you can't avoid short of gouging your eardrums out...producer, gad-about, and "Uptown Funk" creator Mark Ronson spins records tonight.
The English Beat, The Skints, Easy Star Allstars @ Paramount
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."
Dave Harrington Group, Diamond Terrifier (DJ( @ Cameo Gallery
Darkside is no more (or at least on hiatus), but both members are staying active on their own, and tonight Dave Harrington performs a live improvised score to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."
'Salad Days' screening @ Nitehawk Cinema
The 'Salad Days' documentary chronicles the 1980s DC punk scene, which birthed Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Void, Faith, and so many more now-legendary bands. It's screened in NYC before, and does again tonight.
Phantom Posse, Pope Coke, Moon Bounce, Blood Moon @ Palisades
Quickly-rising rapper iLoveMakonnen just played two sold-out NYC shows this week and he has tonight off before continuing his tour in DC tomorrow. It looks like maybe, just maybe, he'll show up at this small show with Phantom Posse, the musical collective that frequently counts him as a member.
Andy Hull, Dustin Kensrue, Tanner Merritt @ Bell House
It's the second of two NYC shows for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, and the last one had Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine show up to sing with him. Will any guests come out tonight? Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) co-headlines.
Heaven, New Myths, Midnight Plus One, Gold Lake, Wrong Dots @ Pianos
Local shoegazers Heaven and slinky/sleek New Myths headline this bill of quality local acts.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ played three NYC shows in January the week his new album B4.DA.$$ came out, and now he's announced a much larger hometown show. He'll once again headline the Smokers Club 4/20 show (which is now an annual thing), though this year it's actually April 19 at Terminal 5.
Also on the bill is Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon. Joey plays a few fests too -- all dates below.
Joey's album features fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson, who also plays Terminal 5 soon: 3/24 (sold out) and 3/25 (tickets). Bronson's own new album, Mr. Wonderful, comes out 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic, and this week he put out another new song from it, "Baby Blue," featuring Chance the Rapper (who has two albums on the way) and produced by Mark Ronson (who currently has one of the biggest singles in the country).
Listen to that, with the newest video from Joey's album and recent mixtapes from Lil Herb and Frais, below...
Rapper and noted lover of the delicious, Action Bronson will deliver his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic. The record features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Res, Party Supplies, and production from Drake cohort Noah "40" Shebib, Mark Ronson, and The Alchemist. Bronson also boasts of a Billy Joel sample (apparently hard to come by) on opening cut "Brand New Car," for what it's worth. We'll have to wait to hear that one, but you can get a taste of Mr. Wonderful via new single "Actin Crazy." Listen to that below.
You can catch Action Bronson live at Coachella in April. Those two appearances are his only current dates.
A$AP Rocky at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Other Ball is a new annual live music event that raises money for Arms Around the Child, an organization that takes care of children infected/affected by HIV in Africa and India. The inaugural event takes place on December 10 at Highline Ballroom in NYC with sets from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Lyyke Li and Mikky Ekko. Jeff Bhasker is the musical director, Mark Ronson is hosting, and his sister Samantha Ronson will be DJing. The dress code for the event is "more black leather than black tie," and there will be a "flowing bar and exquisite tapas." Regarding the event, a press release (via Broadway World) reads:
"When Mark approached us about 'The Other Ball' and told us the incredible story of Arms Around the Child and Leigh Blake and her team's work to make positive change in the lives of helpless and exposed children across the world, there was no question regarding our support," says TOPSHOP TOPMAN. "This event will bring creative hearts and minds together in one of this year's most exciting events and will no doubt raise awareness and much-needed funds to enable Leigh and her team to continue their invaluable work for these extremely vulnerable young people."$2000 tickets for the event are on sale now.
"I'm deeply honored to be involved in the first annual event for Arms Around the Child, The Other Ball. Leigh is a force of nature and through her tireless work and insane energy has launched two life-changing organizations, Red Hot and Keep A Child Alive, which have between them raised $50 million and helped to save over three million lives," says producer and artist Mark Ronson. "Leigh puts on some of the most memorable events. The Black Ball, the annual fundraising event for Keep a Child Alive, has featured mini concerts with everyone from Adele to Jay Z. The Other Ball is going to be its cool little sibling."
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Holy Ship!!! is returning in 2014 for its third year (hence the three exclamation points) and will set sail off the coast of Miami on January 9, 2014, returning on January 12. Artists playing this year include Pharrell, Disclosure (DJ), Diplo, A-Trak, Baauer, Flume, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Jerome LOL, Shlohmo (DJ), and more. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Here's one for those of you summering in the Hamptons. MNDR will be stopping by the Montauk Beach House this afternoon (8/11), performing a few songs with pal Mark Ronson who is DJing the club's "Poolside Frolic" party. The party is from noon to 7PM and there's more information here.
It's good timing on her part as MNDR's debut album, Feed Me Diamonds, is out Tuesday (8/14). You can stream her new single, "Faster Horses," below. Immediately following the album's release, MNDR will be opening for Duran Duran on a handful of August dates and those are listed at the bottom of this post. She likes these seaside shows... she just played a very big boat.
Speaking of Montauk, Frankie Rose -- who just opened for Little Dragon last night (8/10) in Prospect Park -- is playing the Surf Lodge tonight. (The venue's had cool concerts all summer.) They don't list a set time but shows don't get underway till sunset there. On Twitter today, Frankie said "Doing an all sisters of mercy cover set at montuk surf lodge tonight." She was joking, though I bet she could do a great version of "This Corrosion."
MNDR stream and a list of tour dates are below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Phantogram / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It was ugly and rainy outside, but that didn't stop the pretty people from heading to the W NY Downtown hotel last night (12/8) to attend a party in honor of the Mick Rock picture exhibition that will be up at the hotel between now and 12/28. Mick Rock was of course in attendance, and there was a "Symmetry Live Performance" (the name of the hotel's performance series) by Phantogram (live) and Mark Ronson (DJ). DJ Cash also provided some tunes while we were there.
We left before Mark Ronson took over, but you can see more pictures of Phantogram (who played a bunch of songs from their new album), their setlist, Mick Rock, members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zuccotti Park (it's right there), and more, below...
Black Lips at Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Lips have announced more tour dates. After playing Webster Hall last month as part of a tour with Vivian Girls, the band will return to the NYC-area in July, but this time they're not thinking so big. You can cach the band back at Bowery Ballroom on July 29th (tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday), and at the even more intimate Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 30th (tickets on sale Friday at noon).
In June the Black Lips are touring with Cerebral Ballzy who are currently out on the road with Strung Out and face To Face. That tour hits Best Buy Theater in NYC on Wednesday night. Black Lips are currently in Europe. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, don't forget that Vivian Girls play a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent TONIGHT (5/17), alongside Widowspeak and Colleen Green. $10 gets you in to the all ages show.
Black Lips recently shot a video for the song "New Direction" from their new LP Arabia Mountain due on June 7th. The video is not ready yet, but you can download that new Mark Ronson-produced song HERE. Watch other recent videos with all tour dates below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Q-TIp with MNDR at Webster Hall last night
The stage set up was immaculate along with the male coordinated wardrobes and rotating performances by each guest, like a extravaganza variety in the best way. My personal highlights from the show include Rose Elinor Dougals' rendition of Stop Me, Alex Greenwald's California, Q-Tip and MNDR's performance of Bang Bang Bang and Marsha Ambrosius's closing rendition of Valerie (although nobody can match Winehouse.) I was a little disappointed that Somebody to Love Me was left off of the setlist and to the be honest the first song performed by the Atlanta rapper Pill Introducing the Business was a complete mess. Regardless, last night's epic gig will definitely make it on my list of best shows of the year. -[TLCBlog]Damn, In addition to the cavalcade of guest stars (Spank Rock, Amanda Werner aka MNDR, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Pill and Rose Elinor Dougall) that appeared the night before (10/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Mark Ronson also roped in, like he did for Letterman, the great Q-Tip for the Manhattan show last night (10/12) at Webster Hall.
More pictures and some video from the show below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
a super blonde Mark Ronson at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mark Ronson and The Business Intl played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/11), the first of two NYC shows for producer/instrumentalist and his band of special guests. Toby says...
"Ronson went on stage at 10:15 PM just as the crowd started to get a little antsy following the almighty storm outside. His band, which included Amanda Werner aka MNDR, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Spank Rock (Naeem), Pill and Rose Elinor Dougall, all took turns to share duets, lead vocals and center stage under the watchful gaze of the bleach blonde uber-prooducer himself. Featuring a mix of tracks from earlier albums and recent release Record Collection, the Brooklyn crowd shared the band's enjoyment of performing at a venue 'six blocks from where the band recorded the album last year'. A sort of homecoming, and a great show indeed."Another NYC appearance took place at the Greene Space this afternoon (stay tuned for footage from that to be online), and the next show is at Webster Hall TONIGHT (10/12).
As discussed, Mark also made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last night with Q-Tip and MNDR. The video of that with more pictures and the setlist from Music Hall, below...
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
MNDR & Mark Ronson
As previously mentioned, Mark Ronson will kick off two days of NYC shows starting tonight, Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The second night happens on Tuesday, 10/12, at the larger Webster Hall. Both shows, and the two California ones that were since added (dates below) are in support of Ronson's new album Record Collection which is out now.
And: "While in New York, Mark Ronson, along with Q-tip and MNDR, will perform the hit track 'Bang Bang Bang' on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, October 11th." MNDR is also confirmed as being a member of Ronson's band (The Business Intl) at all shows. Whether Q-Tip will show up at MHOW or Webster Hall is still a mystery.
Tickets to the Music Hall show are gone, but tickets are still available to the one at Webster Hall. Both shows will be opened by Francis & The Lights. Tickets are also still available for a third NYC appearance, also taking place Tuesday but in the afternoon, at WNYC's Greene Space. It will probably be a short show, but as a bonus, Nellie McKay is playing it too.
For a longer Nellie McKay show, catch her when she returns to Highline Ballroom on December 11th. Tickets are on sale now.
Mark Ronson and MNDR appeared at the Creators Project event that took place at Milk Studios in June. An unposted set of pictures from that event (where Ronson was only DJing), along with all dates, continue below...
Mark Ronson @ Creators Project (more by Ryan Barkan)
Now that Mark Ronson & The Business Intl has sold out one NYC show, set for October 11th at MHOW, they've added another. That'll be happening Tuesday, October 12th at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale.
The pair of shows are the only US dates for Ronson currently - his new LP, Record Collection, is out now. Singer MNDR, who features prominently on that record, will most likely be in attendence: She has a show before then on October 7th at Terminal 5 with Miike Snow.
The video for "The Bike Song" and a teaser for Record Collection are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
MNDR @ Mercury Lounge
"MNDR's one of the hardest "gigging" musicians as of late, headlining local spots, along with supporting acts like Massive Attack and later this fall, Miike Snow, but this Monday's early show at the Lower East Side venue was all about her solo material; songs well known by the bloggers and journalists that love her, along with two new tracks she debuted for an appreciative audience.Silk Flowers opened Monday's show. Pictures from that show are in this post. MNDR's next NYC show is with Miike Snow, on October 7th at Terminal 5 (one of two Miike Snow shows at the big venue). Tickets are on sale.
Adding to the heat seeking missile she's currently riding, her aforementioned work with Ronson has garnered the attention of major media outlets like Billboard and Esquire. in which she notes that their partnership all began with a chance meeting during his Authentic Sh*t program (Fridays 8-10pm ET), here on East Village Radio."
[East Village Radio]
And though she isn't on the bill, maybe MNDR will show up for at least a song (like she did at Vice's Creators thing) on October 11th at Music Hall of Williamsburg when Mark Ronson & The Business Intl plays there. Tickets are on sale now. All of Mark's other currently announced dates are in the UK.
All MNDR dates and more pictures from Mercury Lounge, with Mark's new video for "The Bike Song", below...
by Andrew Frisicano
MNDR w/ Mark Ronson @ Creators Project (more by Ryan Barkan)
The debut LP from MNDR/Amanda Warner is still a ways off, due sometime in early 2011. Meanwhile, she features prominently (with Q-Tip) on Mark Ronson's single for "Bang Bang Bang." That song is currently No. 1 on the NME Charts, and they've been promoting it with TV appearances (like the one from the UK program Jonathan Ross, below) and live performances (like at the Creators Project in June). According to her blog, MNDR has also been busy producing the new record from Silk Flowers, to come out on Post Present Medium.
And MNDR has an NYC show coming up, set for Monday, August 30th show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
All tour dates and videos (including Jonathan Ross, though MNDR's voice doesn't seem to be its usually sturdy self) are below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Ryan Barkan
Mark Ronson & MNDR @ Milk Studios
The show spaces were predictably cozy and cramped, and USA lost their World Cup match again Ghana, but besides those qualms, not many bad things can be said about the Vice/Intel Creators Project event on Saturday (6/26). Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, and M.I.A., the night's secret guest, put on a singularly ridiculous, entertaining show, albeit in the crowded, low-ceilinged second floor space. Even the un-affiliated soccer game screened amicably on a huge projector before the music started. If there was one caveat, it was that not that many people, relatively, got in to enjoy the art and music presented. Then again, that's one reason the labyrinthine network of art installations and stages was so surprisingly bearable and easy to navigate.
The same second floor stage that filled up for M.I.A. was also packed to capacity for Sleigh Bells. How much you enjoyed either's set depended a great deal on where you stood (and how early you got there). Cramped in the back, Sleigh Bells sounded pitchy and uneven - but jostled up in the front, the spectacle and body-shaking bass of Die Antwoord were entirely enjoyable. It also depended on your affinity for personal space, which was in short supply anywhere with a decent view of the stage.
And a view was pretty essential to enjoying the antics of the Antwoord crew and M.I.A.'s coterie of stage guests. Mia opened with caustic punk song "Born Free" (video below) a loud if not exactly melodious entrance choice. The stage-show continued the flashy political baiting of the "Born Free" video, which played behind the song. M.I.A. donned pot leaf goggles, rainbow hair and a hooded camo jacket, with a band who alternately wore glow-stick lined clothes and MIA-logoed burkas. Others on stage included a pair of dancers (one ginger-haired), Sleigh Bell's Alexis and Derek, and Ninjasonik. More new songs came, as did "World Town" and crowd-pleasing closer "Paper Planes."
Three of the night's other bands - The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance and Interpol - set up on the first floor studio's back loading dock, which was open to 14th street and the adjacent High Line Park. Gang Gang Dance sounded dependably sturdy in the cavernous garage. Interpol played an 11-song set with four new songs (including the slow-building "Lights") - tight and together, and ready for bigger arenas. The stage was open on three sides, so even without a spot in the front of the stage you didn't get locked out.
I didn't see much on the first floor lounge - Salem took a while to set up and I skipped them to catch Interpol. Neon Indian played the downstairs too, where DJs spun throughout the day. The eighth floor of the building was also part of the show (as was the penthouse/roof VIP-area above it). On eight, there was a screening room where Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a surrealist robot drama, played among other things, as well as installations like Nick Zinner's gothy, minimal photo and ambient-score room.
After M.I.A. I went to downstairs to find Mark Ronson DJing in the first floor gallery. MNDR was on stage with him singing her song "Fade to Black". She also reportedly performed Ronson's new single "Bang Bang Bang" before I got there. NME also says...
"Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald [sang] the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead's 'Just' while executing an impressive crowd-surf.The rest of Ronson's set that I saw, before the end, was mostly soul and early '00s hip-hop (Pharell, Snoop, Stevie, Jay-Z). Upstairs, MIA was still on the stereo, with NASA mixing the verses of "Bombs over Baghdad" over her song "Boyz." Much of the remaining audience was on stage partying with two arthropod-looking creatures. Back downstairs, some diehards were still dancing - the bar was still stocked, and Mark Ronson behind the decks didn't give much reason to leave.
Ex-[Pipettes] singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new 'Record Collection' tracks, 'Hey Boy' and 'You Gave Me Nothing' - the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of 'Somebody To Love Me', which features vocals from Boy George.
DOWNLOAD: Salem - King Night (MP3)
Vice Creators Project Announcement party (more by Erez Avissar)
Between the whole Northside Festival, the BrooklynVegan showcase @ MHOW, two BV-BBG heavy showcases, the Afro-Punk Fest, the final Voxtrot shows, Apples in Stereo at the Seaport and the ton of others shows, there's a lot of quality music this weekend, not the least of which is the Creators Project show at Milk Studios on Saturday, June 26th. That show will be the NY debut of Interpol's new lineup (and their first show in the city in quite some time). It'll also bring Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, SALEM, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and a special guest to perform sets (in addition to visual art and whatever else they'll have).
Most if not all of those musicians who are performing have new albums on the way. SALEM's debut, King Night, is due September 28th on IAMSOUND. The fierce, ghostly (wordless) title track is posted above. Another of those artists with a new record on the way is Mark Ronson, whose newest, Record Collection, due in September. As usual there's a long list of guests, including Q-Tip and MNDR, who sing/rap on the super catchy track "Bang Bang Bang," the retro-styled video for which is below.
All the bands that are playing the event are considered "creators", as are all the artists they have listed on their site. Not all the "creators" are performing, and not all the people playing are listed as "creators" on their site. Those that are listed have videos being made about them. A new one debuts each day. For instance, today is Fool's Gold (the label). Past featured creators include Diplo, CSS, Peaches and Mark Ronson.
The Saturday event was previously open for RSVPs, but the list is now closed. The only way to get in now is to win tickets which we have two pairs of to give away. Details and the videos below...
photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano
In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."
It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.
For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.
For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).
Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...
photos by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image
"Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bette midler, freaking amazing!" - nico843
Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner. Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon.That's how we listed last night's event at BAM (2/16). Martha Wainwright, whose mother recently passed away, ended up not being there, but Gene Ween showed up. Full review and setlist coming soon. In the meantime here are a set of pics...
Lee Fields @ Southpaw on December 18th (Alex Darsey)
Lee Fields & The Expressions and Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band will be touring Europe this February. After they get back, the two soul bands will play a Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Friday, February 19th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 13th at noon.
Lee headlined a show at Brooklyn's Southpaw on December 18th. A video of him and the band performing "Honey Dove" from that gig is below. He also appeared at Knitting Factory during CMJ with other Daptone artists including the Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (who have a new album on the way and who played Brooklyn Bowl since then), The Menehan Street Band and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens (who played last night, Jan 11th at Joe's Pub, and who you can always catch at Fat Cat).
The Budos Band are playing at Maxwell's on January 15th (tickets) and Southpaw on January 16th, for a show that also includes the Nouvellas and DJs Chances With Wolves (featuring Mark Ronson) (tickets).
Mark Ronson will also be taking part in Yoko Ono's upcoming gig at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
All tour dates, a video from Lee's December Southpaw gig, a rehearsal clip of Naomi & the Gospel Queens and more are below...